The California Air Resources Board ("CARB") plans to delay enforcement of the cap-and-trade program until 2013.  CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols announced the agency's plans for delay in her testimony before the California State Senate Select Committee on Environment, Economy & Climate Change on Wednesday, June 29.  According to Chairwoman Nichols, CARB will still initiate the cap-and-trade program in 2012 as originally planned, but CARB won't actually begin to enforce the compliance requirements associated with the program until the following year.

CARB will hold a public workshop on its proposal to delay enforcement on July 15.  A discussion draft that covers the proposed changes to the program will be circulated in advance of that meeting.  When you consider all the public workshops CARB has scheduled, I think it's safe to say that the agency has a pretty full dance card for the upcoming months:

July 28, 2011
Comments on cap-and-trade program supplemental environmental review due

July 8, 2011
Public Workshop: Cap-and-trade program supplemental environmental review
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Place: Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814

July 15, 2011
Public Workshop – Proposal to delay cap-and-trade program enforcement to 2013
Time:   9 am to 3 pm
Location:  Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Cal/EPA HQ Building, 1001 “I” Street, Sacramento
Look for a discussion draft in advance of the public workshop

August 24, 2011
Public Hearing: Cap-and-trade program supplemental environmental review
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Byron Sher Auditorium , 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814