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LNG locomotive incentive

​Program Update

Changes to the BC Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation now make it easier for FortisBC to help companies experience the benefits of natural gas as a fuel for locomotives. We can provide up to 75 per cent of the incremental cost of upgrading to a natural gas versus the equivalent diesel locomotive. This would include the capital costs associated with the locomotive and the fuel tender car. FortisBC is accepting incentive applications from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

Eligibility requirements

Owners of locomotives and fuel tender cars operating in BC are eligible to apply.

How to apply

  1. The completed application form, signed by the applicant, must be submitted to by 11:59 (PST) on December 31, 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  2. Once awarded, successful applicants must sign a vehicle conversion contribution agreement with FortisBC prior to submission of a purchase order for a natural gas locomotive or natural gas conversion kit. To obtain the contribution agreement, please contact Arvind Ramakrishnan, FortisBC manager, customer solutions NGT and regional LNG, at 604.592.8210 or

Incentive calculation

The incentive program provides a base incentive of 25 per cent of the incremental capital cost of a qualifying natural gas locomotive and fuel tender car, or a natural gas conversion kit, and an equivalent diesel powered locomotive. Some customers may be eligible for additional incentives, for up to 75 per cent of the incremental cost.

Evaluation process and additional criteria

Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Equifax Credit Information Score of 30 or less
  • Equifax Payment Index of 45 days or less

Incentive awards will be made entirely at the discretion of FortisBC.

If you have any questions about the current round of incentive funding, please contact:

Arvind Ramakrishnan
FortisBC manager, customer solutions NGT and regional LNG
Tel: 604.592.8210