Senate approves program for natural gas vehicles

April 7, 2011 9:50:10 AM PDT
The Texas Senate approved a program that would encourage companies to switch heavy vehicles from diesel fuel to natural gas. The proposed legislation by state Sen. Tommy Williams would also create the Texas Clean Transportation Triangle. The state would provide grants to companies that built natural gas refueling centers along interstate highways connecting Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

Companies that own heavy trucks will also receive grants to either buy natural gas-powered replacements, or to refit existing trucks to accept natural gas fuel.

The program would be funded with $41.7 million from the Texas Emissions Reduction Program.