FY08 Clean Diesel Grants and State Allocations
For fiscal year 2008, Congress appropriated funds for the first time under the Energy Policy Act (2005) to help reduce harmful emissions from heavy duty diesel engines. Through the National Clean Diesel Campaign, EPA awarded grants to assist its eligible partners in building diesel emission reduction programs across the country that improve air quality and protect public health. For fiscal year 2008, the amount of funding available nationally was $49.2 million.
On February 26, 2009, EPA Region 5 announced the award of thirteen competitive grants totaling $4,879,033 to entities across Region 5. The grants were applied for under EPA 's 2008 MCDI competition. A brief summary of each grant awarded, including the amount awarded, is listed below.
Fiscal Year 2008 Region 5 DERA Competitive Grants ($4,879,033):
- Illinois Green Fleets: Illinois Green Fleets, which is a coalition of state, municipal, and environmental organizations, will provide 14 grants to reduce pollution from various types of diesel vehicles. Vehicles addressed will include school buses, transit or passenger buses, delivery trucks, work trucks, and over-the-road semi trucks. Technologies installed on these vehicles will include diesel oxidation catalysts, particulate filters, diesel multi-stage filters or flow-through filters, closed crankcase ventilation systems, auxiliary power units, and the purchase of diesel-electric hybrid buses and work trucks. Illinois Green Fleets plans to address 106 vehicles through these grants. EPA has awarded Illinois Green Fleets $678,604. Illinois Green Fleets can be found on the web at http://www.illinoisgreenfleets.org .
- Chicago Public Schools: The goal of the Chicago Public Schools’ workplan is to retrofit 157 Chicago Public School buses with diesel oxidation catalysts and/or diesel particulate filters. If they are successful, Chicago Public Schools will become the first large public school district to have its entire legacy bus fleet retrofitted with clean diesel technologies. Chicago Public Schools has partnered with the Bureau of Student Transportation to implement the workplan. EPA has awarded Chicago Public Schools $373,909.
- Northwest Indiana Forum Foundation, Inc.: The Northwest Indiana Forum Foundation has partnered with the Northwest Indiana Planning Commission and ArcelorMittal to repower three of the largest off-road pieces of equipment at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor East and West facilities. These front end loaders will have lengthened work lives, and will emit fewer pollutants while using less fuel as a result. The old engines will be scrapped so that they cannot be put back into service. EPA has awarded Northwest Indiana Forum Foundation $164,032.
- Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM): IDEM has partnered with two Clean Cities groups, South Shore Clean Cities and the Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance, to address diesel emissions across Indiana. They will accomplish this task by using part of the grant as seed money for a state-wide loan program for auxiliary power units. The rest of the funding will go toward on-road retrofits, including diesel oxidation catalysts and diesel particulate filters. EPA has awarded IDEM $334,500.
- NextEnergy Center: NextEnergy Center has partnered with A.D. Transport, a Michigan-based trucking company, to retrofit 62 long-haul heavy duty diesel trucks with auxiliary power units. The primary air quality benefit will be realized in Southeast Michigan, but A.D. Transport’s vehicles may travel outside that area as well. When fully implemented, over 37 tons of NOx will be reduced per year from A.D. Transport’s fleet. EPA has awarded NextEnergy Center $250,000.
- Lenawee Intermediate School District: The Lenawee Intermediate School Districts owns and maintains 19 school buses, 12 of which are pre-2005 model year buses which do not have diesel particulate filters installed on them. The school district will install diesel particulate filters on these 12 buses, which will result in PM, hydrocarbon, and CO reductions. EPA has awarded Lenawee Intermediate School District $154,381.
- Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker School District: The Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker School District is building on its past success of cleaning up its diesel fleet by retrofitting and replacing portions of its school bus fleet and moving from B2 to B20 biodiesel. The district will retrofit 12 buses with compartment/engine block heaters, which when fully implemented will save the district around 2,700 gallons of diesel fuel each year. The district is also replacing 5 of its oldest school buses with new, cleaner buses. Additionally, the district is moving to a higher-percentage blend of biodiesel, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from these vehicles. EPA has awarded the Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker School District $251,100.
- Clean Energy Coalition: Michigan’s Clean Energy Coalition plans to provide partial funding to repower 16 diesel-powered non-road machines operating in road construction, site development, and aggregate industries across Michigan. The Clean Energy Coalition will choose which vehicles to repower by soliciting applicants throughout the state. When complete, this project should reduce up to 81 tons of various diesel-related pollutants over a 5 year period. EPA has awarded the Clean Energy Coalition $250,000.
- Minnesota Environmental Initiative (MEI): MEI will continue its award-winning Project Green Fleet program using funds from this grant. MEI will install 145 diesel oxidation catalysts (and closed crankcase filtration systems where applicable) on school buses across Minnesota, which will keep Project Green Fleet’s momentum moving forward toward their goal of retrofitting all eligible school buses in Minnesota. MEI will also retrofit 15 on-road municipal vehicles and 5 non-road construction vehicles with diesel oxidation catalysts and/or closed crankcase filtration systems. The workplan, once fully implemented, will reduce diesel emissions and exposure to sensitive populations. EPA has awarded MEI $400,000.
- Stark County Educational Services Center: The Stark County Educational Services Center will partner with six school districts in Stark County to install 40 diesel particulate filters on school buses. Stark County Educational Services Center will also use part of the grant to partially fund a replacement of one school bus in Stark County. EPA has awarded Stark County Educational Services Center $465,364.
- Clean Fuels Ohio: Clean Fuels Ohio’s project incorporates installation of EPA-verified diesel particulate filters on three fleets, plus the installation of anti-idling technology a number of vehicles from a fourth fleet. Three of the fleets are operated by local governments. These are Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), City of Lakewood, and City of Athens. The forth will be determined based on their desire to implement certified or verified EPA anti-idling technology. Clean Fuels Ohio expects to install 29 diesel particulate filters after full implementation of the workplan. EPA has awarded Clean Fuels Ohio $412,554.
- Ohio Environmental Council (OEC): The OEC has partnered with three municipalities in Franklin and Cuyahoga Counties and with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority to retrofit a combined total of 40 vehicles with various clean diesel equipment. The City of Worthington will retrofit 12 of their fleet vehicles with diesel particulate filters. The municipality of Parma Heights will retrofit 9 of their fleet vehicles with both diesel particulate filters and closed crankcase filtration systems. The Columbus Regional Airport Authority will place diesel particulate filters on 9 airport vehicles, and diesel oxidation catalysts on 4. An additional 3 airport vehicles will have auxiliary power units installed on them. Finally, the city of Cleveland Heights will retrofit 5 refuse trucks with diesel particulate filters. The project, when fully implemented, will reduce about 20 tons of diesel pollutants per year. EPA has awarded OEC $394,589.
- Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT): WDOT plans to use EPA grant money to provide funding for repowering of construction equipment that is based in Wisconsin. WDOT expects to be able to fund 17 small HP engines (general construction, grading) 8 medium HP engines (general construction and landfill) and, 8 large HP engines (quarry and aggregate). Using this breakdown of expected repowers, WDOT estimates that over 112 tons of diesel emissions will be reduced over a 5 year period once the project is fully implemented. EPA has awarded WDOT $750,000.
You can read EPA's press release announcing the funding and expected results of the competitive workplans by clicking here (coming soon).
DERA State Allocations:
In 2008, all 6 Region 5 states applied for DERA State Allocation funding. All 6 states provided a 100% funding match, and therefore received EPA's match incentive. Each state has roughly half a million dollars to direct toward clean diesel activities. Workplans for each state have been reviewed and approved by EPA Region 5, and summaries, funding information, and web links for each state's plan are provided below.
You can read EPA's press release announcing the funding and expected results of the state programs by clicking here.
Illinois: EPA Allocation: $196,880 State Match: $200,000 EPA Match incentive: $98,440 Total: $495,320
The Illinois EPA, in coordination with its partners in the Illinois Clean Diesel Workgroup, will administer the Illinois Clean Diesel Grant Program (ICDGP), which is part of the Illinois Green Fleets initiative. Illinois has matched EPA’s allocation with state Supplemental Environmental Project dollars, thereby receiving EPA’s additional match incentive, bringing Illinois’ program total to $495,320 for 2008. The Illinois Clean Diesel Grant Program will provide funds for the installation of diesel oxidation catalysts, closed crankcase ventilation systems, particulate matter filters, and anti-idling equipment including direct-fired heaters and auxiliary power units. If funds are available, diesel-electric hybrid vehicles will also be considered. The Illinois Clean Diesel Grant Program will provide grants to projects which focus on school districts, local governments, businesses, and truck owners/operators. Target vehicles include school buses, shuttle buses, diesel vehicles that operate in residential areas, and over the road trucks that are located and spend significant driving time in Illinois.
Additional information can be found at the Illinois Green Fleets web page
Indiana: EPA Allocation: $196,880 State Match: $198,419 EPA Match incentive: $98,440 Total: $493,739
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management will administer the State of Indiana Clean Diesel Grant Allocation Program. Indiana has matched EPA’s allocation with Supplemental Environmental Project dollars, thereby receiving EPA’s additional match incentive, bringing Indiana’s total program total to $493,739 for 2008. The Indiana Clean Diesel Grant Allocation Program will provide funding for a variety of aftermarket technologies including, but not limited to, diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters, closed crankcase filtration systems, idle reduction technologies for on-road and non-road diesel engines, as well as technologies to improve the fuel efficiency of diesel locomotives. Projects will reduce diesel emissions across Indiana.
Additional Information can be found at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management web page
Ohio: EPA Allocation: $196,880 State Match: $196,880 EPA Match incentive: $98,440 Total: $492,200
The Ohio EPA will use EPA’s State Clean Diesel Grant Program funds to augment the Ohio Clean Diesel School Bus Fund. The Ohio Clean Diesel School Bus Fund provides subgrants from $5,000 to $100,000 to public school districts in Ohio for the purchase and installation of EPA and/or California Air Resources Board verified technologies to reduce diesel emissions on school buses. Priority is given to school districts in PM2.5 nonattainment areas or areas with an anti-idling or other pollution reduction program in place. Emissions reductions from Ohio Clean Diesel School Bus Fund projects will be calculated using EPA’s Diesel Emissions Quantifier. Ohio EPA hopes to retrofit 384 school buses in the next two years through EPA’s State Clean Diesel Grant Program funds.
Additional Information at the Ohio Clean Diesel School Bus Fund web page
Michigan: EPA Allocation: $196,880 Private Match: $200,000 EPA Match incentive: $98,440 Total: $495,320
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, in coordination with its partners in the Michigan Clean Diesel Initiative, will administer the Southeast Michigan Diesel Reduction Project. EPA’s allocation was matched by a private contribution by Marathon Oil Company to qualify the project for EPA’s match incentive, which brings Michigan’s program total to $495,320 for 2008. The Southeast Michigan Diesel Reduction Project is focused on decreasing diesel emissions through the retrofit of school buses in metropolitan Detroit. Reductions will occur by installation of EPA and/or California Air Resources Board verified technologies, including diesel particulate filters, diesel oxidation catalysts, or crank case filtration systems. The project will also provide a general education and outreach component which will be administered by the project’s partners and the Michigan Clean Diesel Initiative.
Additional Information can be found at the Michigan Clean Diesel Coalition web page
Minnesota: EPA Allocation: $196,880 State Match: $196,880 EPA Match incentive: $98,440 Total: $492,200
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, in conjunction with Minnesota Environmental Initiative’s Clean Air Minnesota, will use EPA’s State Clean Diesel Program funds to augment two existing clean diesel projects across the state (Project Green Fleet and the Minnesota Small Business Assistance Loan Program). Minnesota has matched EPA’s allocation with a portion of $1.2 million which has been set aside by the Minnesota state legislature specifically for clean diesel activities throughout the state, thereby qualifying for EPA’s match incentive. This brings the augmentation total to $492,200 for 2008. With a portion of these funds, Project Green Fleet will be able to retrofit an additional 55 school buses in the first year with EPA and/or California Air Resources Board verified technologies, including diesel oxidation catalysts. The remainder of the funds will augment the Minnesota Small Business Assistance Program, which will result in 11 auxiliary power units installed on long-haul trucks in the first year. These two activities will reduce diesel emissions across the state, and will help alleviate children’s exposure to harmful diesel exhaust.
Additional information can be found at the Project Green Fleet web page
Wisconsin: EPA Allocation: $196,880 State Match: $196,880 EPA Match incentive: $98,440 Total: $492,200
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will administer a funding program to issue grants to diesel fleets. The program will address both on-road and off-road equipment across the State. Wisconsin has provided a match using funds from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s Small Business Auxiliary Power Unit grant program, as well as with portions of two State employees’ time commitments, thereby receiving EPA’s match incentive and bringing the total project budget to $492,200 for 2008. The program hopes to offer grants to on-road equipment owners for idling reduction devices, as well as retrofit equipment such as diesel oxidation catalysts and diesel particulate filters. Non-road equipment owners can apply for grants for idle reduction devices, diesel oxidation catalysts, and engine repowers. There will be funding match requirements for applicants who wish to install idle reduction equipment or repower their vehicles. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources expects to award grants to 21 fleets in 2008.
Additional information can be found at the Wisconsin Clean Diesel Coalition web page
For more information about FY08 funding, contact Sharleen Phillips (email@example.com).