The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort of nine Northeast and MidAtlantic states to cap and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants through a market-based, emissions trading program. This year, the nation's first multi-state carbon trading program is poised to expand by two additional states. Virginia has proposed its own carbon trading rule for power plants that is designed to link to RGGI in 2020. New Jersey's governor has also announced that he will bring his state back into the RGGI program.
Register to join us for the workshop, which will explore how these states' plans to link to RGGI could be a learning opportunity for other states that want to link to RGGI or implement a separate carbon trading program.
10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
- Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future
- Laurie Burt, RGGI Project Series
10:10 a.m. Brief Explanation of RGGI
- Franz Litz, Litz Energy Strategies LLC
10:20 a.m. Panel 1: Linking in Action: Virginia, New Jersey and RGGI
- Moderator: Vicki Arroyo, Georgetown Climate Center
- Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of Environment and RGGI, Inc.
- Chris Bast, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
- Debbie Mans, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
11:15 a.m. Panel 2: The Building Blocks for Successful Linking
- Moderator: Kate Konschnik, Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
- Carrie Jenks, MJ Bradley & Associates
- Valerie Gray, Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
- Kathleen Robertson, Exelon
- Dale Bryk, Natural Resources Defense Council
12:10 p.m. Closing Remarks and Lunch
- Kate Konschnik, Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
This workshop is part of the RGGI Project Series.
Upcoming Policy Leadership Forum
There is ample evidence that guiding policy decisions with rigorous research leads to better outcomes. So why is scientific advice frequently ignored? Resources for the Future (RFF) is delighted to welcome Dr. Marcia McNutt for an RFF Policy Leadership Forum exploring these and other crucial questions about evidence-based decisionmaking.
Dr. McNutt is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences. She served as editor-in-chief of Science from 2013 to 2016, and was director of the US Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, McNutt was awarded the US Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. Read Dr. McNutt’s full bio.
The event will be livestreamed on the RFF website. Pose questions to Dr. McNutt on Twitter during the event using #askRFF. Seating is limited, so early registrations are encouraged for in-person attendance.
RFF’s Policy Leadership Forum hosts leading national and international thinkers to discuss environmental, energy, and natural resource topics. Previous speakers include IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Senator Barack Obama, and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson.