On Saturday, October 9, 2021 California Governor Newsom signed AB-1346 to set zero emission SORE limits. OPEI and several associations including NALP and CETA worked to oppose the bill. The result was several amendments in the Senate, but ultimately the bill passed and has now been signed by the governor, directing CARB to adopt a rule by July 2022 to set SORE zero-emission limits by MY 2024, or when technical feasible, whichever is later. The state has budgeted $30M towards incentive programs.
This would ban the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines, a broad category that includes generators, lawn equipment and pressure washers.
Focus now shifts to CARB “formal” rulemaking and comment period, which is expected to kickoff this week or next by way of the publication of the Initial Statement of Reason (ISoR). The Board hearing is expected to be December 9-10.
For complete information link to the SORE page https://ceta.org/news/sore-2021/.
California AB-1346 SORE (Small Off-Road Engines)
AMENDED IN SENATE AUGUST 26, 2021
Use this link to follow the state bill https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1346
(1) By July 1, 2022, the state board shall, consistent with federal law, adopt cost-effective and technologically feasible regulations to prohibit engine exhaust and evaporative emissions from new small off-road engines, as defined by the state board. Those regulations shall apply to engines produced on or after January 1, 2024, or as soon as the state board determines is feasible, whichever is later.
(2) In determining technological feasibility pursuant to paragraph (1), the state board shall consider all of the following:
(A) Emissions from small off-road engines in the state.
(B) Expected timelines for zero-emission small off-road equipment development.
(C) Increased demand for electricity from added charging requirements for more zero-emission small offroad equipment.
(D) Use cases of both commercial and residential lawn and garden users.
(E) Expected availability of zero-emission generators and emergency response equipment.
(b) Consistent with the regulations adopted pursuant to this section and relevant state law, the state board shall identify, and, to the extent feasible, make available, funding for commercial rebates or similar incentive funding as part of any updates to existing, applicable funding program guidelines for districts to implement to support the transition to zero-emission small off-road equipment operations.
For complete information, link to the SORE tab.