The state grant, which was awarded by the state Department of Environmental Protection, will be used to help transition Beemac's heavy-duty fleet to natural gas-powered vehicles.
"I am pleased to support the efforts of Beemac in their transition to a CNG fleet," State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Ambridge, said in a statement. "This is yet another example of a public-private partnership that has created jobs and taken advantage of our natural resources right here in Pennsylvania."
“This is great news for Beemac and Beaver County,” Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. said in a statement. “Not only is natural gas cheaper and cleaner than gasoline, it also helps to promote good paying jobs right here in Pennsylvania.”
Funding for the grants was provided through Act 13 of 2012 and impact fees paid by natural gas operators. Grant requests could not exceed 50 percent of the incremental purchase or retrofit cost per vehicle or a maximum total of $25,000 per vehicle.
The program distributed 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.
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