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New California Regulations Restrict Purchasing from Power Plants That Exceed Emissions Limits
The California Energy Commission recently approved regulations that limit the purchase of electricity from power plants that fail to meet strict greenhouse gas emissions standards.
New regulations, as part of SB 1368, prohibit California’s publicly owned utilities from entering into long-term financial commitments with plants that exceed 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour.
The implementation of SB 1368 is part of the Energy Commission's further implementation of AB 32, a landmark bill signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that calls for California to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases by 25 percent by 2020.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, SB 1368 directed the Energy Commission, in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Air Resources Board, to establish a greenhouse gas emission performance standard for power plants.