The TCEQ is now accepting applications for funding consideration under the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grant (ERIG) Program. Applications must be received at the front desk, Rm. 1301, 1st floor of Building F on the premises of the TCEQ by no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time, January 10, 2017.
FY17 ERIG Workshop Presentation (PDF)
FY17 ERIG Workshop Presentation (Español) (PDF)
What are the eligible counties? (Map PDF)
Manufacturers of Dual-Fuel Conversion Systems
The TCEQ announces the availability of procedures for a manufacturer of a dual-fuel (natural gas + diesel) conversion system for the retrofit of an existing heavy-duty on-road or non-road engine to request a determination by the TCEQ of the emissions reduction factors that may be used in considering an application for grant funding under the ERIG program.
Reports and Information
How Do I Know if I Am Eligible for a Grant?
This section lists general information about eligible applicants, eligible counties, and the types of projects that may be eligible for grant funding. For complete information on the types of projects and expenses that may be eligible for a grant, refer to the latest Request for Grant Applications (RFGA), RFGA Addendum No. 1, and the Guidelines for Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants.
General information about eligible applicants, eligible counties, and the types of projects that may be funded is provided below.
- Any person who operates or plans to operate on-road heavy-duty vehicles, non-road equipment, or stationary engines primarily in one or more of the nonattainment areas or other eligible counties of the state is potentially eligible for a grant. For infrastructure projects, persons owning or operating the infrastructure in an eligible county may also be eligible for funding.
- Eligible applicants include individuals, corporations, organizations, governments or governmental subdivisions or agencies, business trusts, partnerships, associations, or any other legal entity.
- Eligible applicants must also have the legal authority to dispose of the vehicle being replaced in accordance with the requirements outlined in Section 2.4 of the RFGA.
- The counties in which projects may be eligible for funding include the state’s air quality nonattainment areas and other affected counties:
Eligible Vehicles and Equipment:
Vehicles and equipment used primarily for competition or recreational purposes are not eligible for funding under any of the ERIG project categories. The TCEQ may more narrowly define or limit the types of eligible vehicles and equipment for a particular funding period. The types of vehicles and equipment eligible under the FY17 ERIG funding period include:
- Heavy-Duty On-Road Vehicles: must have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,500 pounds or more and be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the heavy-duty vehicle federal emission standard.
- Heavy-Duty Non-Road Equipment, Stationary Equipment, and Marine Vessels:: engines must have horsepower (hp) rating of 25 or greater.
- Locomotives: must have engines greater than or equal to 1,006 hp. A switcher locomotive in which the total horsepower of the replacement unit is less than 1,006 will be considered a non-road project, unless otherwise specified by the TCEQ.
ERIG Project Categories for Eligible Vehicles and Equipment:
Projects eligible for funding under this program are intended to reduce NOx emissions in eligible counties. The TCEQ may more narrowly define or limit the types of project categories for a particular funding period. The types of project categories eligible under the FY17 ERIG funding period include:
- New Purchase or Lease: To be eligible for funding, the engine on the new vehicle or piece of equipment must be certified to emit at least 25% less NOx than required under the current standard. Certified means approved by EPA, the CARB, or otherwise accepted by the TCEQ.
- Replacement: The replacement of an eligible vehicle or piece of equipment with a newer vehicle or piece of equipment.
- Vehicles and equipment being replaced must be in good operating condition with remaining useful life of at least five years, or the designated activity life.
- The model year of the engine installed on a replacement vehicle or non-road equipment must be 2013 or newer.
- The replacement vehicle or equipment must be certified to emit at least 25% less NOx than the vehicle or equipment being replaced. Certified means approved by the EPA, the CARB, or otherwise accepted by the TCEQ.
- For vehicles, the replacement must be of the same vehicle type, weight category, and body and axle configuration as the vehicle being replaced.
- For equipment, the replacement must be of the same equipment type and intended for the same or similar purpose as the equipment being replaced.
- For at least the two years immediately preceding the date of application, on-road vehicles being replaced must have:
- been owned, leased, or commercially financed by the grant applicant;
- been continually registered in Texas; and
- continuously had an up-to-date safety inspection.
- For at least the two years immediately preceding the date of application, non-road equipment being replaced must have been:
- owned by the grant applicant; and
- located and used in Texas.
- Repower: The replacement (repower) of an existing engine in an eligible vehicle or piece of equipment with a new, rebuilt, or remanufactured engine. The new engine must be certified to emit 25% less NOx than the engine being replaced. Certified means approved by the EPA, the CARB, or otherwise accepted by the TCEQ.
- Retrofit or Add-On of Emission-Reduction Technology: The retrofit or add-on of emission-reduction technology to an existing engine in an eligible vehicle or piece of equipment. Except for retrofits with certain dual-fuel conversion systems, the vehicle or equipment must be currently owned by the applicant and the retrofit or add-on systems must be certified or verified to emit at least 25% less NOx than the engine prior to the retrofit.
Operation Requirements for Grant-Funded Vehicles and Equipment:
- Vehicles and Equipment funded under the ERIG Program are intended to reduce emissions within the eligible counties.
- For equipment, the applicant must commit to at least 75% annual usage in the eligible counties.
- For vehicles, the applicant must designate the percentage of annual mileage that will occur in the eligible counties, which may not be less than 25%. In addition to the percentage of use in the eligible counties, the applicant must commit to operating the vehicles at least 75% of annual usage in a combination of eligible counties and designated highways and roadways.
- Grant recipients must monitor and report annually on mileage and location of use over the activity life of the grant (5, 6, or 7 years).
Other ERIG Project Categories:
- On-Vehicle Electrification and Idle Reduction Infrastructure: The purchase and installation of equipment that enables a vehicle or equipment to use electric power to operate, while the vehicle or equipment is parked, the systems normally supplied power by the propulsion engine or another on-board internal combustion engine that emits NOx.
- On-Site Electrification and Idle Reduction Infrastructure
- Rail Relocation and Improvement: The relocation of rail lines to reduce the number of grade crossings, improvements at rail intersections, and other improvements that will directly result in the reduction of locomotive and/or vehicle engine idling at rail intersections. Eligible rail intersections may include the intersection of two rail lines or an intersection of a highway or roadway and a rail line, commonly referred to as a highway-rail grade crossing. The grant recipient must own or otherwise control the rail line, right-of-way, or the facility being improved.
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Retrofit activities to convert a heavy-duty on-road or non-road engine to operate under a dual-fuel configuration that uses natural gas and diesel fuel may be considered using a different minimum standard for the reduction in NOx than is required for other types of projects. The minimum standards will be established in each RFGA.
How to Request a Determination of Emission Reduction Factors:
In addition, in order to determine a NOx emissions percentage reduction factor to use in the application for a dual-fuel retrofit project, manufacturers may submit emissions test data to the TCEQ to evaluate the emissions reductions that will be accepted through the use of a particular system. The following notice and procedures documents provide information for manufacturers to complete this process.
Dual-Fuel Conversion Systems Evaluated by the TCEQ:
The dual-fuel conversion systems that have been evaluated by the TCEQ and assigned a NOx emissions percentage reduction factor are listed below. Copies of the letters sent to the manufacturers assigning a percentage reduction factor for each system evaluated may be obtained from the links listed below.
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