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Subtitle C. Air Quality

Contents

Chapter 386. Texas Emissions Reduction Plan

For expiration of this chapter, see Section 386.002.


Subchapter A. General Provisions

Section  386.001.  Definitions.  

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(1)  "Advisory board" means the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Advisory Board.

(2)  "Affected county" includes:

(A)  Bastrop County;

(B)  Bexar County;

(C)  Caldwell County;

(D)  Comal County;

(E)  Ellis County;

(F)  Gregg County;

(G)  Guadalupe County;

(H)  Harrison County;

(I)  Hays County;

(J)  Henderson County;

(K)  Hood County;

(L)  Hunt County;

(M)  Johnson County;

(N)  Kaufman County;

(O)  Nueces County;

(P)  Parker County;

(Q)  Rockwall County;

(R)  Rusk County;

(S)  San Patricio County;

(T)  Smith County;

(U)  Travis County;

(V)  Upshur County;

(W)  Victoria County;

(X)  Williamson County;

(Y)  Wilson County; and

(Z)  any other county designated as an affected county by commission rule because of deteriorating air quality.

(3)  "Commission" means the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.

(4)  Repealed by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 22, eff. September 1, 2005.

(5)  "Fund" means the Texas emissions reduction plan fund.

(6)  "Incremental cost" means the cost of an applicant's project less a baseline cost that would otherwise be incurred by an applicant in the normal course of business. Incremental costs may include added lease or fuel costs as well as additional capital costs.

(7)  "Laboratory" means the Energy Systems Laboratory at the Texas Engineering Experiment Station of The Texas A&M University System.

(8)  "Nonattainment area" means an area so designated under Section 107(d) of the federal Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. Section 7407), as amended.

(9)  "Plan" means the Texas emissions reduction plan.

(10)  "Site" means the total of all stationary sources located on one or more contiguous or adjacent properties, which are under common control of the same person or persons under common control.

(10-a)  "Stationary engine" means a machine used in a nonmobile application that converts fuel into mechanical motion, including turbines and other internal combustion devices.

(11)  "Utility commission" means the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 22, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1125, Sec. 14, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 386.002.  Expiration.

This chapter expires August 31, 2019.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262, Sec. 2.01, eff. June 8, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1125, Sec. 15, eff. September 1, 2009.



Subchapter B. Texas Emissions Reduction Plan

Section  386.051.  Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.

(a) The utility commission, the commission, and the comptroller shall establish and administer the Texas emissions reduction plan in accordance with this chapter.

(b)  Under the plan, the commission and the comptroller shall provide grants or other funding for:

(1)  the diesel emissions reduction incentive program established under Subchapter C, including for infrastructure projects established under that subchapter;

(2)  the motor vehicle purchase or lease incentive program established under Subchapter D;

(3)  the new technology research and development program established under Chapter 387;

(4)  the clean school bus program established under Chapter 390; and

(5)  the new technology implementation grant program established under Chapter 391.

(c)  Under the plan, the utility commission shall provide grants or other funding for the energy efficiency grant program established under Subchapter E.

(d)  Equipment purchased before September 1, 2001, is not eligible for a grant or other funding under the plan.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., 3rd C.S., ch. 11, Sec. 3, eff. Oct. 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 766, Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1125, Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  386.052.  Commission Duties.

(a) In administering the plan established under this chapter and in accordance with the requirements of this chapter, the commission:

(1)  shall:

(A)  manage plan funds and oversee the plan;

(B)  produce guidelines, protocols, and criteria for eligible projects;

(C)  develop methodologies for evaluating project cost-effectiveness;

(D)  prepare reports regarding the progress and effectiveness of the plan; and

(E)  take all appropriate and necessary actions so that emissions reductions achieved through the plan are credited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to the appropriate emissions reduction objectives in the state implementation plan; and

(2)  may hire staff and consultants needed to complete the commission's duties under this section and ensure timely review of applications and reimbursement of grant applicants' eligible project costs.

(b)  Appropriate commission objectives include:

(1)  achieving maximum reductions in oxides of nitrogen to demonstrate compliance with the state implementation plan;

(2)  preventing areas of the state from being in violation of national ambient air quality standards;

(3)  achieving cost-saving and multiple benefits by reducing emissions of other pollutants;

(4)  achieving reductions of emissions of diesel exhaust from school buses; and

(5)  advancing new technologies that reduce oxides of nitrogen and other emissions from facilities and other stationary sources.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 766, Sec. 2, eff. June 17, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262, Sec. 2.02, eff. June 8, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1125, Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  386.053.  Guidelines And Criteria.

(a) The commission shall adopt grant guidelines and criteria consistent with the requirements of this chapter.

(b)  Guidelines must include protocols to calculate projected emissions reductions, project cost-effectiveness, and safeguards to ensure that funded projects generate emissions reductions not otherwise required by state or federal law.

(c)  The commission shall make draft guidelines and criteria available to the public and the United States Environmental Protection Agency before the 30th day preceding the date of final adoption and shall hold at least one public meeting to consider public comments on the draft guidelines and criteria before final adoption.  The public meeting shall be held in the affected state implementation plan area, and if the guidelines affect more than one state implementation plan area, a public meeting shall be held in each affected state implementation plan area affected by the guidelines.

(d)  The commission may propose revisions to the guidelines and criteria adopted under this section as necessary to improve the ability of the plan to achieve its goals.  Revisions may include, among other changes, adding additional pollutants, adding stationary engines or engines used in stationary applications, adding vehicles and equipment that use fuels other than diesel, or adjusting eligible program categories, as appropriate, to ensure that incentives established under this chapter achieve the maximum possible emissions reductions.  The commission shall make a proposed revision available to the public before the 30th day preceding the date of final adoption of the revision and shall hold at least one public meeting to consider public comments on the proposed revision before final adoption.

(e)  Because the legislature finds that the current state of air quality in the state jeopardizes the state's ability to meet federal air quality requirements, the commission and the comptroller may adopt emergency rules under Section 2001.034, Government Code, with abbreviated notice, to carry out any rulemaking necessary to implement this chapter.

(f)  Except as provided by Subsection (e), the rulemaking requirements of Chapter 2001, Government Code, do not apply to the adoption or revision of guidelines and criteria under this section.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 2, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262, Sec. 2.03, eff. June 8, 2007.



Section  386.054.  Monitoring Procedures.

(a) The commission shall develop procedures for monitoring whether the emissions reductions projected for projects awarded grants under this chapter are actually achieved. Monitoring procedures may include project reviews and contract requirements that the grant recipient provide information semiannually about the project. If the commission requires an annual report, the report shall contain a minimum amount of information required from a recipient and the report format shall be simple and convenient.

(b)  Monitoring and reviewing procedures must be sufficient to enable emissions reductions generated by funded projects to be fully credited to air quality plans.

(c)  The commission may revise monitoring and review procedures from time to time as necessary or appropriate to enhance the effectiveness of the plan.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.055.  Availability Of Emissions Reduction Credits Generally.

(a) A project funded under a program established under this chapter may not be used for credit under any state or federal emissions reduction credit averaging, banking, or trading program.

(b)  An emissions reduction generated by a program established under this chapter:

(1)  may not be used as a marketable emissions reduction credit or, except as provided by Section 386.056, to offset any emissions reduction obligation; and

(2)  may be used to demonstrate conformity with the state implementation plan.

(c)  A project involving a new emissions reduction measure that would otherwise generate marketable credits under state or federal emissions reduction credit averaging, banking, or trading programs is not eligible for funding under a program established under this chapter unless:

(1)  the project includes the transfer of the reductions that would otherwise be marketable credits to the state implementation plan or the owner or operator as provided by Section 386.056; and

(2)  the reductions are permanently retired.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.056.  Availability Of Emissions Reductions In Certain Nonattainment Areas.

(a) An owner or operator of a site located in the Houston-Galveston or Dallas-Fort Worth nonattainment area may use emissions reductions generated by a program established under this chapter to offset the requirements of commission rules relating to control of air pollution from oxides of nitrogen if:

(1)  the owner or operator of the site contributes to the fund $75,000 for each ton of emissions that is used, not to exceed 25 tons annually and not to exceed one-half ton per day;

(2)  the owner or operator of the site demonstrates to the commission's satisfaction that the site will be in full compliance with the commission's emissions reduction rules not later than the fifth anniversary of the date on which the emissions reductions would otherwise be required;

(3)  emissions from the site are reduced by at least 80 percent from the established baseline; and

(4)  the commission approves a petition by the owner or operator that demonstrates that it is technically infeasible to comply with the commission's emissions reduction requirements above 80 percent.

(b)  Funds collected under this section shall be used to generate emissions reductions needed to meet the commission's attainment demonstration.

(c)  The commission shall verify that emissions reductions generated from funds collected under this section occur in the same nonattainment area in which the site that purchased the emissions reductions is located.

(d)  The commission shall assure that the emissions reductions funded under the programs authorized by this subchapter used to offset commission requirements under this section benefit the community in which the site using the emissions reductions is located. If there are no eligible emissions reduction projects within the community, the commission may authorize projects in an adjacent community. In this subsection, "community" means a justice of the peace precinct.

(e)  The commission shall assure that emission reduction credits may be received in the Houston-Galveston nonattainment area for energy efficiency and urban heat island programs in connection with the State Implementation Plan for the eight-hour ozone standard.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1095, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section  386.057.  Review And Reporting Requirements.

(a) The commission, in consultation with the advisory board, annually shall review programs established under the plan, including each project funded under the plan, the amount granted for the project, the emissions reductions attributable to the project, and the cost-effectiveness of the project.

(b)  Not later than December 1, 2002, and not later than December 1 of each subsequent second year, the commission, in consultation with the advisory board, shall publish and submit to the legislature a biennial plan report.  The report must include:

(1)  the information included in the annual reviews conducted under Subsection (a);

(2)  specific information for individual projects as required by Subsection (c);

(3)  information contained in reports received under Sections 386.205, 388.003(e), 388.006, and 391.104; and

(4)  a summary of the commission's activities under Section 386.052.

(c)  For projects funded as part of the infrastructure program under Subchapter C, the report must:

(1)  describe and evaluate:

(A)  the infrastructure facilities funded under that subchapter;

(B)  the degree to which the funded facilities are supporting on-road or non-road diesel projects;

(C)  the amount of fuel or electricity dispensed for each facility; and

(D)  associated emissions reductions and cost-effectiveness; and

(2)  make a finding regarding the need for additional appropriations from the fund to improve the ability of the program to achieve its goals.

(d)  The report must:

(1)  account for money received, money disbursed as grants, money reserved for grants based on project approvals, and any recommended transfer of money between allocations and must estimate future demand for grant funds under the plan;

(2)  describe the overall effectiveness of the plan in delivering the emissions reductions that may be credited to air quality plans;

(3)  evaluate the effectiveness of the plan in soliciting and evaluating project applications, providing awards in a timely manner, and monitoring project implementation;

(4)  describe adjustments made to project selection criteria and recommend any further needed changes or adjustments to the grant programs, including changes in grant award criteria, administrative procedures, or statutory provisions that would enhance the plan's effectiveness and efficiency;

(5)  describe adjustments made to the maximum cost-effectiveness amount and award amount;

(6)  evaluate the benefits of addressing additional pollutants as part of the plan; and

(7)  include legislative recommendations necessary to improve the effectiveness of the plan.

(e)  Repealed by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 22, eff. September 1, 2005.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 22, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1125, Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  386.058.  Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Advisory Board.

(a) The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Advisory Board consists of 15 members appointed as provided by this section and seven ex officio members as provided by this section.

(b)  The governor shall appoint to the advisory board:

(1)  a representative of the trucking industry;

(2)  a representative of the air conditioning manufacturing industry;

(3)  a representative of the electric utility industry;

(4)  a representative of regional transportation; and

(5)  a representative of the nonprofit organization described by Section 386.252(a)(2).

(c)  The lieutenant governor shall appoint to the advisory board:

(1)  a representative of the engine manufacturing industry;

(2)  a representative of the air transportation industry;

(3)  a representative of the environmental community;

(4)  a representative of the fuel cell industry; and

(5)  a representative of the energy-efficient construction industry.

(d)  The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint to the advisory board:

(1)  a representative of consumer groups;

(2)  a representative of the construction industry;

(3)  a representative of the automobile industry;

(4)  a representative of the agriculture industry; and

(5)  a representative of the fuel industry.

(e)  Appointed members of the advisory board serve staggered four-year terms, with the terms of seven or eight appointed members expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year.  An appointed member may be reappointed to a subsequent term.

(f)  Ex officio members of the advisory board are:

(1)  one member of the senate appointed by the lieutenant governor;

(2)  the presiding officer of the house standing committee having primary jurisdiction over matters related to environmental regulation;

(3)  a representative of the commission, designated by the executive director;

(4)  a representative of the General Land Office, designated by the Commissioner of the General Land Office;

(5)  a representative of the comptroller's office, designated by the comptroller;

(6)  a representative of the Railroad Commission of Texas, designated by the presiding officer of the agency; and

(7)  a representative of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Region 6 office, designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 administrator.

(g)  The advisory board annually shall elect a presiding officer.

(h)  The advisory board shall review the plan and shall recommend to the commission changes to revenue sources or financial incentives or any legislative, regulatory, or budgetary changes needed.

(i)  The commission shall provide necessary staff support to the advisory board.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1328, Sec. 10, eff. June 21, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2005.



Subchapter C. Diesel Emissions Reduction Incentive Program

Section  386.101.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Cost-effectiveness" means the total dollar amount expended divided by the total number of tons of oxides of nitrogen emissions reduction attributable to that expenditure. Cost-effectiveness for the program as a whole and for particular projects under the program is calculated as provided by Sections 386.105 and 386.106.

(2)  "Fuel cell" means an electrochemical device that uses fuel and oxidant to continuously generate electricity.

(3)  "Motor vehicle" means a self-propelled device designed for transporting persons or property on a public highway that is required to be registered under Chapter 502, Transportation Code.

(4)  "Non-road diesel" means a vehicle or piece of equipment, excluding a motor vehicle or on-road diesel, that is powered by a non-road engine, including:

(A)  non-road nonrecreational equipment and vehicles;

(B)  construction equipment;

(C)  locomotives;

(D)  marine vessels; and

(E)  other high-emitting diesel engine categories established by the commission.

(5)  "Non-road engine" means an internal combustion engine that is:

(A)  in or on a piece of equipment that is self-propelled or that propels itself and performs another function, excluding a vehicle that is used solely for competition;

(B)  in or on a piece of equipment that is intended to be propelled while performing its function; or

(C)  designed to be and capable of being carried or moved from one location to another.

(6)  "On-road diesel" means an on-road diesel-powered motor vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,500 pounds or more.

(7)  "Program" means the diesel emissions reduction incentive program established under this subchapter.

(8)  "Qualifying fuel" includes any liquid or gaseous fuel or additives registered or verified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency that is ultimately dispensed into a motor vehicle or on-road or non-road diesel that provides reductions of emissions of oxides of nitrogen beyond reductions required by state or federal law.

(9)  "Repower" means to replace an old engine powering an on-road or non-road diesel with a new engine, a used engine, a remanufactured engine, or electric motors, drives, or fuel cells.

(10)  "Retrofit" means to equip an engine and fuel system with new emissions-reducing parts or technology verified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency after manufacture of the original engine and fuel system.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 3, eff. June 20, 2003.



Section  386.102.  Program.

(a) The commission shall establish and administer a diesel emissions reduction incentive program. Under the program, the commission shall provide grants for eligible projects to offset the incremental cost of projects that reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen from high-emitting diesel sources in nonattainment areas and affected counties of the state. The commission shall determine the eligibility of projects.

(b)  Projects that may be considered for a grant under the program include:

(1)  purchase or lease of on-road or non-road diesels;

(2)  emissions-reducing retrofit projects for on-road or non-road diesels;

(3)  emissions-reducing repower projects for on-road or non-road diesels;

(4)  purchase and use of emissions-reducing add-on equipment for on-road or non-road diesels;

(5)  development and demonstration of practical, low-emissions retrofit technologies, repower options, and advanced technologies for on-road or non-road diesels with lower emissions of oxides of nitrogen;

(6)  use of qualifying fuel;

(7)  implementation of infrastructure projects; and

(8)  replacement of on-road or non-road diesels with newer on-road or non-road diesels.

(c)  A project listed in Subsection (b) is not eligible if it is required by any state or federal law, rule or regulation, memorandum of agreement, or other legally binding document. This subsection does not apply to:

(1)  an otherwise qualified project, regardless of the fact that the state implementation plan assumes that the change in equipment, vehicles, or operations will occur, if on the date the grant is awarded the change is not required by any state or federal law, rule or regulation, memorandum of agreement, or other legally binding document; or

(2)  the purchase of an on-road diesel or equipment required only by local law or regulation or by corporate or controlling board policy of a public or private entity.

(e)  To improve the success of the program the commission:

(1)  shall establish cost-effective limits for grants awarded under the program to an owner or operator of a locomotive or marine vessel that are lower than the cost-effectiveness limits applied to other emissions reductions grants;

(2)  shall determine the maximum amount of reductions available from the locomotive and marine sectors and develop strategies to facilitate the maximum amount of reductions in these sectors; and

(3)  shall include in the report required by Section 386.057(b) that is due not later than December 1, 2006, an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the grants in these sectors.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 4, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section  386.103.  Application For Grant.

(a) Any person as defined by Section 382.003 that owns one or more on-road or non-road diesels that operate primarily within a nonattainment area or affected county of this state or that otherwise contributes to the state inventory of emissions of oxides of nitrogen may apply for a grant under the program. The commission may adopt guidelines to allow a person other than the owner to apply for and receive a grant in order to improve the ability of the program to achieve its goals.

(b)  An application for a grant under this subchapter must be made on an application provided by the commission and must contain information required by the commission, including:

(1)  a detailed description of the proposed project;

(2)  information necessary for the commission to determine whether the project meets eligibility requirements for the type of project proposed, including a statement of the amounts of any other public financial assistance the project will receive; and

(3)  other information the commission may require.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 5, eff. June 20, 2003.



Section  386.104.  Eligibility Requirements.

(a) The commission shall establish criteria for setting priorities for projects eligible to receive grants under this subchapter. The commission shall review and may modify the criteria and priorities as appropriate.

(b)  A proposed project as described in Section 386.102 must meet the requirements of this section to be eligible for a grant under the program.

(c)  For a proposed project as described by Section 386.102(b), other than a project involving a marine vessel or engine, not less than 75 percent of vehicle miles traveled or hours of operation projected for the five years immediately following the award of a grant must be projected to take place in a nonattainment area or affected county of this state.  The commission may also allow vehicle travel on highways and roadways, or portions of a highway or roadway, designated by the commission and located outside a nonattainment area or affected county to count towards the percentage of use requirement in this subsection.  For a proposed project involving a marine vessel or engine, the vessel or engine must be operated in the intercoastal waterways or bays adjacent to a nonattainment area or affected county of this state for a sufficient amount of time over the lifetime of the project, as determined by the commission, to meet the cost-effectiveness requirements of Section 386.105.  For a proposed project involving non-road equipment used for natural gas recovery purposes, the equipment must be operated in a nonattainment area or affected county for a sufficient amount of use over the lifetime of the project, as determined by the commission, to meet the cost-effectiveness requirements of Section 386.105.

(d)  Each proposed project must meet the cost-effectiveness requirements of Sections 386.105 and 386.106.

(e)  A proposed repower project must exceed commission requirements relating to baseline emissions levels of the engines being replaced under the project.

(f)  A proposed retrofit, repower, replacement, or add-on equipment project must document, in a manner acceptable to the commission, a reduction in emissions of oxides of nitrogen of at least 30 percent compared with the baseline emissions adopted by the commission for the relevant engine year and application. After study of available emissions reduction technologies, after public notice and comment, and after consultation with the advisory board, the commission may revise the minimum percentage reduction in emissions of oxides of nitrogen required by this subsection to improve the ability of the program to achieve its goals.

(g)  If a baseline emissions standard does not exist for on-road or non-road diesels in a particular category, the commission, for purposes of this subchapter, shall establish an appropriate baseline emissions level for comparison purposes.

(h)  The commission may approve payments to offset the incremental cost, over the expected lifetime of the motor vehicle or on-road or non-road diesel, of the use of qualifying fuel in a motor vehicle or on-road or non-road diesel if the proposed project as a whole, including the incremental fuel cost, meets the requirements of this subchapter. The commission shall develop an appropriate method for converting incremental fuel costs over the lifetime of the motor vehicle or on-road or non-road diesel into an initial cost for purposes of determining cost-effectiveness as required by Section 386.105.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 6, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262, Sec. 2.04, eff. June 8, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1125, Sec. 16, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  386.105.  Calculation Of Cost-effectiveness.

(a) In calculating cost-effectiveness, one-time grants of money at the beginning of a project shall be annualized using a time value of public funds or discount rate determined for each project by the commission, taking into account the interest rate on bonds, interest earned by state funds, and other factors the commission considers appropriate.

(b)  The commission shall establish reasonable methodologies for evaluating project cost-effectiveness consistent with Subsection (a) and with accepted methods.

(c)  The commission shall develop protocols for calculating oxides of nitrogen emissions reductions not otherwise required by state or federal law in nonattainment areas and affected counties of this state from representative project types over the life of the projects.

(d)  The commission may include in cost-effectiveness determinations only reductions in oxides of nitrogen emissions that are achieved in nonattainment areas and affected counties of this state.

(e)  The commission may allow for the apportionment of credits associated with a project between the plan and another program or entity if the part of the credit assigned to the program that is part of the plan still meets any applicable cost-effectiveness criteria.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 7, eff. June 20, 2003.



Section  386.106.  Cost-effectiveness Criteria; Determination Of Grant Amount.

(a) Except as provided by Section 386.107 and except for infrastructure projects and infrastructure purchases that are part of a broader retrofit, repower, replacement, or add-on equipment project, the commission may not award a grant for a proposed project the cost-effectiveness of which, calculated in accordance with Section 386.105 and criteria developed under that section, exceeds $15,000 per ton of oxides of nitrogen emissions reduced in the nonattainment area or affected county for which the project is proposed.  This subsection does not restrict commission authority under other law to require emissions reductions with a cost-effectiveness that exceeds $15,000 per ton.

(b)  The commission may not award a grant that, net of taxes, provides an amount that exceeds the incremental cost of the proposed project.

(c)  The commission shall adopt guidelines for capitalizing incremental lease costs so those costs may be offset by a grant under this subchapter.

(d)  In determining the amount of a grant under this subchapter, the commission shall reduce the incremental cost of a proposed new purchase, lease, retrofit, repower, or add-on equipment project by the value of any existing financial incentive that directly reduces the cost of the proposed project, including tax credits or deductions, other grants, or any other public financial assistance.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 8, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262, Sec. 2.05, eff. June 8, 2007.



Section  386.107.  Adjustment To Maximum Cost-effectiveness Amount And Award Amount.

After study of available emissions reduction technologies and costs and after public notice and comment, the commission, in consultation with the advisory board, may change the values of the maximum grant award criteria established in Section 386.106 to account for inflation or to improve the ability of the program to achieve its goals.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.108.  Infrastructure Projects.

(a) The commission shall provide funding under Section 386.252(a)(1) for infrastructure projects.

(b)  To implement the requirement of Subsection (a), the commission shall:

(1)  solicit applications for a balanced mix of projects involving fueling and electrification infrastructure that is linked to motor vehicle and on-road and non-road diesel projects and consistent with program goals;

(2)  coordinate infrastructure projects with motor vehicle and on-road and non-road diesel projects representing a broad range of fuels, technologies, and applications as appropriate and consistent with the goals of this chapter;

(3)  adopt guidelines and criteria for infrastructure projects to be funded under the program; and

(4)  oversee, monitor, and evaluate the use of grants awarded under this program and report on the effectiveness of this grant program in relation to the purposes and goals of this chapter.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section 386.109.  Eligible Infrastructure Projects. (a)

The commission may consider for funding under Section 386.108:

(1)  the purchase and installation at a site of equipment that is designed primarily to dispense qualifying fuel, other than standard gasoline or diesel, or the purchase of on-site mobile fueling equipment;

(2)  infrastructure projects, including auxiliary power units, designed to dispense electricity to:

(A)  motor vehicles;

(B)  on-road and non-road diesels; and

(C)  marine vessels;

(3)  a project that involves a technology that allows a vehicle to replace with electric power, while the vehicle is parked, the power normally supplied by the vehicle's internal combustion engine; and

(4)  a project to reduce air pollution and engine idling by relieving congestion through rail relocation or improvement at a rail intersection that is located in a nonattainment or near nonattainment area.

(b)  The commission may provide funding to other state agencies to implement projects under Subsection (a)(3), including funding for the lease, purchase, or installation of idle reduction technologies and facilities at rest areas and other public facilities on major highway transportation routes located in areas eligible for funding or for marine vessels operating on water routes eligible for funding.  Funding under this subsection may include reasonable operational costs determined by the commission to be needed for the initial start-up and proper operation of the idle reduction technologies.  The state agency leasing, owning, or operating the idle reduction facility constructed with funds provided under this subsection may, but is not required to, charge reasonable fees for the provision of idle reduction services provided that those fees are used to directly offset the cost of providing the services.

(c)  In evaluating a request for funding of an eligible infrastructure project, the commission shall encourage the use of a technology that allows a vehicle to replace with electric power, while the vehicle is parked, the power normally supplied by the vehicle's internal combustion engine at the state's ports and border crossings in affected areas.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262, Sec. 2.06, eff. June 8, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1165, Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2007.

Reenacted by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87, Sec. 12.012, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  386.110.  Application Package For Infrastructure Projects.

(a) The commission shall develop a simple, standardized application package for infrastructure project grants under this subchapter. The package must include:

(1)  an application form;

(2)  a brief description of:

(A)  the program;

(B)  the projects that are eligible for available funding;

(C)  the selection criteria and evaluation process; and

(D)  the required documentation;

(3)  the name of a person or office to contact for more information;

(4)  an example of the contract that an applicant will be required to execute before receiving a grant; and

(5)  any other information the commission considers useful to inform the applicant and expedite the application process.

(b)  The application form shall require as much information as the commission determines is necessary to properly evaluate each project but shall otherwise minimize the information required.

(c)  The commission may not require an applicant, as part of the application process, to calculate tons of emissions reduced or cost-effectiveness.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.111.  Application Review Procedures.

(a) The commission shall review an application for a grant for a project authorized under this subchapter, including an application for a grant for an infrastructure project, immediately on receipt of the application.  If the commission determines that an application is incomplete, the commission shall notify the applicant with an explanation of what is missing from the application.  The commission shall evaluate the completed application according to the appropriate project criteria.  Subject to available funding, the commission shall make a final determination on an application as soon as possible.

(b)  The commission shall make every effort to expedite the application review process and to award grants to qualified projects in a timely manner. To the extent possible, the commission shall coordinate project review and approval with any timing constraints related to project purchases or installations to be made by an applicant.

(c)  The commission may deny an application for a project that does not meet the applicable project criteria or that the commission determines is not made in good faith, is not credible, or is not in compliance with this chapter and the goals of this chapter.

(d)  Subject to availability of funds, the commission shall award a grant under this subchapter in conjunction with the execution of a contract that obligates the commission to make the grant and the recipient to perform the actions described in the recipient's grant application. The contract must incorporate provisions for recapturing grant money in proportion to any loss of emissions reductions or underachievement in dispensing qualifying fuel compared with the volume of emissions reductions or amount of fuel dispensed that was projected in awarding the grant. Grant money recaptured under the contract provision shall be deposited in the fund and reallocated for other projects under this subchapter.

(e)  An applicant may seek reimbursement for qualifying equipment installed after the effective date of this program.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section  386.112.  On-road Diesel Purchase Or Lease Incentive.

(a) The commission shall develop a purchase or lease incentive program for new on-road diesels and shall adopt rules necessary to implement the program and to reimburse a purchaser or lessee of a new on-road diesel that is eligible for reimbursement of incremental costs under this subchapter.

(b)  The program shall authorize statewide incentives for the reimbursement of incremental costs for the purchase or lease, according to the schedule provided by Section 386.113, of new on-road diesels that are certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board to an emissions standard provided by Section 386.113 if the purchaser or lessee of the on-road diesel agrees to register the vehicle in this state and to operate the on-road diesel in this state for not less than 75 percent of the on-road diesel's annual mileage.

(c)  Only one incentive will be provided for each new on-road diesel. The incentive shall be provided to the purchaser if the on-road diesel is not purchased for the purpose of leasing the on-road diesel to another person, or to the lessee and not to the purchaser if the on-road diesel is purchased for the purpose of leasing the on-road diesel to another person. A lease incentive for a new on-road diesel shall be prorated based on an eight-year lease term.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 9, eff. June 20, 2003.



Section  386.113.  On-road Diesel Purchase Or Lease Incentive Schedule.

A new on-road diesel is eligible for reimbursement of incremental costs according to the following schedule:

       Incentive emissions standard   Reimbursement amount
       (oxides of nitrogen)
Date of manufacture Date of manufacture   
(2001) (10/1/02-9/30/06)   
2.5 g/bhp-hr NOx 1.2 g/bhp-hr NOx    up to $15,000
1.5 g/bhp-hr NOx 0.5 g/bhp-hr NOx    up to $25,000
0.0 g/bhp-hr NOx 0.0 g/bhp-hr NOx    up to $25,000

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.114.  Modification Of Incentive Emissions Standards.

After evaluating new technologies and after public notice and comment, the commission, in consultation with the advisory board, may change the incentive emissions standards established by Section 386.113 to improve the ability of the program to achieve its goals.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.115.  Modification Of Vehicle Eligibility.

After evaluating the availability of vehicles meeting the emissions standards and after public notice and comment, the commission, in consultation with the advisory board, may expand the program to include other on-road vehicles, regardless of fuel type used, that meet the emissions standards, have a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 8,500 pounds, and are purchased or leased in lieu of a new on-road diesel.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 10, eff. June 20, 2003.



Section  386.116.  Small Business Incentives.

(a) In this section, "small business" means a business owned by a person who:

(1)  owns and operates not more than two vehicles, one of which is:

(A)  an on-road diesel with a pre-1994 engine model; or

(B)  a non-road diesel with an engine with uncontrolled emissions; and

(2)  has owned the vehicle described by Subdivision (1)(A) or (B) for more than one year.

(b)  The commission by rule shall develop a method of providing fast and simple access to grants under this subchapter for a small business.

(c)  The commission shall publicize and promote the availability of grants under this section to encourage the use of vehicles that produce fewer emissions.

(d)  The commission shall include in the biennial plan report required by Section 386.057(b) a report of commission actions and results under this section.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 10, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section 386.117.  Rebate Grants.

(a) The commission shall adopt a process for awarding grants under this subchapter in the form of rebates to streamline the grant application, contracting, reimbursement, and reporting processes for certain projects.  The process adopted under this section must:

(1)  designate certain types of projects, such as repowers, replacements, and retrofits, as eligible for rebates;

(2)  project standardized oxides of nitrogen emissions reductions for each designated project type;

(3)  assign a standardized rebate amount for each designated project type;

(4)  allow for processing rebates on an ongoing first-come, first-served basis; and

(5)  consolidate, simplify, and reduce the administrative work for applicants and the commission associated with grant application, contracting, reimbursement, and reporting processes for designated project types.

(b)  The commission may limit or expand the designated project types as necessary to further the goals of the program.

(c)  The commission may award rebate grants as a pilot project for a specific region or may award the grants statewide.

(d)  The commission may administer the rebate grants or may designate another entity to administer the grants.

(e)  The commission shall:

(1)  investigate the requirements for establishing an Internet-based application process for rebate grants and report those requirements to the legislature not later than December 31, 2007; or

(2)  implement an Internet-based application process for rebate grants not later than June 1, 2008.

(f)  The commission or its designee shall notify potential applicants of any changes to the rebate grant process by its e-mail list service and posting those changes on its Internet website at least 30 days before the changes become effective.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262, Sec. 2.07, eff. June 8, 2007.



Subchapter D. Motor Vehicle Purchase Or Lease Incentive Program

Section  386.151.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Bin" or "emissions bin" means a set of emissions standards applicable to exhaust pollutants measured on the Federal Test Procedure (FTP) according to 40 C.F.R. Section 86.1811-04.

(2)  "Light-duty motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 10,000 pounds.

(3)  "Motor vehicle" means a self-propelled device designed for transporting persons or property on a public highway that is required to be registered under Chapter 502, Transportation Code.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.152.  Comptroller And Commission Duties Regarding Light-duty Motor Vehicle Purchase Or Lease Incentive Program.

(a) The comptroller and the commission shall develop a purchase or lease incentive program for new light-duty motor vehicles and shall adopt rules necessary to implement the program.

(b)  The program shall authorize statewide incentives for the purchase or lease, according to the schedule provided by Section 386.153, of new light-duty motor vehicles that are certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to meet an emissions standard that is at least as stringent as those provided by Section 386.153 for a purchaser or lessee who agrees to register the vehicle in this state and to operate the vehicle in this state for not less than 75 percent of the vehicle's annual mileage.

(c)  Only one incentive will be provided for each new light-duty motor vehicle. The incentive shall be provided to the lessee and not to the purchaser if the motor vehicle is purchased for the purpose of leasing the vehicle to another person.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.153.  Light-duty Motor Vehicle Purchase Or Lease Incentive Schedule.

A new light-duty motor vehicle is eligible for an incentive according to the following schedule:

Incentive emissions standard and incentive amount

Model year 2003-2007

Bin 4 $1,250

Bin 3 $2,225

Bin 2 $3,750

Bin 1 $5,000

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.154.  Modification Of Incentive Emissions Standards.

After evaluating new technologies and after public notice and comment, the commission, in consultation with the advisory board, may change the incentive emissions standards established by Section 386.153 to improve the ability of the program to achieve its goals.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.155.  Manufacturer's Report. At

the beginning of but not later than July 1 of each year preceding the vehicle model year, a manufacturer of motor vehicles shall provide to the commission a list of the new vehicle models that the manufacturer intends to sell in this state during that model year that meet the incentive emissions standards established by the schedules set out under Section 386.153. The manufacturer may supplement the list provided to the commission under this section as necessary to include additional new vehicle models the manufacturer intends to sell in this state during the model year.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.156.  List Of Eligible Motor Vehicles. (a) On

August 1 each year the commission shall publish and provide to the comptroller a list of the new model motor vehicles as listed for the commission under Section 386.155. The commission shall publish and provide to the comptroller supplements to that list as necessary to include additional new vehicle models listed in a supplement to the original list provided by a manufacturer under Section 386.155.

(b)  The comptroller shall distribute the list of eligible motor vehicles to all new motor vehicle dealers and leasing agents in this state.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.158.  Light-duty Motor Vehicle Purchase Or Lease Incentive.

(a) A person who purchases or leases a new light-duty motor vehicle that has been listed under Section 386.155 is eligible for an incentive under this subchapter.

(b)  A lease incentive for a new light-duty motor vehicle shall be prorated based on a four-year lease term.

(c)  To receive money under an incentive program provided by this subchapter, the purchaser or lessee of a new light-duty motor vehicle eligible for an incentive under this subchapter shall apply for the incentive in the manner provided by law or by rule of the comptroller.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.160.  Comptroller To Account For Motor Vehicle Purchase Or Lease Incentives.

(a) The comptroller by rule shall develop a method to administer and account for the motor vehicle purchase or lease incentives authorized by this subchapter and to pay incentive money to the purchaser or lessee of a new motor vehicle, on application of the purchaser or lessee as provided by this subchapter.

(b)  The comptroller shall develop and publish forms and instructions for the purchaser or lessee of a new motor vehicle to use in applying to the comptroller for an incentive payment under this subchapter. The comptroller shall make the forms available to new motor vehicle dealers and leasing agents. Dealers and leasing agents shall make the forms available to their prospective purchasers or lessees.

(c)  In addition to other forms developed and published under this section, the comptroller shall develop and publish a verification form by which, with information provided by the dealer or leasing agent, the comptroller can verify the sale of a vehicle covered by this subchapter. The verification form shall include at least the name of the purchaser, the vehicle identification number of the vehicle involved, the date of the purchase, and the name of the new motor dealer or leasing agent involved in the transaction. At the time of sale or lease of a vehicle eligible for an incentive under this subchapter, the dealer or leasing agent shall complete the verification form supplied to the dealer by the comptroller. The purchaser or lessee shall include the completed verification form as part of the purchaser's application for an incentive. The dealer shall maintain a copy of the completed verification form for at least two years from the date of the transaction.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.161.  Report To Commission; Suspension Of Purchase Or Lease Incentives.

(a) The comptroller shall report to the commission annually regarding motor vehicle purchase or lease incentives.

(b)  If the balance available for motor vehicle purchase or lease incentives falls below 15 percent of the total allocated for the incentives during that fiscal year, the comptroller by order shall suspend the incentives until the date the comptroller can certify that the balance available in the fund for incentives is an amount adequate to resume the incentives or the beginning of the next fiscal year, whichever is earlier. If the comptroller suspends the incentives, the comptroller shall immediately notify the commission and all new motor vehicle dealers and leasing agents that the incentives have been suspended.

(c)  The comptroller shall establish a toll-free telephone number available to motor vehicle dealers and leasing agents for the dealers and agents to call to verify that incentives are available. The comptroller may provide for issuing verification numbers over the telephone line.

(d)  Reliance by a dealer or leasing agent on information provided by the comptroller or commission is a complete defense to an action involving or based on eligibility of a vehicle for an incentive or availability of vehicles eligible for an incentive.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Subchapter E. Energy Efficiency Grant Program

Section  386.201.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Electric cooperative" has the meaning assigned by Section 11.003, Utilities Code.

(2)  "Electric utility" has the meaning assigned by Section 31.002, Utilities Code.

(3)  "Municipally owned utility" has the meaning assigned by Section 11.003, Utilities Code.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.202.  Grant Program.

(a) The utility commission shall develop an energy efficiency grant program using program templates that are consistent with rules of the utility commission adopted under Section 39.905, Utilities Code.

(b)  Programs approved under this subchapter and other energy efficiency programs administered by the utility commission must include energy conservation programs for the retirement of materials and appliances that contribute to energy consumption or peak energy demand to ensure the reduction of energy consumption, energy demand, or peak loads, and associated emissions of air contaminants.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 11, eff. June 20, 2003.



Section  386.203.  Administration Of Grants.

Money allocated by the utility commission under the grant program developed under this subchapter shall be administered by electric utilities, electric cooperatives, and municipally owned utilities. A participating electric utility, electric cooperative, or municipally owned utility shall be reimbursed from the fund for costs incurred by the utility in administering the energy efficiency grant program established under this subchapter. Reimbursable administrative costs of a participating entity may not exceed 10 percent of the entity's total program budget before January 1, 2003, and may not exceed five percent of the entity's total program budget on or after that date.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.204.  Limitation On Duty Of Participating Utility.

(a) This subchapter obligates an electric utility, electric cooperative, or municipally owned utility only to administer the funding allocated to the entity by the utility commission in accordance with this subchapter.

(b)  The obligation of an electric utility under this subchapter is separate and apart from, and does not affect an obligation of the electric utility under, Section 39.905, Utilities Code, or a rule adopted under that section.

(c)  Emissions reductions achieved by a program implemented under this subchapter may not be used by an electric utility, electric cooperative, or municipally owned utility to satisfy an obligation to reduce air contaminant emissions under state or federal law or a state or federal regulatory program.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  386.205.  Evaluation Of State Energy Efficiency Programs.

In cooperation with the laboratory, the utility commission shall provide an annual report to the commission that, by county, quantifies the reductions of energy demand, peak loads, and associated emissions of air contaminants achieved from the programs implemented under this subchapter and from those implemented under Section 39.905, Utilities Code.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Subchapter F. Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Fund

Section  386.251.  Fund.

(a) The Texas emissions reduction plan fund is an account in the state treasury.

(b)  The fund is administered by the commission for the benefit of the plan established under this chapter.  The fund is exempt from the application of Section 403.095, Government Code.  Interest earned on the fund shall be credited to the fund.

(c)  The fund consists of:

(1)  the amount of money deposited to the credit of the fund under:

(A)  Section 386.056;

(B)  Sections 151.0515 and 152.0215, Tax Code; and

(C)  Sections 501.138, 502.1675, and 548.5055, Transportation Code; and

(2)  grant money recaptured under Section 386.111(d) and Chapter 391.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262, Sec. 2.08, eff. June 8, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1125, Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section  386.252.  Use Of Fund.

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Text of subsection as amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1125, Sec. 23

 

(a)  Money in the fund may be used only to implement and administer programs established under the plan and shall be allocated as follows:

(1)  for the diesel emissions reduction incentive program, 87.5 percent of the money in the fund, of which:

(A)  not more than four percent may be used for the clean school bus program;

(B)  not more than 10 percent may be used for on-road diesel purchase or lease incentives; and

(C)  a specified amount may be used for the new technology implementation grant program, from which a defined amount may be set aside for electricity storage projects related to renewable energy;

(2)  for the new technology research and development program, nine percent of the money in the fund, of which:

(A)  up to $200,000 is allocated for a health effects study;

(B)  $500,000 is to be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the clean air account created under Section 382.0622 to supplement funding for air quality planning activities in affected counties;

(C)  not less than 20 percent is to be allocated each year to support research related to air quality as provided by Section 387.010; and

(D)  the balance is allocated each year to the commission to be used to:

(i)  implement and administer the new technology research and development program for the purpose of identifying, testing, and evaluating new emissions-reducing technologies with potential for commercialization in this state and to facilitate their certification or verification; and

(ii)  contract with the Energy Systems Laboratory at the Texas Engineering Experiment Station for $216,000 annually for the development and annual computation of creditable statewide emissions reductions obtained through wind and other renewable energy resources for the state implementation plan; and

(3)  two percent is allocated to the commission and 1.5 percent is allocated to the laboratory for administrative costs incurred by the commission and the laboratory.

 

Text of subsection as amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1232, Sec. 4

 

(a)  Money in the fund may be used only to implement and administer programs established under the plan and shall be allocated as follows:

(1)  for the diesel emissions reduction incentive program, 87.5 percent of the money in the fund, of which not more than four percent may be used for the clean school bus program, five percent shall be used for the clean fleet program, and not more than 10 percent may be used for on-road diesel purchase or lease incentives;

(2)  for the new technology research and development program, 9.5 percent of the money in the fund, of which up to $250,000 is allocated for administration, up to $200,000 is allocated for a health effects study, $500,000 is to be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the clean air account created under Section 382.0622 to supplement funding for air quality planning activities in affected counties, not less than 20 percent is to be allocated each year to support research related to air quality for the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria and Dallas-Fort Worth nonattainment areas by a nonprofit organization based in Houston of which $216,000 each year shall be contracted to the Energy Systems Laboratory at the Texas Engineering Experiment Station for the development and annual calculation of creditable statewide emissions reductions obtained through wind and other renewable energy resources for the State Implementation Plan, and the balance is to be allocated each year to a nonprofit organization or an institution of higher education based in Houston to be used to implement and administer the new technology research and development program under a contract with the commission for the purpose of identifying, testing, and evaluating new emissions-reducing technologies with potential for commercialization in this state and to facilitate their certification or verification; and

(3)  for administrative costs incurred by the commission and the laboratory, three percent of the money in the fund.

(b)  The money allocated under Subsection (a) to a particular program may be used for another program under the plan as determined by the commission.

(c)  Money in the fund may be allocated to the clean school bus program only if:

(1)  the money is available for that purpose after money is allocated for the other purposes of the fund as required by the state implementation plan; or

(2)  the amount of money deposited to the credit of the fund in a state fiscal year exceeds the amount the comptroller's biennial revenue estimate shows as the comptroller's estimated amount to be deposited to the credit of the fund in that year.

(d)  The commission may allocate unexpended money designated for the clean fleet program to other programs described under Subsection (a) after the commission allocates money to recipients under the clean fleet program.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1331, Sec. 12, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 766, Sec. 3, eff. June 17, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1095, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1125, Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2008.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262, Sec. 2.09, eff. June 8, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1125, Sec. 23, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1232, Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2009.


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