On June 24, the CHP Alliance submitted comments in response to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Notice of Public Meeting to consider the Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan. The CHP Alliance generally supports the staff-proposed scenario that forms the basis of the Draft 2022 Scoping Plan, including the scaling up new options such as green hydrogen for hard to electrify end uses and renewable gas where needed, and agree that we need to keep all options on the table, as it will take time to fully grow the electricity grid to be the backbone for a decarbonized economy. However, with respects to the plan to retire CHP facilities in the state by 2040, the CHP Alliance strongly urges CARB to consider the environmental and resilience benefits of CHP and its role in achieving deep decarbonization, particularly in energy intensive sectors. CHP utilizing renewable and lower-carbon fuels such as clean hydrogen can enable significant emissions reductions across the industrial and buildings sectors that will be critical to achieving California’s goal of statewide carbon neutrality by 2045.
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