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AB-2050 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: scoping plan.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Senate  June 30, 2014
Amended  IN  Senate  June 10, 2014
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 23, 2014
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 21, 2014
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 26, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2050


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Ammiano and Williams)

February 20, 2014


An act to amend Section 38591 of, and to add and repeal Section 38561.5 of, of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2050, as amended, Quirk. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: scoping plan: advisory committee. plan.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as defined, to be achieved by 2020, equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990. The act requires the state board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The act requires the scoping plan to be updated at least once every 5 years.
This bill, until January 1, 2019, bill would require, for purposes of advising the update of the next scoping plan, the state board to include develop specified elements when updating the scoping plan. information by January 1, 2016. The bill would require the state board, on or before January 1, 2019, 2016, to submit a report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on those the specified elements of the updated scoping plan. information. The bill would provide that the specified information is intended to assist in establishing state policy and does not change any statute, regulation, or regulatory decision.

Existing law requires the state board to appoint an Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee to advise the state board on activities that will facilitate investment in and implementation of technological research and development opportunities, as specified. Existing law also authorizes the committee to advise the state board on economic and technological developments relating to greenhouse gas emission reductions.

This bill would require the committee to consist of between 5 and 10 members who are experts in energy technology and economics. The bill would delete the authorization for the committee to advise the state board on developments relating to greenhouse gas emission reductions and would instead require the committee to conduct an economic assessment that includes a marginal cost analysis of various strategies for reducing greenhouse gases.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Climate change is a global emissions problem.
(b) California is responsible for approximately 1 percent of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions and, thus, needs to address the problem of climate change with a global perspective.
(c) Significant technological advances and major policy initiatives that can be deployed at scale in developed and developing counties countries will be necessary to transition away from fossil fuel as the primary fuel source to allow the developed and developing nations countries of the world to achieve low-carbon economic growth.
(d) It is in the best interest of the state to ensure that greenhouse gas reduction goals are achievable by strategies that other states and nations countries could reasonably adopt.
(e) Demonstrating effective climate change policy can increase the likelihood that other states and nations countries will follow California’s lead, which is necessary for the state to have a significant effect on the global climate change problem.

SEC. 2.

 Section 38561.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

38561.5.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2019, 2016, for purposes of advising the update of the next scoping plan pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 38561, the state board shall include, but not be limited to, develop all of the following:
(1) A proposal for further reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including intermediate goals.
(2) An evaluation of the emissions-reduction goals proposed pursuant to paragraph (1) based on what policies and technologies can be scaled to the rest of the country and the world that ensure cost-effectiveness and maintain local and systemwide reliability of the electrical grid. world.
(3) An economic assessment using the best available economic models and data of the various greenhouse gas emissions-reduction strategies required to achieve the goals proposed pursuant to paragraph (1). The economic assessment may include a marginal cost analysis.
(4) An analysis of the benefits to the health, safety, and welfare of state residents, worker safety, the state’s environment and quality of life, and any other benefits associated with the various greenhouse gas emissions-reduction strategies to achieve the goals proposed pursuant to paragraph (1).

(3)

(5) The establishment of consistent metrics to accurately quantify reductions in greenhouse gas emissions emissions, quantify public health benefits, and measure the cost-effectiveness of various policies and technologies.
(b) (1) On or before January 1, 2019, 2016, the state board shall submit to the appropriate committees of the Legislature the elements of the update of the scoping plan included information developed pursuant to subdivision (a).
(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to this paragraph subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) The information developed pursuant to subdivision (a) is intended to assist in establishing state policy and does not change any statute, regulation, or regulatory decision.

(c)

(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, 2016, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2019, 2016, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 3.Section 38591 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
38591.

(a)The state board, by July 1, 2007, shall convene an environmental justice advisory committee, of at least three members, to advise it in developing the scoping plan pursuant to Section 38561 and any other pertinent matter in implementing this division. The advisory committee shall be comprised of representatives from communities in the state with the most significant exposure to air pollution, including, but not limited to, communities with minority populations or low-income populations, or both.

(b)The state board shall appoint the advisory committee members from nominations received from environmental justice organizations and community groups.

(c)The state board shall provide reasonable per diem for attendance at advisory committee meetings by advisory committee members from nonprofit organizations.

(d)(1)The state board shall appoint an Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee, of at least five members but not to exceed 10 members, to advise the state board on activities that will facilitate investment in and implementation of technological research and development opportunities, including, but not limited to, identifying new technologies, research, demonstration projects, funding opportunities, developing state, national, and international partnerships and technology transfer opportunities, and identifying and assessing research and advanced technology investment and incentive opportunities that will assist in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on a global basis.

(2)The committee shall also conduct an economic assessment that includes, but is not limited to, a marginal cost analysis of the various strategies for reducing greenhouse gases.

(3)The membership of the committee shall consist of experts in energy technology and economics.