UC research conf. to focus on challenges facing electricity industry

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 2, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In Berkeley every March, the University of California Energy Institute's Center for the Study of Energy Markets (CSEM) conducts a one day research conference on electricity industry regulation and restructuring and presents the work of leading researchers on some of the more challenging issues facing the electricity industry.  The 12th Annual Power Research Conference will take place on March 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Clark Kerr Campus in Berkeley, and will cover a number of topics that are particularly timely: greenhouse (GHG) reduction, emissions trading and resource adequacy.

The landmark global warming bill signed into law last fall, AB 32 (Chapter 488) (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), will impact every company in every business sector in California, and energy-intensive manufacturers in particular.  The implementation of AB 32 is of enormous consequence to the state’s economy, and could impact the competitiveness of California businesses for years to come.

The opening panel of the conference will focus on California’s GHG policies and will include a roundtable discussion with Dan Skopec, undersecretary at the California Environmental Protection Agency and energy experts from the University of California, Stanford University and the University of Michigan.

The economics of GHG policies will be discussed later in the day.  Richard Green of the University of Birmingham will give a presentation on the impact of the new GHG requirements on electric generators, and two experts from the University of Michigan will give a report on the U.S. Department of Energy’s "Section 1605" voluntary reporting of GHGs program.

For more information:  http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=110643

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