Scarnati: Area Companies Awarded Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants

(HARRISBURG) – Two local businesses in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded more than $59,000 in state grants for projects increasing the use of alternative fuels and infrastructure, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati said the grants are provided through the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG), which aims to improve air quality and promote clean energy.  The grants being awarded in the 25th Senatorial District are a part of the more than $1.9 million of funding being awarded statewide.

RMP Transportation Company, Inc., in Clearfield County was awarded $39,190 to purchase or convert five trucks to be fueled by dedicated liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).            LPG is cleaner than gasoline and diesel fuel, reducing emissions in the air. Vehicles will be added to an existing fleet of nine LPG delivery trucks. Vehicles will be refueled primarily at an existing company-owned fuel hub in DuBois.

DM Industries, Inc. in Elk County, a provider of mechanical insulation for commercial sites, received $19,957 to purchase equipment for a home refueling system in St. Marys.

“These grants will not only enable area companies to help improve air quality, but also reduce our dependence on foreign energy,” Scarnati said.  “These investments will provide important environmental and economic benefits for our area and the entire Commonwealth.”

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program will save approximately 1.2 million gallons of gasoline statewide.  The AFIG Fund was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is administered by DEP through the Energy Office.  

CONTACT: Kate Eckhart   keckhart@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084