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Document Title:Complementary Policies White Paper
Comment Period:Tuesday, 01 December 2009 through Friday, 29 January 2010
Document Description:The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Partners have recommended a comprehensive regional effort to reduce emissions of globa lwarming pollution, combining a broad cap-and-trade program with complementary policies to achieve the WCI 2020 regional emissions goal.  As part of this effort, the WCI Partner jurisdictions formed the Complementary Policies Committee to address market barriers that can limit the use of low-cost GHG emission reduction options and examine opportunities to reduce emissions from a variety of sources, including from sources not covered by the cap-and-trade program. The charge of the Committee is to recommend to the WCI Partner jurisdictions those policies which, if harmonized across multiple states and provinces both within and outside the WCI Partner jurisdictions, would help achieve the regional emissions reduction goal and assist with the transition to a low-carbon economy. Specifically, input from stakeholders is sought on:
  • The recommended evaluation criteria for complementary policies;
  • The policies recommended for further evaluation;
  • Key issues or barriers to harmonization; and
  • The benefits that may accrue to jurisdictions and businesses that operate in more than one jurisdiction if implementation is harmonized.
It is important to note that many important complementary policy initiatives are not proposed to be evaluated by the Committee because they are being fully examined and developed in other venues.  These other important policies are described briefly at the end of the draft white paper.  The Committee also realizes that there are important efforts underway that were not identified in the white paper and are seeking recommendations for additional policies to be considered.  To recommend additional policies for consideration, the committee requests that stakeholders provide:
  • A description of the policy;
  • The key issues to address or evaluate; and
  • The potential benefits
For questions regarding comment submittal:Hedia Adelsman
Posted By:Complementary Policies Committe

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Comment AuthorOrganizationDate Posted
Kenneth C. Johnson WELC (affiliate)Monday, 30 November 2009
Monday, 25 January 2010
Aaron Singer Pacific Carbon ExchangeTuesday, 26 January 2010
Jeff Cohen EOS ClimateWednesday, 27 January 2010
Christine Brinker U.S. DOE Intermountain Clean Energy Application CenterThursday, 28 January 2010
Ralph Moran BP America, IncFriday, 29 January 2010
Alcantar & Kahl Energy Producers & Users Coalition and Cogeneration Association of CaliforniaFriday, 29 January 2010
Don MacKinnon Power Workers' UnionFriday, 29 January 2010
Linda Church Ciocci and Andrew Munro National Hydropower AssociationFriday, 29 January 2010
Rich Riazzi Chelan County Public Utility DistrictFriday, 29 January 2010
CV Mathai Arizona Public ServiceFriday, 29 January 2010
Michael Murray Sempra EnergyFriday, 29 January 2010
Bob Yuhnke & Mike Salisbury Southwest Energy Efficiency ProjectSaturday, 30 January 2010
Susan Frank Western Climate Advocates Network (WeCAN)Saturday, 30 January 2010
Lily Mitchell Southern California Public Power AuthoritySaturday, 30 January 2010
WEST Associates WEST AssociatesSaturday, 30 January 2010
Lisa Hoyos constituency, laborSaturday, 30 January 2010
Catherine Reheis-Boyd WSPATuesday, 02 February 2010