Each applicant may request up to $800,000 as part of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program. The EPA expects to award up to eight tribal assistance agreements.
The New York State Bus Distributors Association recommends including all viable clean-engine technologies in a replacement program.
For the new round of DERA funds, the EPA expects to make between 20 and 80 awards for projects to replace or retrofit older diesel vehicles, including school buses.
As state agencies work out plans for their share of the Volkswagen diesel mitigation funding, it has become clear that allocations for school buses will vary widely from state to state.
School buses powered by Roush CleanTech propane fuel systems with Ford 6.8L 2V and 3V engines are covered under the CARB HD-OBD certification.
The DERA rebates will be used to replace or retrofit 452 school buses in 32 states.
A pair of webinars will provide training on Workspace, which will be required for grant applicants starting Jan. 1.
Monday, Oct. 2, became the “Trust Effective Date” for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Now, states have 60 days to elect to become beneficiaries.
The agency is offering $20,000 per vehicle to replace older school buses and $6,000 for retrofits to reduce emissions.
Winners of the association’s 2017 honors include Barry Stock of Landmark Student Transportation, Kyle Martin of TransPar, and Manuel Vasquez of First Student.
The current DERA grant opportunity triples from $11 million to $34 million, and the application deadline is extended to July 5.
Congress’ new appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 includes $60 million for EPA’s clean diesel grant program.
Amid concerns about the fate of the DERA program, a new round of grants is made available to reduce emissions from older diesel vehicles, including school buses.