Deadlines are fast approaching for many emissions reduction and energy efficiency programs across the country according to the latest National Idling Reduction Network News from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), produced monthly by Argonne National Laboratories. There is still time to apply, however, so if the grant fits, now is the time to get writing.
Some of the key programs of potential interest to truck fleets include:
- Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project from the California Air Resources Board (CARB): $9.8 million available on a first come basis
- Clean Vehicle Rebate Project also from CARB: $4.1 million on a first-come basis
- Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce: $2 million on a first-come basis
- North Carolina State APU and 2010 Compliant Heavy-Duty Truck Rebate Program from the North Carolina Division of Air Quality: $265,018 (as of May) rolling deadline until funds are awarded or September 30, 2010
- Great SmartWay Rebate Program (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI and CT) through Cascade Sierra Solutions : $1+ million deadline August 31, 2010
Yesterday, DOE also announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between itself and the Department of Defense to accelerate clean-energy innovation and enhance national energy security. Both agencies are committed to reducing U.S. vulnerabilities through improved efficiencies, reduced fossil fuel use and on-site renewable power generation.
The MOU, signed by Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, covers energy efficiency and renewable energy. It also targets collaboration on fossil fuels, alternative fuels, efficient transportation technologies and fueling infrastructure, grid security, smart grid, storage, waste-to-energy, basic science research and mobile/deployable power. According to the joint announcement, the agreement will broaden current collaboration on clean energy technology research, development and demonstration between the Department of Defense and DOE.