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California Air Resources Board Approves Updated Scoping Plan and Funding for Clean Vehicles

December 15, 2017
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) on Dec. 14 adopted the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update.
Originally approved in 2008 after passage of AB 32, the scoping plan establishes a framework of action for California to meet the climate target of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 1990 levels (SB 32). The plan reflects policy measures, regulations, planning efforts, and investments in clean technologies and infrastructure the Administration believes will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This update follows the Cap-and-Trade extension the Legislature passed with a two-thirds majority vote and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July. Part of the extension required that the scoping plan analyses incorporate additional information, including cost metrics, GHG and air quality benefits, and cost savings of avoided damage.
The League has submitted comments throughout the process reflecting its ongoing commitment to working collaboratively with ARB to find solutions to achieve the GHG emission reduction goal, without putting undue regulatory or fiscal strain on cities.
Clean Transportation Funding
In addition to adopting the updated scoping plan, ARB also approved a $663 million low-carbon transportation plan to facilitate the switch to cleaner cars, truck, buses, and freight. This action allocates funding to a number of incentive programs:
Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Off-Road Equipment
  • $188 million to promote the sale of clean trucks and buses through voucher incentives, driving the continued deployment of hybrid, low-NOx (nitrogen oxides), and zero-emission trucks and buses.
  • $190 million for advanced-technology freight-related investments that will bring the cleanest vehicles and equipment to California's most impacted communities, transportation corridors and freight hubs.
  • $20 million to make loans for clean trucks more widely available. 
Passenger Vehicles and Transportation Equity
  • $140 million to the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, which offers up to $5,000 in vehicle rebates for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  • $125 million to transportation equity projects focused on disadvantaged communities and low-income consumers. These include programs to scrap and replace older vehicles with up-to-date clean cars, cleaner school buses, and more electric car-sharing projects in disadvantaged communities. 
ARB received this funding from an appropriation by the Legislature earlier this year. Cap-and-Trade auction revenues are deposited throughout the year into the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). The Legislature appropriates GGRF annually to priorities that reduce the state’s GHGs. The $663 million approved by ARB constitutes part of a $1.5 billion GGRF expenditure plan that the Legislature passed and the Governor signed in September.
The League weighed in during the Legislative process to ensure that the final package considered cities’ funding priorities.
The ARB news release includes additional information on the update.

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