Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Clean Power Plan Implications for the Southeast: Policy Design Options and Economic Impacts

Date and Time
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nashville, Tennessee


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You are cordially invited to the fourth meeting of the Southeast Energy and Environmental Leadership Forum, hosted by Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. This gathering for state energy and environmental regulators in Nashville, Tennessee, January 29–30, 2015, will focus on implications of the Clean Power Plan for southeastern states.

With Clean Power Plan comments submitted, many state energy and environmental regulators across the Southeast have turned their attention to evaluating the potential consequences of various compliance pathways. January’s meeting will explore in detail the range of available state plan design options, including state plan frameworks with and without interstate coordination, as well as their potential tradeoffs.

In addition, the Nicholas Institute will present results from its economic modeling of Clean Power Plan compliance choices. Results include tradeoffs between rate- and mass-based plans and the impacts of state-by-state versus regional compliance approaches on generation options, operating costs, and other factors. Technical staff will have an opportunity to dig deeper in to the modeling assumptions and results in a breakout session with Nicholas Institute economists.

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Thursday, January 29

6:30 p.m.        DINNER
Valentino's Ristorante

Friday, January 30

7:30 a.m.        BREAKFAST

8:30–8:45       Welcome and Introductions
Tim Profeta, Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

8:45–9:00       Nicholas Institute’s Clean Power Plan Engagement in Southeast
Jonas Monast, Climate and Energy Program Director, Nicholas Institute     

9:00–10:30     Nicholas Institute’s Modeling Results
Martin Ross, Senior Research Economist, and David Hoppock, Senior Policy Associate, Nicholas Institute

10:30               BREAK

10:45–12:00    Nicholas Institute’s Modeling Results (continued)
Martin Ross and David Hoppock 

12:00               LUNCH

1:00–1:30        State Plan Design Frameworks
Jeremy Tarr, Policy Counsel, Nicholas Institute  

1:30–3:30        Breakout Sessions              

                        Straw Compliance Plans and Plan Design Tradeoffs (for regulators)
                        Jonas Monast and Jeremy Tarr   

                        In-depth Modeling Discussion (for technical staff)
                        Martin Ross

3:30–4:00        Next Steps and Closing Remarks
                        Tim Profeta
4:00                 Adjourn