Senate BillNo. 506


Introduced by Senator Fuller

February 26, 2015


An act to amend Section 38561 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 506, as introduced, Fuller. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: scoping 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 also 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 state board, in developing the scoping plan, to take into account the relative contribution of each source or source category to statewide greenhouse gas emissions and the potential for adverse effects on small businesses.

This bill would additionally require the state board, in developing the scoping plan, to take into account the environmental benefits of renewable electrical generation facilities.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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SECTION 1.  

Section 38561 of the Health and Safety Code is
2amended to read:

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38561.  

(a) begin insert(1)end insertbegin insertend insert On or before January 1, 2009, the state board
4shall prepare and approve a scoping plan, as that term is understood
5by the state board, for achieving the maximum technologically
6feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
7from sources or categories of sources of greenhouse gases by 2020
8under this division.begin delete Theend delete

9begin insert(2)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertTheend insert state board shall consult with all state agencies with
10jurisdiction over sources of greenhouse gases, including the Public
11Utilities Commission and the State Energy Resources Conservation
12and Development Commission, on all elements of its plan that
13pertain tobegin delete energy relatedend deletebegin insert energy-relatedend insert matters including, but not
14limited to, electrical generation, load based-standards or
15requirements, the provision of reliable and affordable electrical
16service, petroleum refining, and statewide fuel supplies to ensure
17the greenhouse gas emissions reduction activities to be adopted
18and implemented by the state board are complementary,
19nonduplicative, and can be implemented in an efficient and
20cost-effective manner.

21(b) The plan shall identify and make recommendations on direct
22begin delete emissionend deletebegin insert emissionsend insert reduction measures, alternative compliance
23mechanisms, market-based compliance mechanisms, and potential
24monetary and nonmonetary incentives for sources and categories
25of sources that the state board finds are necessary or desirable to
26facilitate the achievement of the maximum feasible and
27cost-effective reductions of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

28(c) In making the determinations required by subdivision (b),
29the state board shall consider all relevant information pertaining
30to greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs in other states,
31localities, and nations, including the northeastern states of the
32United States, Canada, and the European Union.

33(d) The state board shall evaluate the total potential costs and
34total potential economic and noneconomic benefits of the plan for
35reducing greenhouse gases to California’s economy, environment,
36and public health, using the best available economic models,
37emission estimation techniques, and other scientific methods.

P3    1(e) In developing its plan, the state board shall take into account
2the relative contribution of each source or source category to
3statewide greenhouse gas emissions,begin insert including the environmental
4benefits of renewable electrical generation facilities,end insert
and the
5potential for adverse effects on small businesses, and shall
6recommend a de minimis threshold of greenhouse gas emissions
7below whichbegin delete emissionend deletebegin insert emissionsend insert reduction requirements will not
8apply.

9(f) In developing its plan, the state board shall identify
10opportunities forbegin delete emission reductionsend deletebegin insert emissions reductionend insert measures
11from all verifiable and enforceable voluntary actions, including,
12but not limited to, carbon sequestration projects and best
13management practices.

14(g) The state board shall conduct a series of public workshops
15to give interested parties an opportunity to comment on the plan.
16The state board shall conduct a portion of these workshops in
17regions of the state that have the most significant exposure to air
18pollutants, including, but not limited to, communities with minority
19populations, communities with low-income populations, or both.

20(h) The state board shall update its plan for achieving the
21maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions
22of greenhouse gas emissions at least once every five years.



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