Carbon Pricing in New York: On the Ropes?


Pricing of carbon emission in organized wholesale Independent System Operator (ISO)/Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) markets has been advertised as a way to harmonize state public policy objectives. The NYISO is at the forefront of this effort, with its proposal garnering significant support from many stakeholders. However reaction from consumers, and more importantly, state officials has been tepid at best. Find out why.

Presented By

Aaron Breidenbaugh
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Luthin Associates

As Director of Regulatory Affairs, Aaron represents Luthin clients Consumer Power Advocates before the NYISO stakeholder bodies, the New York Public Service Commissions and other regulatory bodies in New York, as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Aaron is deeply involved in the development of policies and programs surrounding the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision activities.

Aaron’s entire career has been involved in the process of electric industry restructuring and the promotion of competition, starting with the independent power industry, moving to the creation of the region’s Independent System Operators, development of wholesale power markets, and, most recently, advocacy for the active participation of end-users in those markets through demand response programs at the ISO and utility levels.

Prior to joining Luthin, Aaron was the Director of International Regulatory Affairs for EnerNOC, Inc. the world’s largest demand response company, where he oversaw regulatory and market development activities in Europe, and the Asia-Pacific regions. Before that he was the Program Coordinator for the New York Independent System Operator, in charge of the day-to-day operation of the NYISO’s Demand Response programs. Prior to that, Aaron was the Executive Director of the Price Responsive Load Coalition, the only trade association representing demand response interests in the Northeast. In that position, Aaron was intimately involved in the development of the demand response programs in New York and New England.

Before that, he was a strong advocate for electric industry restructuring at Automated Power Exchange, Inc. as they attempted to establish a private power pool/market in the Northeast, prior to the formation of the region’s ISO-administered power markets. The first ten years of his career was spent at the Independent Power Producers of New York, Inc., the state’s IPP trade association where he finished his term as the association’s Deputy Director and Director of Regulatory Affairs. Aaron attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, becoming a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Science (MS) in Science and Technology Studies.