Expired, Repealed, and Archived Ohio Incentives and Laws
The following is a list of expired, repealed, and archived incentives, laws, regulations, funding opportunities, or other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality.
FirstEnergy residential customers can lease a Level 2 EVSE for a monthly rate for three years. Included in the lease is the installation of the EVSE and a repair or replacement guarantee for the life of the agreement. For more information, including terms and conditions, see the FirstEnergy Electric Vehicle Charger Lease website.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will administer a one-time, $5 million grant program to replace or convert Class 7 and Class 8 diesel or gasoline trucks to natural gas or propane trucks. Vehicles must be used for business purposes and operate in Ohio at least 50% of the time. Maximum grant awards will be 50% of the fuel components of the new vehicle or 50% of the cost of the conversion parts, up to $25,000. Total grants to any recipient may not exceed $400,000. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional applications will be put on a waitlist. For more information, see the AFV Grants website. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 122.076)
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the purchase of replacement school buses in eligible Ohio counties through the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant program. Purchases are also supported with state allocated grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act. For more information, see the Ohio EPA Clean School Bus Grants website.
The School Bus Retrofit Grant Program was discontinued in 2016 due to a lack of eligible school buses that met model year and post-retrofit service period requirements.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers the Clean Diesel School Bus Fund Retrofits Grant Program, which offers grants to retrofit school buses operating on diesel fuel. Priority is given to school districts in communities that do not meet the federal air quality standards for fine air particulates and districts that employ anti-idling policies to reduce emissions from their school bus fleets. For more information, see the Ohio EPA Clean School Bus Grants website.
In 2012, Ohio joined Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to stimulate the production and demand for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) NGVs. The MOU aims to encourage OEMs to offer functional and affordable light- and medium-duty NGVs, aggregate state vehicle procurement through a joint request for proposals (RFP), boost private investment in natural gas fueling infrastructure, and encourage greater coordination between state and local agencies. In 2012, National Association of State Procurement Officials coordinated the solicitation of a joint RFP, which the Oklahoma Department of Central Services (DCS) issued on behalf of the MOU signatories and additional states. As a result, state fleets have access to more affordable NGVs through dealerships now included in state vehicle purchasing bids. For more information, including awarded vehicles by state and vehicle purchase information for state fleets, see the DCS Statewide Contract for NGVs solicitation page.
A taxpayer that invests in a certified ethanol production plant may receive a tax credit against the state corporation franchise tax and income taxes. The credit is equal to 50% of the investment, up to $5,000 per taxpayer per certified plant. Credits against the corporation franchise tax are available through 2013 and credits against income taxes are available through 2012. Ethanol is defined as denatured fermentation ethyl alcohol derived from agricultural products, forest products, or other renewable resources that meet the ASTM specification D4806-88. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 901.13, 5733.06, 5733.46, 5733.98, 5747.02, 5747.75, and 5747.98)
The Ohio Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program (Program) aims to stimulate job creation in Ohio and position the state as a national leader in the fuel cell industry. The Program is an integral part of the Ohio Third Frontier, a technology-based economic development initiative designed to create jobs and bring new products to market. The Program offers grants and loans to support the growth of targeted areas of fuel cell technology, including: advanced materials related to advanced polymers, ceramics, composites, carbon fibers and nanotubes, and specialty metals and alloys; aero-propulsion power management; fuel cells and energy storage; and sensing and automation technologies.
Ohio has joined Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin in adopting the Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Platform (Platform), which establishes shared goals for the Midwest region, including increased biofuels production and use. Specifically, the Platform sets the following goals:
- Produce commercially available cellulosic ethanol and other low carbon fuels in the region by 2012;
- Increase E85 availability at retail fueling stations in the region to 15% of stations by 2015, 20% by 2020, and 33% of all fueling stations in the region by 2025;
- Reduce the amount of fossil fuel that is used in the production of biofuels by 50% by 2025; and
- By 2025, at least 50% of all transportation fuels consumed in the Midwest will be from regionally produced biofuels and other low carbon transportation fuels.
The Platform also establishes a regional biofuels corridor program. State transportation, agriculture, and regulatory officials must develop a system of coordinated signage across the region for biofuels and advanced transportation fuels and to collaborate to create regional E85 corridors. The program requires standardized fuel product coding at fueling stations as well as increased education for retailers about converting existing fueling infrastructure to dispense E85.
Retailers of E85 or fuel blends containing at least 20% biodiesel (B20) may receive a tax credit of $0.15 per gallon of E85 or biodiesel blend sold in 2010, and $0.13 per gallon of E85 or biodiesel blends sold in 2011. Tax credits are also available to retailers of biodiesel blends for fuel sold in 2010 and 2011 as follows:
- $0.075 per gallon for blends of at least 10% biodiesel (B10) but less than B20; and
- $0.0375 per gallon for blends of at least 6% (B6) but less than B10.
The following incentive was repealed by House Bill 554, 2011: The Third Frontier Commission administers the Ohio Bioproducts Development Program, which offers grants and loans to support the development of biobased products and the production of advanced energy in the state, including biofuels. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 184.25)
The Ohio Department of Development's B20 Biodiesel School Bus Grant Program allows eligible school districts and county Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities organizations with school buses to receive up to 100% of the incremental costs of using B20 fuel compared with regular diesel fuel, up to $25,000 per year. This program will expire in June 2009. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 3327.17)
The Ohio Department of Taxation must study and submit a report by October 2007 that examines the feasibility of encouraging the use of alternative fuels by reducing the motor fuel tax rate on alternative fuels to reflect their lower energy content. The Ohio Department of Development is required study and submit an additional report by October 2007 that examines ways to make the production, sale, and use of biodiesel and blended ethanol fuels a commercially viable and self-sustaining industry in Ohio. (Reference House Bill 245, 2006, and Ohio Revised Code 203.99, Section 7B)