The new generation of advanced diesel technology is key to meeting West Coast states clean air and climate objectives
February 08, 2018 |
Feb. 8, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Alaska funds to upgrade or replace some of the state’s critical equipment with the latest, cleanest diesel technology.
Through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) received more than $750,000. Alaska will use these funds to repower or replace between four and six generators in rural communities. AEA will update these prime-power ‘gensets’ so they meet Tier 2 and Tier 3 marine engine standards, reduce diesel emissions and saving fuel.
In total, this project will eliminate 4.2 tons of particulate matter, 46.4 tons of nitrogen oxides, 22.8 tons of carbon monoxide, and 603 tons of carbon dioxide from Alaska’s air.
“Clean diesel technology proves incredibly resilient and cost effective when used to support power generation,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “Alaska’s choice to use DERA funds to upgrade the generators used by rural communities will prove of enormous benefit to Alaskans.”
The DERA program is widely considered one of the most cost-effective federal clean air programs. It provides grants and rebates to incentivize equipment and vehicle owners to install retrofit technologies on existing heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines, or replace these engines and equipment, reducing emissions by as much as 90 percent.
Over the past 10 years, the EPA estimates approximately $12.6 billion in health benefits have been gained from its $700 million investment in DERA. In total, the program has upgraded nearly 73,000 vehicles or pieces of equipment, saved more than 450 million gallons of fuel, and reduced 14,700 tons of particulate matter (PM) and 335,200 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) across the United States. The program achieves these benefits by requiring significant non-federal matching funds for projects seeking funding.
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The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.