September 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
America/New York Timezone
Theater Room, Billings Farm
The Joint Fiscal Office (JFO) has finalized a contract for independent professional assistance to
complete a study of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont, per Act 11 of 2018.
That contract is with Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, nonprofit research institution
whose mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decision making through
impartial economic research and policy engagement. RFF has decades of experience delivering
solutions to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance a reliable and clean
Two public forums are scheduled to gain an understanding of Vermonters’ interests and concerns
regarding policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont. RFF will use the information
from these public forums to help inform their study. The general public is invited to participate in
these two public forums. The Forums are scheduled from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and details are as
Wednesday September 26, Room 11,Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT.
Thursday, September 27, Theater room, Billings Farm, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT.
Please RSVP here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XF98YTJ
RFF will examine 4 decarbonization policy approaches and will provide qualitative analysis for
other options to reduce carbon. Currently, the plan is to investigate the following policy scenarios:
1. Carbon fee-and-rebate, as in H.791 or S.284 (2018) – The ESSEX Plan;
2. Expanding cap-and-trade if Vermont joined the Western Climate Initiative (WCI);
3. Expanding cap-and-trade if the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) covered
transportation fuels as considered in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI); and
4. A carbon pricing policy based on further research and input from stakeholders.
People attending the forum are asked to address the following questions:
A. What do you think are two or three things that a study of policies to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions in Vermont ought to take into consideration, in order to be helpful in answering
your questions and in advancing the climate and energy policy dialogue in Vermont?
B. Starting by considering the policy approaches listed above, which approaches do you think
RFF ought to focus on?
RFF will be represented by Marc Hafstead and Wesley Look. They will attend both public forums
and will be available to answer questions about the study, as appropriate, during the times outlined
For those unable to attend, please feel free to email comments by September 28, 2018 to