Moderator: Robert Nordhaus, Professor Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School, Van Ness Feldman LLP
Albert Lin, Professor of Law, UC Davis Law School
Frank Lindh, General Counsel, California Public Utilities Commission; Adjunct Law Professor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law
Carl Zichella, Director for Western Transmission, Natural Resources Defense Council
Scott Wilensky, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Xcel Energy
View presentation materials: law.gwu.edu/News/2012-2013Events/Documents/Sustainable%20Energy%20Conference%20PDFs/Albert%20Lin.pdf
Laying the Foundation for a Sustainable Energy Future: Legal and Policy Challenges
The 2013 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Conference
Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 & 11, 2013
Co-Sponsors: The George Washington University Law School, Husch Blackwell LLP, The Environmental Law Institute, and The Constellation Energy Foundation
This conference – the first of an anticipated series of such meetings exploring the evolution of the U.S. energy networks between now and 2030 – invited thought leaders to focus on the capital deployment, technology development, and public policy changes that are critically needed to produce a more sustainable energy supply system by 2030. Most importantly, the program was designed, not to generate a "want list" of legal and technological improvements, but to confront the difficult overlap between environmental, energy, national defense, and societal benefit concerns where key decisions must be made in light of highly sensitive trade-offs and accommodations. The program explored how we might design an improved energy system that is “built to last” and serves the broadest array of public interests – reliability, security, cost, minimal harm to the physical environment, human safety, competition and ease of market entry, technological innovation, equitable burden sharing, regard for intergenerational impacts –while minimizing regional conflicts and short-term “stimulus and response” policies.
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