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VLS Alumni in Energy Symposium

Alumni in Energy Symposium

Smart Grid, Electric Power Regulation & Legal Issues

November 6, 2014 at Morgan Lewis, Washington, DC

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The VLS Alumni in Energy, The Vermont Law School (VLS) Institute for Energy and the Environment, and the Environmental Law Institute co-organized the Vermont Law School’s first annual Alumni in Energy Symposium. The event centered around three interactive, facilitated programs:

  1. “The Smart Grid: Fantasy or Fabulous?” will address the legal and technology barriers to greater adoption of the smart grid, including privacy protection.
  2. “The Legal Implications of EPA’s Clean Power Plant Rulemaking,” will address the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s section 111(d) rulemaking under the Clean Air Act, considered one of the most significant regulatory actions to address Greenhouse Gas emissions to date.
  3. “The Future of Utility Business Models to Address Renewables and Efficiency,” will consider implications raised in the first two panels, including how utilities can remain viable while the smart grid and renewables are implemented through the current utility regulatory structure.

Featured Speakers

    • Michael Dworkin, Director, Institute for Energy and the Environment, VLS
    • Julie Simon, Deputy Director, Division of Policy Development, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    • Kevin Jones, Deputy Director and Professor of Energy Technology and Policy, Institute for Energy and the Environment, VLS
    • Stephen Spina, Partner, Morgan Lewis
    • Pat Parenteau, Senior Counsel to Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic and Professor of Law, VLS
    • Phil Davis, Senior Manager, Demand Response/Smart Grid Resource Center, Schneider Electric
    • Michael J. Myers '93, New York State Attorney General’s Office
    • Holly Rachel Smith, Assistant General Counsel, National Association of Regulatory Utility, Commissioners
    • Francisco de la Chesnaye, Program Manager, Energy and Environmental Analysis Group, Electric Power Research Institute
    • Mike Carlson, President, Siemens Smart Grid North America
    • John Cruden, President, Environmental Law Institute



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