CT buys 43 electric school buses VW money for emissions accounting
These new electric vehicles will replace diesel buses in seven municipalities.
HARTFORD, Connecticut – The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced Wednesday that it will use $ 12.7 million from the Volkswagen emissions scheme to help purchase 43 new electric-powered school buses for seven communities in the support throughout the state.
The vehicles will replace diesel buses in Middletown, New Britain, Hamden, Stamford, Bethel, Ansonia and Griswold. It was found that these communities are more affected by air pollution.
The funds will also cover part of the cost of replacing a nearly 50-year-old diesel-powered gantry crane in New Haven. The new crane will be one of the first of its kind on the east coast.
“The selected projects will bring direct benefits to residents of environmentally fair communities where particulate matter levels can be up to 20% higher than in less densely populated parts of the state,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. âParticulate matter is known to have an impact on public health and can be a trigger for asthma. New Haven ranks 5th nationwide, according to a 2021 study of the toughest places to live with asthma.The selected projects will reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions while helping residents of greenhouse communities who have historically disproportionate effects of air pollution from vehicle traffic had direct advantages. ”
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In 2015, Volkswagen admitted to deliberately installing software designed to defraud emissions tests and deceive federal and state regulators. Nearly 590,000 VW, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles from model years 2009 to 2016 were sold nationwide, with nearly 12,000 vehicles in Connecticut.
As a result of a federal civil lawsuit against VW for violating the Clean Air Act, Connecticut has allocated more than $ 55.7 million to be distributed over a ten-year period to help reduce the state’s excessive nitrogen oxide (NOx ) -Compensate the load caused by these vehicles.
The $ 12.7 million granted will be matched by additional investments of $ 7.2 million from the beneficiaries, bringing the total direct economic impact of the action to $ 19.9 million.
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Federal Democrats have pushed for more electric school buses, proposing spending $ 25 billion to convert the country’s gasoline and diesel-powered school bus fleet to electric vehicles for health.
The projects announced by DEEP as part of this funding cycle of the VW Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program are:
- Replace a 1973 engine model year (EMY) diesel powered gantry crane with an all-electric EMY 2022. The crane will be installed in New Haven, CT, which is part of an environmental justice community.
- Award: $ 3,155,486.00
- Prize Winner Contribution: USD 2,103,658.00
- Location: New Haven Harbor, CT
- Scrapping and replacement of sixteen (16) engine model years (EMY) 2006-2009, grade 5 and grade 7, school buses with EMY 2022 EV equivalents; Charging infrastructure included. These buses serve three communities for environmental justice.
- Award: $ 3,242,944.00
- Prize Winner Contribution: $ 1,746,196.00
- Location: Bethel, Hamden and Stamford, CT
- This is to part-finance an initial proposal to replace a total of 25 diesel school buses, which included buses in Middlebury and Tolland, CT
- Scrapping and replacement of four (4) 2009 model year (EMY) engines, grade 7, school buses, with EMY 2023 EV equivalents; Charging infrastructure included. These buses serve an environmental justice community.
- Award: $ 1,060,479.00
- Awardee Contribution: $ 571,027.00
- Location: New Britain, CT
- Scrapping and replacement of six (6) 2009 model year (EMY) engines, grade 7, school buses, with EMY 2023 EV equivalents; Charging infrastructure included. These buses serve an environmental justice community.
- Award: $ 1,504,731.00
- Awardee Contribution: $ 810,240.00
- Location: Middletown, CT
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- Scrapping and replacement of seventeen (17) engine model years (EMY) 2009, Class 7 school buses, with EMY 2023 EV equivalents; Charging infrastructure included. These buses serve two communities for environmental justice.
- Award: $ 3,743,915.00
- Awardee Contribution: USD 2,015,954.00
- Location: Ansonia and Griswold, CT
The five projects selected for funding under this funding cycle will reduce almost 28.71 tons of NOx emissions and almost 5,589 tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, during their term. In addition to NOx and GHG, a total of 2.30 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and 1.38 tons of particulate matter that contribute to asthma and other negative health effects will be cost-effectively reduced from environmental justice communities and other areas. from Connecticut, which are a disproportionately high amount of air pollution.
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NOx and VOC contribute to the formation of ground level ozone, an air pollutant known to cause a number of harmful effects on respiratory health, including significant decreases in lung function and inflammation of the airways. Ozone is created when NOx and VOC from combustion sources such as automobiles react when exposed to strong sunlight. DEEP has and continues to implement emissions control programs to mitigate the negative effects of ozone on public health in Connecticut.
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