12th Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law

12th Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law

Date and Time

  • Friday, November 6, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, November 13, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location

Zoom Webinar (registration required)

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

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Details

CLIMATE RISK AND RESILIENCE: LESSONS FROM COVID-19


This year the University of San Diego School of Law will host its Twelfth Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law. The Symposium will be virtual and will be split between two webinars (Nov. 6 & Nov. 13) on topics related to the overall theme.

Symposium webinar series Overview


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Recent wildfires, heat waves, and power outages in California have highlighted the challenges of a changing climate. And, COVID-19 has reminded us how vulnerable some modern institutions can be when confronted with a crisis: from public health to economic systems and governing structures to global supply chains. At this year’s Symposium webinar series, regulators, utility executives, scholars, and other experts will discuss lessons learned from the pandemic and how these might be applied to climate equity and regulating in times of emergency.   

The Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law is co-hosted by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.

 

  • 2020 SYMPOSIUM WEBINARS

    Webinar #1: Climate Equity

    Date: Friday, November 6, 2020
    Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

    Summary: Our panel of experts will explore a range of topics related to climate equity, including what lessons we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic

    9:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Scott Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, USD School of Law
    9:35am

    Keynote Discussion

    Kate Gordon, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
    Moderator: Timothy Duane, Professor in Residence, University of San Diego School of Law

    10:25am

    Break

    10:30am

    Panel Discussion

    • Martha Guzman Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
    • Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne, Associate Dean for Faculty and Intellectual Life, Alumni Society Designated Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
    • Deborah Behles, California Environmental Justice Alliance

    Moderator: Nilmini Silva-Send, Assistant Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, and Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego School of Law

    11:25am

    Closing Remarks

    Webinar #2: Regulation in Times of Emergency

    Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
    Time
    : 9:30 am to 11:30 am

    Summary: Regulating during a pandemic and concurrent economic downturn presents challenges. Our panelists will explore and discuss approaches to regulation in times of emergency.

    9:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Scott Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, USD School of Law
    9:35am

    Keynote/Opening Presentation

    Cliff Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
    Moderator: Scott Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law

    10:25am Break
    10:30am

    Panel Discussion

    • Victor Flatt, Dwight Olds Chair in Law, Faculty Director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center, University of Houston Law Center
    • Catherine Banet, Associate Professor, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo
    • Carla Peterman, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
    • Katy Morsony, Staff Attorney, The Utility Reform Network (TURN)

    Moderator: Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

    11:25am

    Closing Remarks

     

  • REGISTRATION INFORMATION

    Register via Eventbrite

    You may register for one or both sessions.

    • General Admission with MCLE: $25
    • General Admission without MCLE: Free
    • USD Faculty, Staff & Students: Free
  • MCLE CREDIT INFORMATION

    The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for a total 4.0 hours of general credit. Each session is approved for 2.0 hours of general credit.

  • CONTACT INFORMATION

    Please send all inquires related to this event to Climate and Energy Law Symposium Coordinator
    USD.CELS.Coordinator@gmail.com

  • PREVIOUS SYMPOSIA

    The Future of Energy in a Changing Climate

    The eleventh annual Symposium, which took place November 8, 2019, discussed how the recent wildfires and power shut-off events throughout California have highlighted the challenge of operating an electric utility in a changing climate. During the event regulators, utility executives, scholars, and other experts discussed: 

    • California’s Public Safety Power Shut-off policy
    • Wildfire cost recovery
    • Utility fire prevention programs
    • Research on future wildfire dangers
    • Utility long-term planning
    • Social equity implications 

    View agenda from the 11th Annual Climate and Energy Symposium

    Watch the webcast from the 11th Annual Climate and Energy Symposium

     

    Looking Beyond Fossil Fuels in The Trump Era

    The tenth annual Symposium, which took place on November 9, 2018, explored changes to climate and energy policy made under the Trump presidency. The discussion included Federal policy expanding fossil fuels under Trump, how these policies affect California's climate goals, and how these policies on fossil fuels affect pathways to long-term decarbonization. They Keynote Panel featured Representative Scott Peters and California Air Resources Chair Mary Nichols. In addition, agency representatives, practitioners, and legal scholars discussed these topics.

    Energy and Climate Policy Under the Current Presidential Administration, Congress, and Courts

    The ninth annual Symposium took place on November 3, 2017. The discussion included the transition from the Obama presidency to the Trump presidency marking a significant change in approaches to climate and energy policy. The current Administration has stated its intent to reverse much of the Obama era climate and energy policy and regulation. At the University of San Diego’s Ninth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, state leaders, practitioners, and legal scholars analyzed and assessed a range of related topics on three panels.

     

    The Changing Landscape of Energy and Climate Policy in the West

    The eighth annual symposium took place on November 4, 2016 and featured a keynote panel with Travis Kavulla, Commissioner of Montana Public Service Commission and President and Chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC); DeAnn (Dede) Hapner, Vice President of FERC and ISO Relations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; and Adrianna Kripke, Senior Environmental Counsel of San Diego Gas & Electric. Speakers discussed the regional expansion of the California ISO, regional climate and energy policy approaches, and the state approaches to climate and energy policy in the west.

     

    California to Paris: Linking Energy and Climate Policy at the Subnational, National, and International Levels

    The seventh annual symposium took place on November 7, 2015 and featured a keynote panel with Congressman Scott Peters (D-52) and Ken Alex, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown. Speakers discussed the legal challenges and state responses to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, the role of subnational entities, including state, provinces, and cities in international climate agreements, and expectations for the Paris Climate talks.

     

    Innovative Regulatory and Business Models in a Changing Electric Industry

    The sixth annual symposium took place on November 7, 2014 and featured a keynote panel with Jon Wellinghoff, Stoel Rives Partner and former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Jim Avery, Senior Vice President of Power Supply at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Speakers discussed options for the utility of the future, the role of distributed technologies as drivers of change, and possible regulatory models compatible with the future of the electric grid.

    California in the Spotlight: Successes and Challenges in Climate Change Law

    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.

     

    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.

    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.

     

    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.

    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.

     

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This event is open to the public

Post Contact

Climate and Energy Law Symposium Coordinator
USD.CELS.Coordinator@gmail.com