The Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program (DEMP) utilizes funds from the Volkswagen Settlement and EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program for projects which mitigate mobile sources of emissions. For more information about the Volkswagen Settlement and the Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries, please select the following link: Volkswagen Settlement Information. All DEMP activities related to the Volkswagen Settlement are guided by the state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. To download a copy of the Mitigation Plan at Florida's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.
Electric School Bus Project - Open Now
On November 16, 2020, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $57 million available for the purchase of electric Type C or Type D school buses to replace eligible Type C or Type D diesel school buses. As highlighted in the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, the Department continues to focus on increasing electric vehicle infrastructure and encouraging the growth of electric vehicles as well as the related construction and manufacturing.
Only school districts within an Air Quality Priority Area designated in the Mitigation Plan are eligible for this project. School districts must provide at least a 25 percent cost share. Funding will be provided on a competitive basis with school districts that provide the highest cost share being prioritized. Districts are encouraged to create partnerships with local electric utilities or other business entities to maximize cost-share opportunities. The selected school districts are required to use state-approved vendors or competitively identify the businesses to complete the project.
School districts in Air Quality Priority Areas (listed in the application worksheet) that wish to replace eligible diesel school buses with electric school buses and associated charging equipment, please download, complete, and submit the application worksheet before Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5:00 PM, E.T.
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Phase 2 - Open Now
On Nov. 9, 2020, the Department announced a second and final competitive grant funding opportunity for electric vehicle charging infrastructure using funds under DEMP. Funds are available for Level 3 (DC fast) charging near the following Interstate highways: I-10, I-95, I-75, and I-4. The Department intends to fund approximately 32 charging station sites along these evacuation corridors and allocating remaining funds for projects from unawarded EVCI Phase 1 and EVCI Phase 2 applications. Each site will be eligible for up to $500,000 in grant funding, and cost-share requirements may apply.
Applications are due to the Department’s Division of Air Resource Management by Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. E.T. The Request for Applications (RFA), which includes information on project eligibility and instructions for how to apply, is available at the link below. Please note that the EVCI Phase 2 RFA below has been updated to correct segment numbers on the map in section 1.4 to be consistent with the segment numbers in the table in section 1.3.
The RFA is also available through the Vendor Bid System. The Department’s grant solicitation number for this RFA is EVCI-RFA-02. For more information, please follow the instructions in Section 1.7 (“Grant Administrator”) of the RFA. The EVCI Phase 2 RFA includes 14 segments along Interstate 10 plus 18 segments to complete charging corridors along Phase 1 routes.
The Department will be seeking applications for charging stations at the following Phase 2 segments, specified by exit number:
7 through 17
26 through 31
56 and 70
85 and 96
112 through 130
174 and 181
192 through 209
217 and 225
258 and 262
333 through 343
351 through 362
1 through 16
33 through 42
57 through 66
96 through 102
215 through 223
298 and 305
341 through 348
143 through 164
220 through 224
240 through 257
352 through 358
382 and 384
423 and 427
27 through 38
48 through 62
64 through 72
98 through 114
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Phase 1
The Department initially posted a competitive grant funding opportunity for Level 3 (DC Fast) electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI) on Feb. 10, 2020, for a period of 60 days. The Department extended the application period for an additional 30 days and accepted applications submitted before May 7, 2020, at 5 p.m. E.T. Links to EVCI Phase 1 Request for Applications (RFA), and the responses to the RFA question period are linked below.
The Department has evaluated all applications and is awarding grants for all twenty-seven segments identified in the EVCI Phase 1 RFA. A list of the awarded applicants for each of the twenty-seven segments and a map of the project locations are linked below.
The closed RFA and Agency Decisions/Notice of Award is also available through the Vendor Bid System (VBS). For the VBS posting search, the closed RFA is EVCI-RFA-01 and the Agency Decisions post is EVCI-RFA-01-AD.
In October 2019, the Department published a NOFA for an initial phase of electric school bus projects. The Department did not award any grants from the October 2019 Electric School Bus Initial Phase. This initial phase is closed and will not be reopened.
DERA State Grant - Marine Vessel Engine and Drayage Truck Replacements
The Department is currently administering grant funding for a marine vessel engine replacement project and drayage truck replacement diesel emissions reduction projects eligible under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). Marine engine projects are eligible if the primary activity of the marine vessel is to provide service to in-state destinations. All funded projects will be completed within the strict parameters of the state and federal budget.
For more information about the DERA program, including specific eligibility, cost-share requirements, and past projects, please visit the Department's DERA State Grant Program webpage or contact the Division of Air Resource Management directly at VWMitigation@FloridaDEP.gov.
News and Information
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