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.
Both CEERT and CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey participated in the most recent CEC SB 100 workshop. Richard responded to CEERT’s critique of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) modeling assumptions in its Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) proceeding, and emphasized the need to reduce criteria air pollutants as well as greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, and to achieve deeper emission reductions than the CPUC’s adopted targets.
He also indicated that the upcoming CARB GHG Scoping Plan would look more closely at emissions from the power grid, and at the need to retire combustion sources as soon as feasible. In our earlier discussions with CARB, we emphasized the disparity between actual emissions versus modeling assumptions, as well as the need for an orderly phaseout of gas-fired power plants.