Pennsylvania DEP Providing Grants For Natural Gas, Electric Vehicles

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says it is awarding more than $4.4 million in Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants to 12 projects that are aimed at accelerating natural gas and electric vehicle infrastructure in the state.

The grants, which are funded by a portion of the state's utilities gross receipts tax, will ‘encourage new markets for alternative fuels, fleets and technologies across Pennsylvania,’ the department says.

In one project, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging will receive $86,500 to convert four meal-delivery vans to natural gas. The Berks County Intermediate Unit will receive $100,000 to support the continued use of B20 blended biodiesel, a diesel fuel that contains 20% biomass.

Waste Management Inc. will receive $400,000 to assist in constructing a compressed natural gas fueling station in Bristol Borough, Bucks County. The facility is expected to reduce the southeast region's annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2,238 tons per year.

Also, Williamsport's River Valley Transit will receive a $400,000 grant to construct a compressed natural gas fueling station that will provide fuel to the city and Lycoming County's police, fire, emergency response, public transit and school bus fleets.

For details about all the projects, visit depweb.state.pa.us.

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