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California ARB Reports Cap-and Trade Cash Investments (Funding)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2019-03-29
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) just released its annual report analyzing last year's investments made from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF.) The fund receives money from the state cap-and-trade program, which caps greenhouse gas emissions and auctions off "pollution credits" to industries.

In 2018, the GGRF invested $1.4 billion in various projects to reduce the effects of climate change in California communities. That was about double the amount spent in 2017. Since the program began in 2012, it has invested $3.4 billion in projects that are either completed or under way, with a total of $9.3 billion in the pipeline.

CARB estimates that the investments will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 37 million metric tons, about what would be produced by burning four billion gallons of diesel fuel, or "roughly equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year." Cumulatively, last year's investments in energy efficiency are expected to save enough energy to power 15,000 homes for a year.

The report estimates GGRF investments are reducing greenhouse gas emissions at an average cost of about $75 per metric ton. The report lists details on how much has been invested in each GGRF program and highlights examples of what those investments are. Many are being built, but many more are in some planning stage and their full effect will not be felt for a number of years. For example, GGRF investments in the clean transportation sector include:

  • Community clean air grants, which help communities identify and evaluate air pollution sources;
  • Several programs for replacing polluting vehicles, including agricultural and freight vehicles and buses, and a program to replace rural school buses with electric vehicles;
  • Clean mobility options such as electric car-share, bike-share, and vanpool options in disadvantaged communities or for agricultural workers;
  • Support for transit including high-speed rail and the Intercity Rail Capital Program, which is helping transit and rail agencies modernize and update their systems and equipment;
  • The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program that funds interconnected transportation and housing projects to reduce car use.

    Cumlative Project Outcomes include: 10,000 home energy efficiency projects; 3,200 affordable housing units under contract; 500,000 acres of land preserved of restored; 50,000 trees planted in urban areas; 343,000 individual projects funded; 462 transit agency projects funded; and 67 pct of funding for projects benefitting priority communities ($1.5 billion)

    Download the California Air Resources Board Greenhouse Gas Fund expeditures report HERE. (Source: CARB, StreetsBlog, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990,,; CARB California Climate Investments, (800) 757-2907,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  

  • California Carbon Permit Auction Nets $862Mn (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-11-29
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Control Board (CARB) reports the state's recent auction of permits/allowances via its cap-and-trade program added a record $862 million the the Golden State's coffers. By law, the revenue will be used for low income housing projects, transit, electric car rebates, high speed rail, and similar low-carbon projects.

    The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. California aims to slash GHG emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. (Source: California ARB, MML News, Various Others, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Credits,  

    CARB Touts New UC Riverside Emissions Testing HQ (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-10-30
    In the Golden State, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports the groundbreaking of its $419 million joint southern California headquarters and research and testing facility that will also be the board's Southern California headquarters at University of California Riverside.

    The 380,000-square-foot "state-of-the-Art" facility will be certified LEED Platinum, as well as the nation's single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB. Construction is slated to get underway in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside, Richard Chang, (951) 827-5893,; CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  UC Riverside,  

    Date: 2017-10-29
    California Air Resources Board Breaks Ground on Facility at UCR UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for the California Air Resources Board’s test and research facility. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) broke ground Friday on a key $419 million research and testing facility that will also be the board’s Southern California headquarters.

    The Air Resources Board played an instrumental role in uncovering the emissions defeat device installed by German car manufacturer Volkswagen on some of its vehicles, resulting in a worldwide scandal. The 380,000-square-foot square facility has been billed as state-of-the-art and will be certified LEED Platinum, considered the highest level of energy efficiency for building standards. The building will also be the nation’s single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB, which means it will produce as much energy as it uses. Solar panels on the rooftop and over the parking lot will supply at least 3.5 megawatts of electricity. Construction at the site is slated to begin in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside, Richard Chang, (951) 827-5893,

    Edeniq Supports LCFS Pathway for Corn Kernel Fiber Cellulosic Ethanol (Ind. Report)
    Edeniq,Little Sioux Corn Processors
    Date: 2017-09-13
    Following on our Jan. 30th coverage, Visalia, California-based Edeniq, Inc. reports it has submitted written comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) supporting final approval of Little Sioux Corn Processors' application under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for a pathway for cellulosic ethanol produced from corn kernel fiber at its Marcus, Iowa plant.

    Little Sioux received a D3 cellulosic ethanol registration from the U.S. EPA after deploying Edeniq's technology at its plant. Thome noted the significance of the consistency between CARB's approval and the EPA's approval and his support for CARB's assignment of a 31.23 carbon intensity, validating the potential for Edeniq's technology to help the state achieve the GHG reduction goals of the LCFS. (Source: Edeniq, PR, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Brian Thome, Pres., CEO, Sarah Caswell, (402) 935-3081,,; Little Sioux Corn Processors, (712) 376-2800,; California ARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Edeniq,  Ethanol ,  Little Sioux Corn Processors,  California ARB,  

    EIA Urges Climate Friendly Refrigerant Incentives (Ind.Report)
    Hydrocarbons21,Montreal Protocol
    Date: 2017-09-11
    The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a Washington, D.C.-based NGO, is pushing California to utilize its greenhouse gas reduction fund (GGRF) to help phase down ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) by offering incentives for climate-friendly and natural refrigeration alternatives.

    The GGRF is funded by cap-and-trade dollars which state agencies manage under California Climate Investments. The money is earmarked for public health enhancement, especially for disadvantaged communities.

    A natural refrigerant incentive program is part of CARB's implementation of a Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) strategy, which includes a plan to reduce the state's HFC emissions 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Hydrocarbons21, 8 Sept., 2017) Contact: Hydrocarbons21, team (@hydrocarbons21,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HFC,  Refrigerant Gas,  California ARB,  Hydrocarbons21,  Montreal Protocol,  

    Burning Coal Methane for Carbon Credits Proposed (Ind. Report)
    Global Carbon Strategies Corp.
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Lakewood, Colorado-based Global Carbon Strategies Corp. (GCS) reports it plans to "flare" up to 400,000 million btu of vented coal mine methane gas per year from 6 "gob" mines in Utah under a five-year contract with Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.

    Under federal legislation, mine operators are permitted to vent mine methane without penalty. GCS' proposal qualifies under California's cap-and-trade system.

    GCS will pay a 12.5-cent royalty per million btu flared, plus $5,000 per year per mine in rent. Carbon offsets are currently selling for $5.80 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent.

    According to the EPA, coal mines represent 12 pct of all human-caused methane emissions and are the nation's second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after CO2. Even so, methane emissions from mines are exempted from regulation under the Clean Air Act because the gas has to be vented from underground coal deposits to prevent lethal explosions.

    To calculate the carbon offsets the methane destruction is worth, GCS is relying on Salt Lake City-based consulting firm Bluesource, which will register the offsets with the Climate Action Reserve. They could then be issued California Air Resources Board (CARB) which has authorized 7 mines to join the offset program. (Source: GCS, CARB, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017) Contact: Global Carbon Strategies, C. Kennedy, VP, 1885 Denver West Court, Lakewood, Colorado, 80401, -- phone and email not presently available; Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, (801) 538-5100,; CARB, (800) 242-4450,,; Bluesource,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bluesource,  California ARB,  ,  Global Carbon Strategies,  Methane,  Carbon Credit ,  

    CARB, NBB Touting VESTA™1000 Biodiesel Additive (Ind. Report)
    California ARB,NBB
    Date: 2017-08-02
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) reports it has certified VESTA™1000, a biodiesel additive that reduces measurable regulated emissions, including NOx, when blended with California's unique diesel formulation called "CARB diesel." The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) led the initial research and development into the additive.

    VESTA™1000 ensures compliance with the January 1, 2018 implementation of CARB's Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. A 20 pct (B20) blend of biodiesel with VESTA™ 1000 reportedly reduced NOx by 1.9 pct and particulate matter by 18 pct compared to CARB diesel fuel. California Fueling, LLC will produce the formula, and Pacific Fuel Resource, LLC will deliver the product to market. The two companies will work cooperatively with NBB members as well as those in the California fuel community to support the ongoing use of biodiesel diesel blends up to B20. (Source: NBB, Pacific Fuel Resource, July, 2017) Contact: Pacific Fuel Resource, Paul Nazzaro, (978)438-6090,,; NBB, Kaleb Little, (800) 841-5849,,; CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California ARB,  NBB,  Biodiesel,  

    California Climate Investments Using Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-04-05
    In its recently released California Cap and Trade Annual Report the California Air Resources Board (CARB ) focused on ways the state's cap-and-trade auction revenue has been put to use to combat climate change throughout the Golden State.

    The cap-and-trade funds are distributed by California Climate Investments, which awarded more than $500 million in 2016 to projects in 57 of the state's 58 counties. The funds are allocated to efforts that will directly impact climate change efforts with a legislated bias towards effecting change in disadvantaged communities. In 2016 50 pct of investments were made in disadvantaged communities, far exceeding this requirement.

    Download the full Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Monies Annual Report to the Legislature on California Climate Investments Using Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds HERE. (Source: California ARB, April, 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  

    CARB Proposal Cuts Greenhouse Gases 40 pct by 2030 (Reg. & Leg.)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-01-25
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a proposed plan to reduce GHG emissions by 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. The plan builds on the state's successful efforts to reduce emissions and outlines the most effective ways to reach the 2030 goal, including continuation of the state's Cap-and-Trade Program. The proposed plan will continue to build on investments in clean energy and set the California economy on a trajectory to achieving an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050.

    Assembly Bill 32, signed in 2006, set California's initial goal to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and directed CARB to develop a climate change scoping plan -- to be updated every five years -- detailing specific measures needed to reach the target.

    The proposed plan continues the Cap-and-Trade Program through 2030 and includes a new approach to reduce GHGs from refineries by 20 pct. It incorporates approaches to cutting super pollutants from the Short Lived Climate Pollutants Strategy and acknowledges the need to cut agriculture emissions.

    Achieving the 2030 goal will require an enhanced focus on zero- and near-zero emission vehicle technologies; continued investment in renewable energy; greater use of low-carbon fuels; integrated land conservation and development strategies; coordinated efforts to reduce methane emissions and other short-lived climate pollutants; and an increased focus on integrated land-use planning to support livable, transit-connected communities. The plan finds that Cap-and-Trade is the lowest cost, most efficient policy approach and provides certainty that the state will meet the 2030 goals. California's Cap-and-Trade Program funds the California Climate Investments program, which funds statewide projects aimed at reducing GHG emissions. To date, $3.4 billion in cap-and-trade funds have been appropriated for the California Climate Investments program. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Jan., 2018) Contact: California ARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Carbon Emissions,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    California Carbon Credit Revenues Rise (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2016-11-30
    In the Golden State, the Orange County Register reports that the demand for California pollution permits rebounded, but didn't sell-out, in last weeks quarterly carbon auction. Approximately 88 pct of the available credits were purchased -- up from 35 pct in May.

    This year's overall dip in demand is blamed on a glut of permits on the market and mounting legal uncertainty about the program's survival in the face of numerous legal challenges.

    Auction proceeds are used to fund a variety of low-carbon and environmental initiatives, including transit construction and energy conservation efforts. (Source: Orange County Register, California Air Resources Board, Various Others, 22 Nov., 2016) Contact: California ARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Cap-and-Trade,  California Carbon Credit Auction,  Carbon Credits,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Livestock Methane Targeted in Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2016-11-30
    The nation's largest milk-producing and agriculture state, California, reports it is targeting methane greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas, is released when cattle belch, pass gas and make manure.

    Livestock are responsible for 14.5 pct of human-induced GHG emissions, with beef and dairy production accounting for the bulk of it, according to a 2013 United Nations report.

    New California legislation requires dairies and other livestock operations to reduce methane emissions 40 pct below 2013 levels by 2030. The legislation will come into force in 2024.

    The state has earmarked $50 million to help the state's approximately 1,500 dairies dairies set up digesters to help address the livestock methane problem. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Sacramento Bee, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: California ARB, (800) 242-4450,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Methane,  California Air Resources Board,  

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