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Pennsylvania NGVs: $6 Million More

September 3, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third and ‘Likely Final’ Round Covers Heavy Duty Vehicles

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection have announced the third and “likely final round” of natural gas vehicle grants for fiscal year 2014-2015, with more than $6 million to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.

PennsylvaniaDEP-logo“We encourage all who are eligible for this funding to lower their operational costs and lessen our dependency on foreign oil,” Corbett said in a release last week.

Projects are limited to no more than 50% of the incremental purchase or retrofit costs per vehicle, with a maximum of $25,000 per vehicle.

Applications are due November 14.

Pennsylvania DEP is hosting a webinar on Monday, September 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. (Eastern time) to review key items for this grant round.

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Source: Pennsylvania DEP with Fleets & Fuels follow-up





$8 Million for AFVs in Pennsylvania

March 10, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Webinar Tuesday and Williamsport Workshop on March 26

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has opened its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant program for light duty natural gas vehicles as well as other alternative fuels for fiscal 2014-2015, making available approximately $8 million.

PennDEPThe grants are for NGVs weighing 26,000 pounds or less, “as well as the conversion or purchase of electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any size,” DEP says.

School districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, incorporated non-profit entities, and corporations or partnerships registered to do business in Pennsylvania may apply.

Innovation Technology Too

“Grant applications will also be accepted for innovation technology projects that include research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next phase technology related to alternative transportation fuels and alternative fuel vehicles,” DEP says.

Applicants are encouraged to participate in a Tuesday, March 11 webinar, and there will be an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Workshop at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, in Lycoming County (north-central Pennsylvania), on the morning of March 26.

Applications are due May 30 for awards to be made in the fall.

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Source: Pennsylvania DEP with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Pennsylvania NGV Funding: $20 Million

December 10, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$10 Million for the First Year, Applications Due February 1

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has kicked off a three-year, $20 million program to purchase or convert heavy duty fleet vehicles to natural gas. Compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and both dual fuel and bi-fuel vehicles are eligible, provided they weigh at least 14,000 pounds.

Pennsylvania's Happy with EPA on NGVs

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett

‘This Opportunity Is Here, and We Need to Jump on It’

Pennsylvania will accept natural gas vehicle conversions certified to U.S. EPA standards even though it has demanded conformity with California rules for new cars and light trucks since 2006.

“New passenger car or light-duty truck conversion systems certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Resources Air Board may be installed on vehicles in Pennsylvania,” says the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (emphasis added).

“The state’s new vehicle emissions program allows for certification under either standard,” Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said in a release.

“This is a big step in the right direction,” Krancer said. “Using affordable domestic natural gas for transportation fuel will help clean our air while reducing our reliance on foreign oil.”

“This opportunity is here, and we need to jump on it.”

A DEP technical guidance document covering NGV conversions is to be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on December 3 (more information is meanwhile available here). It is among the recommendations the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission made to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, DEP says. The document will inform manufacturers, sellers and consumers of passenger cars and light-duty trucks about the requirements to ensure that converted vehicles comply with the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles program.

In 2006, the agency notes, Pennsylvania adopted low-emission vehicle standards based on California Air Resources Board regulations. DEP says it is issuing the new technical guidance because the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles program did not address alternative fuel conversion systems.

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