Natural Gas Laws and Incentives in Maryland
The list below contains summaries of all Maryland laws and incentives related to natural gas.
Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Grants
The Maryland Energy Administration administers the Maryland Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP), which provides grants to plan, install, and operate public access alternative fueling and charging infrastructure. Private access natural gas and propane fueling stations are eligible for funding. Only Maryland-based private businesses are eligible, and projects must take place in the state. Grant award amounts are based on the alternative fuel technology and are capped at 50% of project costs. Applicant cost share must be at least 50%. Grants are available in the following amounts:
|Station Type||Maximum Grant Award per Station|
|Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger||$55,000|
Funding for the program is not currently available (verified April 2020). For more information, see the Maryland AFIP Program website.
Zero Emission School Bus Grant Program and Study
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) administers a Zero Emission School Bus Transition Grant Program to purchase zero emission school buses, install charging infrastructure, and transition to zero emission school bus fleets. Funding for this program is not currently available (verified April 2020). MDE and the Maryland Department of Transportation also provide technical assistance to county boards of education transitioning school buses to zero emission vehicles throughout the state.(Reference Maryland Statutes, Environmental Code 2-1501 and 2-1503).
Laws and Regulations
Alternative Fuel Use Requirement
At least 50% of state vehicles using petroleum diesel fuel must use a minimum blend of 5% biodiesel (B5) or other biofuel approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a fuel or fuel additive. This requirement does not apply to any state vehicles for which the use of biodiesel or other biofuel will void the manufacturer's warranty for that vehicle. Biodiesel fuel is defined as a fuel composed of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats that is designated B100 or a blend of biodiesel that meets the requirements of ASTM specification D6751. Additionally, bi-fuel and flexible fuel vehicles capable of operating on either alternative fuel or conventional fuel must use alternative fuel when it is available. (Reference Maryland Statutes, State Finance and Procurement Code 14-408, and Policies and Procedures for Vehicle Fleet Management)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Access to Tunnels
An AFV powered by propane or natural gas may only use the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and the Fort McHenry Tunnel if the vehicle has a dedicated alternate fuel system installed by the manufacturer of the vehicle or a fuel system that has been properly converted to an alternate fuel system, conforms to applicable federal regulations and industry standards, has a fuel capacity that does not exceed 150 pounds, and displays all proper markings and symbols. (Reference Code of Maryland Regulations 11.07.01.03)
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