California Air Resources Board (CARB)

California Reduces CO2 Emissions for Third Year in a Row

January 17, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

California’s CO2 emissions fell in 2011 for the third straight year, putting the state in a good position for meeting its target of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARP) and as mandated by California AB32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006). Since businesses...[read more]

While International Climate Negotiations Continue, the World’s Ninth Largest Economy Takes an Important Step Forward

December 3, 2012 by Robert Stavins

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A little more than two weeks ago, while some 195 nations prepared to meet in Doha, Qatar, for the Eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in an ongoing effort to hammer out a durable scheme of effective international cooperation, the ninth largest economy in the...[read more]

Cap-and-Trade a Reality in California

November 21, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

The concept of a cap-and-trade CO2 throttling system is not new, or without widespread support.  However it has been slow to catch on with the Federal government, and slightly faster with state governments. The system is widely used in Europe, as are many global warming driven initiatives.There is no price for the right to pollute...[read more]

Final Test Before California's Cap-and-Trade Program Kicks Off

August 24, 2012 by Kristin Eberhard

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Next week’s scheduled practice auction of greenhouse gas allowances for California’s largest polluters will provide an important first look into how the state’s cap-and-trade program, a key element of the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), will work going forward.With millions of dollars worth of allowances planned to be auctioned in...[read more]

Evaluating California's Cap and Trade Programme

April 17, 2012 by Kristin Eberhard

The nation is closely watching as California prepares to launch its first auction of pollution credits in a groundbreaking cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and potentially raise billions in revenue that can be reinvested in programs to reduce pollution and expedite the State’s transition to a clean energy...[read more]

Painkillers – the Real Drivers of Innovation for the Electricity Value Chain

February 2, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

One of the largest US-based industry conferences for electricity, gas, and water utilities just wrapped up in San Antonio, Texas.  The entire value chain for electricity was well-represented there – you could find products for generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption of electricity.  These products modernize the...[read more]

EJ Lawsuit Against Implementation of California’s AB 32 Climate Policy Wrongheaded

May 23, 2011 by Robert Stavins

On May 20th, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled that the California Air Resources Board had not adequately explained its choice of a market-based mechanism –  a cap-and-trade system  — to achieve approximately 20 percent of targeted emissions reductions by 2020 under Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming...[read more]