Community Air Protection Incentives
Since 2017 the California Legislature has budgeted $1.2 billion to support Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017) with incentives directed by local air districts to put advanced technologies to work for cleaner air in the California communities that are most heavily impacted by disproportionate levels of air pollution.
The Legislature initially directed air districts to spend funds according to two existing mobile source incentive programs: the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, and the Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. CARB conducted joint public meetings with the air districts in order to seek guidance from community members as to how the Carl Moyer Program Guidelines could be modified in order to best direct funds to the areas with the greatest need. Air districts have been using the resulting Community Air Protection Funds Supplement to the Carl Moyer Program 2017 Guidelines since it was approved by the Board on April 27, 2018.
In 2018, the Legislature provided additional direction to fund incentives for stationary sources and projects consistent with Community Emissions Reduction Programs. CARB worked with CAPCOA to distribute the funds to the air districts containing communities selected for air monitoring or emissions reduction programs pursuant to AB 617, and those with communities under consideration for future selection.
Today, AB 617 continues to ensure Californians disproportionately impacted by air pollution can take measures to fund projects which provide immediate benefits in their communities. In the approved 2022 California State Budget, the legislature appropriated $240 million for incentives to support the Community Air Protection Program.