Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Wolf Administration today announced $2.1 million in alternative fuel incentive grants to municipalities and businesses for 99 electric vehicles and more clean fuel transportation projects to improve air quality in their communities.
“Transportation is one of the biggest sources of air pollution in Pennsylvania. That’s why investing in zero- and low-emission transportation pays off big time: it helps us breathe cleaner air and slow climate change.” climate,” said Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Ramez Ziadeh. “Through alternative fuel incentive grants, DEP helps businesses and organizations of all sizes continue their Clean Fuel Transportation Goals With this round of grants, we’re thrilled to support 99 electric vehicles, charger installations, and other transportation improvements that will improve Pennsylvania’s air quality.
Switching to these zero- or low-emission fuels can reduce levels of many air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulates, volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide, one of the gases greenhouse gases that warm our climate.
New grants were awarded to 13 municipalities and businesses for 15 projects. Collectively, the funded projects are expected to reduce gasoline consumption by 478,000 gallons per year over their lifetime. They are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 6,429 kilograms and carbon dioxide emissions by 2,642 metric tons per year.
The funded projects are as follows:
• Allegheny County: $45,000 for four electric pickup trucks and two electric cars for use by county police, park rangers and facilities management staff.
• Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority: $7,500 for an electric car.
• Township of Middletown: $215,000 to install four DC fast chargers that the public can use to charge electric cars.
• MJ Transport Logistics: $300,000 for eight CNG tractor-trailers to transport waste from transfer stations to landfill.
• Francis J. Palo, Inc.: $30,000 to convert four F-150 pickup trucks to run on CNG.
• Aqua Pennsylvania: $36,135 for five electric cars for customer service use.
• Delaware County (two grants): $300,000 for 69 electric cars for use by county departments, including 29 dedicated to the new health department for county health care visits; $300,000 to install 22 Level 2 dual-outlet charging stations, for a total of 44 chargers.
• Chestnut Valley landfill: $300,000 for eight CNG waste collection trucks.
• City of Scranton (two grants): $75,000 for 10 electric cars to be used by code enforcement officers to conduct inspections, respond to citizen complaints, and assess construction and renovation projects; $45,642 to install 10 Level 2 loaders.
• Amazon Logistics: $300,000 for 10 renewable natural gas tractor-trailers to transport goods from a factory or warehouse to its Hazleton distribution center.
• Township of Loyalsock: $7,500 for an electric car.
• HE Rohrer: $100,000 for the purchase of an electric school bus.
• AAA Club Alliance: $45,000 for six electric cars.
Joining the DEP in the announcement were Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti, Delaware County Sustainability Officer Francine Locke, and Allegheny County Sustainability Officer Brittany Prischak, highlighting plans for electrification financed by their municipalities.
“Scranton is known as the Electric Town, and we are working to earn that name again over the next few years. We are grateful for these DEP funds, which will help us achieve our goal of a more sustainable energy future,” said Mayor Cognetti.
This is the first AFIG funding awarded to the City of Scranton for electric vehicles and chargers.
“Delaware County is reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the development of a holistic sustainability and climate action plan. Investing in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure is a critical part of this plan,” Locke said.
The Delaware County grant is for the largest fleet electrification project the AFIG program has supported to date.
“Allegheny County has been converting our fleet of vehicles to electric since the start of 2020 to reduce tailpipe emissions and air pollution and reduce our carbon footprint,” Prischak said. “We have been fortunate to have received several AFIG awards that have supported our efforts, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the Department of Environmental Protection and joining so many other entities in continuing our transition to cleaner vehicles.
Transportation generates 47% of the nitrogen oxide emissions in Pennsylvania, contributing to the formation of ground-level ozone. It affects the health of children, the elderly, people who work or are active outdoors, and people with asthma, emphysema, or other lung conditions. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has found that asthma-related emergency room visits increase when air quality is very poor.
The AFIG program, which is administered by DEP’s Office of Energy Programs, was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is funded by a portion of the state’s gross utility revenue tax.