The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced its new Natural Gas Energy Development Program including a dedicated NGV website, a natural gas vehicle grant program, an Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant – Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program, and natural gas vehicle seminars.
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 toward energy independence.
Act 13, through the impact fee, creates this new, three-year program, to be administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. Over the next three years, this new program will make $20 million in grant funds available on a competitive basis to purchase or convert eligible vehicles to natural gas. View the grant program fact sheet here. To be notified when Natural Gas Vehicle Grant information becomes available, e-mail RA-EPNGVehicles@pa.gov.
The DEP also offers an Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant – Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program which is 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.
The Natural Gas Vehicle Program website can accessed here. The site talks about all the programs made available through Act 13 funding. The site offers links to NGV/CNG tools and resources (calculators, tech webpages, code requirements, Fuel Finder, etc.) as well as a list of CNG Fueling Stations in Pennsylvania. The DEP is also conducting a survey of regional transit officials, long-haul operators, school district officials, or anyone involved in fleet management. The survey can be found on the site or here.
The final aspect of the program is seminars. The DEP announced seven seminars on converting vehicle fleets for using natural gas. The first seminar will be at 8 a.m. on Sept. 14 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill.
“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.”
In addition to the Sept. 14 session, half-day seminars are also confirmed for:
- Friday, Sept. 21, at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh;
- Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Erie County;
- Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Lycoming County;
- Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Valley Forge, Chester County (location TBD);
- Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Lackawanna County Center for Public Safety in Jessup; and
- Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Towanda Fire Hall in Bradford County.
To see a complete list of seminar dates and confirmed locations, and to register for any of the events as an attendee or vendor, click here.