State (PA) Clean Diesel Grant Program

General Information

Program/Project Name: State (PA) Clean Diesel Grant

Funding Category: Creating a More Sustainable Philadelphia

Program Description
Federal Grant Name: PA Clean Diesel Grant

Programs Supported Through Funding: In brief summary, the allocated $616,740 will be used to replace diesel-powered ground service equipment with electric ground service equipment and charging stations at the Philadelphia Airport.

As of December 31, 2010, this grant is completed. To read a fact sheet about the Clean Diesel Grant, which provides a summary of the grant and its accomplishments, please click here.

Why Apply for this Grant?
The program funded were selected based on emission reduction by eliminate the use of diesel engines at the Philadelphia Airport.

Program Objectives
Use of Funds:
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located in an area designated by the US EPA as non-attainment for ozone (precursors of NOX and VOCs) and PM2.5. PHL and its airline tenants seek funding for a proposed project consisting of the purchase and use of electric ground support equipment (eGSE) and the associated electric vehicle rechargers at the Airport. The use of the eGSE and recharging units will allow for the removal of aging, diesel-powered GSE from the Philadelphia region, thereby reducing fuel consumption and associated emissions. Reductions in air emissions are critical for the improvement of air quality in the Philadelphia region. The proposed project includes the purchase of 38 electric baggage tractors and 19 electric vehicle recharging ports. The existing fleet of baggage tractors is diesel powered and there is proven electric technology that can be used except for the high implementation costs. In this proposal, electric GSE will be owned and operated by the tenant airlines and will serve aircraft located in the vicinity of passenger jet bridges at the Airport terminals. Electric vehicle rechargers will be owned by the Airport and will be located near the passenger jet bridges to conveniently charge the eGSE and will draw power from the existing jet bridge power supply.

The proposed project is seeking funding to support the purchase costs of the eGSE and rechargers. The eGSE would replace the diesel equipment and would be eligible for 25% cost sharing the DERA program. Given a typical electric bag tractor cost of $40,000, this grant seeks approximately $10,000 per electric baggage tractor. Thus, this proposal is seeking $380,000 for the incremental costs for 38 baggage tractors. The cost of a single recharging port is approximately $20,000. The Airport anticipates funding for 75% of the recharger costs through an agreement with a partner airline.

The replacement of diesel-powered baggage tractors with electric baggage tractors will realize substantial reductions in emissions. The introduction of 100 electric baggage tractors will annually eliminate approximately 7.2 tons of carbon monoxide, 6.5 tons of NOX, 0.4 ton of PM2.5, and 0.4 ton of VOCs per year from the Philadelphia region. Additionally, the use of eGSE will reduce the usage of diesel fuel by more than 114,000 gallons per year.

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:


Q5: NA

Q6: Grant has been completed.

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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