RIDEM is moving ahead with developing an application for EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) planning process and funding opportunity. This issue has been discussed at the last few EC4 Council meetings, but with application deadlines looming in early 2024, the time has come to identify priority projects the state can invest in to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Before the state can apply for actual funding to support projects, we are required to submit, by March 1, 2024, a PRIORITY CLIMATE ACTION PLAN, or PCAP. So, what is a PCAP you may be wondering?
Rhode Island’s PCAP will include a focused list of near-term, high-priority, implementation ready projects to reduce GHG emissions and an analysis of GHG emissions reductions that would be achieved through implementation. The projects will draw from the recommendations in the state’s recent Rhode Island 2022 Climate Update, priorities identified by EC4 agencies, and input from a wide variety of stakeholders. The state will then apply for EPA CPRG Implementation Grant funding for selected projects within the PCAP no later than April 1, 2024.
Of particular interest are projects that will help advance the goals of the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of relevant federal investments to disadvantaged communities.
RIDEM is looking to hear from you about what types of projects RI should uplift as “priority projects” within the following sectors as identified by EPA:
- Transportation Sector
- Electric Power Sector
- Buildings Sector
- Industrial Sector
- Waste, Water, and Sustainable Materials Management Sector
- Agricultural Sector
- Carbon Removal
Those interested in learning more about the CPRG planning process and providing input on what the state should identify as priority projects are invited to join us on Thursday, January 4th from 12:00PM-1:30PM via Zoom:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 876 9297 7656
Dial by your location:
• 1 301 715 8592; or 1 305 224 1968; or 1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
For more details about EPA’s CRPG planning grants & funding opportunities, please visit: