Wednesday, November 20, 2019

DEP Invests $1.89 Million For 12 Clean Energy Vehicle Projects Across The State; Next Applications Due Dec. 13

On November 20, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has invested $1,891,000 in 12 clean energy vehicle projects through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants Program.
“Replacing gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles with lower-emissions alternative fuel vehicles makes a world of sense,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It makes Pennsylvania’s communities and environment healthier; helps to slow the increasingly urgent impacts of climate change we’re seeing; and saves owners money on fuel costs.” 
The AFIG program supports replacement of older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks, and other vehicles with cleaner natural gas and electric vehicles, as well as installation of fueling stations for such vehicles. 
Projects Funded
The projects funded in this round include--
-- County of Allegheny: $30,000 for four new Chevy Bolt electric vehicles to replace four fleet vehicles used by county employees working in downtown facilities.
-- Armstrong County: Snyder Brothers, Inc.: $463,064 to upgrade and expand capacity to meet increasing demand at two fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling stations that serve their fleet and are also available to the public
-- Bucks County: Pennsbury School District: $68,000 to convert eight old diesel school buses to propane school buses for use in Bucks County. 
-- Butler County: Progas Inc.: $5,800 to replace a gasoline vehicle with a propane-fueled vehicle to increase their propane fleet and train six technicians to do propane vehicle conversions and repairs at their site
     -- TC Recycling: $240,000 for six new CNG trash collection trucks at their Mars site
-- Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority: $138,560 to expand its CNG waste transfer fleet by adding four new trucks.
-- Montgomery County: Tri-County Transit Service, Inc.: $49,769 to support construction of a new propane fueling station in Montgomery County.
     -- Hatboro-Horsham School District: $25,000 for three new propane school buses for use.
-- Philadelphia: Comcast: $100,000 to convert 20 trucks based at company locations in Philadelphia County to plug-in hybrid vehicles for use statewide.
Multiple Counties
-- Allegheny, Westmoreland, and Washington Counties: People’s Natural Gas Company: $180,000 for 24 new bi-fuel natural gas/diesel vehicles in locations 
-- Western PA: Waste Management: $300,000 to purchase eight heavy-duty compressed natural gas vehicles for use in Westmoreland County, continuing their transition to alternative fuels at company locations in western Pennsylvania.
-- Bucks, Lackawanna, and Montgomery Counties: Waste Management, Inc.: $300,000 for eight heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for use at company sites
Next Round Of AFIG Grants
School districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses are eligible to apply for the next round of Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants now through DEP’s eGrant webpage.  The deadline is December 13.  Approximately $3 million remains available in 2019 funds.
Other Clean Vehicle Grants/Rebates
These other clean vehicle-related grant and rebate programs are also accepting applications-- 
-- December 31-- DEP Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebates
For more information, visit the DEP Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants webpage.
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[Posted: November 20, 2019]

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