Final Plan Allocation
On December 7, 2018, the Department of Environmental Protection issued a final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The plan provides details on how the state plans to allocate the initial funding provided under the settlement. Decisions regarding future allocations will be announced later. Using the $23.5 million allocated in the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan’s first phase of funding, the Commonwealth will dedicate:
- $11 million to support the replacement of diesel transit buses with new electric buses at the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) (8 buses) and the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) (five buses);
- $5 million to supplement the network of existing electric vehicle supply equipment, with a focus on funding charging stations at workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, and publicly accessible sites; and
- $7.5 million to be made available for proposals that will be submitted in response to a VW Open Solicitation by MassDEP this year for eligible projects specified under the settlement agreement that reduce emissions from certain types of diesel vehicles, non-road equipment, and marine vessels.
The DEP is soliciting projects utilizing $12.5 million of funding under the Volkswagen emissions case settlement and $500,000 from other clean air funds to reduce emissions from vehicles and non-road equipment and promote electrification of the state’s transportation network. The Open Solicitation Grant Program provides $7.5 million and the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) will provide $5.5 million. Under the $7.5 million Open Solicitation Grant Program, applicants may apply for up to $500,000 in competitive funding to replace either an older medium-duty or heavy-duty diesel vehicle or a piece of non-road equipment with an equivalent new diesel, alternate fuel or electric version, or replace the engine of a diesel vehicle or non-road piece of equipment. Eligible on-road diesel vehicles include medium and large trucks, school buses, transit buses and shuttle buses with 2009 and older model year engines. Eligible non-road equipment includes cargo-handling equipment, forklifts, locomotive switchers and airport ground support equipment, as well as ferries and tug boats. Funding to provide electric shore power for ocean-going vessels is also available. Applications for the Open Solicitation are due March 18, 2019. Interested applicants can find further information on the Open Solicitation here.