Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
Providing global warming solutions for California and the West.
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Advocacy at the California Air Resources Board (CARB)
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.
John White met with CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey to discuss the Climate Change/GHG-Target Scoping Plan that CARB will be considering and adopting later this year. John emphasized the need for deeper GHG reductions from the power sector, which the Governor has now asked for in two recent announcements and directives to CARB and the CPUC. Also discussed were some of the tensions between the environmental justice community and advocates of building decarbonization, because of equity concerns and possible cost shifts to remaining gas customers.