Last week was a very busy week with all the EPA and Energy action. Perhaps Kyle Feldsher of the Washington Examiner captured it best in this story.
While we start the Baseball playoffs tomorrow as discussed last week, I want to call you attention to another prediction where Back to the Future 2 seems to be on target. You may recall in the 1989 sequel classic, Marty McFly returns to 2015 on October 21st only to see one of the newsflashing screens (a correct prediction in itself) reporting “Cubs Win the World Series” which causes McFly to scoff. Of course, the big news in Chicago this week is that Tom Wilson, aka Biff Tannen from “Back to the Future,” drove the DeLorean to Wrigleyville last Friday morning to deliver the news in person: The Chicago Cubs are going to win the 2015 World Series. The Back to the Future Day arrives in just two weeks…
Speaking of the Cubs, my long baseball-suffering colleague Paul Nathanson (don’t feel so bad about his Blackhawks though we’ll get the that next) tells me that the national nonprofit organization focused on outdoor recreation, stewardship and education – Tread Lightly! – is hosting a special event Wednesday evening in 2168 Rayburn to celebrate its 25th anniversary. House Resources Chairman Rob Bishop will keynote.
On to Hockey Season…Wednesday the NHL season launches with two classic “Original Six” openers with Montreal taking on Toronto and the aforementioned, defending Stanley Cup Champ Chicago Blackhawks taking on the NY Rangers. Herein begins the journey through 1,230 games that will take us to the playoffs next spring. Favorites include the Hawks, Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings (who missed the playoffs last year) and the Rangers. I will add that the perennial playoff-bound Detroit Red Wings (23 straight years) have looked very good in the preseason. I also love what the Caps have done in DC, dumping the defensive-lapses of Mike Green, added scoring punch with T.J. Oshe, and more grit with former LAKing Justin Williams and Sabre veteran Derek Roy.
It will be another busy week in DC with an expected House vote on the ban on crude exports. On the Hill, Congress continues its investigation of VW, while Janet McCabe jumps over to the House Energy panel Wednesday to talk about the GHG rule. She didn’t say much of anything at Senate Environment last week even when pressured so my bet is you’ll get a major dose of the same. There will also be a good panel at Senate Energy tomorrow on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, featuring SAFE energy Co-chair and former National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair who will say it would be foolhardy to draw down the single immediate weapon we have to counteract oil supply disruptions and price spikes. Others testifying include Secretary Moniz, ClearView’s Kevin Book, CSIS’s Sarah Ladislaw and Columbia’s Jason Bordoff. Also Wednesday, House Science catches up to last week’s ozone decision looking at concerns regarding science and implementation with my colleague Jeff Holmstead as a witness.
Off the Hill in DC, EIA holds its 2015 Winter Energy Outlook Conference tomorrow at the National Press Club where they will present the outlook for heating fuel costs with the release of its October 2015 Short-Term Energy Outlook. USEA will hold its 8th Annual Energy Supply Forum on Wednesday and Thursday at the National Press Club which will highlight a range of policy and technological developments affecting U.S. energy supplies. And finally on Thursday, our friends at the American Gas Association (AGA) will unveil its winter outlook, outlining their take on the nation’s supply/demand picture and storage position; identify expectations for residential natural gas bills this winter compared to last year; and discuss a new analysis of consumer savings comparing natural gas to other fuel sources.
Thursday is National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day when fuel cell and hydrogen energy technology/ industry advocates are raising awareness of a clean energy technologies. Our friends at Air Liquide are leading producers of Hydrogen and are closely involved with a couple of projects that DOE is expected to announce. More on this later in the week.
Finally, I launch for Oklahoma on Wednesday night for SEJ’s annual conference in Sooner Nation. Of course, Thursday, we are holding our annual Bracewell reception so I look forward to seeing you if you are going to be in OK. Call with any questions.
IN THE NEWS
Corker Letter Raise State Dept Questions about Paris Climate Negotiations –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker sent a letter on September 22nd to Secretary of State John Kerry in which he asks “whether the administration plans to treat the hoped for accord as a formal treaty that would be submitted to the Senate for approval—and for the reasoning if the answer is no.” “The Sept 22 letter also asks a series of questions about the legal obligations that the pact may or may not create.” please see a copy of the letter here: “Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker is pressing the Obama administration to reveal its plans for the international climate-change accord that nations hope to reach in Paris late this year. ‘Longstanding Constitutional precedent as well as current law requires the Executive branch to engage in meaningful consultations with the Senate on the form that a significant and far-reaching international agreement such as the Paris Agreement will take,’ Corker says in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. In the letter obtained by National Journal, Corker asks whether the administration plans to treat the hoped-for accord as a formal treaty that would be submitted to the Senate for approval—and for the reasoning if the answer is no. The Sept. 22 letter also asks a series of questions about the legal obligations that the pact may or may not create. For instance, Corker asks: ‘The Paris agreement may contain both legal and political commitments, but it is my understanding that the core of the agreement will establish legal obligations. Does the Administration consider the expected Paris agreement to be an agreement that legally binds the U.S. under international law or a non-binding political document?’
Ozone Rule Released – The EPA lowered the national ozone emissions standard to 70 parts per billion on Thursday. The decision upset environmental groups that said a lower standard would better protect human health, as well as industry groups concerned about high compliance costs. Our friends at CIBO said: “The current ozone standard of 75 ppb is working even while it is still being implemented. Lowering the standards to 70 ppb as EPA is doing in the proposal could threaten American jobs by stalling progress and raising the cost of energy. Some communities are still struggling to attain the current standard. In addition, a lower standard puts unnecessary strain on smaller communities and captures a number of additional counties that will hamper manufacturing and economic opportunities, slow an already sluggish economic recovery and increase the cost of electricity disproportionately impacting the poor, less fortunate and elderly on fixed incomes, as well as small businesses struggling in a weak economy. EPA’s own data in its Air Quality Trends document shows that since 2000, CIBO members and others in industry have helped decrease ozone levels by 18%, with future projections showing the rate continuing to fall. You can see Other comments here from API, the US Chamber, NAM and AFPM.
Water Effluent Rules Set – EPA finalized its rule limiting metals emitted into waterways from steam power plants. The highly complex and technical final Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category (ELGs) sets strict technology-based effluent limitations that will force technological and operational changes at existing facilities. The power industry’s Quin Shea said “throughout the rulemaking process, EEI and its members urged EPA to set technologically feasible and cost-effective achievable limits that apply nationally to a broad range of facilities. Despite some very limited changes EPA made to the ELGs, significant implementation challenges remain that have the potential to create compliance challenges and increase customer costs. We also recommended that EPA provide reasonable compliance schedules for the ELGs that are aligned with the compliance timelines for other rulemakings, such as the recently finalized Clean Power Plan, and it appears that EPA has done so.
NRECA Says Water Rule Another Hit on Rural Energy – America’s not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperatives are deeply disappointed by new standards for handling the by-products from electric steam power plants. As local, member-owned businesses, electric co-ops and their member-owners value and deserve a healthy environment. However, the economic challenges many of our rural member-owners face underscore the importance of cost-effective regulations. NRECA and others had identified significant errors in the data the EPA used to support the proposed rule, yet the Agency appears wedded to the initial proposal. We are dismayed by the lack of rigor and by the lack of consideration given to cost, a burden that will ultimately be felt by co-op consumer-members.
Whitfield to Retire – Ed Whitfield has announced he will not run for re-lection in 2016. My colleague Scott Segal said from an energy policy perspective, Chairman Whitfield has been “a true workhorse, producing bill after bill that addressed key regulatory issues” Segal praised Whitfield for his keen understanding of the challenges in providing affordable and reliable power, and developed carefully drafted bills to promote sensible environmental policy. “He asked the tough questions of officials at the US EPA and other federal agencies,” Segal added. “By so doing, he has helped established an important record that will be of use in demonstrating the legal shortcomings of the Clean Power Plan. Segal said Whitfield has much to be proud of over his 20-plus years in Congress. Segal: “He has had an aggressive agenda, but has kept an open mind and the demeanor of a gentleman.”
HVAC Industry on Energy Legislation Approved by House Committee – The House Energy & Commerce Committee approved an overhaul of the nation’s energy laws on Wednesday. AHRI praised the Committee for moving the legislation. Prior to the mark up, the HVAC industry sent a letter to Chairman Upton and ranking member Pallone outlining their strong support for the legislation. The Letter: “The legislation goes a long way toward modernizing and protecting our energy infrastructure, while making strong advances in the use of energy efficient technology. Specifically, we are encouraged by language that would provide sensible technical corrections to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). These corrections would serve as a way to achieve our energy security goals in an equally sensible and environmentally friendly manner. The letter was signed by AHRI President Stephen Yurek , NEMA’s Kyle Pitsor, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Assn Director of Public Affairs Ryan Carroll and Rob McArver, VP of Government Relations for AHAM.
Farm Workers File Suit Against Monsanto – A farm worker and a horticultural assistant who both developed cancer after being exposed to Monsanto’s glyphosate weed killer have filed separate lawsuits against the company. In March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate – the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide – as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In a statement, renowned labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers, said of the lawsuits: “Farmers, farm workers, and other agricultural laborers have always been on the front lines of exposure to dangerous chemicals like weed killers. The recent news that glyphosate, an herbicide that has been around for decades, is a probable human carcinogen is alarming, but unfortunately not surprising.” Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs, commented that, “The use of Monsanto’s weed killer has exploded over the past two decades in conjunction with its application on glyphosate-resistant GMO crops. It’s time for the federal government to better protect the health of those exposed to harmful agricultural chemicals, specifically glyphosate. And it’s time we require mandatory GMO labeling to protect consumers’ right to know whether their food choices are contributing to the increased use of glyphosate.”
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Rep. Green FERC Clark, Other Headline Gas Forum – The North American Gas Forum will be held today, tomorrow and Wednesday in Washington at the Park Hyatt. Speakers will include FERC’s Tony Clark, Sen Heidi Heidkamp, Rep. Gene Green and More. As well, the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas will launch a report on “LNG and Coal Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions” today at 3:00 p.m. at the conference.
AU Forum Looks at Climate Governance – The American University will hold a conference this afternoon looking at climate change governance as Paris approaches. The conference aims to highlight the role of subnational initiatives, such as the Quebec-California carbon market, in global climate change governance in anticipation of the upcoming UN negotiations in Paris.
TIDES Conference to Look at New Energy, Defense Techs – The 9th annual TIDES technology demonstration on tomorrow through Friday at the National Defense University. The TIDES Technology Field Demonstration features low-cost technology solutions across eight key infrastructure areas 1) Water, 2) Power, 3)Shelter, 4) Heating/Cooling, 5) Sanitation, 6) Lighting, 7) Integrated and Combustion Cooking and 8)Information Communication Technology. This free demonstration is widely attended by the Department of Defense officials, government agencies active in domestic and international disaster response, and in post-conflict, post disaster, and impoverished situations – DHS, FEMA, State Department, Red Cross and National Defense University students from around the world. A wide array of private, for-profit and non-profit organizations attend each year. The demonstration is outside (rain or shine), independent of the power grid, and communications will be live. The theme of this year’s demo is “Building Resilience: Preparing for Natural and Man-Made Disasters.”
Winter Energy Outlook to Look at Heating Fuel Costs – EIA will hold its 2015 Winter Energy Outlook Conference tomorrow at the National Press Club. EIA will present its outlook for heating fuel costs with the release of its October 2015 Short-Term Energy Outlook. EIA Deputy Administrator Howard Gruenspecht will present the case. The WEO Conference is an annual event sponsored by EIA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and hosted by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). The agenda for the entire Winter Energy Outlook Conference can be found here.
Sen Energy to Look at SPR – Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., the Senate Energy Committee will hold a hearing to examine the potential modernization of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and related energy security issues. Witnesses include DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, former Director of National Intelligence & SAFE Commission on Energy co-chair Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Columbia’s Jason Bordoff, ClearView’s Kevin Book and CSIS National Security Program Director Sarah Ladislaw.
Forum to Look at Carbon Recycling – The U.S. Energy Association will hold a forum tomorrow at noon on carbon dioxide recycling. The forum describes progress toward CO2 recycling as a defense for global climate change and will provide an overview of the present technology, and describe a roadmap to make CO2 recycling a reality. Speakers will include Richard Masel, CEO of Dioxide Materials and 3M’s Laura Nereng.
Energy Supply Forum Set – USEA will hold its 8th Annual Energy Supply Forum on Wednesday and Thursday at the National Press Club which will highlight a range of policy and technological developments affecting U.S. energy supplies. The forum will conclude the two-day event in which USEA will partner with the World Energy Council.
Senate Environment to Look at NRC – The Senate Environment Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday looking at oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Chairman Burns and Commissioners Svinicki, Ostendorff and Baran will testify.
House Energy to Host McCabe – The House Energy & Commerce’s Energy and Power panel will host EPA’s Janet McCabe on Wednesday looking at the EPA’s CO2 Regulations for New and Existing Plants. This follows last week’s hearing featuring McCabe at the Senate Environment Committee.
RFF to Look at Arctic Energy/Climate Issues – Resources for The Future will hold a First Wednesday Seminar on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in collaboration with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment to focus on Arctic shipping and its impacts. President Obama’s recent trip to Alaska and the State Department’s GLACIER conference put a spotlight on climate change issues in the Arctic. This RFF First Wednesday Seminar will focus on understanding the science behind increased shipping and the related impacts on marine life, ecosystems, and the communities that depend on them. Speakers will include RFF’s Alan Krupnick, Lawson Brigham of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Stanford’s Jeremy Goldbogen, Nome Mayor Denise Michels and Scott Smith of the US Coast Guard.
House Armed Services Panel Focuses on Plutonium Issues – The House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic Forces will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. on plutonium and the MOX Project. Witnesses includes NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz, DOE’s John MacWilliams and Oak Ridge’s Thom Mason.
Resources Chair Bishop to Headline Outdoor Sportsman Celebration – Tread Lightly! is hosting a special event Wednesday evening in the Rayburn Gold Room (2168) to celebrate its 25th anniversary as a national nonprofit organization focused on outdoor recreation, stewardship and education. Rep. Rob Bishop, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Natural Resources will keynote, and other speakers will discuss Tread Lightly!’s history and future — including announcing an all new program to fund 25 projects in celebration of the 25th anniversary. Founded in 1990 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, Tread Lightly! promotes responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs.
DOE’s Solar Decathlon Set – The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon—America’s premier collegiate competition that challenges students from around the world to design, build and operate highly energy-efficient, solar-powered houses—will open Thursday in Irvine, California and run through Sunday in DC. Sixteen collegiate teams involving more than 2,000 students from 27 schools are deep into construction, assembling their innovative houses on or near their campuses. In less than three months, the students will transport and open those houses to the public in the Solar Decathlon village, where they’ll demonstrate just how affordable, attractive and comfortable these zero-energy homes—homes that are so efficient that a solar energy system can offset all or most of their energy consumption—have become.
Hydrogen Fuel Day Set for Oct 8 – In recognition of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technology, industry advocates are celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day Thursday to help raise awareness of a clean energy technology that is here now. October 8th was chosen as a reference to the of the atomic weight of Hydrogen, 1.008. Our friends at Air Liquide will be joining with DOE in several projects that Are expected to be announced. More on this later in the week.
AGA to Discuss Winter Outlook for Gas – On Thursday morning, our friends at the American Gas Association will unveil its winter outlook. AGA experts will outline the nation’s supply/demand picture and storage position; identify expectations for residential natural gas bills this winter compared to last year; and discuss a new analysis of consumer savings comparing natural gas to other fuel sources. Direct use of natural gas in homes and businesses, and how it may influence actions taken within the EPA Clean Power Plan and proposed regulations by the U.S. Department of Energy will also be discussed.
House Energy Panel Continues VW Investigation – As part of its ongoing investigation into Volkswagen’s emissions issues, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold has a hearing Thursday looking at initial key questions. Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn and the Environmental Protection Agency are scheduled to testify as the subcommittee investigates Volkswagen’s alleged efforts to circumvent emissions requirements for certain models of diesel engine passenger vehicles. Members are working to understand the facts and circumstances surrounding Volkswagen’s reported Clean Air Act violations and what they mean for consumers and the general public.
AU Hosting Forum On Climate Engineering – On Thursday at 3:30 p.m. American University’s School of International Studies Global Environmental Politics will be hosting a lecture on climate engineering research and why we should not be doing it.
Forum to Look at Climate Views in Canada, US – The Canada Institute and Wilson Center will host a discussion on Tuesday October 13th to look at Canadian and American attitudes toward climate change, featuring findings from the Fall 2015 round of ongoing survey work in both nations. Key themes will include public views on whether climate change is occurring, response to a range of possible policy options across levels of government, and reaction to Pope Francis’ recent engagement on the issue. The U.S. side of this work will include an early look at how Americans want their states to respond to the new Clean Power Plan.
CSIS to Host IEA Enviro Head – On Wednesday October 14th , the CSIS Energy and National Security Program is host Philippe Benoit, Head of the Energy Efficiency and Environment Division at the International Energy Agency to present the IEA’s Energy Efficiency Market Report 2015. The annual report, now in its third year, confirms the position of energy efficiency as the “first fuel” in the IEA’s largest economies. It also evaluates the global energy efficiency market to understand the role of energy efficiency in the energy system. This year’s report provides insights into energy efficiency investments and impacts, which, as the main driver to decarbonize the energy sector, have taken on increased importance in the lead-up to COP-21. The 2015 report includes an update on market outlooks for energy efficiency and is published alongside IEA medium-term reports forecasting market trends and developments concerning primary energy sources for global markets: oil, coal, gas and renewables.
Holmstead, Others Experts to Discuss GHG Rule at DC Bar Event – On October 14th at 12:30 p.m., the D.C. Bar will hold a forum in its Conference Center looking the EPA’s GHG Rule. The brown bag was rescheduled due to the Papal visit in September. It is sponsored by the Air Quality Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment and will feature a panel of experts will offer perspectives on the final rule, including state compliance options and the nature and timing of legal challenges. The panelists will be: David Doniger, Director, Climate & Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Lisa Heinzerling, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, and Jeff Holmstead, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani. All three of our speakers have previously served in high-level posts at EPA and have spent most of their careers shaping carbon pollution policy.
Smart Grid Conference Set – On October 14th and 15th, the 2nd Annual National Summit on Smart Grid & Climate Change will bring together policymakers, utilities, technology companies, and a wide variety of environmental and energy stakeholders to address the role of smart grid technologies and practices in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The Summit will establish an understanding as to how smart grid can be an essential part of any climate action planning, whether in response to government emission restrictions like EPA’s Clean Power Plan or efforts to increase resiliency to prepare for various climate change events and scenarios. Speakers will include Energy Secretary Moniz, OMB’s Ali Zaidi, Arizona Public Service SVP Jeff Guldner and NREL’s Bryan Hannegan.
Newsmaker to Look at Automated Driving – The National Press Club will hold a Newsmaker on October 14th at 10:00 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room to present an analytical look at the reasons for developing an autonomous transportation economy—laying out the status of the technology today, the policies needed to develop autonomous transportation so that we achieve a safer, more convenient, more efficient, and a more affordable mobility system, and how transportation as we know it will be revolutionized over the coming decade. Executives from Domino’s, GM and security experts are all expected to be part of the panel.
JHU Forum Look s at EPA GHG Rule – On Wednesday, October 14th at 5:00 p.m., Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS will hold a forum on the EPA’s GHG Rule.
Energy Forum Looks at GHG Rule – ICF holds another Energy and Environment breakfast on October 15th at 8:00 a.m. at the National Press Club. Bill Bumpers of Baker Botts and Kyle Danish of Van Ness Feldman will present the pros and cons, and handicap whether the EPA’s GHG Rue for Power plants needs to be modified or revamped at its core to pass legal muster.
White House to Hold Refrigerants Meeting – Approaching the one-year anniversary of a landmark agreement on reducing refrigerants use, the White House will hold a follow up event for stakeholders that participated in the agreement on October 15th. At a White House event last September AHRI head Steve Yurek announced the nation’s HVACR industry will invest $5 billion in research and development funds over the next decade to develop the next generation of refrigerants and the air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in which they will be used. Next week’s event, sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will highlight the private sector progress in developing alternatives to high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.
GP Bush, Fox to Headline Border Energy Forum – The Border Energy Forum will be held on October 14 – 16th in San Diego, California and will feature Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush as its Keynote Speaker. For more than 20 years, the Border Energy Forum has worked to increase regional development of clean energy projects, promote cross-border energy trade, and advance technologies and innovative solutions for sustainable resource management. Other speakers will include former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Forum Addresses Japan Electricity Markets – On Thursday morning October 15th, there will be a breakfast seminar in the Reagan Center’s Polaris Room focused on existing opportunities for U.S. companies interested in participating in the electricity market reforms in Japan. Japan is liberalizing its $60 billion electrical power market, giving new entrants access to the power grid. Liberalization of the retail market will begin in April 2016, spurring demand for new technologies and solutions.
RFF Discussion Features Nordhaus – On Thursday, October 15th at 9:00 a.m., Resources for the Future will host a Policy Leadership Forum featuring a conversation with Bob Nordhaus. Nordhaus is one of the most respected figures in US energy policy circles. He played a central role in drafting two of the pillars of current US climate efforts: Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the legal underpinning of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. RFF’s conversation will feature Nordhaus and RFF President Phil Sharp, also a key figure in the creation of these two legislative cornerstones, as they discuss the evolution of US climate policy and its future prospects.
Panel to Focus on 10 years of RFS – On Friday at 10:30 a.m., the Economic Studies program at Brookings will convene an expert panel to discuss the effect of the RFS on prices for both fuels and food, whether the RFS is having an impact on greenhouse gas emissions, and if the statutory levels for future years are realistic or if they need to be revised further. Speakers will include CBO’s Terry Dinan, MIT’s Chris Knittel, Princeton’s Tim Searchinger and Iowa State’s Bruce Babcock.
EIA Administrator to Discuss Winter Fuels Outlook – The National Capital Area Chapter of the US Assn for Energy Economics will host Adam Sieminski, Administrator of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Friday at October 16th at Noon at Carmine’s Restaurant. Sieminski will be discussing EIA’s annual Winter Fuels Outlook and sharing insights into EIA’s updated data collection and analysis.
BPC to Hold Little Rock GHG Workshop – The Bipartisan Policy Center and Great Plains Institute will hold another one-day workshop on October 19th in Little Rock Arkansas to discuss implementation options for EPA’s GHG rules for power plants in the Midcontinent region. The workshop will feature a keynote address by Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Colette D. Honorable. Other confirmed speakers include WPPI Energy’s Andy Kellen, Scott Weaver of American Electric Power, EDF’s Nicholas Bianco, PJM’s Paul Sotkiewicz, Roxanne Brown of the United Steelworkers and Nathaniel Baer of the Iowa Environmental Council. States and stakeholders in the region have been working to evaluate the policy options available to states for inclusion in state plans. In the Midcontinent region, state officials have been active in the Midcontinent States Environmental and Energy Regulators (MSEER) group, with support from experts at the Bipartisan Policy Center and Great Plains Institute. In addition, the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative, convened by the Great Plains Institute, brings a subset of states and stakeholders together to explore and engage on these policy issues. This workshop will gather states, stakeholders, and experts, including those participating in MSEER and the Power Sector Collaborative, to explore policy pathways for achieving compliance under the final Clean Power Plan as well as opportunities and challenges for multi-state collaboration.
Rogers, Goffman Headline New Energy Summit – The 2015 New Energy Summit will be held on October 19th and 20th looking at the growth of the renewable energy marketplace. The agenda includes keynote guests, presentations and thought-provoking, informative discussions about the latest trends in deal origination and finance, risk evaluation, regulatory developments and common practices. Speakers will include former Duke CEO Jim Rogers and EPA’s Joe Goffman.
Cato to Hold UN Climate Conference Forum – The Cato Institute will hold a day-long forum on October 30th in its Hayek Auditorium to hear distinguished climate scientists and legal experts assess the issues sure to drive the debate before, during, and after the Paris UN Climate meeting. Speakers will include John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Georgia Tech’s Judy Curry and Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon on a panel about science. MIT professor and prominent climate skeptic Richard Lindzen will be the luncheon speaker. In the afternoon, there will be a legal panel featuring Peter Glaser and Andrew Grossman and a policy panel that will include Harlan Watson, Former Chief Climate Negotiator in the George W. Bush administration and Paul “Chip” Knappenberger, who is Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Science at Cato.
Energy Summit Set for Houston – The Energy Summit Series which will take place on November 1-3 at the JW Marriott Houston. The event will be co-located Transmission & Distribution and Distribution Technology & Innovation Summits.
REFF West to Focus on Key Renewable Financing Issues – The 8th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West (REFF-West) 2015 will be held at the Four Seasons in San Francisco, CA on November 5th and 6th. With a focus on renewable energy development in the Western U.S., REFF-West will highlight financing trends in renewable power, energy storage, system integration, and transportation; review important developments in Western power market expansion and in the role of the emerging corporate customer market segment; and discuss renewable energy’s role in smarter resource use and response to the Western water crisis.