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Climate Change Scoping Plan

Date Last Updated8/14/2014
Policy TypeState Climate Change Plan
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeCalifornia Air Resources Board
Policy Initiation Date12/11/2008
Policy SummaryThe California Air Resources Board, in coordination with the Climate Action Team, developed the Scoping Plan outlining the state's strategy to achieve Assembly Bill 32, or the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. AB32 calls for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The first update of the Scoping Plan was released in late May 2014.

Measure E-2 of the report recommends installing an additional 4,000 MW of CHP capacity by 2020. In the first update of the plan, Governor Jerry Brown set a goal for 6,500 MW of additional CHP by 2030 as part of his Clean Energy Jobs Plan. In addition, the CPUC adopted the "CHP Settlement Agreement" in 2010, requiring California's three largest investor-owned utilities to procure a minimum of 3,000 MW of CHP until 2015. To increase the deployment of CHP, the plan outlines a multi-pronged approach including measures such as utility-provided incentive payments, the creation of a CHP portfolio standard, transmission and distribution support payments, or the use of feed-in tariffs. The updated Scoping Plan recommends that by 2016, the State assess the existing barriers to expanding the installation of CHP and propose solutions that help achieve climate goals.
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