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CORE Work Group Meeting to Implement Fiscal Year 2021-22

By Program Updates, Funding Updates, Webinars

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a Webinar work group meeting on the implementation of the Board-approved Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives (Funding Plan), including policy for the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE). Each year, staff conducts additional public process following Board approval of the Funding Plan to define new mechanisms and criteria for the FY while completing annual updates to the Implementation Manual. In addition, staff will take this opportunity to engage with stakeholders and establish protocol to successfully reopen the project after limited funding was exhausted in 2020.

Agenda:   https://bit.ly/3rv0vVD 

This workgroup meeting will be recorded, and the recording will be made available to the public via CARB’s webpage. A link to the recording will be available two weeks after the meeting date on the Low Carbon Transportation Investments Meetings and Workshops page. The agenda will be also be posted prior to the meeting.

Stay informed about upcoming CORE workgroups by registering for CARB’s list serve today: https://bit.ly/3EoaOzZ

Contact

If you have questions or comments regarding this work group, please contact Todd Sterling.

If you require a special accommodation or need this document in an alternate format (i.e. Braille, large print) or another language, please contact Eloy Florez as soon as possible. TTY/TDD/Speech to Speech users may dial 711 for the California Relay Service.

California CORE Project FY21-22 Changes

By Program Updates, Funding Updates, News

On Friday, November 19, 2021 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) conducted a Board Meeting via Zoom to present programmatic changes to current clean transportation incentives, including potential changes to the California Clean Off-Road Equipment (CORE) Project. CARB announced it has allocated approximately $195 million to continue funding the CORE Project for FY21-22.

Potential changes to the CORE Project for FY21-22: Based on Board priorities and input received from stakeholders, staff is considering the following changes to the program:

  • Equity and Small Business Considerations: Staff will evaluate methods to build awareness and make funds more accessible to small businesses while continuing to prioritize the deployment of CORE-funded equipment in low-income, disadvantaged, underserved and rural communities. This includes a $30 million set-aside for zero-emission small off-road equipment purchases made by small California landscaping companies or sole proprietors following legislative direction.
  • New Equipment Categories: Staff has received interest from manufacturers of off-road equipment types that are not currently eligible to participate in CORE, such as those used in construction, agriculture, and lawn and garden. Staff sees a significant opportunity to expand the eligible equipment categories to include equipment used in these industries.
  • Voucher Amounts, Off-Ramps for Mature Equipment Categories, and Other Programmatic Changes: CORE is intended to spur market growth of advanced technology in off-road equipment. Staff will continue to adjust voucher levels in a way that continues to move the needle to advance technology, ensure equipment diversity, and maximize the impact of available funding. Potential adjustments could include reducing voucher amounts for equipment categories that are further along in their commercialization arc, establishing project caps, and adjusting enhancements, as appropriate.

These changes and plans to reopen the project to new voucher requests, and other topics to be included in the FY 2021-22 Implementation Manual will be discussed in more detail in upcoming CORE Workgroup meetings beginning of 2022. Information about upcoming workgroup meetings will be announced via GovDelivery notice soon (follow link to subscribe to CORE GovDelivery email notifications if you have not already). CALSTART will provide more details via email.

For questions or comments, please email info@californiacore.org.

CORE Helps to Fund Deployment of 53 Zero-Emission TRUs!

By Fleets, News

United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) deploys 53 all-electric transport refrigerated trailer units (TRUs) with help from CORE funding! The natural and organic food company anticipates that the all-electric units will save about 135,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually while lowering particulate-matter pollutant emissions and greenhouse-gas emissions. UNFI is one of the first wholesalers to employ the technology, taking action to improve global environmental issues.

Read more UNFI’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions here: https://bit.ly/3hmB6da 

Open Now: Solicitation for Combustion Freight and Marine Grant Funding in California

By Funding Updates, Funding Opportunity, Industry Opportunities

Approximately $26 million in Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding is available to entities throughout California for Combustion Freight and Marine Projects. This category is intended to accelerate the replacement of older, higher polluting engines throughout the state of California, including but not limited to areas that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution, such as freight corridors, ports, and rail yards. The funding is now available statewide on a first-come first-served basis until funding is exhausted.

Learn more today: https://bit.ly/3hjs5QB

Now Open for Solicitation: Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Grant Funding in California

By News, Funding Opportunity

Up to $34 million now available in California Grant Funding for Zero-Emission Freight and Marine Projects on behalf of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Program. Funding is available statewide (CA) on a first-come, first-served basis until September 22, 2021 or until funding is exhausted.

Learn more about this funding opportunity and determine your eligibility today: https://bit.ly/3vwCUUq

2021 California Climate Investments Annual Report Released!

By News

California Climate Investments (CCI) releases 2021 Annual Report! Another record year for CCI – $3.1 billion invested in more than 51,000 projects across California with 1 billion prioritizing underserved and low-income communities. These investments aim to improve public health, fire prevention, affordable housing, and energy efficiency, as well as significant reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases. Read more about how CCI is putting cap and trade dollars to work to improve quality of life for all Californians.

Click here for the full report: https://bit.ly/3xNhjt5

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