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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 5, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Superior Court upholds California Air -- Sacramento Business Journal - Sep 3: A Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled the state’s 2006 climate change law, Assembly Bill 32, gives...more

CARB Violated CEQA In Adopting GHG Regulations, But Fifth District Holds Regulations May Remain Operative Pending Compliance

In a mostly-published 95-page opinion filed July 15, 2013, the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s judgment and directed issuance of a writ of mandate setting aside Resolution 09-31 and two executive...more

California Cap and Trade Auction #2 Results

Last week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) held its second Cap and Trade Allowance Auction (auction) of the program, and the first one since carbon obligations started accruing January 1 for compliance entities. ...more

Picking Up Steam? CARB Reports that California’s Second Carbon Auction Exceeds Price Expectations

California’s second auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances exceeded expectations, with allowances clearing above both the reserve price and the price predicted by leading market analysts. All of the 12.9 million...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 Scores Another Cap-and-Trade Victory

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) scored another victory in its ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state to 1990 levels under the mandate of AB 32 (the “Global Warming Solutions Act of...more

Potential Linkage between Californian and Australian Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Regimes

Australia and the State of California are investigating opportunities for linking their carbon pricing and greenhouse gas (“GHG”) cap-and-trade programs. On January 15, 2013, officials from the Australian Parliament and the...more

Court Rejects Challenge to California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Offset Program

On January 25, 2013, a California state court rejected a challenge to an important component of California’s cap-and-trade scheme, its emission offset program. In the first legal decision regarding the program since its...more

CARB Cap and Trade Linkage Effort with Quebec Back on Track: Reopened Comment Period Ends January 23rd

California's cap and trade program, part of the AB 32 program to reduce greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions, took effect on January 1, 2012. On January 1st of this year, the first cap and trade compliance period began. Now,...more

What Will It Cost for California to Save the World? California Conducts its First Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Auction

The landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (“AB 32”) tasked the California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) with reducing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. In adopting a scoping plan assembling a...more

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