David Hadley, former California Assemblymember
Dan Walters, Opinion Columnist, CALmatters
Jon A. Krosnick, Director, Stanford Political Psychology Research Group
Following months of back-and-forth negotiations, the California Legislature backed an extension to the cap-and-trade program. This panel will focus on the politics of climate change and carbon pricing as elected officials from both sides of the aisle discuss the political realities of cap-and-trade across the state’s diverse landscape and how California’s approach might change following the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Rajinder Sahota, Assistant Division Chief, California Air Resources Board (CARB)
The cap-and-trade program found itself on more stable ground in 2017 with the favorable decision from the appellate court and supermajority extension. Going into the third compliance period, the California Air resources Board will give delegates a summary of the past twelve months and what is expected in the coming year.
Patrick Luckow, Principal Researcher, IHS Markit
Amendments to the cap-and-trade program and new regulations part of the legislation to extend will reshape the market. IHS Markit, parent company of OPIS, will provide delegates with its latest view of the California carbon market following the passage of AB 398 and 617.
Brian Ahearn, VP, Western Division, Canadian Fuels Association
Monique Nobert, Manager, Petrochemicals & Specialty Products, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.
Moderator: Andre Templeman, Executive Director, CMCA; Founder, Alpha Inception
With Ontario on track to link its cap-and-trade program with California and Quebec on Jan. 1, stakeholders in the three jurisdictions need to be prepared for how this might affect the supply and demand for allowances. This panel will review the first year of compliance in Ontario, how obligated industries fared, and how Canadian stakeholders are dealing with a complex patchwork of carbon pricing policies
Melissa A. Lavinson, VP, Federal Affairs and Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, PG&E Corporation
Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainabiity and Economic Development Officer, LADWP
George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas (SoCalGas)
Moderator: Lenny Hochschild, Managing Director, Evolution Markets
Utilities make up a substantial portion of the California emissions profile. This panel will focus on the perspective of utilities and how they view cap-and-trade as it works in conjunction with other policies aimed at de-carbonizing the grid.
Kent Leacock, Director Government Relations and Public Policy, Proterra Inc.
Joel Levin, Executive Director, Plug-In America
Matteo Muratori, Ph.D., Transportation and Energy Systems Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Cars and trucks contribute a huge proportion of California’s emissions and politicians are hoping to harness rapidly evolving technology to change that. This panel will focus on the transportation sector and whether the promise of EVs and future mobility solutions will live up to the hype.