H.R. 1622: To provide for a program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles

H.R. 1622

To provide for a program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles

Date
July 20, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1622 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 1622 was introduced on March 19, 2009, by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

Bill Summary

H.R. 1622 would create a new five-year program for natural gas vehicle research, development, and demonstration. "Natural gas" is defined as compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, biomethane, and mixtures of hydrogen and methane or natural gas. The Secretary would coordinate with the natural gas vehicle industry to ensure cooperation between the public and private sector. The bill authorizes the appropriation of $30 million for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2014.

Background

The Energy Information Administration estimates that there were roughly 116,000 compressed natural gas vehicles in the U.S. in 2006, and roughly 3,000 liquefied natural gas vehicles. Most natural gas vehicles are light-duty (i.e., passenger) vehicles. Natural gas vehicles generally have lower greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles.

Cost

According to CBO, H.R. 1622 would cost the federal government $132 million over five years, and $18 million after 2014 assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts.