Propane Laws and Incentives in Ohio
The list below contains summaries of all Ohio laws and incentives related to propane.
Laws and Regulations
Alternative Fuel Signage
The Ohio Turnpike Commission allows businesses to place their logos on directional signs within the right-of-way of state turnpikes. An alternative fuel retailer may include a marking or symbol within their logo indicating that it sells one or more types of alternative fuel. Alternative fuels are defined as E85, fuel blends containing at least 20% biodiesel (B20), natural gas, propane, hydrogen, or any fuel that the U.S. Department of Energy has determined is substantially not petroleum. For more information, see the Ohio Turnpike Commission website. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 125.831 and 5537.30)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Acquisition and Fuel Use Requirements
With the exception of law enforcement vehicles, all newly acquired state agency vehicles must be capable of using an alternative fuel and must use the relevant alternative fuel if it is reasonably priced and available. Alternative fuel is defined as E85, fuel blends containing at least 20% biodiesel (B20), natural gas, propane, hydrogen, electricity, or any other fuel that the U.S. Department of Energy has determined is substantially not petroleum. State agencies must also meet the annual average fuel economy requirement set by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services on all passenger automobiles purchased. Law enforcement and emergency rescue work vehicles are exempt from this requirement. The Office of the Ohio Treasurer established a biodiesel revolving fund in which funds appropriated by the Ohio General Assembly can be used to pay for the incremental cost of biodiesel used in state owned or leased diesel vehicles. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 125.831-125.836)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion
It is unlawful to tamper with vehicle emissions control systems unless the action is for the purpose of converting a motor vehicle to operate on an alternative fuel and is in compliance with the standards adopted under the Clean Air Act Amendments. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 3704.16-3704.162)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Emissions Inspection Exemption
Vehicles powered exclusively by electricity, propane, or natural gas are exempt from state motor vehicle emissions inspections after receiving a one-time verification inspection. For more information, see the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's E-Check website. (Reference Ohio Administrative Code 3745.26)
Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Incentive
The Ohio Development Services Agency administers the Alternative Fuel Transportation Program, which provides financial assistance to businesses, non-profit organizations, school districts, and local governments for the purchase and installation of alternative fueling, blending, and distribution facilities or terminals. Funding is not currently available for this program (verified January 2020). For more information, see the Ohio Development Services Agency Alternative Fuel Transportation Program website. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 122.075 and 125.831)
Point of Contact
Energy Program Analyst
Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance
Phone: (614) 644-8864
Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant Program
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency administers a Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant Program for the purpose of reducing emissions from diesel engines in trucks, school and transit buses, marine fleets, and locomotives, as well as highway construction equipment. Eligible entities may use this funding for:
- Projects related to certified engine configurations, including new, rebuilt, or remanufactured engine configurations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board has certified;
- The purchase or use of hybrid electric and alternative fuel vehicles that are allowed under the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement program guidance; or
- Installation of verified technology including pollution control devices, retrofits, and development of truck stop electrification and auxiliary power units.
(Reference Ohio Revised Code 122.861)
Point of Contact
Chief, Office of Environmental Education; Administrator, Diesel Emission Reduction Grants
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (614) 644-3768
Propane Vehicle Rebate - OPGA
Ohio Propane Gas Association (OPGA) provides $1,000 rebates to Ohio commercial fleet customers for the purchase of a new propane vehicle or a propane vehicle conversion. Customers may apply for a maximum of 5 rebates. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including eligibility requirements and the rebate application, see the OPGA Autogas website.
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