Expired, Repealed, and Archived Georgia Incentives and Laws
The following is a list of expired, repealed, and archived incentives, laws, regulations, funding opportunities, or other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or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.
The Georgia Joint Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Study Committee evaluated how providing market incentives for AFV fueling infrastructure may lead to AFV and infrastructure deployment. The Committee published a summary report of its main findings. For more information, see the Joint Study Committee website.
The following was repealed by Senate Bill 432, 2018: An income tax credit is available to individuals who install eligible diesel particulate emissions reduction equipment at any truck stop, depot, or other facility. The amount of the tax credit is equal to 10% of the total equipment and installation costs and is allowed for the taxable year in which the taxpayer first places the equipment in use. The equipment must meet Georgia Regional Transportation Authority standards and must provide for heat, air conditioning, light, and communications for the driver's compartment of a heavy-duty commercial motor vehicle parked at a truck stop, depot, or other facility. The use of the technology must enable the driver to turn off the vehicle's engine, with a corresponding reduction of particulate emissions. (Reference Georgia Code 48-7-40.19)
An income tax credit is available to taxpayers who purchase new commercial medium-duty or heavy-duty AFVs that operate using at least 90% alternative fuel. Eligible alternative fuels include electricity, propane, natural gas, or hydrogen fuel. Medium-duty hybrid electric vehicles also qualify. Eligible medium-duty AFVs with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) between 8,500 and 26,001 pounds (lbs.) may qualify for a credit of up to $12,000. Heavy-duty AFVs with a GVWR over 26,001 lbs. may qualify for a credit of up to $20,000. The maximum credit per taxpayer is $250,000 and no unused portion of the credit may be carried forward. Qualified AFVs must be purchased before June 30, 2017, remain registered in Georgia for at least five years, be certified by the Georgia Board of Natural Resources, and accumulate at least 75% of their annual mileage in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Revenue will pre-approve credit applications on a first come, first served basis. Up to $2.5 million in total credits will be available each fiscal year. (Reference Georgia Code 48-7-29.18 and 48-7-29.19)
Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) offers a reduced cost lease on the BRC FuelMaker Phill CNG vehicle home fueling appliance. To qualify, applicants must be AGL customers, meet the specified credit requirements, and agree to the terms of the standard lease agreement. The $60 per month lease option is available to the first 500 applicants and includes installation costs of up to $2,000. For more information, see the AGL FuelMaker Phill Lease Program website.
An income tax credit is available to individuals who purchase or lease a new dedicated AFV or convert a vehicle to operate solely on an alternative fuel. The amount of the tax credit is 10% of the vehicle cost, up to $2,500. Qualified vehicles must meet emissions standards the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has defined. Eligible alternative fuels include natural gas, propane, hydrogen, coal-derived liquid fuels, fuels other than alcohol derived from biological materials, and electricity. Any portion of the credit not used in the year the AFV is purchased or converted may be carried over for up to five years. This incentive does not apply to hybrid electric vehicles. The tax credit expires July 1, 2015. For more information, see the DNR Alternative Fuels and Tax Credits website. (Reference House Bill 170, 2015, and Georgia Code 48-7-40.16)
An income tax credit is available to individuals who purchase or lease a new ZEV. The amount of the tax credit is 20% of the vehicle cost, up to $5,000. For the purpose of this credit, a ZEV is defined as a motor vehicle that has zero tailpipe and evaporative emissions, including a pure electric vehicle. Low-speed vehicles do not qualify for this credit. Any portion of the credit not used in the year the ZEV is purchased or leased may be carried over for up to five years. The tax credit expires July 1, 2015. For more information, see the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Alternative Fuels and Tax Credits website. (Reference House Bill 170, 2015, and Georgia Code 48-7-40.16)
The Georgia Division of Energy Resources and the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) provide assistance to companies that are considering locating alternative fuels production facilities in Georgia. Using a broad network of biomass and energy industry representatives, as well as state and local government leaders, GEFA may provide prospective businesses with useful information and connect businesses with the appropriate contacts.
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) provides rebates to in-state colleges, universities, and state and local governments to install Level 2 and DC fast charging EVSE. The rebate provides up to 50% of the cost of equipment and installation up to $40,000 per eligible entity. GEFA also provides rebates for up to 75% of the cost of installation for third-party donated EVSE. Rebate recipients must operate EVSE for at least three years, provide a minimum amount of public access to the EVSE, and collect and submit charging data to GEFA. Additional rules and conditions apply. For more information, see the Charge Georgia website.
State agencies and departments must prioritize the procurement of high fuel efficiency and flexible fuel vehicles when such technologies are commercially available and economically practical. Additionally, all state-owned fueling facilities must purchase gasoline blended with ethanol and diesel fuel blended with biodiesel for use in state vehicles when available and economically practical. (Reference Executive Order 02.28.06.02, 2006)
Through the EV Project, ECOtality offers EVSE at no cost to individuals in the Atlanta metropolitan area. To be eligible for free home charging stations, individuals living within the specified area must purchase a qualified plug-in electric vehicle (PEV). Individuals purchasing an eligible PEV should apply at the dealership at the time of vehicle purchase. The EV Project incentive program will also cover most, if not all, of the costs of EVSE installation. All participants in the EV Project incentive program must agree to anonymous data collection after installation. Additional restrictions may apply.
Tangible personal property used in or for the construction of a facility dedicated to the production and processing of ethanol, biodiesel, butanol, and their by-products are exempt from the state sales and use tax. To qualify, alternative fuels produced in the facility must be derived from biomass materials such as agricultural products, animal fats, or the wastes of such products or fats. The tax exemption does not apply to property purchased after alternative fuel production and processing has begun at the facility. The exemption applies to tangible personal property purchased between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2012. (Reference Georgia Code 48-8-3)
The Georgia Department of Revenue and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are authorized to develop a list of HEV models that qualify for an HOV lane exemption regardless of the number of passengers, pending federal legislative or regulatory approval. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in May 2007, and a final rule is pending. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) must determine whether allowing the qualifying HEVs to travel in HOV lanes would degrade the performance of the lanes. Refer to the GDOT Web site for more information. (Reference Georgia Code 32-9-4)
The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority administers the Georgia E85 Retail Infrastructure Grant Program, which funds E85 infrastructure projects. Grants of up to $20,000 or 1/3 of the total planned project cost, whichever is less, are available for each approved project. Construction for any approved project must begin no later than six months after the date the grant is issued and must be complete within one year of receipt of the grant. No grants will be awarded after July 1, 2009. (Reference Georgia Code 50-8-170)
The state Senate created a Senate Biodiesel Fuel Study Committee to study the conditions, needs, and issues associated with expanding biodiesel use and production in the state of Georgia. The Committee met and no significant findings or recommendations with legislative import were noted. (Reference Senate Resolution 1201, 2008)
Funded through Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds, the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incremental Cost Incentive Program is available to local businesses, governments, and authorities throughout the 13-county Metropolitan Atlanta area. The program provides an incentive for fleets to purchase alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) by offering funding to offset the incremental cost difference of AFVs from comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to use alternative fuels and all vehicles must operate full-time on the alternative fuel. There is a 20% matched dollar requirement for each project.