The Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have announced a limited Diesel Emission Reduction Grant (DERG) application opportunity for this year.
This year's DERG offers $10 million in funding for the replacement of heavy-duty diesel engines in the transit sector only. Public transit vehicle replacement project proposals between $50,000 and $2 million are being solicited. Applications will be due on September 15th. The Ohio EPA will be hosting two conference calls for prospective applicants. These are scheduled for August 30 and September 12. More information on how to participate will be available on the Ohio EPA’s website in the coming days.
The Ohio EPA must limit funding to transit only due to the Federal Highway Administration’s inaction on any “Buy America” waivers that are required as part of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program that DERG uses as a funding source. Transit projects receive these waivers through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which has still been processing these waivers. Clean Fuels Ohio has contacted some Congressional offices to ask them to work with the Trump administration to approve these waivers. Private, government and other fleets not eligible for DERG this round may wish to contact members of Congress and U.S. Senators to ask for their assistance with the Trump Administration’s FHWA. Contact CFO’s Policy Director, Jason Phillips if you need help identifying your elected representatives and their contact information.