Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Summit on Smart Grid & Climate Change

The 2nd Annual National Summit on Smart Grid & Climate Change will bring together policymakers, utilities, technology companies, and a wide variety of environmental and energy stakeholders to address the role of smart grid technologies and practices in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The Summit will aim to establish an understanding as to how smart grid can be an essential part of any climate action planning, whether in response to government emission restrictions (e.g. EPA’s Clean Power Plan or to increase resiliency to prepare for various climate change events and scenarios (e.g. severe weather events like Superstorm Sandy).

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Climate Change Opinions in the United States & Canada

The Canada Institute will host a discussion on Canadian and American attitudes toward climate change, featuring findings from the Fall 2015 round of ongoing survey work in both nations. Key themes will include public views on whether climate change is occurring, response to a range of possible policy options across levels of government, and reaction to Pope Francis’ recent engagement on the issue. The U.S. side of this work will include an early look at how Americans want their states to respond to the new Clean Power Plan.

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Preparing for Extreme Weather: Saving Lives and Taxpayer Money

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing about the bipartisan PREPARE Act, which seeks to improve our nation’s ability to withstand and recover from the impacts of extreme weather and reduce the financial impact on taxpayers.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Clean Power Plan Final Rule: Path to a Low-Carbon Future or EPA Overreach Destined for the Dustbin?

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its final regulations setting the first limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants. Experts will offer perspectives on the final rule, including state compliance options and the nature and timing of legal challenges.

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IEA’s Energy Efficiency Market Report 2015

The CSIS Energy and National Security Program is pleased to host Philippe Benoit, Head of the Energy Efficiency and Environment Division at the International Energy Agency to present the IEA’s Energy Efficiency Market Report 2015.

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DC People’s Climate Movement Action

The D.C. branch of the People’s Climate Movement will hold a rally beginning outside the L Street headquarters of the American Petroleum Institute and culminating at City Hall. The rally plans to “show what climate injustice looks like” and “lift up and celebrate the work of local leaders fighting for climate justice here in DC through art, music and spoken word.”

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SAIS Energy Forum – The EPA’s Green Power Plan

The EPA recently published a final rule setting national standards on greenhouse gas emissions from electric  power plants.  States must prepare and submit plans on how they will meet the new standards.

This effort is a key element of the Obama Administration’s climate policy.  But the plan faces opposition from Republicans and many businesses.

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Monthly Networking Event for Environmental Professionals

The Environmental Law Institute and the D.C. Bar’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section invite you to attend a free networking event. Light appetizers will be included; other refreshments are at your own expense.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Will the Clean Power Plan Stand Up to Legal Scrutiny?

In this Energy and Environment breakfast, ICF welcomes two of the most prominent attorneys in the country who deal with this question—Bill Bumpers of Baker Botts and Kyle Danish of Van Ness Feldman—to present the pros and cons, and handicap whether the CPP needs to be modified or revamped at its core to pass legal muster.

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Electricity Market Reform in Japan – Exploring Opportunities for U.S. Businesses

Japan is liberalizing its $60 billion electrical power market, giving new entrants access to the power grid. Liberalization of the retail market will begin in April 2016, spurring demand for new technologies and solutions.

This Breakfast Seminar aims to provide information on the existing opportunities for U.S. companies interested in participating in the electricity market reforms in Japan.

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