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)
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.
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
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.
PCAPCD CAP Point of Contact:
110 Maple St.
Auburn, CA 95603