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omb -- PUBLIC WORK GROUP: Air Resources Board's Fiscal Year 2016-17 Funding Plan - Request for Distribution List Sign-Up and Upcoming Meetings Posted: 29 Jan 2016 09:57:23
The Air Resources Board (ARB) is developing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 Funding Plan for the Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). The annual funding plan is each year’s blueprint for expending funds appropriated to ARB for advanced technology clean transportation incentive programs. Project categories consistent with the Governor’s FY 2016-17 budget proposal and the Cap-and Trade Auction Proceeds Investment Plan, including new project categories, will be considered for funding. The public work groups listed below will be used to discuss topics such as funding allocations, project and technology types, emission reduction targets, and overall goals for the category. If you would like to participate in one or more of the work groups below, please e mail Michael Baker at Michael.Baker@arb.ca.gov and indicate which work group(s) you are interested in. If you are already a member in one of the established work groups, you will continue to be included in that work group and need not respond to this request. Respondents will be added to the requested work group(s) e-mail distribution list(s) for meeting notifications and other information. Light Duty Work Groups: 1. Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) 2. Increased Incentives for Public Fleets Pilot Project 3. Car Sharing and Mobility Options Pilot Project 4. Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program Plus-up Pilot Project 5. Financing Assistance Pilot Project 6. Agricultural Worker Vanpools in the San Joaquin Valley Pilot Project Heavy Duty Work Groups: 7. Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentives Project (HVIP) 8. Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Pilot Commercial Deployment 9. On-Road Truck Demonstrations 10. Freight Locomotive Demonstrations 11. Off-Road Freight Equipment Demonstrations 12. Off-Road Near-Zero Agricultural and Construction Equipment Demonstrations 13. Off-Road Passenger Transportation Demonstrations 14. Low Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) Truck Incentives 15. Zero-Emission Freight Equipment Pilot Commercial Deployment 16. Off-Road Mobile Agricultural Equipment Trade-Up Pilot in the San Joaquin Valley 17. School Buses in Rural School Districts Pilot Fuels Work Group: 18. Low-Carbon Fuels Incentive Program Work Group Below is a list of upcoming meetings. Notifications containing all of the meeting information will be sent through the appropriate work group distribution lists. For a complete calendar of events, please visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/meetings/meetings.htm . For more information about AQIP, please visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/aqip.htm Light-Duty Related Meetings: Three-Year Forecasting/Projections Friday, February 5, 2016; 9:30 a.m. – Noon (Pacific Time) Light-Duty Pilot Project Friday, February 5, 2016; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Technology and Market Assessment Friday, February 12, 2016; 10:00 a.m. – Noon (Pacific Time) Market Sustainability Metrics Friday, February 19, 2016; 10:00 a.m. – Noon (Pacific Time) Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) Program Structure Friday, February 23, 2016; 10:00 a.m. – Noon (Pacific Time) Heavy-Duty Related Meetings: Heavy-Duty and Off-Road Projects Thursday, February 11, 2016; 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentives Project (HVIP) Thursday, February 18, 2016; 10:00 a.m. – Noon (Pacific Time) Low Carbon Fuels Incentive Thursday, February 11, 2016; 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) Background: Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds provide funding for ARB’s advanced technology, clean transportation incentive programs, expanding the types of projects ARB has funded through AQIP. These investments accelerate the transition to low carbon freight and passenger transportation, supporting the Governor’s climate change strategy pillar of a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in vehicles by 2030 and the Administration’s goal to deploy 1.5 million zero emission vehicles in California by 2025. The FY 2014-15 State budget appropriated $200 million to ARB for Low Carbon Transportation projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a target that at least half the investments benefit disadvantaged communities. The FY 2015-16 State budget appropriated another $95 million. ARB expects to receive another appropriation for Low Carbon Transportation investments from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in the FY 2016-17 State Budget. ARB staff intends to develop a joint Funding Plan for the Low Carbon Transportation and AQIP for the FY 2016-17 funding cycle as it has done in the past two budget cycles. AQIP is a voluntary, mobile source incentive program that focuses on reducing criteria pollutant and diesel particulate emissions with concurrent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. AQIP has an annual budget of about $25 million. ARB focuses AQIP investments on technology advancing projects that support California’s long-term air quality and climate change goals in addition to providing immediate emission benefits. In recent years, the majority of AQIP funds have gone towards the Truck Loan Assistance Program which helps small business truckers to secure financing for newer trucks or diesel exhaust retrofits in advance of compliance deadlines for ARB’s in-use truck and bus regulation. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.