Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Spring 2013 Seminar Series: Alexandra Klass

Date and Time
Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Dalia Patino-Echeverri


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University of Minnesota Law Professor Alexandra Klass will present on "Interstate Transmission Challenges for Renewable Energy: A Federalism Mismatch." 

It is impossible to talk about developing renewable energy resources in the United States without also talking about electric transmission infrastructure. This talk will discuss current challenges to siting new, interstate electric transmission infrastructure to facilitate the growth of renewable energy. It will focus on recent legal and policy developments at the federal, state and regional levels with a specific emphasis on states with significant wind energy potential west of the Mississippi River. The talk is based on two research papers: "Interstate Transmission Challenges for Renewable Energy" and "Takings and Transmission."