Over 200 rally behind H.R. 2448, urging congressional support for RNG tax credit

December 14, 2023. Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVA) and the Moving Us Forward Coalition released a letter submitted to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. Endorsed by over 200 diverse businesses and organizations, the letter urges congressional support and swift passage of H.R. 2448, the Renewable Natural Gas Incentive Act.

H.R. 2448 would establish a $1 per gallon tax credit for renewable natural gas used in transportation, a move applauded by industry leaders for its potential to significantly contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future. This incentive builds upon the success of the existing alternative fuel tax credit (AFTC), which presently offers a 50-cent credit for natural gas used in transportation and is set to expire in 2024.

Commercial natural gas vehicles (NGVs) fueled by RNG are recognized for their ultra-low criteria emissions, providing a multitude of performance benefits. RNG, captured from various organic sources like agricultural, wastewater, landfill, or food waste, can contribute to carbon-negative results when used in on-road vehicles such as short- and long-haul trucks, transit buses, and refuse and recycling collection vehicles.

The letter draws attention to California Air Resources Board data, confirming the carbon-negative results achieved by RNG in the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program. With an annual average carbon intensity (CI) value of -98.98 gCO2e/MJ for calendar year 2022, RNG emerges as a frontrunner in environmental sustainability within the transportation sector.

The letter underscores the transformative impact of the proposed credit, enabling transit agencies, school districts, freight haulers, and package delivery companies to invest in cleaner, commercially available RNG vehicles without compromising service or increasing fares. Furthermore, it incentivizes nationwide RNG production by encouraging farmers and ranchers to capture methane from animal waste, mitigating emissions that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.