Final Plan and Funding Opportunity
Beneficiary Mitigation Plan: IL Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. Illinois submitted its final BMP to the Trustee on August 28, 2018. The Plan includes the following funding allocations:
- Public Transit (includes buses and rail) 30% or $32.6 million
- School Buses – All-Electric 10% or $10.8 million
- School Buses – Other Fuels 10% or $10.8 million
- Class 4-8 On-Road 10% or $10.8 million
- Non-Road (freight switchers, ferries/tugs) 28% or $30.4 million
- EV Charging 10% or $10.8 million
- Administrative 2%
Priority Areas: In the BMP, Illinois EPA has established three priority areas and anticipates funding projects in all three priority areas. The priority areas are established to realize emission reductions in the areas where the vehicles were located, where the greatest number of mobile source emissions are located, and where the largest concentration of population potentially disproportionately impacted by mobile source emissions is located. Priority Area 1: The Chicago metropolitan non-attainment area. Priority Area 2: Metro-East St. Louis non-attainment area. Priority Area 3: Seven counties, each with 1% or more of the total affected VW vehicles (Champaign, DeKalb, LaSalle, McLean, Peoria, Sangamon and Winnebago Counties).
Funding Solicitations/Cost Share. Not all categories will be funded in all rounds; a Notice of Funding Opportunity will be issued for each funding round identifying eligible projects for that round of funding. Illinois requires a cost share of at least 50 percent, or a higher cost share where specified by the Trust Agreement or DERA. For government applicants, Illinois requires a cost-share of at least 25 percent, or a higher cost share where specified by DERA. Federal agencies will be treated as non-government applicants.
Funding Notice: First Round includes funding for Public Transit and Electric School buses. Up to $19,000,000 for Public Transit projects in Priority Area 1: $5 million for replacement of existing government-owned diesel public transit buses with new diesel, alternate fueled, and all-electric public transit buses. $14 million for government-owned public passenger/commuter line haul locomotive rail projects through DERA. These projects include cleaner diesel, alternate fuel, and all-electric passenger/commuter line haul locomotive replacements, engine replacements, engine upgrades, and remanufacture systems. Up to $1,000,000 for All-Electric School Bus Pilot Projects in Cook County.
Applicants may find the Notice of Funding Opportunity and all application materials at Illinois’ GATA webpage. Applicants must pre-qualify prior to application submission. Applications should be signed, scanned and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm CST on October 15, 2018. More details available here: Notice of Funding Opportunity. For further information see the GATA webpage.
HB109 appropriates $20 million from the Environmental Mitigation Fund to the IL EPA to administer and fund projects under the VW Settlement. Status: Introduced 1/11/2017 by Reps. Harris and Burke.
HB3342 establishes the VW Environmental Mitigation Settlement Fund and directs that funds received from the VW Trust are to be deposited into the Fund for use by the IL EPA subject to appropriations by the legislature. Status: passed both Houses as of May 31, 2018; introduced by Rep. Turner.
SJR77 requires the IL EPA to issue a report each year on funding efforts under the VW Settlement. The plan is to be issued by April 15 and the EPA is to hold at least one hearing to discuss the report and receive public comment. Status: introduced 5/29/2018 by Sen. Castro.