Electricity Laws and Incentives in Oklahoma
The list below contains summaries of all Oklahoma laws and incentives related to electricity.
Laws and Regulations
Access to State Alternative Fueling Stations
The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) Fleet Management Division may construct, install, acquire, operate, and provide alternative fueling infrastructure where public access to alternative fuel infrastructure is not readily available. OMES must discontinue public access to their fueling stations if a privately owned alternative fueling station opens within a five-mile radius. Alternative fuels include natural gas, propane, ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, electricity, and hydrogen. (Reference Oklahoma Statutes 74-78 and 74-130.2)
Alternative Fuel Technician Training
The Alternative Fuels Technician Certification Act (Act) regulates the training, testing, and certification of technicians and trainees who install, modify, repair, or renovate equipment used in alternative fueling infrastructure and in the conversion of any engine to operate on an alternative fuel. Alternative fuels include propane, natural gas, methanol, ethanol, electricity, hydrogen, biodiesel, and more. This includes original equipment manufacturer engines dedicated to operate on an alternative fuel. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), PEV charging infrastructure, and PEV technicians must also comply with the rules and regulations of this Act. (Reference Oklahoma Statutes 40-142.3)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Requirements
All school and government fleets may convert their vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, and all school districts should consider purchasing only vehicles able to operate on alternative fuels. Alternative fuels include natural gas, propane, ethanol, methanol, electricity, biodiesel, hydrogen, and more. School and government vehicles capable of operating on an alternative fuel must use the fuel whenever a fueling station is located within a five-mile radius of the respective school district or government department and the price of the alternative fuel is cost competitive with the displaced conventional fuel. If school and government vehicles must be fueled outside the five-mile radius and no fueling station is reasonably available, the school and government vehicles are exempt from this requirement. (Reference Oklahoma Statutes 74-130.2 and 74-130.3)
Alternative Fuels Technician Certificates
The Department of Labor (DOL) will issue a certificate to any person who has successfully passed the appropriate alternative fuels equipment, alternative fuels compression, or electric vehicle technician examination as provided in the Alternative Fuels Technician Certification Act. A certification fee applies. For companies, partnerships, or corporations involved in the business of installing, servicing, repairing, modifying, or renovating equipment used in converting or modifying engines or fueling equipment to be used with alternative fuels, DOL will issue a separate certificate. Alternative fuels include propane, natural gas, methanol, ethanol, electricity, hydrogen, biodiesel, and more.DOL can issue an alternative fuels trainee certificate to any person who submits a trainee application within 15 business days of being hired by a licensed alternative fuels conversion or fueling station installation company.(Reference Oklahoma Statutes 40-142.3 and 40-142.8)
Committee of Alternative Fuels Technician Examiners
The Committee of Alternative Fuels Technician Examiners (Committee) was established to assist the Commissioner of Labor on matters relating to the formulation of rules and standards to comply with the Alternative Fuels Technician Certification Act. The Committee includes experts in the natural gas, propane, and electric vehicle industries. (Reference Oklahoma Statutes 40-142.6)
Oklahoma Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program Authorization
Counties are authorized to establish C-PACE programs to facilitate loans between qualifying property owners and private lenders. Loans may be offered to commercial properties for projects related to alternative fuel vehicles and associated infrastructure. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the Oklahoma C-PACE Guidance Manual.(Reference Senate Bill 1592, 2020, and Oklahoma Statutes 19-460.5)
Public Utility Definition
An entity that is not a regulated utility that provides retail plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging services is not defined as a public utility and may sell electricity if it is used for the purpose of fueling a PEV. (Reference Oklahoma Corporation Commission RM 201800010 and Oklahoma Administrative Code 165:35-13-1)
Alternative Fuel School Bus and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate Program
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) offers rebates for projects that repower or replace an actively used, engine model year 2009 or older, diesel school bus with an alternative fuel. Eligible alternative fuels and technologies include all-electric, electric hybrid, propane, and natural gas. Applicants may receive rebates of up to 50% of project costs. Charging infrastructure for electric buses is eligible for funding, but is subject to a per-charger maximum and project cap. The program is funded by Oklahoma's portion of the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, maximum rebate amounts, funding availability, and application deadlines, see the DEQ VW Settlement website.
Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit
For tax years beginning before December 31, 2027, a tax credit is available for up to 45% of the cost of installing commercial alternative fueling infrastructure. Eligible alternative fuels include natural gas, propane, and electricity. The infrastructure must be new and not previously installed or used to fuel alternative fuel vehicles. A tax credit is also available for up to 50% of the cost of installing a residential propane, compressed natural gas, or liquefied natural gas fueling system for noncommercial purposes, up to $2,500. The tax credit may be carried forward for up to five years. (Reference Oklahoma Statutes 68-2357.22)
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Grant Program
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) ChargeOK program offers grants for public EVSE. Eligible projects include direct current (DC) fast chargers located along designated plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) transportation corridors and DC fast chargers or Level 2 EVSE located at destination locations or community charging hubs. DEQ will award competitive grants for up to 80% of eligible project costs. The program is funded by Oklahoma's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including the program requirements, a map of designated transportation corridors, the application period, and funding availability see DEQ’s ChargeOK website.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Infrastructure Grants for Public Fleets
Under the Creating Long-term Energy Alternatives Now by Advancing Improvements Regionally (CLEAN AIR) Grants program, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) issues grants for alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle projects in the Oklahoma City Area Regional Transportation Study (OCARTS) area. Projects must provide a reduction in vehicle equipment emissions and cannot increase the number of vehicles in applicant fleets. Eligible projects may also include AFV fueling station or charging infrastructure. Eligible applicants include OCARTS-member governments, certain public trusts and public authorities providing essential services to OCARTS-member governments, member entity public transit fleets, and to public school fleets whose district boundaries are contained partially or wholly within the OCARTS area. For more information, including open solicitations, see the ACOG CLEAN AIR Grants for Public Fleets website.
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate – Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)
PSO residential customers are eligible for rebates up to $250 for an ENERGY STAR certified Level 2 EVSE. EVSE must be new and purchased in Oklahoma. For more information, including the application, see the PSO Electric Vehicle Charger website.
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