Clean Arizona Plan

The Clean Arizona Plan

Executive Summary

As funded by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program provided a total of $250 million in formula grants to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop plans to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the leadership and authority of Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, the Governor’s Office of Resiliency received $3 million to conduct planning that would identify opportunities and projects that would improve air quality throughout Arizona, with a priority focus on delivering the benefits of improved air quality to low income and historically underserved communities in the state.

To meet these goals, the Governor’s Office of Resiliency partnered with Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University to produce this Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) to support investment in policies, practices, and technologies that reduce pollutant emissions, create high-quality jobs, spur economic growth, and enhance the quality of life for all Arizonans.

In coordination with the Governor’s Office of Resiliency, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University hosted 6 community engagement events, and 5 stakeholder roundtables, and engaged with hundreds of Arizonans, including representatives of community based organizations and industry leaders. These stakeholder conversations directly informed the creation of the Clean Arizona Plan through the identification of key measures, projects, and opportunities that would improve air quality, especially in low- income, historically underserved, rural, and tribal Arizona.

The measures contained herein should be construed as broadly available to any entity in the state eligible for receiving funding under the EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Implementation Grants (CPRG) and other funding streams, as applicable. The Governor’s Office of Resiliency will prioritize measures that address the two primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Arizona: electric generation and transportation. Highlighted measures outlined in the Clean Arizona Plan include:

  • Expanding access to weatherization, energy efficiency upgrades and electrification;
  • Support for the development and deployment of renewable energy generation projects, such deploying as solar-plus battery systems;
  • Increased access to publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • Accelerated adoption of electric and zero-emission vehicles; and
  • Establishment of partnership programs that provide workforce training and
    certification for energy efficiency and emerging energy technology contracting.

By prioritizing these measures, the Clean Arizona Plan identifies opportunities totaling a reduction of 8,835,826 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in communities across Arizona.

This PCAP is organized into 5 sections:

1. Executive Summary
2. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory
3. Priority Measures including LIDAC and GHG Impact Analyses
4. Review of Authority to Implement
5. Coordination and Outreach

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under assistance agreement 98T67401 to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Resiliency. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.