Southern Californians got a peak into state environmental and energy agencies\u2019 vision for the future June 26 during a discussion of how to update of the state\u2019s AB 32 scoping plan. The document is the master blueprint for carrying out the state\u2019s climate protection law. \tThe plan update is to address changes in the energy industry, transportation, agriculture, water, waste, and management of vast tracks of forest and open land, according to Mike Tollstrup, California Air Resources Board project assessment branch chief. It also is to spell out the role for the state\u2019s carbon trading program beyond 2020. Tollstrup said it would continue to play a key role under the law. \tThe update of the plan\u2014first adopted in 2008 and covering the period through 2020\u2014is to be completed later this year. It is to provide a first glimpse into what the state may look like at mid- century when AB 32 calls for cutting greenhouse gas levels by 80 percent. \tIn the energy sector, strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent are the aim, according to Sekita Grant, advisor to California Energy Commission chair Bob Weisenmiller. She said those strategies are: \u2022\tNear zero net energy buildings; \u2022\tLow carbon generation, especially renewables; \u2022\tSustainable bioenergy systems; \u2022\tLocalized, renewable generation; \u2022\tSolar space and water heating to displace natural gas and electricity; and \u2022\tHighly flexible and robust distribution and transmission infrastructure. \tMeanwhile, utilities will face the challenge of having to become primary providers of electricity and natural gas for emissions free and low emissions cars, trucks, buses, and other technologies used in transportation, according to Jack Kitowski, Air Board on-road controls branch manager. He said state regulators envision electric vehicles becoming a significant way to store renewable energy and feed it into the grid when needed. \tOverall, he said, the transportation and utility sectors can expect to have a closer relationship as 2050 approaches.