Tag: Greenhouse Gas

What You Need to Know about the Proposed Revisions to Cap and Trade

Late Tuesday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) released draft amendments to the state’s cap and trade regulation, including revisions to the current program in place through 2020, an extension of the program through 2030, and setting the stage for continued emissions reductions under the program through 2050.  ARB’s proposed amendments come in the middle … Continue Reading

Status of Oil and Gas-related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

February 27, 2015 was the deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislation to the 2015-2016 California Legislative Session and several bills related to oil and gas activities were introduced.  Below is a summary of those bills. Stoel Rives is monitoring these bills and will provide periodic updates as the bills move through the legislative process. SENATE … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Curtails EPA’s Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases under Clean Air Act

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a surprising decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act (CAA).  The Supreme Court has held that EPA cannot regulate stationary sources under the CAA Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) … Continue Reading

EPA Unveils Sweeping New CO2 Rules

The world continues to shift for the energy sector in California. On Monday, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the highly anticipated proposed CO2 standards for existing power plants in the U.S.  The proposed rules would affect existing power plants undertaking changes, as well as those not contemplating any modifications.  What’s more, states can meet the proposed standards through implementation of … Continue Reading

President Obama Releases Climate Action Plan

Today President Obama unveiled his Climate Action Plan, designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., prepare the U.S. for the effects of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change.  For details of the Climate Action Plan and the President’s speech on the Plan at Georgetown University, see our blog post at Renewable + … Continue Reading

New Lawsuit Challenges California’s Cap and Trade Auctions

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is facing another legal challenge to its cap and trade program – Morning Star Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board (Sacramento Superior Court case no. 34-2013-80001464, filed April 16, 2013).  A coalition of twelve companies, trade associations, and individuals filed the new lawsuit on Tuesday, challenging the legality … Continue Reading

California Air Resources Board Issues Results of Quarterly Cap and Trade Allowance Auction

On February 19, 2013, the California Air Resources Board held its second auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances for its Cap and Trade Program.  This was the first quarterly auction for 2013; the first auction was held November 14, 2012.  All ‘covered entities’ – GHG emitters regulated under Cap and Trade – were eligible … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Upholds EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules

Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, upholding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions against claims from a variety of interests.  The opinion addressed challenges to three EPA rulemakings:  (1) the agency’s “Endangerment Finding,” where it determined … Continue Reading

Cap-and-Trade Regulation Passed by CARB

On October 20, 2011 the California Air Resources Control Board (CARB) passed the cap-and-trade regulation that was called for the in the AB32 Scoping Plan.  The main focus of the regulation is to establish a program that allocates a certain allowance of greenhouse gas emissions to the industry based on certain calculations. Those emissions allowances … Continue Reading

San Joaquin Valley Carbon Credits/CEQA Offset Rule

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Central District (SJVAPCD) has released a Final Draft Staff Report and proposed rule revising Rule 2301 that concerns the banking of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. The rule amends the SJVUAPCD’s existing offset banking Rule 2301 and would allow entities to bank GHG credits generated by protocols issued by California … Continue Reading

CARB Releases Draft Changes To Cap And Trade Regulations

The California Air Resources Board has released draft changes to the Board’s late 2010 version of its greenhouse gas cap-and-trade regulation. The changes deal with emission allocations for public and investor-owned utilities, changes the timing of auctions, the scope of enforcement, and other issues. A workshop will has been set for July 15, 2011.… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Dismisses Commom Law Nuisance Suit

Supreme Court dismisses federal common law nuisance GHG suits against power producers because of federal Clean Air Act preemption, does not rule on state preemption issues. The case also dealt with issues of standing and agency primacy.  See http://www.lawofrenewableenergy.com/ for the full details.… Continue Reading

California Cap & Trade Challenge Final Order Issued

On Friday, May 20, 2011, Judge Goldsmith of San Francisco Supreme Court issued a final order  (PDF) with respect to a lawsuit challenging the environmental review of the Cap and Trade regulations created under California’s AB 32 Greenhouse Gas statute and the associated Scoping Plan. In its order, the Court enjoined the Cap and Trade portion of the … Continue Reading
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