The Ohio EPA, in partnership with the Ohio DOT, has announced the latest round of funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant (DERG) Program. This program grants funding for up to 80% of the incremental cost for the replacement, repower, or retrofit of older diesel engines with new technologies, including clean diesel, alternative fuels, and anti-idling equipment (however select public fleet vehicles qualify for higher funding). Public and private fleets are eligible to apply across a variety of vehicle types, including both on-road, off-road, locomotive, and maritime. Applying fleets must also operate 65% or more of the time in non-attainment Ohio counties.
Total funding for this round of DERG will be $12 million, with $4 million allocated to public transit projects, $4 million allocated to school bus projects, and the remaining $4 shared among all other types of private and government on and off-road fleets. DERG project awards will range from $50,000 to $1 million. It is also important to bear in mind that the grant will be competitive, with winning projects providing the most cost-effective reduction in both NOx and PM2.5 emissions.
Clean Fuels Ohio has worked with organizations to apply to DERG over numerous rounds, securing over $12 million for public and private fleets to retrofit, repower, and replace existing diesel vehicles with alternative fuels and cleaner diesel technologies. For more information, please email Andrew Conley, Program Director (Andrew@CleanFuelsOhio.org) or Matt Stephens-Rich, Projects Manager (MStephensRich@CleanFuelsOhio.org) or call our office at 614-884-7336. Over the coming weeks, Clean Fuels Ohio will plan to provide more information to fleets interested in applying. Clean Fuels Ohio Members will also be provided an in-depth analysis of the available round of grant funding, with insights and best strategies for application based on our experience with DERG funding rounds dating back to 2012.