Tag Archives: policies

Introducing California Carbon Dashboard: All your questions about AB32 answered in one place

October 24, 2013 |


This blog was co-authored by Andrew Hobbs and Karen Laughlin.

This week CPI is pleased to launch our new beta California Carbon Dashboard—a one-stop site for information on California’s portfolio of climate policies, current carbon prices, and news aggregation.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32) set into motion a suite of policies to reduce California’s economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020—and set California, again, out in front as a climate policy test bed for the United States. AB32 established a cap and trade program for California as well as many sector-specific complementary policies to achieve the 2020 state target.

California’s climate package is leading edge, so there is plenty of information out there on AB32’s policies and processes. Locating the quick or in-depth information you want or need, however, can be a challenge. So, as we gathered information for our more in-depth analyses on California’s climate policy effectiveness, CPI decided to build a one-stop dashboard to provide policymakers, stakeholders, and the public—in California, in the U.S., and the world—a user-friendly tool to learn about how California’s climate policies fit together and to get current updates.

Let us give you a quick tour to highlight the Dashboard features that you might find useful:

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Renewable energy in California: What has policy brought us?

September 21, 2012 |


Government support for renewable energy is a subject of national debate. In particular, many are scrutinizing the Federal Production Tax Credit for wind energy – absent legislative action, it expires in December.

Policymakers across the political spectrum are asking questions like “has government support of renewable projects been effective?” and “should government support be continued or scrapped?” Investors in renewable energy are similarly interested in how policies can best provide stable support to help the industry mature.

With those questions in mind, our team looked back at what state and federal renewable energy policies have meant for California’s renewable energy deployment up to now.

A brief history of California renewable energy policies

As this graphic shows, renewable energy deployment in California has been concentrated in two waves. The first, in the 1980s, was due to a combination of the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), high natural gas prices, and new technologies. The second, which started around 2001, coincided with California’s renewable portfolio standard as well as state and federal incentives.

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Deforestation slowdown in the Brazilian Amazon – prices or policies?

March 28, 2012 |


The second half of the 2000s witnessed a sharp decrease in total deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon. In only five years, the pace of forest clearings dropped from an alarming peak of approximately 27,000 km2 in 2004 to about 7,000 km2 in 2009. While the numbers sound like good news for conservation efforts in Brazil, many wonder what led to such a dramatic decline in deforestation. What were the underlying forces driving this sudden change in behavior? With the Brazilian Ministry of Environment currently conducting the second revision of its strategic Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Deforestation in the Legal Amazon (PPCDAm), the answer to this question will be useful to policymakers in Brazil, as well as in other countries.

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