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Technical Help Available for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleets

Monday April 10th, 2017

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting applications from vehicle fleet owners who are interested in maximizing the economic and environmental benefits of alternative fuel use in their fleets. The deadline for applications is June 1.

The Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance (AFTA) is not a grant program. Through this initiative, DEP assigns a qualified, professional consulting firm to work directly with eligible organizations to develop technically viable and economically sustainable alternative fueling strategies.

Alternative fuels considered under this program may include natural gas, electricity, propane, hydrogen, hythane, ethanol, methanol, and other advanced biofuels.

Eligible organizations are political subdivisions, nonprofit organizations, municipal authorities, and school districts. An eligible entity can apply alone or team up with other eligible partners for a multi-organization project to enhance the energy, economic, and environmental benefits of alternative fuels.

Townships may apply to DEP by completing an application and providing basic fleet and operational details. For more information and a link to the application, go to www.dep.pa.gov, hover over “Citizens” at the top of the page and click on “Grants, Loans, and Rebates,” and then select “Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant” in the box on the right.

For help with the application, townships may contact Geoff Bristow of DEP’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance at (814) 332-6681 or gbristow@pa.gov.