Grant: $1,730,000 - Environmental Protection Agency - Apr. 8, 2009
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Award Description: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) received a State Clean Diesel Grant to reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality primarily by limiting emissions of fine particles and carbon dioxide (CO2). This will be accomplished by providing grants to fund pollution reducing technology either by retrofitting older engines or replacing engines. The purchase and installation of clean diesel equipment and certain pollution reducing technologies will also save operators fuel, which lowers fossil fuel consumption. The grant program targets public and private heavy duty diesel fleets throughout Minnesota. A popular diesel grant technology example is auxiliary power units (APUs), small engines serving as generators for heating and cooling of the cab for over the road truckers. Using the APU while parked overnight instead of the main truck engine will offer a tremendous reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) and fuel savings for the vehicle operator. Other emission reducing, repower or replacement technologies to be funded by grants include: diesel oxidation catalysts and particulate traps, refrigeration generator units and hybrid diesel-electric power systems.
Project Description: The MPCA designated clean diesel technology grant categories, developed grant criteria, grant funding percentages based on category, application forms, frequently asked questions and grant deadlines. Potential applicants were informed by methods such as publication in the State Register, outreach to existing partnerships and fleet associations, a news release with follow-up interviews and a web site that promoted the grants availability and encouraged diesel owners to apply. Grant award documents, sub-recipient reporting forms and guidance have been developed for awards. The MPCA received 125 applications, which were screened to ensure they met the grant criteria. A random drawing with witnesses was conducted by category and resulted in 65 selected proposals. The MPCA can not enter into grant agreements until the final terms and conditions are received from the Environmental Protection Agency through an amendment. The MPCA will proceed forward in our award process when the final terms and conditions are received.
Jobs Summary: The MPCA has assigned a clean diesel grants manager/specialist to this project. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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