Natural Gas Laws and Incentives in Nebraska

The list below contains summaries of all Nebraska laws and incentives related to natural gas.

Laws and Regulations

Alternative Fuel Excise Tax

An excise tax of $0.09 per gallon or gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) is imposed on all compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and propane sold for use in registered motor vehicles. Additionally, each retailer of such fuel must pay an excise tax of $0.058 per gallon or GGE on all CNG, LNG, and propane fuel sold for use in registered motor vehicles. Additional taxes as specified annually under these statutes may apply. (Reference Nebraska Revised Statutes 66-6,102; 66-6,107; and 66-6,109)

Natural Gas Motor Vehicle Fuel Promotion

An eight member Natural Gas Fuel Board (Board) was created to advise the Nebraska Energy Office regarding the promotion of natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel. The Board will provide recommendations relating to the distribution, infrastructure, and workforce development necessary for widespread use of natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel; loans, grants, and tax incentives that will encourage the use of natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel by individuals and public and private fleets; and other matters as the Board deems appropriate. (Reference Nebraska Revised Statutes 66-2001)

State Incentives

Alternative Fuel Tax Refund

The Motor Fuel Tax Enforcement and Collection Division of the Nebraska Department of Revenue will refund taxes paid on compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and propane when the fuel is used to operate buses capable of carrying seven or more passengers within or near a municipality. (Reference Nebraska Revised Statutes 66-6,100 and 66-6,109.01)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Loans

The Nebraska Energy Office administers the Dollar and Energy Saving Loan Program, which makes low-cost loans available for a variety of alternative fuel projects, including the replacement of conventional vehicles with AFVs; the purchase of new AFVs; the conversion of conventional vehicles to operate on alternative fuels; and the construction or purchase of fueling stations or equipment. The maximum loan amount is $500,000 per borrower, and the interest rate is 5% or less. For more information, see the Dollar and Energy Saving Loans website.

Point of Contact
Bruce Hauschild
Technical Advisor
Nebraska State Energy Office
Phone: (402) 471-2867
bruce.hauschild@nebraska.gov

Natural Gas Vehicle Weight Exemption

The maximum gross weight for any vehicle fueled primarily by natural gas may exceed the state's gross weight limit by the difference between the weight of the natural gas fueling tank and fueling system and the weight of a comparable diesel fueling tank and fueling system, up to 2,000 pounds per vehicle. (Reference Legislative Bill 909, 2018, and Nebraska Revised Statutes 60-6,294)

Utility/Private Incentives

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Incentives - Metropolitan Utilities District (MUD)

Residential gas customers in the Omaha area served by the MUD are eligible for a $500 rebate for the purchase of a dedicated CNG vehicle. Rebates are in the form of a pre-paid fuel card and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must provide proof of purchase for the vehicle to qualify. Additional restrictions may apply. Commercial rebates are available on a case-by-case basis.

Additionally, commercial fleets in the Omaha area are eligible to receive financial assistance from the MUD Fleet Fund for up to 50% of the incremental cost of purchasing a dedicated CNG vehicle. Funding awarded will vary based on various factors, including annual fuel usage.

Point of Contact
Kyle Bowman
Business Development Specialist
Metropolitan Utilities District
Phone: (402) 504-7185
kyle_bowman@mudnebr.com

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