(a)For an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project, installation or construction of a facility for mixing, storing, compressing or dispensing fuels for alternative fuel vehicles, and any other necessary and reasonable equipment.
(b)For an alternative fuel vehicle fleet project, the replacement of two or more vehicles that are not used primarily for personal, family or household purposes, with vehicles that are modified or acquired directly from the factory and that:
(A)Use an alternative fuel, including electricity, biofuel, gasohol with at least 20 percent denatured alcohol content, hydrogen, Hythane, methane, methanol, natural gas, propane or any other fuel approved by the Director of the State Department of Energy as an alternative fuel; and
(B)Produce lower exhaust emissions, or are more energy efficient, than equivalent vehicles fueled by gasoline or diesel.
(2)“Alternative Fuel” means a motor vehicle fuel, other than petroleum gasoline or diesel, certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for roadway use that results in equivalent or lower exhaust emissions or higher energy efficiency when used. Alternative fuels include electricity, biofuels, hydrogen, Hythane, methane, methanol, natural gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), renewable diesel, butanol and other fuels the director allows. Blends of these alternative fuels with conventional fuels will only be considered an alternative fuel under these rules when the concentration of the alternative fuel is 20 percent of the entire volume of the blended fuel or greater. Hydrated fuels must have water content of 10 percent of the entire volume of the blended fuel or greater to be considered eligible as an alternative fuel under these rules.
(3)“Alternative fuel vehicle project” has the meaning given in ORS 469B.320 (Definitions for ORS 315.336 and 469B.320 to 469B.347).
(4)“Applicant” means a person who has applied for or who has received a preliminary certificate for a transportation energy incentives program tax credit.
(5)“Capital lease” means a fixed-term lease where the lessee records the leased vehicle as assets and is eligible to claim depreciation on those vehicles for tax purposes.
(6)“Certified cost” means the cost determined by the department during the review of final application, used as the basis for calculating the tax credit documented on the final certificate.
(7)“Cost” has the meaning given in ORS 469B.320 (Definitions for ORS 315.336 and 469B.320 to 469B.347) including:
(a)For an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project, the capital expenditures to acquire, erect, design, build, convert, or install a project.
(b)For an alternative fuel vehicle fleet project, the:
(A)Expenditures necessary to convert two or more existing vehicles into alternative fuel vehicles,
(B)Incremental expenditures to acquire two or more replacement alternative fuel vehicles, or
(C)For class 8 tractors, the incremental expenditure to acquire two or more replacement alternative fuel vehicles as determined and stated by the department in an Opportunity Announcement.
(8)“Department” means the Oregon Department of Energy.
(9)“Director” means the director of the department.
(10)“Incremental expenditure” means the difference between the cost of an alternative fuel vehicle and a comparable traditional fuel vehicle, or an amount determined by the department as defined in OAR 330-220-0010 (Definitions)(7)(b)(C).
(11)“Natural gas” means a gaseous fuel comprised primarily of methane derived from either hydro-carbon based or renewable sources, which can be used as a transportation fuel.
(12)“Opportunity period” means the timeframe specified in an Opportunity Announcement for the department to accept applications for alternative fuel vehicle projects.
(13)“Qualifying cost” means the amount of the alternative fuel vehicle project’s proposed cost that may be eligible for the program.
(14)“Replacement” or “replaced” means either:
(a)The removal of existing fleet vehicles and substitution of new alternative fuel vehicles, or
(b)Conversion of the fuel system of existing fleet vehicles to use alternative fuels.
(15)“Total project cost” means all costs directly associated with an alternative fuel vehicle project, including costs that are not qualifying costs.
Rule 330-220-0010 — Definitions,