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FERC Technical Conference on State Mechanisms to Price Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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As announced in the Notice of Technical Conference issued in this proceeding (AD20-14) on June 17, 2020, FERC will convene a Commissioner-led technical conference in the above-referenced proceeding on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.  The conference will be held electronically.  The purpose of this conference is to discuss considerations related to state-adoption of mechanisms to price carbon dioxide emissions, commonly referred to as carbon pricing, in regions with Commission-jurisdictional organized wholesale electricity markets (i.e., regions with regional transmission organizations/independent system operators, or RTOs/ISOs).  This conference will focus on carbon pricing approaches where a state (or group of states) sets an explicit carbon price, whether through a price-based or quantity-based approach, and how that carbon price intersects with RTO/ISO-administered markets, addressing both legal and technical issues.


The link to the full notice and agenda is


The summary agenda for the day is:


Opening Remarks from Members of Congress, the Chairman and Commissioners


Panel 1: Legal Considerations for State-Adopted Carbon Pricing and RTO/ISO Markets

  • David R. Hill (Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy)
  • Kate Konschnik, Director of Climate & Energy (Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions)
  • Ari Peskoe, Director (Harvard Electricity Law Initiative)
  • Matthew E. Price, Partner (Jenner & Block LLP)
  • Prof. Jim Rossi, Judge D.L. Lansden Chair in Law (Vanderbilt University School of Law)
  • Dr. Roy Shanker (Independent Consultant)


Panel 2: Overview of Carbon Pricing Mechanisms and Interactions with RTO/ISO Markets

  • Dr. Joseph Bowring, Independent Market Monitor for PJM (Monitoring Analytics)
  • Richard J. Dewey, President and CEO (New York Independent System Operator)
  • Devin Hartman, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy (R Street Institute)
  • Arne Olson, Senior Partner (Energy and Environmental Economics, E3)
  • Gordon van Welie, President and CEO (ISO New England)
  • Prof. Frank A. Wolak, Professor of Economics (Stanford University)


Panel 3: Considerations for Market Design

Group 1

  • Dr. Anthony Giacomoni, Senior Market Strategist, Advanced Analytics (PJM Interconnection)
  • Prof. William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University)
  • Rana Mukerji, Senior Vice President, Market Structures (New York Independent System Operator)
  • Mark Rothleder, Vice President, Market Policy and Performance (California Independent System Operator)
  • Dr. Matthew White, Chief Economist (ISO New England)


Group 2

  • Clare Breidenich, Carbon and Clean Energy Committee Director (Western Power Trading Forum)
  • Travis Kavulla, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs (NRG)
  • Sherman Knight, President and Chief Commercial Officer (Competitive Power Ventures, CPV)
  • Michael B. Mager, Esq., Partner (Couch White, LLP as Counsel for Multiple Intervenors)
  • J. Arnold Quinn, Senior Director, FERC-Jurisdictional Markets (Vistra)
  • Harry Singh, Vice President (J. Aron & Company LLC)
  • Joseph Wadsworth, Regulatory Affairs and Market Policy (Vitol on behalf of Energy Trading Institute)


Closing Roundtable Discussion

  • Christopher Crane, President and CEO (Exelon Corporation)
  • Thad Hill, President and CEO (Calpine Corporation)
  • Brett Mattison, President and Chief Operating Officer (Kentucky Power)
  • Chris Parker, Executive Director (Utah Department of Commerce)
  • Paul Segal, CEO (LS Power)
  • Dena Wiggins, President and CEO (Natural Gas Supply Association, NGSA)
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Matt Chester on Sep 10, 2020

Thanks for sharing, Paul-- what are you most curious to see come out of this, or do you expect it to be lacking of surprises and more by the numbers of what we'd expect from all participants?

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