The 20 million diesel engines operating nationwide today provide more power and fuel efficiency than those that burn gasoline or natural gas. However, these engines emit more than 300,000 tons of particulate matter (PM) and more than 6 million tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) into the air annually. These pollutants contribute to public health problems such as asthma, lung cancer, and many more serious cardiac and respiratory diseases.
Diesel engines manufactured today are cleaner than ever before, thanks to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Since diesel engines can operate for more than 30 years, millions of older higher polluting engines are still in use today. Thus the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program or “DERA” was created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The act gave the EPA the ability to promote diesel emission reductions by giving states the ability to provide grant monies. These grants are used to provide funding for local fleets to replace, repower, or retrofit older higher emitting diesel engines with newer diesels or newer vehicles that use alternative fuels.
State Clean Diesel Grant Awards
Awards for Federal Fiscal Year 2017
Agua Fria Union High School District #216
DERA Award Amount: $156,800
Project Details: To replace one 2003 and three 2005 older diesel school buses with new vehicles powered by model year 2018 cleaner burning diesel engines that emit less pollution.
Cartwright School District #83
DERA Award Amount: $75,000
Project Details: To replace two model year 2002 older diesel school buses with new vehicles powered by model year 2018 cleaner burning diesel engines that emit less pollution.
Awards for Federal Fiscal Year 2016
Deer Valley Unified School District #97
DERA Award Amount: $120,000
Project Details: To replace one model year 1998, one 1999 and one 2000 diesel school buses with new vehicles powered by model year 2017 cleaner burning diesel engines that emit less pollution.
Maricopa County Equipment Services Department
DERA Award Amount: $48,595
Project Details: To retrofit 19 diesel powered vehicles with modern clean diesel technology upgrades that reduces the amount of pollution from each vehicle.