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Environmental Management Department 2020-2021 Proposed Fee Schedule

EMD will be holding public workshops starting in November 2019 to provide you with more information about the proposed fee schedule for EMD permitting and services. EMD did not increase fees this fiscal year (2019-20) which makes this the 9th straight year fees have remained unchanged. EMD contracted an independent third party to perform a fee study to determine the correct fees that would fully cost recover for the required inspections and services. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​EMD is scheduled to adopt this fee schedule starting fiscal year 2020-2021.​

 

$35 Million in new funding for zero-emission projects in California!





Opens February 2021
Sac Metro Air District is forwarding this opportunity on behalf of our partners at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

VW Light Duty Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Funding Available: $5 million

Opens: February 2021

The funding will be available to purchase and install new charging stations for battery-electric vehicles while: 

  • Directing a minimum of 50 percent of funds to disadvantaged and low-income communities; and Expanding EV charging access statewide and closing geographic gaps in coverage. ​​ 
In advance of the solicitation, the VW administrator developed a draft guidance document and is seeking comments from interested parties. 

Deadline for feedback is January 28, 2021.  

The VW administrator will also be holding two pre-solicitation webinars where they will review the proposed criteria for eligibility, funding restrictions, and evaluation:  
  • Monday, January 11th at 10 a.m. (Register)
  • Thursday, January 21st at 3 p.m. (Register)
​Public comments and questions may also be submitted online through:

Background

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is serving as the statewide administrator of the funding for the VW Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant under contract with the California Air Resources Board. 

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the nine-county Bay Area. Connect with the Air District via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

More Information
For more information on Sac Metro Air District Incentive Programs, go to AirQuality.org/Businesses/Incentive-Programs

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The excess NOx emissions caused by VW's use of illegal emissions testing defeat devices in VW diesel vehicles. In California, the Zero-Emission Freight and Marine, or ZEF&M, along with four other categories will provide VW Environmental Mitigation Trust funding to eligible projects. The four other categories and the regional air quality agencies assigned to administer the funds statewide on behalf of the California Air Resources Board include: 

The California Air Resources Board estimates that the funding for all five categories will result in over 10,000 tons of NOx reductions over a 10-year period which will fully mitigate the NOx impacts caused by the VW defeat devices. 

For more information on the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust and details on eligibility requirements for the ZEF&M category, visit www.californiavwtrust.org
View the entire press release from Bay Area Air Quality Management District.​
 

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Sac Metro Air District 2021 Community Air Quality Grant Solicitation Announcement

2021 Community Air Quality Grant Solicitation

Application process opens Monday, March 29, 2021 

The Sac Metro Air District has over $18 million in mobile source incentive funding to improve air quality in Sacramento. Most of this funding is available in Sacramento, Solano, and Yolo Counties in partnership with the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District. The application period will open on March 29, 2021 and close on May 28, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to develop their proposals now. The primary purpose of this funding is to promote zero emission equipment used instead of diesel in communities impacted by air pollution. However, applications are accepted for other categories, and one common application is used for all funding.

Eligibility and Funding Summary

Funding will be available to replace medium and heavy-duty vehicles with zero- emission trucks and buses, install low carbon fueling infrastructure, replace older farm tractors, upgrade locomotives, or complete other eligible projects. Applications are open to private companies, government agencies, and other entities to promote clean transportation and goods movement in Sacramento. Any applications not funded may be used to advocate for more funding in the future, so we request that you apply for any projects that might help achieve the goal of reducing vehicle and equipment emissions.

The District will accept applications from March 29, 2021 to May 28, 2021. Final details about the program solicitation will be posted on the website by March 29, 2021. Staff will have a Zoom webinar to discuss the program in April. Details will be made available soon. Please visit our website for more information and updates:


 

SMUD SEED Newsletter

SMUD SEED Newsletter - Updated Quarterly​
 

SMUD EV Incentive Program

​A rebate project to increase access to electric vehicle (EV) chargers throughout Sacramento County is launching with up to $15.5 million in funds available for qualifying local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

The rebates will be available through the Sacramento County Incentive Project to install both commercial-grade Level 2 chargers and high-powered DC fast chargers. The project is an initiative of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), which works with local community partners to develop and implement regional incentive projects for charging infrastructure that supports the adoption of EVs statewide.

 

South Sacramento Chosen for Community Air Protection Program

​On September 27, 2018, CARB selected 10 communities across the state to be the first communities to develop and implement a community emission reduction plan and/or an air monitoring plan.  The South Sacramento - Florin community was one of the 10 to be selected. This community will be a part of the inaugural implementation year for the State's Community Air Protection Program for air monitoring. 

 

Events

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Webinars

We will be discussing EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) disaster loan program offered directly from the Small Business Administration and the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan program that is offered through local lending institutions.​

 

Now accepting 2020 Sustainable Business Award Nominations

This year's annual Sustainability Awards will be held in September at The Golden 1 Center.​

We welcome all nominations and would like to have a nice pool to choose from this year. In order to do this we need your help in choosing businesses or organizations that deserve to receive an award. Please use the attached nomination form a​nd return to any BERC staff by June 30th, 2020

Visit our Sustainable Business page to download our Nomination Form: http://sacberc.org/SASB/Pages/default.aspx



 

SMUD SEED opportunities 2020

Please see these SMUD opportunities for small businesses!