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2 Conference of Western Attorneys General Next Steps for Greenhouse Gas Reductions and Related AG Actions In California Conference of Western Attorneys General Next Steps for Greenhouse Gas Reductions and Related AG Actions In California Ken Alex California Attorney General’s Office Sun Valley, Idaho, Aug. 5, 2009

3 AB 32: Magnitude of the Challenge 1990 Emission Baseline ~173 MMT CO 2 e Reduction 80% Reduction ~341 MMT CO 2 e

4 AB 32 Scoping Plan: Renewables Increase in the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 33% by 2020 Current standard is 20% by 2010

5 Energy Efficiency 1.Improvements in Energy Efficiency of 25%-- increasing building and appliance efficiency

6 Transportation 1.Implementing Greenhouse Gas Auto Emission Standards– “Pavley I & Pavley II” 2.Low Carbon Fuel Standard (requires a 10% reduction in the carbon content of fuels by 2020)

7 Cap & Trade 1.Cap on emissions from electricity, natural gas, industrial sources, and transportation fuels– cover 85% of total emissions 2.Estimated 75% of the reductions required achieved through direct regulation & additional 25% will come from cap and trade program 3.Linked to Western Climate Initiative

8 7 Western States & 4 Canadian provinces Multi-sector trading program Reduce GHG emissions by 15% below 2005 levels by 2020 Starts in 2012

9 California Environmental Quality Act Documents Addressing Climate Change Source

10 San Mateo County Marin County Sonoma County Alameda County Counties Cities Alameda Albany Anaheim Arcata Berkeley Brisbane Chula Vista Costa Mesa San Francisco County Cotati Davis Los Altos Los Angeles Mission Viejo Novato Oakland Pasadena Petaluma Richmond Rocklin Rohnert Park Sacramento San Diego San Francisco San Rafael Santa Barbara Santa Cruz Santa Monica Sebastopol Sonoma Stockton West Hollywood Windsor Cities & Counties with Climate Action Plans or Green Building Ordinances

11 1.33% RPS by Currently at about 12% 3.Peaking Usage (Summer) in CA: ~ 65,000 MW 4.20,000 new renewable MW needed 5.How??

12 Transmission Siting California will probably need at least six new transmission lines for renewables by 2020 Multiple Legal and Political Issues Whole Law School Env. Law course

13 Renewable Energy-- Concentrating Solar Resources Over 1 million megawatts potential in California

14 Federal Permitting CA Renewables BLM currently reviewing 176 wind and solar applications in California covering 1.3 million acres of land MOU between California/ U.S. BLM & FWS (2008)– creates “California Renewable Energy Permit Team”

15 Different Path? 1.What if we think about Distributed Solar? What issues, What consequences? Solar PV prices are dropping Close to competitive (a ways to go) Consider Larger Solar PV.25MW to 10 or 20 MW

16 1.In Urban Areas Close to use No new transmission Warehouse rooftops Freeway right of way Over the CA Aqueduct Near Sub-stations On Utility right of way 2.THOUSANDS/TEN OF THOUSAND OF MW

17 Why Not? 1.Price 2.Up front cost 3.Payment for power 4.CCA 5.Transmission incentives 6.Centralized power 7.Carbon Lobby

18 18 President Barack Obama December 15, 2008 “Consistently, California has hit the bar and then the rest of the country has followed. And rather than it being an impediment to economic growth, it has helped to become an engine of economic growth.”

19 Contact Information 1.Ken Alex

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