Governor Tom Corbett has awarded $7.3 million in Act 13 funding to 18 companies, organizations and partnerships making the transition to natural gas for their heavy-duty fleet vehicles. “Natural gas, particularly from the shale formations here in Pennsylvania, is an abundant, affordable, domestic fuel that is putting this country on a path to energy independence,” he said.
Eligible vehicles for all three rounds of the Natural Gas Energy Development program, which has already distributed up to $20 million in grants over three years, included those fueled with CNG, LNG or bi-fuel vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or more. Grant requests could not exceed 50% of the incremental purchase or retrofit cost per vehicle or a maximum total of $25,000 per vehicle.
The chosen companies are Giant Eagle ($400,000 to purchase 16 CNG vehicles), Penske Truck Leasing ($1,500,000 to purchase 60 CNG trucks), Beemac Trucking ($375,000 to purchase 15 CNG trucks), Constructural Dynamics ($500,000 to purchase 20 CNG concrete mixer trucks), NFI Interactive Logistics ($375,000 to purchase 15 CNG trucks), New Era Logistics ($250,000 to purchase 10 LNG trucks), Sheehy Mail Contractors ($500,000 to purchase 20 CNG trucks), REV Hoopes Trucking ($500,000 to purchase 20 LNG trucks), REV LNG ($400,000 to purchase 16 LNG trucks), CR England ($239,197 to purchase 10 LNG trucks), Waste Management of Pennsylvania ($500,000 to purchase 25 CNG refuse vehicles), and Northeast Associates ($125,000 to convert five trucks to CNG).
Several partnerships also received the grants: Ryder Truck Rental with partner Modern Transportation ($250,000 to purchase 10 CNG trucks); Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities with partners Road Scholar Trucking, DeNaples Auto Parts, and DeNaples Sanitation ($475,000 to convert 19 vehicles to CNG); Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities with partner W.W. Transport ($500,000 to purchase and convert 30 trucks to CNG); and Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities with partner UPS ($500,000 to purchase 20 CNG trucks).
Source: Government of Pennsylvania