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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 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant is Now Open!

The 2020 AFIG Program is now accepting applications until 4:00 PM on Friday, December 11, 2020. Applications must be submitted via the Electronic Single Application (ESA) System. Click here to apply.

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 $5 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 2020 Guidelines (PDF)

AFIG 2020 Electronic Single Application Step-by-Step Guide: Instructions for the On-Line Application (Word)

AFIG 2020 Project Specific Step-by-Step Guide (Word)

AFIG 2020 Priorities for funding:

  1. Zero emission vehicle (ZEV) projects
  2. Renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicle and infrastructure projects
  3. Projects located in or predominantly serving environmental justice (EJ) areas
  4. Publicly accessible alternative fuel refueling infrastructure projects

The AFIG 2020 program changes for the Vehicle Retrofit and Purchase projects category are:

  1. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles are not eligible for an AFIG Award, only Battery Electric Vehicles are eligible for an AFIG award.
  2. Vehicle retrofits and conversions are only eligible for new vehicles.
  3. Extra consideration will be given to natural gas vehicle projects involving RNG.

The second round of AFIG 2019 Awards has been announced!

AFIG 2019 Round 2 Awards Press Release

The Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant is Now Closed

The 2019 Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant closed on March 24, 2020. Project selections have been approved and awards will be announced shortly.

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.

Information about the Fast Act:

The 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).

2018 FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant Awards

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.

ALCOSAN (PDF)
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 project inquiries, please contact:
Josh Dziubek 717-705-0374