Florida Senate - 2015 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1538 Ì180202aÎ180202 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RS . 03/24/2015 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities (Bradley) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 377.810, Florida 6 Statutes, is amended to read: 7 377.810 Natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate program.— 8 (3) NATURAL GAS FUEL FLEET VEHICLE REBATE.—The department 9 shall award rebates for eligible costs as defined in this 10 section. Forty percent of the annual allocation shall be 11 reserved for governmental applicants, with the remaining funds 12 allocated for commercial applicants. A rebate may not exceed 50 13 percent of the eligible costs of a natural gas fuel fleet 14 vehicle with a dedicated or bi-fuel natural gas fuel operating 15 system placed into service on or after July 1, 2013. An 16 applicant is eligible to receive a maximum rebate of $25,000 per 17 vehicle up to a total of $250,000 per fiscal year. Any 18 unencumbered funds remaining after May 1 of each fiscal year may 19 be used by the department to award an additional rebate of up to 20 $250,000 for a governmental applicant. Any unencumbered funds 21 remaining after June 1 of each fiscal year may be used by the 22 department to award an additional or new rebate of up to 23 $250,000 for a governmental or commercial applicant. All natural 24 gas fuel fleet vehicles eligible for the rebate must comply with 25 applicable United States Environmental Protection Agency 26 emission standards. 27 Section 2. Section 377.811, Florida Statutes, is created to 28 read: 29 377.811 Heavy transportation industry natural gas rebate 30 program.— 31 (1) CREATION AND PURPOSE OF PROGRAM.—There is created 32 within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services a 33 heavy transportation industry natural gas rebate program. The 34 purpose of this program is to help reduce transportation costs 35 in this state, encourage the use of a domestic fuel source, and 36 encourage heavy transportation industry investments that 37 contribute to the economic growth of the state. 38 (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 39 (a) “Conversion costs” means the costs associated with 40 retrofitting a diesel-, gasoline-, or heavy fuel oil- powered 41 locomotive, waterborne ship, or other high horsepower engine to 42 a natural gas powered eligible vehicle. 43 (b) “Department” means the Department of Agriculture and 44 Consumer Services. 45 (c) “Eligible costs” means the conversion costs or the 46 incremental costs incurred by an applicant in connection with an 47 investment in the conversion, purchase, or lease lasting at 48 least 10 years of a natural gas-powered eligible vehicle. The 49 term does not include costs for project development, fueling 50 stations, or other fueling infrastructure. 51 (d) “Eligible vehicle” means one or more locomotives, 52 waterborne ships, or other high horsepower engines used for 53 transportation purposes registered or licensed in this state and 54 used for commercial business or governmental purposes. Eligible 55 vehicles must be newly constructed or repowered and placed into 56 service on or after July 1, 2015. Waterborne ships must be built 57 and documented in the United States with a coastwise endorsement 58 under the Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. s. 55102, and used to provide 59 regular transportation of merchandise between one or more ports 60 in this state and other domestic ports. If the eligible vehicle 61 is registered with a federal regulatory body, the owner must 62 certify in writing that the eligible vehicle will be used the 63 majority of the time in this state or a waterborne ship that 64 uses a port in this state in its rotation, subject to department 65 review. 66 (e) “High horsepower engine” means any engine that provides 67 more than 1,000 horsepower and is used for nonhighway 68 transportation purposes. 69 (f) “Incremental costs” means the excess costs associated 70 with the purchase or lease of a natural gas-powered eligible 71 vehicle as compared to an equivalent diesel-, gasoline-, or 72 heavy fuel oil- powered eligible vehicle. 73 (g) “Natural gas fuel” means any liquefied petroleum gas 74 product, compressed natural gas product, or combination thereof 75 used in an eligible vehicle. This term includes, but is not 76 limited to, all forms of fuel commonly or commercially known or 77 sold as natural gasoline, butane gas, propane gas, or any other 78 form of liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, or 79 liquefied natural gas. The term does not include natural gas or 80 liquefied petroleum placed in a separate tank for cooking, 81 heating, water heating, or electric generation. 82 (3) HEAVY TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY NATURAL GAS REBATE.—The 83 department shall award rebates for eligible costs. A rebate may 84 not exceed 50 percent of the eligible costs of a natural gas 85 eligible vehicle with a dedicated or bi-fuel natural gas fuel 86 operating system placed into service on or after July 1, 2015. 87 An applicant is eligible to receive a maximum rebate of $500,000 88 per eligible vehicle up to a total of $1 million per fiscal 89 year. All eligible vehicles must comply with applicable United 90 States Environmental Protection Agency emission standards. 91 (4) APPLICATION PROCESS.— 92 (a) An applicant seeking to obtain a rebate shall submit an 93 application to the department by a specified date each year as 94 established by department rule. The application must require a 95 complete description of all eligible costs, proof of purchase or 96 lease of the eligible vehicle for which the applicant is seeking 97 a rebate, a copy of the vehicle registration certificate or 98 equivalent documentation, a description of the total rebate 99 sought by the applicant, and any other information deemed 100 necessary by the department. The application form adopted by 101 department rule must include an affidavit from the applicant 102 certifying that all information contained in the application is 103 true and correct. 104 (b) The department shall determine the rebate eligibility 105 of each applicant in accordance with the requirements of this 106 section and department rule. The total amount of rebates 107 allocated to certified applicants in each fiscal year may not 108 exceed the amount appropriated for the program in a fiscal year. 109 Rebates shall be allocated to eligible applicants on a first 110 come, first-served basis, determined by the date and time the 111 application is received, until all appropriated funds for the 112 fiscal year are expended or the program ends, whichever comes 113 first. Incomplete applications submitted to the department may 114 not be accepted and do not secure a place in the first-come, 115 first-served application process. 116 (5) RULES.—The department may adopt rules to implement and 117 administer this section by December 31, 2015, including rules 118 relating to the forms required to claim a rebate under this 119 section, the required documentation and basis for establishing 120 eligibility for a rebate, procedures and guidelines for claiming 121 a rebate, and the collection of economic impact data from 122 applicants. 123 (6) PUBLICATION.—The department shall determine and publish 124 on its website on an ongoing basis the amount of available 125 funding for rebates remaining in each fiscal year. 126 (7) ANNUAL ASSESSMENT.—By December 1, 2016, and each year 127 thereafter that the program is funded, the department shall 128 provide an annual assessment of the use of the rebate program 129 during the previous fiscal year to the Governor, the President 130 of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and 131 the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government 132 Accountability. The assessment shall include, at a minimum, the 133 following information: 134 (a) The name of each applicant awarded a rebate under this 135 section; 136 (b) The amount of the rebates awarded to each applicant; 137 (c) The type and description of each eligible vehicle for 138 which each applicant applied for a rebate; and 139 (d) The aggregate amount of funding awarded for all 140 applicants claiming rebates under this section. 141 (8) APPROPRIATION.—Beginning in the 2015-2016 fiscal year 142 and each year thereafter through the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the 143 General Appropriations Act may provide a specific appropriation 144 in each fiscal year from the General Revenue Fund to the 145 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the purpose 146 of funding the heavy transportation industry natural gas rebate 147 program. 148 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015. 149 150 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 151 And the title is amended as follows: 152 Delete everything before the enacting clause 153 and insert: 154 A bill to be entitled 155 An act relating to a natural gas rebate program; 156 amending s. 377.810, F.S.; authorizing the Department 157 of Agriculture and Consumer Services to award 158 additional rebates for certain applicants using 159 unencumbered funds; creating s. 377.811, F.S.; 160 creating the heavy transportation industry natural gas 161 rebate program within the department; defining terms; 162 prescribing powers and duties of the department with 163 respect to the program; prescribing limits on rebate 164 awards; providing policies and procedures for 165 application approval; authorizing the department to 166 adopt rules by a specified date; requiring the 167 department to publish on its website the availability 168 of rebate funds; requiring the department to submit an 169 annual assessment to the Governor, the Legislature, 170 and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and 171 Government Accountability by a specified date; 172 authorizing an appropriation; providing an effective 173 date.