There are many questions surrounding potential legal issues that would prevent smooth sailing for the implementation of California’s cap-and-trade program. Litigation from industry groups, compliance businesses and environmental groups and the recent ruling on the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) are all being closely watched as potential upsets for the program. In this session, legal experts and analysts will lead a discussion on the status of current legal issues and expectations on how they may affect the cap-and-trade program.
Tim O’Connor is the Director of Environmental Defense Fund’s California Climate and Energy Initiative in their San Francisco office. Since joining EDF in 2006, Mr. O’Connor has engaged state regulatory agencies and legislature on the implementation of AB 32 with particular focus on heavy industry and power plant emissions, alternative fuels and vehicles, and compliance instruments in cap-and-trade programs. Additionally, since 2008, Mr. O’Connor has managed EDF’s participation in both state and federal courts on issues related to climate and energy, representing EDF in its role as a party and as amicus curiae. Further, since the inception of EDF’s Energy Program in 2009, he has been active at the state CPUC and CEC on issues related to electric vehicles, energy storage, smart grid planning and technology deployment.
Prior to joining EDF, Mr. O’Connor was a senior compliance inspector at heavy industrial facilities including petroleum refineries and power plants in the San Francisco bay area. He holds a Masters of Environmental Management Degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Golden Gate University with specializations in Environmental and Public Interest Law. Mr. O’Connor also holds a QEP certification.