DEP seeks help in shaping Pa. grants for switching vehicles to natural gas

    A Pennsylvania grant program for groups looking to switch their vehicles to natural gas is still in the works.

    State officials are fielding input groups that may be considering the switch to help structure the initiative.

    A new section on the state Department of Environmental Protection website details the work being done to gear up a competitive grant program.

    It’s meant to help cities, school districts, and businesses defray the costs of converting their vehicle fleets to natural gas.

    It has one tool sure to be useful to those groups – a map of natural gas fueling stations, says DEP spokeswoman Lynda Rebarchuk.

    “There’s a guide on there where you can punch in your location information or your ZIP code and find where existing fueling stations are across the state,” she said.

    The DEP is also planning information sessions throughout the state this fall to explain the grant program. It includes up to $20 million over the next three years.

    The fund was set up with the same state law that imposed an impact fee on natural gas drillers.

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