Pennsylvania announces new grants supporting use of greener vehicles
The Wolf Administration has awarded more than $2.1 million in 2019 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIGs) to 18 cleaner fuel vehicle projects statewide that will help improve air quality and public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change. The 18 vehicle replacement projects, located in 13 counties, will put 82 cleaner fuel vehicles in use. They’re expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 1,349 metric tons per year.
“We’re committed to helping Pennsylvanians breathe cleaner air at school, in their neighborhoods, and at their workplaces, and to reducing climate change by putting more cleaner fuel vehicles in use around the state,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
The AFIG Program supports replacement of older gasoline- or diesel-fueled vehicles with cleaner fuel vehicles and fueling stations for these vehicles to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants including carbon monoxide, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, and carbon dioxide.
The 2019 AFIG recipients include:
- Noble Environmental, Inc.: $600,000 to purchase 16 CNG garbage trucks (eight for Allegheny County and eight for Westmoreland County).
- Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority: $59,823 for two CNG recycling trucks.
- Crawford Area Transportation Authority: $290,000 for eight LPG and three CNG vehicles.
- 3M Transport, LLC: $14,500 for a bi-fuel CNG vehicle.
- Tri-County Industries, Inc.: $300,000 for eight CNG waste collection vehicles.
- United Parcel Service: $600,000 to purchase 24 CNG tractors (12 for their Willow Grove facility in Montgomery County and 12 for the New Stanton facility in Westmoreland County).