Awarded DERA grants

This federal grant to states began in 2008. MPCA first focused this funding 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, replacing six older beverage delivery trucks with new hybrid diesel-electric models, and a rock-crusher near Rochester.

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

  • Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board (Newport): Replacing a diesel terminal tractor with an all-electric terminal tractor
    grant award: $136,732; total cost $303,850
  • Mike’s Mini Excavating (Worthington): Replacing a diesel excavator with a Tier 4 excavator
  • Estes Express (Arden Hills): Replacing 2 diesel terminal tractors with Tier 4 terminal tractors
  • Crow Wing Recycling (Brainerd): Replacing 2 cranes with Tier 4 cranes

These 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

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.

  • Ruan Transportation (Otsego): Replacing a diesel terminal tractor with an all-electric terminal tractor
    grant award: $151,933; total cost $337,629
  • Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board (Newport): Replacing a diesel terminal tractor with an all-electric terminal tractor
    grant award: $144,112; total cost $176,138
  • Cemstone (Isle): Replacing a diesel stationary generator with a new Tier 4 generator
    grant award: $56,250; total cost $168,750
  • Koochiching County (International Falls): Replacing a diesel crawler with a new Tier 4 machine
    grant award: $87,500; total cost $262,500

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 $4,254,140.

  • 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

In 2019, MPCA took advantage of a unique opportunity to enhance our DERA program. We combined funding from the Volkswagen mitigation settlement with this federal grant to expand our emissions reductions work. With these awards, we are expecting to reduce fine-particle pollution by 153 tons, nitrogen oxides emissions by more than 2,100 tons, and approximately 10,700 tons of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of this equipment.

In total, we had $1.1 million in grant funding available. The minimum grant award possible was $5,000 and the maximum $600,000 per piece of equipment, with grant winners providing a cash match. MPCA directly funded two projects:

  • Broadway Resources (Minneapolis): Replaced current loader with an all-electric material handler.
    Grant award: $63,007; total cost $252,030
  • Taylor Truck Line (Northfield): Replaced a diesel terminal tractor with an all-electric terminal tractor.
    Grant award: $141,377; total cost $353,444.

Through a contractor agreement with the nonprofit Environmental Initiative (Minneapolis), we funded 11 additional projects. The total grant award for these projects was $900,474, with a total cost of $5,657,725.

  • 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 3 locomotive APUs and shore power to reduce idling.
  • Red River Valley and Western Railroad Company (Breckenridge): Installed 4 locomotive APUs and Automatic Engine Start-Stop technology to reduce idling.
  • City of Saint Paul (St. 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.

2018

MPCA had $200,000 available.

  • Broadway Recycle (Minneapolis): Replaced a 1999 Tier-0 scrapyard diesel excavator with an all-electric material handler
    grant: $40,000; total cost $225,970
  • Commercial Container (Minneapolis): Replaced a roll-off truck
    grant: $40,000; total cost $186,762
  • Highland Sanitation (St. Paul): Replaced a garbage truck
    grant: $24,958
  • Omar Sand and Gravel (Carlton): Replaced a dump truck
    grant: $40,000; total cost $218,779
  • Spectro Alloys Corp. (Rosemount): Replaced two diesel forklifts
    grant: $24,244; total cost $96,900
  • Twin City and Western Railroad (Glencoe): Purchased idle-reduction devices for two short-line locomotives operating between Glencoe and Hopkins
    grant: $35,689; total cost: $89,222

2017

For these funded projects, 18 high-polluting old engines will be disabled and replaced with cleaner alternatives.

Off road. Through DERA, MPCA and U.S. EPA grant funding provided 40 percent of the cost to replace six Tier-0 off-road engines. Replacing these engines requires taking the vehicles out of service, so they are waiting for the off season to do the work.

  • LS Marine (St. Paul): River-dredging boat, replacing two 1985, Tier-0 engines
    grant: $53,013; total cost $132,533
    PM reduction 0.208 tons, NOx reduction 4.243 tons
  • Upper River Services: Barge-loading crane, replacing a 1999 Tier-1 engine
    grant: $26,751; total cost $66,788
    PM reduction 0.045 tons, NOx reduction 0.554 tons
  • Prairie Island Indian Community: River tour boat replacing three Tier-0 engines
    grant: $40,000*; total cost $226,581 (*awarded at less than 40 percent due to limited remaining grant funds)

On road. MPCA and EPA provided 25 percent of the grant funding for these awards to replace 12 old vehicles with nine new ones powered by clean diesels and one CNG vehicle.

  • Schmidt Disposal (St. Paul): Replace a 2000 roll-off truck
    grant: $14,000; total cost $120,251
    PM cut by 0.018 tons, NOx cut by 0.435 tons
  • Commercial Container (Minneapolis): Replace a roll-off truck
    grant: $40,000; total cost $191,768
    PM cut by 0.035 tons, NOx cut by 0.810 tons
  • Highland Sanitation (Newport): Replace a 2001 garbage truck
    grant: $37,499; total cost $149,995
    PM cut by 0.025 tons of PM 2.5, NOx cut by 0.571 tons
  • West Central Sanitation: Replace waste-transfer truck with new truck fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG)
    grant: $37,799; total cost $151,196
    PM cut by 0.052 tons, NOx cut by 1.163 tons
  • Action Moving (Burnsville): Replace two 1995 moving trucks
    grant: $46,299; total cost $185,198
    PM cut by 0.046 tons, NOx cut by 0.908 tons
  • Viking Coca-Cola (St. Cloud): Replace two delivery trucks (1998 and 2002)
    grant: $57,563; total cost $230,252
    PM cut by 0.054 tons, NOx cut by 1.554 tons
  • Eureka Recycling (Minneapolis): Replace 3 trucks (disabling 4)
    grant: $120,000; total cost $805,227
    PM cut by 0.038 tons, NOx cut by 0.515 tons

2016

Funded projects received assistance with up to 25% of the cost of a new vehicle.

  • Alex Rubbish and Recycling (Alexandria): Garbage truck
    Grant: $61,455
  • City of Buffalo: Dump truck
    Grant: $39,237
  • Coolidge Trucking System (St. Paul): Roll-off truck
    Grant: $21,797
  • Misgen Auto Parts (Ellendale): Roll-off truck
    Grant: $37,500
  • St. Louis County School District: Two propane school buses
    Grant: $52,630
  • Viking Coca-Cola (St. Cloud): Two beverage-delivery trucks
    Grant: $56,949

2015

The MPCA received 12 grant applications; each was scored independently by three evaluation team members. Three grants were awarded for four projects, with each award winner providing at least a 75-percent match for these new truck-replacement projects.

  • Caledonia Haulers (Caledonia): New Class 8 truck for milk pickup and delivery
    Grant: $31,217; Recipient match: $93,652
  • Como Propane (Duluth): New Class 8 truck for propane delivery
    Grant: $30,425; Recipient match: $91,275
  • Gene’s Disposal (Hugo): New Class 8 garbage truck and a new Class 7 roll-off truck
    Grant: $71,857; Recipient match: $215,572

2013/14

Six DERA grants were awarded for 12 diesel projects.

  • DLS (Clear Lake): retrofit a diesel particulate filter (DPF)
    Grant $6,197; Match: $6,197
  • Randy Eich Trucking (St. Joseph): Retrofit a DPF to long-haul truck
    Grant: $8,975; Match: $8,975
  • Pat Fruth Trucking (Clearwater): Retrofit 6 DPFs to long-haul trucks
    Grant: $49,971; Match: $49,971
  • Action Moving: Replace a moving truck
    Grant: $23,735; Match: $71,409
  • Elk River ISD 728: Replace a snowplow
    Grant: $42,183; Match: $126,550
  • Highland Sanitation (Newport): Two new Class 8 waste-hauling trucks
    Grant: $55,636; Match: $169,851