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Friday, March 21, 2014

Governor Corbett Awards 25 Grants for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion

Governor Corbett Awards 25 Grants for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion

HARRISBURG -- Governor Tom Corbett today awarded $7.7 million in Act 13 funding to 25 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas for their heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

“Act 13 not only strengthened oversight of the drilling industry, it allows us to continue growing jobs while cleaning the air at the same time,” Corbett said. “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.”

Act 13 of 2012 was the single largest step in modernizing the state’s Oil and Gas Law in nearly three decades. It increased protections for private water supplies, empowered the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue larger fines and included one of the most progressive hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure laws in the nation.

The Act also authorized DEP to develop and implement the Natural Gas Energy Development program, funded by impact fees paid by natural gas operators. The program distributes up to $20 million in grants over three years, to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.

For this second round of the program, DEP received applications from 37 applicants requesting more than $10 million in grants. A portion of funding was reserved for local transportation organizations, as required by the Act.

The first round awarded $6.3 million to 19 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas. The third and final round is slated to open in late summer.

Eligible vehicles for all three rounds of the Natural Gas Energy Development program include those fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or bi-fuel vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or more.

Grant requests cannot exceed 50 percent of the incremental purchase or retrofit cost per vehicle or a maximum total of $25,000 per vehicle.

Gov. Corbett recently announced the March 1 opening of the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) program, providing an estimated $8 million to help companies and organizations purchase or convert CNG, LNG or bi-fuel vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or less, as well as electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any weight. Applications are also being accepted for innovation technology projects that include research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next phase technology related to alternative transportation fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

To learn more about AFIG and Act 13 grant programs, visit and click on the “Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program” button on the homepage.

Editor’s note: The 25 companies and organizations that were awarded grants are listed below, alphabetically by county, with a brief project description and funding amount.

Giant Eagle, purchase 20 CNG vehicles - $300,000
Freight Equipment Leasing LLC, purchase six CNG tractor trailers - $150,000

Beemac Trucking LLC, purchase 20 CNG tractor trailer trucks - $500,000

Burgmeiers Hauling, purchase six CNG refuse trucks - $138,955

Constructural Dynamics, purchase 20 CNG concrete mixer trucks - $500,000

Butler Area School District, purchase 30 CNG school buses - $300,000

Centre County Commissioners, Centre Area Transportation Authority, State College Borough and Penn State University, purchase 10 CNG vehicles - $165,872

“O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems LP, Paris Companies and Advanced Disposal, convert five trucks to dual fuel and purchase 20 CNG waste hauling trucks - $498,220

Clinton County Solid Waste Authority and Wayne Township, convert 14 CNG vehicles for use at the Wayne Township Landfill - $299,974

PreFlight LLC, purchase 10 CNG shuttle buses - $122,500
Rose Tree Media School District, purchase 12 CNG school buses - $300,000
Aqua Pennsylvania, purchase nine CNG dump trucks - $225,000

Giant Food Stores LLC, purchase five LNG trucks - $125,000

L.T. Verrastro, purchase 20 CNG trucks - $416,110

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, City of Lancaster and Goods Disposal Service, convert five trucks to CNG, and purchase five CNG vehicles - $213,995

Schneider Resources, purchase six CNG trucks - $150,000

Advanced Disposal Services Solid Waste of PA, convert 20 waste hauling vehicles to CNG - $472,115

Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities and United Parcel Service, convert 20 long haul trucks to LNG - $500,000
Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities, Pennsylvania American Water and Pennsylvania Turnpike, convert 23 vehicles to CNG - $418,650
Neapolitan Express Operating LLC, purchase 20 CNG mobile food trucks - $250,000

Penske Truck Leasing, purchase 23 CNG vehicles - $499,997

Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority, purchase five CNG commuter buses - $125,000

Kane Freight Lines, purchase 10 CNG trucks - $250,000

Hogan Transports, purchase 20 CNG transport trucks - $500,000

Multiple locations
Waste Management of Pennsylvania, purchase seven CNG solid waste collection vehicles for its Erie County location, with an additional 13 CNG solid waste collection vehicles for its Washington County location - $300,000


Anonymous said...

nobody wants to talk about the problem of the dangers of the natural gas fuel tanks on these vehicles school buses in particular

NG has to be stored at over 2000 psi in liquid state, these are time bombs !
vehicles hauling explosive gases like these must have warning placards because of the safety hazard, so are school buses to have these placards ?

i done not think dirty tom and his cronies would like it

in prospective propane is stored in liquid state about 150 psi

Drill Here! said...

Q) How thick is the storage vessel for gasoline?
Gasoline is MUCH more volatile than CNG. CNG has to have a specific mix of O2 to CNG in order to have any chance of an explosion. CNG tanks are made of all steel or aluminum (Type I)Metal reinforced by partial composite wrap (Type II), metal with a full wrap (Type III), or full composite (Type IV). Advantages and disadvantages of each but ALL are pressure tested. The vessels are tested in many ways. Drop tests, pressure tests, venting tests, salt baths and many other tests. How many gasoline tanks are tested this rigorously? Have you ever seen a gas tank taken out of service when it "looks good"? CNG tanks are retired at specific intervals regardless of their appearance. If a CNG tank does rupture, it vents to the air in a quick burst and it is gone. Gasoline, I believe can run down into storm drains, maybe flow into the vehicle, flow down the road, THEN ignite.
Contact the Centre County Transit Authority (CATA) to see their CNG tank that hit a bridge at 60 mph while a bus was being hauled, guess what happened? It shattered, the gas vented, no fire, no flame. Does the Ford Pinto and rear end collisions ring a bell? I don't believe the results were quite the same when their tanks ruptured.
Be open to new technologies, embrace the opportunity we have been blessed with. We have the fuel here, let's use it. WE will control our destiny when it comes to fuel. This will not be the 'end all, cure all" fuel, but it is a bridge as we develop more efficient vehicles and energy sources. We will no longer be sending our money "over there". Our own neighbors and local companies will benefit from this gas being produced at home. Please do some research PRIOR to sounding off on an unfamiliar subject and look beyond the scare tactics being used by the "huggers".