When the 14 new bi-fuel trucks are purchased and up-fitted, they will be stationed at the company’s operations in Scranton, Norristown, Royersford, Coatesville, Bangor, Clarion, Warren and Punxsutawney. In early 2013, Pennsylvania American Water launched a pilot with four CNG-powered Ford F-250 trucks based in Punxsutawney and Coatesville.
“We are a firm believer in CNG’s potential as an important alternative fuel option, which will enable us to better control operational expenses, reduce our carbon footprint, and capitalize on the abundant supply of natural gas right here in the Commonwealth,” said President Kathy L. Pape of Pennsylvania American Water.
Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations Steve Tambini said the company is exploring partnerships with a number of alternate fueling providers, municipalities and other AFIG recipients to help expand CNG’s reach.
Tambini said Pennsylvania American Water plans to apply for more state grants to further increase the size of its CNG-powered fleet. DEP’s second round of Act 13 Natural Gas Vehicle grants is now open for applications, with an estimated USD 11 million available to help pay for the purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas-fueled vehicles weighing more than 14,000 pounds. The Act 13 Natural Gas Vehicle grants are financed by impact fees paid by natural gas operators.
Source: Pennsylvania American Water.