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TCEQ Announces New Round of Grants for Alternative Fuel and/or Natural Gas Fueling Stations

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced today that up to $6 million dollars in grants is being made available to eligible individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to continue the development of a network of natural gas and/or other alternative fuel fueling stations to serve as a foundation for a self-sustaining market for alternative fuel vehicles in Texas.

The Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) grants are part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, and are offered to eligible entities that intend to build, own, and operate alternative fuel and/or natural gas fueling stations in the Clean Transportation Zone. Effective September 1, 2017, the Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC) Chapters 393 and 394 were amended to combine the AFFP and the Clean Transportation Triangle (CTT) programs.

AFFP grants offset a portion of the cost of either the construction of new facilities dispensing natural gas and/or alternative fuels, or the expansion of existing facilities to provide new services or capabilities. Eligible fuels for the AFFP include compressed natural gas (CNG) and/or liquefied natural gas (LNG); biodiesel; hydrogen; methanol; propane (LPG); and electricity.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. CSTTuesday, January 16, 2018.

The TCEQ has scheduled eight AFFP grant application workshops to review the grant requirements and the application process. Please RSVP to Camen Gupta, Program Coordinator, at camen.gupta@tceq.texas.gov.

EL PASO:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Rio Grande Council of Governments (Main Conference Room)
8037 Lockheed Drive, Suite 100
El Paso, Texas 79925

• TYLER:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8, 2017
9:00 a.m.
TCEQ Region 5 Office, Large Conference Room
2916 Teague Dr.
Tyler, Texas 75701

ARLINGTON:

THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 2017
9 a.m.
North Central Texas Council of Governments
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011

LAREDO:

TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017
9 a.m.
Laredo Chamber of Commerce, Boardroom
2310 San Bernardo Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78040

CORPUS CHRISTI:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15, 2017
9 a.m.
Coastal Bend COG, Large Conference Room
2910 Leopard Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78408

SAN ANTONIO:

MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2017
9 a.m.
8700 Tesoro Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78217

AUSTIN:

TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017
9 a.m.
TCEQ’s Austin Office
Building E, 2nd Floor, Room 254S
12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, TX 78753

HOUSTON:

TUESDAY, NOV. 28, 2017
9 a.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council, Conference Room A
3555 Timmons, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77027

For more information on the grant programs and to access up-to-date information on the application criteria and process, specific geographic eligibility requirements, and copies of the application form, visit www.terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377).

Drayage Loan Program for Harris and Surrounding Counties

Drayage Grant Call for Projects Now Open

Grants are now available to be combined with Drayage Loans.

According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the more than 3,000 diesel-powered port (drayage) trucks that move shipping containers at the Port of Houston account for 35% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions at the Port. NOx is a primary precursor to ground-level ozone, which can cause asthma attacks, lung inflammation, and other respiratory illnesses.

The Drayage Loan Program helps reduce NOx emissions from drayage trucks by replacing older, dirtier trucks with newer, cleaner models. Independent truck owners and trucking companies can apply for an emissions reduction incentive grant through the H-GAC Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program to partially offset the cost of a new truck. Qualifying applicants may receive low-interest loans to finance the remaining balance between the cost of the new vehicle and the emissions reduction incentive grant.

Created as a joint effort between H-GAC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EDF, and Port of Houston Authority, this program has replaced over 200 trucks and reduced Houston-area NOx pollution by over 150 tons since 2010.

How to Apply

Get started by filling out our Pre-Qualification Form. If you have questions on the Drayage Loan Program, please contact H-GAC staff as follows:

Telephone:    832-681-2588                           Mailing Address:   Drayage Loan Program, H-GAC
Email:           drayageloan@h-gac.com                                      PO Box 22777
Internet:       www.mysolutionis.com                                         Houston TX 77227-2777

Two TERP Grant Programs Reopened with $17.7 Million Available

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has opened the Alternative Fueling Facilities Program ($7.9 million) and the Clean Transportation Triangle Program ($9.8 million) to build out alternative fuels infrastructure in Texas. If you are interested in applying for either program, visit TXNG for an overview of program requirements..

Grant Funds Still Available under the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP)

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is still accepting applications for funding consideration under the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program. Individuals, businesses, and governmental entities that own and operate a heavy-duty or medium-duty vehicle may qualify to replace the vehicle with a natural gas vehicle or repower the vehicle with a natural gas engine. Interested parties should contact a Participating Dealer under contract with the TCEQ to determine eligibility. Program staff at the TCEQ are always available to answer questions. Applications will be accepted throughMay 26, 2017.

For more information on the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program, Participating Dealers, application process, and eligibility requirements, visit www.terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377).

DOT Awards $22.5 Million in Grants for Clean Buses, Infrastructure

by NGT Staff

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced seven project selections for the Low- and No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program, known as Low-No. The seven transit providers in five states will receive a share of $22.5 million toward transit buses and related facilities that utilize battery-electric, fuel cell and other innovative technologies to reduce harmful greenhouse-gas emissions and improve operating efficiency.

This administration is committed to investing in an economy powered by clean transportation,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The Department of Transportation is proud to build on the successful Low-No program to put more American-made, energy-efficient buses into service across America.”

The FTA awarded the funds after a competitive review process that prioritized transit agencies and bus manufacturers with strong records in building, deploying and operating clean buses and infrastructure.

“Thanks to these grants, more transit riders around the country will be able to enjoy the latest in bus technology, resulting in cleaner air and lower costs in the long run,” say Carolyn Flowers, the FTA’s acting administrator. “By supporting American manufacturing and local workers, FTA’s Low-No grants exemplify Secretary Foxx’s commitment to building Ladders of Opportunity.”

Among the projects selected in this round of Low-No funding was the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which will receive $2,585,075 toward the purchase of 25 zero-emission, all-electric buses and related equipment. These vehicles will be deployed on bus routes in South Philadelphia, and an associated workforce development program will further contribute to the project’s economic impact. SEPTA’s extensive local commitment resulted in efficient leveraging of federal funds, allowing it to purchase many more vehicles than other recipients.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will receive $4,275,000 toward five battery-electric, zero-emission buses, as well as eight charging stations. This electric bus infrastructure will serve the Metro Orange Line bus rapid transit corridor in the City of Los Angeles. LACMTA will also partner with the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium to include workforce development in support of zero-emission technology.

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) will receive $4,015,174 toward three zero-emission American Fuel Cell Buses (AFCBs). This project will build on SARTA’s successful, existing fuel cell bus program, which has already established hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure and will soon deploy five additional AFCBs in Stark County, Ohio. SARTA held an event in Columbus, Ohio, today celebrating the launch of the first of those fuel cell buses, along with the FTA regional staff, representatives from the Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research and others.

CAPCOG seeks local emission reduction projects for grant program

The Capital Area Council of Governments opened the application process for a new local emission reduction grant program on Feb. 16, 2016. The grant, which targets commuter emission reduction projects and capital investments projects that reduce emissions, has an application deadline of April 15, 2016.

The grant is available to businesses, local governments, nonprofits and other organizations in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area — Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

CAPCOG has allocated about $240,000 from its 2016-17 near-nonattainment area air quality planning grant for the new program. Organizations participating in the region’s Ozone Advance Program Action Plan will have an opportunity to receive more funding per ton of emissions reduced.

CAPCOG Local Emissions Reduction Grants Question and Answer

Request for Grant Addendum

Visit CAPCOG’s website for more details on what is needed and where to submit applications.

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