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Alert: $9 Million in DERA Funding Available

RFPs for Diesel Emissions Reduction Projects due June 25, 2013

Don’t miss out on the latest round of DERA funding for diesel emissions reduction projects. As part of the priority counties (parishes) targeted in this funding opportunity – Louisiana applicants will get extra points toward winning this competitive grant (see list of priority parishes at bottom of article). These priority areas include those participating in the EPA’s Ozone Advance program as well as parishes in the EPA’s air quality non-attainment zones.

  • Link to RFP: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgnational.htm
  • Opened: May 9, 2013
  • RFP Due: June 25, 2013
  • Average awards for this funding opportunity, per application, may range from $200,000 – $900,000. There is a limit to how many projects an applicant may submit to. For each applicant/entity – you may only turn in a total of 2 applications and there is a limit of one application per region, per entity.
  • Webinar Slides - provides a detailed review of FY 2013 DERA RFP
  • Recording of Webinar


Eligible Applicants

The following United States entities are eligible to apply for these grants:

  • Regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality
  • Nonprofit organizations or institutions that promote of transportation or air quality as their principal purpose or that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to people or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets.
  • School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties are all eligible entities under this assistance agreement program to the extent that they fall within the definition above.


Eligible Uses of Funding

  • Funds awarded under this program cannot be used to fund emissions reductions mandated under Federal law. Equipment used for testing emissions or for fueling infrastructure is not eligible for funding.
  • Buses, medium or heavy duty trucks, marine engines and locomotives may qualify for funding. Non-road engines or vehicles used in construction, cargo handling (including at a port or airport), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps) also qualify.


Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use:

  • Retrofit technologies that are verified or certified by either EPA or CARB
  • Idle-reduction technologies that are EPA verified
  • Aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires that are EPA verified
  • Early replacement and repower with certified engine configurations (incremental costs only)


Louisiana Parishes in priority county list:

Ascension, Assumption, Bossier, Breton Wilderness Area, Caddo, Calcasieu, Cameron, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Terrebonne and West Baton Rouge

Source: EPA.gov

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EmPower Louisiana Program Results

The EmPower Louisiana Transportation Efficiency and Alternative Fuels Grant Program was established by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the purpose of implementing energy efficient traffic and street lighting and increasing the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel throughout the State of Louisiana.  The Program was funded through the U.S. Department of Energy with dollars allocated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009  and is now finished and all projects that received funding through the Program are complete.

Energy efficient traffic and streetlights consume up to 80% less energy and last many times longer than incandescent lighting; and natural gas, when used as a vehicle fuel, costs approximately 40% less than gasoline or diesel.  All of these technologies currently have significantly higher capital costs than traditional alternatives.

Sixteen grants totaling $8.3 million were awarded from the Program, with grant recipients additionally contributing an estimated $16.3 million.  The funding was used to purchase energy efficient traffic signals and streetlights, purchase refueling equipment for 11 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, and to purchase or convert over 200 CNG vehicles.

An estimated 1.5 million gallons of gasoline and diesel will be displaced annually, and almost 400,000 kWh of electricity saved annually, as a result of these projects.  The Program has also served to increase interest statewide in natural gas vehicles and as a solid foundation on which to build Louisiana’s natural gas vehicle infrastructure.

Program highlights include the following projects:

- City of Shreveport: 18 CNG garbage trucks + 2 CNG fueling facilities

- Lafayette Consolidated Government: 80 CNG vehicles + 1 CNG fueling facility

- St. Landry Solid Waste Disposal District: landfill gas CNG fueling facility + 5 CNG vehicles

- Louisiana Department of Natural Resources & Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development: 1 CNG vehicle purchase + 5 CNG vehicle conversions

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