By State

Tennessee

Governor Haslam has identified the Tennessee Department and Environment and Conservation (TDEC) as the lead agency. TDEC released the State of Tennessee’s Proposed Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (proposed BMP). The plan prioritizes buses (60%) and investments in light-duty charging infrastructure (the maximum 15% allowed). Once the BMP is finalized, TDEC will release funding opportunity announcements and/or project solicitations for programs. TDEC also plans to host workshops throughout the state and/or webinars to engage the public and provide relevant information about the proposal process, eligibility requirements, timelines for implementation and reporting requirements. The first anticipated project solicitation will occur in the third calendar quarter of 2018. To receive notifications regarding TDEC’s public outreach efforts, sign up for the TDEC VW Environmental Mitigation Trust email list here.

North Carolina

Governor Roy Cooper has designated N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to manage North Carolina’s share of the Volkswagen (VW) Settlement. North Carolina concluded public comment on their Proposed BMP in May 2018 and released their Final Plan on August 22, 2018. North Carolina will receive $92 million in funding. North Carolina’s Plan includes 40% for school bus replacements - but only 5% on all-electric, the lion’s share going to ‘clean diesel’. It also calls for 20% to be dedicated to transit bus replacements, 20% for heavy-duty on-road and off-road replacement projects, and 15% for EV charging equipment. North Carolina is approaching the BMP allocation as a series of three phases and this plan is only for Phase 1. Phase 1 will spend 33% of the overall funds ($30.68 million dollars) and run from 2018 – 2020. Phase 2 will spend another 33% from 2020-2022 and Phase 3 the remaining 33% from 2022-2024.

South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster has selected the South Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI) as the lead agency charged with distributing the State’s Environmental Mitigation Trust funding of $33.8 million. South Carolina’s Draft BMP was released on April 2018 followed by a 45 day public input period for written comments. On July 25, the DOI released a Second Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. Their Second BMP allocates 80% of funds for school, shuttle, and transit bus replacements (diesel, alternative fuel or all-electric) and 10% for EV charging equipment. The 30 day comment period for this plan ended on August 24, 2018. To receive updates you can be notified by going to https://doi.sc.gov/list.aspx.   

Georgia

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) is the lead agency charged with the development of Georgia’s Plan and allocation of funds. They released their Final BMP in January 2018 following a public comment period which ended on January 5, 2018. Georgia’s allocation of $63.6 million dollars does not carve out the maximum 15% for EV charging stations, instead devotes 100% of the money for transitioning their buses to clean diesel or electric buses. “Two projects have been tentatively selected to receive funding from the State Trust: new diesel and all-electric transit buses for the State Road and Tollway Authority’s (SRTA) Xpress system, and new all-electric terminal-to-terminal transit buses serving Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJA). Funding for the HJA all-electric transit buses will include charging infrastructure.”

Florida designated the Department of Environment Protection (DEP) to be the lead agency that will distribute the state’s $166 million dollar portion of the EMT funding. In March, DEP announced a series of public informational meetings, hosted two webinars, and opened an online public survey for 60 days to solicit feedback. They have also created a subscription page to sign up to receive email updates.  According to a memo created by DEP, “The Department intends to develop Florida’s draft Mitigation Plan and provide an opportunity for the public to submit comments during summer 2018. After consideration of the public comments received, DEP will finalize and submit the state’s final BMP to the Trustee in Fall 2018.”  That timeline appears to have been pushed back as they have yet to release the Draft BMP.

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