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Energy Symposium 2015

Alumni in Energy Symposium
The Trials and Triumphs of Clean power 

November 17, 2015 / 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Foley and Lardner LLP, 3000 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

Participants heard interactive discussions facilitated by key legal experts in energy, environmental law and regulation on some of the most cutting edge issues facing industry and policy makers today. A happy hour concluded the day's event.



The Vermont Law School, VLS Alumni in Energy Affinity Group, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, and the Environmental Law Institute co-sponsored the Vermont Law School’s second annual Alumni in Energy Symposium. The event contained three interactive, facilitated programs.

PANEL 1: “Will the Clean Power Plan make it through the courts?“ (10:15 AM– 11:45 AM)

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is finally here, and so are the lawsuits challenging it. This panel will discuss the ongoing litigation related to the Clean Power Plan and likely outcomes.

Moderator: Brian H. Potts JD'04, Partner, Foley & Lardner


    • David Doniger, Director, Climate & Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Dallas Burtraw, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
    • Roger Martella, Partner, Sidley & Austin (former EPA General Counsel)
    • Richard Revesz, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, NYU Law School

Lunch On Your Own (11:45 AM-1:00 PM)

PANEL 2: Solar and Other Distributed Generation – At the Crossroads? (1:00 PM-2:30 PM)

The solar and distributed generation industry is booming. But there are many challenges facing the industry. Federal tax credits are set to expire and utility commissions around the country are starting to raise the fees charged to solar installations. This panel will look holistically at the current solar industry, the ongoing legislative and regulatory debates, and discuss the future of solar.

Moderator: Kevin B. Jones, Professor of Energy Technology & Policy, Vermont Law School


    • Karin Berry, Vice President and Manager, Renewable Energy
    • Thomas Loquvam, Associate General Counsel, Arizona Public Service Corporation
    • Sean Gallagher, VP of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
    • Frank Marshall, Partner and Director of Policy and Public Affairs, FLS Energy, Inc.

Break (2:30 PM-3:00 PM)

PANEL 3: Can (And Should) The EPA Modify Its Renewable Fuel Standards? (3:00 PM– 4:30 PM)

After much debate, the EPA released its proposed renewable fuel standard in May and will make them final on November 30. Was the EPA’s decision to ease the standards a good one? Was it legal? This panel will discuss the history of the RFS, EPA’s actions, the ongoing litigation, and whether the EPA should modify the standards in future years.

Moderator: Daniel Phillips JD/MSEL'04, Founding Chairman, Vermont Law School Alumni in Energy


    • Bob Dineen, President & CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
    • Brendan Williams, Executive Vice President, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association
    • Mike McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association

CLE Credit

This event was pre-approved for up to 4.5 hours of general CLE credit from Pennsylvania, California, and Vermont. Members of the Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin Bars could also claim CLE credit for attendance, as the course was accredited by another mandatory CLE jurisdiction. The Symposium organizers provided materials for those seeking CLE credit as an individual from a state not listed here.



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