Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York State Public Service Commission since September 2013, set her vision for state utility policy in her keynote address at the “Utility Industry of the Future” symposium. The event was sponsored by the NYU Environmental Law Journal and NYU Environmental Law Society in collaboration with the Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law.
On February 20, Richard Kauffman presented the second installment of the Energy Policy Discussion series hosted by the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law.
In February of last year, Kauffman was appointed the first-ever Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, and since June 2013, he has also filled the role of chairman for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
On the morning of Monday, February 3, Daniel Esty wrapped up his three-year term as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). That evening, he arrived at NYU School of Law, where Professor Richard Stewart, director of the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law, welcomed him for his first post-DEEP talk.
On Wednesday, November 20th, John Rhodes, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Eli Katz, Partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and Paul Francis, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law and Trustee of NYU School of Law discussed federal and state policies and private finance mechanisms to drive down the cost of capital for renewable energy projects. The discussion covered a wide-range of policies and incentives including production and investment tax credits, accelerated depreciation, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), and NYS’ proposed Green Bank along with YieldCo and securitization structures.
Vickie Patton ’90, General Counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund and Professor Richard Stewart
On Wednesday, October 30, Vickie Patton ’90, general counsel of the Environmental Defense Fund and Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner for Air, Climate and Energy for New York State, joined Professors Richard Revesz and Richard Stewart to discuss the EPA’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
Extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy, threats of cyber-terrorism to energy infrastructure, the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the rapidly changing economics of the energy industry have called attention to the inadequacies of the U.S. electric utility industry. While the electricity industry must adapt to such changes, the future of the industry is not clear—will it reverse the deregulation of the 1990s and see the reemergence of the vertically integrated utilities, or will utilities become platforms into which different generation and energy service providers might “dock”?
On Thursday, September 26th, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Senator Tony de Brum, the Minister in Assistance to the President (equivalent to a Vice President), joined Professor Paolo Galizzi’s International Environmental Law class to talk about climate change in the Pacific and their recent work to spur greater commitments in the international climate change negotiations.