ARB Energy Activities Background

This page last reviewed March 26, 2010

The California Energy Shortage began in May of 2000. The crisis was characterized by a combination of high energy prices and rolling blackouts. On February 8, 2001, then Governor Davis signed six Executive Orders (EOs) to expedite the review and permitting process of power generating facilities in California while maintaining environmental standards. An additional EO was signed on March 7, 2001, to expand the scope of the previous EOs.

These EOs gave rise to the Energy Activities page on ARB’s website. The page was created to keep the public abreast of the environmental impact of the crisis, and, what ARB and the State were doing to insure a reliable power supply while maintaining our stringent environmental quality standards. Since the energy crisis subsided, the page mainly has been providing information on ARB’s Distributed Generation Program and Power Plant Guidance activities.

In 2006, the State of California chaptered Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), also known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Act), to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The Energy Activities page is a resource for ARB’s activities within the electricity sector as they relate to AB 32 and other energy related measures and programs.