Centre County has been awarded a $140,359 grant to be used for ten compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, according to Senator Jake Corman (R- Bellefonte). The grants will fund nine paratransit buses and one refuse truck.
“This state grant provides a significant investment for both the transportation needs of Centre County residents and as an innovative technology,” stated Corman.
The grants are awarded through the Natural Gas Energy Development Program, created as part of Act 13 of 2012. The program is designed to help reduce Pennsylvania’s dependence on imported oil and improve air quality, by reducing vehicle emissions of carbon monoxide.
“I am pleased that Centre County took advantage of this funding opportunity,” said Corman. “CNG vehicles will provide a cost savings to the county government and cleaner emissions. This is exactly what the Act 13 program was envisioned to do.”
The Natural Gas Energy Development Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Applications for this first round of grants were due on February 1, 2013. More information on the Natural Gas Energy Development Program can be found on the DEP website.