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. This workshop explores 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 10:10 a.m. Brief Explanation of RGGI 10:20 a.m. Panel 1: Linking in Action: Virginia, New Jersey and RGGI 11:15 a.m. Panel 2: The Building Blocks for Successful Linking 12:10 p.m. Closing Remarks and Lunch
- Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future
- Laurie Burt, RGGI Project Series
- Franz Litz, Litz Energy Strategies LLC
- 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
- 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
- Kate Konschnik, Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
This workshop is part of the RGGI Project Series.