On November 18, 2021, the District Governing Board adopted the State Implementation Plan (SIP) Credit for Residential Wood Burning Device Change-Out Incentive Measure. The incentive measure and resolution were prepared to fulfill a Plan commitment for emission reductions from the District’s Fireplace & Woodstove Change-Out Program for approval into the SIP by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Emission reductions from this Measure (0.33 tpd of PM2.5 on an annual average) are credited towards the District’s 2024 and 2025 aggregate emission reduction commitment in the 2018 PM2.5 Plan for the 35 μg/m3 24-hour PM2.5 standard and 12 μg/m3 annual PM2.5 standard, respectively. Using CARB and EPA-approved methodologies updated to account for wood burning curtailments, District staff quantified PM2.5 emission reductions from woodstove and fireplace change-outs.
The incentive measure included commitments to prepare an annual demonstration report to measure and track programmatic results in meeting the total emissions commitments, identify project process and changes made in the previous year, and show that progress is appropriate to meet the incentive measure commitments. These reports are required to be submitted to EPA and posted on the District’s web page.