REGULATION OF CO2 EMISSIONS FROM POWER PLANTS: FLEXIBILITY AND THE PATH FORWARD FOR COAL DEPENDENT STATES
8:30-8:40 a.m.—Welcoming Remarks
James M. Van Nostrand, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, WVU College of Law
Joyce E. McConnell, William J. Maier, Jr. Dean & Thomas R. Goodwin Professor of Law,WVU College of Law
8:40-9:10 a.m.—Keynote Address
U.S. Senator Joseph Manchin III (D-W.Va.)
9:15-10:45 a.m.—Panel 1: The Role of EPA Under Section 111(d): Alternative Regulatory Frameworks and Flexible Compliance Options.
This panel will provide an overview of the 111(d) rule-making process and the issues EPAwill likely address in the guidelines under section 111(d). This panel will also examine the options that likely will be available for achieving compliance with the rules, including emissions trading, averaging and banking, renewable energy offsets, demand side management programs, and other strategies.
James R. May, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Environmental Law Center, Widener University School of Law
Diana Esher, Director, Air Protection Division, EPA Region 3
David Flannery, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, W.Va.
Daniel Lashof, Director, Climate and Clear Air Program, Natural Resources
Gabe Pacyniak, Institute Associate, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Climate Center,
Georgetown University School of Law
10:45-11:00 a.m—Morning Break
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Panel 2: State Implementation Plans and Regulatory Flexibility: Balancing Emissions Reductions with Compliance Cost
States will have considerable flexibility in designing performance standards and implementation plans pursuant to Section 111(d). This panel will explore the role of states in developing performance standards and implementation plans and discuss policy measures that legislators, energy, air and other regulatory policy makers should consider to provide greater flexibility in designing emission reduction systems.
Franz Litz, Senior Advisor, Great Plains Institute
Richard Sedano, Principal and U.S. Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project
John Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, Kentucky
Jeff Herholdt, Director, West Virginia Division of Energy
Kathy Kinsey, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
1:15-1:45 p.m.—Lunch Keynote Address
Charles Patton, President and Chief Operating Officer, Appalachian Power Company
2:00-3:30 p.m.—Panel 3: Regulatory Flexibility under Section 111(d): Issues for CO2Emitters
Coal fired power plants—both utility-owned and merchant plants—will be disproportionately affected by the new regulations, and will be looking for flexibility in regulatory design that provides a pathway for cost-effective compliance options. This panel will explore policy design implications for the power sector.
Jonas Monast, Director, Climate & Energy Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
Paul Sotkiewicz, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Markets, PJM Interconnection LLC
Steven Corneli, Senior Vice President, NRG Energy
Aimee Curtright, Ph.D., Physical Scientist, Associate Research Department Director,
Engineering & Applied Sciences Department, RAND Corporation
James Staudt, Ph.D., Principal Owner, Andover Technology Partners
Laura M. Goldfarb, Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, W.Va.
3:30-3:45 p.m.—Afternoon Break
3:45-5:15 p.m.—Panel 4: Economies in Transition: Charting the Path Forward for Coal Dependent Regions
Regions traditionally reliant on coal mining as a primary source of economic development could be hit particularly hard by EPA’s regulations of CO2 emissions, given the likely effect on demand for coal for electricity generation. This panel will examine evolving economic and regulatory trends in the energy industry and explore strategies that might provide new economic opportunities for coal producing regions.
Alison Peck, Associate Professor, WVU College of Law and Center for Energy and Sustainable Development
Charles Fluharty, President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute
John Duffy, National Vice President, Utility Workers Union of America AFL-CIO
Jackson Morris, Senior Energy & Climate Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council
Gene Trisko, Attorney, United Mine Workers of America AFL-CIO, CLC
5:15-5:30 p.m.—Concluding Remarks
Joshua P. Fershee, Associate Professor, WVU College of Law and Center for Energy and Sustainable Development
5:30-7:00 p.m.—Reception (drinks and appetizers) sponsored by Steptoe & JohnsonPLLC