JUNE 2008

Pennsylvania grants for the development of clean energy resources offered

Applications are available for three programs that are helping Pennsylvania grow its economy, achieve energy independence, and make it easier for consumers and businesses to develop and use advanced, clean energy resources.

Applications for the Energy Harvest and Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant programs, as well as funding from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, can be downloaded from http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/.

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said the funds available through these programs will expand the use of renewable energy technologies in the commonwealth and help citizens and businesses manage increasing energy costs by using alternatives that also boost the state’s economy.

Details on the three grant program rounds are as follows:

Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA)

This year, up to $12.8 million is available through two PEDA grant opportunities. Up to $11 million will be available statewide for innovative, advanced energy projects and advanced energy businesses interested in locating to the state.

Another $1.8 million is available to municipalities, local government authorities and first responders in Duquesne Light Company’s electric service territory and immediately adjacent areas for energy efficiency and renewable power. The funds are intended to help local governments and first responders cope with rising energy costs and to ensure a secure energy supply for critical operations.

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG)

AFIG grants help support energy security by investing in companies that produce and market homegrown biofuels and consumers that purchase hybrid vehicles. This year, more funding is available to for fleet vehicles, providing incentives for businesses to incorporate the latest fuel and engine technologies.

Approximately $10 million is available this year. AFIG will continue funding to cover the added cost to purchase biofuel blends, as well as continuing the $.05 per gallon production incentive for biofuels.

Energy Harvest

Approximately $5 million will be available through the Energy Harvest grant program, which was established by Governor Rendell in 2003.

Applications for all three grant programs must be postmarked or received by June 20. Directions for submitting applications to each of the programs can be found in the respective application guideline.

For more information and to download applications and guidelines, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keywords: PEDA, Energy Harvest or Alternative Fuels.