By John Petersen: In June 2012, the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, working under contract for the California Air Resources Board, published a fascinating " life cycle Analysis Comparison of a Battery Electric Vehicle and a Conventional Gasoline Vehicle " that proves far more than the UCLA researchers or CARB bargained for. Show More Summary
According to data released by the California Air Resources Board, CARB, Tesla Motors was the top seller of the zero-emission vehicle credits that regulatory board requires car makers to have if they want to sell cars in that state. Toyota was the top seller of hybrid-car credits. Tesla sold 1,311.52 ZEV credits from Oct. 1, 2012, […]
The California Air Resources Board has issued proposed changes to their policy on price containment, which the Board will consider at their October meeting. While they are a step in the right direction, they don’t go far enough to address the fundamental risk to the market. read more
In a sweeping victory for the California Air Resources Board, the Ninth Circuit today issued an opinion in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey upholding the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and reversing a lower court ruling that the LCFS facially discriminated against interstate commerce in violation of the U.S. Show More Summary
In a sweeping victory for the California Air Resources Board, a Ninth Circuit today issued an opinion in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey upholding the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and reversing a lower court ruling that the LCFS facially discriminated against interstate commerce in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The court also vacated the […]
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) says it will issue the first compliance offset credits eligible for use in California’s cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions reduction program by the end of the month. The first batch of 600,000 offsets includes a combination of early action projects and compliance offset projects. Carbon offset credits are issued for [...]
An Ecofys-led consortium has helped the California Air Resources Board (CARB) establish product-level greenhouse gas emission benchmarks for various production processes. The benchmarks will be used to determine the amounts of free emission...Show More Summary
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced they have levied fines against three maritime shipping firms for failing to switch from heavy fuel oil to low sulfur marine distillate fuel [...]
On Tuesday August 13th, I will give a Chair’s Lecture at the California Air Resources Board on the “Future of California”. All of the details (including my slides and key points) are posted here.
The California Air Resources Board and the Australian Clean Energy Regulator signed a memorandum of understanding to develop complementary market-based programs. The agreement establishes a framework for a working relationship and establishes information-sharing between the two agencies. Show More Summary
ExxonMobil and Pacific Gas & Electric are among the nine companies that have been fined by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for violating the state’s mandatory greenhouse gas reporting rule. That rule requires facilities, including those covered by California’s cap-and-trade regulation, to report their GHGs annually. Show More Summary
Due to its California Air Resources Board and the regulations imposed by it, Californians pay a premium at the pump to every state that's not named Alaska. One might wonder why California is able to enforce these standards; it's because the state-run organization was already in place before the Clean Air Act was passed. Show More Summary
Pacific Legal Foundation filed suit today against the state’s Air Resources Board on the grounds that the auction of allowances under California’s cap-and-trade program constitutes an unconstitutional tax. In the new suit, Morning Star Packing Company v. California Air Resources Board, PLF argues that a) the auctioning of revenues constitute a tax which b) requires [...]
The head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Mary Nichols, called for lobbying groups protesting California’s mandate for zero-emissions vehicles to stop while speaking at the SAE International’s (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers) annual World Congress this week. Show More Summary
California Governor Jerry Brown will allow the state’s Air Resources Board to link its cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a Quebec cap-and-trade program modeled after California’s. Brown sent a letter to CARB today making four findings that he is required to decide before allowing the linkage to go forward. CARB must still [...]
The second auction of carbon permits for the world’s second-largest carbon market beat analysts’ expectations--but can it drive real environmental results? The California Air Resources Board, which currently runs the world’s second largest...Show More Summary
Results are in from California’s second cap-and-trade auction. California Air Resources Board (CARB) offered 12.9 million 2013-vintage allowances along with 9.56 million 2016-vintage allowances. CARB sold all of the 2013 vintage at $13.62 per allowance and almost half (4.44 million) of the 2016 vintage at $10.71 per allowance. In total, that amounts to a bit [...]
Here’s the latest standards and compliance news affecting corporate environmental and energy executives. Today’s briefing includes seven items. SCS Global Services has earned accreditation from the California Air Resources Board to provide verification services for carbon offset projects under the state’s new cap-and-trade Program. Show More Summary
More on California's carbon auction from Jasmin Ansar: The results of the auction announced by the California Air Resources Board showed that all ‘current’ 2013 allowances, totaling 23.1 million tons, were sold at a price of $10.09, nine cents above the regulator’s minimum (reserve) price of $10 per ton. In...
If carbon pricing in the United States were a baby, it would have been born on November 14, when the California Air Resources Board launched its first auction of Cap and Trade greenhouse gas permits. If carbon pricing is the baby, then the climate dividend is the birth announcement.