Senate Bill 22-193 Air Quality Improvement Investments, signed June 2022, authorizes the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants for the implementation of voluntary industrial and manufacturing air pollutant emission reduction projects in Colorado. The resulting Clean Air Program (CAP) is a competitive grant program administered by CEO, with a total funding amount not to exceed $25 million over the program’s six-year duration, sunsetting June 30, 2028.
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For: Private entities, Local governments, Public-private partnerships
Amount: $25 million total
Program Length: 6 years, sunsetting June 30, 2028
RFA rounds: TBD
- Private entities: Manufacturing operations, cement plants, steel mills, energy producers, refineries, meat packing plants, dairies, mining operations, airline operations, wastewater treatment plants, landfill operators, abandoned coal mine sites
- Local governments: A statutory or home rule municipality, county, city and county, or special district
- Public-private partnerships: A partnership between a local government and a private entity
Eligible project costs & types
Funds shall be used for costs directly associated with the purchase and installation of air pollutant emission reduction projects at the site where air pollutant emissions are being generated and released. These emissions are also known as Scope 1 emissions. Additionally, project costs associated with direct air capture and producing or utilizing sustainable aviation fuel or clean hydrogen are deemed eligible.
Eligible project types may include:
- Energy efficiency projects with scope 1 emission reduction potential
- Industrial process changes reducing air pollutant emissions
- Renewable energy projects
- Converting fossil fuel-powered equipment/processes to an electric fuel source (i.e. strategic electrification)
- Transportation electrification projects
- Projects involving carbon capture at industrial facilities and direct air carbon capture projects
- Methane capture from landfills, sewage treatment plants, active or inactive coal mines, or agricultural operations
- Projects producing or utilizing sustainable aviation fuel
- Projects producing or utilizing clean hydrogen: Green hydrogen projects via electrolysis powered entirely by renewable energy will be prioritized over clean hydrogen projects utilizing any other clean hydrogen production technology. Other clean hydrogen projects, if awarded, must comply with section 42 U.S.C. sec. 16152 (1)
Total grant funding amounts
CEO is making a total of $25 million in project funding available to eligible entities. Each funding round will outline a specific amount of funding available to applicants during that Request for Applications (RFA) cycle.
Minimum & maximum funding awards per application
To be determined
Applicants who meet program criteria and eligibility will submit applications and all required supporting documents during RFA cycles.
RFA Cycle open dates & deadlines are to be determined.
To be determined.
To be determined.