TDEC Releases First Solicitation for Projects Under Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has released a final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) for implementing the State’s initial allocation of $45.7 million from the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement (VW Settlement) Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT). The purpose of the EMT is to execute environmental mitigation projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).
  
“The goal of this plan is to reduce air pollutants that negatively impact our environment and public health,” said TDEC Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian. “We look forward to supporting projects in our state that will ultimately lead to an enhanced quality of life for Tennesseans.”
 
TDEC released the first solicitation for projects in October. Under this solicitation, $8,710,353.78 in EMT funding is available for eligible Class 4-8 school bus projects. The grant program, managed by TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs, will provide financial assistance to public, nonprofit and private fleets in Tennessee that apply to receive funding to replace a minimum of one eligible school bus with any new diesel, Alternate Fueled or All-Electric school bus. School buses eligible for replacement include 2009 engine model year or older Class 4-8 school buses sold or introduced into interstate commerce for purposes that include carrying students to and from school or related events. Eligible school buses may include Type A-D school buses.
 
Applications must be received by 4 p.m. CST on Dec. 14, 2018. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically via the TDEC Online Grants Management System. Awards are expected to be announced in January 2019, and the expected timeframe for grant contracting efforts will be March 2019. For more information, click here.
 
TDEC will also release additional solicitations in the coming months for Class 4-8 shuttle and transit bus projects, Class 4-7 local freight truck projects, Class 8 local freight truck and port drayage truck projects, and light duty zero emission vehicle supply equipment projects.
 
Interested persons and entities are advised to sign up for the TDEC VW email list to be kept apprised of all future and related announcements. For additional information on the VW Settlement, visit the TDEC website.

Alexa Voytek and Shauna Basques are with the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation's Office of Energy Programs.

 

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