Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities is all about Alternative Energy

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Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities advances the energy, economic and environmental security of the United States by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation.

Supporting local infrastructure

We build and support the infrastructure needed for a strong alternative fuel and alternative vehicle market in Western Pennsylvania.

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We serve the needs of its member organizations through education, business consulting, development of grants, grant writing, and management of Federal and State-funded projects.

US Department of Energy

We serve as the designated regional organization for all U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities initiatives, including project funding.

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PRCC and National Fuel Team Up on Natural Gas Informational Workshops

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and National Fuel teamed up on July 21, 2016 to hold a compressed natural gas workshop at the “O” Ring/GAIN training facility in Brookville, PA. Scott Swartfager (National Fuel) welcomed everyone and set the stage for Why CNG? and Why Now? The informational workshop was to provide information about National Fuels and CNG as well as the DOE Clean Cities and Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) Programs as well to acquire information about the PA Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program, PA-AFIG). Presenters included Rick Price, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities who talked about the benefits of alternative fuels, training and assistance PRCC and DOE has available, and some of the projects and programs PRCC has or is involved in. Geoff Bristow (PA-DEP) spoke about the PA DEP AFIG and the Alternative Clean Energy (ACE) Programs. He spoke about the changes this year in the AFIG program and how it could help folks interested in alternative fuels that in the past could possibly not qualifier or justify applying for a grant. He stated one of the main changes was the program was open all year long as has not been the case in the past. Geoff also stated that the ACE Program has awarded close to 50 awards for natural gas stations under this program. Barry Carr (Landi Renzo, USA and a Clean Cities Coordinator of Central New York) was a presenter about options available from OEMs and after market that Landi Renzo, USA serves as well as some of the platforms and models they support. Barry who’s area includes Western Pennsylvania... read more

Electric charging stations approved for site of new hotel

The Hilton Garden Inn being built along Pratt Drive in White Township will also feature electric vehicle charging stations when developers open the doors to their first guests later this year. Hospitality Asset Management Company recently installed electric vehicle connections at its hotel along College Avenue in State College. Managers there said they see it as a way for guests to customize their stay and make traveling easier. For Indiana this is yet another non-gasoline or diesel option with the anticipated public compressed natural gas connection at the IndiGO facility along Rose Street in White Township. Construction is expected to start next year. At the Hilton Garden Inn, the electric hookups will be for guests only. A company spokeswoman said Wednesday the hotel is expected to be completed in September. There will be one Tesla connector that only charges Tesla model vehicles and a GE Watt Station with a universal J1772 connector that can charge all electric vehicles. As with mobile phones and laptop computers, the actual “charger” is already built into the device — in this case a car. The hookups supply the power. Cars can be charged by a 120-volt cable through a home outlet. High-powered, or fast charging, stations are harder to come by. Currently the only fast charge option for Indiana County is at Sheetz along Route 22 in Blairsville. There are charging stations listed on the website plugshare.com (that also operates a popular mobile app) at Mark Arbuckle Nissan in Indiana Borough, the Hampton Inn in White Township and at three county campgrounds. The Electric Drive Transportation Association reported more than 5.4 million electric... read more