Community Air Protection Incentives to Reduce Emissions in AB 617 Communities

This page last reviewed Feburary 28, 2020

Since 2017 the Legislature has budgeted $495 million for local air district grants to put advanced technologies to work for cleaner air in California communities, in support of Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017). Incentive grants help owners of older high-polluting vehicles and equipment to replace them with newer models that have much lower emissions -- or zero emissions. Grant funds may also be used for changes at local industrial facilities that reduce emissions of toxic or smog-forming pollutants, to build zero-emission charging stations, or to support local measures that air districts and communities identify through AB 617 Community Emissions Reduction Programs.

The first two years of these incentive funds allow for immediate actions to improve the air quality of the most impacted communities across the state, while the other aspects of AB 617 are developed and implemented. Partnering with communities is essential to the success of these incentives, and both the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and air districts are looking to local community members and groups to help identify funding priorities.

Community Air Protection Incentives
2019 Guidelines and Staff Report

Staff presented a written report to the Community Air Protection Incentives
2019 Guidelines at the CARB Board Hearing on May 23, 2019.

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$250 million was appropriated by the Legislature for Community Air Protection mobile source incentives in 2017. CARB conducted joint public meetings with the three largest air districts as well as an additional public meeting in Sacramento, in order to seek guidance from local communities as to how Moyer Program Guidelines could be modified quickly in order to best direct funds to the areas with the greatest need. Air districts have been using the resulting Community Air Protection Funds Moyer Guidelines Supplement since it was subsequently approved by the Board on April 27, 2018, in order to fund projects according to the priorities identified by their communities. Project selection is currently ongoing.

An additional $245 million was appropriated in 2018, this time for both mobile and stationary source incentives. CARB and the air districts are currently seeking additional guidance from local communities to identify and prioritize potential stationary sources that would benefit from incentives, as well as continued targeting of mobile sources in light of these expanded opportunities. CARB will be working with the air districts to further engage with the public, to better understand the unique situation of each community selected for air monitoring or Community Emissions Reduction Programs under AB 617, as well as communities still in need that are likely to be selected in the future.