Air Resources Board Releases Proposed Scoping Plan for AB 32 Implementation
On October 15, 2008, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its Proposed Scoping Document outlining CARB’s strategies for meeting the 2020 statewide greenhouse reductions goals mandated by AB 32.
CARB will consider adoption of the Proposed Scoping Plan at its December 11, 2008 meeting. The Proposed Scoping Plan represents CARB’s revisions to the previously released Draft Scoping Plan in response to public comment on the Draft Scoping Plan.
The key elements of the Proposed Scoping Plan include:
- Expanding and strengthening existing energy efficiency programs as well as building and appliance standards;
- Achieving a statewide renewables energy mix of 33 percent;
- Developing a California cap-and-trade program that links with other Western Climate Initiative partner programs to create a regional market system;
- Establishing targets for transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions for regions throughout California, and pursuing policies and incentives to achieve those targets;
- Adopting and implementing measures pursuant to existing State laws and policies, including California’s clean car standards, goods movement measures, and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard; and
- Creating targeted fees, including a public goods charge on water use, fees on high global warming potential gases, and a fee to fund the administrative costs of the State’s long term commitment to AB 32 implementation.
Of note to the energy sector, the Proposed Scoping Plan makes several important changes and clarifies certain programs previously set forth in the Draft Scoping Plan. First, the Proposed Scoping Plan provides additional detail on the proposed cap-and-trade program including a discussion regarding auction of allowances, a discussion of the proposed role for offsets, and additional detail on the mechanisms to be developed to encourage voluntary early action. Second, the Proposed Scoping Plan provides additional detail on implementation, tracking and enforcement of the recommended actions, including the important role of local air districts. Finally, the Proposed Scoping Plan reiterated CARB’s commitment to achieving a statewide renewable energy mix of 33 percent.
The full text of the Proposed Scoping Plan may be found by clicking here.
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