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auctionproceeds -- Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds: 2017 Community Meetings to Discuss Draft Updates to CARB's Funding Guidelines Posted: 04 Aug 2017 14:38:34
You are invited to participate in a series of community meetings and a statewide webcast later this month to provide input on the draft updates to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB or Board)Funding Guidelines for Agencies that Administer California Climate Investments (Funding Guidelines). California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The meetings will be held on the following dates at these locations: Fresno - Community Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Time: 6 pm – 8 pm Location: Cecil C. Hinton Community Center 2385 S. Fairview Avenue, Fresno, California 93706 Los Angeles - Community Meeting Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Time: 6 pm – 8 pm Location: Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90018 Oakland - Community Meeting Date: Monday, August 28, 2017 Time: 6 pm – 8 pm Location: Elihu Harris Building 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, California 94612 Sacramento - Workshop and Webcast Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 Time: 10 am – 12 pm Location: CalEPA Headquarters, Sierra Hearing Room 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814 A live webcast of the Sacramento meeting will be available at: https://video.calepa.ca.gov/ We welcome your participation in these community meetings and any written comments you may provide. This input helps inform administering agencies in the design and implementation of their California Climate Investments programs. CARB staff will consider the feedback received from these meetings and written comments in the development of the Proposed Update to the Funding Guidelines, to be considered for approval by the Board following a public hearing in Fall 2017. The draft Funding Guidelines are available at: www.arb.ca.gov/cci-fundingguidelines. The draft Funding Guidelines include updated provisions to incorporate the requirements of Assembly Bill 1550 (Gomez, Chapter 369, Statutes of 2016) for disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households. In addition, the draft updates also include revisions to reflect “lessons learned” and feedback received from stakeholders during initial program implementation, including improvements on reporting and transparency. The recent enactment of Assembly Bill 398 (Garcia, Chapter 135, Statutes of 2017) and Assembly Bill 617 (Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017) combats air pollution at the neighborhood level, and helps California achieve its ambitious climate goals by providing direction on a post-2020 Cap-and-Trade Program. Assembly Bill 398 also identifies a list of priorities for the Legislature to consider for future appropriations from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF or Fund). Upcoming legislative action on expenditure of GGRF monies may necessitate conforming changes to CARB’s Funding Guidelines. CARB staff is releasing the draft Funding Guidelines now to provide guidance to agencies already administering California Climate Investments from prior appropriations, and to solicit public input on the new requirements to fulfill Assembly Bill 1550 (Gomez, Chapter 369, Statutes of 2016). CARB staff will update the draft Funding Guidelines as needed to implement any future direction from the Legislature. For more information on these community meetings and the public comment period, see the detailed community meeting notice at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/carb_2017_funding_guidelines_meeting_notice.pdf To learn more about California Climate Investments, please visit: http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov. BACKGROUND: California Climate Investments: The State proceeds from the Cap-and-Trade Program (title 17, California Code of Regulations, invest in climate action, with an emphasis on our most disadvantaged and low-income communities. The GGRF holds the State’s portion of auction proceeds, generated by California’s Cap-and-Trade Program. The Governor and Legislature determine which State agencies and programs will receive appropriations from this Fund to invest in projects that reduce greenhouse gases. Over a dozen State agencies administer the Fund programs and each agency is responsible for its own program. CARB Funding Guidelines: State law also requires CARB to develop guidance for all State agencies that receive appropriations from the GGRF, including guidance on reporting, quantification methods, and maximizing benefits to disadvantaged communities. In 2015, CARB staff released the Funding Guidelines, followed by a Supplement document in 2016, to provide direction for agencies with September 2016 budget appropriations. The passage of Assembly Bill 1550 modifies the existing Senate Bill 535 (De León, Statutes of 2012) investment requirements for disadvantaged communities, and provides new funding targets for low-income communities and low-income households. As a result, CARB must update the Funding Guidelines to reflect the new requirements. In February 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency and CARB staff jointly held three community meetings and a statewide webinar to discuss how to identify disadvantaged and low-income communities, and how to assess whether projects benefit individuals living in these communities. In April 2017, after incorporating public input, California Environmental Protection Agency identified the list of disadvantaged and low-income community census tracts for the purpose of Assembly Bill 1550 investments. For more information,see www.calepa.ca.gov/EnvJustice/GHGInvest. CARB staff has also considered the comments received from the community meetings in the development of the draft Funding Guidelines.