Focus On Air Division
Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program

Exposure to diesel exhaust, even at low levels, is a serious health hazard that can cause respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, lung damage, and increased risk of lung cancer. The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) established the Nebraska Clean Diesel Program in 2008 to distribute funding received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the purpose of reducing diesel emissions. This funding was authorized by Congress in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), which was created as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The DERA program provides funding annually to states for the establishment of grant, rebate, and loan programs that reduce diesel emissions. NDEE is supplementing the federal DERA grant with matching funds from the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries.

Program Accomplishments
Since its inception, NDEE’s Clean Diesel Program has:
  • awarded $1,897,696 to 66 recipients
  • funded early replacement of 27 school buses by new cleaner-burning buses
  • funded early replacement of 5 diesel refuse trucks by new cleaner-burning trucks
  • funded replacement of 6 diesel irrigation engines with all-electric equipment
  • retrofit pollution control devices on 334 diesel engines
  • installed idle-reducing auxiliary power units on 39 long-haul trucks
  • reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 661 tons
  • reduced diesel particulate emissions by 25 tons
  • reduced hydrocarbon emissions by 40 tons
  • reduced carbon monoxide emissions by 115 tons

2019 Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program
The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy’s 2019 Clean Diesel Rebate Program offers rebates for projects described below. The number of rebates offered in each category may change from the numbers noted below depending on the number of applications received in each category and NDEE’s evaluation of the applications.

Diesel Truck Replacements by Diesel or Low-NOx Compressed Natural Gas-Powered Trucks
(The application period for this program closed January 17, 2020.)

Funding is available through the Nebraska Clean Diesel Program to replace older diesel refuse trucks and medium to heavy-duty local diesel freight, delivery, and maintenance trucks. NDEE anticipates funding replacement of five (5) refuse trucks and seven (7) local freight, delivery, or maintenance trucks.
  • Refuse trucks with diesel engine model years1996 through 2009 are eligible for replacement (or 1996 and newer if being replaced by a Low-NOx CNG truck).
  • Medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks that are used in local delivery, construction, or maintenance operations and have engine model year 1996 through 2009 are eligible for replacement (or 1996 and newer if being replaced by a Low-NOx CNG truck).
  • Each replaced truck must be disabled (scrapped).
  • The new replacement truck must be powered by a 2016 or newer model year engine:
    • powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and certified to meet the California Air Resources Board Optional Low-NOx Standards of 0.1 g/bhp-hr or lower, or
    • powered by a diesel engine
  • For a CNG replacement, NDEE will reimburse 35% of the cost of the new, cleaner truck up to a maximum of $120,000.
  • For a diesel replacement, NDEE will reimburse 25% of the cost of the new, cleaner truck up to a maximum of $70,000.
  • Each organization may apply for a rebate for a maximum of two trucks.
  • Preference will be given to CNG projects and to projects in the following EPA-designated priority counties: Buffalo, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Keith, Lancaster, Lincoln, Platte, and Scotts Bluff.
  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the public health benefit and the amount and cost-effectiveness of the emissions reduction (determined by NDEE from the annual hours of operation, fuel use, and estimated remaining years of service of the replaced vehicle).


If your organization is selected to receive a rebate, information on carrying out and documenting your project and requesting reimbursement can be found here: 2019 Clean Diesel Truck Rebate Selectee Information

Agricultural Irrigation Pump Diesel Engine Replacement with Electric Equipment
The application period for this program closed to February 21, 2020.

Funding is available through the Nebraska Clean Diesel Program to assist farmers with the replacement of an irrigation pump diesel engine with:
a) an electric motor or
b) connecting a submersible pump directly to the electric grid.

NDEE anticipates funding seventeen (17) irrigation engine rebates. Engine eligibility is based on the current engine model year and horsepower, as shown in the table below.


Current Diesel Engine Horsepower
Current Engine Model Year
0-50
2006 and Newer
51-300
1996 and Newer
301+
1986 and Newer
  • The current diesel engine must be in operating condition and have operated at least 250 hours per year over the past three years.
  • The diesel engine must be replaced with an electric motor or, if the engine powers a generator that runs a submersible pump, by directly connecting the submersible pump to the electric grid.
  • The replaced diesel engine must be disabled (scrapped).
  • NDEE will reimburse 60% of the cost of the electric motor, installation, and/or required electrical infrastructure (including electric line extension) up to a maximum rebate of $20,000.
  • Each operator may apply for a maximum of one rebate for one engine.
  • Preference will be given to projects in the following EPA-designated priority counties: Buffalo, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Keith, Lancaster, Lincoln, Platte, and Scotts Bluff.
  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the public health benefit and the amount and cost-effectiveness of the emissions reduction (determined by NDEE from the annual hours of operation, fuel use, and estimated remaining years of service of the replaced engine).

If your organization is selected to receive a rebate, information on carrying out and documenting your project and requesting reimbursement can be found here: 2019 Clean Diesel Irrigation Engine Rebate Selectee Information.

Who to Contact with Questions:
Contact the Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Coordinator at (402) 471-4272 or by email:
NDEQ.airquality@nebraska.gov.

List of Current Year Rebate Recipients
Below is a table that provides a list of the Nebraska Clean Diesel rebates awarded during the current grant year by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.


2019 Diesel Truck Replacement Rebate Recipients

Name
Location
Replacement Technology
Rebate Amount
City of Lincoln – Fleet Services
Lincoln
2 Diesel Snow Plow Trucks
$103,255
S2 Rolloffs, LLC
Fremont
2 Diesel Refuse Trucks
$140,000
Gretna Sanitation
Gretna
2 CNG Refuse Trucks
$240,000
Soil Dynamics Composting Farm
Springfield
2 Diesel Refuse Trucks
$96,242





2019 Diesel Irrigation Engine Replacement Rebate Recipients

Name
County
Replacement Technology
Rebate Amount
Anson, Lester
Antelope
Electric Motor
$20,000
Asmus, David
Wayne
Electric Motor
$20,000
Biereman, Larry
Boone
Electric Motor
$20,000
Blase Farms LLC
Howard
Electric Motor
$20,000
Boner, Jason
Frontier
Electric Motor
$20,000
Brookhauser, Mark
Antelope
Electric Motor
$20,000
Drueke, William
Holt
Electric Motor
$15,694
Dyczek, Albert
Pierce
Electric Motor
$13,516
Eaton, Daniel
Holt
Electric Motor
$19,200
Hansen Farm
Frontier
Electric Motor
$20,000
Hinrikus, Daniel
Hall
Electric Motor
$18,653
Kunnemann, Dennis
Hitchcock
Electric Motor
$20,000
Ox Hoof LLC
Holt
Electric Motor
$20,000
Rainbow Farms Inc.
Antelope
Electric Motor
$18,476
RATLI LLP
Holt
Electric Motor
$17,312
Rodney Heiss Family Farms
Holt
Electric Motor
$20,000
Ruth, Barton D.
Polk
Electric Motor
$13,134
Snowshoe Cattle
Keith
Electric Motor
$13,945
Summers, George
Holt
Electric Motor
$6,479
Sweeney Farm
Phelps
Electric Motor
$19,099
Werkmeister, Joe
Frontier
Electric Motor
$17,837

List of Past Clean Diesel Awards