There are several funding opportunities available in Oregon to target the reduction of diesel use and GHG emissions. Most opportunities have limitations on who is eligible, how much funding can be obtained, and how the funds can be spent. Some of these can be “stacked" or used together, while others cannot. Federal sources of funds cannot be used with other federal funds, but can be used in concert with state and utility funds. Several of the opportunities are described below and the links to their web pages are provided for more information.
Clean Fuels Program
Launched in 2016, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Clean Fuels Program is designed to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the transportation of Oregonians. The Clean Fuels Program aims to encourage the use of cleaner fuels such as electricity, ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, and renewable natural gas by providing incentives and requirements to create demand for cleaner fuels in the marketplace. The
Clean Fuels Program encourages reductions in carbon intensity by allowing a fuel provider to sell credits they have earned by going beyond the reduction goals for that year. Those excess credits can be saved to offset future deficits the entity may incur or for future sale as demand increases.
Examples of clean fuel providers include businesses that own electric vehicle charging stations, compressors for natural gas, or dispensers for propane. Utilities that supply electricity for electric vehicles, or manufacturers of ethanol and biodiesel, also earn credits that they can sell to pay for charging stations or to lower the cost of producing alternative fuels.
Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund
This is a dedicated source of funding for improving or expanding public transportation service in Oregon. ODOT provides additional information on funded projects and the solicitation schedule on their
Diesel Reduction Grants
DEQ provides multiple types of grants to reduce diesel emissions throughout Oregon.
Diesel Mitigation Grants: Competitive application process open once per year (summer), requires destruction of older diesel vehicles.
State DERA Grants: Project and vehicle specific funding, rolling applications
Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program- biennial funding
The EPA also has a
National DERA Grant program that opens once per year for the replacement of older diesel vehicles with newer clean diesel or alternative fueled vehicles. EPA also has a similar program that is dedicated to mitigating diesel from
Pacific Power Electric Mobility Grants
Grants for electric transportation projects are available to non-residential customers in Oregon.
Oregon Electric Mobility Grants can cover up to 100% of the eligible costs of studying, planning, promoting or deploying electric transportation technology and projects. Email email@example.com for more information.
- The PGE Drive Change Fund
Drive Change Funds form PGE are available to support electric vehicle adoption through funding for infrastructure and educational projects. Projects cover a range of vehicle types from transit, electric bikes and community vehicles. Please check their website for eligibility, project examples and application dates.