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Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) in Florida

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is an awardee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) State Grant Program. The Department plans on consistent participation in the DERA State Grant Program as part of Florida’s Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program (DEMP). This page is dedicated to informing prospective project partners about the Department’s DERA activities, eligibility requirements, and up-to-date information about funding opportunities.

DERA Background and Resources

In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) as an amendment to the 2005 Energy Policy Act, Title VII, Subtitle G. Federal funding for DERA was reauthorized in 2010 and in subsequent years. The DERA funding program was designed as a voluntary means to reduce diesel emissions from existing diesel engines that were not manufactured to meet more stringent post-2006 emission standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for overseeing and distributing funds under the DERA program. For more information, visit EPA’s Clean Diesel and DERA Funding webpage.

There are two main areas of funding for the total DERA funds appropriated by Congress each year: 70 percent administered directly by EPA for national competitive grant and rebate programs, and 30 percent from State Allocated DERA Funding, administered by states. The approximately 30 percent of DERA funding allocated to the State DERA Program is divided among all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The Department's Division of Air Resource Management is responsible for implementing and overseeing Florida’s allocation of DERA funding.

DERA State Grant Program funding must be used to develop grant, rebate, or low-cost revolving loan programs to fund diesel emissions mitigation projects. Examples of projects funded through the state’s program include verified idle reduction retrofits on long-haul trucks, marine engine replacements, and replacements of older school buses. For information about the Department's past projects, please visit the Department's DERA Past Projects page.

Project eligibility requirements are provided by EPA in the 2020 DERA Program Guide. Specific requirements for currently owned diesel engines and replacement engines and fuel types are all in the DERA Program Guide. Interested entities are encouraged to download the linked DERA Program Guide to identify the eligibility status of the units you own. DERA requires all units that are replaced to be permanently disabled, or "scrapped" by cutting a 3-inch hole in the engine block and cutting the chassis in half. More specific information about the scrapping requirement is provided in the DERA Program Guide.

The Department has identified fifteen (15) percent of Mitigation Trust funds from the Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries (Mitigation Trust) to be used as the state's match to EPA funding for the DERA State Grant Program. For information about the Mitigation Trust and the Volkswagen Settlement, please visit the Department's webpage for the Volkswagen Settlement. For information about the Department's Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program and funding opportunities, please visit the Department's DEMP webpage.

    Recent Florida Projects

    The most recent cycle of DERA State Grant Program projects concluded before the end of the state fiscal year in June, 2020. These projects used a mix of EPA funding and Mitigation Trust Funds. The next cycle of DERA projects will be administered under the Department's Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program. The Department is pleased to provide the following information about our completed 2019 and 2020 DERA State Grant Program projects.

    Marine Vessel Diesel Engine Replacement Program - 2019

    Yacht Starship Dining Cruises, out of Port Tampa, replaced two 42-year-old unregulated diesel propulsion engines and one 25 year-old unregulated auxiliary diesel engine were with all new units. The Department provided the maximum allowable 40 percent cost share for the $348,454 project. Using EPA’s Diesel Emissions Quantifier (DEQ), the Department calculates that this project yields over 5 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) reductions annually, which is an over 55 percent reduction from the old engines. 

    Port Drayage Truck Replacement Program - 2019

    Seaboard Marine, out of Port Miami, replaced three diesel port drayage trucks, all at least 20 years-old, with three new diesel port drayage trucks. The Department provided the maximum allowable 50 percent cost share for the $311,267 project. Using EPA’s DEQ, the Department calculates that this project yields over 2 tons of NOx reductions annually, which is an over 96 percent reduction from the three old units.

    Marine Vessel Diesel Engine Replacement Program - 2020

    Key West Express, operating out of Lee, Collier, and Monroe Counties, replaced four 65 liter Tier-1 propulsion engines with all new Tier-3 units. The Department provided the maximum allowable 40 percent cost share for the $4,520,018 project totaling $1,808,007.20 in Department funding. Using EPA’s DEQ tool, the Department calculates that this project yields over 115 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) reductions annually, an emissions benefit of 58 percent over the four replaced propulsion engines. 

    Port Drayage Truck Replacement Program - 2020

    JZ Expedited Trucking out of Duval County replaced one fourteen-year-old diesel port drayage truck, with an all new diesel port drayage truck. The Department provided the maximum allowable 50 percent cost share for the $174,437.99 project. Using EPA’s DEQ, the Department calculates that this project yields over half a ton in nitrogen oxides (NOx) reductions annually, an emissions benefit of nearly 89 percent over the replaced port drayage truck.

    Port Drayage Truck Replacement Program - 2020

    Seaboard Marine, out of Port Miami, replaced four diesel port drayage trucks, all at least 21 years-old, with four new diesel port drayage trucks. The Department provided the maximum allowable 50 percent cost share for the $400,000 project. Using EPA’s DEQ, the Department calculates that this project yields just under one ton of nitrogen oxides (NOx) reductions annually, an emissions benefit of nearly 95 percent over the replaced port drayage trucks.

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    June 18, 2021 - 2:58pm

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