Monday, November 14, 2016
Invitation to submit application part of Volkswagen settlement; submissions due Dec. 21
The state is seeking information on ZEV projects that will be implemented to offset the negative effects of Volkswagen’s actions in Michigan.”
The state of Michigan, through the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), has released a Request-for-Information (RFI) for zero emission vehicle (ZEV) competitive projects. The RFI comes as a result of the Volkswagen (VW) settlement approved last week by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The $14.7 billion settlement set aside $1.2 billion for zero emission vehicle competitive projects. The automaker was found to have falsified diesel emissions test results for 475,000 vehicles.
“The state is seeking information on ZEV projects that will be implemented to offset the negative effects of Volkswagen’s actions in Michigan,” said Valerie Brader, MAE’s executive director. “The RFI announced today offers the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to recommend eligible projects and programs by public and private entities. The information collected will help the state to submit a high-level ZEV outreach plan.”
MAE, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) intend to work with public and private partners to solicit eligible projects to be included in a comprehensive proposal for ZEV Investment Plan funding.
A webinar will be held to address project eligibility, budget and other administrative issues on Nov. 18. Details will be posted on the MAE website.
The VW settlement also established an Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund for projects that reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in areas in Michigan significantly affected by diesel emissions. More information on the nearly $60 million Michigan will receive for potential projects to address diesel emission reductions will be provided next month.
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