This grant program will continue our commitment to achieve substantial emissions reductions by replacing older, more polluting diesel-powered vehicles and equipment with newer, cleaner technology that uses a variety of fuel types. Referenced below, Tier 4 engines are the cleanest diesel engines available today, these engines meet the strictest EPA emissions standards available.

We combined funding with the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants program to expand our emissions reductions work.

2022

Approximately $1.2 million was made available in 2022 between Volkswagen and federal DERA funds. A total of 10 projects received grants.

Grantee Funded activity Grant award Total cost
Commercial Container (Minneapolis) Replacing a diesel excavator and skid steer with new Tier 4 equipment $68,750 $275,000
Taylor Truck (Northfield) Replacing a diesel terminal tractor with electric $133,628 $296,950

Seven projects were funded through a contractor agreement with the nonprofit Environmental Initiative. The total grant award for the projects was $1,047,958.90 with a total cost of $3,979,406.

  • Alliance Steel: Replacing 2 diesel material handlers with Tier 4
  • Hanson Custom Crushing: Replacing diesel loader with Tier 4
  • Holtmeier Construction: Replacing a diesel loader and excavator with Tier 4
  • S.M. Hentges & Sons: Replacing diesel loader with Tier 4
  • Bougalis Inc: Replacing crawler dozer/loader with Tier 4

2021

Approximately $1.1 million was made available in 2021 between Volkswagen and federal DERA funds. A total of 10 projects received grants.

Grantee Funded activity Grant award Total cost
Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board (Newport) Replacing a diesel terminal tractor with an all-electric terminal tract $136,732 $303,850
Mike’s Mini Excavating (Worthington) Replacing a diesel excavator with a Tier 4 excavator $50,500 $202,000
Estes Express (Arden Hills) Replacing two diesel terminal tractors with Tier 4 terminal tractors $49,462.50 $197,850
Crow Wing Recycling (Brainerd) Replacing two cranes with Tier 4 cranes $252,500 $1,010,000

Four projects were funded through a contractor agreement with the nonprofit Environmental Initiative. The total grant award for these projects was $651,104 with a total cost of $5,084,400.

  • Cleveland-Cliffs (Eveleth) - Replacing current mining truck with a Tier 4 mining truck
  • S.M. Henteges (Jordan) — Replacing a diesel excavator with a Tier 4 excavator
  • Landwehr Construction (St Cloud) — Replacing a crawler tractor and excavator with Tier 4 crawler tractor and excavator; replace excavator with Tier 4 excavator

2020

In 2020 the MPCA had approximately $1.5 million in funding between federal DERA funding and VW funding. A total of 11 projects received grants.

Grantee Funded activity Grant award Total cost
Ruan Transportation (Otsego) Replacing a diesel terminal tractor with an all-electric terminal tractor $151,933 $337,629
Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board (Newport) Replacing a diesel terminal tractor with an all-electric terminal tractor $136,732 $303,850
Cemstone (Isle) Replacing a diesel stationary generator with a new Tier 4 generator $56,250 $234,884
Koochiching County (International Falls) Replacing a diesel crawler with a new Tier 4 machine $87,500 $367,545
These seven projects were funded through a contractor agreement with the nonprofit Environmental Initiative. The total grant award for these projects was $1,089,657 with a total cost of $5,142,160.
  • Omar’s Sand and Gravel (Carlton) Replacing a wheel loader with a Tier 4 loader
  • Pentagon Materials (Prior Lake) Replacing a loader and an excavator with Tier 4 machines
  • Hoover Construction (Hibbing) Replacing 4 large mining trucks with Tier 4 trucks

2019

MPCA directly funded two projects:
Grantee Funded activity Grant award Total cost
Broadway Resources (Minneapolis) Replaced current loader with an all-electric material handler $63,007 $283,540
Taylor Truck Line (Northfield) Replaced a diesel terminal tractor with an all-electric terminal tractor $141,377 $359,909

Through a contractor agreement with the nonprofit Environmental Initiative (Minneapolis), we funded 11 additional projects. The total grant award for these projects was $897,989, with a total cost of $6,301,174.

  • Cleveland-Cliffs (Eveleth) — Replaced current mining truck with a Tier 4 mining truck.
  • Gavilon (St. Paul) — Replaced two loaders with Tier 4 loaders
  • Otter Tail Valley Railroad Company (Fergus Falls)— Installed three locomotive APUs and shore power to reduce idling.
  • Red River Valley and Western Railroad Company (Breckenridge) — Installed four locomotive APUs and Automatic Engine Start-Stop technology to reduce idling.
  • City of Saint Paul — Replaced current compactor with a new Tier 4 compactor
  • Twin Cities and Western Railroad (Winthrop) — Installed a locomotive APU to reduce idling, replaced current skid steer with new Tier 4 skid steer, and replaced current loader with new Tier 4 model.
  • Vetter Stone (Mankato) — Replaced current loader with new Tier 4 loader.