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2016 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant

Request for Proposals

The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will provide funding for projects that reduce diesel emissions.  Awarded projects are expected to begin in March 2017 and must be completed by September 30, 2017.

The Division of Air Quality reserves the right to award less than the total amount of funding available.  Additionally, DAQ may also increase funding to an awarded project in good standing if additional funding becomes available.

Eligibility

Any private or public sector entity or individual stationed in North Carolina is eligible.

Available Funding

Approximately $75,000 is available for all projects funded statewide.  The DAQ expects to fund 1 to 2 projects.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by e-mail, fax or postmarked by Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to be considered.

Project Type Funding

Project Type

Grant Amount Paid

Replacement of diesel vehicle chassis and engine

25%

Idle reduction technology on unregulated or Tier 0 locomotives

40%

Repower of old chassis with new cleaner diesel engine

40%

Clean alternative fuel conversions, where the old chassis is retained but the engine is replaced or converted to an alternative fuel

40%

Retrofits (exhaust type, e.g. diesel particulate filter)

100%

 

Project Requirements

General

  • All applicants must comply with all appropriate North Carolina State Laws.
  • All applicants must apply, in writing, to the NC Department of Environmental Quality, NC Division of Air Quality.
  • All equipment funded must be EPA verified or California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified
  • All new equipment must be EPA verified or CARB certified. 
  • For alternative fuel conversions, EPA/CARB certified kits must be used and a certificate provided.
  • A copy of the EPA/CARB certificate of emissions must be provided with replacement, repower or clean fuel engine conversions.
  • Funds cannot be used for fueling infrastructure projects.
  • No funding for marine repower, replacement or upgrade projects.
  • No standalone cleaner fuel projects unless combined with another clean diesel project on the same vehicle (e.g. repower).
  • Funds shall not be used to meet compliance for emissions reductions that are mandated under federal law.
  • Funds shall not be used as incentives.
  • Funds cannot be used for emission reductions that result from vehicle/equipment replacements or repowers that would have occurred through normal attrition/fleet turnover within three years of the project start date.
  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of vehicles, engines or equipment to expand a fleet.
  • Funds under this award cannot be used as matching funds for other federal grants.
  • No funds awarded under this grant shall be used to retrofit technologies on EPA’s or CARB’s “Formerly Verified Technologies” lists, see links below:

  • Funds cannot be used for emissions testing and/or air monitoring.
  • Funds cannot be used to purchase aerodynamic technologies or low rolling resistance tires.
  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of auxiliary power units (APUs).
  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of idle reduction technologies unless they are combined on the same vehicle with a new installation of verified exhaust controls funded under this same award, except for locomotives and previously retrofitted school buses.

 

On-road

  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit, repower or convert or replace buses (including school buses), medium-duty, or heavy-duty highway vehicles with engine model 1990 or older.
  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit buses, medium-duty, or heavy-duty highway vehicles with engine model year 2007 or newer with diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) or diesel particulate filters (DPFs).
  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit buses, medium-duty, or heavy-duty highway vehicles with engine model year 2010 or newer with selective catalytic reduction (SCR).
  • Funds cannot be used to repower, replace or convert buses (including school buses), medium-duty, or heavy-duty highway vehicles with engine model year 2004-2006 with technologies other than all-electric.
  • Funds cannot be used to replace, repower or convert buses (including school buses), medium-duty, or heavy-duty highway vehicles with engine model year 2007 or newer.

 

Nonroad

  • Funds cannot be used to replace nonroad engines and equipment that operate less than 500 hours per year.
  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit, repower, upgrade or replace a nonroad engine or equipment that has less than seven years of useful life remaining.  A table distinguishing which nonroad engine model years EPA has determined to have at least seven years of useful life remaining can be found at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-10/documents/fy14-nonroad-remaining-useful-life.pdf.
  • Funds cannot be use to repower or replace nonroad Tier 0 (unregulated) engines to a nonroad Tier 1 or lower engine standard.
  • Funds cannot be use to repower or replace nonroad Tier 2 engines to a nonroad Tier 3 or lower engine standard.

 

Locomotives

  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit, repower, replace, upgrade or install idle reduction technologies on eligible locomotives that operate less than 1,000 hours per year.
  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit unregulated Tier 0 locomotives with SCRs.
  • Funds cannot be used to upgrade, repower, or replace line-haul locomotives from Tier 2 to Tier 4.
  • Funds cannot be used to upgrade, repower, or replace line-haul locomotives from Tier 2+ to Tiers 3 or 4.
  • Funds cannot be used to install Automatic Engine Start-Stop technologies on locomotives certified to Tier 0+ or higher.
  • Funds cannot be used to upgrade, repower, or replace locomotives from:
    • Tier 0+/1 to Tier 0+ or lower
    • Tier 1+/2 to Tier 1+ or lower
    • Tier 2+ to Tier 2+ or lower.

 

 

How To Submit Your Proposal

The appropriate application type that best corresponds to your project type (nonroad or on-road) can be downloaded here:

On-Road Application                              Non-Road Application

If you have questions about which application to use, please contact Phyllis Jones at 919-707-8424 or via e-mail at DAQ.MSCB.NCDAQGrants@ncdenr.gov.

Proposals can be submitted to the NC Division of Air Quality by e-mail, fax, USPS or FedEx/UPS.  Applications must be received by e-mail, fax or postmarked by Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to be considered.  The preferred method for submittal is by e-mail. 

Please send completed applications addressed to Phyllis Jones.  For e-mail and fax submittals, please include 2016 DERG Proposal in the subject line.

  1. E-mail (preferred method): DAQ.MSCB.NCDAQGrants@ncdenr.gov
  2. Fax: 919-715-0718
  3. Mail:                                                      4) FedEx/UPS:
          Phyllis Jones                                               Phyllis Jones
          NC Division of Air Quality                          NC Division of Air Quality
          1641 Mail Service Center                           217 W. Jones Street
          Raleigh, NC27699-1641                            Raleigh, NC 27603

 

Acceptable Signature Formats

There are several signature methods accepted for proposals,

  • Word format using a digital signature (preferred method)
  • PDF format with a digital or hand signature
  • Hard copy with hand signature

Project Selection Criteria

The following outlines the project selection criteria.The total points possible is 100.

Cost Effectiveness ($ funded per tons reduced):

cost effectiveness is based on applicant provided information using the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) software tool, the Diesel Emissions Quantifier (https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/diesel-emissions-quantifier-deq)

25 points

Emissions Reductions or Quantitative Benefits: emission reduction calculation based on applicant provided information

25 points

Other Benefits: e.g. health, less fuel used, etc.

20 points

Sustainability of the Project: longevity of the funded equipment and additional long term benefits

15 points

  Timeliness: ability to provide high quality emission reductions in a timely manner, eg., project complete and providing emission reductions by October 2017

10 points

Other Selection Criteria: employed as necessary for the selection of proposals

5 points

Schedule For 2016 Diesel Emissions Grants

Task

Date Completed

Request for Proposals Open

January 11, 2017

Request for Proposals Close

January 18, 2017

Proposals processed and awardees selected

January 18, 2017 – January 23, 2017

All applicants notified of their application status

Week of January 30, 2017

Awardees submit required documentation for contracts

Week of February 6, 2017

Awardee contracts are processed

Week of February 20, 2017

Awarded projects’ work begins

March 6, 2017

Invoices and final reports submitted to DAQ

September 15, 2017

All DERG projects completed

September 30, 2017