The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a series of NGV seminar/workshops beginning next week in Harrisburg. DEP aims to help municipal and commercial fleet owners make informed decisions about converting their fleets to CNG and LNG, and thus “prime the pump” for its expected December grant program announcement and RFP. “In addition to informing local governments and businesses about how they can take advantage of an abundant, clean-burning, and inexpensive fuel found right here in Pennsylvania, the feedback from these seminars will help us develop our grant program moving forward,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “Revenue from the impact fees assessed on unconventional wells will be used to promote these sorts of fleet conversions.”
Act 13 of 2012 authorized DEP to develop and implement a Natural Gas Energy Development Program to distribute up to $20 million in grants over the next three years to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of natural gas fleet vehicles. According to DEP officials, the proposed grant announcement is likely due out in mid to late November.
DEP has invited NGVAmerica to present the core curriculum at a number of these seminars, including the following:
- Friday, September 14, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Camp Hill (Harrisburg area), Cumberland County;
- Tuesday, October 16, at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Erie County;
- Wednesday, October 17, at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Lycoming County;
- Wednesday, October 24, in Valley Forge, Chester County (location TBD); and
- Tuesday, October 30, at the Lackawanna County Center for Public Safety in Jessup, Lackawanna County;
To see a complete list of seminar dates and confirmed locations, or to register for any of the events as an attendee or vendor, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program button.