PRESS RELEASE
from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

For more information,contact
Carla Felix (402) 471-4223, or
Amanda Woita (402) 471-4243
For Immediate Release
February 23, 2022
NDEE to provide rebates for replacing diesel vehicles and irrigation engines

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy Director Jim Macy announced on Feb. 23, 2022, that the 2021 Nebraska Clean Diesel Program is awarding approximately $1.3 million in rebates to schools, refuse companies and farmers across the state to aid in the replacement of older diesel vehicles and engines.

Rebates were awarded in three project categories:
· 30 farmers will replace diesel irrigation engines with electric motors.
· 12 school districts and one school bus contractor will replace older diesel school buses with cleaner diesel, propane or gasoline buses.
· Three refuse companies will replace five older diesel trucks with cleaner diesel or compressed natural gas trucks.

The diesel vehicles and engines being replaced must be scrapped in order to eliminate their harmful pollutant emissions. Nitrogen oxides emitted by diesel engines can have direct adverse effects on respiratory health as well as contributing to the formation of harmful ground-level ozone. The projects in this year’s program are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by over 19 tons annually.

“The Clean Diesel Program funds allow the department to provide financial assistance to reduce harmful diesel emissions across the state,” Macy said. “We received more applications than we had available funds, so we balanced the funding across all three project categories while prioritizing projects that would achieve the greatest emissions reductions.”

Nebraska’s Clean Diesel Program is funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, supplemented by funds from Nebraska’s share of the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia (VW State Trust). Applications for this year’s program were accepted from October 1, 2021, through January 13, 2022. NDEE’s web page for the Clean Diesel Program is at http://dee.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/OnWeb/NCDGP.

Below are lists of 2021 Clean Diesel Rebates in each of the three categories.

2021 School Bus Rebate Recipients
Recipient
New Bus Fuel
Rebate
Arlington Public School
Diesel
$21,000
Bloomfield Community School
Diesel
$21,000
Broken Bow Public Schools
Diesel
$21,000
Doc Holiday Express (Grand Island)
Propane
$33,000
Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools
Diesel
$21,000
Falls City Public Schools District 56
Diesel
$21,000
Maywood Public Schools
Propane
$33,000
Palmyra Schools District OR-1
Diesel
$21,000
Pleasanton Public Schools
Propane
$33,000
South Central USD #5 (Fairfield)
Gasoline
$16,569
Wakefield Community Schools
Diesel
$21,000
Wausa Public Schools
Propane
$33,000
Waverly Public Schools #145
Diesel
$21,000
Total
$337,559

2021 Refuse Truck Rebate Recipients
Recipient
County
Replacement
Rebate
Abe’s Trash Service
Washington
2 Diesel Trucks
$138,600
Gretna Sanitation
Sarpy, Douglas
1 CNG Truck
$120,000
Papillion Sanitation (Waste Connections of NE)
Sarpy
2 Diesel Trucks
$140,000
Total

$398,600

2021 Irrigation Engine Electric Replacement Rebate Recipients
Recipient
County
Rebate
CKS Farms Inc.
Hall
$12,908
Clark, Rod
Wheeler
$20,000
CLM Enterprises - Paul Troyer
Holt
$20,000
Fanning, Craig
Chase
$20,000
Goertz Family Farms LLC
Keith
$20,000
Goertzen, Danny
Perkins
$20,000
Goertzen, Wendel
Perkins
$20,000
Kallhoff, Alice Rev. Trust
Antelope
$20,000
Kerkman Sandhills Farms
Holt
$20,000
Krieger, Lowell
Holt
$19,997
Laird, Barbara E.
Wheeler
$20,000
Larson, Tamara
Wheeler
$20,000
LDP Inc.
Perkins
$20,000
MTC Properties
Lincoln
$20,000
Nelson Agri Corp
Keith
$20,000
O & W Dairy Farm
Antelope
$20,000
OBrien, Dale
Hayes
$20,000
Oeltjen, Charles
Greeley
$19,238
Olson, L.R. and Sons Inc
Jefferson
$20,000
Olson, Ron
Jefferson
$19,995
Peaster, Bruce L
Perkins
$20,000
Plejdrup, Harold
Hall
$20,000
Reiman, James B. Farms Inc.
Boyd
$20,000
Riley, James
Buffalo
$20,000
Schrader, David
Antelope
$16,317
Sehi Farms Inc.
Antelope
$18,969
Williby, Neil
Antelope
$14,840
Z Brothers LLC
Antelope
$9,248
Zuhlke, Derek
Antelope
$13,943
Zuhlke, Dillan
Antelope
$13,754
Total
$559,209