Pennsylvania DEP releases call for innovative fuel technology projects applications following Wolf Administration support

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced last week that it is now accepting applications for innovative, advanced fuel, and vehicle technology projects that will develop cleaner advanced alternative transportation within the commonwealth.

The announcement comes shortly following the Wolf Administration’s allocation of $5 million to support such alternative transportation projects.

“Transportation grants such as these provide support for schools and other entities to cut down on their carbon footprints and improve the air we breathe, all while saving money,” said Patrick McDonnell, DEP Secretary. “It is important to look to all of the vehicles on the road, so this year we are giving priority to projects for emergency vehicles.”

DEP’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program offers funding for the purchase and use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles and is funded by annual gross receipts tax on utilities. This year, AFIG will give priority to projects that include the use of funded vehicles by emergency personnel in emergency responses and rescues.

DEP is currently offering grants in three project categories, including vehicle retrofit or purchase, alternative fuel refueling infrastructure, and innovative technology.

The first round of DEP applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on July 13, 2018, while the second round of applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2018. Applications can be submitted online at Hard copy applications will not be accepted.