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Implementing California’s AB 32: Setting the Pace for the Nation. American Public Power Association 2009 National Conference Salt Lake City June 16, 2009. Kevin Kennedy, Assistant Executive Officer California Air Resources Board Office of Climate Change.

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Implementing california s ab 32 setting the pace for the nation

Implementing California’s AB 32:

Setting the Pace for the Nation

American Public Power Association 2009 National Conference

Salt Lake City

June 16, 2009

Kevin Kennedy, Assistant Executive Officer

California Air Resources Board

Office of Climate Change


Implementing california s ab 32 setting the pace for the nation

California’s Pavley Clean Car standards were the first vehicle greenhouse gas emission standard in the country

Paved the way for the new national standards announced by President Obama last month

AB 32 established the first U.S. economy-wide climate change regulatory program

California’s leadership helps set direction for national program

California’s Leadership

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Implementing california s ab 32 setting the pace for the nation

AB 32 established the first U.S. economy-wide climate change regulatory program

California’s leadership helps set direction for national program

AB 32 sets GHG emission cap for 2020 at 1990 level

Points way toward 80% reduction by 2050

ARB adopted Scoping Plan in December 2008

Plan provides a framework for achieving AB 32’s GHG emissions reduction target

What is AB 32?The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

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Magnitude of the challenge

Magnitude of the Challenge

169 MMT CO2e Reduction

(Scoping Plan)

1990 Emission Baseline

80% Reduction 341 MMT CO2e

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Implementing california s ab 32 setting the pace for the nation

California’s GHG Emissions

ARB, “California 1990 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Level and 2020 Emissions Limit” (2007), www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ccei/inventory/1990_level.htm

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Scoping plan recommendations

Scoping Plan Recommendations

Combination of market mechanisms, other regulations, voluntary measures, and fees

Cap-and-trade program covers 85 percent of emissions

Complementary measures:

Energy efficiency

Renewable energy

Regional targets for transportation-related emissions

Existing laws and policies (e.g. Pavley, LCFS)

Fees: public goods charge on water, administrative fee for AB 32 implementation

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Implementing california s ab 32 setting the pace for the nation

The Next Chapters

2009

2011

2012

2010

Return to 1990 Emissions

Adoption of Scoping Plan Measures

2013 through

2020

Measure Implementation

Scoping Plan Adopted 12/08

Work Toward 2050


Currently in progress

Currently In Progress

Energy Commission

Public Utilities Commission

Waste Board

Water Board

Dept. of Water Resources

Dept. of Government Services

High Speed Rail Authority

  • Cap and trade program being developed in coordination with Western Climate Initiative

  • More economic and health analysis

  • Many other ARB measures in progress

  • Rules must be adopted by end of 2010 – in effect by 2012

  • Other State agencies working on measures:

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Scoping plan emissions reductions

Scoping Plan Emissions Reductions

MMTCO2e by sector

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Energy efficiency build on past success

Energy Efficiency: Build on Past Success

New Challenge: Reduce Total Electricity and Natural Gas Consumption

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Residential industrial energy efficiency

Residential & Industrial Energy Efficiency

  • Reduce electricity consumption by 32,000 GWh compared to business-as-usual

  • New more stringent building and appliance standards

  • Local government initiatives, including tax bill financing for efficiency and distributed renewables (AB 811)

  • Industrial reductions:

    • Water & wastewater energy efficiency

    • Combined heat and power

    • Large industry energy audits

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Renewable energy renewable portfolio standard

Renewable Energy Renewable Portfolio Standard

  • 14% of retail sales currently met by renewable resources

  • Short term goal of 20% by 2010; Long term goal of 33% by 2020

  • Reneweable Energy Transmission Initiative – planning the transmission for the 2020 goal

  • Smart grid – supply and demand side strategies that can enable renewables while improving reliability

  • Million Solar Roofs program

  • Voluntary renewables

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Cap and trade rulemaking

Cap-and-Trade Rulemaking

Broad-based California cap-and-trade program to provide a declining fixed limit on emissions

Link to other Western Climate Initiative Partner programs

Complements health-based air quality programs and EJ policies

Consider effects of the program on the California economy and public health

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Implementing california s ab 32 setting the pace for the nation

Western Climate Initiative

  • Partners:

    • Arizona

    • British Columbia

    • California

    • Manitoba

    • Montana

    • New Mexico

    • Ontario

    • Oregon

    • Quebec

    • Utah

    • Washington

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Implementing california s ab 32 setting the pace for the nation

California’s Interaction with the Federal Government

  • State actions can influence federal climate policies and regulations

    • National greenhouse gas emission standards for cars

  • Working with our federal colleagues to improve Waxman-Markey

  • Invite participation by U.S. EPA and other federal agencies in California’s effort

  • Promote federal actions, funding opportunities and incentives supporting California’s 2020 cap

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More information and contacts

More Information and Contacts

ARB’s Climate Change Website:

http://www.arb.ca.gov/climatechange

California’s Climate Change Website:

http://climatechange.ca.gov/

ARB Office of Climate Change contact:

Richard Varenchik (626) 575-6730

[email protected]

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