A Beaver County business was awarded a state Natural Gas Energy Development program grant, according to Senator Elder Vogel. Beemac Trucking LLC was awarded a $375,000 grant to purchase 15 trucks fueled by compressed natural gas.
“This is great news for Beemac and Beaver County,” Senator Vogel said. “Not only is natural gas cheaper and cleaner than gasoline, it also helps to promote good paying jobs right here in Pennsylvania.”
The grant was part of $7.3 million in funding to 18 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas for their heavy-duty fleet vehicles announced by Governor Tom Corbett. Grant requests could not exceed 50 percent of the incremental purchase or retrofit cost per vehicle or a maximum total of $25,000 per vehicle.
Act 13 of 2012 authorized the Department of Environmental Protection to develop and implement the Natural Gas Energy Development program, funded by impact fees paid by natural gas operators. The program distributed up to $20 million in grants over three years, to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.
More information about the state’s alternative fuels programs is available at www.dep.state.pa.us and by clicking on the “Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program” button on the homepage.