Advocacy at the California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Part 3 CA State Code

California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) requires close collaboration by the Air Resources Board, Public Utilities Commission, Energy Commission, and Independent System Operator to plan and implement the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in California back to 1990 levels by 2020. To help guide this process, CEERT developed a forecast of what success in this effort might look like in our “2020 Vision” analysis. We also sponsored a symposium of some of the world’s leading climate scientists on how to improve on the climate targets in the Kyoto protocols.

Recent Developments:

CARB is beginning the process for the 2021 Climate Scoping Plan, which will be the principal activity for the agency over the coming months. Advocates are hopeful of lowering the electricity sector greenhouse gas (GHG) targets to the 30 million metric ton level, considering the significant load growth expected from electrification of buildings and transportation.

CEERT will be seeking to update and revise modeling assumptions to be more reflective of actual emissions on the electric grid, especially taking into account continued heavy reliance on old, inefficient gas-fired power plants and relaxed air permit conditions because of grid reliability concerns, and inadequate tracking of emissions from back-up diesel generators, which are in far greater use than has been assumed in air quality and climate change planning.