By: Clayton Miller, Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition Email: [email protected]

The Carl Moyer Program provides incentive funding to owners of diesel engines to help offset the cost to upgrade, repower or replace existing equipment with newer and lower- emitting ones. In southern California, the South Coast Air Quality Manage- ment District (SCAQMD) annually awards grants based on the cost- effectiveness of particulate matter (PM) and NOx emission reduction benefits.

This year SCAQMD is expected to receive ap- proximately $26 million from the state to fund projects including off-road construction equipment greater than 25 horsepower that operate at least 75% of the time within the SCAQMD boundaries (Non-desert portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Coun- ties, the western two-thirds of Riverside County and all of Orange County).

Construction equipment projects fall into three distinct categories: (a) repower with an emission- certified engine, (b) retrofit with a verified-diesel emis- sion control strategy, and (c) equipment replace- ment. Carl Moyer funding cannot be used for equip- ment subject to current regulations or within three years of a compliance deadline for the California Air Resources Board Off-Road Equipment Regulation.

Over the years CIAQC has heard from some fleet owners that the Carl Moyer program has too many strings attached to be seriously considered except by a select few. While the program might not pencil out for everyone, the following observations from CIAQC member Drew Delany with Associates Environment sheds some light on the process and the opportuni- ties that exist.

“From the off-road vehicle owner’s perspective Carl Moyer Funding can be intimidating. A commit- ment to a multi-year contract with the SCAQMD dur- ing a period of business uncertainty is tough to make. Yet some businesses with a renewed confidence in the future are taking advantage of the co-funding the SCAQMD is offering to replace or repower their off- road vehicles. Vehicle replacement projects are be- coming more popular due to the funding ultra clean Tier 4 Final engines are given. Now that large fleets are no longer eligible for funding, medium (2,501- 5,000 h.p.) and small fleets (2,500 h.p. or less) will have an unprecedented opportunity to have their replacement/repower projects considered.

A consideration often overlooked by vehicle own- ers contemplating Carl Moyer funding is the applica- tion process takes 7-9 months to complete. Despite what they would like you to believe, submitting an application does not commit the applicant to the pro- ject with the SCAQMD. If at any time during the pro- cess the co-funding no longer looks like a good idea, the applicant can simply opt out. On the other hand, if the co-funding has kept its appeal, the offer from the SCAQMD is there waiting at the end. Submitting an application is a low risk decision that has an up-side at the end I don’t think any vehicle owner with a good project should miss.

An experienced consultant in Carl Moyer funding should not only be able to assist you apply for fund- ing, but also help you identify the vehicles in your fleet which make the best candidates, and tell you up front how much funding for your replace- ment/repower project is eligible.”

SCAQMD is expected to release the program announcement for the 2015-2016 Carl Moyer Pro- gram in early March. Program workshops are sched- uled for April 20 and May 4, 2016. Project proposals must be received no later than Wednesday, June 1. For more information about the Carl Moyer Program, visit SCAQMD’s website for the Carl Moyer Program (Heavy-Duty Engines) at www.aqmd.gov/ home/programs/business/business-detail?title= heavy-duty-engines&parent=vehicle-engine- upgrades or contact Clayton Miller at [email protected] lewisandco.net or (626) 858-4611.