New grant program encourages expanded natural gas usePosted: November 1, 2016 1:36 pm
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has opened the new Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) for applications, offering up to $24 million funding to make Pennsylvania’s natural gas available to its residents, manufacturers, and pad-ready sites, hastening the development of low-cost energy and creating new jobs.
“Pennsylvania boasts tremendous natural gas resources, and it makes sense that our residents should benefit from the assets right under their feet,” said Governor Tom Wolf in announcing the program. “Doing so will also have a significant impact on the economic well-being of the commonwealth by creating jobs and making low-cost natural gas more readily available.”
Administered by the CFA and funded through the reallocation of two fiscal years of funding from a previously underutilized program, the PIPE program will offer grants of up to $1 million for pipeline project expenses including construction; acquisition of land, rights of way, and easements; land clearing and preparation; and engineering, design, and inspection costs. Applicants must provide matching funds equal to at least 50 percent of the total project cost.
“Since day one Governor Wolf has advocated for the creation of this program, and today we’re finally able to celebrate its opening,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “Encouraging the construction of natural gas distribution pipelines projects by eligible applicants – ranging from hospitals and school districts to business parks and existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises – the Pipeline Investment Program will help Pennsylvania fully realize the benefits of its vast energy resources.”
Applicants eligible for PIPE funding include:
- Businesses – A corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, limited liability company, business trust or other CFA-approved commercial entity
- Economic development organizations – A nonprofit corporation or association whose purpose is the enhancement of economic conditions in their community
- Hospitals – An entity licensed to provide inpatient care and services under either the Public Welfare Code or the Health Care Facilities Act
- Municipalities – Any city, township, borough, town, county, or home rule municipality
- School districts