Pennsylvania's FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant Program; Availability of Grants
[50 Pa.B. 740]
[Saturday, February 1, 2020]
The Energy Programs Office of the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces an opportunity to apply for grants under Pennsylvania's FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Program (Program). This Program is a special solicitation under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program which will provide up to a 50% reimbursement grant to install public refueling infrastructure along the highway corridors in this Commonwealth designated as alternative fuel corridors by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (Pub.L. No. 114-94) as ''signage ready'' or ''signage pending'' by the Federal Highway Administration. These corridors include specific sections of interstates I-76, I-276, I-376, I-476, I-79, I-90, I-95, I-80, I-70, I-78, I-81, I-83, I-84 and US-30.
Approximately $1 million in grants will be available to municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations and limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the Commonwealth to install public-use electric, hydrogen, propane and compressed natural gas refueling infrastructure. The infrastructure must support public vehicles seeking to undertake alternative fuel refueling including, electric vehicle charging or hydrogen, propane or compressed natural gas refueling. Individual project awards will be capped at $500,000.
Eligible project infrastructure must be publicly accessible 24/7; incorporate roadway signage compliant with the FAST Act; offer an open and common payment platform; feature standardized nozzles and connectors; be co-located with convenient consumer amenities at safe locations; and provide travelers with measures of assurance that the fuel with be available during their planned stop. Project infrastructure must be designed to meet 5-year future projections of anticipated usage for the public at the proposed public stations. All projects must be sited within 5 roadway miles of the eligible corridor segment.
Program guidelines and application instructions are available on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Residents,'' then ''Grants, Loans and Rebates,'' then ''Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant'').
The application period opened January 24, 2020. Applications must be submitted online through the Department of Community and Economic Development's Electronic Single Application web site, eGrants at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
Interested applicants with questions may contact the Energy Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 783-8411.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-160. Filed for public inspection January 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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