Summary of Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s Scoping Plan

To achieve CLCPA goals of 100 percent greenhouse gas emissions-free electricity production, an 85 percent reduction in statewide GHG emissions and a net-zero emissions economy, the Scoping Plan makes the following recommendations to guide CLCPA implementation.

Transportation: Shift to zero-emission light/medium-duty vehicles; develop ZEV infrastructure; reduce off-peak electric rates for ZEV charging; require ZEV equipment use by state contractors; enhance public transit; promote walking/biking; achieve zero-emission marine and port operations; use green hydrogen and biofuels in hard to electrify sectors.

Buildings: Require new residential buildings be all electric (single-family and three-story or less multifamily buildings in 2025, four-story and above in 2028); require properties above 25,000 sq.ft. to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting (2027); ban sales of residential gas/propane/oil furnaces and hot water heaters (2030); adopt energy-efficiency standard for buildings above 25,000 sq.ft. (2030); ban sales of commercial gas/propane/oil heating/hot water equipment (2035); ban sales of gas/propane cooking/clothes drying appliances (2035); transition one-two million homes to heat pumps by 2030; electrify 85 percent of residential/commercial space by 2050; adopt zero-emissions building codes/standards; require building emissions benchmarking; promote thermal energy networks; support alternative fuels R&D.

Electricity: Retire/repurpose fossil-fuel plants by 2040; promote utility scale renewable energy production; promote distributed energy resources; promote community choice aggregation; invest in transmission and distribution upgrades; promote demand-side solutions; improve reliability planning and markets; find 15-45 GW of dispatchable zero-emission electricity generation resources (DEFRs) by 2040.

Industry: Provide financial and technical assistance for energy efficiency, electrification, and decarbonization; incentivize low-carbon products in state procurement; facilitate research, development, and demonstration in energy efficiency, industrial electrification, alternative fuels and renewable electricity, and carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration; establish GHG registry and reporting system; create economic incentives for green economy projects.

Agriculture and Forestry: Promote sustainable forest management; improve livestock nutrient management; improve soil health; improve agroforestry; promote climate-focused bioeconomy.

Waste Management: Reduce/recycle waste; require extended producer responsibility; reduce refrigerant leaks; reduce methane emissions from solid waste and wastewater facilities; promote recycling markets; promote biogas use.

Natural gas transition: Decarbonize the gas system via strategic downsizing; transition most residential, commercial, and industrial gas customers to electricity by 2050; reduce fossil natural gas use statewide by 33% by 2030 and 57% by 2035; promote community-based thermal energy networks; reduce fugitive methane emissions from abandoned wells and leak-prone pipes; decommissioning gas pipes where possible.

Land Use: Promote urban infill, mixed-use and transit/mobility-oriented development); mandate natural space preservation; increase amount of state-owned land; preserve farmland; protect/restore wetlands; promote afforestation/reforestation/urban forestation.

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