The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is committed to achieving healthful air in the South Coast Air Basin and Coachella Valley and on Friday January 4th 2018, SCAQMD awarded $47.4 million in funds to achieve the goal of cleaner air. It announce the availability of funds and solicit proposals for emission reduction projects to 26 businesses, organizations, universities, government agencies and utility companies in the South Coast Basin and Coachella Valley.
Wayne Nastri, SCAQMD’s executive officer said, ““By partnering with and providing funding to projects that coincide with SCAQMD’s goals, we can begin to replace older, higher-emitting appliances and equipment, support infrastructure that promotes cleaner and renewable fuels, upgrade engines and vehicles to zero- and near-zero emission technologies and help green our ports. Reductions in air pollution must come from several sectors to benefit public health for our communities and our local economy.”
To meet federal Clean Air Act requirements for the region, SCAQMD uses an array of methods to reduce air pollution that includes incentive funding to support cost-effective and feasible projects to aid in achieving SCAQMD’s air quality goals. “Great strides have been made in air pollution control programs but health-based air quality standards cannot be achieved without significant further emission reductions from stationary and mobile sources,” Nastri said. “In order to meet these goals, we must use every tool in our toolbox to meet and achieve our clean air objectives.”
SCAQMD’s 2016 Air Quality Management Plan seeks to achieve and maintain federal air quality standards within attainment deadlines to comply with federal Clean Air Act requirements. The region must meet the 1-hour ozone, 8-hour ozone, 24-hour PM2.5, and annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards within the next 12 years. Funds for these projects come from air quality penalty settlements, mitigation fees and other sources.
Approximately $6.6M of these funds have been allocated to fuel cell and hydrogen related technologies.
The following is a list of projects approved by SCAQMD’s Board that specifically ralate to Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies
|BioFuels Energy, LLC||Aquarium of the Pacific 1320 kW Fuel Cell Power Generation System||$650,000|
|Port of Long Beach||The Port of Long Beach ZeroEmission and Hybrid Terminal Equipment Deployment and Demonstration Project||$2,500,000|
|Southern California Gas Company||Residential Fuel Cell Demonstration with PV and Storage||$490,000|
|Bloom Energy, Corp||Fuel Cells Integrated with Energy Storage on College of the Canyons Campus||$3,000,000|
SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.