Events @ Duke Archive
The electric power sector is facing major operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Traditional fossil-fuel fired electric power plants have taken extraordinary steps to maintain staff availability in the shadow of contagion. Still, in late March, the EPA suspended enforcement of much of its air and water discharge requirements for electric power facilities unable to comply due to COVID-19-related staffing concerns. At the same time, distributed energy saw over 15% of its workforce furloughed, and new installations slowed or stopped, due to stay-at-home orders.
Registration is open to participate in "Energy Access through a Gender Lens: A workshop to chart a research agenda to inform policy," coordinated by the Energy Access Project at Duke University. The virtual workshop will explore the impacts of energy poverty and the solutions to addressing it through the lens of gender.
Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund: How the Supreme Court’s Ruling Affects Regulation Under the Clean Water Act
In this webinar, three current and former Duke Law School faculty members—Michelle Nowlin, Steve Roady, and Shannon Arata—discussed the U.S. Supreme Court's recent opinion in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, which found that the Clean Water Act prohibits indirect discharges of pollutants that are the "functional equivalent" of direct discharges.
Jennie Chen, Senior Counsel for Federal Energy Policy, will participate in "Grid Modernization: Infrastructure for the Future," an online panel that will focus on the changes needed to construct a modern electric grid. There are significant edge-of-grid challenges that require updated infrastructure to allow for wind and other renewable energy across North Carolina and beyond. How can electric distribution between rural to urban locations be addressed? Our existing grid does not allow for robust renewable capacity.
As the school year comes to a close, the Nicholas Institute is hosting a virtual social hour for Duke students. Join Institute professionals to chat about advice for starting a career in environmental or energy policy, how to search for a job or internship, or anything else that is on your mind.
POSTPONED — Too Big to Ignore: How Climate Change Threatens Financial Stability and the Implications for Financial Markets Regulation and Innovation
While there has been longstanding interest in how financial markets affect climate change, the effects of climate change on financial markets—particularly financial stability— have received comparatively little attention. The risk of climate change to financial stability is fast becoming too big to ignore. Cross-nationally, central banks are increasingly incorporating climate change—and its potential threats to financial stability—into their prudential agendas, while market regulators are beginning to explore various climate-driven risks.
In this virtual session, Kate Konschnik, director of the Nicholas Institute's Climate and Energy Program, will describe the overlapping environmental authorities of U.S. federal agencies and how these institutions work together (or don’t) on far-reaching challenges, as well as unforeseen disasters
Kay Jowers, senior policy associate in the Nicholas Institute's State Policy Program, and Chris Timmins, professor in the Department of Economics, will explore avenues for working with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and communities to support and resource progress toward environmental justice.