Oklahoma says OK to CNG with rebates
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) is the State of Oklahoma's regulatory agency for fuel, public utilities, and transportation. It has approved a rebate program for vehicle purchases and conversions to compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as for the purchase and installation of a residential fueling system.
The rebate will be offered through Oklahoma Natural Gas, the largest natural gas provider in the state, but is available to all Oklahomans regardless of whether they're ONG customers or not.
The rebates amount to $2,500 for the purchase of a dedicated natural gas vehicle, $1,500 for the purchase of a "dual fuel" natural gas vehicle, and $2,500 for the purchase of a residential system that allows CNG refueling at home. The program is limited to three rebates per customer per calendar year.
The rebates will be paid for through a surcharge at ONG's public natural gas filling stations. These filling stations are operated non-profit and are often cheaper than commercial facilities and the surcharge of 25 cents per gallon equivalent will still mean the ONG filling stations are generally cheaper than commercial counterparts. The surcharge helps bring them closer together, however, which may help alleviate a common complaint amongst commercial filling stations.