The Final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan was released in November of 2018 and submitted to the Trustee in December. The Plan includes the following funding allocations and anticipated timing of solicitations:
- School bus replacement – 50%
- February 2019 - $2 million
- Fall 2019 - $2 million
- Public transit bus replacement – 10%
- February 2019 - $800,000
- Commercial marine vessel upgrade – 10%
- Fall 2019 - $800,000
- Electric vehicle charging infrastructure – 15%
- Spring 2019
- Railbelt and Copper Valley Region - $950,000
- Southeast Alaska - $125,000
- Other areas of the state - $135,000
- Replacement of diesel engines used for prime power – 15%
- January 2019 - ~$500,000
- Spring 2019 - ~$250,000
- Spring 2020 - ~$250,000
- Spring 2021 - ~$250,000
Additional Details on Solicitations/Funding: For Classes 4-8 shuttle or transit buses the engines/buses may be replaced with new cleaner diesel engines/vehicles, alternative fueled engines/vehicles (e.g., CNG, propane, electric hybrid), or all-electric engines/vehicles. Alaska will require 80% matching funds from applicants for the upgrade/replacement of eligible public transit buses because there are federal funds available to the state and urbanized areas for the replacement of public transportation and fixed-route buses via both state formula allocation and competitively. VW Trust funds may be used as mandatory cost-share for these federal funds.
Ferries or tugs equipped with unregulated, Tier 1, or Tier 2 marine engines may be repowered under EMA 4. These tugs and ferries may be repowered with any new Tier 3 or Tier 4 diesel or alternate fueled engine, or with all-electric engines. In addition, under the DERA Option (EMA 10), commercial marine vessels with pre-Tier 3 engines operated at least 1,000 hours per year are eligible for upgrade. Alaska will require mandatory matching funds, and cap the funds at $200,000 per project.
DERA Funding. EPA grants are now available to reduce emissions from diesel engines in Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington). The EPA will accept proposals requesting up to $1,000,000 in grant funds. Grants are prioritized for diesel engine fleets in areas facing air quality challenges. Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Applicants may apply until March 6, 2019.