Sept 27 - ARB Scoping Plan Dates

The Air Resources Board sent out the following e-mail outlining the timeline for the Scoping Plan:

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is starting to develop the Scoping Plan mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32). We are establishing a workshop schedule and are asking stakeholders to save the following dates:

On November 30, 2007, ARB will hold a public workshop to explain the Scoping Plan process and schedule, and to initiate a discussion about the structure of the Scoping Plan such as how commitments should be designed, cost-effectiveness methodologies, and other basic elements of the Plan. This workshop will be held at the South Coast Air Quality Management District offices in Diamond Bar and will be webcast.

On December 14, 2007, ARB will hold a Sector-Based Workshop. Staff will provide an overview of the sectors responsible for the largest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, and provide an overview of the staff's current thinking about potential emission reduction measures for the Scoping Plan. This workshop will be held at the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building in Sacramento and will be webcast.

In mid-January 2008, ARB will hold a Tools Workshop to discuss the various mechanisms that are available to achieve the 2020 emission reduction targets, including direct regulations, markets, voluntary actions, and incentives. The location for this workshop has not yet been finalized.

In late-March 2008, ARB plans to hold a Scenario Workshop to explore different emission reduction strategies. The staff will present different combinations of potential emission reduction measures and discuss preliminary analyses of the scenarios.

In October 2008, ARB staff plans to release its proposed Scoping Plan.

In November 2008, the ARB is scheduled to consider the Scoping Plan.

For more information, please contact Robert DuVall at rduvall@arb.ca.gov, or (916) 324-5930, or go to our Scoping Plan top page located at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/scopingplan.htm

Also note that initial comments for the Scoping Plan are due Monday, Oct. 1.