$5 million is available on a first-come, first-served basis to replace natural gas pump jack engines with electric.
A Targeted Air Shed Grant Program
In 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency identified the Uinta Basin as one of the top five most polluted areas for ozone, resulting in an award of $5 million to the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) to reduce emissions from oil and gas operations. DAQ offers incentives for oil and gas producers in Uintah and Duchesne counties to voluntarily reduce emissions of NOx and VOCs, the precursors to ozone.
Who can apply
Oil and gas producers operating in Uinta and Duchesne counties.
Operators will be awarded up to 40% of the cost to replace natural gas engines with electric.
An application period is now open and will remain open until funds are used. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
For an engine to qualify it must operate a minimum of 500 hours per year and have at least three years left in its life. Producers must contribute a minimum of 60% of the project cost and destroy the gas engine within three months after the electric engine is in service.