Events - Future of Utility Regulation
Jennifer Weiss, Senior Policy Associate, Climate and Energy Program, will participate in a keynote plenary, "North Carolina's Clean Energy Plan: Overview and Progress," on April 22 at 9:45–10:30 a.m, as part of the NC State Energy Conference.
The State Energy Conference provides actionable insight into the business of energy, connecting technical innovation, diverse resources and industry opportunity to help drive North Carolina's regional energy economy forward with national impact. It will be held virtually April 19-22.
Kate Konschnik and Brian Murray will discuss energy and utilities as part of the "Beyond Talking Points: What’s in Store for the New Administration and Congress?" seminar series on March 5.
With the 2020 election now behind us, what can we expect next in Washington, D.C.?
Last week, an extreme cold front swept through the middle of the country, and people in Texas suffered dramatic impacts as the state’s grid was subject to blackouts.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is hosting this conference to discuss carbon pricing in states within organized wholesale electricity markets. Kate Konschnik will be among the panelists in the opening session on "Legal Considerations for State-Adopted Carbon Pricing and RTO/ISO Markets."
In this virtual event organized by the Duke University Energy Initiative, get insights from Duke experts on topics like energy access, electrification and automation of transportation, diversification of energy sources and technologies, and pursuit of decarbonization policy goals.
In 2019, nuclear energy supplied 55% of America’s carbon-free electricity but facilities are aging (and new construction's at a standstill). Radical new reactor designs could completely change the paradigm for nuclear energy & aid in decarbonization… if these innovations can successfully move from the lab to the marketplace.
Jennie Chen, Senior Counsel, Federal Energy Policy, will be a panelist at the Wholesale Markets Virtual Summit. Join public power and other thought leaders at the American Public Power Association's Wholesale Markets Summit virtual meeting to learn from each other, share perspectives and discuss where reforms are needed to RTO/ISO-operated wholesale markets and governance. This event will include a series of lively speakers and panels, and ample time for discussion and dialogue among the participants.
Jennie Chen, Senior Counsel, Federal Energy Policy, will participate in “Can FERC’s Markets and State Clean Energy Policies Work Together?”, an Electricity Dialogue Webinar from the Northwestern Center on Law, Business, and Economics at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Please note that this invitation-only webinar event is free of charge for all attendees.
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.
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.