Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently announced the approval of funding through the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) program to support alternative fuel projects that will save hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel and reduce air pollution in Pennsylvania.
“Through the AFIG program, DEP is continuing to diversify the vehicles and fueling options in Pennsylvania, and reduce air pollution from vehicles,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants will not only help put more alternative fuel vehicles on the road, but also expand the infrastructure needed to make alternative fuel vehicles more viable for Pennsylvania businesses and families.”
More than $1.1 million in grants were awarded across the two categories: Vehicle Projects and Refueling Infrastructure. A list of the natural gas projects awarded is below:
WW Transport is seeking $140,000 in AFIG funding to purchase seven CNG-powered vehicles for its fleet at an incremental cost of $50k and grant request of $20,000 per vehicle. WW Transport will be using Mobile Fueling Solutions’ delivery service to fuel their vehicles in Camp Hill in Cumberland County. The project is expected to save 114,000 GGEs of diesel per year.
Trillium CNG is requesting $500,000 in AFIG funds to construct a public access CNG fueling station in Lancaster that will initially serve the city. In a five-year period, the project is estimated to reduce 39.92 tons of NOx, 386,428 metric tons of GHG emissions, and displace 1.3 million gallons of conventional petroleum fuel.
Valley Waste Service, a waste hauler subsidiary of Vogel Holding, is requesting $400,000 in AFIG funds to construct an on-site CNG fueling station to allow fleet vehicles access to CNG fueling at their home location in Beaver County. This station will be owned by Valley Waste Service and will be available to the general public.
The primary goals of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of alternative fuels that will help Pennsylvania’s economy and environment. DEP accepts applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects, resulting in a cleaner and greener transportation sector in Pennsylvania. The AFIG Fund was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is administered by DEP’s Office of Policy.