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Questions Surround California’s Renewable Electricity Mandate

Questions Surround California’s Renewable Electricity Mandate

California was close. Just how close? It depends on whom you ask. Some would say that the California Legislature was only a single roll call away from sending to the Governor legislation expanding the state’s renewable electricity mandate to 33% (SB 722). But the Legislature missed the midnight deadline by … Read more »

Dissecting California’s Cap-and-Trade Plan: What’s your Free Piece of the Carbon Pie?

Dissecting California’s Cap-and-Trade Plan: What’s your Free Piece of the Carbon Pie?

It sounds like an old regulatory joke: Professional #1: “If the 8th largest economy in the world put a price on carbon and started a Cap and Trade Program, how many free allowances would you get?” Professional #2: “I don’t know. How many free allowances would I get?” But California … Read more »

Status of California Renewable Policy in 2011

As the new year begins, those in the renewable energy business know that California still has many unanswered questions as to how it will achieve its renewable energy policy goals. The state has repeatedly made it clear on several fronts that its major environmental policy target is to procure 33% … Read more »

What’s the Latest on AB 32 at the California Air Resources Board?

It seems like a simple question: “What’s happening with AB 32 in California these days”? But the answer to that relatively straightforward question is rather complex, potentially very lengthy, constantly changing, but always fascinating. Let me give it a shot in under 1,000 words. Remember way back in 2006, right … Read more »

The Many Moving Pieces of California’s Cap and Trade Program

The calendar says May 2012, so what does that mean for California’s attempts to implement a first-in-the-nation, economy-wide Cap and Trade Program? Actually quite a bit. There are many moving parts in this complex regulatory puzzle being assembled by the California Air Resources Board (Board or CARB). CARB has control … Read more »

AB 32’s Carbon Market Rounding Into Shape

Seems like only yesterday that those following AB 32 were anticipating the release of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) initial view of the AB 32 Cap and Trade program. That initial version, known as the Preliminary Draft Regulation (PDR), was made public in the fall of 2009. It was … Read more »