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Thursday, March 2, 2017

EPA Awards $1.09 million DERA Grant for Electric Ferry/Renewable

Back to back we bring you good stories on improvements in powering our world.  Here's the first  as we look at a ferry running on electricity:

There is an interesting dichotomy happening with the EPA under the Trump Administration; reports state the administration cuts funding to the office while also steering away from clean energy projects. But we also see the exact opposite in terms of what the reports say, at least in the short term. Here's an example.

On Friday, February 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1.09 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant to the historic Gees Bend Ferry in Wilcox County, AL.  
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is funding this repowering project through the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) as a part of the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The grant was announced by the EPA during an event hosted by state, federal and local officials to celebrate 10 years of ALDOT ferry service between Camden and Gee's Bend, the home of the famous Quilters of Gee's Bend.  

The DERA award will provide partial funding to replace the current diesel-powered ferry with a 100% electric ferry. This will be the first zero-emission passenger/vehicle ferry of its type in the United States, and only the second of its kind in the world....

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