The truckstop and travel plaza industry kicks off its annual Day on Capitol Hill event this week to urge Congress to address the need for sound, technology-neutral energy policy.
Nearly 60 NATSO members are scheduled to meet with their elected officials on Sept. 14 to urge lawmakers to ensure that truckstops, travel centers and fuel retailers can profitably invest in electric vehicle charging stations and sell electricity as the U.S. Department of Transportation awards federal EV grant funds.
NATSO members also will discuss concerns about the lack of parity between the biodiesel tax credit and sustainable aviation fuel in the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act and the need to sell gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol year-round.
NATSO also is urging lawmakers to support the Credit Card Competition Act (S. 4647), which would mandate that there be at least two competing networks enabled on a credit card.
NATSO’s in -person fly-in comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation is reviewing state transportation department proposals for implementing electric vehicle charging stations with grants from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill carved out more than $7 billion in electric vehicle charging grants and states are required to partner with the private sector.
NATSO filed comments on Aug. 22 on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to set proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. The agency announced the NPRM in early June to address “wide disparities” among EV charging stations in key components.
NATSO members also will meet with elected officials from both sides of the aisle to discuss the need for parity between the biodiesel tax credit and sustainable aviation fuel. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act awarded a higher tax credit for SAF, which competes for the same feedstocks with biodiesel.
NATSO opposed the IRA because a higher tax credit for SAF will undercut America’s fuel supply. The cost of everyday household goods and home heating bills will soar as the availability of biodiesel and renewable diesel decreases. Aggregate greenhouse gas emissions also will increase across the transportation sector.
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