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Inside Cal/EPA - 05/26/2017

  • Debate Over Post-2020 GHG Program Bill May Extend Past Budget Deadline

    Ongoing negotiations over legislation to establish a post-2020 greenhouse gas cap-and-trade or tax program could extend past June 15, which is the state's deadline to pass its fiscal year 2017-18 budget and the day by which Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has urged lawmakers to pass a bill by a two-thirds margin to extend the current trading program to 2030.

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  • Brown Prepares To Announce 'More Aggressive' Ways To Promote ZEVs

    Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said this week that his administration will announce "relatively soon" new measures to more aggressively promote zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), sparking speculation about whether the action will go beyond plans by the state air board to tighten post-2025 ZEV sales mandates.

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  • Latest GHG Auction Shows Stronger Sales, But Longer-Term Market Doubts

    The latest California-Quebec greenhouse gas allowance auction had much stronger sales for current-year allowances than in previous quarterly auctions, but maintained a trend of relatively weak sales of future-year vintages, reflecting continued uncertainty over the future of the cap-and-trade program.

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  • Lawmakers Back Agencies In Rejecting Brown's Water Conservation Bill

    Senate and Assembly budget panel members have rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) proposed fiscal year 2017-18 budget "trailer bill" aimed at implementing long-term water conservation policies, agreeing with water agencies and industry groups that the measures must be vetted through the deliberative regular legislative process.

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  • Key Senator Balks At Plan To Use $100 Million In New Taxes On Clean Freight

    Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), the architect of the landmark transportation infrastructure tax bill, SB 1, that was enacted earlier this year, is objecting to a late Senate proposal to shift $100 million in new tax revenue for building freight corridor infrastructure to instead subsidize the purchase of clean freight technologies, such as low emission trucks and equipment, sources say.

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  • Experts Fault Utility's Push For 'Renewable Gas' Support In 100% RPS Bill

    Energy experts are faulting Southern California Gas. Co.'s (SoCalGas) push to include provisions that would bolster

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  • CPUC Judge Seeks Input On GHGs, Other Issues For Launch Of IRP System

    A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) administrative law judge is seeking utility and other stakeholder input on dozens of questions about how the state's landmark Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process will be implemented later this year, including numerous queries on how greenhouse gas targets should be set, how costs should be assessed and how disadvantaged communities should be identified for benefits.

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  • SoCalGas Pressing Reluctant Regulators To Reopen Aliso Canyon Facility

    Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) officials are pressing state regulators to allow natural gas injections at the Aliso Canyon storage facility to resume soon, citing historically low levels of gas at three other regional storage sites and the potential for energy shortages this summer and coming winter as a result.

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  • EPA's CCS Injection Proposal Boosts Pressure On California To 'Align' Rules

    U.S. EPA's recent proposal to approve North Dakota as the first state to permit carbon capture and storage (CCS) injection wells is putting renewed pressure on California to "align" its pending rules for how CCS projects can earn lucrative carbon credits with the agency's permitting program, supporters of the technology say.

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  • Budget Plan Severely Limits EPA Climate Work With No Sign Of Expansion

    The Trump White House's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal calls for steep cuts to U.S. EPA's climate change policy and research, limiting the agency's climate work to greenhouse gas reporting and some existing GHG regulations while signaling that the agency does not intend to strengthen the climate programs it does maintain.

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