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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2019

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NDEE to Provide Rebates for Replacement of 62 School Buses

Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy Director Jim Macy announced the state is awarding over $2.6 million in rebates to schools across Nebraska to aid in the replacement of older diesel school buses. The funded projects include 60 public school districts, one private school, and one bus contractor serving a public school district. Each project will replace one older diesel bus with a new bus with much lower emissions. The department initially planned to fund 32 rebates, but because of the high demand, all 62 applicants will receive funding.

“The department received a large number of applications from schools across the state,” Macy said. “The funds available for this program give us the opportunity to provide financial assistance to schools that will help reduce harmful diesel emissions.”

These rebates will be funded from Nebraska’s share of the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia (VW State Trust). Trust funds may be used to replace diesel vehicles and engines in order to reduce emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx), which may have direct adverse health effects as well as contributing to the formation of harmful ozone. This year’s projects are expected to reduce NOx emissions by over 14 tons. Ten school districts are planning to replace diesel buses with propane-fueled buses that meet California NOx emissions standards that are much stricter than the current federal standard.

Funding for these projects will include the remaining portion of the VW funds that the department previously earmarked for school bus rebates, plus $1.354 million from the funds that had been designated for “Eligible Actions Based on Demand.”

The department is currently wrapping up 40 projects from the 2018 School Bus Rebate Program. Over this two-year period, approximately $4.36 million in VW State Trust funds will be spent to replace 102 diesel school buses, reducing harmful NOx emissions by nearly 28 tons. Below is a list of the 2019 School Bus Rebate recipients. Also attached is a map showing the locations of the 2018 and 2019 recipients.

Recipient
City
Rebate
New Bus Fuel
Anselmo-Merna Public School
Merna
$41,913
Diesel
Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools
Bancroft
$42,000
Diesel
Banner County School
Harrisburg
$40,508
Diesel
Bayard Public Schools
Bayard
$42,000
Diesel
Bellevue Public Schools
Bellevue
$42,000
Propane
Bertrand Public Schools
Bertrand
$42,000
Diesel
Blair Community Schools
Blair
$42,000
Diesel
Brady Public Schools
Brady
$40,350
Diesel
Bridgeport Public Schools
Bridgeport
$50,232
Propane
Cedar Catholic High School
Hartington
$22,475
Diesel
Centennial Public School
Utica
$57,000
Propane
Centura Public Schools
Cairo
$42,000
Diesel
Chambers Public Schools
Chambers
$42,000
Diesel
Chase County Schools
Imperial
$40,753
Diesel
Clarkson Public Schools
Clarkson
$42,000
Diesel
Cozad Community Schools
Cozad
$42,000
Diesel
Elba Public Schools
Elba
$42,000
Diesel
Elkhorn Valley Schools
Tilden
$42,000
Diesel
Elm Creek Public Schools
Elm Creek
$42,000
Diesel
Friend Public Schools
Friend
$42,000
Diesel
Fullerton Public Schools
Fullerton
$42,000
Diesel
Gretna Public Schools
Gretna
$42,000
Diesel
Hastings Public Schools
Hastings
$42,000
Diesel
Hemingford Public Schools
Hemingford
$42,000
Diesel
Hershey Public Schools
Hershey
$42,000
Diesel
High Plains Community Schools
Polk
$42,000
Diesel
Humphrey Public Schools
Humphrey
$42,000
Diesel
Johnson County Central Public School
Tecumseh
$41,192
Diesel
Johnson-Brock Public Schools
Johnson
$42,000
Diesel
Kearney Public Schools
Kearney
$57,000
Propane
Kenesaw Public Schools
Kenesaw
$42,000
Diesel
Lexington Public Schools
Lexington
$42,000
Diesel
Maxwell Public Schools
Maxwell
$42,000
Diesel
Maywood Public Schools
Maywood
$57,000
Propane
McCool Junction Public Schools
McCool Junction
$57,000
Propane
Meridian Public Schools
Daykin
$42,000
Diesel
Midstates School Bus / Thayer Central
Wayne
$16,375
Diesel
Minden Public Schools
Minden
$53,579
Propane
Morrill Public Schools
Morrill
$39,750
Diesel
North Bend Central Public Schools
North Bend
$42,000
Diesel
Ogallala Public Schools
Ogallala
$42,000
Diesel
Ord Public Schools
Ord
$42,000
Diesel
Overton Public Schools
Overton
$57,000
Propane
Palmyra Schools
Palmyra
$42,000
Diesel
Paxton Consolidated Schools
Paxton
$42,000
Diesel
Pleasanton PS
Pleasanton
$52,793
Propane
Ralston Public Schools
Ralston
$42,000
Diesel
Randolph Public Schools
Randolph
$54,839
Propane
Ravenna Public Schools
Ravenna
$42,000
Diesel
Raymond Central Public Schools
Raymond
$42,000
Diesel
Seward School District
Seward
$42,000
Diesel
Shelby-Rising City Public Schools
Shelby
$42,000
Diesel
Shickley Public Schools
Schickley
$42,000
Diesel
Silver Lake Public Schools
Roseland
$42,000
Diesel
Southern Public Schools
Wymore
$42,000
Diesel
St Paul Public School
St Paul
$42,000
Diesel
Stapleton Public Schools
Stapleton
$42,000
Diesel
Tri County Public Schools
Dewitt
$42,000
Diesel
Twin River Public Schools
Genoa
$57,000
Propane
Wahoo Public Schools
Wahoo
$42,000
Diesel
York Public Schools
York
$42,000
Diesel
Yutan Public Schools
Yutan
$42,000
Diesel
TOTAL

$2,641,981


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