Wednesday, May 22, 2019

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: Wolf Administration Awards Grants to Support Clean Energy Vehicle Projects in Northcentral Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued the following announcement on April 26.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today awarded over $367,000 in grants to three clean energy vehicle projects in northcentral Pennsylvania that will help improve air quality and public health.

“Every alternative-fuel vehicle that replaces a gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle not only saves owners money but moves Pennsylvania a bit closer toward a cleaner, healthier environment,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Reducing emissions is essential to slowing climate change and its negative health and safety, economic, and environmental impacts on our communities.”

The funding, which comes from the commonwealth’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG) Program, supports the replacement of older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks, and other vehicles with cleaner natural gas and electric vehicles, as well as the installation of fueling stations for such vehicles.

The projects in northcentral Pennsylvania are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 83 metric tons.

Centre County

•Ferguson Township: $7,500 for an electric vehicle.

•Penn State University: $60,000 for five electric vehicles and three hybrid electric vehicles to replace eight gasoline powered vehicles.

Lycoming County

•Williamsport Bureau of Transportation: $300,000 for 10 compressed natural gas (CNG) powered buses that, combined with 14 CNG buses purchased earlier, gets over 80 percent of their fleet to clean energy.

Approximately $6 million is currently available to school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses for clean energy transportation projects. All interested may learn more at the AFIG website and apply at eGrants.

The AFIG program supports markets for advanced, renewable, and alternative energy transportation technologies to stimulate opportunities that will better manage Pennsylvania's fuel resources to improve the environment, support economic development, and enhance quality of life.

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