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Bill Detail: SB22-193

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Title Air Quality Improvement Investments
Status Governor Signed (06/02/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate Sponsors S. Fenberg (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 03/30/2022
Summary

Industrial and manufacturing operations clean air grant
program. Section 1 of the bill creates the industrial and manufacturing
operations clean air grant program (clean air grant program) through
which the Colorado energy office (office) awards grant money to private
entities, local governments, and public-private partnerships for voluntary
projects to reduce air pollutants from industrial and manufacturing

operations.
Voluntary projects eligible for grant money include:
  • Energy efficiency projects;
  • Renewable energy projects;
  • Beneficial electrification projects;
  • Transportation electrification projects;
  • Projects producing or utilizing clean hydrogen;
  • Projects involving carbon capture at industrial facilities;
  • Methane capture projects;
  • Projects producing or utilizing sustainable aviation fuel;
and
  • Industrial process changes that reduce emissions.
Starting in 2025, the office is required to report annually on the
progress of the clean air grant program, submit the report to the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over energy matters, and post the
reports on the office's website.
On June 30, 2022, the state treasurer shall transfer $25 million
from the general fund to the industrial and manufacturing operations
clean air grant program cash fund, which fund is created in the bill. The
fund may also consist of money from federal sources and from gifts,
grants, and donations. The money in the fund is continuously appropriated
to the office for its administration of the clean air grant program.
The clean air grant program is repealed on September 1, 2029.
Community access to electric bicycles. Section 2 creates the
community access to electric bicycles grant program (electric bicycles
grant program) through which the office awards grant money to local
governments and nonprofit organizations that administer or plan to
administer a bike share program or an ownership program for the
provision of electric bicycles in a community. Section 2 also creates the
community access to electric bicycles rebate program (rebate program)
through which the office provides individuals in low- and
moderate-income households, or bicycle shops that sell electric bicycles
to program participants at discounted prices, rebates for purchases of
electric bicycles used for commuting purposes.
Starting in 2025, the office is required to report annually on the
progress of the electric bicycles grant program and the rebate program,
submit copies of the report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over transportation matters, and post the report on the office's website.
On June 30, 2022, the state treasurer shall transfer $12 million
from the general fund to the community access to electric bicycles cash
fund, which fund is created in the bill. The fund may also consist of
money from federal sources and from gifts, grants, and donations. The
money in the fund is subject to annual appropriation by the general
assembly to the office for its administration of the electric bicycles grant
program and the rebate program.
The electric bicycles grant program and the rebate program are
repealed on September 1, 2028.
Diesel truck emissions reduction grant program. Section 3
creates the diesel truck emissions reduction grant program (diesel trucks
grant program) through which the division of administration (division) in
the department of public health and environment (department) awards
grant money to certain private and public entities for decommissioning
diesel trucks and replacing the trucks with newer model trucks. The
division is required to determine eligibility for the grant money and the
eligible fuel types for qualifying as a replacement vehicle under the diesel
trucks grant program.
Starting in 2023, the department is required to report annually on
the progress of the diesel trucks grant program and submit a copy of the
report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over energy matters.
On June 30, 2022, the state treasurer shall transfer $15 million
from the general fund to the diesel truck emissions reduction grant
program cash fund, which fund is created in the bill. The fund may also
consist of money from federal sources and from gifts, grants, and
donations. The money in the fund is subject to annual appropriation by
the general assembly to the department for use by the division for its
administration of the diesel trucks grant program.
The diesel trucks grant program is repealed on July 1, 2032.
Electrifying school buses grant program. Section 3 also creates
the electrifying school buses grant program (school buses grant program)
through which the department, with technical assistance from the office,
awards grant money to school districts and charter schools to help finance
the purchase and maintenance of electric-powered school buses, the
conversion of fossil-fuel-powered school buses to electric-powered
school buses, charging infrastructure, and upgrades for electric charging
infrastructure and the retirement of fossil-fuel-powered school buses.
Starting in 2025, and every odd-numbered year thereafter, the
department is required to report on the progress of the school buses grant
program, submit copies of the report to the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over education and transportation matters, and post copies of
the report on its website.
On June 30, 2022, the state treasurer shall transfer $65 million
from the general fund to the electrifying school buses grant program cash
fund, which fund is created in the bill. The fund may also consist of
money from federal sources and from gifts, grants, and donations. The
money in the fund is subject to annual appropriation by the general
assembly to the department for its administration of the school buses
grant program.
The school buses grant program is repealed on September 1, 2034.
Section 4 updates the definition of federal act regarding the
reference to the federal Clean Air Act. Section 4 also updates the
definition of issue with respect to an order, permit, determination, or
notice issued by the division, to remove certified mail and add electronic
mail as options to issue such order, permit, determination, or notice.
Section 5 clarifies that the statutory fee caps for fees collected by
the air quality enterprise apply only to the annual stationary source
emission fees. The statutory fee caps are $1 million for state fiscal year
2021-22, $3 million for state fiscal year 2022-23, $4 million for state
fiscal year 2023-24, and $5 million on and after July 1, 2024.
Section 6 removes the requirement that the division make the
forms on which a person provides details necessary for filing an air
pollution emission notice available at all of the air pollution control
authority offices.
Section 7 extends the time within which the commission must
grant or deny a request for a hearing from within 15 days after the request
was made to within 30 days after the request was made.
Existing law authorizes the commission to submit any additions or
changes to the state implementation plan (SIP) to the administrator of the
federal environmental protection agency (administrator) for conditional
or temporary approval pending legislative council review of the additions
or changes. Section 8 authorizes the commission to submit the changes
or additions to the administrator as a provisional submission, pending
possible introduction and enactment of a bill to modify or delete all or a
portion of the commission's additions or changes to the SIP.
Section 9 makes a conforming amendment.
Section 10 appropriates the money transferred from the general
fund to the cash funds created in sections 1, 2, and 3 to the office, the
division, and the department for their administration of the programs
described in sections 1, 2, and 3. Additionally, section 10 appropriates
from the general fund:
  • $750,000 to the department of personnel for the costs of
issuing free annual eco passes to state employees; and
  • $7,000,000 to the department of public health and
environment to finance the aerial surveying of pollutants.

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