Funding 2019

    Louisiana Clean Fuels is a resource for your business for clean project funding opportunities. Below is the funding that is currently available or funding that is typically reoccurring.

    Want to be notified when funding opportunities become available? Email us at [email protected] to get added to our contact list or subscribe to our newsletter. For all other funding inquiries, contact Ann Vail at [email protected]

    School Bus Rebates: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

    School buses travel over four billion miles each year, providing the safest transportation to and from school for more than 25 million American children every day. However, diesel exhaust from these buses has a negative impact on human health, especially for children, who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed.

    The 2019 DERA School Bus Rebates will offer over $10 million to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA’s cleanest emission standards. EPA will award selected applicants $15,000-20,000 per bus for scrapping and replacing old buses.

    Eligible Entities

    • Regional, state, or tribal agency that has jurisdiction over transportation and air quality, including school districts and municipalities
    • Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above
    • Fleets with up to 100 school buses may submit one application listing up to 10 buses for scrappage and replacement
    • Fleets with more than 100 school buses may submit up to two rebate applications, each listing up to 10 different buses for scrappage and replacement

    Selection Process

    • Applicants will be selected in a lottery, with at least one selectee from each state/territory represented in the applicant pool.

     

    Eligible Old School Buses to be Replaced

    • Used to transport 10+ pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students to school or homes
    • Driven 10,000 or more miles over the last 12 months or in use 3+ days/week during the current school year
    • Owned by applicant without any active liens
    • Class 3-8 diesel-powered buses [greater than 10,000 lb Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)]
    • Buses must be powered by 2006 or older model year engines
    • Engine and chassis must be scrapped before receiving rebate payment

    Eligible Replacement Buses

    • Powered by a 2017 or newer model year engine. Eligible replacement buses may operate on diesel, gasoline, battery, or alternative fuels.
    • Operate in a similar manner and over similar routes as the bus being replaced
    • Be purchased, not leased or leased-to-own 
    • Rebate reimbursement is $15,000 for replacement buses between 10,001-19,500 lbs. GVWR and $20,000 for replacement buses with GVWR of 19,501 lbs. or higher

    Important Dates

    Activity Date
    2019 DERA School Bus Rebate program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to [email protected]. Monday, September 30, 2019
    Webinar for applicants:
    Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
    Access Code: 210 7951#
    Monday, October 7, 2019
    3 p.m. ET
    Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to [email protected]
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    4 p.m. ET

    Official selection letters emailed to selectees and list of applicants that were not selected posted online January 2020
    Deadline for submitting copies of purchase orders for replacement buses April 2020 (estimated)
    Deadline for submitting documentation of delivery of replacement buses and scrappage of old buses. EPA will send rebate payment within one month of receipt of complete materials.  September 2020 (estimated)

     

    Rebate Application Form and Supporting Documents

    The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be updated weekly during the application period. Questions and answers submitted through October 22, including those from the webinar, will be added to this document.


    Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Funding

    The third proposal period for VW funding is now CLOSED. We will share updates as they become available.

    In 2017, Volkswagen AG (VW) agreed to plead guilty to charges that it installed software in its model year 2009-2015 2.0-liter diesel cars and 3.0-liter diesel cars that circumvented EPA emissions standards using a “defeat device.” These vehicles emit up to 40 times more pollution than emissions standards allow in the form of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and contributes to ozone or smog formation.

    As part of a settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay all or part of the cost of projects to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and to install electric vehicle charging stations.

    SCHOOL BUSES

    The state's plan gives first consideration "to replacement or repowering of school buses owned or used by Louisiana school districts with newer, cleaner vehicles, and/or new cleaner-burning engines." These funds will not be used for fleet expansion. The goal is to get older, polluting vehicles off the road and replace them with new, cleaner options. The amount of funding that the state is proposing for school bus replacements are as follows:

    1. 25% matching funds will be given for the replacement or repowering of eligible buses with newer cleaner-burning diesel.
    2. 50% matching funds will be given for the replacement of eligible buses with eligible alternate fuels powered buses, including CNG, propane, or Electric.

    FUNDING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE (EVSE)

    The state's plan also includes language which allows the state to utilize "up to 15% of its allocation of Mitigation Trust funds on the costs necessary for, and directly connected to, the acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of new, light-duty, zero-emission vehicle supply equipment for projects..." Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is the only type of fueling infrastructure allowed under the VW Settlement.

    Under National VW Settlement Guidelines, level 2 and DC Fast Chargers can be funded at the following levels:

    • Up to 100% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment that will be available to the public at a Government-Owned Property.
    • Up to 80% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment that will be available to the public at a Non-Government Owned Property.
    • Up to 60% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment that is available at a workplace but not to the general public.

     

    The lead agency has put a priority on Public EVSE infrastructure applications from state agencies and other government entities. Proposals from private entities will also be considered. Application guidance has been issued by the LDEQ and can be found on their website. If you would like assistance with preparing your proposal, please email Tyler Herrmann with Louisiana Clean Fuels [email protected]. To view the state's plan and for more information, visit the LDEQ's Volkswagen page. For more information or to comment on the state's plan, please email [email protected].


    FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADVANCED VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

    US Department of Energy announced a funding opportunity of up to $59 million for "new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research." The opportunity is being funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the funding prioritizes research in the following areas:

    • Advanced batteries and electric drive systems
    • Energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS)
    • Materials for more efficient powertrains
    • Co-optimized advanced engine and fuel technologies
    • Alternative fuels and new mobility options

     

    FOA Issue Date:

    4/3/2019

    Submission Deadline for Concept Papers:

    5/1/2019 5:00 PM ET

    Anticipated Date of Concept Paper Notifications:

    5/20/2019

    Submission Deadline for Full Applications:

    6/19/2019 5:00 PM ET

    Anticipated Date for EERE Selection Notifications:

    August 2019

    Anticipated Timeframe for Award Negotiations

    September 2019

     

    The teaming arrangements specified in the FOA for the Technology Integration areas of interest highly encourage or require partnering with Clean Cities coalitions. Please see the Clean Cities Coalition Network for contact information for your local coalition.

    AOI 6 may be of particular interest to Clean Cities coalitions and their stakeholders: 

    1. AOI 6a: Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) and Infrastructure for Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness
    2. AOI 6b: New Mobility Services in Rural America
    3. AOI 6c: Alternative Fuel (e.g. natural gas) Proof-of-Concept in New Communities and Fleets
    4. AOI 6d: EV Data Collection
    5. AOI 6e: Open Topic

    Download the full FOA document for details on all of the areas of interest in this funding opportunity. For Louisiana, see the coalition contact information for Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southwest Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership (New Orleans coalition) below.

    For more information, including application requirements and deadlines, please visit the EERE Exchange website or Grants.gov

     

    Louisiana Clean Fuels

    Coordinator: Ann Vail
    [email protected]
    225-342-7972
    Contact Us

    Parish Territory: All of Louisiana except for those parishes covered SLCFP

    Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership

    Coordinator: Courtney Young
    504-483-8519
    [email protected]

    Parish Territory: Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and Tangipahoa


    FTA Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program)

    The Low or No Emission Competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

    On July 26, 2019, FTA announced project selections for FY 2019 Low-No funding.



    Clean Diesel National Grants (DERA)

    EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program solicited proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

    The 2019 request for applications period is closed as the deadline for submission of applications was March 26, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2020 request for applications is planned to open in December 2019. Below are upcoming activities related to the 2019 funding awards.

    Important Dates

    Activity Date
    Notification of Selected Applicants April-May 2019
    Funding of Awards June-October, 2019


    Louisiana Clean Diesel Grant Program (DERA)

    Project Period

    To the extent resources are available, EPA finalizes program awards by October 1 of every year. The LDEQ anticipates that applications for the state DERA funds will be received, evaluated and awarded by the end of the calendar year. All funded projects must be completed by September 30 of the following year.

    Summary Statement

    The LDEQ will award competitive grants to eligible organizations for projects that maximize the benefits to public health, create and/or sustain existing jobs, and reduce diesel emissions in Louisiana. Awarded grants will achieve diesel emissions reductions by retrofitting, upgrading, replacing, or reducing idling from on-road and off-road diesel engines and equipment. All projects shall use EPA or California Air Resource Board (CARB) Verified Technologies.

    Contact: 

    Vivian Aucoin
    Environmental Scientist Manager
    Office of Environmental Assessment
    225-219-3482
    [email protected]


    Louisiana Revolving Loan Program

    The Louisiana Revolving Loan Program is designed to encourage the leveraging of resources to purchase and install energy-efficient upgrades. Low-interest loans will encourage public and private entities to implement projects that comply with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    This program is specifically designed to include as many market-based partners as possible and to provide opportunities for financial leveraging with the lowest possible financing costs. Borrowers must be domiciled within the state of Louisiana. Eligibility is limited to project costs for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient equipment. Eligible projects are limited to the following types:

    1. Funding energy efficiency retrofits, provided that projects are limited to installation of insulation, installation of energy-efficient lighting, HVAC upgrades, weather sealing, purchase and installation of ENERGY STAR appliances, replacement of windows and doors, high-efficiency shower/faucet upgrades, and installation of solar-powered appliances with improved efficiency.
    2. Installation of alternative fueling pumps and systems (but not storage tanks) installed on existing facilities (other than a large biorefinery); purchase of alternative fuel vehicles (incremental costs only). Single-family residential applicants are not eligible for this program as their needs are currently being met by another LDNR loan program.


    Louisiana Petroleum Gas Commission Incentive (Propane Vehicles & Mowers)

    Eligibility:

    • Qualifying commercial mowers
    • Commercial grade walk behind, belt drive, or zero turn drivers purchased from a participating "service dealer"  
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certified
    • Operating in Louisiana ONLY


    Qualifying Vehicles:

    • Available to business & government fleets
    • More than 2 vehicles


    Incentive Amount:

    • New vehicles: $1500 per vehicle 
    • Conversions: Up to $800 per conversion
    • Limit of up to 4 awards and $5,000 per entity


    Additional Information: 
    Commercial Propane Mower & Automobile incentive Guidelines

    Contact:
    Randy Hayden
    (225) 763-8922 
    [email protected]


    PROPANE MOWER INCENTIVE PROGRAM

    Sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council, this program rewards landscape contractors with $1,000 per qualifying new propane mower purchase or $500 per qualifying mower conversion.

    A limited number of incentives are available. We recommend that you apply for participation in the Propane Mower Incentive Program before you make a purchase of a qualifying mower or conversion kit. You will be notified shortly thereafter of your acceptance into the program.

    Please reach out to Jeremy Wishart, Director of Off-Road Business Development, with questions at [email protected] or 202-452-8975.

    Download Overview Flyer

    Download the Eligible Equipment and Application Guidelines


    Entergy eTech Incentives Program

    Entergy’s eTech program promotes the adoption of electric-powered alternatives to many applications that traditionally require fossil fuels. The program provides customer support by dedicated field representatives and financial incentives to Entergy customers who purchase select electric equipment. Entergy is offering financial incentives for such things as installing Level 2 EV Chargers (Plug), truck stop and fleet electrification, and truck refrigeration units. Many other technologies may qualify, so contact Entergy at [email protected] for more information.


    Louisiana Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit 

    The state offers a nonrefundable income tax credit of 30% of the cost of converting a vehicle to operate on an alternative fuel and the cost of alternative fueling equipment. For new original equipment manufacturer AFVs, a taxpayer may take a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the motor vehicle, up to $2,500. To qualify for the tax credit, vehicles must be dedicated AFVs and registered in Louisiana. Commercial vehicles should primarily be used in Louisiana and operate for at least four years. For the purpose of this incentive, alternative fuels include natural gas, propane, non-ethanol based advanced biofuels (excluding flexible fuel vehicles), and electricity if the vehicle has at least four wheels, is primarily for on-street use, can attain a minimum speed of 55 miles per hour, has a minimum battery capacity of four kilowatt-hours, and can be charged externally. Restrictions may apply.


    Additional Funding Resources

    Explore the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Clean Cities Financial Opportunities page for additional current and upcoming funding opportunities for clean transportation projects.  Additionally, the Alternative Fuel Data Center's Laws and Incentives Database for Federal and local incentives for switching to cleaner fuels.