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DEMP - Volkswagen Settlement and DERA

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 that mitigate mobile sources of emissions. 

For more information about the Volkswagen Settlement and the Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries, please visit the Volkswagen Settlement Information.

All DEMP activities related to the Volkswagen Settlement are guided by the state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. Download a copy of the mitigation plan at Florida's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan.

DEMP Initiatives


New Funding Opportunity – Diesel Switcher Locomotive Replacement

On November 16, 2022, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) that it is currently making grant funding available for Switcher Locomotive Replacement and Switcher Locomotive Repowering projects eligible for grant funding under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). Switcher locomotive replacement projects and switcher locomotive repower projects will be considered for funding if the primary activity of the switcher locomotive is to provide services in a Florida railyard and/or commercial seaport located in an Air Quality Priority Area, as defined in Florida’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. All funded projects must be completed within the strict parameters of the state budget and federal funding allowances.

Applications are due by email to the department’s Division of Air Resource Management Program Administrator at Preston.McLane@FloridaDEP.gov  by Friday, December 16, 2022, at 5 p.m. E.S.T.

Awards are subject to availability of funds as allocated under EPA’s DERA program and state budget authority. Priority will be given to projects that provide high emissions benefits, can be completed in a timely manner, and will encumber significant amounts of available funding. If the number of eligible projects submitted exceeds the available funding for this notice, the department reserves the right to partner with applicants in the future. The department reserves the right to reject any and all bids or accept minor irregularities in the best interest of the state of Florida. Please find below a link to DEP’s DERA Switcher Locomotive Replacement and Repower Application Worksheet.

FAR Notice of Funding Availability, November 16, 2022

DG011 Freight Switcher Project Application Worksheet

For more information about eligibility and cost-share requirements, see the "Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) in Florida" webpage to download the 2021-22 DERA Program Guide.

 

Electric Transit Bus Project

On Aug. 29, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced another step in the state’s efforts to modernize public transit and reduce air pollutants caused by diesel emissions. Through the Volkswagen settlement, DEP awarded more than $68 million to purchase 227 electric transit buses in 13 counties statewide, which will replace existing diesel transit buses in Alachua, Broward, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Leon, Marion, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco and Pinellas counties.  

On Feb. 25, 2022, DEP announced its Electric Transit Bus Grant program through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to support the purchasing of electric transit buses to replace eligible diesel transit buses. The purchasing of these electric transit buses is an important and effective way to reduce harmful emissions, especially in highly populated areas where mobile sources are the largest sources of air pollution. As more and more electric transit buses are deployed, emissions of air pollutants will be reduced, which will continue to improve Florida’s air quality.

Public transit agencies that are participating in this program must purchase two electric transit buses for each bus replaced pursuant the NOFA published in the Florida Administrative Registry (FAR). An eligible public transit agency that does not meet this eligibility requirement may still participate but will be subject to a pro-rated portion of the award. 

Entity

DEP Grant Support

Total Electric
Buses To Be Purchased

Broward County Transportation Department

$7,800,000

26

Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX)

$9,000,000

30

City of Gainesville Regional Transit System

$300,000

4

City of Key West

$300,000

1

City of Ocala (SunTran)

$300,000

1

City of Tallahassee (StarMetro)

$5,100,000

17

Escambia County Board of County Commission

$2,700,000

9

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)

$1,800,000

6

Miami-Dade (DTPW)

$19,800,000

63

Palm Beach County (PalmTran)

$1,800,000

6

Pasco County Public Transportation

$600,000

2

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PTSA)

$18,000,000

60

USF Parking & Transportation Services

$600,000

2

Total

$68,100,000

227


Electric School Bus Project

On Aug. 29, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the investment of $57 million in electric school buses in seven Florida counties that will enhance the state’s air quality protection efforts. This funding will be used to secure 218 electric school buses, which will replace existing conventional fuel school buses in Broward, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

On Nov. 16, 2020, the department announced a 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 were eligible for this project. School districts had to provide at least a 25% cost share. Funding was provided on a competitive basis with school districts that provide the highest cost share being prioritized. Districts were encouraged to create partnerships with local electric utilities or other business entities to maximize cost-share opportunities. The selected school districts have been required to use state-approved vendors or competitively identify the businesses to complete the project.

Entity

DEP Grant
Support

Total Electric
School Buses  To Be Purchased

Broward County

$15,718,899

60

Manatee County

$5,026,493

20

Miami-Dade County

$11,671,200

50

Orange County

$2,092,891

6

Palm Beach County

$11,500,000

50

Pinellas County

$5,542,335

20

Sarasota County

$2,840,916

12

Total

$54,392,734

218

 

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Phase 2

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 were due to the department’s Division of Air Resource Management by Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. ET. 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 was also available through the Vendor Bid System. The department’s grant solicitation number for this RFA was EVCI-RFA-02. The EVCI Phase 2 RFA includes 14 segments along Interstate 10 plus 18 segments to complete charging corridors along Phase 1 routes.

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. ET. Links to EVCI Phase 1 Request for Applications (RFA) and the responses to the RFA question period are linked below.

The department has awarded grants for all 27 segments identified in the EVCI Phase 1 RFA. A list of the awarded applicants for each of the 27 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.

DERA State Grant - Marine Vessel/Engine and Electric Switcher Locomotive Replacement

On Aug. 27, 2021, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) that it is currently offering grants for two types of projects eligible under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA). Funded projects will mitigate mobile sources of emissions and protect air quality.

The funding will be for the replacement of eligible whole marine vessels, marine diesel engines, and the replacement of diesel switcher locomotives with zero-emission switchers. Marine vessel and switcher locomotive projects are only eligible if the primary activity of the project unit is to provide services to Florida ports and rail yards. All funded projects must be completed within the strict parameters of the state budget and federal funding. 

Applications must be emailed to the department’s Division of Air Resource Management at VWMitigation@FloridaDEP.gov by Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at 5 p.m. ET.

For more information about the DERA program, including grant applications, specific project eligibility, cost-share requirements, and past projects, please visit the department's DERA State Grant Program or contact the Division of Air Resource Management directly at VWMitigation@FloridaDEP.gov.

News and Information

DEP has established an email list for parties interested in following developments related to the Volkswagen Settlement, DERA, and as the department develops and administers project-specific funding under DEMP. Please visit DEP's subscription page to sign up for email updates.

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November 16, 2022 - 9:02am

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