NEW! SCAQMD is no longer accepting applications for the Carl Moyer Program (CMP).
Please check back to this webpage in early 2018 for updated information regarding new Carl Moyer funding opportunities.
The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Carl Moyer Program) is named after Dr. Carl Moyer in recognition of his work in improving air quality. The Carl Moyer Program does not pay for compliance with a regulation - instead, it provides competitive grants for the incremental cost of cleaner-than-required engines, vehicles, and equipment. The program focuses on cleaning the air by replacing older heavy-duty diesels with electric, alternative-fuel, or cleaner diesel technologies.
Since 1998, the Carl Moyer Program (CMP) has provided funding to encourage the owners of diesel engines to go beyond regulatory requirements by retrofitting, repowering, or replacing their engines with newer and cleaner ones. The CMP has been a successful and popular air pollution reduction program. While air pollution regulations continue to be the primary means to reduce air pollution emissions, the CMP plays a complementary role to California’s regulatory program by providing incentives to obtain early or extra NOx, PM and ROG emission reductions.
This is the 19th year of the CMP. Approximately $24 million is available for eligible projects within the SCAQMD's four-county jurisdiction. Additional funding may become available.
Who is Eligible?
Any owner of an eligible heavy-duty on-road or off-road project, public or private, that results in cost-effective NOx, PM and/or ROG emission reductions. The project must not be required by a current regulation or within three years of a regulatory compliance deadline. Projects must operate at least 75% of the time within the SCAQMD boundaries. To be eligible for CMP funds, projects must meet the criteria described in the 2015 Carl Moyer Program Guidelines and all subsequent advisories to the Guidelines. Projects must be in compliance with applicable California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations, meet the cost-effective threshold of $18,260 per weighted ton of total reduced emissions, and be fully in operation within eighteen (18) months of contract execution or by May 24, 2019, whichever is earlier.
What Types of Projects Qualify for the Carl Moyer Program?
The project categories identified for funding under the SCAQMD’s 2017 CMP solicitation are:
- On-Road: All on-road projects must generate surplus emission reductions. Vehicles subject to CARB’s fleet rules have limited or no CMP funding opportunities under the current Guidelines. However, the proposed 2017 Guidelines update will provide new funding opportunities for on-road projects that involve cleaner-than-required engines and advanced technologies. In anticipation of the new guidelines becoming finalized by CARB by July 1, 2017, the SCAQMD encourages all fleets to submit applications for such on-road projects.
Emergency vehicles, including but not limited to prisoner transport buses and fire apparatus, are exempt from CARB regulations and therefore are eligible for CMP funding.
How is the Size of a Carl Moyer Program Grant Determined?
- Off-Road: Propulsion engines greater than 25 horsepower on mobile off-road equipment are eligible for CMP funding, with limitations. Off-road projects must demonstrate compliance with any applicable CARB regulation at the time of application. Off-road heavy-duty equipment/engines include, but are not limited to, construction equipment, agricultural tractors, marine engines, shore power and locomotive equipment. Portable equipment are not eligible for CMP funding.
- Construction equipment projects fall into three district categories: (a) repower with an emission-certified engine, (b) retrofit with a verified-diesel emission control strategy, and (c) replacement by a vehicle with an engine certified as meeting the current off-road emission standards.
- Cargo handling equipment electrification projects operating at seaports or intermodal rail yards in trade corridors. This applies to rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes projects either converting or replacing diesel-powered cranes with a zero-emission power system.
- Marine vessel project types include engine repower with cleanest available technology.
- Shore power projects within port locations must be surplus to CARB’s At-Berth Regulation and approved on a case-by-case basis.
- Locomotive projects for new locomotives and replacement engines must be certified to Tier 4 standards.
The Carl Moyer Program grants are based on the cost-effectiveness and emission benefits of the project.
How will Applications Be Evaluated?
All applications will be evaluated based on their cost-effectiveness of NOx, PM10
and ROG emissions reduced as well as on their disproportional impact evaluation. At least 50 percent of CMP funds will be directed toward disproportionately impacted areas that are identified based on poverty level, PM2.5
exposure and/or air toxics exposure. For further information, please see Program Announcement #PA2017-04 (PDF, 524KB).
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All project awards shall not exceed the project’s incremental cost or the maximum cost-effectiveness limit of $18,260 per ton of weighted emissions reduced unless revised by CARB prior to the SCAQMD awards. Please note the proposed 2017 CMP Guidelines update includes a higher cost-effectiveness limit for all project categories.
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