COLUMBUS — Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, 12th District, has received the Clean Fuels Ohio “Legislator of the Year” award at the Midwest Green Fleets Forum and Expo in Columbus.
“I’m grateful for this honor from Clean Fuels Ohio,” said Faber. “I’ve long been a supporter of identifying alternative fuel sources. Incentivizing clean fuel use leads to reductions in emissions, savings on fuel costs and job creation across our great state.”
Faber played an instrumental role in securing a $5 million grant for the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Program which was signed into law earlier this year (House Bill 390). The grant program helps both public and private fleets to convert to alternative fuel sources like Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and propane.
“President Faber stepped up when we needed him and showed real leadership by knocking down a barrier that fleets are running into all over the country,” said Sam Spofforth, executive director of Clean Fuels Ohio. “Upfront costs for alternative fueled vehicles are a significant issue to overcome. All over the nation, states are adopting grants and tax credits to help business fleets get more alternative fueled vehicles on the road and until recently, Ohio was one of only a few states that did nothing to help. Due to President Faber’s leadership, the upfront costs that were preventing a number of fleets from adopting alternative fuels are less of a factor.”