Gino DiCaro

CMTA Energy Conference

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 14, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

California's Green Energy Policies
July 26-28, 2006, South Lake Tahoe


The CMTA Energy Conference in South Lake Tahoe will host Schwarzenegger administration officials, energy regulators and industry leaders for roundtable discussions on electric and natural gas issues important to manufacturers and the California economy.  

The keynote speakers will be California Public Utilities Commission President Michael R. Peevey and Ralph Cavanagh, a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council and a leading advocate for a cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Conference attendees will also hear from CPUC Commissioners Dian M. Grueneich and Rachelle Chong and California Energy Commission members James D. Boyd, Jeffrey Byron and John Geesman - all of whom will take part in roundtable discussions over the two-day conference.

The theme of this year's conference is "The Greening of Energy."  As greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and other environmental goals play an increasingly important role in California's energy agenda, the need to understand, assess and quantify the impact of these policies becomes more urgent.

The opening panel on July 27, "New Priorities, Old Problems: Implementing California's Green Energy Policies" will include a roundtable discussion with Dan Douglass, an attorney representing energy service providers and CEC Commissioner John Geesman, moderated by V. John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies.

The "Industry Solutions and New Technologies" panel immediately following will focus on combined heat and power (CHP), cost effective energy efficiency and options on the horizon to achieve green energy goals.  Martha Krebs, deputy director for research, development and demonstration at the CEC, will provide an overview at the beginning of the panel, followed by Alan Ball of Qualcomm and Kim Crossman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency CHP Partnership.  Richard S. Brent of Solar Turbines will be the moderator.

The rate and economic impact of green energy policies will be the subject of a panel discussion as well.  Industrial customers are paying rates nearly double their competitors in other states.  Experts will discuss green energy policies and how they will impact rates now and into the future in the "Rate and Economic Impacts of Green Energy Policies" panel.

Day two of the conference, July 28, will include two roundtable discussions.  The first will be focused solely on climate change and proposals to impose a mandatory cap on California's GHG emissions (AB 32, Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles) and establish a utility GHG performance standard (SB 1368, Don Perata, D-Oakland), with the following panelists: John Fielder, president of Southern California Edison; Thomas R. Jacob, who is responsible for DuPont's relations with state governments of California and other western states; Dan Skopec, undersecretary of Cal-EPA; and Kip Lipper, a top aide to Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata and a key player in AB 32 deliberations.  The second panel discussion will ask: "How can we accomplish green energy goals, develop a healthy energy market structure and grow California's economy?"  The four commissioners - James D. Boyd, Jeffrey Byron, Rachelle Chong, and Dian M. Grueneich - will give their take on this very important, threshold question.  Both Friday panels will be moderated by noted energy observer Arthur O'Donnell.

Other topics to be discussed at the CMTA Energy Conference include infrastructure development, the appropriate role for fossil fuels and trade-offs for reducing traditional supplies.  

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