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cc -- Public Workshop on Potential 2016 Amendments to the Cap-and-Trade Regulation and California Plan for 111(d) Compliance

Posted: 14 Sep 2015 11:14:45
Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff invites you to
participate in a public workshop on October 2, 2015 to discuss
the scope and regulatory schedule for potential amendments to the
Cap-and-Trade Regulation (Regulation) and California’s plan for
compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S.
EPA) Clean Power Plan (111(d) rule). 
Friday, Oct, 2, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm	

Byron Sher Auditorium
CalEPA Headquarters Building
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Webcast: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/?BDO=1

Purpose of Workshop

This workshop will commence the public process to develop 2016
amendments to the Cap-and-Trade Regulation and Clean Power Plan
compliance effort, and it will include ARB staff presentations on
three topics: (1) general Cap-and-Trade Regulation amendments,
(2) cost-containment and market oversight provisions, and (3)
California’s plan for compliance with the U.S. EPA Clean Power
Plan, issued under the federal Clean Air Act.

First, staff will present general goals for the upcoming
amendment process and seek input from stakeholders on potential
Regulation amendments that will apply to the Program’s third
compliance period and to the post-2020 Program.  Amendments
impacting the Program in the third compliance period are expected
to address the following areas: streamlining offsets, auctions,
and management of information in the Compliance Instrument
Tracking System Service (CITSS); updating leakage prevention in
response to emissions leakage studies; and including sector-based
offset credits.  Potential amendments for the post-2020 Program
include the general Program scope, the post-2020 cap, Program
linkage, allowance allocation, and the Program’s plan for
compliance with the U.S. EPA 111(d) rule.  Revisions to other
areas of the Regulation will be considered to clarify language. 

Second, staff will present on cost-containment and market
oversight provisions and seek input from stakeholders on possible

Third, staff will present on initial thinking and options for
California’s Clean Power Plan compliance plan, focusing on
potential interactions with the Cap-and-Trade Regulation, which
staff anticipates will play a large role in the compliance plan. 
A staff white paper on these issues will be available before the

The expected schedule for the October 2 workshop is as follows:
9 am – 11:30 pm			
General Cap-and-Trade Regulation amendments
1 pm – 3 pm				
Cost-containment and market oversight provisions
3 pm – 5 pm				
Compliance plan for the U.S. EPA 111(d) rule

Following the workshop, stakeholders will have an opportunity to
provide written comments during an informal comment period which
will conclude at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, October 19,
2015.  Copies of workshop presentations will be available on
ARB’s Cap-and-Trade Workshops and Meetings webpage at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/meetings/meetings.htm, as
well as at ARB’s Clean Power Plan webpage at

All interested stakeholders are invited to attend.  A live
webcast of the workshop will be available at
http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/?BDO=1.  Remote participants
may e mail questions during the workshop to an address provided
in the presentation.

Tentative Schedule for Cap-and-Trade Amendment Workshops
Staff will also hold a series of public workshops to discuss
additional specific Program topics in detail.  The tentative
schedule for these workshops is as follows:

Date and Time
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 29, 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, November 9, 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

These workshops will be held in Byron Sher Auditorium in the
Cal/EPA Headquarters Building at 1001 I Street in Sacramento,
California.  A formal notice to announce each workshop will be
issued once the details and topics for that workshop become
final.  Further workshops are also tentatively planned for
111(d)-related topics as part of the compliance plan development
process.  These will be announced as they are finalized. 


Cap-and-Trade Regulation

ARB first formally adopted the Regulation in October 2011.  The
Board has subsequently approved limited amendments to the
Regulation in June 2012, October 2013, April 2014, September
2014, and most recently June 2015.  The upcoming 2016 amendments
will seek to improve Program efficiency and chart post-2020
implementation of the Program.

More information about ARB’s Cap-and-Trade Program is available

Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015, U.S. EPA’s Administrator signed its Clean
Power Plan, which sets carbon dioxide emissions limits for many
existing electric generating units.  These regulations are based
on section 111(d) (42 U.S.C. § 7411(d)) of the federal Clean Air
Act.  States must develop compliance plans to meet these limits
and compliance plans are due in September 2016 (with the option
to seek extensions).  ARB is developing California’s compliance
plan in consultation with the California Energy Commission and
the California Public Utilities Commission, California’s air
districts, and other partners.

More information about the Clean Power Plan and related rules is
available at

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