On Friday, February 3, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that applications for Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) and New Technology Implementation Grants (NTIG) are now being accepted.
The NTIG Program will be offering an estimated $10 million in grant funding to assist in the implementation of new technologies that reduce emissions of regulated pollutants from facilities and other stationary sources in Texas.
NTIG program grants are available for a variety of technologies like stationary compressor engines and systems that reduce flaring at oil and gas sites, electricity-storage projects produced from wind, solar, hydrogen or other renewable generation, and more.
For background on the expansion of this program, the 87th Legislature passed HB 2361 by Representative Brooks Landgraf and Senator Brian Birdwell that created a new technology implementation grant program which was an expansion of the NTIG program at the TCEQ. This bill’s goal aims to reduce flaring emissions and other site emissions among the projects for which the TCEQ is required to give preference in awarding grants under the NTIG program. The bill also removed burdensome requirements to simply allow for the installation of systems that reduce flaring emissions and other site emissions and allowed for grants to be used for the lease of new technology projects and allows grant recipients to use the grant for the costs of operating and maintaining the emissions-reducing equipment.
The ERIG Program will be providing an estimated $45 million in funding to help replace and repower older locomotives, marine vessels, stationary equipment, and select non-road equipment in nonattainment areas and affected counties in Texas.
ERIG program grants are available for a wide variety of equipment like line-haul & switcher locomotives, commercial fishing boats, tugboats, stationary turbines over 25 hp, off-highway trucks, and more.
The Texas Methane & Flaring Coalition is excited about these new grant opportunities and applauds TCEQ for their work to manage these programs. The Coalition encourages operators to find out more at by contacting TCEQ at at 800-919-TERP (8377) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.