An estimated $10 million in grants will be available through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program for organizations, non-profit agencies, for profit companies, commonwealth or municipal authorities and local transportation organizations. The grant funds available will include an opportunity to propose projects which will convert or purchase natural gas vehicles weighing less than 14,000 pounds as well as convert or purchase electric, propane, or other alternative fuel vehicles of any size.
As done with the heavy-duty NGV grants, applicants interested in purchasing or converting one or two alternative fuel vehicles will be encouraged to join forces and aggregate into a single application to satisfy the five vehicle minimum required for application.
Applications will also be accepted for innovation in alternative fuel transportation, including non-road vehicles, such as natural gas-powered trains or marine vessels.
Applications will only be accepted online, using DCNR’s eGrant system – www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us beginning at midnight May 25, 2013. The deadline to submit an application is July 26, 2013 at 4 p.m. Grants will be awarded in the fall.
Link to complete guidance document package – http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-11551
Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program for heavy-duty vehicles is CLOSED
Applications for this first round were due Feb. 1, 2013 and were awarded May 16, 2013. Press release outlining grants awarded – http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/newsroom/14287?id=19976&typeid=1
DEP received 49 applications totaling over 13 million in grant fund requests. Click here to see a listing and description of the applicants’ projects.
Pennsylvania Natural Gas Energy Development Program Grant guidance packet with sample forms – http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-11013
As unconventional gas development continues across Pennsylvania, Act 13 of 2012 has given the DEP additional tools to help the state’s ongoing effort to move towards energy independence.
Act 13, through the impact fee, creates a new three-year Natural Gas Energy Development Program, to be administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. Over the next three years, this program will make $20 million in grant funds available on a competitive basis to purchase or convert eligible vehicles to natural gas.
Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program Fact Sheet (PDF)
Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) funding for infrastructure – http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/funding-and-program-finder/alternative-and-clean-energy-program-ace
Natural Gas Vehicle Seminars
DEP held a series of regional seminars across the state on Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Energy Development Program. Attendees were provided information on natural gas vehicle grants, vehicle technology, fueling technology and strategies, and how best to assess this opportunity to convert their heavy duty fleets to compressed or liquefied natural gas. To view a sample agenda from these seminars, click here (PDF). To view presentations from the initial seminar held in Camp Hill, click on one of the links below.
DEP Regional Contacts
Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant – Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offers an opportunity for commonwealth residents to apply for a rebate to assist with the incremental cost for the purchase of a new alternative fuel vehicle, including vehicles powered by: natural gas, propane, electric or hydrogen fuel cells. An alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) must be a new vehicle with an odometer reading of less than 500 miles at the time of purchase and be registered in Pennsylvania to be eligible for a rebate. This program is first come, first served and funds are limited.
Click here for more information on the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program including: rebate amounts, availability, contact information, program rules and application forms.
CNG Fueling Stations in Pennsylvania
Learn where you can find natural gas fueling stations across Pennsylvania:
Links to NGV/CNG tools and resources (calculators, tech webpages, code requirements, Fuel Finder, etc.)
DOE CNG website: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/natural_gas.html
NGV & Fueling system codes & regulations:
NFPA 52: National Fire Prevention Association code for Vehicular Gaseous Fuel Systems
NGV conversion information:
Clean Vehicle Education Foundation: http://cleanvehicle.org/
Clean Cities programs:
There are several calculators offered by numerous CNG equipment manufacturers and consultants that are designed to help fleet operators perform an initial assessment of the financial payback of conversion to CNG.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) offers an alternative fuel calculator that enables a quick comparison of individual vehicle performance and payback http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/calc/.
DOE also publishes a guide for assessing the business case for CNG conversion of municipal fleets http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/pdfs/47919.pdf as well as an Excel-based spreadsheet calculation tool called the Vehicle and Infrastructure cash-Flow Evaluation (VICE) model for use by fleet managers..
Joseph F. Barone