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arbcombo -- Dec 14: Public Workshop on CA Plan for Compliance with the Clean Power Plan and Potential 2016 Amendments to the Cap-and-Trade Program

Posted: 01 Dec 2015 15:21:34
Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff invites you to
participate in a public workshop on December 14, 2015, to discuss
California’s plan for compliance with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA’s) Clean Power Plan, and the scope
and regulatory schedule for potential amendments to the
Cap-and-Trade Regulation (Regulation or Program) relating to
electricity sector emissions. 

DATE:	Monday, December 14, 2015 
TIME: 	9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CalEPA Headquarters Building 
Byron Sher Auditorium 
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814

This workshop is part of the public process to develop the
State’s Clean Power Plan compliance proposal and 2016 amendments
to the Cap-and-Trade Regulation related to the electricity

Staff will present policy options and modeling results and seek
stakeholder input regarding California’s potential strategy for
Clean Power Plan compliance.  The staff presentation will include
initial approaches and results for electricity sector carbon
emissions analysis consistent with the Clean Power Plan, and
options for continued analysis, as well as initial discussion for
how California’s compliance plan may interact with regional
electricity and carbon markets.  

Staff will also discuss potential modifications to the Cap and
Trade and Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations,
including modifications which may be effective in the post-2020
Program, and to permitting programs, which may be proposed in
2016 to enable Clean Power Plan compliance.  Staff anticipates
that the Cap-and-Trade Regulation will play a large role in the
Clean Power Plan compliance plan.  These amendments may include
changes to reporting and verification deadlines, compliance
periods, changes needed to address federal plan “backstop”
requirements, and treatment of imported electricity.  A staff
white paper on many of these issues is available on ARB’s Power
Plants webpage at:

Staff will also present Cap and Trade Regulation 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.  Third
compliance period amendments to be discussed by staff at this
meeting will include changes to the Renewable Portfolio Standard
adjustment for compliance obligations.  Staff does not plan to
discuss proposals for post 2020 electrical distribution utility
allocation until early 2016.  

Finally, staff will discuss potential amendments or processes
related to the electricity sector including the recent mandates
of SB 350 for the electricity sector. 

Environmental Analysis

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and
ARB’s Certified Regulatory Program (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14,
§15251(d); Cal. Code Regs., tit. 17, §§ 60000–60008), staff is
reviewing the Clean Power Plan and Cap and Trade Regulatory
Amendments to determine if the proposed project will result in
any potentially significant adverse environmental impacts.  An
environmental analysis (EA) will be released for a 45-day public
review and comment period with the proposed Clean Power Plan and
Cap and Trade Regulatory Amendments to be released in the spring.
 Comments received at this public workshop will be considered
when preparing the CEQA document.

A copy of the presentation and other workshop materials will be
available on ARB’s Power Plants webpage at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/powerplants/powerplants.htm and Cap and
Trade Workshops and Meetings webpage at:

Materials will be posted by December 14, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. 

All interested stakeholders are invited to attend.  A live
webcast of the workshop will be available at:

Remote participants will be able to submit e-mail questions
during the workshop at an address provided in the presentation.


Cap-and-Trade Regulation

The Board first formally adopted the Regulation in October 2011,
and 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, update the Regulation using the
latest information, and chart post-2020 implementation of the

More information about ARB’s Cap-and-Trade Program is available
at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/capandtrade.htm 

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.  The Plan was published in the Federal Register on October
23, 2015.  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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