Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pennsylvania Seeks Federal Funds for Biofuels

Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell biofuels
Pennsylvania governor Edward G. Rendell wants to expand the use of biodiesel and alternative fuel vehicles.

The commonwealth has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for $15 million through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
“As part of Pennsylvania’s Energy Independence Strategy, the PennSecurity Fuels Initiative mandates the production and use of renewable fuels to grow the state’s economy and reduce our dependence on foreign fuels,” said Governor Rendell. “The federal recovery money can assist us in our efforts to reach the required goal of one billion gallons of home-grown biofuels be produced and consumed in Pennsylvania by 2017 – an amount equal to what the state will import from the Persian Gulf by that time.”

“The primary objective of this grant is to displace petroleum-based diesel fuel with domestically produced biodiesel and natural gas to fulfill the state’s and federal government’s goals to establish long-term alternative fuel use,” said Governor Rendell. “Adding these alternative fuel facilities and vehicles will enable greater access to biodiesel and CNG within the petroleum supply chain and improve fuel quality.”
The state proposes to install 23 biofuel terminals and four retail stations throughout the state as well as purchase natural gas vehicles, facilities and equipment.  

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