School Bus Alternative Fuels and Emissions Reduction Funding
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) administers the Clean Air School Bus Program, which provides funds to municipalities, departments, public authorities, and school districts to cover the cost of purchasing alternative fuel school buses or installing emissions control retrofit devices on school buses. Eligible vehicles include compressed natural gas, electric, and hybrid electric buses. Eligible emissions control devices include California Air Resources Board- and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-verified diesel particulate filters, diesel oxidation catalysts, and closed crankcase filter systems. Idle reduction technology, such as diesel fuel-fired coolant heaters, is also eligible. The current round of funding expires on December 30, 2014, or when all funds are exhausted (verified October 2014). For more information, see the NYSERDA Clean Air School Bus Program website.