Date and Time
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium
San Diego, CA 92110
Innovative Regulatory and Business Models
in a Changing Electric Industry
Academic and policy experts will discuss the trends driving change in the electric industry and the business and regulatory responses at the University of San Diego’s Sixth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
- Symposium Overview
- Symposium Agenda
- Location & Directions
- Previous Symposia
- Contact Info
At the University of San Diego’s Sixth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, academic and policy experts will analyze and assess three core aspects of this complex issue.
First, experts will explore the topic of regulatory changes. What regulatory changes will be needed to accommodate advancing technologies and the economic realities of the future? How can we align incentives of utilities, customers, and resource developers in a way that ensures equity and does not stifle innovation? What changes are needed to the utility ratemaking process both how utilities make money and how customers are charged for the energy services they use and provide? How can we achieve environmental goals and maintain reliability?
Second, there is the need for an effective and functional utility business model. What utility business models could accommodate the projected changes? What functions and services should remain with regulated electric utilities and what functions could be provided by other entities? Are there existing examples of business models that could be applied to the changing landscape of the electric industry? What structure can meet overarching policy goals while maintaining viable utilities?
Third, Symposium speakers will address market structures. What market structures would facilitate exchange of services and value between utilities and customers? What attributes, market rules, and standards would be necessary to ensure transparency, encourage innovation, and create stability?
|8 – 8:45 a.m.||Continental Breakfast ⁄ Registration|
|8:45 – 9 a.m.||Welcome|
|9 – 10 a.m.||Keynote Panel
|10 – 10:15 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|10:15 a.m. – Noon||Panel One
The Utility of the Future
|Noon – 1:15 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:15 – 3 p.m.||Panel Two
Distributed Technologies as Drivers of Change
|3 – 3:15 p.m.||Coffee Break|
|3:15 – 5:15 p.m.||Panel Three
Regulatory Pathways Forward
|5:15 – 5:30 p.m.||Closing Remarks
Scott Anders, Director, Energy Policy initatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
|5:30 – 6:30 p.m.||Reception|
- Registration categories and fees are provided below. Registration fees includes materials, breakfast, luncheon, refreshment breaks, and symposium reception.
- San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Members receive a 25 percent discount. Please contact SDBCA for discount code before registering online.
- Student discounts are available.
- No refunds after October 27, 2014.
|General Admission||$ 100||$ 125|
|USD Law Alumni, Academic, Government, and Non-profit||50||75|
|Students and USD Faculty & Staff||20||45|
The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 7 hours of general credit.
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School of Leadership and Education Sciences (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)
Warren Auditorium, Room 116
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego CA 92110
|FROM THE NORTH||FROM THE SOUTH||FROM THE EAST|
From all directions, once you enter the west entrance:
- Proceed up the hill and follow the signs to the West Parking structure. Attendants will direct you to a parking space.
- Tram service will be available from 8 – 9 a.m. from the West Parking structure to Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, which will be the first building on your left side (across from Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice).
- The symposium will be held in Warren Auditorium, which will be down the hall on your right side in room 116.
- View Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on USD's campus map.
For attendees wishing to use mass transit, please be advised that schedules and services are limited; consulting schedules in advance is highly recommended. The most convenient hub is the Old Town Transit Center, which is served by bus, the San Diego Trolley, and the Coaster commuter train. The Old Town station is served by USD shuttle buses.
The University of San Diego’s lodging partner is Bartell Hotels. Shuttle service from Bartell Hotel’s The Dana on Mission Bay will be available to and from the symposium.
November 8, 2013
California in the Spotlight
The fifth annual Symposium, which took place on November 8, 2013, featured keynote addresses by Congressman Scott Peters and Virgil Welsh, Special Assistant to Chair Mary Nichols at the California Air Resources Board. Speakers discussed the strengths and weaknesses of California’s cap-and-trade program, the outlook for emission reductions in the transportation sector, and the promotion of low-carbon energy, particularly solar energy.
- Watch webcast from the Fifth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
- View agenda from the Fifth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
November 9, 2012:
Law in a Distributed Energy Future
The fourth annual symposium featured keynote addresses by then California Energy Commission Commissioner Carla Peterman and Ken Alex, Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and Director of the Office of Planning and Research. Speakers discussed the rules that govern the electricity grid change to incorporate distributed generation, the possibilities for generating energy at the neighborhood and community levels, and the legal and policy innovations at the federal, state and local levels needed to accommodate a distributed energy future.
- Watch webcast from the Fourth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
- View agenda from the Fourth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
April 15, 2011:
Advancing a Clean Energy Future
The third annual symposium featured a keynote address by Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Panelists discussed the role of states in renewable energy development, policies to encourage clean energy and energy efficiency, and the balance between renewable energy development and environmental concerns.
- Watch webcast from the Third Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
- View agenda from the Third Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
April 9, 2010:
Next-Generation Regulation: Instrument Choice in Climate Law
The second annual symposium featured a keynote address by Jody Freeman, Professor of Law at Harvard University and Former White House Counselor for Energy and Climate Change. Panelists discussed market mechanism and tax law options to reduce greenhouse gases and whether traditional legal and policy mechanisms are still relevant. The 2010 symposium also included a workshop on the challenges of and opportunities for siting renewable energy systems, which included a keynote presentation by former California Energy Commissioner John Geesman.
- Watch webcast from the Second Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
- View agenda from the Second Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
February 20, 2009:
Federal Preemption or State Prerogative: California in the Face of National Climate Policy
The keynote speaker was Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board. Panelists discussed whether states law and policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are preempted by federal law and ways to integrate state and federal actions.
- Watch webcast from the First Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
- View agenda from the First Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.
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