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CARB is taking public comment on proposed standards now

California has been working with the federal government on the CAFE fuel economy standards while at the same time working inside the state government to improve the air quality. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has now confirmed more plans to help improve the air quality in the state and that plan involves mandates to get more electric vehicles onto the market. The plan calls for 1.4 million more electric and plug-in vehicles as well as hydrogen powered cars to hit the roads. 
 
The new standards are expected to cover 2017 to 2025 model year vehicles. The plan wants to reduce greenhouse gas emission from vehicles by 34% compared with the levels set for 2016 and to drive more purchases of EVs. CARB says that the new rules will add $1,900 to the price of a new vehicle by 2025, but the efficiency will save $6,000 in fuel costs over the vehicles life.
 

Tesla Model S [Source: Tesla Motors]
 
If the 1.4 million zero emission or plug-in hybrid vehicle number is reached that would mean one in seven or 15% of all new vehicles sold would be that type of vehicle. Automakers selling cars in California would need to make 15.4% of their entire fleets ZEVs to meet the proposed standards. The rules would also force all passenger cars and light trucks sold in California to reach the state super-ultra-low emission vehicle standards by 2025. If approved by the California Office of Administrative Law, the regulations would become law in 2012.
 
The proposed rules by the State of California aren't good enough for the Union of Concerned Scientists reports the NYT. This union wants to increase the proposed standard by 30% and put 1.8 million zero emission vehicles on the roads by 2025. A public comment period on CARBs proposal is going until December 12.
 
The full CARB proposal is here in PDF form.

Sources: NYT, Energy Efficiency News



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RE: hmmm
By Concillian on 12/15/2011 9:50:10 PM , Rating: 2
We had a lot of issues several years ago. I haven't seen much issue since the dot-com bust. That bust seemed to have curbed power usage long enough to shore up the grid.

The residual effects are still being felt though, as CA locked itself into rather high priced power contracts when it was in panic mode due to the summer power issues during the dot-com boom.

Also, I think the tiered pricing they adopted, coupled with already high power costs, has pushed people into installing solar panels. I personally know 5 people with solar on their house that didn't when the state was having power issues. Anyone else here from a state other than California personally know 5 people who have installed solar in the last 5 years?

Those solar installations have to help the grid quite a bit. Especially since it's typically the ones with high usage who are living in the highest priced electricity Tier who are installing the panels. It's pushing the biggest users to upgrade the grid for them.


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