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MEA expands ‘Fuel Up’ grant program

The Maryland Energy Administration announced it has expanded its “Fuel Up Maryland” service station grant program, which provides grants to service stations to install back-up power sources, such as generators, to counter the effect of major power outages due to weather emergencies.

When the program began in August 2013, grants were limited to large service stations that were located close to major highways.

The expansion lifts those restrictions, and allows all 1,800 service stations in the state to apply for grants of up to $25,000, or 60 percent of the cost of pre-wiring and installing back-up power generation.

The new program started Friday and will continue through June 30, 2014, or until all $1.7 million in grant funds have been awarded.