ANNOUNCING THE PENNSYLVANIA FAST ACT CORRIDOR INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT

ALTERNATIVE FUELS INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM (AFIG) The Pennsylvania FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrastructure solicitation is a special solicitation under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG) designed to support the installation of alternative fuel infrastructure along Pennsylvania Interstate Highway Corridors. Approximately $1 million in grants will be available to install: public-use electric, hydrogen, propane, and compressed natural gas refueling infrastructure along the highway corridors in Pennsylvania. Corridors which are designated as alternative fuel corridors by the FAST Act as “Signage Ready” or “Signage Pending” by the Federal Highway Administration meaning specific sections of interstates located in Pennsylvania (I-76, I-276, I-476, I-70, I-95, and I-80) will be the sole focus of this grant program. Individual project awards will be capped at $500,000 and the grant will provide up to a fifty (50) percent reimbursement. Applicants may submit more than one application if they are seeking funding to install refueling installations on separate highway segments. Depending on the fuel type proposed and application details, a project may consist of a single public station, or a series of public stations within a corridor (or multiple corridors) of eligible highway corridors in Pennsylvania. Grant Applications and Due Dates Applications will be received in paper form. Applications will be accepted starting September 30, 2017. Applications received after 4:00 pm on November 17, 2017, will not be accepted. Click on the link to download a copy of the Grant Guidelines document and Application: 2017 AFIG Fast Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant Eligible Applicants The following Applicants are encouraged to apply: Pennsylvania municipal authorities, political subdivisions, non-profit entities, corporations, and limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated...

Alternative Fuel, High Tech Vehicles On Display At CCAC’s ‘Odyssey Day’

OAKDALE (KDKA) — There are plenty of sources to fuel vehicles these days, and those vehicles were all on display at the Community College of Allegheny County’s Oakdale campus Friday. It looked like an auto show — rows upon rows of cars, trucks and buses. This was “Odyssey Day,” designed to introduce the public to alternative fuel and vehicles with advanced technology — everything from natural gas buses to school buses that run on propane, to the all-electric Chevy Bolt and the Tesla. “There’s no one technology that’s probably better than the other per se because it’s about what fits your market and where you’re at,” Rick Price, executive director of the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, said. He says many large companies like UPS and Giant Eagle have already embraced the technology, powering much of their fleet with alternative fuels. It’s important, says Price, not only for the environment, but also to give the United States fuel independence. “If we can get stuff with cleaner air, greenhouse gases and also be kind of independent from what happens in other parts of the world,” Price said. CCAC has been a large part of that. “We have a great relationship here with the college because they teach alternative fuel classes here at the college, and there’s a number of vehicles out there that we’ve outfitted for them to do that,” Price said. Please click here to read more and watch the...
U.S. Maritime grant aims to find cleaner river towboat engine

U.S. Maritime grant aims to find cleaner river towboat engine

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Diesel-powered towboats on the nation’s inland waterways spew some of the dirtiest exhaust emissions, but an experiment on a vessel docked in the Monongahela River eventually could help clear Pittsburgh’s air. Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, a local nonprofit that’s part of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program, is leading the project, which will use natural gas to power the Principio, a towboat that has been pushing barges on the three rivers since the 1940s. It is currently docked in Braddock. The retrofit of the towboat, one of three operated by Gulf Materials LLC, will cost about $1.4 million and use $730,000 from the U.S. Maritime Administration, and other funding, including a pending grant from the Allegheny County Health Department. Lutitia Clipper, project manager and natural gas vehicle expert, said the project is “precedent setting.” “Our project is the first inland waterway diesel-powered conversion to natural gas,” she said. Pending approval from the U.S. Coast Guard, the retrofit design — a dual-fuel system that would decrease up to 60 percent of the Principio’s diesel usage — could be a model for other diesel towboats, Ms. Clipper and the team hope.. Between 2,000 and 4,000 inland towboats operate in the U.S. The exact number is unclear. In the Pittsburgh region there are 261 boats, which moved 26.4 million tons of coal, gravel and other commodities on the three rivers in 2015. While some ocean ships — as well as inland boats in other countries — are already operating on natural gas, that’s not the case in the U.S. All inland towboats in the U.S. operate using diesel engines....

2017 Pittsburgh Energy Forum Series

The Next Generation of Transportation Heinz History Center | July 10, 2017 | 6 p.m. | Free admission and parking 4:30-8:30pm Hear about advances in transportation technology, not just to get us where we want to go, but also to reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, and support the region’s economic development. ALSO: Be sure to check out the alternative vehicles we’ll have on display outside of the History Center. PANEL INCLUDES: David Shribman Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Peter Rander Carnegie Mellon grad and former engineer at Uber who co-founded Argo AI, the autonomous car start-up based in Pittsburgh that is partnering with Ford Richard Price Executive director of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities known for his work with alternative fuel vehicles Costa Samaras Engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon and transportation/autonomous vehicle expert with CMU’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Lisa Ecola Transportation planner with RAND Corporation focused on mobility trends and the intersection of transportation with climate policy Miguel Guerreiro CEO and founder of startup Blue Gas Marine that developed a technology system enabling boats to run on natural gas instead of diesel Guests can register at: promo.post-gazette.com/energy2017 or...

The Next Generation of Transportation

Energy Evolution 2017 Pittsburgh Energy Forum Series Monday, July 10 | Heinz History Center | 6:00 pm | Free admission   4:30 – 8: 30 p.m. Alternative fuel car display and test drives outside!   To attend, register below or call 412-263-3850   Register: http://promo.post-gazette.com/energy2017   FREE PARKING AT HISTORY CENTER LOT ON SMALLMAN STREET MODERATOR: DAVID SHRIBMAN Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette RICHARD PRICE Executive Director, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities COSTA SAMARAS  Engineer and transportation expert, Carnegie Mellon Scott Institute for Energy Innovation PETER RANDER  Founder, Argo AI (in partnership with Ford) and former engineer at Uber LIISA ECOLA  Policy analyst and transportation planner, RAND...
Pennsylvania electric utilities develop policies for charging cars

Pennsylvania electric utilities develop policies for charging cars

From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PowerSource Pennsylvania regulators are no strangers to what happens when new technology meets old regulations. Uber, anyone? This time, it’s electric vehicle charging stations, an emerging industry trying to find its footing and an economic model in Pennsylvania. In an effort to encourage the growth of the industry, at least one utility — Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Light — is allowing charging station operators to resell its electricity, sometimes at a substantial markup. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced this week that it is exploring how electric utilities should treat these charging stations, which pull electricity from the grid and redistribute it to a number of clients. One thing the agency wants to know is if the model developed by Duquesne Light should serve as a model for a state standard. While gasoline stations have about a century’s head start, the electric car charging stations are just moving from people’s garages to more commercial spaces in Pennsylvania. It may be a while before signs pop up on the corner advertising a price per kilowatt hour. The Pittsburgh utility is the only one in Pennsylvania that has a specific policy for electric vehicle charging stations — it excuses them from regulations that say a customer can’t resell or redistribute the utility’s product. Those prohibitions were designed to prevent situations like a landlord charging tenants different rates than what a utility would charge. But a few years ago, when a company called the Blink Network wanted to put an electric vehicle charging station into the Oakmont service plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Duquesne Light had to make a decision —...

Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

EPA is announcing $11 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Proposal packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) in order to be considered for funding. Please read more here:...