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 Environmental Quality (NDEQ) 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. NDEQ 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, NDEQ’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

2018 Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s 2018 Clean Diesel Rebate Program will offer rebates for the 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 NDEQ’s evaluation of the applications.

Diesel Refuse Truck Replacements (Diesel and Low-NOx Compressed Natural Gas-Powered Replacements)
(The application period for this program closed March 8, 2019.)

Many diesel refuse trucks operate in densely-populated urban and residential areas, and their diesel exhaust controls are not very effective in their typical mode of operation (low-speed with frequent stops and starts). A large number of people may be exposed to harmful diesel emissions as a result. Funding is available through the Nebraska Clean Diesel Program to assist public and private refuse haulers with the early replacement of diesel refuse trucks. NDEQ anticipates funding five refuse truck replacements.
  • Refuse trucks with diesel engine model years 1995 through 2006 are eligible for replacement.
  • Each replaced truck must be disabled (scrapped).
  • The designated truck must not be scheduled for replacement prior to September 2021.
  • The new replacement truck must be powered by a 2017 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, NDEQ will reimburse 35% of the cost of the new, cleaner truck up to a maximum of $110,000.
  • For a diesel replacement, NDEQ 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 (total maximum rebate of $220,000 or $140,000).
  • 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 NDEQ from the annual hours of operation, fuel use, and estimated remaining years of service of the replaced vehicle).

More information and application materials can be found here: 2018 Clean Diesel Refuse Truck Rebate Application and Instructions

If your organization is selected to receive a rebate, information on carrying out and documenting your project and requesting reimbursement can be found here: 2018 Clean Diesel Refuse Truck Rebate Selectee Information

Agricultural Irrigation Pump Diesel Engine Replacement with Electric Equipment
(The application period for this program closed February 22, 2019.)

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.

NDEQ anticipates funding twenty 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
25-50
2005 and Newer
51-300
1995 and Newer
301+
1985 and Newer
  • The current diesel engine must be in operating condition and have operated at least 500 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).
  • NDEQ will reimburse 60% of the cost of the electric motor, installation, and/or required electrical infrastructure (including electric line extension) up to a maximum 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 NDEQ from the annual hours of operation, fuel use, and estimated remaining years of service of the replaced engine).

More information and application materials can be found here: 2018 Clean Diesel Irrigation Engine Rebate Application and Instructions.

If your organization is selected to receive a rebate, information on carrying out and documenting your project and requesting reimbursement can be found here: 2018 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.


2018 Refuse Truck Replacement Rebate Recipients

Name
Location
Replacement Technology
Rebate Amount
Gretna Sanitation
Gretna
2 CNG Refuse Trucks
$220,000
Soil Dynamics Composting Farm
Gretna
1 Diesel Tractor for hauling compost
$40,406
J & J Sanitation (Waste Connections)
O’Neill
1 Diesel Refuse Truck
$62,304
S2 Rolloffs
Fremont
2 Diesel Refuse Trucks
$121,692
Niederhaus Brothers Refuse
Lincoln
1 Diesel Refuse Truck
$56,288


2018 Diesel Irrigation Engine Replacement Rebate Recipients

Name
County
Replacement Technology
Rebate Amount
4A Farms LLC
Hamilton
Electric Motor
$20,000
4P Farms
Polk
Electric Motor
$20,000
Allen, Loren
Holt
Electric Motor
$9,750
Anson Farms Inc
Antelope
Electric Motor
$20,000
Beelaert, Robert
Holt
Electric Motor
$10,250
Carpenter Farms Inc.
Antelope
Electric Motor
$12,102
Carpenter, Garrett
Antelope
Electric Motor
$13,484
Central Agency Farms % Austin Co
Chase
Electric Motor
$20,000
Cheney Farm
Antelope
Electric Motor
$9,884
Collins, Rick
Hamilton
Electric Motor
$7,020
Creutzberg, Mark
Polk
Connect Submersible Pump
$7,550
Danielski Harvesting & Farming
Holt
Electric Motor
$17,772
Dickerson, John
Holt
Electric Motor
$9,080
Dougherty-Ruther Farm
Holt
Electric Motor
$11,150
Drayton, Terry
Antelope
Electric Motor
$10,485
Dunn, William
Blaine
Electric Motor
$10,612
H Corporation
Holt
Electric Motor
$20,000
JSK LLC
Boone
Electric Motor
$19,806
Kelly, Barry
Holt
Electric Motor
$9,818
Koenig, Kevin
Holt
Electric Motor
$10,965
Lee, Deloris A.
Perkins
Electric Motor
$20,000
LT Farms, Inc.
Holt
Electric Motor
$8,180
Mueller Family Trust
Jefferson
Electric Motor
$15,131
O & W Dairy Farm
Antelope
Electric Motor
$18,593
Oberhauser, Karen
Platte
Electric Motor
$18,248
OBrien, Dale
Hayes
Electric Motor
$20,000
Oertwich, Douglas
Stanton
Electric Motor
$20,000
Pearson, Erik
Jefferson
Electric Motor
$13,447
Peterson, Mick
Custer
Electric Motor
$20,000
Pfeifer, Dean John
Madison
Electric Motor
$12,629
Phillips, Mike
Morrill
Electric Motor
$14,627
Probst, Lyle
Gage
Electric Motor
$17,232
Riley, James
Buffalo
Electric Motor
$17,149
Schmidt Brothers Farms
Madison
Electric Motor
$15,888
Schmidt Family Trust
Madison
Electric Motor
$17,431
Simonson, Gordon
Blaine
Electric Motor
$12,896
SRI2 LLC
Holt
Electric Motor
$12,545
Stagemeyer, Brent
Holt
Electric Motor
$9,903
Stauffer Ag Enterprises
Holt
Electric Motor
$14,812
Taake, Brian
Madison
Electric Motor
$17,861
Thiele, Fred J.
Holt
Electric Motor
$11,092
Thies Farms Central
Merrick
Connect Submersible Pumps
$20,000

List of Past Clean Diesel Awards