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:
- Colonial Airport Parking Inc.: $66,000 for four propane AutoGas shuttle buses.
- Suburban Transit Network Inc.: $300,000 to purchase 14 propane AutoGas shuttle buses and convert seven additional vehicles to propane AutoGas.
- Monark Student Transportation: $76,000 to purchase eight propane AutoGas school buses.
- Derry Township School District: $68,000 to purchase eight propane AutoGas school buses.
• Bradford Area School District: $19,000 for this first-time AFIG recipient to purchase two propane AutoGas school buses.
- Haverford Township School District: $68,000 to purchase eight propane AutoGas school buses.
• 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).