(1)The Secretary shall, within one year after October 24, 1992, issue regulations establishing guidelines for comprehensive State alternative fuels and alternative fueled vehicle incentives and program plans designed to accelerate the introduction and use of such fuels and vehicles. Such guideline  shall address the development, modification, and implementation of such State plans and shall describe those program elements, as described in paragraph (3), to be addressed in such plans.
(2)The Secretary, after consultation with the Secretary of Transportation and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, shall invite the Governor of each State to submit to the Secretary a State plan within one year after the effective date of the regulations issued under paragraph (1). Such plan shall include—
(A)provisions designed to result in scheduled progress toward, and achievement of, the goal of introducing substantial numbers of alternative fueled vehicles in such State by the year 2000; and
(B)a detailed description of the requirements, including the estimated cost of implementation, of such plan.
(3)Each proposed State plan, in order to be eligible for Federal assistance under this section, shall describe the manner in which coordination shall be achieved with Federal and local governmental entities in implementing such plan, and shall include an examination of—
(A)exemption from State sales tax or other State or local taxes or surcharges (other than such taxes or surcharges which are dedicated for transportation purposes) with respect to alternative fueled vehicles, alternative fuels, or alternative fueling facilities;
(B)the introduction of alternative fueled vehicles into State-owned or operated motor vehicle fleets;
(C)special parking at public buildings and airport and transportation facilities;
(D)programs of public education to promote the use of alternative fueled vehicles;
(E)the treatment of sales of alternative fuels for use in alternative fueled vehicles;
(F)methods by which State and local governments might facilitate—
(i)the availability of alternative fuels; and
(ii)the ability to recharge electric motor vehicles at public locations;
(G)allowing public utilities to include in rates the incremental cost of—
(i)new alternative fueled vehicles;
(ii)converting conventional vehicles to operate on alternative fuels; and
(iii)installing alternative fuel fueling facilities,
but only to the extent that the inclusion of such costs in rates would not create competitive disadvantages for other market participants, and taking into consideration the effect inclusion of such costs would have on rates, service, and reliability to other utility customers;
(H)such other programs and incentives as the State may describe;
(I)whether accomplishing any of the goals in this subsection would require amendment to State law or regulation, including traffic safety prohibitions;
(J)services provided by municipal, county, and regional transit authorities; and
(K)effects of such plan on programs authorized by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and amendments made by that Act.
(b) Federal assistance to States
(1)Upon request of the Governor of any State with a plan approved under this section, the Secretary may provide to such State—
(A)information and technical assistance, including model State laws and proposed regulations relating to alternative fueled vehicles;
(B)grants of Federal financial assistance for the purpose of assisting such State in the implementation of such plan or any part thereof; and
(C)grants of Federal financial assistance for the acquisition of alternative fueled vehicles.
(2)In determining whether to approve a State plan submitted under subsection (a) of this section, and in determining the amount of Federal financial assistance, if any, to be provided to any State under this subsection, the Secretary shall take into account—
(A)the energy-related and environmental-related impacts, on a life cycle basis, of the introduction and use of alternative fueled vehicles included in the plan compared to conventional motor vehicles;
(B)the number of alternative fueled vehicles likely to be introduced by the year 2000, as a result of successful implementation of the plan; and
(C)such other factors as the Secretary considers appropriate.
(3)The Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator of General Services, shall provide assistance to States in procuring alternative fueled vehicles, including coordination with Federal procurements of such vehicles.
(4)The Secretary may not approve a State plan submitted under subsection (a) of this section unless the State agrees to provide at least 20 percent of the cost of activities for which assistance is provided under paragraph (1).
(c) General provisions
(1)In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to transportation and with other appropriate Federal and State departments and agencies.
(2)The Secretary shall report annually to the President and the Congress, and shall furnish copies of such report to the Governor of each State participating in the program, on the operation of the program under this section. Such report shall include—
(A)an estimate of the number of alternative fueled vehicles in use in each State;
(B)the degree of each State’s participation in the program;
(C)a description of Federal, State, and local programs undertaken in the various States, whether pursuant to a State plan under this section or not, to provide incentives for introduction of alternative fueled vehicles;
(D)an estimate of the energy and environmental benefits of the program; and
(E)the recommendations of the Secretary, if any, for additional action by the Federal Government.
For the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
The term “Governor” means the chief executive of a State.
The term “State” means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other Commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.
(e) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated for carrying out this section, $10,000,000 for each of the 5 fiscal years beginning after October 24, 1992.
 So in original. Probably should be “guidelines”.
The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, referred to in subsec. (a)(3)(K), is Pub. L. 102–240, Dec. 18, 1991, 105 Stat. 1914. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 1991 Amendment note set out under section
101 of Title
49, Transportation, and Tables.
Termination of Reporting Requirements
For termination, effective May 15, 2000, of provisions in subsec. (c)(2) of this section relating to annual reports to Congress, see section 3003 ofPub. L. 104–66, as amended, set out as a note under section
1113 of Title
31, Money and Finance, and the 8th item on page 86 of House Document No. 103–7.
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