The California Air Resources Board plans to revise its scoping plan this year, the master blueprint for carrying out AB 32, the state\u2019s climate protection law. Air Board chair Mary Nichols told the Northern California Public Power Agency Jan. 23 that the agency would focus on five areas, with an eye toward outlining strategies that not only cut greenhouse gases, but also air pollution, particularly in \u201cdisadvantaged communities.\u201d The areas, she said, are transportation, fuels, and infrastructure; electricity generation, transmission, and efficiency; waste; water; and farming. Nichols said the Air Board plans to hold workshops on updating the plan in the first half of the year, issue a draft plan in summer, and adopt a final version before the year is out. * * * * * The California Air Resources Board is weighing what data to make public about its carbon cap-and-trade program. Air Board staff wants comments from stakeholders by Feb. 8 on a variety of options for making data public that were previewed during a meeting Jan. 25. Among the key issues are whether or not to show emissions rights allocation data by individual entity for non-power sector companies or on a sector basis, for instance the total allocation for petroleum refining or cement production. Another key issue is how to present data for trading that occurs outside of regular auctions. For example, whether to cover all individual transactions without providing account names and numbers, all aggregate volume and price information, or spot trades only. The agency\u2019s staff is further contemplating what to release concerning offsets used to comply with the program\u2019s emissions cap. * * * * * In comments filed Jan. 24, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric are advising the California Energy Commission in updating its Integrated Energy Policy Report to look beyond ramping up the state\u2019s renewable portfolio standard as a way to achieve post-2020 greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The state\u2019s climate protection law, AB 32, calls for reductions going out through 2050. \u201cGiven California\u2019s goal for limiting GHG emissions in 2050 to 20 percent of emissions in 1990, achieving this goal will involve policies outside the electricity sector,\u201d wrote Valerie Winn, PG&E state agency relations manager. Likewise, Edison regulatory policy and affairs manager Manuel Alvarez advised that the \u201cEnergy Commission should expand the scope of this analysis to include other greenhouse gas reducing policies rather than assume a priori that a higher Renewables Portfolio Standard is the only strategy for reaching the state\u2019s greenhouse gas reduction goals.\u201d To meet the 2050 greenhouse gas target, the Energy Commission plans to analyze how to ramp up the state\u2019s 33 percent renewable energy standard for 2020 to a higher level in 2030.