Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program; FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrasturcture Opportunity
[47 Pa.B. 6123]
[Saturday, September 30, 2017]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance announces an opportunity to apply for grants under the new PA's FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrastructure Program (Program). This Program is a special solicitation under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG) which will provide up to a 50% reimbursement grant to install public refueling infrastructure along 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-476, I-70, I-95 and I-80.
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 this 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 will 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. To be eligible, projects must be sited within approximately 5 roadway miles of the FAST Act designated corridor segment.
The Program guidelines and application are available on the Department AFIG web site under the FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrastructure Program section at http://www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Citizens,'' then ''Grants, Loans and Rebates,'' then ''Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant'').
The application period will open on September 30, 2017. This application will not be available for electronic submission. Only written hard copy applications using the application format will be accepted. An original and three copies of all applications must be postmarked, if mailed, or received, if hand-delivered, by 4 p.m. on November 17, 2017.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1619. Filed for public inspection September 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]
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