Upcoming Events

Monday, June 27, 2016

WCEE’s June Happy Hour

Join the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment for a happy hour on Monday, June 27th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Bonfire located at 1132 19th Street.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Market Failure and U.S. Nuclear Power

The Global America Business Institute (GABI) regularly hosts roundtables on nuclear energy issues. These roundtables are intimate, off-the-record discussions on the various policy, technical, and commercial aspects of nuclear power.

Lunch will be provided.  For more information, please contact alanahn@thegabi.com.

On Tuesday, June 28th, GABI is hosting a roundtable on market failures with respect to nuclear power in the United States. Although nuclear power generates about 20% of U.S. electricity and almost two-thirds of the country’s carbon-free electricity, much of the domestic fleet is under threat of premature closure because current policies and market structures do not adequately value the myriad benefits of nuclear in producing clean, reliable, and affordable energy. Deregulated electricity markets have failed to reward nuclear power for its significant advantages, and injudicious state and federal policies have further distorted the market against nuclear. As a result, nuclear power plants have struggled to remain economically viable and competitive with other energy sources, leading plant owners to prematurely and permanently shut down operable reactors.

Premature nuclear plant retirements have had a number of undesirable consequences, perhaps most notably increases in carbon emissions: California and Vermont both experienced significant carbon emissions increases because shutdown nuclear plants in those states were primarily replaced by fossil fuel generation. Moreover, U.S. nuclear shutdowns have led to losses of hundreds of skilled jobs, deleterious effects to local economies, and negative impacts on energy reliability and grid stability. Exelon’s recent announcement of early retirement of the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants in Illinois further adds to the growing sense of urgency surrounding this issue.

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Oil Pollution Act Update


This event is open to the public but you must register (there is a $50 fee for those who are not members of ELI).

  • Please REGISTER HERE by June 23. If you are unsure if you are an ELI member, contact mcmurrin@eli.org prior to registering.
  • Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering.
  • Go HERE to view ELI’s event refund policies.
  • All times noted are Eastern Time. There is no CLE for this course. Questions?: contact mcmurrin@eli.org

Russ Randle, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP (moderator)
Karen A. Mignone, Partner, Verrill Dana, LLP
Steven O’Rourke, Senior Attorney, Environmental Enforcement Section, Department of Justice
Evelyn Nackman, Associate General Counsel, Association of American Railroads
Cyn Sarthou, Executive Director, Gulf Restoration Network

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Oil Market Futures: The Policy and Politics Shaping Twenty-First Century Energy

The fall in prices has turned the oil market upside down over the past two years. The prospect of sustained low oil prices and policies designed to meet commitments in the Paris climate agreement are likely to shape the future of geopolitics, oil demand, and efforts to reform global fossil fuel subsidies.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a half-day event to discuss the changing energy landscape and its implications, with a keynote address by U.S. State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos J Hochstein, and the presentation of the “Oil Market Futures” report by Cambridge Econometrics and partners.

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‘After Coal’ Film Screening & Discussion

In an election cycled fueled by anti-establishment rhetoric, struggling coal regions have come to symbolize broader frustrations with globalization and economic trends that have left many behind throughout the United States. How do policymakers respond to the grievances of these communities and facilitate a just transition away from coal?

Join the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), and the Goethe-Institut Washington for a FREE film screening of After Coal, followed by a panel discussion on revitalizing coal communities.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Innovation to Power the Nation (and the World): Reinventing our Climate Future

Innovation is an essential component to meet the challenges of climate change. Better ways to produce, store, conserve, and transmit energy will help the U.S. and other nations meet the ambitious goals set at the United Nations climate change conference held in Paris in December 2015.

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Assessing the Evidence: Family Planning as a Contributor to Environmental Sustainability

There is a growing support within the environmental and reproductive health communities for the idea that expanding access to family planning services contributes to environmental sustainability, but how strong is the evidence? A team of researchers from around the world led by the Worldwatch Institute’s Robert Engelman has tackled this question to find out what we know for sure and where further research will be valuable.

Join us at the Wilson Center on June 29th as Engelman presents the findings of the Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA). The FPESA team has found that there is an active search for a greater understanding of the link between family planning and the environment by a diverse field of researchers, women and men from developed and developing countries alike. There is not yet a “smoking gun” that definitively proves family planning is critical for environmental sustainability, but there is mounting evidence for the link. – See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/assessing-the-evidence-family-planning-contributor-to-environmental-sustainability#sthash.C8lMPPXt.dpuf

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How Can Myanmar Avoid the Resource Curse?

Myanmar’s abundant natural resources have served as the country’s main export revenue, but have also been a primary driver of conflict in ethnic areas. The launch of Myanmar’s first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report and related findings on Myanmar’s jade mining and state-owned enterprises make a compelling case for significant reform of this sector. What should the newly elected National League for Democracy (NLD) government do to improve the governance of resource wealth in the country, and how can the international community assist?

Please join a panel of experts for a conversation on the ongoing governance challenges in Myanmar’s extractives industries sector and reform options that can contribute to sustainable, inclusive development in Myanmar. Carnegie’s Vikram Nehru will moderate.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Basics of the Clean Water Act (ELI Summer School, 2016)

Each summer, ELI convenes a complimentary seminar series that offers an introduction to the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the United States. The series is cosponsored by the D.C. Bar’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section.

Nizanna Bathersfield, Attorney Advisor, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Matthew B. Henjum, Staff Attorney, Chesapeake Legal Alliance

This event is free and open to the public but you must register so that we can plan accordingly. In-person attendance is limited.

  • Please REGISTER HERE by June 27.
  • Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering.
  • All times noted are Eastern Time. There is no CLE for this course. Questions?: contact mcmurrin@eli.org
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Measuring Energy Storage System Performance: A Government/Industry-Developed Protocol

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Storage Systems Program, through the support of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and in collaboration with many stakeholders and interested parties, developed and published a protocol (i.e., pre-standard) for measuring and expressing the performance characteristics for energy storage systems in 2012. The protocol has served as the basis for formal standards being developed by U.S. standards development organizations (SDO) and international standards through the International Electrotechnical Commission. The access to such a protocol or pre-standard by any SDO significantly reduces the time it can take to develop and process formal consensus standards. Recognizing energy storage technology development and deployment is growing at a significant rate and in response to market needs PNNL and Sandia, with the assistance of a wide range of stakeholders, have completed and published an updated version of the protocol.

In this webinar, authors of the updated protocol will present the revisions and enhancements to this document.

– Dr. Imre Gyuk, Program Manager, Energy Storage Research, Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, U.S. DOE
– David Conover, Senior Technical Advisor, PNNL
– Vilayanur, Viswanathan, Senior Engineer, PNNL
– David A. Schoenwald, Principal Member Technical Staff, Sandia

This webinar is a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is supported by the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, and is managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).

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