Governor Tom Corbett has allocated nearly $4 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to 33 local governments, non-profit organizations and companies making the switch to compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, or electric, for medium to light-weight fleet vehicles.
“These important grants allow Pennsylvania to make the most of our abundant natural resources, edging us closer to energy independence while also helping to improve our air quality,” Corbett said. “This funding makes it possible for many local governments, organizations and companies to convert their lighter-weight vehicles to natural gas or other alternative fuels.”
The awarded AFIG grants will help pay for the conversion or purchase of 274 natural gas vehicles, 261 propane vehicles, and 23 plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles. An estimated 24 new fueling stations and 35 existing stations will be supported by these vehicles.
AFIG grants are an annual solicitation, providing financial incentive for a variety of transportation projects with the result of reducing air emissions in Pennsylvania. This year, AFIG grants focused on the conversion or purchase of natural gas vehicles weighing less than 26,000 pounds, as well as the conversion or purchase of electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any size.
Applications were also accepted for innovation technology projects that include research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next phase technology related to alternative transportation fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. DEP awarded $1.8 million in AFIG funding to four innovative alternative fuel technology projects.
The AFIG fund was established under Act 166 of 1992, and is administered by the Department of Environmental Protection through its Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance.
To learn more about the AFIG grant program, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword: AFIG.
Successful Applications – AFIG Vehicle Grants – Natural Gas
Local governments, organizations and companies that were awarded AFIG vehicle grants for natural gas applications are listed below, alphabetically by county:
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, purchase 21 CNG passenger vans – $249,984
- Civil and Environmental Consultants, purchase seven dual fuel CNG vehicles – $38,640
- Valley Energy, with partners Bradco Supply Company and DM Industries, purchase five bi-fuel CNG vehicles – $30,500
- Cambria County Transit Authority, purchase six CNG mini-buses – $75,000
- New Bethlehem Borough, with partners 3M Transport, Baker Gas and Smerker Contracting, purchase six CNG vehicles, convert two existing vehicles to CNG – $55,620
- Clepper Bus Service, purchase seven CNG vehicles – $55,671
- Fleet Energy America, convert five vehicles to CNG bi-fuel – $27,999
- Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, with partners Dawood Engineering and Harrisburg City Cab, purchase 11 and lease two CNG vehicles – $103,735
- Clean Energy Inc., with partner Warfield Pennsylvania, purchase six bi-fuel CNG pick-up trucks and three CNG shuttle vans – $86,430
- Atlantic City Linen Supply, purchase five CNG vehicles – $61,250
- Environmental Remediation and Recovery, purchase and convert total of five vehicles to bi-fuel CNG – $28,209
- Southeastern PA CNG Vehicle Conversion Initiative/Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities, with partners Sunoco, Wawa, PECO, AAA and Shearon Design, purchasing 31 CNG vehicles – $249,200
- Bimbo Bakeries, four grants to convert a total of 81 delivery vehicles to CNG – $789,750
- Reichard Busing Company, purchase 5 propane school buses – $23,750
- VNG Company with partners Safelite Group, purchase 10 NGV vehicles – $81,675
- Western Pennsylvania Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program/Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, purchase 33 propane and CNG vehicles, buses and shuttles – $216,192
- Skytop Inc./FedEx, two grants to convert a total of 30 delivery vans to CNG – $150,000
- UGI Pennsylvania, purchase 18 CNG vehicles – $95,000
Successful Applications – AFIG Innovative Project Grants – Natural Gas
Two of the four companies awarded AFIG innovative project grants for natural gas applications are listed below:
- Dauphin: Cleveland Brothers, to support the installation of a CNG vehicle tank defueling vent stack at its Harrisburg facility. The equipment allows for the safe maintenance and repair of CNG fuel systems by allowing them to be quickly depressurized to atmospheric pressure for both scheduled and emergency repairs – $14,750
- Potter: REV LNG, to construct, own and operate a pilot micro liquefied natural gas (LNG) production plant. The project expects to achieve LNG liquification production of 50,000 gallons per day, and would be the first of its kind in the eastern part of the country – $800,000
(Source: Government of Pennsylvania)