Past Seminar

Assessing Progress under California’s AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Program: Carbon Pollution Reductions and Economic Growth

Feb 25, 2015

About the Event

California adopted a landmark climate law (AB 32) in 2006 and initiated a cap-and-trade program six years later. At this RFF seminar, experts from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will present their recent report on the program: Carbon Market California: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Golden State's Cap-and-Trade Program, Year Two. Presenters from RFF, EDF, and California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, will discuss the state’s climate policy, including the status of efforts to put a carbon price on transportation pollution and establish a climate dividend for ratepayes.


Phil Sharp, President, Resources for the Future


Richard Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resource for the Future


Karen Palmer, Research Director and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

Tim O’Connor, Director, California Climate Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund

Derek Walker, Associate Vice President, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Ray Williams, ‎Director, Long-Term Energy Policy, Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation

Melissa Lavinson, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation



  • Phil Sharp, Fellow, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; former President, RFF
  • Richard D. Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Karen L. Palmer, Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Power Initiative, Resources for the Future