Clean Power Plan Implementation: A State, Power Company, and NGO Dialogue

March 10, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center hosted its fifth dialogue among states, power companies, and NGOs recently to explore options for compliance under the Clean Power Plan, which will be finalized this summer.

Participants at the March 10 meeting reviewed key findings from recent modeling efforts and discussed different approaches that states could take to develop compliance plans. The agenda focused on opportunities, in either a rate- or mass-based context, for states to develop individual state plans that would leave open the option of interstate trading.

Previous convenings include:

An agenda from the most recent dialogue and a list of participants follows.

 

Agenda

 

Welcome and Overview

  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center
  • A. Stanley Meiburg, Acting Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Session 1—Key Insights from Recent Modeling Efforts
In this session, participants involved in modeling efforts discussed key findings across their analyses, such as: the impacts of regional cooperation on compliance costs; the implications of implementing a mass-based approach versus a rate-based approach; and the potential for emission leakage depending on compliance approaches.

Session 2—Discussion of a Rate-Based State Plan Model and Options for Interstate Crediting
Participants discussed a rate-based state plan approach that would allow for interstate trading of compliance credits. The discussion addressed options and considerations for how to determine the emission value of interstate credits, such as renewable energy or energy efficiency credits, and how an interstate rate-based crediting model could be advanced. 

Session 3—Discussion of a Mass-Based State Plan Model with Optional Interstate Trading
Participants discussed a mass-based state plan approach that would allow the state—or potentially affected sources in the state—the option of participating in an interstate trading market. This included discussion of what common elements individual state programs would need to include in order to allow participation in a centralized system, what centralized infrastructure is required, and what other guidance or support would be required. 

Discussion with EPA on State Plan Development and Implementation

  • Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe
  • Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel Joe Goffman

Session 4—Cross-Cutting Issues
This session focused on the cross-cutting considerations that arise with both rate-based and mass-based programs, including: interactions between rate- and mass-based programs, the role of existing REC markets, and what potential national default rules or assumptions could address these issues.

 


Participants

 

States

  • California: Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board, and Craig Segall, Senior Staff Counsel, California Air Resources Board
  • Colorado: Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Maryland: Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Department of the Environment
  • Minnesota: David Thornton, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Missouri: Goldie Tompkins, Chief of Staff & Policy Advisor to Chair Robert Kenney, Missouri Public Service Commission
  • Montana: Dave Klemp, Bureau Chief, Air Resources Management Bureau, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
  • New York: Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner for Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Michael Myers, New York State Assistant Attorney General
  • Oregon: Colin McConnaha, Senior Climate Change Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Pennsylvania: Hayley Book, Deputy Director, Office of Policy, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Tennessee: Michelle Walker Owenby, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Policy and Planning, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Barry Stephens, Director, Division of Air Pollution Control, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Virginia: Michael Dowd, Air Division Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Washington: Sam Ricketts, Director, Washington, DC Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee


Power Companies

  • Calpine: Yvonne McIntyre, Vice President, Federal Affairs
  • DTE Energy: Skiles Boyd, Vice President, Environmental Management and Resources
  • Exelon: Kathleen Robertson, Senior Manager, Environmental Policy
  • National Grid: Edward White, Vice President, Customer Strategy & Environmental
  • NextEra Energy: Lauren Sher, Manager of Governmental Affairs
  • PG&E: Melissa Lavinson, Vice President, Federal Affairs, and Ray Williams, Director, Long-Term Energy Policy
  • PNM Resources: Jeanette Pablo, Federal Affairs & Senior Climate Advisor
  • Portland General Electric: Sunny Radcliffe, Director of Government Affairs
  • PSEG: Kimberly Scarborough, Environmental Policy Manager - Air
  • Salt River Project: Kelly Barr, Senior Director, Environmental Management and Deputy Legal Executive
  • Seattle City Light: Lynn Best, Director, Environmental Affairs and Real Estate
  • Sempra Energy: Scott Crider, Vice President, Federal Affairs
  • Tennessee Valley Authority: Hunter Hydas, Clean Energy Program Manager


NGO Participants

  • JLM Environmental Consulting: Jennifer Macedonia, Principal
  • Center for the New Energy Economy: Jeff Lyng, Senior Policy Advisor
  • Clean Air Task Force: Conrad Schneider, Advocacy Director
  • Environmental Defense Fund: Nicholas Bianco, Director of Regulatory Analysis and Strategic Partnerships, and Pam Kiely, Consultant
  • Great Plains Institute: Doug Scott, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
  • Litz Energy Strategies: Franz Litz, Principal
  • National Association of Clean Air Agencies: Bill Becker, Executive Director, and Phil Assmus, Senior Staff Associate
  • Natural Resources Defense Council: Derek Murrow, Director, Federal Energy Policy, and Starla Yeh, Senior Policy Analyst
  • Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions: Jonas Monast, Climate & Energy Program Director, and Martin Ross, Senior Research Economist
  • The NorthBridge Group: Bruce Phillips, Director
  • Regulatory Assistance Project: Ken Colburn, Senior Associate
  • Resources for the Future: Dallas Burtraw, Senior Fellow
  • Union of Concerned Scientists: Steve Frenkel, Director, Midwest Office

Federal Participants

White House

  • Megan Ceronsky, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Energy and Climate Change

Environmental Protection Agency

  • A. Stanley Meiburg, Acting Deputy Administrator
  • Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Joe Goffman, Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Mark Rupp, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Abi Vijayan, Office of General Counsel
  • Jack Bowles, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Sara Froikin, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  • Michael Gordon, EPA Region III
  • Beth Conlin, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Cate Hight, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Chris Sherry, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Gabrielle Stevens, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Jeb Stenhouse, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Julia Miller, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Julie Rosenberg, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Meg Victor, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Niko Dietsch, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Lora Strine, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Denise Mulholland, Office of Air and Radiation
  • Robyn DeYoung, Office of Air and Radiation

Department of Energy

  • Judi Greenwald, Deputy Director for Climate, Environment, and Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis
  • Kate Marks, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis
  • Erin Boyd, Policy Analyst

Georgetown Climate Center Staff, Georgetown Law Faculty & Consultants

Georgetown Climate Center & Georgetown Law

  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director; Assistant Dean, Centers & Institutes, Professor from Practice, and Environmental Law Program Director, Georgetown Law
  • Kate Zyla, Deputy Director
  • Gabe Pacyniak, Mitigation Program Manager
  • Lissa Lynch, Institute Associate
  • Myriam Alexander-Kearns, Institute Associate
  • Matthew Goetz, Institute Fellow
  • William Buzbee, Professor of Law

M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC, Consulting to Georgetown Climate Center to Support the
March 10 Dialogue

  • Carrie Jenks, Senior Vice President
  • Chris Van Atten, Senior Vice President
  • Paul Allen, Senior Vice President
  • Tom Curry, Vice President