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CORE Workgroup 5.10.2022

Work Group Meeting to Implement Fiscal Year 2021-22 Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) May 10, 2022

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On May 10, 2022, California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff will hold a third public workgroup meeting to further discuss development of CORE. Topics will include an overview of the Implementation Manual (IM) and the zero-emission equipment manufacturer, dealer, and owner voucher application processes. Note that this version of the IM does not include professional landscaping equipment, which is being developed on an independent timeline.

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Background

California Climate Investments Low Carbon Transportation Funding: The Low Carbon Transportation program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program 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. CARB’s Low Carbon Transportation Program is designed to accelerate the transition to low carbon freight and passenger transportation with a priority on providing health and economic benefits to California’s most disadvantaged communities. These investments support the State’s climate change strategy pillars of a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in vehicles by 2030 and reducing short lived climate pollutants and the Governor’s goal to deploy 5 million zero- emissions vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030. Additionally, these incentives provide important early steps to transform the transportation sector, supporting Governor Newsom’s recent Executive Order N-79-20 calling on the State to accelerate the transformation to a zero-emission transportation fleet. Lastly, these investments reduce ozone precursor emissions and toxic diesel particulate emissions, supporting the State’s goals in these areas.

Since 2013, the Legislature has appropriated a total of over $2.7 billion to CARB for Low Carbon Transportation projects. These funds are being used to fund zero-emission and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles through CVRP; light-duty vehicle equity projects to increase access to clean transportation in disadvantaged communities and for lower‑income Californians; deployment incentives for clean trucks and buses; and advanced technology demonstration projects for freight trucks and off-road equipment.

Annual Funding Plan: The annual funding plan is each year’s blueprint for expending Low Carbon Transportation and AQIP funds appropriated to CARB in the State budget. The FY 2021-22 Funding Plan covered a total of $1.5 billion in clean transportation appropriated to CARB in the Budget Act of 2021 as amended by SB 129 (Skinner, Chapter 69, Statutes of 2021) and SB 170 (Skinner, Chapter 240, Statutes of 2021).

The FY 2021-2022 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives allocates $194.95 million to CORE to build upon a program that will bring about greater adoption of cleaner, commercially available off-road technologies by providing a streamlined way for fleets ready to purchase specific zero-emission equipment to receive funding. The modifications approved by the Board include an expansion into equipment types beyond freight, including, but not limited to, construction, agriculture, and material handling. In addition, the creation of set asides for small business or sole proprietors to purchase small off-road equipment, including but not limited to, leaf blowers and lawnmowers for professional landscape services.

Air Pollution Control Fund investments have traditionally funded multiple technologies, overcoming deployment barriers, reducing production costs, promoting consumer acceptance, and accelerating technology transfer to other sectors. This program is designed to achieve both immediate emission reductions and, as emphasized in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20, support the transformation of California’s equipment fleet to one that is zero-emitting where feasible. In designing these investments, CARB strives to maximize the benefits for disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households.

CORE will provide vouchers for specified types of zero-emission off-road equipment on a first-come, first‑served basis, with increased incentives for equipment located in disadvantaged communities. CORE accelerates the deployment of cleaner off‑road equipment and benefits the citizens of California by providing immediate criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emission reductions and supporting California’s long-term air quality and climate change goals.

Contact
If you have questions or comments regarding this workgroup, please contact Mr. Todd Sterling, Air Pollution Specialist, at (279) 842-9870. If you require a special accommodation or need this document in an alternate format (i.e. Braille, large print) or another language, please contact CARB via email at [email protected] as soon as possible. TTY/TDD/Speech to Speech users may dial 711 for the California Relay Service.

Dole Advances on Goal of 100% Electric Cargo Handling Equipment at San Diego Port Terminal – Funded in Part via CORE

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Dole Food Company announced a $1.5 million dollar electrification project at its West Coast port operation. This project has funded five new electric utility tractor rigs (UTRS) to add to Dole’s growing electric fleet of container transfer trucks.

These new terminal UTRs—adding to two existing electric vehicles currently in operation at the facility—are funded in part via the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CORE is intended to accelerate deployment of advanced technology in the off-road sector by providing a streamlined way for fleets to access funding that helps offset the incremental costs of such technology.

Dole will retire four diesel-powered UTRs with these new battery electric units, resulting in a substantial emission reduction.

As per the research submitted in Dole’s application to CORE, each new UTR will avoid 0.3194 tons NOx/year over the 10-year life for a total reduction of 3.194 tons NOx per UTR and a cumulative project emissions reduction of 12.776 tons NOx over the 10 years.

With these changes, Dole now affirms 35 percent of its port transfer UTRs are electric, well on its way to meet the company goal to be 100 percent electrified in its UTR fleet by 2030…

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CORE Workgroup 2.17.2022

Work Group Meeting to Implement Fiscal Year 2021-22 Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), February 17, 2022

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On Tuesday, February 17, 2022 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hosted a Workgroup Meeting for the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE). The workgroup reviewed the Board-approved Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives (Funding Plan). 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. This workgroup will discuss various topics, such as lessons learned and potential Implementation Manual updates, equipment categories, dealer/manufacturer participation, and other outstanding CORE topics.  CARB staff will take this opportunity to engage with stakeholders with a question-and-answer session.

Background

California Climate Investments Low Carbon Transportation Funding

The Low Carbon Transportation program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program 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. CARB’s Low Carbon Transportation Program is designed to accelerate the transition to low carbon freight and passenger transportation with a priority on providing health and economic benefits to California’s most disadvantaged communities. These investments support the State’s climate change strategy pillars of a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in vehicles by 2030 and reducing short lived climate pollutants and the Governor’s goal to deploy 5 million zero- emissions vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030. These investments also reduce ozone precursor emissions and toxic diesel particulate emissions, supporting the State’s goals in these areas.

Since 2013, the Legislature has appropriated a total of over $2.7 billion to CARB for Low Carbon Transportation projects. These funds are being used to fund zero-emission and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles through CVRP; light-duty vehicle equity projects to increase access to clean transportation in disadvantaged communities and for lower‑income Californians; deployment incentives for clean trucks and buses; and advanced technology demonstration projects for freight trucks and off-road equipment.

Annual Funding Plan

The annual funding plan is each year’s blueprint for expending Low Carbon Transportation and AQIP funds appropriated to CARB in the State budget. The FY 2021-22 Funding Plan covered a total of $1.5 billion in clean transportation appropriated to CARB in the Budget Act of 2021 as amended by SB 129 (Skinner, Chapter 69, Statutes of 2021) and SB 170 (Skinner, Chapter 240, Statutes of 2021).

The FY 2021-2022 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives allocates $194.95 million to CORE to build upon a program that will bring about greater adoption of cleaner, commercially available off-road technologies by providing a streamlined way for fleets ready to purchase specific zero-emission equipment to receive funding. The modifications approved by the Board include an expansion into equipment types beyond freight, including, but not limited to, construction, agriculture, and material handling. In addition, the creation of set asides for small business or sole proprietors to purchase small off-road equipment, including but not limited to, leaf blowers and lawnmowers for professional landscape services.

Air Pollution Control Fund investments have traditionally funded multiple technologies, overcoming deployment barriers, reducing production costs, promoting consumer acceptance, and accelerating technology transfer to other sectors. This program is designed to achieve both immediate emission reductions and, as emphasized in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20, support the transformation of California’s equipment fleet to one that is zero-emitting where feasible. In designing these investments, CARB strives to maximize the benefits for disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households.

For more information about the FY 2021-22 Funding Plan, please visit the Funding Plan website.

The CORE Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program 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.

Contact

If you have questions or comments regarding this work group, please contact [email protected].

If you require a special accommodation or need this document in an alternate format (i.e. Braille, large print) or another language, please contact [email protected] 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 [email protected].

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

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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 

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

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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

Port of Long Beach Virtual Workshops Flyer

Port of Long Beach Workforce Development & Education Workshop Series

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The Port of Long Beach in partnership with Long Beach Community College and the Academy of Global Logistics program with Long Beach Unified School District invite you to participate in a series of virtual workshops showcasing the zero-emission technology workforce assessment and program development. Together, these programs pave the way in training the next generation for work in the goods movement sector as it transitions to zero emissions.

Date: Monday, May 24, 2021

Time: 3-5:00pm PDT

Register Today: https://bit.ly/3hs68k9

California Air Resources Board announces new incentive program for clean off-road freight and cargo handling equipment

By Uncategorized, Program Updates, Funding Updates, News

SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board today announced the launch of a new $40 million program designed to accelerate the purchase and use of zero-emission off-road freight technologies.  The “Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project” (CORE) will feature a streamlined voucher process for buyers to receive funding that will offset the higher costs of clean, zero-emission equipment including terminal tractors, transport refrigeration units, cargo-handling equipment and more.

“Forward-thinking, savvy business owners will want to take advantage of CORE because it will enable them to replace their dirty older equipment and get the cleanest, most advanced models available for about the same price as the diesel- or gas-powered version.  The result is equipment that saves businesses on fuel costs and has zero tailpipe emissions—a winner for the pocketbook and the community,” said CARB Executive Officer Richard W. Corey.

Under the CORE program  a business owner could receive $180,000 to cover the difference between a zero-emission tractor and one that is powered by diesel. The program also encourages deployment of cleaner technology in disadvantaged communities by providing up to 10 percent higher incentives for zero-emission equipment that will be used in these areas..  Awards can’t exceed $500,000 per piece of equipment.

CORE is based on California’s popular Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), which is helping to facilitate and commercialize use of clean on-road technologies by transit agencies throughout the state. From its inception in 2009, more than $447 million has been allocated to HVIP.  The investment will bring the total number of ultra-clean trucks and buses operating on California’s roadways to more than 7,000 over the next two years with more on the way, as demand for vouchers continues to grow. Additionally, HVIP has helped more than 1,100 California fleets buy cleaner vehicles.

CALSTART, a national nonprofit consortium that works with innovators to advance modernization and adoption of clean vehicles, administers HVIP, and was recently awarded the contract to administer the CORE program.  Both programs are funded by California Climate Investments, the 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.

CORE targets commercialized zero-emission products, including the types of equipment listed below. Other equipment categories may be added in the future.

  • On- and off-road terminal tractors
  • Transport refrigeration units
  • Forklifts (greater than 8,000 lbs. lift capacity)
  • Container handling equipment
  • Airport cargo loaders
  • Wide-body aircraft tugs
  • Railcar movers
  • Rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes

To obtain CORE discounts, business owners will work with CORE-approved dealers to choose the appropriate equipment. Buyers will receive the discount at the point of sale. The dealer then submits a CORE voucher request form on behalf of the buyer and is reimbursed once all required paperwork is provided and the new zero-emission equipment is delivered to the buyer. Funds for the new program are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anyone interested in buying equipment through the CORE program should note that their fleets must already be in full compliance with the state’s existing applicable regulations (Truck and Bus, TRU, Off-Road, Large Spark Ignition, Cargo-Handling, etc.).  The CORE program cannot be used to bring fleets into compliance.

CORE funding is expected to be available before the end of the year.

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CARB announces more than $200 million in new funding for clean freight transportation

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SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today announced up to $205 million in grants for projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution caused by the movement of goods throughout the state. 

Eleven projects will receive $150 million from California Climate Investments – using proceeds from the state’s landmark Cap-and-Trade program – and other sources, with another $55 million to be considered by the Board at its October meeting. The grants will be matched by $210 million invested by private and public partners, bringing total investment to more than $400 million.

The projects range from electric locomotives, trucks and refrigeration trailers at railyards in Stockton and San Bernardino, to a hybrid tugboat and electric cranes and forklifts at the Port of Long Beach. All 11 projects are located within disadvantaged communities that are heavily impacted by air pollution from freight facilities.

“California is again leading the world, showing what can be done when government and the private sector combine forces to drive technology and innovation,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols.  “The implications for the future are clear.  Businesses will benefit by lowering their operational costs, and because all these projects are located in disadvantaged communities, residents who have long suffered the impacts of pollution will benefit by having cleaner air to breathe.” 

Kenworth truck with Toyota fuel cell
Kenworth trucks with Toyota fuel cells will begin serving the Port of Los Angeles in 2020.

The goal of CARB’s Zero and Near Zero Emission Freight Facility program is to support transformative, cost-effective clean technologies that can be adopted by other freight facilities and accelerate the commercialization of these technologies statewide. The projects will reduce pollution that contributes to regional air quality problems, particularly diesel particulate emissions that impact communities located near ports, rail yards and warehouses.

“I applaud the California Air Resources Board for its vision and commitment to helping disadvantaged communities in California improve their air quality by fostering innovative clean technologies,” said Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino). “These significant investments show that California businesses can thrive while helping to further our efforts to clean the air of our state’s most impacted communities. I look forward to witnessing firsthand the benefits that these projects will bring to the 20th State Senate District and the Inland Empire.”

Each of the 11 projects will receive matching funds from private and public partners. Grants are expected to be executed over the coming months. Read more: CARB announces more than $200 million in new funding for clean freight transportation

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