Community Air Protection (CAP) Incentives Program

In July of 2017, the California Assembly and Senate passed AB 617 directing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP).  The Program’s focus is to reduce exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution and uses a variety of strategies including community-level monitoring, uniform emission reporting across the State, stronger regulation of pollution sources and incentives for both mobile and stationary sources.  To support AB 617 requirements, the Legislature has appropriated incentive funding, Community Air Protection (CAP) Incentives, to be administered by air districts in partnership with local communities, to support early actions to address localized air pollution.  The District will work collaboratively with CARB and actively engage with members of impacted communities in Placer County to create a community-focused action framework to address emission impacts, respond to concerns, improve air quality, and reduce exposure to criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants.

Potential projects include:

1.    Heavy-duty (> 14,000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), diesel-to-electric or CNG vehicle replacements, examples include the replacement of older diesel garbage trucks and transit vehicles with cleaner models
2.    Locomotive and heavy-duty diesel equipment replacements
3.    Diesel school bus replacement projects for public schools, including diesel-to-diesel or diesel-to-electric
4.    Projects that reduce air pollution in public schools such as composite wood products, electric lawn and garden equipment and upgraded air filtration systems
5.    Electric charging stations and CNG or hydrogen fueling stations for businesses and public agencies (residential charging stations not eligible)

Project funding caps and eligibility will be determined according to the CAP Incentives Guidelines, CMP Guidelines and the District Incentives Program Policies and Procedures Manual.

Available Funds & Funding Caps

In the initial solicitation for projects, each project category, as listed, is assigned a funding cap to allow opportunities for all project types to compete for funds. Should there be any remaining funds after the initial solicitation, the District will determine how to continue to make funds available, whether through an open first come first serve process or through another competitive solicitation. Either way, all eligible and cost effective projects which do not receive funding at time of application, due to limited funds, may be added to a wait list until future funds become available.

The District continues to seek and apply for additional funding sources. As these funds become available for projects submitted through the CAP Incentives Program, they will be prioritized to CAP projects which were previously submitted and placed on a wait list, by the District.

Grant Program Notification Schedule

Within 45 days of a solicitation period closing, projects received will be evaluated, ranked and approved for tentative funding and applicants will receive notification of award status.

2020 Application Categories

For more information and to apply, select from one of the application categories. Applications must be in the form of an original copy and mailed or delivered in person to PCAPCD, 110 Maple Street, Auburn, CA 95603 by the closing date. Postmarks, faxes and emails will not be considered.

The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Project Category is subject to an additional competitive bid process, as required by the Carl Moyer Guidelines. Therefore, this category will always be subject to a competitive bid process and not first come first serve.

Project Application Category Description Application submittal period
Air Filtration System Upgrades in Public Schools Funding to upgrade older eligible heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with more efficient HVAC air filters to create healthier air in school classrooms. April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, 5 PM
Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Eligible project types include battery charging stations, natural gas, and hydrogen fueling. Infrastructure projects will be subject to a competitive bid process. Individual and Residential projects not eligible for funds April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, 5 PM
Heavy Duty On and Off-Road Equipment Replacement, Repower, and Retrofit Only Small Fleets, as defined by ARB's Off-Road Regulation, are eligible to apply for funding. Large and Medium fleets are no longer eligible for Moyer grant funds. April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, 5 PM
School Bus Replacement Fleets must be in full compliance with State regulations prior to applying. April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, 5 PM

Links to Useful Information

Community Air Protection Incentives 2019 Guidelines

CARB’s Diesel Activities Homepage (provides links and information in regards to portable and mobile source diesel regulations)

Placer County Air Pollution Control District’s Carl Moyer Policies and Procedures Manual

Priority Population Map

California Climate Investments Annual Report to the Legislature

California Climate Investments Project Map

The District is committed to working with community-based groups in impacted areas to identify potential grant project types and to communicate program objectives. Projects which have been awarded funding as of July 1, 2019 include:

2018 Received and Approved Projects:

Name of Applicant:  Roseville City Elementary School District
Project Description:  The Roseville City Elementary School District received a grant to replace  a 1995 diesel school bus with  a new bus that has a cleaner more efficient diesel engine which will result in a reduction of 0.11 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 0.01 tons of reactive organic gases (ROG) per year of operation.
Location:  Census Tract 6061020712 and 6061020908, Roseville, CA  95661 and 95678
Funding Amount:  $164,999
Project Benefits:  Project provides greater mobility and increased access to clean transportation for students and residents by providing incentives for the replacement of older, higher-emitting vehicles. 

2019 Received and Approved Moyer and CAP Grant Projects

Projects for future consideration, based on project eligibility, community input and common needs of priority populations, and emission reductions:

1.    Additional school bus replacement projects benefitting low-income communities and households
2.    Upgraded air filtration systems to reduce indoor air pollution at eligible public schools
3.    Jointly fund an Amtrak Capitol Corridor locomotive upgrade replacement project. This is a commuter train that stops at Roseville, Rocklin, and Auburn stations.

The District will apply the following guiding principles to their local CAP Incentives Program:

  • Reduce emissions through investments that benefit impacted communities
  • Projects will consider air toxics, criteria air pollutants and greenhouse gas benefits
  • Community outreach and support are essential
  • Ensure emissions reductions are in excess to laws or regulations
  • Prioritize zero-emission technology and infrastructure
  • Consider special projects for sensitive receptors
  • Transparency in project selections and reporting
  • Consider both cost-effectiveness and exposure reduction in funding

Acknowledgement

The Community Air Protection Incentives Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov, or find us on Twitter, @CAClimateInvest.

If you have questions or to receive future updates regarding the CAP Incentives Program contact:

Molly Johnson
PCAPCD
110 Maple St.
Auburn, CA 95603
MJJohnso@placer.ca.gov

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