Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan
On January 29, 2018, Alaska became a beneficiary of the Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust. AEA has developed a Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan as required by the Trust Agreement and is soliciting public input. The Draft Plan summarizes how the State proposes to allocate the mitigation funds among the various Eligible Mitigation Actions to reduce NOx emissions.
AEA will revise the Draft Plan based on review of written comments received and meeting discussions. AEA will submit the Final Plan to the Trustee for approval. Public comments to the Draft Plan will be summarized and made publically available.
Request for Public Comment
AEA is currently accepting comments from the public and interested parties through July 1, 2018 on the Draft Plan to determine what types of eligible pollution-reducing projects are of priority to Alaska communities and to identify possible synergies and partnerships that might leverage Trust funds.
AEA has created a web-based comment form that can be completed online or downloaded and submitted via mail, fax, or email. Please note that the comments will be aggregated and made publically available.
Please submit all written comments by website, mail, fax, or email to:
Alaska Energy Authority
ATTN: Volkswagen Settlement
813 W. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503
Fax: (907) 771-3044
AEA is holding a series of public meetings, listed below, and we want to hear from you. The public meeting will:
- include an overview of the settlement and the State’s draft plan,
- offer an opportunity for questions to be answered by program staff, and
- provide a venue for submitting public comment on the plan.
Public meetings will be held in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau:
Fairbanks: June 1, 3:00 – 5:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Anchorage: June 4, 3:00 – 5:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Juneau: June 7, 3:00 – 5:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Webinars will also be held June 20 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) and June 21 (12:00 - 2:00 pm). Click here to register.
Click here to download the presentation.
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Eligible Mitigation Actions
The Trust Agreement identifies 10 categories of Eligible Mitigation Actions that reduce NOx pollution and reimbursement rates for these actions. Most EMAs focus on reducing NOx pollution from diesel-powered trucks and buses, locomotives, ferries/tugs, airport ground support equipment, and port cargo handling equipment. Generally, the types of approved actions include replacing older diesel-powered engines or vehicles with newer cleaner diesel engines, alternative fueled engines or all-electric engines. Installation of shorepower for ocean going vessels and electric charging stations are also eligible. Trust funds may be used as voluntary match for projects funded through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA). The DERA option expands the types of diesel engines eligible for replacement to include non-road engines such as those used for electric generation and construction equipment, and marine vessels with >1,000 hours of use per year. The 10 EMAs defined in the trust Agreement are as follows:
- Class 8 local freight trucks and port drayage trucks
- Class 4-8 school buses, shuttle buses or transit buses
- Freight switcher locomotives
- Ferries and tugs
- Shorepower for ocean going vessels
- Class 4-7 local freight trucks
- Airport ground support equipment
- Forklifts and port cargo handling equipment
- Light duty Zero Emission Vehicle supply equipment (e.g., charging stations)
- Voluntary matching funds for projects eligible under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA)
AEA is interested in knowing what eligible vehicles occur in Alaska at a fleet and industry level. If interested, please complete the diesel inventory survey or electric vehicle inventory survey based on your area of expertise by July 2, 2018.
Please submit your information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate your input!
National Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan
Volkswagen is required to invest $2 billion ($800 million within California and $1.2 billion outside of California) in four 30-month investment cycles over 10 years in ZEV infrastructure, access, and awareness initiatives. For each investment cycle, project proposals are submitted to Volkswagen, and Volkswagen develops an investment plan to be reviewed and approved by the EPA. The first round of project proposals closed January 16, 2017. Proposals for the second round are currently being accepted. Additional information is available at www.electrifyamerica.com.
Please submit comments to AEA regarding your interest in the National ZEV Plan and the Mitigation Trust.
Other Funding Opportunities
The following grant funding opportunities and loans are available that may be used as match for projects that are eligible for Volkswagen Trust funding.
EPA grants are now available to reduce emissions from diesel engines in Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington). The EPA will accept proposals requesting up to $900,000 in grant funds. Grants are prioritized for diesel engine fleets in areas facing air quality challenges. Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Applicants may apply until Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Power Project Loan Fund
AEA provides loans to local utilities, local governments or independent power producers for the development or upgrade of power facilities. These loans may be used as mandatory cost-share for DERA projects to repower or replace diesel engines or gensets in diesel powerhouses. The loan term is related to the life of the project. Interest rates are between tax-exempt rates at the high end and zero on the low end.
Commercial Fishing Loan Fund - Engine Fuel Efficiency Upgrade