The Governor\u2019s Office of Planning & Research unleashed its \u201caction plan\u201d for seeing that 1.5 million zero emissions vehicles are on the road in California by 2025. The plan outlines a series of direct subsidies, tax incentives, and permit streamlining to encourage both electric and hydrogen vehicles. It\u2019s intended to detail the steps needed to carry out a 2012 gubernatorial order that envisions electric and hydrogen cars will play a key role in reducing greenhouse gases under the state\u2019s climate protection law, AB 32. The 32-page document breaks down the task into achieving four separate goals: -Developing infrastructure for charging and fueling the vehicles; -Enhancing consumer awareness and fostering greater consumer demand for the new vehicles; -Transforming fleets to run on the grid and hydrogen; and -Stimulating related investment and jobs in the private sector. The comprehensive plan outlines steps--such as immediately changing electric utility tariffs to incentivize electric vehicles with potential discounts--and planning how to accommodate the impact of the vehicles on the grid. It outlines deadlines for action and names which state agency should be responsible for carrying out the steps. * * * * * The California Air Resources Board on Feb. 19 is scheduled to carry out the second emissions allowances auction under its carbon cap-and-trade program. It plans to offer for sale 12,924,822 tons of vintage 2013 emissions rights and 9,560,000 tons of vintage 2016 rights. The minimum bid price is $10.71\/ton. On March 8, it plans to sell rights from a reserve of allowances it holds to regulate their price. Those rights are to be offered for between $40\/ton and $50\/ton. * * * * * Power industry stakeholders support the California Air Resources Board\u2019s plan to release information about its carbon cap-and-trade program to the public. Yet, they\u2019re concerned that in doing so the agency doesn\u2019t release sensitive information about the current position of companies in the state\u2019s carbon allowance market. Typical is the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. In a letter to the Air Board Feb. 8, it cautioned releasing the number of allowances held for complying with the program\u2019s carbon cap could subject covered organizations to manipulation in the carbon market. Offering a potential way to split the baby between the public\u2019s right to know about compliance by generators and others under the carbon cap, and the need to protect those who are regulated from manipulation if others know their market position, Southern California Edison had a suggestion. It said the Air Board should still release the information, but wait until after the compliance deadline, which requires facilities under the program to surrender their allowances. This way the public would find out about how many allowances a regulated company held, but not until after the company might have to go into the market to potentially purchase allowances to meet its cap. * * * * * The morning after President Barack Obama called for action on climate change, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee held a hearing Feb. 13 to hear the latest about climate change science. The next day, chair of the panel, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), joined with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to announce climate change legislation that would put a fee on carbon emissions, with the money used to fund clean energy projects.