VW Settlement: Potential Funding Landscape for Propane Autogas Looks Promising

It was about four years ago when the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal hit the news. Of the over $14 billion settlement, $2.9 billion was earmarked for the Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund projects that reduce NOx emissions. Since then, where has the funding gone?

About 40 states have publicly announced awards for programs funded by the Environmental Mitigation Trust. Because each state’s funding agency sets its own agenda, it determines which vehicle and fuel type is most likely to secure funding. And they have 10 years to spend the funding.

School buses have been a prevalent funding opportunity. The reason is twofold. First, school buses represent a relatively low investment of grant funds, compared to other project types (e.g., marine vessels). Second, many states favor school bus programs, as they provide critical health benefits to a very sensitive population: students.

Todd Mouw

Within the school bus sector, propane autogas leads

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Nuclear power plants promising thousands of UK jobs will not go ahead



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Nuclear power plants promising thousands of UK jobs will not go ahead after Japanese giant Hitachi pulled out of the scheme.

The decision not to go ahead with building new power stations at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and at Oldbury on Severn, in South Gloucestershire, deals a huge blow to the nuclear industry and hopes of creating thousands of new jobs.

Hitachi announced it will end business operations on the nuclear power plant construction project at Wylfa, which was suspended in January 2019.

A statement said: ‘Hitachi made this decision given that 20 months have passed since the suspension, and the investment environment has become increasingly severe due to the impact of Covid-19.’



An artist's impression of the planned nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey in north Wales. Horizon said it will be ceasing its activities to develop two projects in the UK


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An artist’s impression of the planned nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey in north Wales. Horizon said it will be ceasing its activities to

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