DERA 2014 Request for Proposals Now Open

EPA Clean Diesel News: 5/1/14

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now soliciting proposals for the 2014 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $9 million. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is posted on the NCDC website and on www.grants.gov.

The RFP will be open for approximately 45 days,  closing on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. EPA plans to award funding through this competition in the fall.

EPA will host two general applicant webinars on Tuesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 15.  Both will be from 2-4pm EDT. Participants do not need to pre-register for the webinars.  The links to the webinars and call-in information are available on the NCDC website.

This RFP has been updated from previous years, so applicants are encouraged to carefully review the RFP for eligible projects, technologies, and funding restrictions.

Later this month, EPA will announce an additional RFP with approximately $1 million in available funding for Tribal applicants only.

All questions regarding this RFP should be submitted to [email protected].

Register for EPA’s Port Stakeholders Summit

This is a friendly reminder that you have been invited to register for EPA’s Ports Stakeholder Summit on April 8, 2014 at the Hilton Baltimore. Space is limited, so please reserve your seat today!

Port Stakeholders Summit:
Advancing More Sustainable Ports

April 8, 2014
Hilton Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

EPA’s lead office for transportation and air quality (OTAQ) is convening a National Port Stakeholders Summit. The “Advancing More Sustainable Ports” Summit brings together leaders from industry, government, community groups and others with a shared interest in promoting healthy air in and around our nation’s ports – gateways to the global market. The goal of the Summit is to advance strategies that support more sustainable, cleaner and efficient ports. The Summit, which will draw upon EPA’s recent three-part National Conversation on Ports, offers participants a dynamic mix of workshops, panels and presentations about innovative port-related practices, incentives and technologies. Participants will engage with other professionals, experts and stakeholders to share expertise, ideas and actions that address the many opportunities and challenges faced by our nation’s ports, the businesses they serve, and neighboring communities. Please plan to join us on April 8th, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland for this information-packed event.

Registration:
Please register online by clicking here. Note that there is no registration fee, however, there is an optional meals fee of $80. If you choose to opt-in to this fee, morning refreshments and lunch will be provided to you. If choose not to opt-in to this fee, your registration will only give you access to the sessions.

Hotel Information:
A block of rooms is being held for conference participants at the Hilton Baltimore for April 7-8, 2014. You may make your reservations directly by calling the hotel at 800-HILTONS (445-8667) or online at the Hilton’s Port Stakeholders Summit reservation page. Our negotiated conference rate is $145.00 plus 15.5% tax.

In order to get our discounted rate, be sure to mention you are attending the “Ports Summit”. Hotel reservations must be made on or before Tuesday, March 25, 2014 to receive the discounted conference rate. After this date, reservations will be accepted based on space and rate availability.

Questions:
For logistical questions, please contact ERG at [email protected].
For technical questions, please contact EPA at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality

EPA Launches New Tool to Estimate Emissions Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies

EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program has launched a new tool that estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs. The AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT) is a free tool with a simple user interface designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users. Non-experts can easily use AVERT to evaluate county-level reductions of electric power plant emissions due to energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) policies and programs.

State air quality planners, energy office staff, public utility commission staff, and other organizations interested in knowing the emission benefits of EE/RE policies and programs can use AVERT to:

  • Quantify the nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (S02), and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions benefits of state and multi-state EE/RE policies and programs.
  • Examine the regional, state, and county level emission impacts of different EE/RE programs based on temporal energy savings and hourly generation profiles.
  • Include AVERT-calculated emission impacts of EE/RE policies and programs in air quality modeling and Clean Air Act plans used to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, with the concurrence of the appropriate EPA regional office.
  • Compare the emissions impacts of different types of EE/RE programs, such as the emissions impacts of wind installations versus solar installations.
  • Understand the emissions impacts of different EE/RE policies and programs during high electricity demand days.
  • Analyze the emissions benefits of EE/RE programs implemented in multiple states within an AVERT region.
  • Share information about location-specific emissions benefits in easy-to-interpret tables and maps.

Learn more.

New Web-based Trainings! Air Quality Training Series

The National Highway Institute (NHI) announces that the following new trainings are available.

142068 Air Quality Planning: Clean Air Act Overview 

This course provides participants with an overview of air quality planning, including requirements, processes, and interactions with and implications for transportation planning and project development.

142069 Air Quality Planning: SIP and TCM Requirements and Policies

This course covers the different types of State Implementation Plans (SIP) and key Clean Air Act (CAA) SIP requirements general to all SIPs, and those specific to ozone, carbon monoxide (CO), and particle pollution or partiulate matter (PM) SIPs. This course also discusses how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) processes SIPs; explores the key features of EPA SIP policies and how they differ from CAA requirements; and explains Reasonably Available Control Measures (RACM) and how they apply to Transporation Control Measures (TCM).

142070 Air Quality Planning: SIP Development Process

This course provides an overview of the SIP development process, focusing on agency roles, with an explanation of the problem definition and solution parts of the process. This course also covers motor vehicle emission budgets that are included in SIPs and used in conformity determinations, and describes EPAs procedures in approving and disapproving SIPs.

142071 Air Quality Planning: Transportation Conformity

This course defines transportation conformity and is designed for individuals that are new to transportation conformity, with little to no experience with the Transportation Conformity Rule. Specifically, the course will answer questions related to the “what” of transportation conformity: What is it? What activities are covered by conformity? And what are the major requirements?

The attached bluelines contain additional details, or you can select the links above to view the course information on the NHI Web site. Please forward this e-mail to those you think would benefit from these new trainings.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

The upcoming TWG meeting schedule is as follows:

December 5, 2013 (Advisory Committee Teleconference)

February 6, 2014 (Advisory Committee Teleconference)

March 6, 2014 (TWG meeting in Austin)

April 3, 2014 (Advisory Committee Teleconference)

June 5, 2014 (Advisory Committee Teleconference)

August 7, 2014 (Advisory Committee Teleconference)

September 4, 2014 (TWG meeting in Austin)

October 2, 2014 (Advisory Committee Teleconference)

December 4, 2014 (Advisory Committee Teleconference)