FUNDING FOR ALTERNATIVE FUELS PROJECTS
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) has announced that it is “opening a third round of applications for projects and funding from the Volkswagen (VW) Mitigation Trust on Aug. 1. Application submittal for project funding will be available through the LDEQ’s VW webpage online form (the form will open on Aug. 1st). The deadline to submit Environmental Mitigation Action applications for the third round is Oct. 1, 2019. If you have any questions concerning the application, please send them to email@example.com .”
In 2017, Volkswagen AG (VW) agreed to plead guilty to charges that it installed software in its model year 2009-2015 2.0-liter diesel cars and 3.0-liter diesel cars that circumvented EPA emissions standards using a “defeat device.” These vehicles emit up to 40 times more pollution than emissions standards allow in the form of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and contributes to ozone or smog formation.
As part of a settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay all or part of the cost of projects to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and to install electric vehicle charging stations.
LOUISIANA’S MITIGATION PLAN
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) was designated the lead agency (beneficiary) by the Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards. Three Louisiana state agencies were designated to receive equal shares of the fund: LDEQ, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD). These agencies were tasked to allocate the VW Mitigation Trust funds.
FUNDING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE (EVSE)
The state’s plan also includes language which allows the state to utilize “up to 15% of its allocation of Mitigation Trust funds on the costs necessary for, and directly connected to, the acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of new, light-duty, zero-emission vehicle supply equipment for projects…” Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is the only type of fueling infrastructure allowed under the VW Settlement.
Under National VW Settlement Guidelines, level 2 and DC Fast Chargers can be funded at the following levels:
• Up to 100% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light duty electric vehicle supply equipment that will be available to the public at a Government-Owned Property.
• Up to 80% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light duty electric vehicle supply equipment that will be available to the public at a Non-Government Owned Property.
• Up to 60% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light duty electric vehicle supply equipment that is available at a workplace but not to the general public.
The lead agency has put a priority on Public EVSE infrastructure applications from state agencies and other government entities. Proposals from private entities will also be considered. Application guidance has been issued by the LDEQ and can be found on their website. If you would like assistance with preparing your proposal, please email Tyler Herrmann with Louisiana Clean Fuels firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the state’s plan and for more information, visit the LDEQ’s Volkswagen page. For more information or to comment on the state’s plan, please email email@example.com.