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States Moving Forward with Carbon Trading: The Nuts and Bolts of Linking State Programs

Date and Time
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20004


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Join us for the workshop "States Moving Forward with Carbon Trading: the Nuts and Bolts of Linking State Programs," on Thursday, September 6, in Washington, D.C. 

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. The workshop 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.        

State Carbon Trading: the RGGI Example

  • 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

  • Kate Konschnik, Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
12:15 p.m. Adjourn and Lunch Available

Lunch will be provided.

The workshop is co-sponsored by Resources for the Future, the Georgetown Climate Center, The RGGI Project Series and Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #statecarbonmarkets.  

This gathering is in compliance with our understanding of the requirements and restrictions of the North Carolina Ethics Act and Lobbying Law, NCGS §138A-32(e).