July 13, 2020

Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.


Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • The Hawaii Supreme Court decision holding that the Public Utilities Commission improperly limited the consideration of the greenhouse gas impacts of two liquid natural gas projects
  • New lawsuits brought by Minnesota and District of Columbia against oil and gas companies alleging campaign of deception
  • Decision of the Texas Court of Appeals dismissing Exxon Mobil's petition seeking discovery against California cities and counties that are suing it in California courts for climate change damages
  • Decision of California Court of Appeal rejecting key aspects of San Diego County's appeal of decision setting aside its Climate Action Plan
  • Highlights of the 2019 IBM and the Environment Report to be released this week
  • CA passes landmark advanced Clean Trucks Rule
  • NC releases Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan
  • NV announces plan to adopt CA ZEV mandate and tailpipe emissions
  • CA Office of Planning and research has updated General Plan Guidelines to include guidance on environmental justice
  • NJ announces plans to build country’s largest offshore wind port
  • VA announces successful installation of first offshore wind farm approved by BOEM
  • NY officials unveil draft (white paper) road map for getting 70% of state power from renewables by 2030
  •  Discussion of the recent report from the House Select Committee on the climate crisis and the House transportation infrastructure legislation

Vicki Arroyo, Professor from Practice and Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Edan Dionne, Vice President, Environmental, Energy & Chemical Management Programs, IBM
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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July 13, 2020

The Energy Bar Association's Southern Chapter and the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida present a 3-panel webinar series taking place each Monday beginning June 29, 2020. Each Monday will feature a different panel to discuss the lesson and challenges of the post-pandemic energy sector.


June 29th - Webinar 1:  How have the pandemic and government responses to it affected utility financials? How are companies managing liquidity, investment and maintenance?  What is Wall Street’s perspective?

  • Gary ClarkChairman, Florida Public Service Commission (moderator)
  • Dan AschenbachPartner, AGVP Advisory
  • Beth CooperExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
  • Bill GrafPartner, Deloitte Touche in Power, Utilities and Renewables

July 6th - Webinar 2:  How has the pandemic affected customers short term and long term? How will the pandemic affect industry structure?  What types of companies will have thrived and what types will not be around anymore? Did restructured markets fare differently from vertically integrated markets?  What has happened to innovation?

  • Lisa Edgar, Levin College of Law, University of Florida (moderator)
  • Joy DittoPresident and CEO, American Public Power Association
  • Asim HaqueVice President - State and Member Services, PJM Interconnection 
  • Ted KuryDirector of Energy Studies, Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida

July 13th - Webinar 3: What are the largest regulatory challenges? How have regulators responded to the pandemic and are their lessons learned? What ratemaking systems seem to perform best? Will the pandemic change regulation for the future?

  • The Honorable Ronald Brisé, Government Affairs Practice Leader, Gunster Law, former Chair, Florida Public Service Commission (moderator)
  • Commissioner Julie Brown, Florida Public Service Commissions
  • Hon. Tony Clark, Former Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Scott HemplingPrincipal, Scott Hempling, Attorney at Law LLC