Texas Natural Gas MOTOR FUEL Sales Continue to Climb
Fleets Increasing Use of Natural Gas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2018
AUSTIN — For the fifth straight year, more miles are being driven on Texas roads with natural gas. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reports that revenues from natural gas motor fuel tax collections are up nearly five percent compared to last year at this time (see below chart).
"More and more Texans are recognizing the benefits of clean, Texas-produced energy," said State Representative and TXNG board chair, Jason Isaac. "Using Texas fuels like natural gas not only creates good-paying jobs in our state and helps keep our air clean, it also increases oil and gas severance taxes, which fund our roads and our schools. Booming natural gas production is a win for our air, our economy, and our state’s future."
“Tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,944,002 as of February 28, the midpoint of the state’s fiscal year. At 15 cents per gallon equivalent, $2,944,002 of motor fuel tax equates to the sale of 19.6 million gallon equivalents of natural gas in the past six months,” Isaac said. “Because municipal and transit fleets, which make up about a third of natural gas vehicles, are tax-exempt, their usage isn't captured in these gallons. When you add in an additional 33 percent to account for them, total natural gas used on Texas highways is about 26.1 million gallons.”
A “gallon equivalent” is the amount of CNG or LNG with the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel.
Fleet managers interested in transitioning to natural gas, or expanding their current use, should visit the TXNG website, www.txng.org, for information on the latest incentives and regulatory changes. The Foundation will host workshops this summer to give fleet managers the opportunity to share information about transitioning to natural gas.