Pennsylvania Announces 2018 Grant Funding Awards for Alternative Fuels Incentive Program – Including Propane Autogas Projects

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $2.6 million in grant funding to municipalities and businesses, as well as $610,000 to four school districts, for clean vehicle projects statewide as part of the Commonwealth’s 2018 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG) Program.

The projects for the municipalities and businesses are expected to reduce emissions by more than 2,800 tons and save more than 1 million gasoline gallon equivalents annually. The funding for the school districts will enable them to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 316 tons annually and save more than 67,000 gallons of diesel per year.

Here is a summary of the awards that involve Propane AutoGas projects:

Delaware County

  • Colonial Airport Parking Inc.: $66,000 for four propane AutoGas shuttle buses.

Montgomery County

  • Suburban Transit Network Inc.: $300,000 to purchase 14 propane AutoGas shuttle buses and convert seven additional vehicles to propane AutoGas.

Washington County

  • Monark Student Transportation: $76,000 to purchase eight propane AutoGas school buses.

Dauphin County

  • Derry Township School District: $68,000 to purchase eight propane AutoGas school buses.

McKean County

• Bradford Area School District: $19,000 for this first-time AFIG recipient to purchase two propane AutoGas school buses.

Delaware County

  • Haverford Township School District: $68,000 to purchase eight propane AutoGas school buses.

Montgomery County

• North Penn School District: $300,000 for this first-time AFIG recipient to purchase 10 propane AutoGas school buses and convert 16 buses to propane AutoGas, as well as $155,302 to construct a fast-fill propane AutoGas fueling station for its fleet.

“The AFIG program continues to be a valuable incentive for school districts choosing propane as the alternative fuel to power their school bus fleets,” stated Steve Bell, Director of Transportation with Derry Township School District. “It has assisted my school district to make an environmentally responsible decision, as well as a financially responsible one, enabling us to purchase propane school buses at a cost comparable to diesel and gasoline. Our propane buses have proven to be cost effective and reliable.” 

“The primary goals of the AFIG program is to improve the air quality in Pennsylvania and reduce imported oil consumption.” stated Shelby Bell, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association. “Propane AutoGas achieves and even exceeds these goals.”

About the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry. PAPGA continues to focus on education, networking and representing the interest of Pennsylvania’s propane businesses to the government, while assisting members in remaining current on topics vital to the propane industry. The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is affiliated with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).

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Sweepstakes Winners Enjoy a Penn State Football Weekend

Joseph Piotrowicz of Lansdale was randomly selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the 2018 PAPGA Football Sweepstakes.

Joe and family enjoyed an experience of a lifetime in State College as the Nittany Lions defeated Maryland on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium. 

They also won a prize pack, two nights stay, a field visit, tickets to a pre-game hospitality tent and of course four great seats for the game. 

PAPGA would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s sweepstakes and look forward to another great event in 2019. 

Moyer’s Gas Featured in 2018 PAPGA Family Portrait Series

The attendees of the PAPGA Fall Membership meeting were the first to view this year’s installment of the Pennsylvania Propane Family Portrait Series. The 12-minute feature tells the story of the Moyer Family of Freeburg, PA. 

The video features family emigrations from 1742 all the way up to entertaining stories from the present day. We invite you to view the video on this page, and to also go back and watch the previous installments

 

Closure of Energy Company Raises Concerns

Worley & Obetz, a company selling propane and other fuels, announced the closing of its Manheim-based business operations, without any prior notice on Monday, June 4, 2018.  Closure of Worley & Obetz will leave a number of commercial and residential customers in the greater Lancaster-Lebanon area without their usual propane distributor. If you are impacted by the closure, please be aware that there are many propane distributors ready and available to service your propane needs in the same area.  Please click ‘Propane Retailers’ on our PAPGA website for distributors in your area.

Wolf Administration Allocates $5 Million to Support The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant

Great News – New Propane Vehicles ARE eligible for Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant requests of up to 100% of the incremental cost of the vehicle up to $40,000 per vehicle.  There was an error of omission in the press release regarding the changes to the level of funding available for propane vehicles, but the Application Requirements section of the Vehicle Retrofit and/or Purchase Projects Eligibility, Requirements and Evaluation Criteria section on Page 11 of the program guidance states that new propane vehicles are eligible for funding at the 100% of incremental cost level.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting grant applications for innovative, advanced fuel, and vehicle technology projects that will result in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within the commonwealth. DEP’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program offers funding for the purchase and use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. The application period opened on May 4, 2018 and will remain open throughout 2018. DEP will collect and review Applications received by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018 and 4 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018.

Hardcopy applications will not be accepted. Applications will be only accepted online through the DCED Electronic Single Application system. Click here to apply for the 2018 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant.

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