Encouraging the use of natural gas by the trucking industry is a growing priority with some lawmakers on Capitol Hill. In recent weeks, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) introduced three separate pieces of legislation aimed at removing barriers for the trucking industry to access and utilize natural gas.
Reps. Graves and Terry propose to designate natural gas fueling corridors in the United States for long-haul truck traffic and to create a task force to explore the obstacles that prevent trucking fleets from converting to natural gas. Another bill introduced by the Congressmen would give natural gas trucks a weight exemption to mitigate the heavier weight of the natural gas fuel tank.
On a separate front, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) is tackling the question of how natural gas sold for use in transportation should be measured. NATSO supports the current system of using a diesel-gallon-equivalent (DGE) or a gasoline-gallon-equivalent (GGE) for measuring CNG or LNG. NCWM is considering other options, including weight, which would mean LNG and CNG could be sold in kilograms. NCWM will continue debate on the issue at its interim meeting in July.
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