Paris, Policy, and The Grid: The Future of Transnational Energy Policy

Paris, Policy, and The Grid: The Future of Transnational Energy Policy
Friday, April 20, 2018 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

The Paris Agreement brought nearly two hundred countries together to pledge their national efforts to combat climate change. Less than two years later, the United States announced its intention to withdraw from this agreement. Please join the Center for Energy & Environmental Law and the Connecticut Journal of International Law for a symposium devoted to the international, national, and regional impacts of this new global reality on energy policy, grid stability, and renewables.

Our day will include distinguished keynote addresses from Commissioner Richard Glick of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of the World Wildlife Fund's Global Climate and Energy Practice.

Our panels will focus on the changing face of international energy policy, how national policies are adapting to the new Paris reality, and the impact on New England and the rest of the United States. Panelists are drawn from diverse perspectives and include Commissioner Robert Klee of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, international and national academics and practitioners in energy law, and industry representatives.

Our day will conclude with a networking reception.

This event is free for students, faculty, and staff; $40 for practitioners and other guests.

Eligible for Connecticut CLE credit.

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Check in and Complimentary Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:00 am

Kaitlyn Romania, Editor-in-Chief, Connecticut Journal International Law
Professor Joseph MacDougald, Professor-in-Residence and Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
Dean Timothy Fisher, University of Connecticut School of Law

9:00 am - 9:45 pm
Keynote Address

Commissioner Richard Glick, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

9:45 am - 11:00 am
U.S. Paris Withdrawal: International Implications

This panel will explore the current state of world climate negotiations and the international implications of the U.S. intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement on global energy, renewable energy, and fuel diversity.

  • Moderator: Professor Sara C. Bronin, Thomas F. Gallivan Chair of Real Property Law Faculty Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Law at the University of Connecticut Law School.
  • Panelists:
    • Professor Deepa Badrinarayana, Chapman University School of Law
    • Professor Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University; Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
    • Kevin Welsh, Executive Director for Environment & Energy, Federal Aviation Administration
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Comparative National Energy Policy

The effect of a future U.S. Paris withdrawal as seen through the lens of: China, Germany, Canada, and the U.S. How are these nations responding to the Paris Agreement and the announced U.S. withdrawal? Speakers will discuss the future prospects for renewable energy in each nation and the future role of each nation in international and continental renewable energy policy. Moderator Vincent Pace is publishing a paper on this issue, which will be included in the journal's symposium issue.

  • Moderator: Vincent Pace, Associate General Counsel at Eversource Energy; Adjunct Faculty at University of Connecticut School of Law.
  • Panelists:
    • Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and Lecturer, Stanford Law School (Discussing China)
    • Professor Kristen van de Biezenbos, University of Calgary Law School (Discussing Canada)
    • Commissioner Robert Klee, Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (Discussing the United States)
    • Professor Felix Mormann, Associate Professor of Law Texas A&M University School of Law, Faculty Fellow, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance Stanford University (Discussing Germany)
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch including speakers
12:50 pm - 1:15 pm

Professor Ángel Oquendo, George J. and Helen M. England Professor of Law, University of Connecticut Law School
Professor Peter Lindseth, Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law and Director, International Programs

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Keynote Address

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Leader of the World Wildlife Fund's Global Climate and Energy Practice

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
U.S. Grid Resiliency in a Non-Paris World

Panel will discuss the stresses placed on the electric grid —and strategies for mitigating those stresses— in the face of changes in climate, technology, cybersecurity, the integration of greater amounts of renewable energy, and other international developments.

  • Moderator: Professor Joseph MacDougald, Professor-in-Residence and Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Panelists:
    • Jennifer Schilling, Director of Grid Modernization at Eversource
    • Professor Steven Ferrey, Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School
    • Amber L. Martin, Staff Attorney at Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
    • Professor Prabhakar Singh Center for Clean Energy Engineering, University of Connecticut
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Closing Statements
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Networking Reception and Ice Cream Social

Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at at least two weeks in advance.