Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG)
The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program was established in 1992 under Act 166.
The AFIG Program helps to create new markets for alternative fuels in Pennsylvania which enhances energy security. An investment is being made not only in alternative fuels, but the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles, fleets, and technologies. Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant projects promote and build markets for advanced, renewable and alternative energy transportation technologies. The intent is to provide a stimulus for opportunities that better manage Pennsylvania's fuel resources in a way that also improves the environment, supports economic development and enhances the quality of life.
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The 2018 Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant Awards have been announced!
2018 FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant Awards
The second round of AFIG 2018 Awards has been announced!
Southwest Pennsylvania Awards
Southeast Pennsylvania Awards
Northeast Pennsylvania Awards
Northwest Pennsylvania Awards
Northcentral Pennsylvania Awards
The 2019 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant is Now Open!
The application period for the 2019 AFIG Program opened on April 26, 2019. Applications must be submitted via the Electronic Single Application (ESA) System.
Click here to apply. The AFIG Program will remain open throughout 2019. DEP will collect and review applications received by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019, and by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted.
About the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant
The primary goals of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program are to improve Pennsylvania's air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of homegrown alternative fuels that will help the Commonwealth's economy and environment. Through the program, DEP solicits applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within the Commonwealth.
Approximately $6 million in grants is made available annually for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the Commonwealth to support:
- Incremental cost expenses relative to retrofitting vehicles to operate on alternative fuels as a bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicle.
- Incremental cost expenses to purchase bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicles.
- The cost to purchase and install the necessary fleet refueling or home-refueling equipment for bi-fuel, dual-fuel, hybrid or dedicated vehicles.
- The cost to perform research, training, development, and demonstration of new applications or next-phase technology related to alternative fuel vehicles.
AFIG 2019 Guidelines (PDF)
AFIG 2019 Electronic Single Application Step-by-Step Guide: Instructions for the On-Line Application (Word)
AFIG 2019 Project Specific Step-by-Step Guide (Word)
New this year:
- For Innovative Technology projects, the maximum grant award has been increased to $600,000.
Standard hybrid vehicles are not eligible for an AFIG award, only Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) are eligible.
- For new CNG, LNG, propane, Biodiesel vehicles using a blend greater than B20, Electric Vehicles with a battery system capacity equal to or greater than 30 kWh, and Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles, applicants may request 100% of the incremental costs for all vehicle classes but no more than $7,500 for Class 1 and Class 2 passenger vehicles, and no more than $40,000 per vehicle for all other vehicle classes.
- For Electric Vehicles with a battery system capacity between 10 kWh and 30kWh, applicants may request a maximum of 75% of the incremental costs for all vehicle classes but no more than $5,000 per vehicle for Class 1 and Class 2 passenger vehicles, and no more than $30,000 for all other vehicle classes.
- For Electric Vehicles with a battery system capacity of less than 10 kWh, applicants may request a maximum of 50% of the incremental costs for all vehicles but no more than $1,000 for Class 1 and Class 2 passenger vehicles, and no more than $20,000 per vehicle for all other vehicle classes.
Please review the program guidance for further details.
The 2018 Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant
The 2018 Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant is now closed. Submitted applications are currently under review. The program will reopen later in 2019.
About the Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant
The Pennsylvania FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrastructure solicitation is a special solicitation under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG) designed to support the installation of alternative fuel infrastructure along Pennsylvania Interstate Highway Corridors.
Approximately $1 million in grants is made available annually to install public-use electric, hydrogen, propane, and compressed natural gas refueling infrastructure along the highway corridors in Pennsylvania.
Corridors which are designated as alternative fuel corridors by the FAST Act as "Signage Ready" or "Signage Pending" by the Federal Highway Administration meaning specific sections of interstates located in Pennsylvania (I-76, I-276, I-376, I-476, I-79, I-90, I-95, and I-80) will be the sole focus of this grant program.
Individual project awards are capped at $500,000 and the grant will provide up to a fifty (50) percent reimbursement.
Applicants may submit more than one application if they are seeking funding to install refueling installations on separate highway segments. Depending on the fuel type proposed and application details, a project may consist of a single public station or a series of public stations within a corridor (or multiple corridors) of eligible highway corridors in Pennsylvania.
2018 AFIG Fast Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant Guidelines (PDF)
Electronic Single Application System Instructions (Word)
Step-by-Step FAST Act Instructions (Word)
The following Applicants are encouraged to apply: Pennsylvania municipal authorities, political subdivisions, non-profit entities, corporations, and limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the Commonwealth.
Eligible Project Types
Examples of projects eligible to apply under the Pennsylvania FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrastructure program include:
Full publicly accessible Electric Vehicle DC Charging stations
Full publicly accessible Compressed Natural Gas refueling stations
Full publicly accessible Propane refueling stations
Information about the Fast Act:
FAST Act (Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act - Pub. L. No. 114-94 ) was signed into federal law on December 4, 2015. The FAST Act was created to provide long-term certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment in the United States. Section 1413 of the FAST Act creates the designation of alternative fuel corridors which support electric vehicle (EV) charging, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas transportation through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program
The Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance (AFTA) program provides technical assistance to eligible organizations to maximize the benefits of alternative fuel use in PA. AFTA is not a grant program, but a program through which a qualified, a professional consulting firm is assigned by DEP to work directly with eligible organizations for the purpose of developing technically viable and economically sustainable alternative fueling strategies. Alternative fuels considered under this program may include natural gas, electric, propane, hydrogen, hythane, ethanol, methanol, and other advanced biofuels.
Organizations eligible to apply include political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, municipal authorities, and school districts in PA. An eligible entity can apply alone, or it can team up with other eligible project partners for a multi-organization project that can enhance the energy, economic, and environmental benefits of alternative fuels.
The AFTA program is not currently accepting applications for technical assistance. However, eligible organizations that are interested in analyzing their fleets for potential use of alternative fuels may find useful and relevant information in some of the recently completed AFTA reports. Please click on any of the reports below to see the results and recommendations that our AFTA contractors provided to municipalities, authorities and school districts during the first two rounds of AFTA.
Capital Region Water (PDF)
Central Bucks Emergency Medical Service (PDF)
City of Philadelphia (PDF)
Community Transport of Delaware County (PDF)
Indiana Borough (PDF)
Kennett Square Borough (PDF)
Lower Merion Township (PDF)
Pittsburgh Public Schools (PDF)
Suburban Transit Network (PDF)
AFIG Fact Sheets and Tools
2017-2018 AFIG Annual Report
2016-2017 AFIG Annual Report (PDF)
2015-2016 AFIG Annual Report (PDF)
Electric Vehicles in Pennsylvania Fact Sheet (PDF)
Alternative Fuels Map
Welcome to the map of electric vehicle (EV), compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG), and E85 (gasoline containing 85% ethanol) refueling stations within Pennsylvania. This map includes stations that were supported by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and private funds.
Alternative Fuel Refueling Sites
Find locations in Pennsylvania, or across the country, that offer the following alternative fuel types: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquified Propane Gas (LPG), Electric, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), Ethanol (E85) and Methanol (M85).
Alternative Fuels Data Center
Major source of information on AFVs including lists of vehicles available from manufacturers, national refueling information, emission reduction demonstration studies.
Fleet Buyer's Guide
A website designed to help you understand and acquire AFVs.
Fuel Economy Site
The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have jointly developed a new website that allows consumers easy access to fuel economy data online over the Internet.
The Department of Energy's
Vehicle Cost Calculator.
Use this calculator to compare alternative fuel vehicles with their gasoline-only counterparts.
DEP AFIG Staff
For individual Location-specific project inquiries, please contact:
Michele Ferguson – 570-327-3783 or Josh Dziubek 717-783-8411
Bradford, Butler, Carbon, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Monroe Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Wayne, and Wyoming.
Mark Hand – 717-705-4797
Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland and York.
For multiple location/statewide project inquiries, please contact:
Josh Dziubek 717-783-8411