Energy Development Grants Awarded
March 31, 2014
CLEARFIELD COUNTY- Businesses and
organizations in the 25th Senatorial District will receive more
than $798,000 in state Natural Gas Energy Development Program grants, according
to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
The Natural Gas Energy
Development Program was created as part of Act 13 of 2012, as a way to help promote economic development and energy independence, while
protecting the environment. The grants
were part of $7.7 million in funding awarded across the state to 25 companies
and organizations making the switch to natural gas (CNG) for their heavy-duty
“These grants provide a
significant investment in local businesses and organizations, which are
important employers within our region,” Scarnati stated. “Using
heavy-duty vehicles that operate on natural gas will help us to utilize
environmentally friendly energy made here in the United States, while keeping
jobs in our community.”
According to Scarnati, a
$498,220 grant is being awarded to “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems LP,
Paris Companies and Advanced Disposal in Clearfield County, to convert five
trucks to dual fuel and for the purchase of 20 CNG waste hauling trucks.
A total of $299,974 is also
being awarded to Clinton County Solid Waste Authority and Wayne Township to
convert 14 CNG vehicles for use at the Wayne Township Landfill.
explained that the program is funded through revenue generated by the annual
impact fee assessed on Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction. The
program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) and designed to help reduce Pennsylvania’s dependence on
imported oil and improve air quality, by reducing vehicle emissions of carbon
“Through the development of the
Marcellus Shale industry, Pennsylvania has been given a tremendous opportunity
to become a leader in energy advancement initiatives,” Scarnati said. “I
am pleased that the industry continues to provide family sustaining jobs within
our region and that we continue to see benefits of the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee
within our local communities.”
Over a total of three years, this program will make $20 million
in grant funds available on a competitive basis, to purchase or convert
eligible vehicles to natural gas.
More information on the Natural
Gas Energy Development Program can be found on the DEP website.