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.

About the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association
The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association serves more than 430 members of the propane industry by promoting safety, education, and public awareness of the uses of propane. Follow us at Facebook.com/PaPropane & Twitter.com/PAPGA

2018 Propane Days

Register Today for Propane Days 2018!

Does propane being included in OSHA’s crane rule seem ridiculous? Or ever wondered why we can’t ship American propane from one US port to another because of the Jones Act? Or why doesn’t Congress consistently pass tax credits for alternative fuels like propane? If you say “Yes!” to any of these questions, then we need you at Propane Days!

Register today for Propane Days 2018, and join hundreds of your colleagues in Washington, DC, on June 5-6 to educate legislators about propane and their need to take action for our industry. Early bird registration of $99 is available until May 14, then the price increases to $149.

And be sure to take advantage of special room rates at our host hotel, the Renaissance Washington Downtown Hotel. (If you have difficulty reserving a room online, call 800-468-3571 and request the National Propane Gas Association rate.) The group rate is available until May 14 or until the block is sold out.

Also register today for one of NPGA’s webinars to get informed on the three big issues we’ll be talking about during our Capitol Hill visits! Each webinar will be held regularly on Thursdays at 3 p.m. Eastern. 

Here’s the schedule and registration links:

May 10 – Exempting Propane Shipments from the Jones Act

May 17 – Extending Tax Credits for Propane

May 24 – Crane Rule

May 31 — Jones Act/Tax Extenders (second chance if you miss May 10 or May 17)

For more information, including a schedule of events, visit the Propane Days 2018 website or contact NPGA’s Lesley Garland at lgarland@npga.org.

 

 

Pennsylvania is a Leader in Propane Autogas Buses

Propane powered School Buses are making an impact across the United States. More school districts have discovered that environmentally-friendly propane autogas offers the lowest cost of ownership available, year-round reliability and significantly reduced emissions.

Over 14,000 propane autogas school buses are in use across the country, with 831 on the roads in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State ranks fourth overall, with Texas (2,600), California (1,249) and Oregon (865) ranking as the top three.

Propane autogas school buses feature many advantages over diesel buses. One advantage is the reduction of noise pollution. The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association invites parents, school officials and interested citizens to take the audio propane bus quiz by sitting in the driver’s seat to experience how much quieter propane buses operate.

Parents, guardians, and educators can make a positive impact on students’ future by advocating for propane powered buses. Think about how much time the student in your life spends on a school bus. While many students take the bus every weekday, we do not often talk about the quality of their buses, or how buses affect learning and our communities. Download this toolkit for tips on how to advocate to your school district about propane autogas buses.

School Transportation Professionals have the power to create change for students. Not only do propane autogas school buses have the lowest total cost-of-ownership, putting money right back into the educational system; they offer proven performance from the brands they know. Discover the cost savings by using the Propane Autogas Calculator.

“Propane autogas is proven to be the best value for school buses,” stated Shelby Bell, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association. “It’s affordability alone makes it a smarter alternative to conventional fuels. Add to that the many benefits provided for children, communities, and our planet, and it’s no wonder more school districts are choosing propane autogas every day.”

 

About the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association
The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association serves more than 430 members of the propane industry by promoting safety, education, and public awareness of the uses of propane.

FMCSA Issues Regional Hours-of-Service Waiver

On December 30, 2017, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration issued a regional hours of service waiver for the Eastern, Midwestern, and Southern Service Centers effective immediately through the duration of the emergency or January 14, 2018 (whichever occurs first).

Click here to download the Emergency Declaration.

The states covered in this Declaration are: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Please note this Declaration is not an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements, the commercial driver’s license requirements, the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements, the hazardous material regulations, applicable size and weight requirements or any other portion of the regulations not authorized pursuant to 49 CFR 390.23.

Alternative Fuel Tax Credits are Critical for Job Growth & Cleaner Air in PA – You Can Help

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association has joined with over 300 organizations nationwide to urge Congress to reinstate the $0.50/gallon Alternative Fuels Tax Credit (AFTC) in year-end legislation.

These partner organizations have sent a letter to members of the United States Senate Committees on Ways & Means and Finance in effort to accentuate the importance of the AFTC to economic growth and energy independence. The letter states that “Extending the AFTC promotes increased private-sector investment in infrastructure and equipment, which leads to more jobs and economic output.”  Increased utilization of alternative transportation fuels results in proven environmental benefits and helps promote America’s energy security.

Nearly 200,000 vehicles in the United States are powered by propane, including 12,000 school buses that transport more than 700,000 school children every day.  A school bus powered by propane emits 13 percent fewer GHG emissions than its gasoline counterpart. Propane-powered vehicles are also much quieter than diesel or gasoline vehicles, which creates a safer environment for drivers and pedestrians.

“With the abundance of propane produced in the United States, Congress should support reinstating the AFTC and the use of our domestic natural resources. This credit remains a critical part of promoting alternative fuel use in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States,” stated Shelby L. Bell, executive director, for the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association.

Propane users can help to reinstate this important tax credit by sending a message to your member of congress using this link provided by NPGA.

PAPGA 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. In addition to its continued focus on education, networking and representing the interest of Pennsylvania’s propane businesses to the government, PAPGA also assists members in remaining current on topics vital to the propane industry.