Corbett Pays Companies To Switch Fleet Vehicles To Natural Gas

05.17.13 | Sarah Harnisch

Governor Tom Corbett on Thursday awarded more than $6.7 million in Act 13 funding to 18 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas for their heavy-duty fleet vehicles. Act 13 of 2012 was the single biggest step in modernizing the state’s Oil and Gas Law in nearly three decades. The Act also authorized DEP to develop and implement the Natural Gas Energy Development program, which distributes 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. An additional $11 million will be available in August, with 50 percent slated for local transportation organizations. The third and final grant round is slated to open in 2014.