Maryland Idle Reduction Technology Grant Program

An idling truck at the docks.The Maryland Idle Reduction Grant Program provides financial assistance for the purchase and installation of idle reduction technology on trucks.

Program Contacts:

  • Application, Completion Certificate and Payment assistance: Mike Jones
  • Technical assistance: Chris Rice

How to Receive an Idle Reduction Technology Grant

Under the Idle Reduction Technology Grant Program the Primary Point of Contact (PPC) is the truck dealer/distributor/installer. The PPC is responsible for ensuring all grant documentation is submitted in a timely, accurate, and complete manner.

The following is a simplified diagram of the Idle Reduction Technology Grant Program process.

 

 

Program Guidelines

Before printing and signing program forms, MEA strongly recommends filling them out electronically. When doing so, some data elements will be automatically populated, which will save time and eliminate errors. Additionally, certain fields are validated for form and content.

The Program benefits operators of Maryland-registered trucks. Idle reduction devices covered under this Program are not for resale.

  • Truck dealers and idle reduction technology distributors and installers are the PPC and are responsible for completing and submitting applications to MEA.
  • Application packages will not be processed and will be returned to the PPC if:
    • Any documents are illegible
    • Application package is incomplete or missing supporting documentation.
  • Application period: All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on September 1, 2014. Ineligible applications must be corrected and returned to MEA by 4:00 p.m. on September 1, 2014.
  • Program ends September 30, 2014. All idle reduction devices must be installed on existing trucks and new trucks (with idle reduction technology), and must be delivered to the owner by September 30, 2014.  Reimbursement Packages must be received by September 30, 2014.
  • Eligible vehicles:
    • On-highway class 6 to class 8 trucks. Buses are not eligible.
    • Maryland-registered trucks, including new trucks which will be registered in Maryland.
    • Leased vehicles are eligible to apply.
      • PPC must provide a copy of the lease agreement which must be in affect for a period of at least three years from date of Completion Package submittal.
    • Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of MEA.  The PPC must provide a written explanation as an attachment to the application justifying the installation.
  • Eligible idle reduction technologies must be verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or California Air Resources Board (CARB), and include:
    • Auxiliary power units (APU)
      • Applications involving APU's are limited to vehicles with sleeper berths.  Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of MEA.  The PPC must provide a written explanation as an attachment to the application justifying the installation.
    • Fuel-operated heaters (FOH)
    • Electric truck refrigeration units (eTRU)
    • Battery-operated air conditioning systems (BAC)
    • Thermal storage systems (TSS)
    • On-board (truck mounted) accessories, such as inverters, battery upgrades, electrical connections and electric heaters, and air conditioning units
  • Ineligible costs:
    • The cost of operating and maintaining idle reduction technology
    • Self installation of the idle reduction technology
  • Awards are limited to 50% of the installed cost up to $3,000.
  • Limit of 10 awards per Motor Carrier
  • Applications submitted after installation or purchase will not be accepted.
  • Reimbursements for eligible (approved) costs will be paid to the PPC no later than 45 days after receipt of required documentation.
  • Motor carriers may be requested to submit pre-installation (baseline) and 12 month driving and idle behavior reports.
  • Grants are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis across technologies.

Grant Application Package

We encourage you to fill out the Grant Application Forms electronically. Some data elements are automatically populated electronically, which will save time and eliminate potential errors. Certain fields are also validated for form and content. For this reason, MEA strongly recommends utilizing these enhancements by filling out the forms electronically before printing and signing them.

Note: Any illegible documents will be returned, unprocessed, to the PPC.

All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on September 1, 2014.

Any application package that is incomplete or is missing supporting documentation will be returned to the PPC without being processed.

Grant Application Forms

Having Trouble Downloading the Application? Tip: Try right-clicking on the link and save it to your desktop. Some internet browsers may have difficulty opening PDF Forms.

Grant Completion Package

After MEA sends the Grant Commitment Letter to the PPC, and the project has been completed, the PPC must submit the Completion Package. As with the Application Package, the Application Reimbursement Form contained in the Completion Package is designed to be filled out electronically. Some data elements are automatically populated, and certain fields are also validated for form and content. MEA strongly recommends utilizing these enhancements by filling out the forms electronically before printing and signing them.

Note: Any illegible documents will be returned, unprocessed, to the PPC.

Application Reimbursement forms contain a checklist of the documents that need to be submitted as part of the Completion Package.

Any Completion Package that is incomplete or is missing supporting documentation will be returned to the PPC without being processed.

Reimbursement Packages must be received by September 30 2014.

Application Reimbursement Form

Having Trouble Downloading the Application Reimbursement Form? Tip: Try right-clicking on the link and save it to your desktop. Some internet browsers may have difficulty opening PDF Forms.

Additional Information

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Tax Status of Idle Reduction Grants

The Maryland Office of the Comptroller has determined that, based on IRS rules, a State grant is considered taxable income. Therefore, a Form 1099-G will be issued for grants received through the Idle Reduction Technology Grant Program. They should be reported as income on federal tax returns.