This past legislative session, the General Assembly passed Senate Resolution 1038 which authorized the creation of a new joint committee to study the “conditions, needs, issues and problems with installing refueling infrastructure.” The committee will study incentives for both investors and operators. Five members of the Senate and five members of the House will serve on the committee, co-chaired by Senator Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga) and Rep. Bubber Epps (R- Dry Branch).

Mullis sponsored the resolution in the Senate this past session, while Rep. Brett Harrell (R- Snellville) sponsored it in the House. The resolution was prompted by the increasing regulation around traditional fuels, such as stricter fuel economy and emissions standards, as well as increasing interest in alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). The committee will attempt to answer, or at least shed more light on, the chicken or egg question around consumer interest in alternative fuels – refueling infrastructure likely needs to be in place for consumers to desire alternative fuel vehicles, but station operators are only willing to invest in infrastructure upgrades if there is significant consumer interest. 

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