INDIANA — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) announced Round 3 of grant funding for the DieselWise Indiana with Volkswagen DERA Option program which will distribute awards ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000.
The total available funding for this round is $1.8 million.
The grant money will be awarded to clean air projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions from nonroad vehicles or equipment across Indiana. Example projects include installing idle reduction technology on locomotives, replacing diesel-powered switcher locomotives with all-electric locomotives or railcar movers, replacing existing diesel-powered marine engines with new clean-diesel powered engines, and replacing diesel-powered cargo handling equipment with new electric alternatives. Some of the Rounds 1 and 2 projects included replacing diesel-powered switcher locomotive with an all-electric shuttle wagon, replacing 2 landfill compactors with much newer clean-diesel machines, and replacing old diesel-powered terminal tractors with new all-electric alternatives serving the same purpose. These projects will result in notably better air quality for those that live and work around these areas.
Public and private entities may submit applications. The Request for Proposals (RFP) deadline is December 17, 2021. Application information can be found at https://www.in.gov/idem/airquality/2561.htm. Questions about the RFP process can be directed to:
Shawn M. Seals
Senior Environmental Manager
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
DieselWise Indiana is a statewide program supported with funds from Indiana’s allocation of U.S. EPA Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding along with a portion of the national Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund. The program is focused on equipment and vehicle repowers and replacements with newer, cleaner alternatives of various fuel types. IDEM expects to select projects in February 2022 with funds awarded soon thereafter. For more information about DieselWise Indiana, please visit https://www.in.gov/idem/airquality/2561.htm.
IDEM (idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.