Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Workshop on EPA’s Proposed CAA Section 111(d) Rules

Date and Time
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
DC Conference Center, The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (and via teleconference)


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EPA has just released arguably the most important set of proposed rules in its efforts to restrain greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources: regulation of existing and modified fossil fuel power plants under Clean Air Act Section 111(d).

The proposals have broad implications for the economy and the environment, pose challenges for harmonizing federal and state action on both environmental and energy fronts, and set the stage for regulation of other sectors under Section 111(d). As a result, it is critical to understand the scope, implications, and nuances of the proposed rules.

Timed to take place during EPA's comment period, the Workshop features top experts from government, industry, nonprofits, and academia who will explore practical and legal implications of this significant regulatory undertaking. Join top experts at an event that takes a "deep dive" into these rules in an interactive format, co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Environmental Law Institute. This workshop is open to the public but registration and a fee payment is required.


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8:30 - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:05 am Welcome
John Cruden, Environmental Law Institute
9:05 - 9:30 am Section 111(d): A Historical Perspective
Robert R. Nordhaus, Van Ness Feldman LLP
9:30 - 11:15 am Defining the "Best System of Emission Reduction" under Section 111(d)
Lorie J. Schmidt, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dallas Burtraw, Resources for the Future
Megan Ceronsky, Environmental Defense Fund 
Franz Litz, Litz Energy Strategies, LLC
Allison Wood, Hunton & Williams LLP
11:15 - 11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm State Choices: Flexibility and Limits
Tim Profeta, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
S. William Becker, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
Steve Corneli, NRG Energy, Inc. (invited)
David K. Paylor, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality(invited)
12:30 - 1:30 pm Luncheon Keynote
Joseph Goffman, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1:30 - 2:30 pm Regional Coordination: Considering the Alternatives
Gabe Pacyniak, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown Law
Kathy M. Kinsey, Maryland Department of the Environment (invited)
Myra Reece, Bureau Chief at South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (invited)
Paul M. Sotkiewicz, PJM Interconnection
2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 3:45 pm Legal Ramifications and Litigation
Thomas A. Lorenzen, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
Avi Garbow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (invited)
Michael B. Gerrard, Columbia Law School  (invited)
Anne Idsal, Texas Council on Environmental Quality (invited)
Roger R. Martella, Jr., Sidley Austin LLP
3:45 - 4:45 pm 111(d) in Context: Broader Energy and Policy Implications
Jonas Monast, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
Joseph Aldy, Harvard University (invited)
Emily Fisher, Edison Electric Institute
Judith Greenwald, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
Sheila Slocum Hollis, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
4:45 pm

Wrap Up