2016 State Policy Landscape: What it Means for the Sierra

The Government Affairs Director of the Sierra Business Council shares a high-level update on state legislative climate policy that are important to the Sierra. Key components include the Governor’s Proposed Budget’s allocation of $3.1 billion in Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) dollars, implications of SB 350, and the Under 2 MOU proposal associated with the December…

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…

Cap and Trade Notice of Funding Availability (AHSC Program): Concept Letters Due March 16th

A total of $320 million is available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) funded by cap and trade auction proceeds, through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities, or “AHSC” Program. For more information: Review the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on CA Housing and Community Development (HCD)’s website; Refer to the AHSC Program Guidelines; Visit…

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…

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Draft Funding Guidelines

The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) has released a draft version of the Funding Guidelines for agencies that are administering appropriations from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). The draft Funding Guidelines consist of three volumes focused on: accountability and transparency; maximizing benefits to disadvantaged communities; and reporting to document greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions,…

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…
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