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EEI-ABA-ELI Climate Conference- GHG Emissions Regulations for the Power Sector
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Thursday, January 30, 2014
Edison Electric Institute
701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20004-2696 UNITED STATES
  • When: Thursday, January 30, 8:30 am - 4:15 pm Eastern Time

    Where: Venable, 575 7th St NW, Washington DC 20004

    Registration is closed.


    Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and the American Bar Association

    In June, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan aimed at reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. The agenda’s centerpiece is using Section 111 of the Clean Air Act to reduce both new and existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions with a goal of implementing regulations before the end of his term in office. The legal issues inherent in undertaking this task are extremely complex with significant economic, environmental, and social implications. And the timetable laid out by the President is extremely ambitious.

    This day-long conference brings together top experts in the field of energy and environmental law to discuss the legal hurdles and possibilities as well as the real-world ramifications of using Section 111 to address power plant greenhouse gas emissions.  Discussion leaders will focus on the legal uncertainties EPA and power producers will face as well as the day-to-day implications these regulations and the regulatory uncertainty will have for power producers, users, and state regulators as this new regulatory regime is constructed.  In a wrap up session, panelists will discuss relevant legislative history and review likely legal arguments to be made in response to and in support of proposed GHG rules for the power sector.

  • 8:30 am           Registration & Continental Breakfast


    9:00 am           Welcome


    9:15 am           Setting the Scene:  GHG Regulations for Electric Generating Units under CAA Section 111 – The Statutory Framework and the EPA Process

    Kevin Culligan, Associate Division Director, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


    10:00 am         Section 111(b):  GHG Regulations for New Electric Generating Units


    Alex Bond, Director, Air Quality, National Mining Association (moderator)

    Shannon Broome, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman

    Jonas Monast, Nicholas Institute, Duke University

    Dr. Karen Obenshain, Director, Fuels, Technology & Commercial Policy, Edison Electric Institute


    10:45 am         Break


    11:00 am         Section 111(d):  Part 1 – Defining the Best System of Emission Reduction

    Roger Martella, Jr., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP (moderator)

    Jane Montgomery, Partner, Schiff Hardin

    Conrad Schneider, Advocacy Director, Clean Air Task Force

    Robert McKinstry, Partner, Ballard Spahr


    12:15 pm         Lunch


    12:30 pm         Luncheon address:  The Supreme Court and Environmental Regulations for the Power Sector

                                  Richard Lazarus, Harvard University Law School


    1:30 pm           Section 111(d):  Part II – Compliance Flexibility and the States

    Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center


    Craig Segall, Staff Counsel, California Air Resources Board

    Tom Peterson, President & CEO, Center for Climate Strategies

    Vince Brisini, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


    2:45 pm           Break


    3:00 pm           Wrap Up:  Section 111(d) – Legislative History and Other Litigation Issues

    Emily Fisher, Associate General Counsel, Energy & Environment, Edison Electric Institute (moderator)

                                        Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund

    Chuck Knauss, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman

                                             Robert Meyers, Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring


    4:15 pm             Close