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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.

Current Funding Opportunity

DERA State Grant - Marine Vessel Engine and Drayage Truck Replacement

The Department is making grant funding available for Marine Vessel Engine Replacement diesel emissions reduction projects eligible under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). This funding will be for the replacement of eligible marine diesel engines and port drayage trucks. Marine engine projects are only eligible if the primary activity of the marine vessel is to provide service to in-state destinations. All funded projects must be completed within the strict parameters of the state budget and federal funding. Applications are due to the Department’s Division of Air Resource Management by Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 5:00 PM E.T. For more information, please contact the Department’s Division of Air Resource Management at VWMitigation@FloridaDEP.gov.

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. See below for the application worksheets for marine vessel engine replacement and port drayage truck replacement projects. For more information about eligibility and cost-share requirements, continue below in the "DERA Background and Resources" section to download the 2019 DERA Program Guide.

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 2019 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, 2019. These projects used EPA funding only and were not funded by Mitigation Trust funds. The next cycle of DERA projects will be administered under the Department's Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program and will include state matching funds from the Department's use of Mitigation Trust funds. The Department is pleased to provide the following information about our Spring of 2019 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% 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.

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    February 7, 2020 - 8:38am

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