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DEP Awards Over $2.8 Million In Clean Energy Vehicle Grants

On April 25 & 26, Department of Environmental Protection awarded over $2.8 million in grants for 23 clean energy vehicle projects that will help improve air quality and public health.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted starting April 26.

“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 funded include--

-- Allegheny County

-- City of Pittsburgh: $135,160 to add eight two-plug electric vehicle charging stations to a city fleet lot and $67,500 for nine electric vehicles for the fleet.

-- Scoobi, Inc.: $150,000 for 150 electric scooters for a rideshare fleet.

-- UPMC: $61,950 for six compressed natural gas powered buses to replace diesel buses in the UPMC Employee Transit program.

-- McCandless Township Sanitary Authority: $31,200 for five propane/gasoline bi-fuel vehicles.

-- Armstrong County

-- Armstrong Conservation District: $7,500 to purchase and convert a vehicle to run on compressed natural gas (CNG)/gasoline bi-fuel as part of their mobile environmental education program.

-- Bucks County

-- Centennial School District: $48,000 for six propane powered school buses.

-- Butler County

-- Lego-V: $352,800 for an innovative technology project to build a virtual pipeline system to transport renewable compressed natural gas to markets in Pennsylvania.

-- Classy Cab Company: $67,500 for nine electric vehicles.

-- 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.

-- Indiana County

-- VEC Energy, LLC: $165,000 for 22 CNG powered vehicles.

-- White Township: $15,000 to convert two trucks to run on CNG/gasoline bi-fuel.

-- Lackawanna County

-- LT Verrastro, Inc.: $300,000 for four compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks and 11 CNG powered cargo vans.

-- Lehigh County

-- Hanover Township: $7,500 for an electric vehicle.

-- 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.

-- Luzerne County

-- Penske Truck Leasing Company: $120,000 for three heavy-duty CNG powered vehicles.

-- Monroe County

-- East Stroudsburg Area School District: $300,000 for 49 propane powered school buses as the school district works to convert its entire fleet.

-- Montgomery County

-- Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc: $300,000 for 20 propane powered delivery vehicles.

-- Lower Merion School District: $205,604 for eight compressed natural gas (CNG) powered school buses.

-- Philadelphia County

-- AAA Club Alliance: $74,995 for a CNG fueling station.

-- Westmoreland County

-- DMJ Transportation: $151,555 for 17 liquid propane gas powered school buses to service the Mt. Pleasant Area School District.

-- Note to Health, LLC: $4,729 for a plug-in hybrid for a touring nutrition education program.

For more information on alternative fuel and vehicle grants, visit DEP’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program webpage.

For information on other clean vehicle grants, visit DEP’s Driving PA Forward webpage.


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[Posted: April 26, 2019]


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