Capital Assistance Program for Reducing Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

 

To assist public agencies that provide transit service in financing the acquisition of capital assets to reduce energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.523
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 A total of 42 TIGGER applications were awarded and 22 remain active. Currently, 52% of the projects are complete. A total of 42 TIGGER applications were awarded and 22 remain active. Currently, 52% of the projects are complete. Under the TIGGER program, nearly $225 million in total grants were awarded to 88 competitively-selected projects implementing a wide variety of technologies including building efficiency improvements, solar installations, wind technology, wayside energy storage for rail, and purchase of technologically-innovative energy-efficient buses. The awarded projects are geographically diverse, covering 35 states and 68 different transit agencies in both urban and rural settings. A total of 40 projects are implementing efficient bus technologies such as purchase of new buses—powered by both hybrid-electric and zero-emission propulsion systems—as well as retrofits to existing buses for increased efficiency. 10 projects are investigating efficient rail technologies such as wayside energy storage, locomotive upgrades, and control systems for track heaters. 39 projects are implementing technologies to reduce energy use by increasing efficiencies of facility buildings or generating electricity to offset what is used from the grid.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY 2017, 19 of TIGGER projects, 11% of the total projects, were active . King County Department of Transportation in Washington State conducted the King County Metro Battery Electric Bus Demonstration to test state of the art battery electric bus technology. The buses began revenue service in 2017 and FTA collected data on vehicle performance, including maintenance and operating cost and vehicle availability and reliability. Similarly, Long Beach Public Transportation Company, in the State of California, managed the All Electric Bus Project. The buses used WAVE inductive technology for recharging, allowing for the study of multiple technologies.
Fiscal Year 2018 Five TIGGER projects active with a balance of $3,812,441.00 unspent money in fiscal year 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 All TIGGER projects have been completed and are closed in fiscal year 2019.
Authorization
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Public Law 111-68
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Public Law 111-68
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Only public transportation agencies are eligible recipients.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Only public transportation agencies are eligible recipients.
Credentials/Documentation
Grants and cooperative agreements: Initial proposal should include project objectives, background, and project description, including time schedule, budget, and applicant's organizational experience. Legal opinion and compliance with labor requirements are required later. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB 2 CFR 200.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Eligible applicants should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his/her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 49 CFR Part 18 and 2 CFR 200 for State and local governments.
Award Procedure
Federal Transit Administration issued notices of funding opportunity in fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011 and selected projects based on the solicitation criteria. FTA awarded cooperative agreements and obligated funds . To date, all available funds have been obligated.
Deadlines
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals were selected based on the following criteria as published in the Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): energy savings of the project and/or greenhouse gas emission reductions of the project; innovation; cost; national applicability, project readiness, project management capabilities, return on investment, and geographic diversity.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible projects include the purchase of transit capital assets that will reduce energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: • Milestone Progress Reports (MPR). A recipient must submit a quarterly MPR for each active project. The MPR is the primary written communication between the recipient and FTA outlining accomplishments to date. • Final Technical Report. At the conclusion of a project, a recipient must submit a final technical report documenting project performance and the final results, outcomes, and impacts of research, development, demonstration, deployment, or technical evaluation projects, including an executive summary.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Grant recipients shall retain records for three years following submission of a final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contracts documents, financial records, and supporting records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
There are no remaining active TIGGER projects in FY 2019. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Marcel Belanger, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI-20), Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-0725.
Headquarters Office
Marcel Belanger
1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E.
Washington , DC 20590 US
marcel.belanger@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366 - 0725
Website Address
http://www.transit.dot.gov/research
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-1101-0-1-401
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$17,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
None available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Fiscal Year Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration Grants and Cooperative Agreements. Contact the FTA Office of Research Demonstration and Innovation to obtain the publication dates. FTA website www.transit.dot.gov. Other information will be made available upon request.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No new funds are being awarded to this program. Expanding its existing all-electric fleet, in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area; in operation on a full-time basis are five new electric trolleys, two “ultra quick” charging stations, and one overnight charging station. The manufacturer of the trolleys was EBus of Downey, California. The trolleys are 22 feet long, with a capacity of 22 seated passengers and 10 standing passengers. 2016 Example: Four energy conservation projects were identified and funded by a grant: Those projects were as follows: (1) Service Building Unit Heater Replacement; (2) Operations Building Boiler Replacement; (3) Service Building and Operations Building HVAC Controls Upgrade; and (4) Service Building Snow Melt Controls Upgrade. 2016 Example: Awarded funds to retrofit as many as 70 buses with an innovative electric engine cooling fan system (mini-Hybrid Thermal System-MH8) that is cost effective and lowers pollutant emissions. Energy savings are anticipated with a nine percent reduction in fuel consumption. The original idea for the cooling system is developed from military vehicles and now being applied to transit buses. No new funds are being awarded to this program. Expanding its existing all-electric fleet, in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area; in operation on a full-time basis are five new electric trolleys, two “ultra quick” charging stations, and one overnight charging station. The manufacturer of the trolleys was EBus of Downey, California. The trolleys are 22 feet long, with a capacity of 22 seated passengers and 10 standing passengers. 2016 Example: Four energy conservation projects were identified and funded by a grant: Those projects were as follows: (1) Service Building Unit Heater Replacement; (2) Operations Building Boiler Replacement; (3) Service Building and Operations Building HVAC Controls Upgrade; and (4) Service Building Snow Melt Controls Upgrade. 2016 Example: Awarded funds to retrofit as many as 70 buses with an innovative electric engine cooling fan system (mini-Hybrid Thermal System-MH8) that is cost effective and lowers pollutant emissions. Energy savings are anticipated with a nine percent reduction in fuel consumption. The original idea for the cooling system is developed from military vehicles and now being applied to transit buses.
Fiscal Year 2019 No new funds are being awarded to this program.

 


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