Sen. Heather A. Steans

Filed: 4/7/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1615, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The Alternate Fuels Act is amended by changing
6Section 30 as follows:
7    (415 ILCS 120/30)
8    Sec. 30. Rebate and grant program.
9    (a) Beginning January 1, 1997, and as long as funds are
10available, each owner of an alternate fuel vehicle shall be
11eligible to apply for a rebate. Beginning July 1, 2005, each
12owner of a vehicle using domestic renewable fuel is eligible to
13apply for a fuel cost differential rebate under item (3) of
14this subsection (c) of this Section. The Agency shall cause
15rebates to be issued under the provisions of this Act. An owner
16may apply for only one of 3 types of rebates with regard to an



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1individual alternate fuel vehicle: (i) a conversion cost
2rebate, (ii) an OEM differential cost rebate, or (iii) a fuel
3cost differential rebate. Only one rebate may be issued with
4regard to a particular alternate fuel vehicle during the life
5of that vehicle. A rebate shall not exceed $4,000 per vehicle.
6Over the life of this rebate program, an owner of an alternate
7fuel vehicle or a vehicle using domestic renewable fuel may not
8receive rebates for more than 150 vehicles per location or for
9300 vehicles in total.
10        (1) (a) A conversion cost rebate may be issued to an
11    owner or his or her designee in order to reduce the cost of
12    converting a conventional vehicle or a hybrid vehicle to an
13    alternate fuel vehicle. Conversion of a conventional
14    vehicle or a hybrid vehicle to alternate fuel capability
15    must take place in Illinois for the owner to be eligible
16    for the conversion cost rebate. Amounts spent by applicants
17    within a calendar year may be claimed on a rebate
18    application submitted within 12 months after the month in
19    which the conversion of the vehicle took place. Approved
20    conversion cost rebates applied for during or after
21    calendar year 1997 shall be 80% of all approved conversion
22    costs claimed and documented. Approval of conversion cost
23    rebates may continue after calendar year 2002, if funds are
24    still available. An applicant may include on an application
25    submitted in 1997 all amounts spent within that calendar
26    year on the conversion, even if the expenditure occurred



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1    before promulgation of the Agency rules.
2        (2) (b) An OEM differential cost rebate may be issued
3    to an owner or his or her designee in order to reduce the
4    cost differential between a conventional vehicle or engine
5    and the same vehicle or engine, produced by an original
6    equipment manufacturer, that has the capability to use
7    alternate fuels.
8        A new OEM vehicle or engine must be purchased in
9    Illinois and must either be an alternate fuel vehicle or
10    used in an alternate fuel vehicle, respectively, for the
11    owner to be eligible for an OEM differential cost rebate.
12    Large vehicles, over 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight,
13    purchased outside Illinois are eligible for an OEM
14    differential cost rebate if the same or a comparable
15    vehicle is not available for purchase in Illinois. Amounts
16    spent by applicants within a calendar year may be claimed
17    on a rebate application submitted within 12 months after
18    the month in which the new OEM vehicle or engine was
19    purchased.
20        Approved OEM differential cost rebates applied for
21    during or after calendar year 1997 shall be 80% of all
22    approved cost differential claimed and documented.
23    Approval of OEM differential cost rebates may continue
24    after calendar year 2002, if funds are still available. An
25    applicant may include on an application submitted in 1997
26    all amounts spent within that calendar year on OEM



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1    equipment, even if the expenditure occurred before
2    promulgation of the Agency rules.
3        (3) (c) A fuel cost differential rebate may be issued
4    to an owner or his or her designee in order to reduce the
5    cost differential between conventional fuels and domestic
6    renewable fuels or alternate fuels purchased to operate an
7    alternate fuel vehicle. The fuel cost differential shall be
8    based on a 3-year life cycle cost analysis developed by the
9    Agency by rulemaking. The rebate shall apply to and be
10    payable during a consecutive 3-year period commencing on
11    the date the application is approved by the Agency.
12    Approved fuel cost differential rebates may be applied for
13    during or after calendar year 1997 and approved rebates
14    shall be 80% of the cost differential for a consecutive
15    3-year period. Approval of fuel cost differential rebates
16    may continue after calendar year 2002 if funds are still
17    available.
18        Twenty-five percent of the amount that is appropriated
19    under Section 40 to be used to fund programs authorized by
20    this Section during calendar year 2001 shall be designated
21    to fund fuel cost differential rebates. If the total dollar
22    amount of approved fuel cost differential rebate
23    applications as of July 1, 2001 is less than the amount
24    designated for that calendar year, the balance of
25    designated funds shall be immediately available to fund any
26    rebate authorized by this Section and approved in the



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1    calendar year.
2        An approved fuel cost differential rebate shall be paid
3    to an owner in 3 annual installments on or about the
4    anniversary date of the approval of the application. Owners
5    receiving a fuel cost differential rebate shall be required
6    to demonstrate, through recordkeeping, the use of domestic
7    renewable fuels during the 3-year period commencing on the
8    date the application is approved by the Agency. If the
9    vehicle ceases to be registered to the original applicant
10    owner, a prorated installment shall be paid to that owner
11    or the owner's designee and the remainder of the rebate
12    shall be canceled.
13    (b) (d) Vehicles owned by the federal government or
14vehicles registered in a state outside Illinois are not
15eligible for rebates.
16    (c) Through fiscal year 2013, the Agency may make grants to
17car sharing organizations in Illinois for the purchase of
18electric vehicles. The grant program shall be subject to the
19existing rules in 35 Ill. Adm. Code 275. A grant may not exceed
2025% of the total project cost including vehicles and supporting
22        (1) In each fiscal year, a car sharing organization may
23    submit a grant application to the Agency by June 30th. The
24    application shall include the following information:
25            (A) the information required in subsection (a) of
26        35 Ill. Adm. Code 275.230, except for items 1, 2, 3, 4



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1        and 7;
2            (B) a narrative description of the project;
3            (C) a detailed project budget, including the costs
4        of vehicles and supporting infrastructure; and
5            (D) the number of vehicles proposed to be purchased
6        as part of the project.
7        (2) After the Agency has processed all rebate requests
8    submitted during the fiscal year, it may award grants for a
9    total amount not to exceed the amount of unspent money
10    remaining of the amount appropriated for the programs
11    authorized by this Section.
12        (3) In deciding whether to award a grant, the Agency
13    shall consider the overall level of environmental benefits
14    to be realized by the proposed project.
15        (4) Grant funds may only be used for purchasing
16    electric vehicles, and shall not exceed 25% of the actual
17    project expenditures. A vehicle purchased using grant
18    funds is not eligible for any rebate authorized by this
19    Section.
20        (5) Within one year after the date of the grant award,
21    the grantee shall submit a final report to the Agency. If
22    there are grant funds unspent at that time, the remaining
23    money shall be returned to the Agency. The report shall
24    include the following information:
25            (A) the make, model, and model year of each
26        vehicle;



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1            (B) the dates of vehicle purchases;
2            (C) the vehicle identification number (VIN);
3            (D) the license plate number and the state of
4        registration;
5            (E) proof of payment for the vehicles; and
6            (F) a complete financial report for the project.
7        (6) Vehicles purchased with grant funds must remain
8    registered and in service with the grantee in Illinois for
9    a minimum of 5 years after purchase. If a vehicle is sold
10    or otherwise taken out of service in Illinois earlier than
11    that time, then the grantee shall refund to the Agency a
12    prorated amount of the grant funds used to purchase that
13    vehicle, except if a vehicle is replaced with a comparable
14    vehicle or can no longer be safely operated due to an
15    accident or other damage.
16(Source: P.A. 96-537, eff. 8-14-09; 96-1278, eff. 7-26-10.)
17    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
18becoming law.".