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:

As part of our advocacy supporting the implementation of SB 100, we have briefed both CARB and CEC staff on our concerns with the CPUC’s IRP modeling assumptions, and our belief that the high GHG target for the power sector selected in the IRP decision won’t achieve the necessary emission reductions to meet the 2030 statewide target. We contrasted the CPUC’s narrow approach to long-term planning with the more comprehensive and robust process LADWP and NREL are carrying out.

We continue to believe that California will need to restructure its current power-sector planning process to be more of a collaborative, interagency effort, much more akin to the CEC/CARB/CPUC joint work on the implementation of SB 100, and are hopeful of building an independent, transparent modeling and planning process at the CEC that can help create a statewide consensus on how best to achieve the dramatic GHG emission reductions needed in the next few years.