Grants for clean diesel projects
Please note that the State of Minnesota has recently implemented a new system, called SWIFT that affects the process for both state vendors and grant applicants. Now, notifications of solicitations, viewing and submitting requests for grant proposals and awarding of grants are all done online through the Supplier Portal. At this time the portal uses the word “vendor” for grant applicants as well as actual vendors.
Prospective Responders or Applicants must have a SWIFT Vendor ID and Supplier Portal Account set up to apply. The new system allows you to indicate the types of opportunities you are interested in. Identify your interests and you will receive notifications when such opportunities are posted to the Supplier Portal
To register as a vendor, simply go to the Supplier Portal webpage and click on the Vendor Registration Link. Please note that it can take up to four days to receive your vendor ID from SWIFT. If you need assistance registering in the Supplier Portal so you can apply for future grant opportunities, you may contact MN Department of Administration, Materials Management Division at 651-201-8100, option 1. Then follow the prompts to connect you to the correct contact person.
MPCA offers $120,000 in grant funding to clean up diesel engines - Application deadline is December 16, 2013
The MPCA seeks public and private diesel fleet owners to apply for grant funding through a request for proposals (RFP) to reduce diesel emissions of 2006 and older diesel vehicles, off-road construction equipment and marine vessels. Technologies include idle reduction, vehicle replacement, engine repower, and emission control upgrades. The RFP can be viewed below. All applications must be made through SWIFT – the state of MN online procurement Web site.
For questions about the grant, contact Geneva Turner at the MPCA: email@example.com, 651-757-2243.
For help registering with SWIFT contact MN Department of Administration, Materials Management Division at 651-201-8100, option 1. Then follow the prompts to connect you to the correct contact person.
DERA RFP and Attachments
- Request for Proposals - Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA)
- Fleet Information Spreadsheet - Attachment C (read only)
- Fleet Permission Form (read only)
- Price Quote Form (read only)
MPCA Clean Diesel Grants Background
- Minnesota has received federal EPA funding to reduce diesel emissions during the last five years.
- With those funds the MPCA issues requests for (grant) proposals (RFPs) each fall for public and private on-road and non-road and marine diesel fleets.
- Depending on the technology, grants awarded under the Clean Diesel RFPs may require a match between 50-75 percent.
- Here’s an example of a fleet sheet that is requested as part of a grant application: Fleet Information Spreadsheet - Attachment C (PDF Version)
- The MPCA encourages all interested diesel fleet owners to sign up through the SWIFT portal mentioned at the top of this page.
For more information
- See below for some examples of Minnesota Clean Diesel projects.
- See EPA Web page for more technical details
- Contact Mark Sulzbach for fleet questions: 651-757-2770.
The MPCA has worked with four different grants to reduce diesel vehicle emissions. Together, these state and federal grants and partnerships have helped reduce emissions on more than 4,500 diesel vehicles in Minnesota as of August 2013. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for every dollar spent on diesel emissions reduction there is up to $13 in health benefits realized.
- Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA)
- Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Grants (public vehicles only)
Diesel engines have long been the workhorse of society because of their pulling power, superior efficiency and tremendous longevity. However, diesels contribute a disproportionate amount of harmful compounds and fine particulates that are known to cause or trigger health issues; including respiratory and cardiovascular problems and cancer.
The MPCA began working to reduce diesel emissions by retrofitting older school buses back in 2006 in partnership with Clean Air Minnesota and Project Green Fleet. The primary pollutant target has been fine particles, but depending on the technology other pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, hydro carbon and carbon monoxide are also reduced. Below is additional information about grants that the MPCA has used to reduce diesel pollution. Contact: Mark Sulzbach, 651-757-2770.
Active grant projects
This smaller federal grant to states began in 2008, focusing on school bus retrofits and loans for idle reduction technology devices on long-haul trucks. Recent projects include repowering five large cranes used for bridge construction and replacing six older beverage delivery trucks with new hybrid diesel-electric delivery trucks that operate in the Twin Cities metro area.
Each year a portion of DERA funds has gone towards retrofitting school buses but this effort is ending in 2013, because all 2007 and newer buses already have excellent emission control technology as standard equipment.
To reduce emissions from idling long-haul trucks the MPCA offers low-interest loans to to purchase Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). These 15-horsepower diesel generators or battery packs allow a truck driver to heat and cool a truck on overnight stays while saving money and fuel by not idling the large truck engine. More information is available on the Small Business Environmental Improvement Loan Program webpage.
The federal CMAQ grant is focused on heavy-duty public diesel vehicles in the 7-county urban area of the Twin Cities metro. Vehicle types include snow plows, dump trucks, fire trucks and garbage trucks.
The program began in 2008 with a goal of 200 diesel oxidation catalyst retrofits. As of August 2012, the MPCA had secured 397 retrofits of state, city and county snowplows, dump trucks and garbage trucks. All eligible Minneapolis and Saint Paul City fire trucks have been retrofitted. In fact, there is enough funding to retrofit a few dump trucks and or fire trucks in severa; suburbs such as Roseville, Eagan, Maplewood, Bloomington and South St. Paul.
The one-time federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or Recovery Act) grant brought $1.53 million to Minnesota for reducing diesel emissions to small and large, public and private entities statewide, beginning in late 2009. Much of the funding was awarded to trucking companies. At current diesel prices this successful grant will save Minnesota long-haul trucking grantees more than $600,000 each year in fuel.
This clean diesel Recovery Act grant generated more than $2 million into the local economy for diesel equipment and installation, because of in-kind matching money from grantees. Sixty-eight grant projects reduced emissions on 282 vehicle engines.
Diesel vehicle projects included 155 auxiliary power units to reduce idling of long-haul trucks, 71 trailer refrigeration engine-repowers and seven main engine-repowers. It also included retrofitting emission controls on 49 fleet vehicles in construction, public and tribal fleets.
The grant began in 2009 and ended March 31, 2011. More information about it is available here: Clean Diesel Recovery Act Grant.
In 2006, the MPCA began retrofitting school buses with diesel oxidation catalyst mufflers, working in a close partnership with Clean Air Minnesota and the Minnesota Environmental Initiative to help launch Project Green Fleet.
In 2008, the Minnesota Legislature gave the MPCA $2.4 million for this important work.
About 1,500 school buses were retrofit with pollution reducing exhaust systems through state grant funding. As of June 30, 2011, 2,751 Minnesota school buses have been retrofit overall from state and federal grants and some private funding. These reduce fine particle emissions by 20-25 percent.
According to the EPA, for every dollar spent on diesel emissions reduction there is up to $13 in health benefits.
Read about other grants and loans: Financial assistance grants and loans