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Power Sector in the Hot Seat: Challenges, Opportunities & Goals for Reducing Carbon Emissions – Agenda

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Climate Change and the News

September 21, 2016
8:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, California

Seminar Agenda

8:00 am
Continental breakfast served
Welcome and Introductions
8:45-10:15 Energy and Climate Change: The Challenges
Catherine Wolfram, University of California, Berkley; Nate Lewis, California Institute of Technology
This panel will provide a foundation for the day’s discussions, providing an overview of trends and projections for global change, energy use and energy policy.
10:15-10:30 Break
 10:30-Noon The Goals: Limiting Emissions, Changing Behavior
James Bushnell, University of California, Davis; Margaret Taylor, Stanford University
Speakers will discuss policy and behavioral approaches for limiting emissions, including California’s cap-and-trade program and energy efficiency.
12:00-1:00 Covering Energy Policy: A Reporting Discussion
Peter Fairley, Independent Journalist; Debra Kahn, Environment & Energy Publishing
During lunch, energy reporters will share insights on how to cover the sometimes slow, sometimes breakneck pace of energy policy discussions at the local to national level.
 1:00 – 3:00 The Opportunities: Policy, Data, Technology, Markets, and Financing
Governor Bill Ritter, Center for the New Energy Economy;  Dan Reicher, Stanford University; Christopher Clack, University of Colorado, Boulder
Panelists will discuss innovations underway in government and the private sector that could serve as models for advancing clean energy.
3:00-5:00 Carrots and Sticks: What is Feasible? 
Revis James, Nuclear Energy Institute; Michelle Romero, Green for All; Rodney Boyd, Climate Policy Initiative
What financial and other incentives are needed to meaningfully limit carbon dioxide emissions, and what regulatory or other requirements might facilitate or hinder this effort? How are utilities responding to current efforts? How does this translate to jobs?
 5:00 Seminar Adjourns

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