Wisconsin adds new ‘recovery act’ clean diesel grant program

| 6/10/2009

Trucking companies with offices in Wisconsin can apply for up to $100,000 each in grants for emissions-cutting equipment upgrades.

The Wisconsin American Recovery and Reinvestment Clean Diesel Grant Program announced this week it will accept applications for equipment purchases until Aug. 3.

The program will pay for 100 percent of the cost of exhaust retrofit controls, 50 percent of the cost of idle-reduction devices, 100 percent of engine emission upgrades, 75 percent of engine repowers, and 25 percent of the cost of “equipment replacements” on 1998 model year or older equipment.

Grants to replace reefer engines from 1998 or older also is available under the program’s off-road equipment designation.

Applicants must be either headquartered in or operate a base office in Wisconsin. If they’re awarded the grants, applicants must pay the minimum match percentages per equipment in cash and obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System number and a registry with Central Contractor Registration.

More information is available at http://dnr.wi.gov/air/mobile/CleanDieselGP.htm.

Approved in February, the Recovery Act made $1.7 million available to each U.S. state for diesel emissions-reduction programs.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer