The California Air Resources Board has gone ahead with cuts to its zero-emissions vehicle mandate, though the reductions were less than expected. Initially CARB planned to cut its 75,000 ZEV mandate to 27,500 vehicles produced between 2012 and 2017. Under the new mandate, the seven largest automakers were granted a reprieve from producing 25,000 ZEVs between 2012 and 2014, with CARB reducing that target to 7,500 fuel cell vehicles or 12,500 electric vehicles. CARB has also up its mandate for low-emissions plug-in hybrids to 58,000 by 2014. The new mandates are expected to cost automakers $1 billion a year, down from the estimated $2 billion a year under the previous order. In related news, former CIA chief James Woolsey takes the fight to the streets with a bumper sticker that reads "Bin Laden Hates This Car", which clearly displays his commitment to fighting World War IV. Under pressure from the New York Public Service Commission, Iberdrola has agreed to sell all of Energy East's non-wind generation assets to clear the way for an acquisition. The PSC had put the acquisition on hold in recent months over speculation that Iberdrola would increase Energy East's fossil fuel generation capacity while raising customer rates. Following this agreement, the PSC is expected to allow the $4.5 billion merger to go through. San Francisco's Solar Incentive Rebate Program, which was to debut on April 1, has been put on hold following a surprise move by city supervisor Jane McGoldrick. McGoldrick moved yesterday to freeze SIRP's $3 million fund, raising voices of protest from companies that have already committed resources towards the program. Installers like Akeena Solar and Solar City "have put marketing dollars into this, and hired and trained people to get ready," says Akeena CEO Barry Cinnamon. SIRP's aim is to increase solar capacity in SF from 5 MW to 55 MW over the next ten years through $3,000-$6,000 rebates to homeowners. Japan's Sharp Solar will retain its dominance in thin film production with a new $729 million, 480 MW plant that will come online in March 2010. The new plant in Sakai, Japan will help Sharp achieve its goal of 1 GW of thin film production by April 2010.