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Welcome from Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities!

Published on January 28, 2009 by in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome! Here’s some information on what Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) is and what we’re working to accomplish.

PRCC is a nonprofit membership organization designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Build and support the infrastructure needed for a strong alternative fuel and alternative vehicle market in Western Pennsylvania.
  2. Serve the needs of its member organizations through education, business consulting, development and grant writing and management of federal and state-funded projects.
  3. Serve as the designated regional organization for all U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program initiatives, including project funding.
 
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Governor Corbett Awards 18 Grants for Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion

Published on January 15, 2015 by in Uncategorized

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection

Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

01/14/2015

HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Corbett today awarded $7.3 million in Act 13 funding to 18 companies, organizations and partnerships 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 distributed 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 third round of the program, DEP received applications from 37 applicants requesting more than $10 million in grants.  The first two rounds awarded a total $14.4 million to 43 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas.

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

Grant requests could not exceed 50 percent of the incremental purchase or retrofit cost per vehicle or a maximum total of $25,000 per vehicle.
To learn more about Act 13 grant programs, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the “Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program” button on the homepage.

Media contact:
Jay Pagni, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Lynda Rebarchak, DEP; 484-250-5820
Editor’s note: The 18 companies, organizations and partnerships that were awarded grants are listed below, alphabetically by county, with a brief project description and funding amount.

Allegheny
Giant Eagle, purchase 16 CNG vehicles – $400,000
Penske Truck Leasing, purchase 20 CNG trucks – $500,000

Beaver
Beemac Trucking, purchase 15 CNG trucks – $375,000

Bucks
Constructural Dynamics, towards the purchase of 20 CNG concrete mixer trucks – $500,000

Cumberland
NFI Interactive Logistics, purchase 15 CNG trucks- $375,000
New Era Logistics, towards the purchase of 10 LNG trucks – $250,000

Dauphin
Ryder Truck Rental with partner Modern Transportation, purchase 10 CNG trucks – $250,000

Lackawanna
Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities with partners Road Scholar Trucking, DeNaples Auto Parts, and DeNaples Sanitation, convert 19 vehicles to CNG – $475,000

Northampton
Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities with partner W.W. Transport, purchase and convert 30 trucks to CNG – $500,000

Northumberland
Sheehy Mail Contractors, purchase 20 CNG trucks – $500,000

Potter
REV Hoopes Trucking, purchase 20 LNG trucks – $500,000
REV LNG, purchase 16 LNG trucks – $400,000

Schuylkill
Penske Truck Leasing, purchase 20 CNG trucks – $500,000

Westmoreland
Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities with partner United Parcel Service, purchase 20 CNG trucks – $500,000

Multiple locations
Penske Truck Leasing, purchase 20 CNG trucks for deployment in Dauphin and York counties – $500,000
CR England, towards the purchase of 10 LNG trucks that will travel through Lancaster, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties – $239,197
Waste Management of Pennsylvania, purchase 25 CNG refuse vehicles to be used in Pen Argyl, Northampton County, as well as Erie and Washington counties – $500,000
Northeast Associates, convert five trucks to CNG, traveling through Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Fayette, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties – $125,000

 
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“CNG Vehicles: Do They Make Sense for My Town?”

Published on January 13, 2015 by in Uncategorized

January 23, 2015

Allegheny County Emergency Services Situation Room

400 N. Lexington St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., including lunch

There is no charge for this workshop

P3NGV is a US Department of Energy funded initiative managed by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to provide objective information to fleet managers in western Pennsylvania on the benefits of using compressed natural gas (CNG)and other gaseous fuels as a petroleum alternative. Together with its partners Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), and other stakeholders, P3NGV is committed to identifying cost effective opportunities to replace gasoline or diesel vehicles with CNG and/or Propane vehicles. Target vehicles include refuse collection vehicles, shuttle buses, and other similarly sized vehicles. P3NGV will work with municipalities and others to develop cost-effective proposals for shifting to CNG, and will help develop applications for state funding through PA DEP grant programs. This workshop, which will present an unbiased overview of the features of CNG/Propane as a vehicle fuel, including basic information on the applications for which CNG/Propane is best suited, cost effectiveness of vehicle conversion vs. new purchase at replacement, permitting, zoning , and safety concerns for fueling stations, drivers, garages, and emergency personnel. PA DEP and PRCC will present information on past and future funding opportunities. The workshop will run from 10:00 until 1:00, and will include a networking lunch starting at noon at which participants can find potential partners who maybe be interested in future funding opportunities. This workshop will also provide information on additional resources P3NGV/PRCC will provide over the next few years, including training for emergency responders, training for code and permitting officials, workshops for private trash haulers, maintenance personnel, procurement language, direct technical assistance in evaluating the suitability of CNG for your vehicles, and hands-on assistance in applying for funding from various Pennsylvania state funds.

Registration and Coffee from 9:30am

Welcome

Introductions and Overview of P3NGV

Rick Price, Executive Director – Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities

Overview of Opportunities and Challenges for CNG Vehicles

Rick Price–Executive Director, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities

Refuse Hauler and Municipalities Experiences

TBD

Finding the Right CNG Vehicle for your Fleet

Barry Carr–Director of Business Development, Landi Renzo, USA

Fueling Infrastructure and Site Planning Considerations

Bob Beatty, ORing Fueling Systems

Ron Schramm, Progas

Working with Your Utilities

Tish Clipper – Peoples Gas

State Grants and Incentives

Maggie Hall, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Questions & Answers

Networking Lunch

 
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AFIG Grant: Helping One Vehicle at a Time

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By: Kristie Kubovic, Director of Communications, Shale Media Group

Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group

 

In early September, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded close to $4 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to 33 local governments, non-profit organizations and companies that are converting to Propane (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) powered fleet vehicles. AFIG projects promote and build markets for advanced, renewable and alternative energy transportation technologies, according to the DEP.

Both Propane and CNG offer domestically abundant, clean, safe, quiet, powerful, efficient and affordable alternative fueling options for the United States. In a statement, Pennsylvania Governor Corbett relayed, “These important grants allow Pennsylvania to make the most of our abundant natural resources, edging us closer to energy independence while also helping to improve our air quality. This funding makes it possible for many local governments, organizations and companies to convert their lighter-weight vehicles to natural gas or other alternative fuels.”

The AFIG fund was established in 1992 and is an annual grant that school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, incorporated non-profit entities, corporations and limited liability companies or partnerships that are registered to do business in Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for. According to the AFIG application, the DEP offers grant funding for clean, alternative fuel projects in Pennsylvania, and investment in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. The primary goals of the AFIG Program are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of homegrown alternative fuels that will help the state’s economy and environment.

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Clean Fuels Clean Rivers Workshop

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, Life Cycle Engineering, and the Port of Pittsburgh held an LNG Marine Forum at the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills Center on October 24, 2014. The Clean Fuels Clean Rivers Initiative was the main subject of the LNG Marine Forum event was held to build on an initiative to build a natural gas marine corridor that extends from Morgantown WV area through Pennsylvania, and down the Ohio River to Huntington, WV.

The ultimate goal of this effort will be to expand the potential of natural gas as a replacement for diesel fuel to the often overlooked inland waterway system.

The Clean Fuels Clean Rivers team is capitalizing on these opportunities by:

Facilitating dialogue among stakeholder organizations toward development of a strategic plan

Performing a rigorous feasibility analysis of the opportunity that can be used by fleet owners and fuel providers to help decision making within their organizations

Launching demonstration projects in partnership with commercial fleet operators.

 
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Free Introduction to Hybrid Electric Vehicles Held

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities held a Free Introduction to Hybrid Electric Vehicles at the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills Center for four evenings on September 23, 25, 30 and October 2, 2014. The class talked about the basic components of electric and hybrid electric vehicles and about the operation of many different manufacturers vehicles that are on the road today. The students covered safety and safe working habits when performing maintenance on a hybrid vehicle.

 
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Oakland Transportation Management Association Transportation Fair

The Oakland Transportation Management Association (OMTA) held its second annual transportation fair at Alumni Hall (University of Pittsburgh). This year the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities was contacted about bringing alternative fuel vehicles to the event. Located in the heart of Oakland, OTMA is a nonprofit organization open to businesses, community organizations, local government agencies, and regional transportation planners and providers. They are always working to better the Oakland community’s ability to stay in motion while reducing traffic and air pollution.

The fair included engineering students from the University of Pittsburgh and the general public to better understand what the OMTA mission is.

 
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Odyssey Day 2014

By: Kristie Kubovic, Director of Communications, Shale Media Group
Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group
Images Provided By: Shale Media Group

National AFV Day Odyssey is a nationwide event conducted to educate the public on the importance of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Organized by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), the goal is to provide cleaner transportation choices (and thus cleaner air) and less dependence on foreign oil.

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Ohio River Watershed Celebration

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and its’ stakeholders attended the 13th Ohio River Watershed celebration held this year in North Park. This year’s theme: “Connected through Our Streams-The Pine Creek Experience” focused on the great progress that has been made in restoring streams and creeks in the Ohio River Watershed.

This years’ events (displays, awards and speakers) were held at the Rose Barn including a talk from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. The alternative fuel vehicles were displayed in the Boat House Parking Lot Area and Watershed Displays and Municipalities were on Lake Lane. These alternative fuel vehicles included, a CNG Class * Tractor (Giant Eagle), Propane School Bus (Bluebird of Pittsburgh), EV Telsa (Veterans Taxi), Propane van, and motor boat (ProGas), CNG Pickup( EcoFriendly), Propane Pickup (McCandless Township Water Authority), CNG Honda (Mike Lickert).

Attendees had a chance to register for a trip on a propane school bus (Provided by Bluebird of Pittsburgh) to the Pine Creek Watershed.

 
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