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Grant Solicitation for the Off-Road Mobile Agricultural Equipment Trade-Up

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) is pleased to announce its Grant Solicitation for the Off-Road Mobile Agricultural Equipment Trade-Up Pilot Project in the San JoaquinValley (Trade-Up Pilot Project).   The solicitation includes the option for a new Grant Agreement for the 2017-18 fiscal year.Funding of up to $3,000,000 for this project was approved by the Board in October 2016 as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 17 Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

The Trade-Up Pilot Project is a sequential and necessary step for CARB to assess the feasibility of a new, multi-step type of equipment incentive intended for owners of high emitting mobile agricultural equipment in the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin that may not qualify for existing voluntary incentive funding, and for which new equipment purchases are not practical.

This competitive solicitation is open to California-based public entities.The Grantee (applicant) may subcontract with public, private or California-based non profit organizations.  The Grant Solicitation and all associated documents may be found on CARB's webpage at:

 https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.arb.ca.gov_msprog_aqip_solicitations.htm&d=DQIFAw&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=1MXVGHGOlF2n06-rtzaTXgKs83zNL70e0ViEuv6sA_Q&m=FO6kgFjAYaKbHtLvIigu2cGD4aUFx8993jdWjNaxRiQ&s=PD9BqORQJJjCPfbkk8mcVE4_bqCSXj-e_nxmN8t8FFg&e=

Applications are due to CARB by 5:00 p.m. (PST), Friday, April 21, 2017. CARB will hold an Applicant Teleconference to answer questions regarding this Grant Solicitation on Friday, April 14, 2017.  It will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask clarifying questions regarding general application requirements.

The Applicant Teleconference will be held on the following date and time:

Date:                          Friday, April 14, 2017

Time:                         10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PST)

*Call-in Number:        1-877-934-7128

*Passcode:                56290

*Note: Call-in numbers and passcodes may change.  Should a change occur, the new call-in number and passcode will be listed on CARB's webpage at:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.arb.ca.gov_msprog_aqip_meetings.htm&d=DQIFAw&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=1MXVGHGOlF2n06-rtzaTXgKs83zNL70e0ViEuv6sA_Q&m=FO6kgFjAYaKbHtLvIigu2cGD

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Potential applicants are encouraged to confirm the call-in number and passcode by visiting the listed website prior to each teleconference. Written questions may be emailed to Ms. Erin Uchida at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5:00 p.m. (PST), Thursday, April 13, 2017.  The questions and answers from the Applicant Teleconference and any questions received via email will be posted on the CARB webpage at 

 https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.arb.ca.gov_msprog_aqip_solicitations.htm&d=DQIFAw&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=1MXVGHGOlF2n06-rtzaTXgKs83zNL70e0ViEuv6sA_Q&m=FO6kgFjAYaKbHtLvIigu2cGD4aUFx8993jdWjNaxRiQ&s=4cTczzxpPHh08ZvnPH-iAXGV7OVKbBFs784_zOaKTG0&e

CARB will not respond to questions regarding this solicitation after the Applicant Teleconference has taken place.

The grant solicitation and all associated documents may be found on CARB's webpage at:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.arb.ca.gov_msprog_aqip_solicitations.htm&d=DQIFAw&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=1MXVGHGOlF2n06-rtzaTXgKs83zNL70e0ViEuv6sA_Q&m=FO6kgFjAYaKbHtLvIigu2cGD4aUFx8993jdWjNaxRiQ&s=PD9BqORQJJjCPfbkk8mcVE4_bqCSXj-e_nxmN8t8FFg&e

For more information about Low Carbon Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), please visit:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.arb.ca.gov_msprog_aqip_aqip.htm&d=DQIFAw&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=1MXVGHGOlF2n06-rtzaTXgKs83zNL70e0ViEuv6sA_Q&m=FO6kgFjAYaKbHtLvIigu2cGD4aUFx8993j 

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For more information about the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Funding Plan for the Air Quality Improvement Program and Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Investments, please go to:

  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.arb.ca.gov_msprog_aqip_fundplan_fundplan.htm&d=DQIFAw&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=1MXVGHGOlF2n06-rtzaTXgKs83zNL70e0ViEuv6sA_Q&m=FO6kgFjAYaKbHtLvIigu2cGD4aUFx8993jdWjNaxRiQ&s=gRMe-9cIOLNowHEemqkiFO2p60o2cxbJRh8Eiyp3uc0&e

Forklift Fleet Labeling and Reporting Regulation effective June 30, 2017

Initial reporting is required by June 30, 2017.  Fleets acquired after June 30th have 60 days to report.   

In 2006, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted, and later amended in 2010 and 2016, new regulations to reduce emissions from existing fleets operating large spark-ingnited (LSI) engine powered equipment. Only forklifts, floor scrubbers and sweepers, airport ground support equipment (GSE), and industrial tow tractors with LSI engines of 25 horsepower (19 kilowatt) or greater, and greater than 1.0 liter displacement, including electric equipment are subject to the regulation.  

What are the reporting and labeling requirements?

  • Report all equipment subject to a Fleet Average Emission Level (FAEL) beginning June 30, 2017 and until June 30, 2023;
  • Label of each piece of equipment subject to a FAEL beginning June 30, 2017 and until June 30, 2023; and
  • Maintain records until June 30, 2023

Equipment is reported into DOORS. DOORS is an on-line reporting system that has been used for many years by fleets that own and operate diesel off - road equipment.

ARB has expanded DOORS to include a portal for LSI equipment which may be accessed at:

https://ssl.arb.ca.gov/ssldoors/doors_reporting/doors_login.html

If fleets are unable to access the on-line reporting tool, they should contact ARB by phone at 1-877-59-DOORS (1-877-593-6677), or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


A list of label vendors is available at:

www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/labelvendors.htm .

Click here for more information.   

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EIA Gasoline and Diesel Retail Prices Update

In the West Coast PADD 5 market, diesel pump prices increased by 2.3 cents to average $2.862/gallon. This price was 53 cents above its level last year. Prices excluding California rose 3.7 cents to $2.772/gallon, which was 57.2 cents above the retail price for the same week last year. California diesel prices increased by 1.2 cents to an average price of $2.935/gallon, 49.8 cents higher than last year’s price. Prices were influenced by downtime at one of the hydrocrackers (20-kbpd capacity) at the 77-kbpd Phillips 66 Rodeo refinery near San Francisco. Phillips 66’s 100-kbpd refinery at Ferndale, Washington, was down for an overhaul. PBF Energy reduced throughput at the 88-kbpd vacuum gas oil (VGO) hydrotreater at its 149-kbpd Torrance, California, refinery for more unplanned repairs. 

Final survey data from PERC’s Golf Demo Program shows positive feedback from participants

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Final survey data from an equipment demonstration program shows golf maintenance equipment powered by propane can dramatically reduce emissions while saving superintendents money through lower fuel and maintenance costs compared to similar equipment powered by traditional fuels.

“Propane scored really well with the superintendents and, possibly just as important, with their operators and service technicians,” said Jeremy Wishart, deputy director of business development at the Propane Education & Research Council. “They got to see firsthand that propane has some incredible environmental, financial, and operational benefits.”

The Propane Education & Research Council’s Golf Demo Program tested propane maintenance equipment at eight high-profile golf courses for up to a year from 2015 to 2016. In return for the equipment, each course recorded detailed information about each machine operating on propane, which was reported back to PERC.

Superintendents give propane’s performance a thumbs up
Asked to measure on a scale from 1 to 5 for a variety of equipment performance outputs, the superintendents and their crews gave high marks to operating with propane. Most impressively, 75 percent of the superintendents in the demo program reported an improved perception of propane after the program, and responses averaged a 4 when asked about the superintendents’ willingness to recommend propane-powered equipment to others.

Superintendents gave high marks to questions aimed at understanding how propane fit in at their course, too:
•    “Ease of integration” at the course received an above-average rating from the group.
•    “Training of propane refueling” received a 4.5 average rating.
•    “Support from the propane industry” received a 4.5 average rating.
•    “Performance of fuel delivery” received a 4.25 average rating.
Emissions analysis proves propane to be the clean option
Propane proved to be a winner for the environment as well. Every piece of propane equipment used on the courses reduced greenhouse gas emissions across the board, according to an emissions analysis by Nexight Group that compared the propane equipment to similar machines powered by gasoline and diesel engines. Using engine certification data from the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resource Board, the report compared carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions produced by the different fuels.

Compared to gasoline-powered equipment, the propane units:
•    Reduced CO emissions up to 44 percent.
•    Reduced NOx emissions up to 27 percent.
Compared to diesel equipment, the propane units:
•    Reduced NOx emissions up to 94 percent.
•    Reduced CO2 emissions up to 17 percent.
In creating the Golf Demo Program, PERC collaborated with Audubon International and R&R Products, the propane-powered turf equipment provider, to select eight courses with an established commitment to sustainable practices to take part in the program. The courses that participated were:

•    Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Georgia.
•    Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Fernandina Beach, Florida.
•    Marriott Desert Springs Golf Club, Palm Desert, California.
•    The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Florida.
•    Columbus Municipal Golf Courses, Columbus, Ohio.
•    Reston National Golf Course, Reston, Virginia.
•    George W. Dunne National, Oak Forest, Illinois.
•    Eagles Pride Golf Course, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Each course was leased four pieces of equipment from a variety of R&R Products — a Reel Max 331LP finish cut reel mower, Reel Max 744LP4 gang fairway mower, Reel Max 544 LP4 5-gang fairway mower, Greens Max 2200LP riding greens mower, and Sand Max 521LP utility vehicle — all powered by propane.

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New DOT cylinder rules effective January 23, 2017!

Department of Transportation (DOT) finalized a new rule affecting requalification timeframes of DOT cylinders; this new rule took effect January 23, 2017. 

The following chart highlights the rule change and its impacts on the following areas of cylinder requalification:

 

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