Annual Report is Released Detailing 2015-16 Cap and Trade Auction Proceed Expenditures

California’s Department of Finance has released an Annual Report detailing the outcomes of close to $2.6 billion appropriated from Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to state agencies in 2015 and 2016. $1.7 billion has been allocated to greenhouse gas (GHG)-reducing programs and projects expected to save 14.3 million tons of GHGs, with investments in high speed rail…

Map of Disadvantaged Communities as Designated by CalEPA

Knowing what communities in your jurisdiction have been designated as disadvantaged can be important for understanding what funding streams may be available for energy efficiency and sustainability projects. A map of disadvantaged communities is available on the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website, here. A list of disadvantaged communities is also available in Excel…

2/25: Second Light Duty Pilot Project Work Group for FY 2016-17

CalEPA is holding its second work group for its FY 2016-17 Light Duty Pilot Project this Thursday, February 25th, The Light Duty Pilot Project is an initiative funded through ARB and supported by cap and trade proceeds to improve low-carbon transportation and mobility in disadvantaged communities. Interested parties may attend in-person at Cal/EPA Headquarters, Conference Room 350, 1001…

Governor’s 2016-17 Budget Proposes Allocating $3.1B from Cap and Trade Proceeds

The Governor’s proposed 2016-17 budget, released earlier this month, proposes a $3.1 billion allocation of cap and trade program proceeds. This allocation is divided into two categories: continuous appropriation, and one-time appropriation. As summarized by the League of California Cities in a great summary of cap and trade, funding for specific program areas are proposed across…

Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Second Investment Plan Available from ARB

After months of public comment and review, the Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Second Investment Plan: Fiscal Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 is available. The Plan provides an overview of the State’s responsibilities, requirements and goals when reinvesting using the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) – or the State’s cap and trade auction proceeds. The Governor’s…

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Technical Assistance through SCAG

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is providing technical assistance on applications for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, through which local governments and others may apply for $320 million of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) dollars in March 2016. For information on technical assistance sessions and partnership opportunities, visit SCAG’s website. For more…

Cap and Trade Guidance from the Institute for Local Government (ILG)

This publication from the Institute for Local Government, Cap and Trade: Investing in California’s Communities, provides a helpful overview of cap and trade funding to date across the transportation, energy efficiency, and natural resources sectors. Project eligibility for the 2014-15 funding cycle and eligible project examples are shared. For more on cap and trade funding, click…

Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Public Workshop to Discuss Funding Guidelines for Agencies Administering Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds

The Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop to provide input on the draft Funding Guidelines for agencies administering Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund programs. The workshop will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015, in Sacramento and available through webcast.  To download a copy of the Workshop Notice, including the workshop time and location, please visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/ggrfworkshopnotice-june22.pdf.…

2015 Update to Multi-Family EE Programming Best Practices Report Available

This 2015 update to the 2011 report from the Multifamily Subcommittee of the California Home Energy Retrofit Coordinating Committee (MF HERCC) includes best practices and the latest recommendations for effective multi-family energy efficiency programming. Per the report: “This update report provides recommendations for the refinement of Energy Upgrade California Multifamily programs authorized by the California Public Utilities…

Department of Community Services & Development (CSD) Guidelines for Implementation of Weatherization Cap-and-Trade Funds

The Department of Community Services & Development (CSD) has released an update of their Guidelines on the purpose, goals and eligibility and other requirements associated with Low Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) funding allocated from cap and trade auction proceeds under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). Eligibility information provides clarification on income level eligibility, as…

Fact Sheet: How Your Community Can Benefit from SB 535

A fact sheet covering SB 535 direction of funds to disadvantaged communities is available from UpliftCA, here. UpliftCA is a volunteer nonprofit created by The Greenlining Institute in partnership with the SB 535 Coalition, led by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Coalition for Clean Air, The Greenlining Institute and Public Advocates. Click here for more…

Cap & Trade and Prop 39: What Local Governments Need to Know

The State of California has seen two emerging sources of funding focused on supporting greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts and energy efficiency. The state agencies, the legislature and numerous stakeholders are now in the process of determining how to utilize the revenues generated from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions (projected at $200M this fiscal year and…

CA Cap on GG Emissions Approved

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California’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Regulation, including Compliance Offset Protocols. The regulation became effective January 1, 2012.
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