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Updated AB 32 Scoping Plan Economic Analysis

Public Meeting to Update the Board on AB 32 Economic Analyses

(Continued from the March 2010 Board Meeting Agenda Item 10-3-6)


April 21, 2010

ARB staff, experts and stakeholders will discuss several economic analyses relating to AB 32.  This agenda item will include an overview of recent economic studies of the implementation of the AB 32 Scoping Plan and an opportunity for public comment.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has updated the economic analysis of the AB 32 Scoping Plan.  This analysis estimates the state-level economic effects of implementing the Scoping Plan measures.  Staff has worked closely with the Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee (EAAC) to refine methodologies and discuss results. This economic analysis update will help inform measure-specific analyses such as the California Cap-and-Trade Regulation.  

Updated Economic Analysis of California's AB 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan

Appendix A. Assumptions Book for Energy 2020

Appendix B. Detailed Energy 2020 Modeling Results are embedded in the report on pages 97-102.

Appendix C. Criteria-Pollutant Valuation Spreadsheets for the report

Appendix D. EAAC Economic Impacts Subcommittee Report (March 2010)

Revised- Appendix D. EAAC Economic Impacts Subcommittee Report (April 18, 2010)

For further information, please contact the Office of Climate Change at (916) 322-2037. 


Call for Research Proposals on the Economics of Climate Change

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is announcing new research contract focused on the Economics of Climate Change.  This funding opportunity is open to researchers affiliated with the University of California or California State University systems.

AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, designated ARB as the lead regulatory agency charged with oversight of carbon emissions generated by and associated with the California economy.  These emissions come from a diversity of sources – transportation, electric generation, transmission and consumption, real estate development, manufacturing, agriculture and land use – and the establishment of appropriate regulation will require a nuanced understanding of the dynamics which govern the interactions of these sources and emissions pathways.  To this end, ARB has prioritized the funding of high quality research whose findings are relevant for designing AB 32’s carbon mitigation regulations and evaluating these regulations' impact on the California economy. 

Here is detailed information on qualifying topics, submitting research proposals and project deliverables.

AB 32 Scoping Plan Economic Analysis

During 2008, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) developed the Scoping Plan mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).  The Draft Scoping Plan was published in June 2008.  An Economic Analysis Supplement of the Draft Plan was released on September 2008.  An updated version of this economic analysis was included as Appendix G in the Proposed Scoping Plan, which was released in October 2008.  The Board Approved the Climate Change Scoping Plan on December 11, 2008.

The Economic Analysis Supplement was submitted for peer review.  The comments of the peer reviewers and ARB’s responses can be found here

Dr. Matthew Kahn's evaluation of a report by Sanjay Varshney and Dennis Tootelian on the economic analysis can be found here

Scoping Plan Economic Analysis Stakeholder Process, Spring 2008

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) developed the Scoping Plan mandated by the AB 32 in 2008.  Economic analysis was developed and used to support the development of the Scoping Plan.  To facilitate stakeholder review of the economic analysis, technical stakeholder work group meetings were held monthly, with available information posted to this webpage. This stakeholder group was an ongoing process during the first half of 2008.


For more information, please contact the Climate Change Programs

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