A grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA EPA) will support a new fueling station that will help reduce air pollution from trucks traveling along Interstate 80. The CNG Fuel LLC station in Shippenville, Clarion County, is the recipient of a $178,785 grant through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) FAST Act program.
“This grant will promote more use of CNG tractor trailers along I-80, which will remove hundreds of thousands of pounds of air pollution,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
The project, once completed, will displace an estimated 116,650 gallons of diesel fuel per year, as more tractor trailers equipped to run on CNG will use the facility and travel on the I-80 corridor. PA EPA says the reduction in diesel use will result in reductions of more than 86,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and more than 322,000 pounds of nitrous oxide.
The funding is made possible through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program in support of FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act corridor designations in Pennsylvania. The program provides up to a 50 percent reimbursement grant to install public refueling infrastructure along the highway corridors in Pennsylvania designated as alternative fuel corridors by the FAST Act.
The submission period for the most recent AFIG FAST Act grant round was from September 30, 2017 through November 17, 2017. The next round of the AFIG Program supporting the FAST Act corridor designations is anticipated to open this spring, once additional corridors in Pennsylvania are announced by the Federal Highway Administration.
More information on AFIG programs can be found here.