By Violette Roberts
Community Relations & Education Manager
The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is currently accepting proposals for projects that reduce smog forming-emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and equipment and other mobile sources operated within the District’s jurisdiction, which encompasses the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley.
Approximately $575,000 in AB2766 grant program funds are available to public or private entities for projects that reduce emissions from mobile sources, which account for more than 60% of air pollutant emissions gauged in the High Desert. Eligible projects include transit and parking management projects, demonstration projects in telecommuting, videoconferencing, and alternative fuel vehicles, electric/alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure development, and public education programs. The incremental cost of purchasing or leasing clean fuel/electric vehicles or repowering existing vehicles to operate on alternative fuel may also be eligible for funding in an amount not to exceed 25% of the total project cost.
In 2011, $138,000 in AB2766 grant funds was awarded to the City of Victorville for the La Mesa/Nisqually Interchange Traffic Signal Synchronization Project. In 2002, the City of Barstow received a $450,000 grant toward the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas/Compressed Natural Gas station within city limits.
The AB2766 competitive grant programis funded through vehicle registrations fees, which the local regulatory air agency uses to support programs that reduce air pollution from motor vehicles, as required by law. Public and private entities are encouraged to submit proposals either as sole or joint applicants. Proposals will be accepted through December 3, 2012 at 5:00PM.
Approximately $775,000 is also available through the state-funded Carl Moyer Program, which provides grants for projects that reduce emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and other mobile diesel equipment operated within the MDAQMD’s boundaries. Under the Moyer program, monies are disbursed to local entities via participating air districts to reimburse the partial cost of upgrading or replacing existing equipment with lower- emission technology. Small on-road fleets, small off-road compression ignited fleets, agricultural irrigation pumps and certain off-road large spark-ignited engines and locomotives are eligible for repower or retrofit through the program.
Applications for the Moyer program will be accepted continuously on a first-come, first-served basis until available funding is exhausted.
To download a Call for Projects packet for the AB2766 program or to find out more about Moyer grants, visit the MDAQMD website at www.mdaqmd.ca.gov. For additional information, call (760) 245-1661, ext. 1885