University of San Diego School of Law Hosts 11th Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law Policymakers

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law presents its 11th Annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium on Friday, November 8, 2019. At this year’s Symposium, regulators, utility executives, scholars, and other experts will discuss how wildfires are affecting the operation of California’s electricity grid. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in USD's Mother Rosalie Hill Hall in Warren Auditorium on the west end of campus. 

“Recent wildfires and power shut off events throughout California -- and in the San Diego region -- have highlighted the challenge of operating an electric utility in a changing climate,” Scott Anders, director of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) at the law school.  “We have a great lineup of speakers, including utility executives, regulators, and energy industry experts, to help us sort through all the issues related to California’s policies to prevent and mitigate wildfires.”  

Key discussion topics include:

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

Notable speakers include:

  • Liane Randolph, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Michael Wara, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Caroline Winn, COO, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
  • Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Edison International and Southern California Edison

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider and certifies that this activity is approved for 6.5 hours of general credit.

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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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