Renewable Energy Seminar & Teleconference Series

Welcome to the monthly Renewable Energy Seminar and Teleconference Series brought to you by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) in collaboration with the Renewable, Alternative and Distributed Energy Resources Committee of the American Bar Association SEER Section and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

These monthly seminars provide an opportunity to network and discuss the subject matter with renewable energy lawyers, federal and state policy makers, and business experts.

The programming is open to ACORE members, ABA members, BNEF subscribers and all those involved in aspects of law, policy, business, or financing in the renewable energy or distributed generation fields.

Our Next Seminar & Teleconference

One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards: USEPA’s Carbon Reduction Strategy for Power Plants and Transportation Fuels

Wednesday, JuLy 16, 2014

On June 2nd, in a major step forward to address the risk of climate change, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released its proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, the leading source of U.S. greenhouse gasses.  The rule would reduce emissions by 30% below 2005 levels and sends a clear message about the critical role renewable energy will play in the sustainable, clean production of electricity.  

In contrast, late last year, USEPA released its proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and for the first time, lowered the RVO below the statutory mandate--and even below what the renewable liquid transportation fuel industry is capable of producing.  This proposal called into question the Administration’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector, which accounts for about one-third of the U.S. carbon load. The proposal sends a stark message of uncertainty about the role renewable liquid transportation fuels will play in a sustainable, clean transportation sector.  

Please join us for this webinar featuring discussion by leading experts on the potential effects of USEPA’s Clean Power Rule and the proposed 2014 RVOs for both the renewable electricity and renewable liquid transportation fuel sectors.  In addition, the panelists will address the legal interpretation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) upon which USEPA is basing its Clean Power Rule and 2014 final RVOs, and which is the legal basis for challenging the final RVOs.

Q & A Submission:
Q & A both on the teleconference and live at the host firm sites, will follow the speakers' presentations. Please email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Call Times:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Central
10:00 am - 11:30 am Mountain
9:00 am - 10:30 am Pacific
8:00 am - 9:30 am Alaskan

Teleconference Chairs:
Kimberly E. Diamond, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Roger D. Stark, Stoel Rives LLP
Sarah A.W. Fitts, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Legislative Update: 
Todd Foley, SVP Policy & Government Relations, ACORE

Todd Foley, SVP Policy & Government Relations, ACORE

Christopher Flavin, President Emeritus, Worldwatch Institute
Salim Morsy
, Advanced Transport Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Ernie Shea, Project Coordinator, 25x'25
Douglas W. Smith, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP