4/26/18
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Alternative Fuels Vehicle Conversion Grants Still Available

15 Projects Already Selected for Funding

Ohio EPA is offering one-time funding to help municipalities, schools and businesses convert diesel-powered heavy-duty fleet vehicles to run on cleaner burning alternative fuels. Fifteen grants have been awarded so far with $2.2 million still available.

The 15 grants awarded to date are providing more than $2.8 million to replace 141 vehicles with vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG) or liquid petroleum gas (LPG fuel such as propane or butane). This includes 24 propane school buses, two CNG school buses, 41 CNG transit buses and 74 CNG refuse trucks. These cleaner fuels and technologies help improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions.

Grants have been awarded to:

  • Ansonia Local Schools, Darke County, $26,000 for components of two propane-powered school buses;
  • Carrollton Exempted Village Schools, Carroll County, $30,314 for components of two CNG-powered school buses;
  • Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Franklin County, $400,000 for components of 18 CNG-powered transit buses;
  • City of Columbus, Franklin County, $371,584 for components of 16 CNG-powered refuse trucks;
  • Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Delaware County, $6,250 for components of one propane-powered refuse truck;
  • Fairbanks Local Schools, Union County, $65,000 for components of five propane-powered school buses;
  • Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA), Cuyahoga County, $400,000 for components of 16 CNG-powered transit buses;
  • Local Waste Services, Franklin County, $322,400 for components of 16 CNG-powered refuse trucks;
  • Northwest Local Schools, Scioto County, $26,000 for components of two propane-powered school buses;
  • Pike Delta York Local Schools, Fulton County, $26,000 for components of two propane-powered school buses;
  • Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), Portage County, $150,000 for components of six CNG-powered transit buses;
  • Rumpke Transportation Company, Hamilton County, $396,022 for components of 22 CNG-powered refuse trucks;
  • Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), Stark County, $25,000 for components of one CNG-powered transit bus;
  • Waste Management of Ohio, Geauga County, $395,584 for components of 19 CNG-powered refuse trucks; and
  • Westerville City Schools, Franklin County, $169,000 for components of 13 propane-powered school buses.

Ohio EPA will continue to accept new applications until all available funds have been allocated. The program is supported by $5 million from the Alternative Fuel Transportation Fund of the Ohio Developmental Services Agency. For information visit Ohio EPA’s Office of Environmental Education webpage and click on the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grants tab, call (614) 644-2873 or email derg@epa.ohio.gov.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

 
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