Past Seminar

Greenhouse Gas Regulations and the Clean Air Act: Lessons from the California AB32 Experience

Sep 9, 2014

About the Event

The Energy Foundation, Resources for the Future, and the University of California, Davis

Seminar co-hosted by RFF; the Energy Foundation; the University of California, Davis; and Next 10

California has become known as a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions under AB32—the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, the first market-based regulatory program in the United States, has also made strides in achieving greenhouse gas reductions from the power sector. The lessons from both regimes are even more relevant today as state governments across the nation review the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan—a proposed rule for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants. For the first time, states will be required to develop plans to reduce emissions under the Clean Air Act. President Obama has called for the final rule to be in place by June 2015. States must submit implementation plans by June 2016, outlining their most cost-effective and regionally appropriate approaches.

Experts from Resources for the Future (RFF); the Energy Foundation; the University of California, Davis; and Next 10 discussed the Clean Air Act, state-level climate policy across the United States, and insights from the experiences of California and the northeastern United States. The agenda will include the following speakers:

  • Phil Sharp, President, RFF
  • Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, RFF
  • Anthony Eggert, Executive Director, UC Davis Policy Institue for Energy, Environment, and the Economy
  • Jason Mark, Senior Vice President and Director of US Programs, Energy Foundation
  • James Bushnell, Associate Professor, UC Davis
  • Grant Cope, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Bill Lamkin, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

A reception will immediately follow the seminar. Noel Perry, founder of Next 10, will speak on his organization's new Interactive California Water Challenge simulation.


  • Phil Sharp, Fellow, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; former President, RFF
  • Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future