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CARB ZEV Credit Restructuring Leaves Tesla With Fewer Credits

A change to the California Air Resources Board’s Zero-Emission Vehicle credit program will leave Tesla with four credits per car cold for the foreseeable future, down from seven credits for every Model S through 2013. Bloomberg reports the change will award zero-emission vehicles with long-driving ranges and refueling times no greater than 15 minutes — […]

Analysis: Tesla may have made over $100 million off the CARB enabled battery swap ZEV credit scheme

Guest essay by Alberto Zaragoza Comendador In the past I’ve provided estimates of the money Tesla has made off this mysterious feature enabled by credits authorized by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). These estimates were very simplistic: basically I … Continue reading ?

Chevron, Southwest Gas Fined $1M for Not Reporting GHG Emissions

Chevron and Southwest Gas have been fined about $1 million for violating California’s mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting rule in 2011. This is the second time the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has issued fines for late or inaccurate reporting under the regulation, which mandates utilities and industrial facilities emitting more than 10,000 metric tons […]

CARB Approves Another Round of Cap and Trade Amendments

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has held its most important meetings related to the Cap and Trade Regulation (Regulation) annually in October over the last few years, and 2013 was no exception. On October 25, CARB staff presented to the Board both retroactive and proactive “tweaks” to the program in anticipation of its next […]

Why Long-Range BEVs Are An Economic, Energy And Emissions Abomination

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

Tesla Leads Sellers of CARB ZEV Credits, Chrysler Biggest Buyer

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, […]

California's Cap-and-Trade Market Still Needs a Price Ceiling

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

Breaking News: Ninth Circuit Upholds California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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

Breaking News: Ninth Circuit Upholds California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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 […]

California to Issue First Carbon Offset Credits

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 [...]

Ecofys-Led Consortium Develops Product-Level GHG Benchmarks

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

Maritime Shipping Firms Fined for Violating California Emissions Regs

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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 [...]

The Future of California: An Economist’s Perspective

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. 

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Markets, EPA Budget, Efficiency Bill

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

Exxon, PG&E Fined for Not Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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

What Could Alleviate High Gasoline Prices in This State?

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

California Sued Again Over Cap-and-Trade Program

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 [...]

California Air Resources Board Member Says Lobbying Groups Should Stop Fight Against Electric Vehicle Mandate

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

Breaking News: Brown Approves California Cap-and-Trade Linkage to Quebec’s System

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 [...]

What California’s Carbon Market Is Doing Right

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

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