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Heather Zichal to Keynote the Bipartisan Policy Center’s September 25 Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Regulation

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Washington, D.C. – President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue final greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for the existing fleet of power plants by June 2015. Understanding the mechanics of such regulations is essential for policymakers, industry and other stakeholders. To advance constructive dialogue on this complex and important topic, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Energy Project, along with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), is convening a series of workshops in the coming months.

The first workshop in the three-part series, scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, will provide an overview of the context, precedent and contours of future GHG regulation of existing power plants. Panelists will share their views on the potential form, contents and challenges of EPA guidance to states regarding performance standards that represent the “best system of emission reduction” for existing power plants, as described in section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The workshop will also offer an opportunity to explore a broad range of views on state approaches to satisfy the emission guidelines.

Register for the event here. Please check BPC’s website for more updates on this event – including speakers and the agenda – and check out a blog post on this issue by Jennifer Macedonia. Join the conversation on Twitter – @BPC_Bipartisan, #BPCenergy.


Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change

Hon. Philip Jones (WA), president, NARUC

Hon. Robert Kenney (MO), chair of NARUC’s committee on energy resources and the environment

Joseph Goffman, senior counsel to the assistant administrator, U.S. EPA

Senator Byron Dorgan (Ret.), BPC senior fellow and former senator of North Dakota

Jason Grumet, president, BPC

Ellen Anderson, senior advisor on energy and the environment to Minnesota’s governor

Vicki Arroyo, executive director, Georgetown Climate Center

Chuck D. Barlow, vice president of environmental strategy and policy, Entergy Services, Inc.

Megan Ceronsky, attorney, EDF

Steven Corneli, senior vice president, NRG Energy

Kyle Danish, partner, Van Ness Feldman

David Doniger, policy director of Climate and Clean Air Program, NRDC

Kimberly Greene, president and CEO, Southern Company Services, Inc.

G. Vinson Hellwig, chief of air quality division, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Joe Kruger, director for energy and the environment, BPC

John Lyons, assistant secretary for climate policy, Kentucky

Jennifer Macedonia, senior advisor, BPC

Melissa Lavinson, Vice President of Federal Affairs, PG&E


GHG Regulation of Existing Power Plants under the Clean Air Act: What Is It and How Will It Work?


Wednesday, September 25, 2013
12:00PM EDT – 5:00 PM EDT


Grand Hyatt
Constitution A/B
1000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Participants confirmed from industry, government, and environmental advocacy groups to provide a balanced discussion of how these policies will affect states