2021 Clean Diesel Truck Rebate Application Information
This information is provided by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy to assist the public and regulated community.
Form #: 17-018 Applications and Forms
Revised: 10/1/21

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) announces that funding is available to replace older diesel refuse trucks. The newer, cleaner replacement trucks must be powered by 2019 or newer model year engines fueled by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and certified to meet California Air Resources Board Optional Low-NOx Standards; or fueled by diesel and certified to meet EPA or CARB emission standards.

NDEE will reimburse:
  • 35% of the base cost of each new CNG-fueled truck up to a maximum rebate of $120,000 per truck
  • 25% of the base cost of each new diesel truck up to a maximum rebate of $70,000 per truck

An applicant may apply for rebates for up to two trucks. NDEE anticipates awarding rebates for replacement of five (5) diesel refuse trucks. The number of truck rebates will be determined by NDEE after evaluating applications for all Nebraska Clean Diesel projects. This funding is made possible by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State Clean Diesel Grant program.

If you have questions about the program, please review the FAQ Clean Diesel Rebate 2021 document (above). If you have additional questions or comments, please send them by email to NDEE.AirQuality@Nebraska.gov. Please continue to refer to this page as it will be updated as questions are received.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Public entities operating diesel refuse trucks in Nebraska communities
  • Private owners of diesel refuse trucks operating in Nebraska communities
  • The applicant (or your organization) must comply with all Nebraska environmental laws and with the Department’s regulations and permits at all Nebraska locations

VEHICLES ELIGIBLE FOR REPLACEMENT
  • Operational Class 7 or Class 8 diesel-powered refuse trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or greater and engine model year 2009 or older (or 2017 and older if being replaced by a Low-NOx CNG truck)
  • The applicant must certify and provide documentation that they have owned and operated the truck(s) to be replaced during two full years prior to the date of submission of the application
  • Each truck must have driven at least 7,000 miles each year for the two years prior to the application
  • Each truck must have at least three years of remaining life at the time of the application (as estimated by the truck owner based on age, usage, and condition)

ELIGIBLE REPLACEMENT TRUCKS
  • Trucks with 2019 or newer model year CNG engines certified to meet CARB’s Optional Low-NOx Standards of 0.1 g/bhp-hr, 0.05 g/bhp-hr, or 0.02 g/bhp-hr NOx
  • Trucks with 2019 or newer model year diesel engines certified to meet EPA or CARB emissions standards
  • The replacement truck must be in the same vehicle weight class and operate in the same manner as the original truck

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • A replacement truck cannot be used to expand the applicant’s current fleet but must replace a truck that is currently operational and in use. Each replaced truck must be disabled (scrapped) within 90 days of replacement
  • Applicants must submit documentation of ownership, usage, and annual mileage for each truck for the prior two years
  • One bid or quote for the replacement truck(s) must be submitted with the application
  • If selected for an award, the rebate recipient must maintain ownership of the new truck(s) for at least five years from the date of purchase and continue to operate it/them in Nebraska. If a new truck is sold before the end of the five-year period, moved out of state, or used for purposes other than what is allowed under this program, the rebate recipient must notify NDEE and may be required to return up to the full amount of the rebate to NDEE. The amount required to be returned is at the discretion of NDEE, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis
    • Recipients may be required to file annual reports of mileage and fuel use for the duration of the agreement
REIMBURSEMENT TIMELINE: By August 31, 2023, the selectee must:
  1. Accept delivery of the new truck or trucks,
  2. Scrap the old truck(s) in accordance with the program requirements, and
  3. Submit the Request for Reimbursement Form, Certification of Engine/Chassis Scrappage form, MBE-WBE form, and all required supporting documentation once the new truck has been purchased and received.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

For the application and instructions, please see the link above. Only one application per applicant will be accepted, and a maximum of two truck rebates are allowed per application.


Applications will only be accepted if complete and received in the NDEE Lincoln office
on or before
5:00 p.m., January 13, 2022.

Applications will be evaluated based on the public health benefit of the vehicle replacement and the cost-effectiveness of the emissions reduction (determined from the annual hours of operation, fuel use, and estimated remaining years of service of the replaced vehicle).

Preference will be given to projects proposing to purchase trucks powered by compressed natural gas. The ranking of applications with identical scores will be determined by random drawing.

TO APPLY


Mail or e-mail applications to:
Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program
Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln NE 68509-8922

NDEE.AirQuality@nebraska.gov


Only signed and dated original applications will be accepted. You will receive an e-mail confirming NDEE’s receipt of your application.


The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., January 13, 2022.

Applications received or incomplete after 5:00 p.m. on that date will not be eligible.



NDEE is not responsible for any applications that are delayed or lost in the mail. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their application was received by the department by the deadline.

Questions? Email us at NDEE.AirQuality@nebraska.gov


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2020 Clean Diesel Truck Rebate Application Information

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) announces that funding is available to replace older diesel refuse trucks and medium to heavy-duty local diesel freight, delivery, and maintenance trucks. The newer, cleaner replacement trucks must be powered by 2016 or newer model year engines fueled by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and certified to meet California Air Resources Board Optional Low-NOx Standards; or fueled by diesel and certified to meet EPA or CARB emission standards.

NDEE will reimburse:
  • 35% of the base cost of each new CNG-fueled truck up to a maximum rebate of $120,000 per truck.
  • 25% of the base cost of each new diesel truck up to a maximum rebate of $70,000 per truck.

An applicant may apply for rebates for up to two trucks. NDEE anticipates awarding rebates for replacement of five (5) diesel trucks. The number of truck rebates will be determined by NDEE after evaluating applications for all Nebraska Clean Diesel projects. This funding is made possible by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State Clean Diesel Grant program.

If you have questions about the program, please review the "FAQ Clean Diesel Rebate 2020" PDF (above). If you have additional questions or comments, please send them by email to NDEE.AirQuality@Nebraska.gov. Please continue to refer to this page as it will be updated as questions are received.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
  • Public entities operating diesel refuse trucks or diesel trucks used in local delivery, construction, or maintenance operations in Nebraska communities.
  • Private owners of diesel refuse trucks or diesel trucks used in local delivery, construction, or maintenance operations in Nebraska communities.
  • The applicant (or your organization) must be in compliance with all Nebraska environmental laws and with the Department’s regulations and permits at all Nebraska locations.
VEHICLES ELIGIBLE FOR REPLACEMENT
  • Operational Class 7 or Class 8 diesel-powered refuse trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 lbs or greater and a 1996-2009 engine model year (or 1996 and newer if being replaced by a Low NOx CNG truck).
  • Operational medium or heavy-duty diesel trucks (gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 lbs or greater; Class 3 and higher) that are used in local delivery, construction, or maintenance operations and have 1996-2009 engine model year (or 1996 and newer if being replaced by a LowNOx CNG truck).

ELIGIBLE REPLACEMENT TRUCKS
  • Trucks with 2016 or newer model year CNG engines certified to meet CARB’s Optional Low-NOx Standards of 0.1 g/bhp-hr, 0.05 g/bhp-hr, or 0.02 g/bhp-hr NOx.
  • Trucks with 2016 or newer model year diesel engines certified to meet EPA or CARB emissions standards.
  • The replacement truck must be in the same vehicle weight class and operate in the same manner as the original truck.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • A replacement truck cannot be used to expand the applicant’s current fleet but must replace a truck that is currently operational and in use. Each replaced truck must be disabled (scrapped) within 90 days of replacement.
  • One bid or quote for the replacement truck(s) must be submitted with the application.
  • If selected for an award, the rebate recipient must maintain ownership of the new truck(s) for at least five years from the date of purchase and continue to operate it/them in Nebraska. If a new truck is sold before the end of the five-year period, moved out of state, or used for purposes other than what is allowed under this program, the rebate recipient must notify NDEE and may be required to return up to the full amount of the rebate to NDEE. The amount required to be returned is at the discretion of NDEE, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Recipients will be required to file annual reports of mileage and fuel use for the duration of the agreement.

REIMBURSEMENT TIMELINE: By August 31, 2022, the selectee must:
  1. Accept delivery of the new truck or trucks;
  2. Scrap the old truck(s) in accordance with the program requirements; and
  3. Submit the Request for Reimbursement Form, the Final Report Form, Certificate of Engine/Chassis Destruction form, MBE-WBE form, and all required supporting documentation once the new truck has been purchased and received.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
For the application and instructions, please see the link above. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., January 22, 2021. Only one application per applicant will be accepted, and a maximum of two truck rebates are allowed per application.
Applications will only be accepted if complete and received in the NDEE Lincoln office on or before 5:00 p.m., January 22, 2021
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the public health benefit of the vehicle replacement and the cost-effectiveness of the emissions reduction (determined from the annual hours of operation, fuel use, and estimated remaining years of service of the replaced vehicle).

Preference will be given to projects proposing to purchase trucks powered by compressed natural gas. Preference will also be given to projects in the following EPA-designated priority counties: Buffalo, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Keith, Lancaster, Lincoln, Platte, and Scotts Bluff.

TO APPLY
Mail or e-mail applications to:
Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program
Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln NE 68509-8922
NDEE.AirQuality@nebraska.gov

Only signed and dated original applications will be accepted. You will receive an e-mail confirming NDEE’s receipt of your application.
The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., January 22, 2021.
Applications received or incomplete after 5:00 p.m January 21, 2021 will not be eligible.

NDEE is not responsible for any applications that are delayed or lost in the mail. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their application was received by the department by the deadline.

Questions? Email us at NDEE.AirQuality@nebraska.gov

Note: Effective Oct. 1, 2009, any individual submitting any application or form that would derive public benefit from the state must also fill out a United States Citizenship Attestation form. This applies to individuals submitting the forms on their own behalf. If applicable, please fill out the United States Citizenship Attestation form below and submit it with the relevant applications and forms.

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