Time Running Out for Clean Commercial Vehicle Grants, Saylor Says.
1/11/2013
HARRISBURG – Fleet owners and operators have only a few weeks left to submit an application for $10 million in clean vehicle grants being awarded this year as part of legislation authored by Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) that was included in Act 13 of 2012.

Saylor’s measure created the Department of Environmental Protection’s Natural Gas Vehicle program. In the program’s first year, $5 million of the $10 million available is slated for local transportation organizations, including non-profit agencies providing public transportation services and public transportation, port and redevelopment authorities. Non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, state-owned or state-related universities, Commonwealth or municipal authorities and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will be eligible to apply for the remaining amount.

Saylor encourages all eligible Pennsylvania companies with vehicle fleets to take advantage of the grants and change over to natural gas vehicles. Doing so will help clean our air by taking diesel and gasoline vehicles off the road in favor of virtually soot-free NGVs. The existence of such fleets also will prompt the construction of a network of NGV filling stations, which could then also be used by the general public.

Saylor also noted that natural gas vehicles do more than provide consumers with the option of clean transportation that runs on cheap fuel, they also put Pennsylvanians back to work.

“Pennsylvania companies, such as Mack-Volvo in the Lehigh Valley that manufactures natural gas engines for commercial vehicles, and Lehigh Gas’ construction of filling stations complement the spate of job growth taking place in the Marcellus region,” Saylor said. “Together, we can ensure Pennsylvania has a great environment and family-sustaining jobs for high school and college graduates alike while we show the nation how a clean energy plan works.”

An additional $7.5 million in grants will be available the second year of the program, with $2.5 million available the third year.

Vehicles fueled with compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas and bi-fuel vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or more are eligible. Grant awards will be capped at 50 percent of the incremental purchase or retrofit cost per vehicle, with a maximum total of $25,000 available per vehicle.

Grant applications are due by 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, and will be awarded in late March. To complete the online grant application or learn more about the program, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the “Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program” button.

House Majority Whip Stan Saylor
94th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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