Energy Regulation

Third Annual Conference on Energy Regulation: Legal and Regulatory Issues, Obstacles, and Opportunities in Electricity Markets

Thursday, November 13 - Friday, November 14, 2014

The Third Annual Searle Center Conference on Energy Regulation: Legal and Regulatory Issues, Obstacles, and Opportunities in Electricity Markets is organized by David A. Dana, Kirkland & Ellis Chair, Northwestern University School of Law.

The conference will feature panels on the following topics:

  • Transmission Siting and Implementation of FERC Order 1000
  • Smart Grid Regulatory Barriers
  • Distributed Energy, On and Off Grid Legal/Economic/Political/Technical Issues
  • Legal Challenges to State Renewable Portfolio Statutes and Incorporating Renewables
  • California Market Issues with Cap-And-Trade

The conference will also feature a Keynote Address by James J. Hoecker, Senior Counsel & Energy Strategist at Husch Blackwell  and FERC Chairman from 1997 to 2001.

AGENDA

Registration

There is no registration fee for this conference, but attendance is by invitation only.  To request an invitation, please send an email message with your name, affiliation, and full contact information to:   searlecenter@law.northwestern.edut

CLE Credit

This conference has been approved for 7.5 credit hours of State of Illinois CLE credit.

Background Papers

Session One-Transmission Siting and Implementation of FERC Order 1000

The Electric Grid at a Crossroads: A Regional Approach to Siting Transmission Lines
Alexandra Klass, University of Minnesota Law School

(Mis)Understanding “Undue Discrimination”: FERC’S Misguided Effort to Extend the Boundaries of the Federal Power Act
Matthew R. McGuire, Jones Day

Session Two-Smart Grid Regulatory Barriers

Electric Power Supply Ass’n v. Federal Energy Regulatory Comm’n, No. 11-1486 (D.C. Cir. May 23, 2014)

Session Three-Distributed Energy, On and Off Grid Legal/Economic/Political/Technical Issues

Forthcoming

Session Four-Legal Challenges to State Renewable Portfolio Statutes and Incorporating Renewables

Old Statutes, New Problems
Jody Freeman, Harvard Law School
David B. Spence, McCombs School of Business and School of Law, University of Texas

The Political Barriers to a National RPS
David B. Spence, McCombs School of Business and School of Law, University of Texas

Regulation, Climate Change, and the Electric Grid
David B. Spence, McCombs School of Business and School of Law, University of Texas

Session Five-California Market Issues with Cap-And-Trade

Expecting the Unexpected: Emissions Uncertainty and Environmental Market Design (with Severin Borenstein, James Bushnell, and Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins)
Frank A. Wolak, Economics Department, Stanford University

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