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.

Program Accomplishments
Since its inception, NDEQ’s Clean Diesel Program has:
  • awarded $1,319,605 to 52 recipients
  • retrofit pollution control devices on 334 diesel engines
  • installed idle-reducing auxiliary power units on 39 long-haul trucks
  • funded early replacement of 22 school buses by new buses with cleaner-burning engines
  • reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 630 tons
  • reduced diesel particulate emissions by 23 tons
  • reduced hydrocarbon emissions by 38 tons
  • reduced carbon monoxide emissions by 107 tons
2017 Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s 2017 Clean Diesel Rebate Program will offer rebates for three types of projects described below. Applications for all projects must be received by December 15, 2017. 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 School Bus Replacements
Diesel-powered school buses expose vulnerable children to harmful diesel emissions. Funding is available through the Nebraska Clean Diesel Program to assist Nebraska schools with the early replacement of diesel school buses. NDEQ anticipates funding two school bus rebates.
  • School buses with diesel engine model years 1995 through 2006 are eligible for replacement.
  • The new replacement bus must be powered by an EPA- or CARB-certified, 2017 or newer model year diesel or alternative-fueled engine.
  • The replaced bus must not be scheduled for replacement prior to September 2020.
  • The replaced bus must be disabled (scrapped).
  • NDEQ will reimburse 25% of the base cost of the newer, cleaner bus up to a maximum of $21,000.
  • Each school district may apply for a maximum of one rebate for one bus.
  • School bus rebate recipients will be selected by random drawing.
  • Previous Nebraska Clean Diesel School Bus Rebate recipients are not eligible to apply for a rebate under this program.
NOTE: Public school buses in Nebraska with engine model years 2009 and older may be eligible for replacement at an equal or higher reimbursement percentage under a future grant program funded by the Volkswagen Environmental Trust.

More information and application materials can be found here: 2017 Clean Diesel School Bus Rebate Applications and Instructions.

If your school is selected to receive a rebate, information on carrying out and documenting your project and requesting reimbursement can be found here: 2017 Clean Diesel School Bus Rebate Selectee Information.

Diesel Refuse Truck Replacements (Low-NOx Compressed Natural Gas-Powered Replacements)
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 four refuse truck rebates.
  • Refuse trucks with diesel engine model years 1995 through 2006 are eligible for replacement.
  • 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.
  • The designated truck must not be scheduled for replacement prior to September 2020.
  • The replaced truck must be disabled (scrapped).
  • NDEQ will reimburse 35% of the base cost of the newer, cleaner truck up to a maximum of $105,000.
  • Each organization may apply for a rebate for a maximum of two trucks (total maximum rebate of $210,000).
  • 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 vehicle).
More information and application materials can be found here: 2017 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: 2017 Clean Diesel Refuse Truck Rebate Selectee Information.

Agricultural Irrigation Pump Diesel Engine Replacement with Electric Motor
Funding is available through the Nebraska Clean Diesel Program to assist farmers with the replacement of irrigation pump diesel engines with electric motors. NDEQ anticipates funding five 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.
  • The replaced diesel engine must be disabled (scrapped).
  • NDEQ will reimburse 60% of the cost of the electric motor, installation, and required electrical infrastructure (including electric line extension) up to a maximum of $16,200.
  • 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: 2017 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: 2017 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.


2016 School Bus Rebate Recipients

Name
Location
Technology
Rebate Amount
Brady Public Schools
Brady
School Bus Replacement
$20,000
Guardian Angels Central Catholic High School
West Point
School Bus Replacement
$20,000
Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools
Elmwood
School Bus Replacement
$20,000
Hayes Center Public Schools
Hayes Center
School Bus Replacement
$19,400
Mead Public School District
Mead
School Bus Replacement
$20,000
Norfolk Public Schools
Norfolk
School Bus Replacement
$20,000
Pleasanton Public SchoolsPleasantonSchool Bus Replacement
$20,000
Randolph Public SchoolsRandolphSchool Bus Replacement
$19,862.50
South Central Nebraska Unified District #5NelsonSchool Bus Replacement
$20,000

2015 School Bus Rebate Recipients

Name
Location
Technology
Rebate Amount
Allen Consolidated Schools
Allen
School Bus Replacement
$19,487.50
Amherst Public Schools
Amherst
School Bus Replacement
$19,900
Milford Public Schools
Milford
School Bus Replacement
$19,735
Ponca Public Schools
Ponca
School Bus Replacement
$19,900
Riverside Public Schools
Spalding
School Bus Replacement
$19,900
St. Paul Public School
St. Paul
School Bus Replacement
$19,900

2014 School Bus Rebate Recipients


Name
Location
Technology
Rebate Amount
Elkhorn Valley Schools
Tilden
School Bus Replacement
$19,688
Falls City Public Schools
Falls City
School Bus Replacement
$19,800
Superior Public Schools
Superior
School Bus Replacement
$19,800
Wahoo Public SchoolsWahooSchool Bus Replacement
$19,800

2013 School Bus Rebate Recipients

Name
Location
Technology
Rebate Amount
Blair Community Schools
Blair
School Bus Replacement
$24,630
Auburn Public Schools
Auburn
School Bus Replacement
$24,630
Elm Creek Public Schools
Elm Creek
School Bus Replacement
$24,630

2011 Clean Diesel Rebate Recipients

NameLocationTechnology
Rebate Amount
George EberlyAuroraAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
Dennis JanecekClatoniaAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
Skyview Farms3GothenburgAuxiliary Power System
$17,500
Seward Motor Freight, IncSewardAuxiliary Power System
$35,000
Grand Island ExpressGrand IslandAuxiliary Power System
$35,000
Allen Enterprises LexingtonAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
Select Van & StorageOmahaAuxiliary Power System
$24,500
W.N. Morehouse Truck Line Inc.OmahaAuxiliary Power System
$35,000
Bernard Pavelka Trucking, Inc.HastingsAuxiliary Power System
$7,000
Fast-Trac Freight Services, IncOmahaAuxiliary Power System
$7,000

2011 Expanded Clean Diesel Rebate Recipients

NameLocationTechnology
Rebate Amount
McCardles Express IncOmahaAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
Dahlsten Truck LineClay CenterAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
Orthman LogisticsLexingtonAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
ChamberlainHermanAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
Strong Company IncNorfolkAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
Retzlaff BrothersWaltonAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
LH TruckingOrdAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
Midwest Express IncGrand IslandAuxiliary Power System
$35,000
Affiliated Carriers, IncNorfolkAuxiliary Power System
$35,000
Dutcher TruckingClarksAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
Working Mule TransportLincolnAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
R & M TransportationOmahaAuxiliary Power System
$7,000
Lashley Farms Trucking, LLCMorrillAuxiliary Power System
$10,500
Richard G JohnsonRalstonAuxiliary Power System
$3,500
MAU Enterprise/U-Line TransportOmahaAuxiliary Power System
$14,000

2009-2010 DERA Grant Recipients


NameLocationTechnology
Grant Amount
City of La VistaLa VistaDiesel Oxidation Catalyst
$4,968
Bellevue Fire DepartmentBellevueDiesel Oxidation Catalyst
$21,101
Norris Public SchoolFirthDiesel Oxidation Catalyst
$15,477
Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR)StatewideDiesel Oxidation Catalyst
$426,233

2008 DERA Grant Recipients


NameLocationTechnologyGrant Amount
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) OmahaDiesel Oxidation Catalyst/ Closed Crankcase Ventilation
$13,140
Bellevue Public SchoolsBellevueDiesel Oxidation Catalyst/ Closed Crankcase Ventilation
$67,733