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Regional Clean Fuels Standard Stakeholder Meetings

September 26, 2011

Please see information about receiving future notices regarding RGGI and the Clean Fuels Standard below.

New York State will host two meetings for New York State stakeholders on Monday, September 26, 2011, at the Department of Environmental Conservation headquarters at 625 Broadway, Albany, Public Assembly Room 129.

A stakeholder meeting to allow agency staff to hear public comment regarding the upcoming program review for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A second, but separate, information and comment meeting regarding the economic analysis of a clean fuels program will be held on the same day and in the same room, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Although these meetings address two different programs, they will be held consecutively on the same day for the convenience of stakeholders that may be interested in both programs.

Access to DEC headquarters is restricted; participants must check in at a lobby security desk. The meetings will start promptly at 9:00 and 1:00, but as check-in and registration will take some time, please plan to arrive by 8:30 or 12:30. To facilitate check-in, please preregister for the meeting and have photo identification available when you arrive.

To preregister for either meeting, send an e-mail to Office of Climate Change and include the phrase "Will Attend 9/26" in the subject line. Please include your name and affiliation in the body of the e-mail. There will be no response to this e-mail. It is not necessary to respond if you do not plan to attend either meeting.

Please see Directions to DEC headquarters and parking information.

Webinar

Stakeholders may participate in either or both meetings by webinar. To join the webinar, go to http://www.webdialogs.com (link is in the right column of this page), click the "Join a meeting" button and enter Conference ID 58089 in the "Meeting Login" screen. On your telephone, dial 1-866-394-2346 and enter conference call code 9587140750# when prompted. Webinar participants must use the telephone call-in number; no audio signal will be transmitted over the Internet. Stakeholders may also call this conference call number to listen over the telephone without using the Webinar. Webinar participants will be able to ask questions and make comments using the webinar "chat" feature. It is not necessary to pre-register for the webinar.

If you have any questions about this meeting, send an e-mail to the Office of Climate Change and include the phrase "9/26 Question" in the subject line of your e-mail, or call Mark Lowery at 518-402-8044.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program Review

The states expected to participate in the 2012 RGGI program review have proposed a schedule for gathering analytic material and for receiving stakeholder input in preparation for the program review. Information on the regional program review, including an announcement of a regional stakeholders' meeting to be held in New York City on September 19 and information on the updated economic model results, is available at http://www.rggi.org (link is in the right column of this page.) The New York State RGGI meeting scheduled for September 26, 2011 is intended to provide New York State stakeholders with additional opportunity to provide comments relative to the program review to New York State staff. The agenda for the September 26 New York State RGGI meeting is available on the RGGI web page. Discussion at the state meeting will be based on the model results information available at http://www.rggi.org.

Economic Analysis of a Clean Fuels Program

Eleven northeastern and mid-Atlantic states have released a report on an economic analysis of a clean fuels standard (CFS, synonymous with low-carbon fuel standard or LCFS) to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels in this region. The participating states have announced a regional process, including two regional stakeholder meetings, to receive public input on the report. The report and information on the regional stakeholder process are available at http://www.nescaum.org (link is in the right column of this page.). The New York State CFS meeting scheduled for September 26 is intended to provide New York State stakeholders with additional opportunity to provide comments regarding the economic analysis of a CFS. The agenda for the New York State CFS meeting is available below.

New York State stakeholders may e-mail comments on the economic analysis of a CFS to the Office of Climate Change through October 11, 2011. Please include the words "CFS Comment" in the subject line. Comments may be embedded in the body of the e-mail or attached as Microsoft Word documents. Comments will be posted and accessible from the Regional Clean Fuels Standard web page. Comments received in other formats will be reviewed but not posted. All comments received will be forwarded to the authors of the report at NESCAUM.

Receiving Information Regarding RGGI and Clean Fuels Standard

In order to ensure that all interested New York State stakeholder receive timely information about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the clean fuels standard while reducing redundant or unwanted e-mail notices, DEC has established a separate electronic mailing list (listserv) for each of these two programs.

Individuals wishing to receive notices regarding New York State programs and opportunities related to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative must subscribe to to the New York State RGGI listserv.

Individuals wishing to receive notices regarding New York State programs and opportunities related to the clean fuels standard must Subscribe to the New York State Clean Fuel listserv.

Future notices regarding these two programs will only be sent via these electronic mailing lists.

Agenda for Clean Fuels Standard New York State Stakeholder Meeting

Monday, September 26, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Room PA-129, 625 Broadway, Albany

12:30 - Arrival and Registration

1:00 - Welcome and Introduction
Mark Lowery, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

1:15 - Opening Remarks
Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner for Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy, NYSDEC
John Williams, Director of Energy Analysis, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

1:30 - Overview of Clean Fuels Standard Economic Analysis
Michelle Manion, Climate and Energy Team Manager, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management

2:15 - Clarifying Questions

2:30 - Open Discussion

Questions for consideration:

  • Are there significant economic impacts besides those included in the analysis that would help to better characterize the full potential costs and benefits of the CFS program?
  • Does the economic analysis sufficiently capture the requisite infrastructure costs associated with supporting a significant alternative fuel vehicle fleet in the northeast/mid-Atlantic region? If not, what other investments would be necessary?
  • Based on the conclusions of the economic analysis, what are the opportunities and challenges for establishing and expanding a regional low carbon fuels industry?
  • Do you have suggestions on how to quantify the impact of CFS on the pump price of gasoline and diesel?
  • What lessons does the economic analysis offer for policy consideration?
  • What sources or methods should the states look to in developing and updating carbon intensity values for different fuel pathways?
  • Do the conclusions of the economic analysis suggest opportunities for collaboration among stakeholder groups to advance the production and distribution of low carbon fuels and alternative fuel vehicles?
  • Are there alternative programs and policies that might provide a similar level of environmental and energy benefits in the region?

4:00 - Adjournment