Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf and his administration announced on Tuesday that they will give away up to $24 million in grants for pipeline projects to make natural gas available to schools, manufacturers, hospitals, and other businesses.
The program under his administration, called Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) will fund projects that will help build the last few miles of natural gas distribution lines needed to connect natural gas to consumers.
Funds for the PIPE program are coming from the state’s Alternative Energy Investment Act, which provided grants for clean energy projects in Pennsylvania. According to Wolf’s administration, it has been underutilized, so part of its funding will go to PIPE.
Each grant has a value of up to $1 million to provide funds for construction, land acquisition, land clearing, engineering, design, inspection costs, and more. Receivers of the grants must match the funds equal to at least 50 percent of the total project cost.
The first PIPE projects are expected to be awarded by early 2017.
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