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California Air Resources Board-Commissioned Report Recommends Ways to Avoid Price Volatility in California’s Cap and Trade Market

Concerned about the potential for price volatility in its cap and trade program, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) commissioned the Market Simulation Group (MSG) at the University of California Energy Institute to...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Second leg of California bullet-train line approved: SFGate.com - Jun 27: On June 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval for work to begin on the second leg...more

Supreme Court Denies Review Of The California LCFS

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not review the constitutionality of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). This decision is largely viewed as a win for the California Air Resources...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96% - Los Angeles Times - May 23: Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96 percent the estimated amount of...more

Navigating Climate Regulation on Dual Tracks: Experts Discuss the Promises and Pitfalls of AB 32 and the Clean Air Act

The United States has no comprehensive climate legislation for regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But in recent years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has acted under its existing Clean Air Act (CAA)...more

Court Upholds Auction of Allowances Under California Cap-­and-­Trade Program

On November 12, 2013, a California trial court decided that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has the power to auction emission allowances and that such auctions do not constitute an illegal ...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 19, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Court Upholds State's Authority to Sell Carbon Allowances at Auction: Reuter's - Nov 14 -- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) can sell carbon emission allowances at...more

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Upheld after Initial Defeat in Federal Court

California lawmakers passed the “California Global Warming Solutions Act,” AB32, which included regulations known as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The standard required the oil industry to reduce the carbon intensity of...more

Tentative Ruling Issued in California Cap and Trade Auction Lawsuit

A tentative ruling was issued yesterday in the related cases California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board (ARB) and Morning Star Packing Co. v. ARB, pending before the Sacramento County Superior Court. ...more

California Appeals Court: Air Resources Board Low Carbon Fuel Standards Regulations Violate CEQA

In Poet, LLC et al. v. California Air Resources Board et al., the Fifth Appellate District held the Air Resources Board (“ARB”) violated CEQA and the APA with its approval of the Low Carbon Fuel Standards (“LCFS”)...more

EU Rejects Suspension of Auctions of EU Allowances; California Air Resources Board Formally Approves Linkage with Quebec

On April 16, 2013 the members of the European Parliament voted 334-315 against the proposal of the European Union (EU) Commission to suspend future auctions of EU emission trading scheme (EU ETS) allowances until 2019 in...more

Challengers Double Down on Opposition to California’s Carbon Allowance Auctions

A second lawsuit has been filed challenging one of the centerpieces of California’s innovative cap-and-trade climate change regulatory program: the auction process implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to...more

Industry Groups Petition EPA to Reconsider Approval of California's Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Program

By December 2012, with the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), California was on the fast track to begin mandating the sale of zero-emission vehicles (“ZEVs”). Promulgated regulations require over 1.4...more

California GHG Auction: Some Anecdotal Evidence of the Cost of Regulatory Uncertainty?

The California Air Resources Board just released the results of its second auction of GHG allowances. While the auction for vintage 2013 allowances was still healthy, with all allowances sold at $13.62/allowance, the future...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 12, 2012

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Looking ahead: Obama's second term environmental policy; Judge: San Diego transportation plan fails to consider California's climate policy, greenhouse gas emissions;...more

CARB Restates Its Cap-and-Trade Auction Results

Last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued an update to its November 19, 2012 report summarizing the results of the State of California’s first auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances. The results in...more

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