HARRISBURG, PA - Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced $7.9 million in grants to help fund 21 alternative-fuel projects. The investment is through the state's Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program.
The 21 alternative-fuel projects are expected to create 221 jobs and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 14.5 million pounds. The grants will be matched by another $22.1 million in private funds for a total economic impact of $30 million.
Philadelphia City Treasurer, Office of Fleet Management will receive $205,416 to offset the cost of purchasing more than 1 million gallons of B-5 biodiesel for use in the City's fleet.
The City of Philadelphia's Mayor's Office of Sustainability will receive $140,000 for its $500,000 project that will add 10 charging stations and 18 electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids to existing, successful local car sharing operations, exposing more people to the benefits of these technologies. The project is expected to create 12 jobs and cut CO2 emissions by 61,000 lbs. per year.
Other public agencies and universities receiving grants are:
- Bryn Mawr College will receive $88,682 to increase its existing CNG storage capacity and purchase one CNG transport bus and two Ford Transit Connect CNG vans.
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania will receive $6,000 to cover the incremental cost of purchasing B-20 biodiesel to power vehicles on campus.
- Cumberland County Commissioners will receive $15,360 to purchase 96,000 gallons of blended biodiesel.