Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 27, 2015

DOE’s Biomass Research and Development Committee Meeting

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Committee, with the purpose of developing advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and products. The agenda is expected to include an update on USDA biomass research and development activities, an update on DOE research and development activities, an update on the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, a panel on measuring environmental indicators and assessment, a panel on economic and bioeconomy market development, and a panel on biomass resource development.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“Taxing Fracking in the Shale Era” with Barry Rabe, PhD

Join the Canada Institute for their third Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL) Policy Roundtable with Barry Rabe, PhD, to discuss the policies necessary to harness the new energy reality in North America.

As the shale boom shifts centers of oil and natural gas production in North America, severance taxes collected at the point of extraction have taken on increased importance for sub-national jurisdictions. Barry Rabe will discuss what these new sources of revenue mean for increasingly cash-strapped states and provinces and which methods appear to be the most effective from a revenue and carbon-reduction perspective.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Environmental Criminal Enforcement – Addressing Hot Topics in Environmental Law

Addressing a hot topic in environmental law, Pete Anderson, leader of Beveridge & Diamond’s White Collar and Compliance Group, will discuss the typical factors that often turn environmental violations into criminal investigations, as well as what companies can do to reduce those risks.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ACORE-KIER-GABI Renewable Energy Roundtable – Energy Storage: Current Issues and Developments

Please join ACORE, the Korea Institute of Energy Research, and the Global America Business Institute for a discussion on renewable energy storage, featuring remarks by Matt Roberts, Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association.

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Reforming Today’s Conservation and Environmental Policies for Tomorrow’s Scarcity (and Abundance)

This RFF First Wednesday Seminar will feature the release of a new report from the Breakthrough Institute, Nature Unbound: Decoupling for Conservation, and discuss several of its key themes: how humans destroy nature, how they save nature, and what this implies for conservation. Panelists will discuss the following questions:

  • What has been learned from past instances of nature-sparing technological change?
  • In which ways can technology complement other efforts to halt biodiversity loss, including protected areas and payments for ecosystem services?
  • In looking further toward the future, can we assume the continued capacity to save nature by innovation?
  • How can economists, conservationists, policymakers, and others contribute to accelerating positive trends while dealing with inevitable trade-offs?
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Monthly Networking Event for Environmental Professionals: September 2015

The Environmental Law Institute and the D.C. Bar’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section invite you to attend a free networking event.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Air Capture’s Role in Decarbonizing Global Energy Systems

This presentation will outline strategies for economically deploying air capture and discuss its role as one of the sustainable solutions to climate change. With speaker Christophe Jospe, Chief Strategist for the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE) at Arizona State University.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Kleptocracies and the Environment

The Environmental Law Institute will welcome author Sarah Chayes to discuss her recent book, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Securityin which she argues that corrupt officials are not rewarded with gifts flowing from superiors down the line, but rather subordinates make payments up the chain in exchange for a license to extract natural resources with impunity. Chayes will present her findings and get reactions from other leaders in international development and environmental policy.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

America’s Energy Future: The Impact of the Ban on Crude Oil Exports

Ongoing deliberations in the U.S. Congress over a proposed Iran deal have once again placed the spotlight on efforts to end the 40-year-old U.S. ban on exporting crude oil. Join National Journal for a forum with Democratic and Republican lawmakers to explore the building momentum around this issue.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What Will EPA’s Ozone Rule Mean for the Energy Sector?

EPA is expected to announce very soon a new standard for ground level ozone, a smog-forming pollutant. Referred to by some in industry as “the most expensive regulation ever,” the controversial rule will likely reduce the existing standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 or 70 ppb. There is significant disagreement over the likely benefits, costs and impact on public health and the economy of such a change.

Join our expert panel as they discuss the proposed standards, their impact on a dynamic energy sector and how they fit within the broader regulatory context.

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