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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-111


Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program Opportunity

[47 Pa.B. 359]
[Saturday, January 21, 2017]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance, announces an opportunity for eligible entities to apply for the Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance (AFTA) Program for the purpose of maximizing the economic and environmental benefits of alternative fuel use in vehicle fleets within this Commonwealth. Selected applicants will receive professional assistance by a Department-assigned contractor who will work with the applicant to develop technically viable and economically sustainable alternative fueling plans and strategies. Alternative fuels considered under the AFTA Program may include natural gas, electric, propane, hydrogen, hythane, ethanol, methanol and other advanced biofuels.

 The Department is seeking applications for the AFTA Program from the following eligible entities: municipalities; school districts; municipal authorities; and nonprofit organizations.

 Eligible organizations may apply to the Department by completing an application and providing basic fleet and operational information. An eligible entity can apply alone or in combination with other eligible project partners. Upon acceptance into the AFTA Program, the Department will assign a technical assistance provider (provider) with relevant experience and expertise. The applying organization will work directly with that provider to develop a suitable scope of work and provide all relevant fleet and operational information necessary to complete the analysis. The provider will then evaluate the technical and economic considerations of various alternative fueling strategies specific to the circumstances of the vehicles and organizations involved.

 The technical assistance project will result in a final report that will identify fueling options and recommended strategies based on technical and economic considerations specific to the circumstances of the organizations involved, their vehicle needs and their operating profiles. The report is not expected to include detailed project designs or engineered site plans, but will provide analysis and recommendations needed for the applying organizations to make informed decisions that may result in the implementation of an alternative fueling project.

 The application period will open on January 21, 2017, and remain open through June 1, 2017. The AFTA Program application is available on the Department's web site at (select ''Citizens,'' then ''Grants, Loans and Rebates,'' then ''Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant'').

 The AFTA Program was designed to provide assistance to those eligible entities who are considering an alternative fuels project in this Commonwealth. Funding from the AFTA Program is provided the by the Department's Alternative Fuels Incentive Fund. For additional information or application assistance contact Geoff Bristow, Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance at (814) 332-6681 or

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-111. Filed for public inspection January 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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