7/06/2011

Big Philly Green Diesel Machines

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program.  The program makes available $4 million in grants to assist in funding eligible projects that use or produce biofuels, alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, or that deploy fuel-saving technology in the transportation sector.  Funding is available for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions of the state, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the state.


This is great new for SEPTA, PWD, PECO, or even the Philadelphia Sanitation department.  This kind of funding for proposals could spear head an ambitious transition of converting service and utility vehicles used by various departments to alternative and bio fuel vehicles, a task not yet achieved by any major city.  Im sure its been discussed, but not accomplished by any municipality as of yet. Lets go Philly!  If accomplished this would surely give us a leg up on becoming America's Greenest City.



Approved projects for these organizations must work to retrofit fleet vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, purchase alternative fuel vehicle for a fleet, install fleet refueling equipment for alternative fuel vehicles, or support next-phase advanced research, development and training related to alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.