Jon Costantino is a senior advisor in the firm's Sacramento office. For over 21 years, he provided sound strategic advice to businesses and all levels of government. While Mr. Costantino's practice has a particular focus on climate change policy, he has a wide range of experience with solid waste, energy policy, regulatory strategy and consulting, including environmental enforcement cases. He is currently a registered lobbyist with the State of California. In 2011, Mr. Costantino was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown as a member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Board is one of nine regional state agencies responsible for water quality in California. He has developed internationally followed policies and implemented programs with billion-dollar implications to California's largest industries.
Mr. Costantino is a highly sought-after source of information and opinion by mainstream and industry-specific media due to his insider agency perspective and technical expertise. He has provided live TV and radio interviews on the subject of AB 32 and climate change policies and is a recognized authority in the field of climate change regulation.
After graduating with a Civil/Environmental Engineering degree from UC Davis, Mr. Costantino began his public sector career in permitting and enforcement at a local air quality district. Prior to leaving for the private sector, he managed California's historic AB 32 climate change program out of its infancy within the California Air Resources Board's Office of Climate Change. In addition to his local engineering work and his climate protection management experience, Mr. Costantino was the lead legislative analyst at CARB, where he made technical and policy recommendations on both state and federal legislation. During his years covering California's Capitol, he has built a broad portfolio of expertise covering California's biggest industries and most powerful stakeholders, including water, agriculture, construction, energy and all aspects of transportation fuels.
- Formed and represented a Coalition of California's Small Refiners in front of the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Cap-and-Trade Regulation in regard to allowance allocation and benchmarking.
- Assisted PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) and helped navigate the California Legislature in order to secure long-term funding for advanced and transformational climate change technologies. The funds were sought from the newly created AB 32 Greenhouse Gas Fund, which is directly funded by Cap-and-Trade auction revenues.
- Represented Panoche Energy Center, a peaking power plant generator, in regulatory matters related to Legacy Contract relief under the AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Program, specifically engaging at both the CPUC and CARB regarding the allocation of Cap-and-Trade regulatory costs.
- Represented two California refiners, Phillips 66 and Paramount Petroleum, in navigating the complex and ever-changing AB 32 regulatory regime for both the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Cap-and-Trade programs. The changes were significant and will have long-term effects on the industry.
- Represented independent oil refiner Lunday-Thagard, which was facing an imminent deadline under California's Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting (MRR) program, in securing a favorable determination from CARB on an aspect of the agency's reporting requirements.
- Represented the interests of the Western Independent Refiners Association (WIRA) before CARB in connection with the board's initial adoption and implementation of the Cap-and-Trade Program. The board established and is operating the system of market-based declining annual limits on aggregate greenhouse gas emissions under legislative mandate, specifically AB 32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006).
Author, “Governor Brown’s ‘Big Ideas’ for Energy & Climate,”Energy Manager Today, January 20, 2015.
Author, “Reducing Carbon Emissions from Power Plants Goes National (but stays local),”Environmental Leader, June 16, 2014
Press Release issued on joining Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.
Authored numerous topic-specific client-focused policy articles, see Newsletters.
Co-Author, Environmental Leader – “Status of California Renewable Policy in 2011,” February 21, 2011.
Quoted in many regional and national publications, including Energy Risk Magazine, BNA Daily Environment Reporter, ClimateWire, Bloomberg.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Point Carbon, Greenwire, Platts Electric Power Daily, The Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News and Reuters. Complete list of publications.
Enviance Webinar-- AB 32’s Cap and Trade Program.
Panelist, "Proposed EPA Regulatory Changes for Power Plants, and the California Carbon Market,” California Carbon Webinar, November 7, 2013.
Moderator, "Climate Change: Planning for Change with Other State Agencies." 2013 Water Quality Coordinating Committee (WQCC) Meeting, October 24, 2013.