The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Carl Moyer Program)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
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.
Background:
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.
    • 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.
  • How is the Size of a Carl Moyer Program Grant Determined?
    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).

    Cost-Effectiveness Limit
    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.

    Useful Links and Resources:

    CARB Rules
    Website:
    On-Road Private
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/onrdiesel.htm Link to external website. 
    Public/Utility Fleets
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/publicfleets/publicfleets.htm Link to external website. 
    In-Use Off-Road (CI)
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/ordiesel.htm Link to external website. 
    Harbor Craft
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft.htm Link to external website. 
    Cargo Handling Equipment
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/cargo/cargo.htm Link to external website. 
    Shore Power
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/shorepower/shorepower.htm Link to external website. 

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    Marine Vessel Projects:
    Marine vessel project types include engine repower and shore power. Each category is summarized below.

    Marine Engine Repower:
    Vessels not subject to the in-use compliance requirements of CARB’s Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation such as fishing vessels, pilot boats and work boats are eligible.  Limited CMP funding opportunities remain for vessel engines subject to the in-use compliance requirements of CARB’s Commercial Harbor Craft (CHC) regulation (i.e., barge, crew/supply, dredge, excursion, ferry, towboat and tugboats), since the repower must be completed at least three (3) years prior to the vessel’s regulatory in-use compliance date.  Based on the vessel’s operation, the newer engine’s emissions must be surplus to the currently required U.S. EPA marine engine emission standard (i.e., Tier 3, Tier 4, etc.). Remanufacture kits, which are comprised of engine component parts that, when installed, reduce the engine’s emissions, are subject to the same requirements as engine repower projects. 

    Shore Power Projects:
    Limited CMP funding opportunities remain for shore power projects due to the applicability of CARB’s At-Berth Regulation.  Applicants must submit their CARB-approved Initial Terminal Plan to document compliance with CARB’s Shore Power regulation.  The proposed project must provide emission reductions that are surplus to regulatory requirements.  Projects not subject to CARB’s regulation are eligible.

    How to Apply:
    SCAQMD is no longer accepting Carl Moyer applications - please check back in early 2018 for future funding opportunities.

    Business Request Forms:

    Useful Links and Resources:

    • Links to CARB Rules that Affect CMP Eligibility (please check the appropriate website for applicable CARB regulation and compliance dates):
    CARB Rules
    Website:
    Harbor Craft
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft.htm Link to external website.
    Shore Power
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/shorepower/shorepower.htm Link to external website.

    For additional CMP information on Marine Vessels, please contact project officer Mark Coleman at (909) 396-3074 or email at: mcoleman@aqmd.gov

    For additional CMP information on Shore Power, please contact project officer Greg Ushijima at (909) 396-3301 or email at: gushijima@aqmd.gov.

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    On-Road Vehicles:
    All on-road projects must generate surplus emission reductions. Therefore, all vehicles subject to CARB’s Fleet Rules, including but not limited to the Statewide Truck & Bus Regulation, Solid Waste Collection Vehicle Rule, Public Agencies & Utilities Fleet Rule, and Drayage Truck Regulation, have limited or no CMP funding opportunities under the current Guidelines.  However, the proposed 2017 Guidelines update will provide new funding opportunities for projects that involve cleaner-than-required engines and advanced technologies in on-road heavy-duty vehicles.  In anticipation of the new guidelines becoming finalized by CARB by July 1, 2017, the SCAQMD encourages fleets to submit applications for such on-road projects in response to this PA.

    The proposed engine for each on-road project must be consistent with the “Intended Service Class” per the CARB Executive Order [medium-heavy duty (MHD) Intended Service Class engines cannot be used for projects which have the heavy-heavy duty (HHD) vehicle classifications]. Executive Orders for on-road vehicles may be downloaded at:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad/cert/cert.php.

    Emergency Vehicles:
    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.  Eligible emergency vehicle projects are those in which an older, more polluting emergency vehicle is replaced with a new or used replacement vehicle with an engine meeting the current model year California emission standards. The older, replaced vehicle must be destroyed.

    A fire truck reuse option is also available on a case-by-case basis. The fire truck reuse option allows fire departments to give away the existing old vehicle and destroy another older vehicle in its place. Additional requirements for emergency vehicle projects can be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/moyer/guidelines/2011gl/2011cmp_ch6_07_11_14.pdf

    New Purchase:
    NEW!  Under the 2017 CMP Guidelines update, CARB has removed the New Purchase option as an eligible funding category for On-Road projects.  Thus, funding for this category will no longer be available.  

    Repowers:
    A replacement engine for a repower project must be a CARB-certified engine meeting emissions levels of 0.50 g/bhp-hr NOx and 0.01 g/bhp-hr PM10 or lower. Repowers with replacement family emission limit (FEL) engines that meet these emissions levels must be based on emission factors for model year 2007-2009 engines. 

    Due to technological constraints presented with the limited feasibility of newer engines with advanced emissions control equipment fitting into an older vehicle chassis, single vehicle repower projects are not eligible for Moyer funding.  However, the economics of repower projects involving a large quantity of the same chassis and engine combination may allow compliance with the engine manufacturer quality assurance process that is equivalent to an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) package. In these cases, a prototype vehicle is thoroughly reviewed and tested to ensure that the installation meets OEM requirements, and the successful prototype installation is then replicated in other vehicles with the same chassis and engine combination. While the prototype evaluation (with documented OEM approval) is not eligible for CMP funding, projects to replicate the identical chassis and engine combination will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

    Replacement:
    NEW!  Under the 2017 CMP Guidelines update, CARB has added the Replacement option as an eligible funding category.  The SCAQMD is encouraging fleets to submit applications for advanced technologies and cleaner-than-required vehicles, including optional low NOx, hybrid and zero emission vehicles under this PA. 

    Please note that if you are an owner of a fleet with 10 or fewer vehicles (greater than 14,000 lbs. GVWR), you may be eligible for funding through the On-Road Voucher Incentive Program (VIP).  Please refer to the VIP website to explore funding opportunities for replacement and retrofit funding at:  www.aqmd.gov/VIP.

    How to Apply:
    SCAQMD is no longer accepting applications for the Carl Moyer Program - please check back in early 2018 for future funding opportunities.

    Business Request Forms:

    Useful Links and Resources:

    • Links to CARB Rules that Affect CMP Eligibility (please check the appropriate website for applicable CARB regulation and compliance dates):
    CARB Rules
    Website:
    On-Road Private
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/onrdiesel.htmLink to external website.
    Public/Utility Fleets
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/publicfleets/publicfleets.htmLink to external website.


    For additional CMP information on On-Road Heavy-Duty Vehicles, please contact project officer Ashkaan Nikravan at (909) 396-3260 or email at: anikravan@aqmd.gov.

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    Off-Road Compression-Ignition Equipment:
    Propulsion engines greater than 25 horsepower on mobile off-road equipment are eligible for CMP funding, with limitations. 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 is not eligible for CMP funding.

    Construction:
    Fleets must be in compliance with CARB’s In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Off-Road Regulation) in order to be eligible for funding.  Large fleets subject to CARB’s In-Use Off-Road Equipment regulation are no longer eligible for funding under the current CMP Guidelines.  However, it is anticipated that large fleets will be eligible under the 2017 CMP Guidelines update that is expected to be finalized by CARB by July 1, 2017.  Therefore, the SCAQMD encourages large fleets to apply for CMP funding under this PA (PDF, 6.6MB).

    Applicants must submit information regarding fleet size and compliance status. This must include the Diesel Off-Road On-line Reporting System (DOORS) ID of the fleet, the DOORS Compliance Snapshot, the DOORS equipment list, and the DOORS Equipment Identification Number (EIN) of the funded equipment. All documentation submitted must be signed and dated by the applicant and include language certifying that the fleet list provided is accurate and complete.

    Off-road projects fall into three distinct categories:  (1) Repower with an emission-certified engine, (2) Retrofit with a verified-diesel emission control strategy (VDECS), and (3) Replacement by a vehicle with an engine certified as meeting the current off-road emission standards.  Further details of these project categories are described below:

    Engine Repower:
    Engine repowers are commonly diesel-to-diesel repowers and significant NOx and PM benefits are achieved due to the higher emission levels of the engine being replaced. Funding is not available for projects where a spark-ignition engine (i.e., natural gas, gasoline, etc.) is replaced with a diesel engine. Off-road repower projects must install CARB-verified retrofit equipment subject to the “Retrofit Purchase” discussion below.

    Retrofit Purchase:
    Retrofit is the installation of a CARB-verified diesel emission control device on an existing engine. Examples include, but are not limited to, particulate filters and diesel oxidation catalysts.   Retrofit projects that control PM10 must use the highest level, technically feasible technology available for the equipment being retrofitted, which is defined as a device that achieves the highest level of PM10 reductions (Level 3 - 85 percent) and the highest level of NOx reductions. 

    Replacement:
    Fleets may apply for replacement in lieu of repowering their vehicle, where new or used replacement equipment with an engine certified to the current emission standard or Tier is purchased to replace the existing equipment (which must be scrapped).

    How to Apply:
    SCAQMD is no longer accepting Carl Moyer Program applications.  Please check back in early 2018 for future funding opportunities.

    Business Request Forms:
    Useful Links and Resources:

    • Links to CARB Rules that Affect CMP Eligibility (please check the appropriate website for applicable CARB regulation and compliance dates):
    CARB Rules
    Website:
    In-Use Off-Road (CI)
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/ordiesel.htmLink to external website.

     
    For additional CMP information on Off-Road Equipment, please contact project officers Andrew Yoon at (909) 396-3043 or email at: ayoon@aqmd.gov, Krystle Martinez at (909) 396-3021 or email at: kmartinez@aqmd.gov, or Walter Shen at (909) 396-2487 or email at: wshen@aqmd.gov.

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    Off-Road Compression-Ignition Equipment:
    Propulsion engines greater than 25 horsepower on mobile off-road equipment are eligible for CMP funding, with limitations. 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 is not eligible for CMP funding.

    Cargo Handling Equipment (CHE) Electrification:
    Cargo handling equipment fleets must be fully compliant with CARB’s Regulation for Cargo Handling Equipment at Ports and Intermodal Rail Yards in order to be eligible for CMP funding. Applicants must provide a copy of their most recent CARB Compliance Plan to document compliance with the regulation.

    Existing diesel-powered RTG cranes or diesel-powered CHE (i.e., yard trucks, etc.) operating at a seaport or intermodal railyard in a trade corridor are eligible for CMP funding to offset costs to electrify this equipment. Projects utilizing regulatory extensions are not eligible for funding.

    CHE Electrification – RTG Cranes:
    The CMP allows funding to convert existing diesel-powered RTG cranes with a zero-emission power system. Eligible costs may include the purchase of a new crane or installation of a zero-emission engine, necessary parts for an existing RTG crane including directly related vehicle modifications, and infrastructure to supply electrical power, utility construction, and costs associated with increasing the capacity of electrical power to the crane. Ineligible costs include design, engineering, consulting, environmental review, legal fees, permits, licenses and associated fees, taxes, metered costs, insurance, operation, maintenance and repair. Projects are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    CHE Electrification – Other:
    The CMP allows partial funding of up to 50 percent of the eligible cost or $50,000/unit, whichever is less, to replace an existing CHE with a zero-emission propulsion system. Eligible costs may include the purchase of a zero-emission yard truck. Ineligible costs include license, registration, taxes (other than federal excise and sales tax), insurance, operation, maintenance and repair. Projects are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    How to Apply:
    SCAQMD is no longer accepting applications for the Carl Moyer Program - please check back in early 2018 for future funding opportunities.

    Business Request Forms: Useful Links and Resources:

    • Links to CARB Rules that Affect CMP Eligibility (please check the appropriate website for applicable CARB regulation and compliance dates):
    CARB Rules
    Website:
    Cargo Handling Equipment
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/cargo/cargo.htmLink to external website.

     
    For additional CMP information on Cargo Handling Equipment Electrification, please contact project officer Greg Ushijima at (909) 396-3301 or email at: gushijima@aqmd.gov.

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    Locomotives:
    In the SCAQMD, all new locomotives and replacement engines must be certified to Tier 4 standards to be eligible for CMP funding.

    There are very limited CMP funding opportunities for Class 1 freight railroads. Such a project will be subject to a case-by-case approval by CARB.  Class 3 freight railroads and passenger railroads are not subject to any CARB fleet regulations and are therefore eligible for CMP funding. There are currently three types of locomotive projects that are eligible for CMP funding:

    1. Locomotive replacement
    2. CARB-verified retrofit (Funding no longer available per 2017 Carl Moyer Guideline Update)
    3. U.S. EPA-certified engine remanufacture kit or repower/refurbishment
    4. Idle Limiting Device (Funding no longer available per 2017 Carl Moyer Guideline Update)
    5. Head-end power (HEP) unit (apply as an off-road engine project)

    Locomotive project activity must be based upon fuel consumption.

    All locomotive projects receiving more than $50,000 per locomotive in CMP funds must include the purchase and installation of an Idle Limiting Device (ILD) if the locomotive is not already equipped with such a device and installation is technically feasible.  

    Refer to the CMP guidelines for additional information regarding these project types:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/moyer/guidelines/2011gl/2011cmp_ch11_07_11_14.pdf

    How to Apply:
    SCAQMD is no longer accepting applications for the Carl Moyer Program - please check back in early 2018 for future funding opportunities.

    Business Request Forms: Useful Links and Resources:

    For additional CMP information on Locomotives, please contact project officer Mei Wang at (909) 396-3257 or email at: mwang@aqmd.gov.

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