For more information, contact:
Brian McManus (402) 471-4223
Amanda Woita (402) 471-4243
Or Emily Case (402) 471-4256
brian.mcmanus@nebraska.gov
amanda.woita@nebraska.gov
emily.case@nebraska.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2020

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Clean Diesel Irrigation Engine Rebate Application Deadline Extended to February 21, 2020

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy’s 2019 Clean Diesel Rebate Program has extended the deadline for submitting applications to replace agricultural irrigation pump diesel engines with all-electric equipment. Applications must be submitted to NDEE by February 21, 2020 to be considered.

NDEE established the Nebraska Clean Diesel Program in 2008 to distribute funding received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of reducing diesel emissions and improving air quality in the state.

Agricultural Irrigation Pump Diesel Engine Replacement - Funding will assist farmers with the replacement of irrigation pump diesel engines with electric equipment. Diesel engines may be replaced with an electric motor to power a surface pump or by connecting an existing submersible pump directly to the electric grid. NDEE will reimburse 60% of the cost of the electrical equipment, installation, and required electric line extension up to a maximum rebate of $20,000. NDEE anticipates funding seventeen irrigation engine rebates.

More information about the Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program, including rebate applications, can be found at NDEE’s Clean Diesel Program webpage: http://deq.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/OnWeb/NCDGP.

The Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program is separate and distinct from the Nebraska Diesel Emission Mitigation Program funded by the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries. NDEE has been designated to administer funds through this separate VW program, which is based on a federal court settlement. NDEE has developed a mitigation plan to guide the use of these funds. For more information about Nebraska’s program under the VW settlement, go to:
http://deq.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/OnWeb/AirVW