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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is responsible for establishing and enforcing air quality standards and related matters. In consultation with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), and other state and local agencies, the CARB is charged with designing and carrying out a program to reduce statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, pursuant to The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). In December 2008, the CARB adopted a “Climate Change Scoping Plan” outlining a set of measures designed to enable California to meet the goals of AB 32.

These measures include, among other things, expanding existing energy efficiency programs, achieving a statewide renewables energy mix of 33 percent, and developing a cap-and-trade system that will allow market-based mechanisms to drive the most efficient, cost-effective means to comply with an over-all cap on GHG emissions.

Having adopted the scoping plan, the CARB is now embarking on rulemaking proceedings to establish specific rules and regulations needed to carry out, monitor, and enforce the proposals.

Goodin MacBride was involved in the AB 32 proceedings before the Legislature and provided key representation to interested parties in proceedings before the CPUC and CEC relating to the CARB scoping plan. The firm is well situated to assist alternative energy suppliers, commercial and industrial enterprises, the financial community, municipalities and other