However, the Senate Finance Committee amended the bill, making the changes effective April 15. The modified version of the bill is expected to save the state $6 million this year.
The bill passed the Senate last week and was approved by the House Finance Committee Wednesday morning in unanimous voice vote. The bill will be up for a first reading in the House Thursday morning, setting up a final vote on the bill this Saturday.
Meanwhile, Mountaineer Gas Company on Wednesday asked the state Public Service Commission to approve a rate schedule that would allow the company to begin providing fuel to natural gas vehicles.
In addition to proposing pricing and other terms and conditions for setting up filling stations, Mountaineer Gas has asked the commission to allow the company to offer a $1,000 credit to each new fueling station account.
The credit is designed to help offset the cost of installing natural gas fueling equipment.
"Mountaineer Gas Company hopes to support the development of the NGV fleet in West Virginia," company president Tom Taylor said in the filing.
"The action today is a first step to make low cost natural gas available for use as a transportation fuel," he said.
According to the gas company's proposal, both home and commercial fueling units would be eligible for the credit.
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