Cranberry alternative fuel workshop scheduled

April 3, 2014 by  

A workshop hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be held later this month for interested parties in Cranberry Township.

This workshop will be the last of three the DEP is holding locally and will take place at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.

The purpose of them is to educate potential applicants about alternative fuel incentive grants (AFIG). Among those the DEP considers potential applicants are non-profit institutions, for-profit businesses, municipalities, school districts, and fleet managers. Topics addressed will include the program requirements and the online application process. One-on-one help with filing applications will be available.

The workshops are free, but only eligible applicants can attend due to space limitations. Those who wish to attend need to register with Geoff Bristow, manager of Northwest Energy and supply the name of their organization as well as the attendee’s name. Mr. Bristow can be reached by phone at 814-332-6681.

The AFIG program has an estimated $8m in funds available. This can be used to provide 50% of the cost to convert a fleet of vehicles to natural gas, applicable for vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or under. Other types of alternative fuels are without weight restrictions.

Brochure printers provide an important function at events like this by explaining the advantages, requirements, and restrictions of programs like AFIG to all stakeholders.

The Cranberry Town workshop takes place on Friday, April 18, from 10:00 am until noon. The others are in Crawford County on April 10 and Jefferson County on April 15.