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Jan 26: Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): First Regulatory U.S. CO2 Cap and Trad

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  • Jasmin Aber
    please share as appropriate... thanks! ... Special Extra Program !!!!! For Lawyers and Non Lawyers Renewable Energy Resources Committee, American Bar
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17 2:47 PM
      please share as appropriate...

      >>> <donna@...> 01/13/06 4:01 PM >>>
      Special Extra Program !!!!!

      For Lawyers and Non Lawyers

      Renewable Energy Resources Committee,
      American Bar Association,
      Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

      Invite you to join a special timely Multi-Site
      National Teleconference


      "Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative:
      First Regulatory U.S. CO2 Cap and Trade Program"

      January 26, 2006

      (Seminar in NYC 12:00 -2:15 EST; teleconference

      The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is
      a cooperative effort of
      Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce
      carbon dioxide from power
      plants through a flexible, market-based
      cap-and-trade program.   After more
      than two years of concentrated effort by the
      states to design RGGI, the
      effort crossed an important threshold on December
      20, 2005, when a
      bi-partisan group of governors from seven states
      signed on to the landmark
      RGGI Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The MOU
      details the governors'
      agreement on major program design elements, and
      calls for development of a
      model rule over the first six (6) months of 2006
      to implement the program. 

      The seven states currently committed to the RGGI
      regime are Connecticut,
      Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
      York and Vermont.  Two
      states, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, actively
      participated in the design
      of RGGI and negotiation of the MOU but have not
      yet agreed to implement the
      program in their state.  Pennsylvania and
      Maryland observed the design

      The two-year effort that led to the MOU focused
      on a great number of issues
      and involved extensive stakeholder participation. 
      A myriad policy issues
      were addressed and resolved in developing the
      final program design,
      including who should be governed by its
      provisions, what base line should be
      used and how much of a reduction should be
      required over what time frame,
      how the CO2 allowances should be allocated, how
      concerns about leakage
      should be addressed, whether and when offsets
      should be allowed, whether and
      at what level price triggers should be
      established to give rise to offset
      rights,  what offsets should qualify, and how
      emissions, allowances and
      offsets would be tracked.  The teleconference
      will present experts who have
      been closely involved in the development of RGGI
      and can speak to its
      development and impact from the perspectives of
      government, the
      environmental community and the power sector.

      Expert National Panel:


      Edna Sussman, Hoguet Newman & Regal LLP (live in

      Joseph A. Siegel, Office of Regional Counsel,
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -
      Region 2 (live in NYC)


      Franz Litz, Climate Change Policy Coordinator,
      New York State Department of

                          Environmental Conservation
      (live in NYC)

      Dale Bryk, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources
      Defense Council (live in NYC)

      Peter Glaser, Troutman Sanders, LLP

      Learn About:

      * Description of the Regional Greenhouse Gas
      Initiative (RGGI) and the
                      stakeholder process
      * Design features of RGGI - who is capped at what
      level from what baseline
      * How "leakage" concerns will be addressed
      * Offsets and what price triggers have been
      determined to give rise to offset availability
      * How emissions will be tracked
      * Trading opportunities created by RGGI
      * Next steps in implementation of RGGI
      * Perspectives from the environmental and power
      sectors on RGGI
      * Is this a model for CO2 regulation in other
      states or at the federal level

                      Supporting Partners:

      Platinum  <http://www.stoel.com> Stoel Rives LLP

      Gold  <http://www.snl.com/energy/> SNL Energy

              <http://www.sterlingplanet.com/> Sterling

      Seminar in New York City

                  Location: Arnold & Porter, 399 Park
      Avenue, 34th floor, NYC
                  Time: 12:00 - 2:15 PM Eastern

      Teleconference time

                  12:15 p.m. - 2:00p.m. Eastern
                  11:15 a.m. - 1:00p.m. Central
                  10:15 a.m. - 12:00 pm. Mountain
                    9:15 a.m. -11:00a.m. Pacific

      The cost of registering on the web site is $20.00
      for all participants
      (whether attending by calling into the
      teleconference phone or attending in
      person in New York City) except government
      employees, full-time students and
      full-time faculty for whom there will be no
      charge. If you are calling in
      for the conference call, you may also be charged
      an additional fee for your
      long distance charges by your carrier.

      Continuing Education Credit:
      Attendees in New York City will be eligible for
      CLE credit from the host
      firms at no charge.

      New York State CLE credits are now available
      through the Pace Law School
      Center for Continuing Legal Education for those
      calling into the
      teleconference for a small additional fee.
      Details available on the
      registration page. With that exception, CLE
      credit is not offered for those
      who call into the teleconference. If you are
      interested in receiving CLE
      credits from other states for participating in
      the teleconference, it is up
      to you to verify if your state recognizes New
      York State CLE credits for
      teleconference participation and obtain the
      credits from your state.


      Go to:
      &p=34628> &d=3191&c=4943&p=34628

      Program materials:

      Questions about registration:
      Contact Deirdre Murphy at deirdre@... or
      (518) 432-6400 ext. 225 or
      Robyn Stewart at (518) 432-6400 ext. 221

      Questions to the panelists:
      You may start sending in questions in advance to
      Joe Siegel at siegel.joseph@...   .
      You may start sending in questions before the
      program. The earlier we get the questions
      the more likely we are to be able to respond.


      February 15, 2006 "Solar Energy: Ready for Market

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      March 15, 2006 (tentative date): "How FERC Looks
      at Renewable and
      Distributed Electricity Resources"

      April 19, 2006 "Renewables in the International
      Arena: Kyoto and Beyond"

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      Other programs will follow
      The teleconference/seminar series is organized by
      ABA Section of
      Environment, Energy, and Resources Renewable
      Energy Committee Vice Chairs
      Edna Sussman, Esq. of the New York City law firm
      of Hoguet Newman & Regal
      LLP and Robert Faron, Esq., Energy Practice
      Leader, Project Performance
      Corporation, Mclean VA.  The committee is chaired
      by Roger Feldman of
      Bingham McCutchen LLP. To offer suggestions for
      future programming or for
      more information about these programs: e-mail
      Edna Sussman at
      esussman@... or Robert Faron at


      ABA Sustainable Development,, Ecosystems and
      Climate Change Committee

      Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership

      American Council on Renewable Energy

      Energy and Environmental Committees of the
      Association of the Bar of the
      City of NY Environment, Energy and Natural
      Resources Section of the DC Bar
      Association Environmental and Energy Study

      Clean Energy States Alliance

      American Wind Energy Association

      Solar Energy Industries Association

      Combined Heat and Power Association

      National Hydropower Association

      National Hydrogen Association

      This event is produced by the Center for Economic
      and Environmental
      Partnership, Inc. in furtherance of its
      educational mission.

      Thank you,

      For CEEP Inc.

      Donna C. Denley
      Deputy Executive Director
      126 State St 3rd fl
      Albany, NY 12207
      518.432.6400 x224

      Jasmin Aber (R.A. Architect)
      Programme Coordinator Support - SC Researcher
      Institute of Urban Design and Regional Development - IURD
      University of California
      316 wurster Hall - 1870
      Berkeley, CA 94720-1870
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