AEA receives EPA diesel reduction grant
The Alaska Energy Authority received $335,024 in a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program.
EPA announced $1.3 million in grants for clean diesel projects in the Northwest and Alaska.
“Clean diesel technologies not only improve air quality, but advance innovation and support jobs,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in announcing the grants.
“By promoting clean diesel technologies, we can improve air quality and human health, advance American innovation, and support green jobs in economically disadvantage communities, while growing our economy,” said Chris Hladick, regional administrator for EPA’s Northwest and Alaska Region.
The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program is administered by EPA’s West Coast Collaborative, a clean air public-private partnership that leverages public and private funds to complete important diesel reduction products that reduce emissions from the most polluting diesel sources in impacted communities in West Coast states and U.S. territories.
AEA received $335,024 and is providing $362,942 in mandatory cost share and an additional $53,234 for a project total of $751,200, EPA said. The funds will be used to complete four to six repowers and generator replacements in rural communities, addressing antiquated mechanically governed prime power diesel “genset” engines with newer, more fuel efficient Tier 2 and Tier 3 marine engines that reduce diesel emissions and save fuel, EPA said. The agency said the project is expected to reduce 4.2 tons of particulate matter, 46.4 tons of nitrogen oxides, 22.8 tons of carbon monoxide and 603 tons of carbon dioxide over the lives of the engines.
The EPA also funded programs in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and said it has awarded nearly $12.5 million in DERA funding in West Coast states and U.S. territories in the past year.
- Petroleum News