California recently passed laws toughening the state's already stout commitment to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. One measure recently passed by the state legislature, SB 32, would force the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. A previous law mandated reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

A second law, AB 197, would set up a legislative panel to oversee the California Public Utilities Commission, which has been hobbled by political scandals in recent years. AB 197 would give lawmakers more say in the state's energy policies and decisions.

In California, Industrial Info’s Refining Platform has tracked Shell Oil Products’ $450 million greenhouse gas reduction project at its Martinez refinery since 2014. Construction is under way for the project, which involves plant-wide upgrades to shift to light crude feedstock from current heavy crude feedstocks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 700,000 metric tons a year. Completion is set for March 2018.

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