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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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AFIG is currently offering two opportunities:

  • The Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant
  • The 2018 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant

New!

The first round of AFIG 2018 Awards have been announced!

Municipality and Business Awards

School District Awards

The 2018 Pennsylvania FAST Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant is now open!

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 will be available 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 will be 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.

APPLICATIONS

Applications must be submitted via the Electronic Single Application (ESA) System. Click here to apply. The program began accepting applications November 9, 2018. Applications received after 4:00 pm on February 8, 2019 will not be accepted.

Click on the links below to download a copy of the Grant Guidelines document application instructions:

2018 AFIG Fast Act Corridor Infrastructure Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Electronic Single Application System Instructions (Word)

Step-by-Step FAST Act Instructions (Word)

Eligible Applicants

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:

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).

THE 2018 ALTERNATIVE FUELS INCENTIVE GRANT IS NOW OPEN!

Applications will be only accepted online through the DCED Electronic Single Application system.

Click here to apply for the 2018 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant.

AFIG 2018 Guidelines

AFIG 2018 Electronic Single Application Step-by-Step Guide: Instructions for the On-Line Application (Word)

AFIG 2018 Project Specific Step-by-Step Guide (Word)

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 for 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 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.

New this year, AFIG will give priority to projects that include the use of the funded vehicles by emergency personnel in emergency responses, rescues, and evacuations. Biodiesel refueling infrastructure projects must be dispensing a biodiesel blend greater than B5.

Changes for Vehicle Purchase and Retrofit projects include:

  • 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 20 kWh, and Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles, applicants may request 100% of the incremental cost of the vehicle up to $40,000 per vehicle.
  • For Electric Vehicles with a battery system capacity between 10 kWh and 20kWh, applicants may request 75% of the incremental cost of the vehicle up to $20,000 per vehicle.
  • For Existing CNG, LNG, and Biodiesel vehicles using a blend of B20 or greater, and Electric Vehicles with a battery system capacity of less than 10 kWh, applicants may request 50% of the incremental cost up to $20,000 per vehicle.

APPLICATIONS

The application period opened on May 4, 2018 and will remain open throughout 2018. DEP will collect and review Applications received by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018 and 4 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted.

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

DEP AFIG Staff

For individual Location-specific project inquiries, please contact:

Michele Ferguson – 570-327-3783 or Josh Dziubek 717-783-8411
Counties:
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 or Walt Dinda 717-783-8411
Counties:
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/state wide project inquiries, please contact:
Josh Dziubek 717-783-8411