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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 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

The Department made grant funding available for Marine Vessel Diesel Engine Replacement projects eligible under DERA in November 2018. This funding is for the replacement of eligible marine diesel engines with new marine diesel engines. Interested potential project partners were encouraged to complete an application worksheet, which were due to the Department’s Division of Air Resource Management by November 28, 2018. The Department has entered into a grant agreement with one project partner for the replacement of three eligible marine diesel engines and will complete the project before the end of the State Fiscal Year.

Port Drayage Truck Replacement Program - 2019

The Department is making grant funding available for Port Drayage Truck Replacement projects eligible under DERA guidelines. This funding will be for the replacement of eligible model year 1995-2006 Class-8 diesel-powered port drayage trucks with new diesel-powered drayage trucks for a partial reimbursement of up to 50 percent. Funded projects must be completed, including the required scrapping of the old drayage vehicle, before the end of the State Fiscal Year, which ends June 30, 2019. Applications are due to the Department’s Division of Air Resource Management by February 15, 2019. The application worksheet may be found here. For information regarding eligibility, please refer to the DERA Program Guide.

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October 11, 2019 - 2:32pm

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