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ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY
(415 ILCS 120/) Alternate Fuels Act.

415 ILCS 120/1

    (415 ILCS 120/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Alternate Fuels Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-410.)

415 ILCS 120/5

    (415 ILCS 120/5)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. The General Assembly declares that it is the public policy of the State to promote and encourage the use of alternate fuel in vehicles as a means to improve air quality in the State and to meet the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the federal Energy Policy Act of 1992. The General Assembly further declares that the State can play a leadership role in the development of vehicles powered by alternate fuels, as well as in the establishment of the necessary infrastructure to support this emerging technology.
(Source: P.A. 89-410.)

415 ILCS 120/10

    (415 ILCS 120/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Agency" means the Environmental Protection Agency.
    "Alternate fuel" means liquid petroleum gas, natural gas, E85 blend fuel, fuel composed of a minimum 80% ethanol, 80% bio-based methanol, fuels that are at least 80% derived from biomass, hydrogen fuel, or electricity, excluding on-board electric generation.
    "Alternate fuel vehicle" means any vehicle that is operated in Illinois and is capable of using an alternate fuel.
    "Biodiesel fuel" means a renewable fuel conforming to the industry standard ASTM-D6751 and registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    "Car sharing organization" means an organization whose primary business is a membership-based service that allows members to drive cars by the hour in order to extend the public transit system, reduce personal car ownership, save consumers money, increase the use of alternative transportation, and improve environmental sustainability.
    "Conventional", when used to modify the word "vehicle", "engine", or "fuel", means gasoline or diesel or any reformulations of those fuels.
    "Covered Area" means the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will and those portions of Grundy County and Kendall County that are included in the following ZIP code areas, as designated by the U.S. Postal Service on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1998: 60416, 60444, 60447, 60450, 60481, 60538, and 60543.
    "Director" means the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.
    "Domestic renewable fuel" means a fuel, produced in the United States, composed of a minimum 80% ethanol, 80% bio-based methanol, or 20% biodiesel fuel.
    "E85 blend fuel" means fuel that contains 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.
    "Electric vehicle" means a vehicle that is licensed to drive on public roadways, is predominantly powered by, and primarily refueled with, electricity, and does not have restrictions confining it to operate on only certain types of streets or roads.
    "GVWR" means Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
    "Location" means (i) a parcel of real property or (ii) multiple, contiguous parcels of real property that are separated by private roadways, public roadways, or private or public rights-of-way and are owned, operated, leased, or under common control of one party.
    "Original equipment manufacturer" or "OEM" means a manufacturer of alternate fuel vehicles or a manufacturer or remanufacturer of alternate fuel engines used in vehicles greater than 8500 pounds GVWR.
    "Rental vehicle" means any motor vehicle that is owned or controlled primarily for the purpose of short-term leasing or rental pursuant to a contract.
(Source: P.A. 97-90, eff. 7-11-11.)

415 ILCS 120/15

    (415 ILCS 120/15)
    Sec. 15. Rulemaking. The Agency shall promulgate rules and dedicate sufficient resources to implement the purposes of Section 30 of this Act. Such rules shall be consistent with the provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto. The Secretary of State may promulgate rules to implement Section 35 of this Act. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may promulgate rules to implement Section 25 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

415 ILCS 120/20

    (415 ILCS 120/20)
    Sec. 20. Rules. Rules implementing Section 30 of this Act shall include, but are not limited to, calculation of fuel cost differential rebates and designation of acceptable conversion and OEM technologies.
    In designating acceptable conversion or OEM technologies, the Agency shall favor, when available, technology that is in compliance with the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and applicable implementing federal regulations. Conversion and OEM technologies that demonstrate emission reduction capabilities that meet or exceed emission standards applicable for the vehicle's model year and weight class shall be acceptable. Standards requiring proper installation of approved conversion technologies shall be included in the recommended rules.
    Notwithstanding the above, engines used in alternate fuel vehicles greater than 8500 pounds GVWR, whether new or remanufactured, shall meet the appropriate United States Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards at the time of manufacture, and if converted, shall meet the standards in effect at the time of conversion.
(Source: P.A. 90-726, eff. 8-7-98; 91-798, eff. 7-9-00.)

415 ILCS 120/21

    (415 ILCS 120/21)
    Sec. 21. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06. Repealed by P.A. 96-323, eff. 8-11-09.)

415 ILCS 120/22

    (415 ILCS 120/22)
    Sec. 22. Flexible fuel vehicle database. The Secretary of State shall, to the extent that the necessary information is obtainable from automobile manufacturers, compile a database of the flexible fuel vehicles in the State by zip code area. The database shall be created based upon the make, model, and vehicle identification number of registered vehicles. The database shall include only the number of vehicles by zip code and shall be completed and made available to the public in both print and electronic format by January 1, 2005. For the purposes of this Section, "flexible fuel vehicle" means a vehicle that is capable of running on E85 blend fuel.
(Source: P.A. 93-913, eff. 8-12-04.)

415 ILCS 120/23

    (415 ILCS 120/23)
    Sec. 23. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-12.)

415 ILCS 120/24

    (415 ILCS 120/24)
    Sec. 24. Flexible fuel vehicle notification.
    (a) Beginning July 1, 2010 and through June 30, 2014, the Secretary of State must notify each owner of a first division licensed motor vehicle that many motor vehicles are capable of using E85 blended fuel. This notice must be included on the motor vehicle sticker renewal form mailed to the owner by the Office of the Secretary of State.
    (b) The notice must include the following text:
        E85 blended fuel reduces reliance on foreign oil and
    
supports Illinois agriculture.
(Source: P.A. 96-510, eff. 8-14-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)

415 ILCS 120/25

    (415 ILCS 120/25)
    Sec. 25. Ethanol fuel research program. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall administer a research program to reduce the costs of producing ethanol fuels and increase the viability of ethanol fuels, new ethanol engine technologies, and ethanol refueling infrastructure. This research shall be funded from the Alternate Fuels Fund. The research program shall remain in effect, subject to appropriation after calendar year 2004, or until funds are no longer available.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

415 ILCS 120/30

    (415 ILCS 120/30)
    Sec. 30. Rebate and grant program.
    (a) Beginning January 1, 1997, and as long as funds are available, each owner of an alternate fuel vehicle shall be eligible to apply for a rebate. Beginning July 1, 2005, each owner of a vehicle using domestic renewable fuel is eligible to apply for a fuel cost differential rebate under item (3) of this subsection. The Agency shall cause rebates to be issued under the provisions of this Act. An owner may apply for only one of 3 types of rebates with regard to an individual alternate fuel vehicle: (i) a conversion cost rebate, (ii) an OEM differential cost rebate, or (iii) a fuel cost differential rebate. Only one rebate may be issued with regard to a particular alternate fuel vehicle during the life of that vehicle. A rebate shall not exceed $4,000 per vehicle. Over the life of this rebate program, an owner of an alternate fuel vehicle or a vehicle using domestic renewable fuel may not receive rebates for more than 150 vehicles per location or for 300 vehicles in total.
        (1) A conversion cost rebate may be issued to an
    
owner or his or her designee in order to reduce the cost of converting a conventional vehicle or a hybrid vehicle to an alternate fuel vehicle. Conversion of a conventional vehicle or a hybrid vehicle to alternate fuel capability must take place in Illinois for the owner to be eligible for the conversion cost rebate. Amounts spent by applicants within a calendar year may be claimed on a rebate application submitted within 12 months after the month in which the conversion of the vehicle took place. Approved conversion cost rebates applied for during or after calendar year 1997 shall be 80% of all approved conversion costs claimed and documented. Approval of conversion cost rebates may continue after calendar year 2002, if funds are still available. An applicant may include on an application submitted in 1997 all amounts spent within that calendar year on the conversion, even if the expenditure occurred before promulgation of the Agency rules.
        (2) An OEM differential cost rebate may be issued to
    
an owner or his or her designee in order to reduce the cost differential between a conventional vehicle or engine and the same vehicle or engine, produced by an original equipment manufacturer, that has the capability to use alternate fuels.
        A new OEM vehicle or engine must be purchased in
    
Illinois and must either be an alternate fuel vehicle or used in an alternate fuel vehicle, respectively, for the owner to be eligible for an OEM differential cost rebate. Large vehicles, over 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight, purchased outside Illinois are eligible for an OEM differential cost rebate if the same or a comparable vehicle is not available for purchase in Illinois. Amounts spent by applicants within a calendar year may be claimed on a rebate application submitted within 12 months after the month in which the new OEM vehicle or engine was purchased.
        Approved OEM differential cost rebates applied for
    
during or after calendar year 1997 shall be 80% of all approved cost differential claimed and documented. Approval of OEM differential cost rebates may continue after calendar year 2002, if funds are still available. An applicant may include on an application submitted in 1997 all amounts spent within that calendar year on OEM equipment, even if the expenditure occurred before promulgation of the Agency rules.
        (3) A fuel cost differential rebate may be issued to
    
an owner or his or her designee in order to reduce the cost differential between conventional fuels and domestic renewable fuels or alternate fuels purchased to operate an alternate fuel vehicle. The fuel cost differential shall be based on a 3-year life cycle cost analysis developed by the Agency by rulemaking. The rebate shall apply to and be payable during a consecutive 3-year period commencing on the date the application is approved by the Agency. Approved fuel cost differential rebates may be applied for during or after calendar year 1997 and approved rebates shall be 80% of the cost differential for a consecutive 3-year period. Approval of fuel cost differential rebates may continue after calendar year 2002 if funds are still available.
        Twenty-five percent of the amount that is
    
appropriated under Section 40 to be used to fund programs authorized by this Section during calendar year 2001 shall be designated to fund fuel cost differential rebates. If the total dollar amount of approved fuel cost differential rebate applications as of July 1, 2001 is less than the amount designated for that calendar year, the balance of designated funds shall be immediately available to fund any rebate authorized by this Section and approved in the calendar year.
        An approved fuel cost differential rebate shall be
    
paid to an owner in 3 annual installments on or about the anniversary date of the approval of the application. Owners receiving a fuel cost differential rebate shall be required to demonstrate, through recordkeeping, the use of domestic renewable fuels during the 3-year period commencing on the date the application is approved by the Agency. If the vehicle ceases to be registered to the original applicant owner, a prorated installment shall be paid to that owner or the owner's designee and the remainder of the rebate shall be canceled.
    (b) Vehicles owned by the federal government or vehicles registered in a state outside Illinois are not eligible for rebates.
    (c) Through fiscal year 2013, the Agency may make grants to one or more car sharing organizations located and operating in Illinois for the purchase of new electric vehicles from an Illinois car dealership. A grant may not exceed 25% of the total project cost, including vehicles and supporting infrastructure.
        (1) Once in each fiscal year, a car sharing
    
organization may submit a grant proposal to the Agency. The information in the proposal shall, at a minimum, consist of the following:
            (A) the name, address, and locations of the car
        
sharing organization and its operations within Illinois;
            (B) a description of the car sharing
        
organization, including the number and types of vehicles currently in the fleet and how the vehicles are strategically located to maximize their usage along with a summary of the demographic populations being served;
            (C) a summary of average miles per year driven by
        
the vehicles currently in the fleet;
            (D) a narrative description of the project,
        
including the overall plans of the organization in acquiring electric vehicles, the makes and models and the number of electric vehicles that will be acquired by the funding, estimated purchase costs for each vehicle, how the vehicles will be refueled, and whether the refueling locations are available to the public or other entities, are private facilities solely used by the organization, or a combination of both; and
            (E) a detailed project budget, including the
        
costs of vehicles and supporting infrastructure.
        (2) The Agency may award grants and set grant
    
amounts, provided that the total amount of the grants does not exceed the Agency's estimate of the amount of the annual appropriation remaining after all rebates have been submitted and processed.
        (3) In deciding whether to award a grant, the Agency
    
shall consider the overall level of environmental benefits to be realized by the proposed project.
        (4) Grant funds may only be used for purchasing
    
electric vehicles, and shall not exceed 25% of the actual project expenditures. A vehicle purchased using grant funds is not eligible for any rebate authorized by this Section. The grant shall provide funding only for the base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the vehicle and its electric motors and drivetrain system as depicted on the window sticker or similar documents, and is not to include add-on options such as cabin-related product or component upgrades and extended warranties.
        (5) Within one year after the date of the grant
    
award, the grantee shall submit a final report to the Agency. If there are grant funds unspent at that time, the remaining money shall be returned to the Agency. The report shall include the following information:
            (A) the make, model, and model year of each
        
vehicle;
            (B) the dates of vehicle purchases;
            (C) the vehicle identification number (VIN);
            (D) the license plate number and the state of
        
registration;
            (E) a copy of each vehicle's window sticker or
        
similar document showing the base MSRP and all options;
            (F) proof of payment and purchase invoices for
        
the vehicles showing the Illinois car dealership where the vehicles were purchased; and
            (G) a complete financial report for the project.
        (6) Vehicles purchased with grant funds must remain
    
registered and in service with the grantee in Illinois for a minimum of 5 years after purchase. If a vehicle is sold or otherwise taken out of service in Illinois earlier than that time, then the grantee shall refund to the Agency a prorated amount of the grant funds used to purchase that vehicle, except if a vehicle is replaced with a comparable vehicle or can no longer be safely operated due to an accident or other damage.
(Source: P.A. 96-537, eff. 8-14-09; 96-1278, eff. 7-26-10; 97-90, eff. 7-11-11.)

415 ILCS 120/31

    (415 ILCS 120/31)
    Sec. 31. Alternate Fuel Infrastructure Program. Subject to appropriation, the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (now Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity) shall establish a grant program to provide funding for the building of E85 blend, propane, at least 20% biodiesel blended fuel, and compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facilities, including private on-site fueling facilities, to be built within the covered area or in Illinois metropolitan areas over 100,000 in population. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall be responsible for reviewing the proposals and awarding the grants.
(Source: P.A. 94-62, eff. 6-20-05.)

415 ILCS 120/32

    (415 ILCS 120/32)
    Sec. 32. Clean Fuel Education Program. Subject to appropriation, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in cooperation with the Agency and Chicago Area Clean Cities, shall administer the Clean Fuel Education Program, the purpose of which is to educate fleet administrators and Illinois' citizens about the benefits of using alternate fuels. The program shall include a media campaign.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

415 ILCS 120/35

    (415 ILCS 120/35)
    Sec. 35. User fees.
    (a) The Office of the Secretary of State shall collect annual user fees from any individual, partnership, association, corporation, or agency of the United States government that registers any combination of 10 or more of the following types of motor vehicles in the Covered Area: (1) vehicles of the First Division, as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code; (2) vehicles of the Second Division registered under the B, D, F, H, MD, MF, MG, MH and MJ plate categories, as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code; and (3) commuter vans and livery vehicles as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code. This Section does not apply to vehicles registered under the International Registration Plan under Section 3-402.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code. The user fee shall be $20 for each vehicle registered in the Covered Area for each fiscal year. The Office of the Secretary of State shall collect the $20 when a vehicle's registration fee is paid.
    (b) Owners of State, county, and local government vehicles, rental vehicles, antique vehicles, expanded-use antique vehicles, electric vehicles, and motorcycles are exempt from paying the user fees on such vehicles.
    (c) The Office of the Secretary of State shall deposit the user fees collected into the Alternate Fuels Fund.
(Source: P.A. 97-412, eff. 1-1-12.)

415 ILCS 120/40

    (415 ILCS 120/40)
    Sec. 40. Appropriations from the Alternate Fuels Fund.
    (a) User Fees Funds. The Agency shall estimate the amount of user fees expected to be collected under Section 35 of this Act for each fiscal year. User fee funds shall be deposited into and distributed from the Alternate Fuels Fund in the following manner:
        (1) In each of fiscal years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,
    
and 2003, an amount not to exceed $200,000, and beginning in fiscal year 2004 an annual amount not to exceed $225,000, may be appropriated to the Agency from the Alternate Fuels Fund to pay its costs of administering the programs authorized by Section 30 of this Act. Up to $200,000 may be appropriated to the Office of the Secretary of State in each of fiscal years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 from the Alternate Fuels Fund to pay the Secretary of State's costs of administering the programs authorized under this Act. Beginning in fiscal year 2004 and in each fiscal year thereafter, an amount not to exceed $225,000 may be appropriated to the Secretary of State from the Alternate Fuels Fund to pay the Secretary of State's costs of administering the programs authorized under this Act.
        (2) In fiscal years 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002, after
    
appropriation of the amounts authorized by item (1) of subsection (a) of this Section, the remaining moneys estimated to be collected during each fiscal year shall be appropriated as follows: 80% of the remaining moneys shall be appropriated to fund the programs authorized by Section 30, and 20% shall be appropriated to fund the programs authorized by Section 25. In fiscal year 2004 and each fiscal year thereafter, after appropriation of the amounts authorized by item (1) of subsection (a) of this Section, the remaining moneys estimated to be collected during each fiscal year shall be appropriated as follows: 70% of the remaining moneys shall be appropriated to fund the programs authorized by Section 30 and 30% shall be appropriated to fund the programs authorized by Section 31.
        (3) (Blank).
        (4) Moneys appropriated to fund the programs
    
authorized in Sections 25 and 30 shall be expended only after they have been collected and deposited into the Alternate Fuels Fund.
    (b) General Revenue Fund Appropriations. General Revenue Fund amounts appropriated to and deposited into the Alternate Fuels Fund shall be distributed from the Alternate Fuels Fund in the following manner:
        (1) In each of fiscal years 2003 and 2004, an amount
    
not to exceed $50,000 may be appropriated to the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (now Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity) from the Alternate Fuels Fund to pay its costs of administering the programs authorized by Sections 31 and 32.
        (2) In each of fiscal years 2003 and 2004, an amount
    
not to exceed $50,000 may be appropriated to the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (now Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity) to fund the programs authorized by Section 32.
        (3) In each of fiscal years 2003 and 2004, after
    
appropriation of the amounts authorized in items (1) and (2) of subsection (b) of this Section, the remaining moneys received from the General Revenue Fund shall be appropriated as follows: 52.632% of the remaining moneys shall be appropriated to fund the programs authorized by Sections 25 and 30 and 47.368% of the remaining moneys shall be appropriated to fund the programs authorized by Section 31. The moneys appropriated to fund the programs authorized by Sections 25 and 30 shall be used as follows: 20% shall be used to fund the programs authorized by Section 25, and 80% shall be used to fund the programs authorized by Section 30.
    Moneys appropriated to fund the programs authorized in Section 31 shall be expended only after they have been deposited into the Alternate Fuels Fund.
(Source: P.A. 93-32, eff. 7-1-03; 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

415 ILCS 120/45

    (415 ILCS 120/45)
    Sec. 45. Alternate Fuels Fund; creation; deposit of user fees. A separate fund in the State Treasury called the Alternate Fuels Fund is created, into which shall be transferred the user fees as provided in Section 35 and any other revenues, deposits, State appropriations, contributions, grants, gifts, bequests, legacies of money and securities, or transfers as provided by law from, without limitation, governmental entities, private sources, foundations, trade associations, industry organizations, and not-for-profit organizations.
(Source: P.A. 92-858, eff. 1-3-03.)

415 ILCS 120/900

    (415 ILCS 120/900)
    Sec. 900. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 89-410; text omitted.)

415 ILCS 120/999

    (415 ILCS 120/999)
    Sec. 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 89-410.)