Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf helped celebrate the opening of a new CNG station at a Shipley Energy fleet fueling facility in Spring Garden Township, Pennsylvania. The CNG station, located at the intersection of Interstate 83 and Route 30, is a partnership between Shipley Energy of York and Clean Energy Fuels Corp of California. The CNG station and five Shipley Energy CNG fleet vehicles received nearly $600,000 in state incentives.
“Using CNG to power vehicles for business fleets is not only environmentally smart, it also makes strong economic sense for the companies that take advantage of this Pennsylvania resource,” said Governor Wolf at the ribbon cutting. “Projects like this enable Pennsylvanians to benefit from our tremendous natural gas resources which has significant impact on the commonwealth’s economic well-being and creates jobs.”
Shipley Energy, which owns the fueling station, received a $181,000 grant through the Natural Gas Energy Development Program from the Department of Environmental Protection to help with the cost of switching five fleet vehicles to cleaner-burning CNG. The commonwealth has invested more than $13.8 million to reimburse grantees statewide for the purchase or conversion of 713 heavy duty vehicles, displacing over 8.9 million GGEs per year.
Clean Energy Fuels, which operates similar facilities across North America, received a $409,523 grant through the Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) Program from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for construction of the pumps. The authority has approved 46 CNG and LNG station projects through the program since 2013 for a total investment of nearly $25 million.
The Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG), awarded by the Department of Environmental Protections, has provided $10.6 million to 91 awardees to support the purchase or conversion for light and medium duty natural gas vehicles as well as propane and electric fleet vehicles of any size. The program has disbursed $3.8 million for the purchase or conversion of 563 vehicles, displacing over 1.7 million gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Additionally, the Department of Transportation launched an innovative public private partnership mechanism to expand CNG fueling stations for transit agencies. When completed these CNG fueling stations will supply gas to more than 1,600 CNG buses at participating transit agencies, and will be open to the public.