For the latest information on state and federal government grants, you are encouraged to contact Andrea Eilers for more information at (919) 558-2705, tcc@tjcog.org.

Active Grant Solicitations

  • Clean Fuels Advanced Technology (CFAT)
    • The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center is seeking proposals from both public and private entities for transportation related projects that reduce emissions in North Carolina’s non-attainment and maintenance counties for National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

      Eligible projects include:

      • Alternative Fuel & Advanced Technology Vehicles (AFVs) Leases
      • Alternative Fuel & Advanced Technology Vehicle (AFV) Conversions
      • Mobile Idle Reduction Technologies
      • Diesel Retrofits

      Maximum per project award: $300,000
      Minimum per project award: $25,000

      The deadline to apply for this final CFAT round of funding for 2018 is June 8, 2018. For the application and more information, click here.

Inactive but Recurring Grant Solicitiations

  • VW Settlement: Emissions Mitigation Projects
    • VW accepted the $14.9 billion penalty after acknowledging that it installed devices on certain diesel vehicles to make them appear to meet strict emissions standards when in fact they did not. Funds will be used by states to buy back affected vehicles as well as fund environmental mitigation and investment to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and infrastructure. North Carolina will receive approximately $92 million, based on the number of affected 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel engine vehicles registered here. The sum is part of the $2.9 billion designed for projects through the EPA’s Environmental Mitigation Trust. Currently not accepting applications.
  • NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Diesel Emissions Reductions Grant (DERG)
    • The Diesel Emissions Reductions grant (DERG) funds projects that will replace or retrofit current diesel fleets, with the intention of reducing diesel emissions. Approximately $231,500 is available for all projects funded statewide.  The Division of Air Quality expects to fund 3 to 5 projects. Currently not accpeting applications.

Guaranteed Loans

Available Tax Incentives

On Friday, February 9, President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892). Division D of the Act retroactively extends many tax credits. Many of these Bipartisan Budget Act provisions have implications for Clean Cities portfolio items. The changes outlined below are effective immediately:

  • Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit.
    • Section 40404 extends the tax credit for alternative fuel infrastructure through December 31, 2017. Fueling equipment for natural gas, propane, liquefied hydrogen, electricity, E85, and biodiesel are eligible for a tax credit of 30%, up to $30,000. Residential fueling equipment may receive a tax credit up to $1,000.
  • Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit.
    • Section 40415 extends the $0.50 per gallon tax credit for alternative fuels, including liquefied hydrogen, through December 31, 2017.
  • Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit.
    • Section 40415 also extends the $0.50 per gallon tax credit for alternative fuel used to produce a mixture containing at least 0.1% gasoline, diesel, or kerosene through December 31, 2017. Alternative fuel blenders must be registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) will issue guidance for how to submit claims for this credit by March 11, 2018.
  • Biodiesel Income Tax Credit.
    • Section 40407 extends the biodiesel income tax credit through December 31, 2017. A taxpayer that delivers unblended biodiesel (B100) into the tank of a vehicle may be eligible for a $1.00 per gallon of biodiesel, agri-biodiesel, or renewable diesel tax credit.
  • Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit.
    • Section 40407 also extends the $0.50 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel, agri-biodiesel, or renewable diesel used to produce a mixture containing at least 0.1% gasoline, diesel, or kerosene through December 31, 2017. Alternative fuel blenders must be registered with the IRS. Treasury will issue guidance for how to submit claims for this credit by March 11, 2018.
  • Fuel Cell Motor Vehicle Tax Credit.
    • Section 40403 extends the $4,000 tax credit for the purchase of qualified light-duty fuel cell vehicles through December 31, 2017.
  • Qualified Two-Wheeled Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit.
    • Section 40405 extends the two-wheeled plug-in electric drive motor vehicle tax credit through December 31, 2017. Qualified vehicles are eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the vehicle, up to $2,500.
  • Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit.
    • Section 40406 extends the tax credit for second generation biofuel producers through December 31, 2017. Second generation biofuel producers registered with the IRS may be eligible for a $1.01 per gallon of biodiesel tax credit.
  • Second Generation Biofuel Production Property Depreciation Allowance.
    • Section 40412 extends the 50% special depreciation allowance for second generation biofuel production plants through December 31, 2017.