A CLEAN FUEL SECTOR FOR THE NORTHEAST AND MID-ATLANTIC
POLICY OPTIONS &IMMEDIATE ACTIONS TO REDUCE TRANSPORTATION EMISSIONS
February 13, 2013 Workshop Agenda
10:15 Thinking Big Picture: National LCFS Design
This panel will discuss the role of a national LCFS and how such a policy would reduce emissions, commit to stable and domestic energy sources, and lead the nation to a clean transportation economy. Topics will include the basics of an LCFS design – how parties are regulated, emissions are counted, and trading programs work – and how fuel supply and demand will respond to an LCFS.
- Sonia Yeh, Research Scientist, University of California – Davis
- Madhu Khanna, Professor, University of Illinois
- Jonathan Rubin, Professor, University of Maine
12:00pm Learning from Doing: Lessons from California
The California LCFS is a groundbreaking policy that will inform the development of regional or national clean fuel standards. Sonia Yeh will discuss the economics, design framework, and implementation of California’s LCFS.
1:30 Pathways toward a Northeast & Mid-Atlantic CFS
This panel will look at regional CFS designs and their unique needs, including potential design elements of a Northeast & Mid-Atlantic CFS, how to harmonize programs and prevent leakage, and the economics of a CFS.
- Carol Lee Rawn, Director of Transportation, Ceres
- Matt Solomon, Transportation Program Manager, NESCAUM
2:30 Complementary Solutions: Progress beyond a CFS
State utility commissions can take steps now to better align rate structures to integrate electric vehicles more efficiently. States can also bolster tax incentives to spur demand for clean vehicles. Smart policy design and implementation, ranging from local through international levels, can move biofuels markets to cleaner, lower carbon transportation that protect the environment and the food system. This panel will discuss how these complementary policies can drive a lower carbon transportation sector.
- Jeremy Martin, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Luke Tonachel, Senior Vehicles Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Abigail Walker Anthony, Rhode Island Director, ENE
4:00 Workshop Closing
Franz Litz, Executive Director, Pace Energy & Climate Center
A summary of the recommended proposals that comprise a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard
A review of the design elements and market mechanisms that make up the structure of a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard and promote national energy security
A closer look at the economics and emissions benefits of a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard, with an emphasis on biofuels policies
Sonia Yeh reviews the conditions that precipitated the creation of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and highlights the short-term results since the policy's implementation
Carol Lee Rawn underscores the need for a clean fuel standard and highlights the business interests that intersect with a low carbon transportation policy
NESCAUM's Matt Solomon review's the organization's economic analysis of a regional Clean Fuel Standard and introduces a new tool that enables tracking of fuels' carbon intensities.
Luke Tonachel: Expanding the Electric Vehicle Market through Utility Policies and Consumer Financing
An exploration of improved utility regulation to enhance EV market penetration and the benefits of incorporating fuel efficiency into loan structures
Abigail Anthony identifies incentives to reduce EVs high upfront costs and illustrates the benefits of clean fuel technologies