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EPA Seeks REBATE Applications for Construction Equipment Retrofits

Submit Your Application by January 15th for a Chance to Win up to $120,000 in Funding!
 
AGC is pleased to let you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now collecting applications for the 2013 Construction Equipment Funding Opportunity, a pilot rebate program for nonroad engines.  EPA currently has $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners repower or retrofit their older diesel construction engines.  This program is made possible by the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), which Congress reauthorized in Jan. 2011 to allow rebates, in addition to grants and revolving loans.
 
Late last year, AGC met with current EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to share the association’s continued support for DERA Program funding, and the importance of maintaining complete flexibility for grants, loans and rebates, as permitted by the authorizing statute.  At that meeting, AGC expressed its strong interest in partnering with EPA to create a pilot rebate program for the construction industry. After months of collaboration with AGC, EPA has officially kicked-off the 1st ever construction equipment rebate program.  AGC’s significant input helped EPA to craft a program that should be appealing to most fleet owners.  Notably, the program “stages” from application through payment are streamlined and simplified, compared to the traditional DERA grants for construction equipment.
  
Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include private construction companies that operate nonroad construction equipment under a contract or lease with a public entity.  (Note: The eligibility requirement to have a direct contract with a public entity is a DERA statutory requirement that EPA is unable to alter.)  Applicants must operate their equipment in areas of poor air quality (see list of counties). 
 
Eligible applicants who meet the location requirement may apply to install Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) on Tier 2 or Tier 3 engines, or they may apply to replace unregulated or Tier 1 engines with Tier 2 or Tier 3 engines.  Applicants may submit one application that includes up to five engines.  These five engines can be any combination of the technology options for a total maximum of $120,000 in rebate funding per applicant. 
 
EPA will collect applications until Jan. 15, 2014.  Of the eligible applications, EPA will randomly select applications for funding using a random lottery system.
 
For more detailed information about rebate amounts, program requirements, eligible applicants and engines, please visit http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-construction.htm.
 
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Please feel free to contact Leah Pilconis at (703) 837-5332 or pilconisl@agc.org with any questions.

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