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The Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program was developed to improve local air quality and reduce wintertime particulate matter pollution by helping Bay Area homeowners and landlords replace their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner options.
Please note that this program is currently accepting applications ONLY from homeowners that meet one or more of the following Highly Impacted Resident criteria:
Please read the Program Requirements in the Resources section below before starting an application.
Application for Highly Impacted Residents
(for approved applicants who have completed work)
On cold winter nights, wood smoke from residential wood burning accounts for a significant portion of the Bay Area’s fine-particle pollution. To address this health hazard and improve air quality, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (Air District’s) Board of Directors allocated $3 million in funding to create a Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program (Program).
To be eligible, applicants must own a property that (1) is a residential unit located within the Air District’s jurisdiction, and (2) contains an operational wood-burning stove or fireplace, used for heating purposes. Qualifying wood-burning devices do not include those meant for cooking purposes.
Applicants may apply for one project option per property. Project options and base award for each project option are listed below:
Replace a wood-burning stove or fireplace with an electric heat pump
Replace a wood-burning stove or fireplace with a natural gas- or propane-fueled device
Decommission (render inoperable) a wood-burning stove or fireplace
In addition to the base funding shown above, applicants may be eligible to receive additional funding if they or their property meet one or more of the following Highly Impacted Resident conditions shown below.
Enrollment in a Qualifying Low-Income Assistance Program
Sole Source of Heat Exemption*
Designated High Wood Smoke Area
Awards will range from $750 up to a maximum of $12,000 per property and may not exceed the actual total project cost. Funding is provided on a reimbursement basis to applicants who are issued a Notice to Proceed from the Air District. Applicants who have had any work related to their project performed before the Air District issues a Notice to Proceed are not eligible.
*Upcoming compliance deadline: Starting November 1, 2016, anyone whose sole source of heat is a wood-burning device must use an EPA-certified or pellet-fueled device that is registered with the Air District to qualify for an exemption from any future burn bans.
Within 30 days, the Air District will notify you whether your application is approved. Approved applicants will be issued a Notice to Proceed from the Air District, at which point they may begin work on their project.
For a complete description of the Program, including application instructions, information about the application evaluation and reimbursement process, and Program Terms and Conditions, see the Program Requirements document listed in the Resources section below.
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Last Updated: 8/26/2016