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The Clean Power Plan and Its Potential Impact on U.S. Energy Policy, Markets, and the Environment
  Sponsor: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (DC)  
Join UChicago's Alumni Law Society, and alumni experts from the UChicago Law School and Chicago Booth for an interdisciplinary discussion on regulating U.S. carbon emissions through the Clean Power Plan -- the biggest energy rule to date this century

Program Details:
Networking/Social Hour: 6:00pm-6:45pm 
Program Discussion:6:45pm-8:45pm
Q&A/Wrap-Up: 8:45pm

Cost: $20.00 (price includes heavy appetizers and dessert)
Current students may register free of charge.



In August 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Power Plan, a final rule aimed at reducing carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants – a rule intended to address the effects of climate change.  Backed by President Obama, this historic rule has proven somewhat controversial, however, as the EPA faces mounting litigation from several U.S. energy producers, utilities, and states.


Moreover, on February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court stayed the Clean Power Plan, preventing the rule from becoming effective until further review by the courts.

Join the University of Chicago Law School, the Alumni Law Society, the Booth School of Business, and the Energy Policy Institute for an interdisciplinary discussion of the Plan and its potential impact on traditional and clean energy producers, energy prices, and markets. 

Mark Templeton, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the University of Chicago Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, will moderate this discussion among UChicago alumni and experts about the biggest energy rule to date in the 21st century, and its potential impact on business and industry.

The panel discussion will highlight:

  • Key provisions of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the controversy surrounding this rule, including the recent stay ordered by the Supreme Court of the United States;
  • Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Taxation, and the CPP -- their differences, pros and cons, and the best solution for reducing carbon emissions;
  • The potential impact of the CPP on traditional energy markets and energy prices (if upheld);
  • The clean energy market and how the CPP could potentially catapult its growth (if upheld);
  • The impact of the judicial stay on COP21 commitments and global diplomatic relations, environmental law regulations, and future U.S. energy policies

Confirmed panelists include:

Mark Templeton,  Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the University of Chicago Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic


  • Jeanne Cohn-Connor, JD '84, Partner, Environmental Practice Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (DC) 
  • Jeffrey Knight, JD '96, Partner, Environment, Land Use, Natural Resource Practice Group, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (DC)
  • Thomas Lorenzen, JD (Harvard Law), Partner, Environmental and Natural Resources Group, Crowell and Moring LLP (DC)
  • Ed Comer, AB '71, Vice President, General Counsel, Edison Electric Institute (DC)
  • Thomas Covert, Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business and the UChicago Energy Policy Institute (EPIC)  
  • Donald Marron, Director of Economic Policy Initiatives and Institute Fellow, the Urban Institute; former Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business
  • Richard Wilson III, MBA '09, Pricing & Structuring Analyst, Constellation Energy 


Event Contact
Darrylyn Bakshi, MBA'97

Staff Liaison
Alexandria Schultz, AM'13


Event Information
Monday, Mar 21 2016 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm [ iCal ]
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
1200 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC

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Erik Landry
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