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Smart Grid, Electric Power Regulation & Legal Issues (1st Annual VLS Alumni in Energy Symposium)


November 6, 2014


Washington, DC

The Vermont Law School (VLS) Institute for Energy and the Environment, VLS Alumni in Energy, and the Environmental Law Institute co-sponsored the Vermont Law School's first annual Alumni in Energy Symposium. The event contained three interactive, facilitated programs.

  1. "The Smart Grid: Fantasy or Fabulous?" addressed the legal and technology barriers to greater adoption of the smart grid, including privacy protection.
  • "The Legal Implications of EPA's Clean Power Plant Rulemaking," addressed 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.
  • "The Future of Utility Business Models to Address Renewables and Efficiency," considered 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.

This practical program offered legal instruction and provided 3 CLE credits for the legal practitioner.

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 ElectricM
Michael J. Myers, New York State Attorney General’s Office
Holly Rachel Smith, Assistant General Counsel, National Association of Regulatory Utility, Commissioners