Managing (climate) change

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 1, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA Energy Conference, July 25-27, Tahoe

The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, more commonly known as AB 32, is a quick read, a mere 17 pages.  It’s requirements are fairly straightforward: California must cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2020.  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is required to develop a plan by 2009, with a mandatory cap on emissions in place by 2012.  And all of this is supposed to happen without damaging the state’s economy.  The law specifically requires that the implementation plan be both "cost effective" and "technologically feasible," but leaves these and other implementation details to ARB to decide through its rulemaking process.  It is a tall order that, if poorly designed or implemented, could impact the competitiveness of California businesses for years to come.

With this in mind, the focus of this year’s CMTA Energy Conference will be on implementation of California's energy and climate change policies.  Conference attendees will get an insider's perspective from key industry players and decisionmakers on emerging energy regulations, industry trends and the unprecedented challenges posed by AB 32.
 
The conference will be held at Harvey's in South Lake Tahoe.  It will begin with a reception the evening of Wednesday, July 25, and end at noon on Friday, July 27.

Widely regarded as the state's foremost conference on energy, the CMTA Energy Conference serves as an annual opportunity for industry leaders, regulators, top executive branch officials and legislators to explore and discuss key energy issues.

The opening panel discussion, "California Industry Stepping Up to the AB 32 Challenge," will focus on ways for California industry to take advantage of, and meet, the requirements of AB 32.  Additional panel discussions and presenters will focus on state, regional and national market-based approaches, initiatives to achieve AB 32 goals, the economic impacts of GHG policy choices, and the politics of climate change.

Other important  and timely energy issues will be covered as well.  California’s energy infrastructure--renewables, natural gas and transmission will be the subject of a panel discussion, with an additional presentation devoted to natural gas, LNG and price forecasts.

Among the confirmed speakers and panelists:

Joel Levin, Vice President, California Climate Action Registry
John Fielder, President, Southern California Edison
Dian Grueneich, California Public Utilities Commission
Jeffrey Byron, California Energy Commission
Kip Lipper, Senate President Pro Tem's Office
Dominic DiMare, California Chamber of Commerce
Tom Bottorff, Pacific Gas & Electric
V. John White, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
Cathy Reheis-Boyd, Western States Petroleum Association

It's not too late to register:  http://www.cmta.net/conference.php?event_id=245

We hope to see you there.

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