Funding for retrofits

The Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) has posted a number of resources on its website to facilitate heavy-duty diesel vehicle and equipment owners who want to retrofit their fleets

The Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) has posted a number of resources on its website to facilitate heavy-duty diesel vehicle and equipment owners who want to retrofit their fleets through the $300 million in funding to be made available by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) via the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The six-fold increase in DERA funding comes through the signing into law of the Economic Recovery Act by President Obama.

However, EPA’s application process is only open for 30 days, so interested fleets need to act fast, the Diesel Technology Forum said. DTF has posted a 90-minute webinar that provides tips for developing a competitive proposal, featuring three EPA representatives; a sample application provided by the EPA, and a white paper describing various retrofit technologies and implementation criteria to be considered when developing a project.

The funding is available for on- and off-road public sector fleets, as well as companies in the private sector that apply in partnership with state and local governments or a non-governmental organization.

“This funding represents a bold new investment in clean diesel technology that will be good for our economy and our environment,” said Allen Schaeffer, DTF executive director. “Now the challenge will be to help applicants prepare good project proposals for what will likely be an expedited application process.”

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