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    Here is a list of other federal programs pertaining to NGV's. These are basically commercial programs that may be useful to you that own companies.

    Federal NGV Grants
    In an effort to reduce America’s dependence on foreign
    oil, reduce urban emissions and reduce greenhouse gases,
    the federal government provides a number of grant
    programs to encourage the purchase and use of NGVs.
    These include the following:

    CMAQ The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)
    is one of the largest sources of funding
    available for alternative fuel projects, funding
    hundreds of millions of dollars in investments in
    alternative fuel projects since its inception in 1991.
    This Department of Transportation program was first
    authorized in 1991 and has been extended each time the
    highway bill has been reauthorized. Funding levels for
    this program annually exceed $1 billion, and competition
    for funding is fierce. The Federal Highway
    Administration (FHWA), which administers the program
    along with the Federal Transit Agency (FTA), published a
    pamphlet titled “CMAQ and Alternative Fuel Vehicle
    Projects” that indicates that, through 2001, total CMAQ
    funding for alternative fuel projects exceeded $670
    million, or slightly more than 5 percent of the total
    funding provided. CMAQ funding in generally limited to
    projects located in non-attainment areas unless the
    state does not have any non-attainment areas. Projects
    generally must be included in the transportation plan
    and transportation improvement plan for the area that is seeking funding.

    SEP
    The Clean Cities Program is designed to accelerate the
    use of alternative fueled vehicles throughout the
    country. The Clean Cities Program expands the use of
    proven alternative fuel vehicles in a number of key
    applications, such as school buses, transit buses,
    airport vehicles, taxis and delivery fleets. The Program
    expands strategic infrastructure partnerships and
    promotes advanced technology vehicles to the general
    public. Support for the various Clean Cities coalitions
    is provided through the DOE's State Energy Program (SEP)
    Special Projects. States apply for these grants, which
    are highly competitive and highly leveraged. States use
    the grants to support local alternative fuel vehicle and
    infrastructure initiatives.
    Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERP)
    This EPA program provides grants to assist government
    agencies, school districts and other interested parties
    to replace older diesel engines with new low-emitting
    ones (including natural gas engines) and to retrofit
    existing diesel trucks with emission reducing
    technologies. Repowering, and or rebuilding diesel
    engines and replacing them with natural gas engines
    would be considered a retrofit for the purpose of this
    program. The program is to be administered by the US
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    Diesel Truck Retrofit and Fleet Modernization Program.
    This EPA program provides grants to states to fund fleet
    modernization programs, with preference to be given to
    ports and other major hauling operations. Natural gas
    vehicles and retrofits are eligible for the program.
    Preference will be given to proposals that “will achieve
    the greatest reductions in emissions” and “involve the
    use of EPA or CARB verified emission control
    technologies.”

    Idle Reduction Program
    This EPA program supports the deployment of idle
    reduction and energy conservation technologies. Idle
    reduction technologies are defined as: truck stop
    electrification unit, auxiliary power unit or other
    technologies that are used to reduce idling, that allow
    the main engine to be shut down, and that can be
    employed on HD engines (HD engines are engines that
    weight 8500 lbs or more). Energy conservation technology
    is defined as any device, system of devices or equipment
    that improves fuel economy, including natural gas
    engines. There is a separate provision for reducing
    idling emissions from locomotive engines.
    Clean School Bus Program.
    This EPA program provides grants to school districts and
    related organizations for the replacement, repower or
    retrofit of school buses, the purchase of alternative
    fuels for school buses and alternative fuel
    infrastructure.
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