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Trump's Emissions "Political Vendetta" Lambasted (Ind. Report)
CARB
Date: 2019-10-25
In the Golden State, the US Justice Department (DOJ) is claiming the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system is unlawful because it included the Canadian province of Quebec. The DOJ cited the constitutional prohibition on states making their own treaties or agreements with foreign governments.

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom didn't miss a beat when he responded from Sacramento saying the Trump DOJ move was a "political vendetta" and only one in a series of acts against a liberal state government that has brought more than 30 environmental lawsuits alone, most of them to stop the rollbacks of climate change regulations enacted under the Obama administration.

"Carbon pollution knows no borders, and the Trump administration's abysmal record of denying climate change and propping up big polluters makes cross-border collaboration all the more necessary. This latest attack shows that the White House has its head in the sand when it comes to climate change and serves no purpose other than continued political retribution," Gov. Newsome noted. (Source, Office of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, NY Times, Various Media, Oct, 2019) Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom, www.gov.ca.gov; California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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


Calif. Updates B20 Underground Storage Regulations (Reg. & Leg.)
National Biodiesel Board,California Advanced Biofuels Alliance.
Date: 2019-08-09
In Sacramento, the California State Water Board reports it has approved the storage of biodiesel blends of up to 20 pct (B20) in underground storage tanks, removing the final barrier to ensuring the state has access to sufficient volumes of the biofuel. A 10-year campaign to prove that B20 is compatible underground was supported by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), several member companies and the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance.

Biodiesel is key to the state meeting its Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The California Air Resources Board claims that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gases by at least 50 pct, and up to as much as 81 pct , compared to petroleum. The California State Water Resources Board ruled that a 20 pct blend of biodiesel (meeting the ASTM standard for B20, D7467) "shall be recognized as equivalent to diesel for the purpose of complying with existing approval requirements for double-walled USTs, unless any material or component of the UST system has been determined to not be compatible with B20." The regulation comes into force from 1 October 2019. (Source: California State Water Board, California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, Biofuels Int'l, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: California State Water Board, www.waterboards.ca.gov; NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org; California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, www.caadvancedbiofuelsalliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  National Biodiesel Board,  NBB,  California Advanced Biofuels Alliance.,  


CARB Proposes CI Values for Alternative Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2019-08-02
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed carbon intensity (CI) values for a new Temporary LCFS pathway for Alternative Jet Fuel. Upon certification, this new Temporary pathway will be available for LRT-CBTS reporting for the quarter in which it is certified. The proposed Temporary CIs are applicable only to alternative jet fuel that is produced from a hydrotreating process.

CARB determined the proposed CI values using the most conservative data from LCFS certified renewable diesel pathways that produce alternative jet fuel as a co-product. The resulting CI was increased by an additional 10 pct due to additional energy and chemical inputs for the hydrocracking process, and then an additional 5 pct of conservative margin, and finally rounded to the nearest five CI points when applicable.

Various technologies can be used to produce alternative jet fuel made from petroleum or non-petroleum sources, which can be blended and used with conventional petroleum jet fuels without modifications to aircraft engines and existing fuel distribution infrastructure. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Green Car Congress, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  


Tesoro Fined for Low Carbon Fuel Standard Violations (Ind Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2019-06-07
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reporting a $1.36 million settlement with Tesoro Refining & Marketing LLC -- now Marathon Petroleum Corp. -- for misreporting 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline, diesel, biodiesel and ethanol, including under-reporting 403 million gallons of LCFS deficit-generating fuels, thus violating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated in the production of transportation fuels sold in California. The inaccurate information spanned 24 quarterly reports.

The LCFS, which encourages the use of cleaner, low-carbon fuels, is one of several programs developed under The Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B.32). It works with other A.B.32 programs, such as cap-and-trade, the zero-emission vehicle program and the renewable portfolio standard, to achieve California's GHG-reduction goals. (Source: CARB, 31 May, 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  


CARB Certifies Edeniq Customers for Corn Fiber Ethanol (Ind Report)
Edeniq,Siouxland Ethanol
Date: 2019-05-15
Visalia, California-headquartered cellulosic ethanol process specialist Edeniq, Inc. reports the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane as its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber.

Siouxland Ethanol, a 90 million gpy corn ethanol plant located in Jackson, Nebraska was certified on May 6 with a carbon intensity rating of 26.67 and Elite Octane, a 150 million gpy corn ethanol plant located in Atlantic, Iowa was certified on May 7 with a carbon intensity rating of 30.32. Using Intellulose 2.0, the two plants achieved average corn kernel fiber ethanol production of 3% of total production, nearly triple the average performance traditionally associated with the benefits of Intellulose 1.0 that regulatory agencies had approved.

Edeniq's Intellulose 2.0 technology typically achieves between 2 and 4.5 pct cellulosic ethanol production from the corn kernel fiber at existing corn ethanol plants without any capex requirements. The technology measures the amount of ethanol produced from multiple different molecules present in corn kernels and quantifies the individual contribution of each component. The technology builds on Intellulose 1.0, which measures the cellulosic ethanol produced from a single corn kernel component.

Seven Edeniq Intellulose 1.0 customers were previously approved by the U.S. EPA for D3 RIN generation and/or by CARB for low-CI corn kernel fiber ethanol production. (Source: Edeniq Inc., PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Brian Thome, President and CEO, Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777, lwachter@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com; Siouxland Ethanol, LLC , Nick Bowdish, President and CEO www.siouxlandethanol.com; Elite Octane, www.eliteoctane.net; California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Corn Ethanol,  Edeniq,  Ethanol,  Siouxland Ethanol,  


Calif. Eateries Adding Climate Change Surcharge (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax,Perennial Farming Initiative
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Golden State, a new program created as a collaboration with the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the California Food and Agricultural Department and the not-for-profit Perennial Farming Initiative gives California restaurants the option to adhere to the voluntary Restore California Renewable Restaurant program and add a voluntary 1 pct surcharge-carbon tax to diners' bills as part of the fight against climate change. The extra money will go to support environmentally friendly farming practices. (Source: The Hill, NY Post, Various Media, 27 April, 2019) Contact: Perennial Farming Initiative, www.perennialfarming.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CARB,  Carbon Tax,  


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, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; CARB California Climate Investments, (800) 757-2907, info@caclimateinvestments.ca.gov, www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov

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


  • GTI Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes Study Released (Report Attached)
    GTI
    Date: 2019-02-15
    The Des Plaines, Illinois-headquartered Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has released a site-specific engineering design titled Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes, a blueprint for converting an existing biomass facility into an RNG production site, using the wood waste feedstock.

    New RNG production facilities using the commercial technologies outlined in the analysis could reduce criteria pollutants by approximately 99 pct compared to existing operational biomass power plants and produce a very low carbon fuel in the base case and below zero in the case including carbon sequestration technologies, according to the study.

    The engineering design illustrated in the report was performed by GTI, Black & Veatch, Andritz, and Haldor Topsoe. The engineering design study was funded by California Air Resources Board (CARB), PG&E, SoCalGas, Northwest Natural and SMUD.

    Download Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes report HERE. (Source: GTI, Feb., Green Car Congress, 15 Feb., 2019) Contact: GTI, Vann Bush, VP Technology Technology Development and Commercialization, (847)768-0500, www.gastechnology.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GTI,  RNG,  Woody Biomass,  Rnewable Natural Gas,  


    Golden State Mandating Carbon-Free Buses by 2029 (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-12-17
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board unanimously agreed last week to require all new buses be carbon-free by 2029. Environmental advocates project that the last buses emitting greenhouse gases will be phased out by 2040.

    California presently has 153 zero-emission buses on the road now with hundreds more on order. Most of them are electric, though technology also exists for buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Existing state and federal subsidies are available to help transit agencies absorb some of the higher costs of carbon-free buses, along with money from the state's settlement with Volkswagen over the German automaker's emission-cheating software.

    The transportation sector accounts for 40 pct of California's greenhouse gases, and those emissions are rising even as electrical emissions have fallen substantially. California needs to drastically reduce transportation emissions to meet its aggressive climate change goals. (Source: CARB, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board.Low Carbon FUel,  


    Calif. Q2 Renewable Diesel Supply Tops 100Mn Gal. (Ind. Report)
    California ARB
    Date: 2018-11-16
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that in an effort to meet the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), California has increased its net supply of renewable "green" diesel, reaching 100 million gallons during Q2, 2018 -- 10.1 pct of the total diesel supplied to California during the quarter.

    Administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), LCFS aims to incrementally decrease the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel fuel by at least 10 pct by 2020 relative to a 2010 baseline.

    Under the state's LCFS, petroleum refiners, gasoline and diesel importers, and transportation fuel wholesales are required to either produce low carbon fuels or purchase credits to demonstrate compliance. But while under the RFS, both biodiesel and renewable diesel meet a 50 pct GHG reduction threshold (and are eligible to generate biomass-based diesel RINs), LCFS uses a measurement called carbon intensity (CI).

    Renewable diesel generates a large number of credits relative to other fuels because it has some of the largest lifecycle GHG reduction compared to other fuels. The total volume of renewable diesel LCFS credits exceeded ethanol credits for the first time this year, reaching about 870,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent during the second quarter. (Source: US EIA, Agri-Pulse, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  California Air Resources Board,  .Biofuel,  Renewable Fiesel ,  


    CARB Fine-Tunes California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-10-03
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board reports it has approved several amendments to the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, including one that sets a new carbon intensity target for fuel sold within the state. The changes include the creation of additional incentives for zero-emissions vehicles and establish protocol for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

    The Golden State's LCFS currently requires a 10 pct reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020. The amendments will require a 20 pct reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.

    According to CARB, the amendments align with the Golden State's overall target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030, and will incentivize the development of additional zero emission vehicle infrastructure and the sale of electric and hydrogen vehicles. (Source: CARB, Ethanol Producer, Oct., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Low Carbon Fuel,  


    Cal. Cap-and-Trade Funds Address Transport Emissions (Funding)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In Sacrament, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced up to $205 million in grant funding for projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution caused by the movement of goods throughout the state.

    Eleven projects will receive a total of $150 million from California Climate Investments and other sources, with another $55 million to be considered by the Board at its October meeting. The grants will be matched by $210 million invested by private and public partners, bringing total investment to more than $400 million.

    The funding is intended to support cost-effective clean technologies that reduce pollution that contributes to regional air quality problems, particularly diesel particulate emissions. Funded projects are located in five air districts across the state: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

    California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment -- particularly in disadvantaged communities. (Source: CARB, PR, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: CARB, Karen Caesar Public Information Office, (916) 322-2990, (800) 242-4450, karen.caesar@arb.ca.gov, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  


    "We're Launching Our Own Damn Satellite", says Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-09-19
    In his closing remarks at the recently concluded Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr.(D) announced that his state is teaming up with San Francisco-based Earth imaging company Planet Labs (Planet) to develop and eventually launch a satellite that will track climate change-causing pollutants with unprecedented precision and help the world dramatically reduce these destructive emissions.

    "With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we're launching our own damn satellite. This groundbreaking initiative will help governments, businesses and landowners pinpoint -- and stop -- destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that's never been done before," the Governor proclaimed.

    Planet, which was founded by ex-NASA scientists in 2010, has in the last two years launched more than 150 Earth-imaging satellites, manufactured in San Francisco, helping customers in agriculture, government, mapping, NGOs and in other markets to make better decisions. The company's aerospace and data processing infrastructure, innovative technology and engineering and scientific expertise will be utilized to develop and operate the new satellite, with the possibility of launching additional satellites in the future as part of this initiative.

    The State of California, through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is developing and refining the technology needed to make this initiative possible. Planet will manage the mission operations and collaborate with the State and others on funding this groundbreaking effort. The State and Planet will make the collected environmentally-related satellite data available to the public and will work in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and others with complementary projects. the new Climate Data Partnership will serve as a common platform for reporting climate variables and the earth's atmosphere.

    Initial project funding has been provided by Dee and Richard Lawrence and OIF, as well as The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust. (Source: Office of Gov. Governor Edmund G. Brown, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Governor Edmund G. Brown, Phone: (916) 445-2841, Fax: (916) 558-3160; Plant Labs, Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Gov. Jerry Brown,  


    CARB Program Subsidizes Clean Vehicles for Low-Income Californians (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-09-10
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reporting its new Clean Vehicle Assistance Program that provides low interest loans and grants of as much as $5,000 to help lower-income Californian get into the cleanest new and used cars on the market.

    The program, which is run by the Oakland-based nonprofit Beneficial State Foundation, was launched in 2017 with a $5 million CARB grant. The program's ongoing funding is from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment -- particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. To date, Beneficial State Foundation has received more than 900 applications and awarded 24 grants. (Source: California Air Resources Board, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner; Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; (916) 322-2990 Beneficial State Foundation, Kat Taylor, CEO, Jhana Valentine, (510) 463-6562, jvalentine@beneficialstate.org

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


    California 2020 Emissions Target Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resource Board
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) reports the Golden State's 2016 greenhouse gas emissions of 429.4 million metric tons were lower than 1990's 431 million metric tons, despite a larger population and booming economy. Specifically:
  • California's carbon pollution dropped 13 percent statewide since a 2004 peak; meanwhile the economy grew 26 pct;

  • California's per capita emissions continue to be among the lowest in the country. They fell 23 pct from a peak of 14 metric tons per person (roughly equal to driving 34,000 miles) in 2001 to 10.8 metric tons per person in 2016 (roughly equal to driving 26,000 miles). That is approximately half as much as the national average;

  • California's carbon pollution dropped 3 pct between 2015 and 2016 -- roughly equal to taking 2.4 million cars off the road or saving 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel;

  • The "carbon intensity" of California's economy -- the amount of carbon pollution emitted per $1 million of gross state product -- fell 38 pct since the 2001 peak and is now one-half the national average;

  • California now produces twice as many goods and services for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the rest of the nation.

    According to CARB, the emissions reductions are the result of a mixture of state-level measures that include mandating that a certain fraction of electricity come from renewable resources, regulating vehicle emissions, and a carbon pricing and trading program shared with Quebec.

    The state's 2020 carbon target is mandated by a 2006 law, but since then California has passed an even stricter law requiring emissions to be 40 pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Per capita emissions of around 10.8 metric tons per person are about half the U.S. national average. Overall 2016 greenhouse gas emissions for the U.S. in 2016 were around 6.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, and represented about 15 pct of global emissions in 2014. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Green Car Congress, July, 2018) Contact: California Air Resources Board, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resource Board,  CARB,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • California Cap-and Trade Cash Keeps Coming In (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resource Board,CARB,Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-05-25
    In the Golden State, the Air Resources Board (CARB) reports California's cap-and-trade climate change program generated almost $700 million for the state in the last quarter when all of the current-year pollution credits sold through the program.

    Before a deal last July between Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers to extend the program, it was set to expire in 2020, and businesses were hesitantly buying the program's credits -- the August 2016 cap-and-trade auction generated just $8.4 million. Following that auction, the state has sold out of every current-year credit offered and generated nearly $3 billion for the state over four quarterly auctions, compared to less than a billion dollars over the previous year. (Source: CARB, Capital Public Radio, 24 May, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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


    REGI Launches REG Ultra Clean Diesel (New Pprod & Tech)
    REGI
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc.(REGI) is touting REG Ultra Clean Diesel, its latest innovation in diesel fuel.

    Patent-pending, low-emissions REG Ultra Clean Diesel is made of a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel and is California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved for year-round use throughout California under the Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. REG Ultra Clean Diesel reduces total hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions by 15 pct, particulate matter emissions by 40 pct, emits less nitrogen oxides (NOx) and offers even greater emissions reductions when compared to conventional diesel, according to the company. (Source: Renewable Energy Group Inc, 2 May, 2018) Contact: REG, (515) 239-8104, www.regi.com/ultracleandiesel, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  REGI,  Clean Diesel,  


    California Extending Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-05-02
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it is preparing to extend the state's 2011-vintage low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program through 2030, with additional emissions cuts aimed at ultimately reducing the carbon intensity of fuels sold in the Golden State by 20 pct.

    The LCFS sets an average carbon content for fuels that declines annually. To stay below that standard, companies need to either change the balance of fuels they sell or buy credits to offset high-emitting fuels.

    In addition to ratcheting down the compliance curve -- which currently ends in 2020 at 10 percent below a 2010 baseline -- CARB is looking at new sources of fuels to generate credits, including alternative jet fuel, and is planning to add a new methodology to encourage companies to deploy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS.) The agency is planning to approve the amendments this fall. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Climate Wire, Others, April 30, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  CARB,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  CCS,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


    CA Vehicle Emissions Test Center Touted (Ind. Report)
    California Department of General Services
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In Sacramento, the California Department of General Services (DGS) reports it has awarded the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) new Southern California Consolidation vehicle emissions testing and research facility to the design-build team of Hensel Phelps, ZGF, and Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

    The $368 million, 19-acre project in Riverside near the University of California, Riverside campus, will be one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. It will also be the world's largest true zero net energy facilities and is being built to US Green Building Council LEED Platinum specifications.

    The facility will include test cells for analysis of heavy-duty vehicles, an advanced chemistry laboratory, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas, and a large public auditorium. The facility and campus will be designed and built to reach the highest possible levels of measured sustainability, with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council and will also meet the state's CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency. (Source: California Department of General Services, Automotive Testing Technology, March 1, 2018) Contact: California Department of General Services, (916) 376-5000, www.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/home.aspx; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Vehicle Emissions,  California Air Resources Board,  


    Cap-and-Trade Auction Results Released (Ind. Report)
    Ontario
    Date: 2018-03-02
    The Ontario Ministry of the Environment reports the first joint Ontario, Quebec, California cap-and-trade program auction held February 21, 2018, sold 98,215,920 current (2016 and 2018 vintage) greenhouse gas emission allowances at $18.44(Cdn) and 8,576,000 future (2021 vintage) allowances at $18.34(Cdn). The auction generated an estimated $471 million to the Province of Ontario which will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the province's Climate Change Action Plan.

    The auction was administered by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Quebec Ministere du Developpement durable de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques and the California Air Resources Board, using services contracted by the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Inc., with oversight from an independent market monitor to ensure the integrity of the process.

    Download a summary report of the results HERE. (Source: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Chris Ballard, Minister, Anna Milner, (416) 314-6736, Anna.Milner@ontario.ca; WEstern Climate Initiative, www.westernclimateinitiative.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    CARB OKs Targray's NOx Mitigating Biodiesel Additive (Ind. Report)
    Targray,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it has certified CATANOX, a NOx mitigating biodiesel additive developed by BQ-9000 biofuels marketer Targray to help meet the Golden State's latest Low Carbon Fuel Standard requirements. The additive was tested in accordance with the Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation and demonstrated NOx emissions equivalent to standard diesel, as well as particulate matter emission reductions of more than 20 pct when compared to the benchmark CARB diesel.

    Kirkland, Quebec-headquartered Targray, one of the largest biofuels marketers and distributors in California, is now the second company in the state to offer a CARB-certified NOx mitigation solution for biodiesel blenders. Beginning in March, Targray will offer its CATANOX additive as part of a fully blended, B20- ready turnkey solution at five fuel terminal locations in Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield and Los Angeles. (Source: Targay, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Targray, (514) 695-8095, www.targray.com; California Air Resources Board, ww2.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Targray,  Biodiesel,  California Air Resources Board,  


    San Joaquin Valley Air District Funded to Cut Emissions (Funding)
    San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
    Date: 2018-01-24
    In the Golden State, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it has granted the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District $88 million in funds from the the state's Cap-and-Trade program. Of the total grant, $80 million will be used to support programs that reduce emissions and fund the replacement of high polluting and emissions emitting school buses, trucks and other machinery with low- or zero-emission vehicles and equipment.

    The CARB funds also will support the District's implementation of AB 617, which requires the state ARB and air districts to come up with additional plans to report, monitor and reduce emissions. (Source: CARB, Bakersfield.com, 232 Jan., 2018)Contact: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, www.valleyair.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Dairy Biomethane Pilot Projects Sought in California (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas Co.
    Date: 2018-01-24
    Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southwest Gas are jointly seeking 5 or more dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383.

    Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas for electic power generation ,heating and fueling vehicles.

    The draft solicitation is the first step in a new program created under SB 1383 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has been directed to reduce me Proposed projects will be jointly selected by the CPUC, California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

    Dairy biogas development is rapidly increasing in California, with help in part from $35 million in grant funding last year from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA is expected to provide an additional $61-$75 million in grant funding for new dairy biogas projects this year. There are currently about 40 projects in the works, and experts expect there could be as many as 120 projects being developed by 2022, according to a SoCal Gas release. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern California Gas,, www.socalgas.com; San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com; Pacific Gas and Electric, www.pge.com; California Department of Food and Agriculture, (916) 654-0466, www.cdfa.ca.gov

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    California's 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-12-18
    The California Air Resources Board's 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan charts a path to shrinking California's statewide emissions from 440.4 million metric tpy in 2015 to 260 million metric tpy by 2030.

    To meet the 40 pct below 1990 levels emissions target, half of the state's electricity must come from renewable energy, and emissions of methane and other short-lived climate pollutants must be slashed by 50 pct. Buildings must be twice as energy efficient, and the state must be well on its way toward electrification of its transportation sector. Measures in the plan also aim to move the state toward its ultimate goal of a low-to-zero carbon economy economy by 2050.

    Download the California 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan HERE. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Dec., 2017)Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Cummins Nat. Gas Engines 2018 Emissions Certified (Ind. Report)
    Cummins Westport
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Natural gas engine manufacturer Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) reports it has received U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification for its 2018 L9N and B6.7N natural gas engines. Both engines meet CARB optional Low NOx standards, as well as 2017 EPA GHG emission requirements.

    All CWI engines offer the choice of using compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). (Source: Cummins Westport, PR, NewsWire, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Cummins Inc., Rob Neitzke, President of Cummins Westport Jon Mills Director - External Communications, (317) 610-4244, jon.mills@cummins.com , www.cummins.com; Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Caroline Sawamoto, (604) 718-2046, invest@wfsinc.com, www.wfsinc.com

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    Calif. to Consider Ban on Gas-Powered Cars by 2040 (Reg & Leg)
    California
    Date: 2017-12-11
    In the environmental bellwether state, legislation that would ban gasiline-powered cars by 2040 is expected to be introduced in California's democrat dominated legislature in the upcoming January, 2018 session. If passed into law, the California Motor Vehicle Department would only register vehicles that did not produce carbon dioxide emissions. Based on currently available technology, that would mean only battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars would be permissible after 2040.

    The UK, France, Germany, and others have taken similar steps and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has previously proposed banning internal-combustion engines. Governor Jerry Brown has also come out in support of the move. Transportation is currently the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. (Source: Futurism, CARB, Various Media, Dec., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    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, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Calif. Lauded for Short-Term GHG Pollutants Legislation (REG & LEG)
    COP23
    Date: 2017-11-15
    AT the UN COP23 meeting in Bonn, the Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme's Climate and Clean Air Coalition has recognized the state of California with its Climate and Clean Air Award for having the "most comprehensive and strongest set of targets for reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions -- black carbon, methane -- into state law."

    The U.N. award recognizes California Senate Bill 1383 aimed at cutting California's methane and hydrofluorocarbon gases to 40 pct and black carbon to 50 pct below 2013 levels by 2030. This year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began the process of meeting the bill's targetswith the approval of approved new regulations to cut down on methane emissions from oil and gas field operations by more closely monitoring and repairing methane leaks. (Source: CARB, Various Media, WQED, 12 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    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, rchang@ucr.edu; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    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, rchang@ucr.edu


    AMP's Dairy Waste-to-Fuel Pathway CARB Certified (Ind. Report)
    AMP Americas,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-10-06
    Chicago-headquartered CNG and RNG producer and marketer for heavt transport vehicles AMP Americas reports its RNG operation at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has received the first dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB awarded the company a Carbon Intensity (CI) score of -254.94 gCO2e/MJ, which the company noted is the lowest ever issued by CARB.

    AMP Americas' Fair Oaks Farms facility began production in 2011 and produces over 1.5 million gpy of renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste. The facility is the first, and to-date only, U.S. EPA Renewable Fuel Standard-certified dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel project in the U.S.. Construction is currently underway for a second RNG project using dairy digester methane gas, according to AMP. (Source: AMP Americas, Fleet Owner, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: AMP Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, (312) 300-6700, www.ampcng.com; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    AB 262 Makes Materials Carbon Footprint Major Factor in California Construction Projects (Reg & Leg)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-10-02
    In the Golden State, legislators are considering Assembly Bill 262 -- the Buy Clean Act -- requiring all state departments and the Universities in the state system to purchase steel and other infrastructure building materials from low-carbon producers. Currently, pricing is the deciding factor and the manufacturer's carbon footprint hold little sway in the state's purchasing process.

    If passed into law, contractors bidding on state projects would be required to submit Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) proving that steel, glass, rebar and cement to be used in a project are at or below the average carbon footprints. Businesses in the state are already required to meet the most stringent climate regulations in the nation and are thus well-poised to meet AB 262's requirements. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Capital & Maine, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Air Resources Board, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Biogas Project Included in Carbon Inv. Fund Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Trust,California Bioenergy
    Date: 2017-09-22
    U.S.-based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the Climate Trust, reports it will invest more than $862,000 of Climate Trust Capital's Fund I in a covered lagoon digester -- its first carbon investment in the biogas sector.

    The project will destroy methane and produce carbon offsets under California's cap-and-trade system. The investment is based on the anticipated ten-year value of carbon credits from a livestock digester project located at West-Star North Dairy farm in California's San Joaquin Valley. Visalia-based California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio) is partnering on the digester project which is expected to begin generating carbon offsets in January 2018 with initial cash flow from the sale of these offsets in 2019.

    Climate Trust Capital's Fund I is focused on investing in high-quality, U.S.-based carbon offset projects. Fund I will be the first in a series of Climate Trust Capital-led investment funds built to appeal to institutional and impact investors. The West-Star North project will be developed in accordance to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Compliance Offset Protocol for Livestock Projects. (Source: Climate Trust Capital, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Bioenergy Inc., (559) 667-9560, info@calbioenergy.com, www.calbioenergy.com; Climate Trust Capital, (5030 238-1915 x211 , www.climatetrust.org

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    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, scaswell@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com; Little Sioux Corn Processors, (712) 376-2800, www.littlesiouxcornprocessors.com; California ARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    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, https://trustlands.utah.gov; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; Bluesource, www.bluesource.com

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    Calif. Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Provide $34.5Mn to Calif. Low-Carbon Transportation Program (Ind. Report, Funding)
    California Department of Transportation
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In the Golden State, CALTRANS -- the California Department of Transportation -- reports the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program is providing $34.5 million in funding for 125 local projects aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and improving public transportation sustainability.

    The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program is funded through the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) cap-and-trade program auction proceeds into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. CALTRANS says the projects are part of the California Climate Investments. (Source: CALTRANS, Equipment World, 5 July, 2017) Contact: CALTRANS, Malcolm Dougherty, Director, www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/splctop.html; California Climate Investments, http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Chicago Joins Coalition Threatening Suit Against EPA Over Methane Rules (Ind. Report)
    Methane
    Date: 2017-07-05
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 14 other attorneys general, the California Air Resources Board, and the City of Chicago have alerted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that they plan to sue if the agency continues to ignore its legal duty to control emissions of methane from existing oil and gas operations.

    The coalition's notice to the EPA cited the agency's failure to fulfill its obligation under the Clean Air Act to control methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources and for "unreasonably delaying" the issuance of such controls. It also argues that EPA's failure to act since September 2015 to issue controls on methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas industry violates the EPA's non-discretionary duty under the Clean Air Act and is an unreasonable delay in setting such controls.

    Last week, a coalition of 14 states filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against EPA's actions halting regulation of methane emissions from new sources in the oil and gas industry. In February, a coalition of seven attorneys general and two environmental agencies urged U.S. Senate leadership to oppose a Congressional Review Act resolution to repeal a rule regulating methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands.

    Illinois AG Madigan has also condemned federal executive's attempt to eliminate the Clean Power Plan and opposed the drastic budget cuts proposed for the EPA. (Source: Office of Illinois Attorney General, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Office of Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, (312) 814-3400, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov

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    Calif. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall Slightly (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-06-12
    In its annual emissions and greenhouse gas inventory, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports that the Golden State's 2015 emissions fell just 0.3 pct from the prior year.

    While emissions from electrical plants fell in 2015, driven down partly by the rapid growth of large solar facilities, transportation related emissions rose, due in part to low fuel prices and an improving economy, both of which typically entice people to drive more. Transportation is the state's largest source of emissions with 39 pct.

    Since peaking in 2004 at more than 489 million metric tons, California's emissions have fallen about 10 pct to 440 million metric tons. California legislation calls for emissions to return to their 1990 level of 431 million metric tpy by 2020, then drop another 40 pct by 2030. (Source: CARB, San Francisco Grate, Others, 9 June, 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    CARB Launches Low Carbon Transportation -- Moving California Website (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-05-24
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced the launch of Moving California, a new website that showcases how proceeds from the cap-and-trade program are funding a wide variety of ultra-clean and zero-emission trucks, buses, cars and low-carbon transportation projects throughout the state. CARB says Moving California also offers tools to help consumers and others find funding and transportation opportunities that meet their individual needs.

    The Low Carbon Transportation program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment— particularly in disadvantaged communities.

    To date, more than $600 million in cap-and-trade investments have helped deliver approximately 115,000 zero-emission and plug-in cars; 46 heavy-duty, zero-emission trucks; 950 zero-emission delivery, utility and refuse trucks; 407 zero-emission transit buses, shuttles and light rail cars; and 29 electric school buses in California.

    Moving California highlights many ongoing projects, such as the new zero-emission car-sharing programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods, low-carbon agricultural worker van-pools in the San Joaquin Valley, and pilot projects to help low-income consumers afford the cleanest vehicles on the market. CARB says the website also features testimonials from community members who have benefited from these programs.

    Access the the Low Carbon Transportation -- Moving California website HERE. (Source: California Air Resources Board, 18 May, 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Court Upholds California Cap-and-Trade Program (Reg & Leg)
    California ARB,California Chamber of Commerce
    Date: 2017-04-10
    California's controversial cap-and-trade program, a cornerstone of the state's battle against climate change, has been upheld by a state appeals court. Two judges on the appeals court panel sided with state officials who argued that the program, which requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, The California Chamber of Commerce's (CCC) 4 year old legal challenge to, and contention that, California's cap and trade system functioned as an unconstitutional and illegal tax and hindrance to business has been dismissed by a three member state court of appeals in Sacramento. The court ruled that the state's Cap-and-Trade system was within the state's authority to regulate. The decision could, however, be appealed to the California Supreme Court. (Source: CCC, LA Times, Various Other Media, 6 April, 2017)Contact: California Chamber of Commerce, www.calchamber.com

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    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, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    California Legislates Short-Lived Super Pollutants (Reg & Leg)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-03-31
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board is launching a new strategy for slashing short-lived "super pollutants" including methane from cow manure, black carbon (soot) from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerators. These "super pollutants" have a relatively short life span once dispersed into the atmosphere but are particularly potentas green house gases.

    The new strategy sets targets for reducing super pollutants emissions by 2030. Methane and hydrofluorocarbons would need to be cut to 40 pct below 2013 levels, and black carbon would need to be reduced to 50 pct below 2013 levels. Meeting the goals could require more efficient refrigerators, replacing wood stoves and diverting waste from landfills. Some of the projects would involve incentives funded with public dollars. The biggest and most controversial changes could occur at dairies, where manure contributes an estimated 25 pct of the state's methane emissions. (Source: CARB, LA Times, 23 Mar., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    LCFS Driving New Advanced Biofuel Demand, says UNICA (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources BOard
    Date: 2017-03-27
    California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), America's second-largest driver of biofuels consumption after the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), could soon dramatically increase demand for low-carbon fuels under the California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed statewide decarbonization scoping plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030.

    This action is part of the Golden State's effort to reduce emissions 80 pct by 2050, as mandated by state legislation, and low-carbon transportation is key to reaching the goal. Transportation, primarily on-road travel, generates 40 pct of the state's total greenhouse gas emissions -- the single-largest source of statewide carbon dioxide emissions. Under the LCFS, which was first adopted in 2009, fuel producers nust reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of their products 10 pct from a 1990 baseline by 2020 and reduce emissions and other air pollutants.

    Under the proposed scoping plan update, California's transportation fuel CI would become much more stringent. One alternative proposal would increase the LCFS target to an 18 pct CI reduction by 2030, which would avoid between $55 million and $340 million in economic damages related to climate change, according to CARB.

    CARB's transportation fuel life-cycle analysis boosts the need for advanced biofuels capable of providing more energy with fewer emissions. Sugarcane ethanol has one of the lowest carbon intensities of all the fuels that are commercially available in California, and the commodity's designation as a low-carbon fuel under LCFS lifecycle CI assessments is an important attribute for increased supplies. Since 2011, Brazil has exported nearly 300 million gallons of sugarcane ethanol to California. Since 2004, Brazil's sugarcane ethanol industry has invested over $30 billion in production and capacity, and is slated to produce an estimated 7 billion gallons of ethanol during the 2016 harvest season. (Source: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association Release, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, Leticia Phillips, North American Representative, (202) 506-5299, http://english.unica.com.br

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    Calif. Carbon Market Permit Sales Still Miserable (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Markets
    Date: 2017-03-03
    Reuters is reporting that the Golden State's carbon market, along with its Quebec partner market, attracted limited interest and sold only 18 pct of the over 65 million permits offered to businesses at its February 22 sale. The permits cleared at the minimum allowed $13.57 per metric tonne to raise approximately $8.2 million.

    Since its November, 2012 inception, the program has raised approximately $4.4 billion for low-carbon energy, transportation and related state initiatives and programs, including Governor Jerry Brown's proposed $64 billion high speed rail project. (Source: California Air Resources Board, 24 Feb., 2017))Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    CARB Proposing Cap-and-Trade Program Extension (Reg. & Leg.)
    California Aire Resources BOard
    Date: 2017-01-27
    In the Golden State, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it is proposing an extension of the state's cap-and-trade program, which is set to expire in 2020.

    The proposed extension relies on existing measures, such as sourcing half of the state's electricity from renewable sources and doubling energy efficiency savings by 2030, coupled with new efforts such as requiring oil refineries to cut their GHG emissions by 20 pct.

    California's cap-and-trade program sets a statewide limit on GHG emissions and covers about 450 entities. The program, with a cap that declines by 3 pct a year, covers generators and industrial facilities that emit more than 25,000 mty of CO2. The cap-and-trade program is linked to the Canadian province of Quebec and Ontario is slated to join next year.

    CARB is also considering the prospects of imposing a carbon tax or other regulations instead of the existing cap-and-trade program, as well as tightening its limits on the use of offsets that generators and others can use to meet their compliance targets. CARB presently limits offset use to 8 pct of each covered entity's compliance obligation. (Source: CARB, SP Global, Others, Jan., 2017)Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    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, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    The Climate Trust Forecasts Carbon Market Trends (Ind. Report)
    The Carbon Trust
    Date: 2017-01-06
    In Portland, Oregon, the Climate Trust, a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in mobilizing conservation finance for climate benefit, has announced its fourth annual prediction list of 10 carbon market trends to watch in 2017.

    The following trends were identified by The Climate Trust based on interactions with their diverse group of working partners -- government, investors, project developers, large businesses, and the philanthropic community:

  • States, cities, and regions are going to lead the U.S. fight against climate change;
  • Progressive states and foundations will pick up support for domestic climate finance in the absence of federal action.
  • Global climate litigation campaigns will gain momentum during 2017, legitimizing our children's right to a healthy planet.
  • Private industry picks up U.S. government slack making progress towards Paris commitments.
  • . Environmental justice community concerns increasingly built into climate policy discussions throughout the U.S.
  • U.S. citizens become climate refugees in one of the hottest years on record.
  • More native tribes will join carbon markets.
  • China takes the lead in carbon markets, encouraging linkages to fight global climate change.
  • U.S.-based institutional investors will increase commitments to investments that hedge out carbon risk.
  • California Air Resources Board prevails in CalChamber lawsuit and commits to cap and trade.
  • "In 2016, a number of our predictions came to fruition, including an increased number of institutions committing to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of the transition to a clean energy future. The divest movement has provided a valuable market signal to support the needed flows of conservation finance. Riding this wave of interest from large institutions, late last year, The Trust executed a milestone contract with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation -- securing a $5.5 million Program-Related Investment to seed our first-of-its-kind carbon investment fund," said The Climate Trust's Director of Investments Kristen Kleiman.

    The Climate Trust was founded to administer the first legislation in the nation to curb carbon emissions -- the Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard which requires fossil fuel-fired power plants to reduce or offset their emissions. The Trust provides funding for high-quality projects that reduce pollution. As of June, 2016, over 920,000 tonnes of CO2 have been retired from Oregon projects that are expected to reduce almost 2 million tonnes of emissions over their lifetime. (Source: Climate Trust, PR, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: The Climate Trust, Sean Penrith, Executive Director, (503) 238-1915, www.climatetrust.org

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    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, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    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, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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