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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 26. AIR RESOURCES [39000 - 44474]

  ( Division 26 repealed and added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

PART 5. VEHICULAR AIR POLLUTION CONTROL [43000 - 44299.91]

  ( Part 5 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

CHAPTER 9. Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program [44275 - 44299.2]

  ( Chapter 9 added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 923, Sec. 2. )

ARTICLE 6. Infrastructure Demonstration Project [44284- 44284.]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 923, Sec. 2. )

44284.
  

(a)  In order to provide sufficient support for low-emission vehicle projects at the start of the program, the commission shall administer a demonstration project that provides limited funds for fueling infrastructure. Expenditures from the fund for this demonstration program shall not exceed two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000). In addition to providing necessary financial assistance to a limited number of infrastructure projects, the purpose of the infrastructure demonstration program is to assess whether funding for infrastructure is an appropriate and cost-effective use of public funds.

(b)  The commission shall solicit applications for a balanced mix of demonstration projects involving fueling and electrification infrastructure that is linked to covered vehicle projects and that is consistent with program goals. The commission, in consultation with participating districts, shall make every effort to coordinate infrastructure projects with covered vehicle projects representing a broad variety of fuels, technologies, and applications as appropriate and consistent with this chapter. Infrastructure projects that begin to dispense qualifying fuel on or after the date the program is implemented are eligible for funding under the program. The commission may also subvene infrastructure funds to districts to solicit applications and to expend the funds in accordance with this section. The commission shall have oversight and reporting responsibility for any funds that are subvened pursuant to this subdivision.

(c)  Any fueling infrastructure funded under the program shall be approved for funding by both the commission and the applicable district. The commission, in consultation with the districts, shall develop guidelines and criteria for infrastructure projects to be funded under the program.

(d)  The purchase and installation of equipment at a site that is designed primarily to dispense qualifying fuel is eligible for funding under the program. “Qualifying fuel” includes any liquid or gaseous fuel, other than standard gasoline or diesel, which is ultimately dispensed into covered vehicles that provide NO x reductions in California, and which were introduced into operation in California on or after the date the program is implemented.

(e)  Infrastructure projects to dispense qualifying fuel are eligible for funding from the Infrastructure Demonstration Program at a rate of seven dollars ($7) in one-time funding per million Btus of qualifying fuel to be dispensed annually. Projects that cannot demonstrate sufficient annual fuel throughput to qualify for a one hundred thousand dollar ($100,000) award, that is, over 14,280 million Btus per year, are not eligible for funding. Projects that can demonstrate an annual throughput of more than 14,280 million Btus per year, however, may request funding in amounts less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000). Private access facilities are eligible for a maximum award of up to four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000). Public access or limited public access facilities are eligible for a maximum award of up to six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000). Cofunding may be required to receive the applicable award amount. Infrastructure project awards from the fund, net of taxes, shall not exceed the total cost of the infrastructure project less any other applicable grants or tax credits.

(f)  Infrastructure projects to dispense qualifying fuel shall meet all of the following criteria:

(1)  Provide documentation, signed by owners of vehicles that will use the fuel, to demonstrate that an approvable amount of qualifying fuel is expected to be dispensed over a period of at least five years.

(2)  Be designed to meet current industry standards and codes and any applicable regulations.

(3)  If the owner of the fuel storage and dispensing equipment will be fueling vehicles the owner does not own, the owner shall provide one or more statements, signed by the proposed fueling equipment owner and by the owners of those vehicles that are referenced in the demonstration of adequate fuel throughput pursuant to subdivision (e), that mutually satisfactory arrangements regarding fuel price have been made. If the owner and operator of the fueling equipment will use the equipment exclusively to fuel his or her own vehicles, no documentation regarding fuel pricing arrangements is required.

(g)  Infrastructure projects to dispense electricity to covered vehicles shall be eligible for funding from the Infrastructure Demonstration Program at the rate of a minimum of four thousand dollars ($4,000), up to a maximum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per charger infrastructure charge port including installation for each qualifying charger. A “qualifying charger” is any charger that dispenses 4,000 kWh or more of energy per year, through each of one or more charging ports, into one or more covered vehicles that provide NO x reductions in California. Awards shall be based on a sliding scale of four thousand dollars ($4,000) to fourteen thousand dollars ($14,000) per charger port for qualifying chargers that dispense between 4,000 kWh and 15,000 kWh of electricity per port. In order for the project to be eligible for funding, documentation shall be provided, signed by owners of the vehicles that will use the charger, to demonstrate that the claimed kilowatt hours of electricity are expected to be dispensed per year for a period of at least five years. Funding shall be limited to a maximum award of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) per business per location. Infrastructure project awards from the fund, net of taxes, shall not exceed the total cost of the infrastructure project less any other applicable grants or tax credits.

(h)  The commission, in consultation with the state board and the districts, shall develop a simple, standardized application package for a project to be funded from the Infrastructure Demonstration Program. In addition to the application form, an application package shall include a brief description of the program, the projects that are eligible for the funding that is available, the selection criteria and evaluation process, the documentation that is required, and who to contact for more information, as well as an example of the contract that an applicant will be required to execute before receiving a grant award. The application form shall require as much information as the commission determines is necessary to properly evaluate each project, but shall otherwise minimize the information required. An applicant shall not be required to calculate tons of emissions reduced or cost-effectiveness as part of the application. Application packages shall be finalized and published as soon as practicable.

(i)  The commission shall make staff or technical support contractors available on an as-needed basis within available budgetary resources to assist project proponents to address issues common to infrastructure projects eligible for funding. Those issues may involve permitting and safety requirements.

(j)  As part of the annual program reports required pursuant to Section 44295, the commission shall report on the use of Infrastructure Demonstration Program funds. The commission shall report on facilities funded, how those facilities are supporting covered vehicle projects, fuel or electricity dispensed from each facility, and associated emissions reductions and cost-effectiveness. The commission shall calculate a total cost-effectiveness of NO x reductions from the vehicles that fuel at facilities funded from the Infrastructure Demonstration Program. This total cost-effectiveness shall include program funding provided to vehicles as well as funding provided from the Infrastructure Demonstration Program.

(Added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 923, Sec. 2. Effective October 10, 1999.)

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