North Texas Freight Terminal Electrification 2019

The application period has ended.  Applications may no longer be submitted for funding consideration.  

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, is offering approximately $1 million in grant funding through this Call for Projects (CFP) for projects that reduce idling from transport refrigerated units (TRUs) of heavy-duty diesel trucks and trailers.  Specifically, grant funding will be used to assist in construction and installation of EPA-verified electrified parking spaces (EPS) at truck terminals and distribution centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) ten-county ozone nonattainment area that will we used to power TRUs while heavy-duty trucks and trailers are on stand-by or currently loading or unloading.  NCTCOG will provide grants to cover up to 30 percent of eligible project unit costs; recipients must provide 70 percent of total project costs through non-federal funding.

According to, the average diesel fuel price for Dallas/Fort Worth is $2.61.  At that price for diesel, idling for 1,800 hours over a five year period can cost approximately $21,000 versus $12,000 for the use of an EPS,
Additionally, according to Market and Technology Assessment of Electric Transport Refrigeration Units: 2015 Technical Report, Electric Power Research Institute, December 2015:

  • High-speed, continuous engine operation consumes more fuel, so pulldown is a significant cost in diesel operation. Pre-cooling with electricity is less costly.

  • Operating Transport Refrigeration Units (TRUs) on shore power electricity while parked reduces overall operating cost -- including fuel use, fuel cost, maintenance cost and engine wear.

  • Diesel fuel is a large operating cost element for TRUs.

  • Idle reduction regulations are driving the need for EPS – More than half the states in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. now enforce idling restrictions at either the state, county or municipal level.

  • Upon effect of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2016, refrigerated fleets have more stringent requirements on cold chain integrity. One impact is stationary TRU run time for pre-cooling to bring the trailer temperature to specification.

Call for Project Details



Date: November 14, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. -11 a.m. CST
NCTCOG’s Offices
Metroplex Conference Room
616 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, Texas, 76011
WebEx Link:
For webinar audio, attendees will need to call 1-800-250-3900 & enter Participant PIN: 442318#.

Eligible Applicants:

Any entity which owns and/or operates private freight terminal or distribution center that primarily receives heavy-duty truck TRUs and trailer TRUs and located in the ten counties currently classified as nonattainment for the pollutant ozone

Eligible Activities:


Maximum Funding Levels

Estimated Unit Cost

Electrified Parking Spaces

30% up to $3,600/space


Power Monitoring Equipment

30% up to $1,800/ equipment


Electric Power Kits

30% up to $900/kit


Eligible Costs:

Equipment, construction, and installation costs of EPS systems required for completion of the project.  Grant funding will pay for up to 30 percent of the estimated unit cost.  Grant recipients will be responsible for cost-sharing at least 70 percent of eligible project costs with non-federal funding sources.

Eligible Location:

The DFW ten-county ozone nonattainment area includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise counties.  Environmental Justice areas and freight oriented development areas within the ozone non-attainment counties will receive scoring considerations for this grant.

Vendor List:

Recipients must utilize EPA verified technologies to implement projects.  NCTCOG has compiled a vendor directory of EPA verified technologies providers for this CFP.  A complete list of EPA verified technologies can be found at

Idle Reduction Savings Calculator:

Estimate avoidable idling costs, operating costs of an electrfied parking space, and the amount of time it will take to payback the captial cost of the equipment with Argonne National Laboratory calculator. 

PDF worksheet:
Excel worksheet:

*In the calculator worksheet, use Line 8 to estimate EPS operating costs and use Line 6 if  there are any on-oard idling reduction devices in use (likes APUs, diesel- fired heaters, energy recovery systems, etc) otherwise leave Line 6 blank

How to Apply:

  1. Review Guidelines [PDF]
  2. Review Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
  3. Fill out the Intent to Submit Form: Submitting this form entitles the applicant to a reminder notice two weeks in advance of the application deadline.
  4. Submit an Online Risk Questionnaire.  Review and fill out the PDF version to familiarize yourself with the questions.  You will need complete and submit the Online Risk Questionnaire.   Once you start the questionnaire online, we will need to finish in one session from the beginning and submit.
  5. Submit an Application by Mail or In Person [XLS]
  6. Review an Example Agreement [PDF]

Application items must be received “in-hand” by 5 pm Central Time on December 13, 2019. 

All of the following items listed above must be complete and “in hand” by the application deadline for a project to be deemed complete.

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