Pennsylvania DEP awards more than $4.4 million
in alternative fuels grants
The Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) announced that it will award more than $4.4 million in
Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants to 12 projects across the
state. The projects will develop the state’s natural gas and
electric vehicle infrastructure and achieve emissions reductions
equivalent to taking 10,000 cars off the road.
“These projects are terrific for the state’s
economy and the environment,” DEP secretary Mike Krancer said.
“We have an available, abundant, domestic, economical and clean-burning
source of energy under our feet, and these projects put those
resources to good use.”
The grants, funded by a portion of the state’s
annual utilities gross receipts tax, will encourage new markets
for alternative fuels, fleets and technologies across Pennsylvania.
In one project, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging will
receive $86,500 to convert four meal-delivery vans to reduce
costs and better serve the county’s older residents while reducing
Waste Management Inc. will receive $400,000
to assist in constructing a compressed natural gas fueling station
in Bristol Borough. The facility is expected to reduce the southeast
region’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2,238 tons per year.
Williamsport’s River Valley Transit will
also receive a $400,000 grant to construct a compressed natural
gas fueling station that will provide cheaper, cleaner-burning
fuel to the city and Lycoming County’s police, fire, emergency
response, public transit and school bus fleets.
The Berks County Intermediate Unit will receive
$100,000 to support the continued use of B20 blended biodiesel,
a diesel fuel that contains 20 percent biomass, reducing the
area’s emissions by nearly 633 tons of greenhouse gases per year.