-  Photo: Unsplash/Sharon McCutcheon

Photo: Unsplash/Sharon McCutcheon

Pennslyvania Governor Tom Wolf announced $2.1 million in alternative fuels incentive grants to help municipalities and businesses transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and to aid in other clean fuel transportation projects.

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program provides funding to help municipalities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania replace older gasoline- or diesel-fueled vehicles with electric, renewable natural gas, compressed natural gas (CNG), ethanol, biodiesel, or propane gas fueled vehicles. It also funds the installation of fueling equipment for the vehicles.

The funding went to 13 municipalities and businesses for 15 projects. Collectively, the funded projects are anticipated to reduce gasoline use by 478,000 gallons per year over their lifetimes. They’re also anticipated to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 6,429 kilograms and carbon dioxide emissions by 2,642 metric tons per year, according to a press release.

Eleven of the projects are located in or serve environmental justice areas, or census tracts where 20% or more residents live at or below the federal poverty line or 30% or more residents identify as a non-white minority, according to federal data.

“Transportation is one of the biggest sources of air pollution in Pennsylvania. That’s why investing in zero- and low-emission transportation pays off big: It helps us breathe healthier air and slow down climate change,” Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Executive Deputy Secretary Ramez Ziadeh said.

Delaware County is receiving the highest amount of grant money. Through two grants, the country will receive $600,000. One grant will support the purchase of 69 electric cars to be used by country departments, with 29 dedicated to the new health department for health care visits around the county. A second grant will allow the county to install 22 Level 2 dual-plug charging stations, for a total of 44 chargers.

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