How the state should spend proceeds from its greenhouse gas emissions rights auction under the agency\u2019s carbon cap-and-trade program is the focus of a series of California Air Resources Board public meetings. The first one seeking public input was kicked off in Fresno Feb. 19. In a Feb. 15 white paper, the agency outlined preliminary ideas for spending the money to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These include: -\tIncentives for zero-emission vehicles and charging stations; -\tStationary fuel cells; -\tSolar, biomass, and biofuels; -\tLocal residential\/commercial energy efficiency retrofits; -\tIndustrial efficiency upgrades; -\tElectrification of truck stops\/warehouses\/distribution centers; -\tZero-emission trucks and buses; -\tPort\/railyard electrification; -\tWater transport energy efficiency; and -\tWater use efficiency\/recycling. Under state law, 25 percent of the money is supposed to be spent to benefit disadvantaged communities. The Air Board is holding the meetings to help the governor develop a three-year investment plan for the money. The plan, is to be released for a public hearing by the Air Board in April and then incorporated into the governor\u2019s \u201cMay revise\u201d of the budget for enactment by the Legislature by the end of June. Additional spending strategies pitched by the Air Board include cutting emissions from the transportation sector. The governor\u2019s initial budget projects the state will get $200 million annually from the emissions rights auction. * * * * * A University of California official said at a Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee hearing it will cost $8 million in the coming year--the equivalent to serving 800 students in 2013-14--to comply with AB 32, California\u2019s Global Warming Solutions Act. Panel vice chair, Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands), urged that university be exempted from complying with the law.