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DEP moves ahead with natural gas vehicle development


June 5, 2012

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the launch of a Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) website and a plan to help municipal and commercial fleet owners make informed decisions about converting their fleets to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas, in advance of a related grant program and workshops scheduled for the fall.

“Website users have a unique opportunity to submit information to DEP about projects they may be considering, so that we can craft a program to best serve their needs and help make resulting grant applications competitive,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said.

Act 13 of 2012 authorizes DEP to implement a Natural Gas Energy Development Program (NGEDP) to distribute up to $20 million in grants over three years to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of natural gas fleet vehicles. The new website offers information on programs as well as existing NGV resources, such as cost-savings calculators, fueling maps and technical assistance sites.

A survey section allows applicants to share prospective project information with DEP in advance of the autumn workshops. Interested parties should register on the website to be notified of workshop dates, the opening of the initial grant round and other outreach opportunities.

DEP will host six regional NGV seminars this fall and may also hold additional sessions for specific groups, such as municipal associations, school board associations and public transportation groups. Visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program button for more information.