Maine's Clean Diesel Program
Reducing emissions from diesel engines is an important goal for improving air quality. In 2005, U.S. Congress passed the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) which was reauthorized in 2010. The intent of DERA is to reduce public health risk from exposure to harmful diesel exhaust by reducing emissions from more polluting diesel engines that do not meet current federal emission standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for overseeing and distributing DERA funds. EPA has additional information about the federal DERA program on their website. According to EPA, every $1 dollar spent on DERA upgrades has resulted in $13 worth of health and environmental benefits.
There are four different pools of funding within DERA, each receiving a percentage of the total DERA funds appropriated by Congress each year: 60% National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, 30% State Allocated DERA Funding, 6% SmartWay Innovative Finance Program, and 4% Emerging Technology Program, as illustrated below.
State Allocated DERA Funding
Approximately 30% of the DERA funding is allocated to the State DERA Program which is non-competitive funding divided evenly among all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and US territories, which choose to participate. The Mobile Sources Section of the Bureau of Air Quality is responsible for implementing and overseeing Maine's allocated funding for the Maine Clean Diesel Program.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking applications for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions from older diesel engines and vehicles in areas that receive a high quantity of air pollution from diesel fleets, including ports, school yards/bus depots, rail yards, and construction sites to submit proposals. Grant funding is available in accordance with the State DERA program using funds from the Volkswagen settlement. Project applications include replacing or repowering marine vessels, vehicles and equipment. Find more information on project eligibility and comparison with projects eligible under Appendix D of the Volkswagen Consent Decree.
|Maine Clean Diesel Program||FY 2017|
|EPA Base Allocation||$266,036|
|State Matching Funds||$500,000|
|EPA Match Incentive||$113,018|
|Mandatory Cost Share||$1,192,752|
To apply for grant funding please contact Lynne Cayting 207-287-7599.
Past State DERA Projects
|Maine Clean Diesel Program FY 2016||Federal||Cost Share|
|MMTA/Marine Engine Repower 3 vessels||$104,515||$156,773|
|CM&QR Locomotive 6 APUs||$109,698||$164,547|
|Maine Clean Diesel Program FY 2015||Federal||Cost Share|
|MMTA/Marine Engine Repower 4 vessels||$117,186||$175,779|
|Maine Clean Diesel Program FY 2014||Federal||Cost Share|
|MMTA/Marine Engine Repower 2 vessels||$51,307||$76,962|
|Scarborough Propane Buses||$26,684||$153,316|
|Maine Clean Diesel Program FY 2013||Federal||Cost Share|
|MSAD #9 - 4 Propane School Buses||$60,000||$224,974|
|Marine Engine Repower 1 vessel||$48,849||$73,273|
|Maine Clean Diesel Program FY 2012||Federal||Cost Share|
|MSAD #59 - 3 Propane Buses||$45,495||$104,086|
|Marine Engine Repower 2 vessels||$63,603||$95,404|
|School Bus 35 Auxiliary Heaters||$70,000|
National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program
The National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is a competitive grant program. Approximately 60 percent of the DERA funding is allocated to this pool of funding each year. The following entities are eligible to apply for funding under this program: regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality and nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets, or have as their principle purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality. Non-eligible entities are allowed to partner with an eligible entity to apply for a project; however, the eligible entity must submit the application to EPA and assume responsibility for the project.
The following types of projects are eligible uses of funding through this program: EPA or California Air Resources Board (CARB) verified emission control retrofits, EPA or CARB verified idle reduction technologies, the incremental cost difference for alternative fueled vehicles, EPA certified engine repowers, and early vehicle replacements.
In past years the Mobile Sources Program has partnered with public and private fleet owners, as well as non-profit organizations.
Past National Competitive DERA Grants
|2012 National Clean Diesel Program||Federal||Cost Share||Total|
|4 CNG School Buses Portland Schools||$132,173||$396,519||$528,692|
|Repower McAllister Tug Boat||$1,235,197||$1,235,197||$2,470,394|
|Replace 2 gensets||$20,000||$60,000||$80,000|
|2011 National Clean Diesel Program||Federal||Cost Share||Total|
|Clean Marine Engine Program|
|Repowered MSFS Governor Curtis||$139,075||$189,075||$328,150|
|Pink Lady II Whale Watch Boat||$110,925||$110,925||$221,850|
|2010 National Clean Diesel Program||Federal||Cost Share||Total|
|Clean Marine Engine Program/22 boats||$589,064||$732,544||$1,321,608|
|ARRA 2009 National Clean Diesel Program||Federal||Cost Share||Total|
|Clean Construction Project||$741,768.64||$260,970.44||$1,002,739.08|