Climate Heat Impact Response Program (CHIRP) - Currently On Hold Until Further Notice
There are many ways to relieve pressure on the electrical grid during extreme heat events. While some have no direct emissions associated with them – like adjusting your thermostat or turning off your lights – there are some that have emission impacts in our communities. Under the Governor’s direction through a Proclamation of a State of Emergency, backup generators and power plants are allowed to operate outside of their permit requirements and, depending on the severity of the energy shortfall, ships at berth are allowed to use on their auxiliary engines in lieu of shore power. The Climate Heat Impact Response Program (CHIRP) provides a pathway for the reporting of emissions and lays out the plan for mitigating the emission increases associated with these emergency measures. The mitigation plan also provides opportunities to further enhance and support California’s grid resiliency to reduce the need for emergency measures in the future.
To achieve this, the CHIRP Mitigation Plan will focus on the following goals:
- Mitigate excess emissions generated and reduce exposure during California Independent System Operator (CAISO) grid warnings and emergencies from extreme heat events
- Consult and engage affected communities to determine desired community-focused projects that yield long-term/sustainable benefits
- Focus on projects to mitigate and reduce current and future emission impacts and build grid resiliency
- Develop a program that is complementary and not duplicative to other incentive programs at CARB and across the State that could continue with future proclamations.
- Provide transparency through regular updates to public on project progress and outcomes