What’s in Store for the Energy Sector Under the Trump Administration
During his campaign, President Donald J. Trump vowed to reverse course on a number of signature policies of President Obama, including unwinding those regulations and policy initiatives related to climate change and sparking a clean energy future. Candidate Trump suggested abolishing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, significantly curtailing initiatives related to air and water pollution, and loosening perceived restrictions on economic development. As a candidate, Mr. Trump even called for cancelling the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. In summary, candidate Trump called for reversing the energy policy goal of the Obama administration to gradually reduce fossil fuel use and increase use of renewable energy sources.
Now in the role of governing, the Trump Administration has focused on Executive Orders to review existing energy and environmental regulation with a view to streamlining or getting rid of regulatory hindrances to the coal, oil, and natural gas industries. The Trump Administration energy policy seeks to maximize the use of domestic fossil fuel resources and traditional base load sources of power. Yet many of these actions face significant domestic regulatory and legal challenges, international pressure, and market forces at odds with these goals. Furthermore, an increasingly mature low or zero carbon energy sector is creating U.S. jobs and enjoys significant support at the state and local level across the United States.
In this LIVE webcast, a panel of energy and environmental thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will discuss how the Trump Administration’s initiatives are impacting the energy sector now and key issues that stakeholders can anticipate in the next four years.
Key topics include:
- Donald Trump's "America First Energy Plan"
- Environmental Regulations: Past, Present and Future
- Executive Orders of the Trump Administration
- Key Players and Perspectives in the Trump Administration
- Risks, Pitfalls, and Legal Challenges
- Potential Outcomes of Policy Shifts on Energy Markets
- Global engagement on climate change
Maura E. Blau, Counsel
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP
- Overview of recent developments
- America First Energy Plan goals
- Paris Climate Accord/Clean Power Plan – legal status
- March 2017 Energy Independence Executive Order
Marc Chupka, Principal
The Brattle Group
- America First Energy Plan: Foundation and Perspective
- Executive Orders and Congressional Review Actions of the Trump Administration
- Policy Shifts on Energy Markets: Outcomes and Tradeoffs
Andrew C. Bell, Partner
Marten Law PLLC
- How Trump Administration policies are affecting the development of utility-scale wind and solar projects, with an emphasis on environmental/permitting regulatory change
- The solar investment tax credit and the wind production tax credit, whether they are likely to change and how a corporate tax rate reduction would affect them
- Solar panel tariffs
Who Should Attend:
- Energy and Environmental Consultants
- Renewable Energy Professionals
- State Regulatory Officials
- Energy Companies
- Oil and Gas Executives
- Corporate Counsel
- Compliance Officers
- Energy Trading Practitioners
Mr. Marc Chupka is a principal at The Brattle Group with over 25 years of public and private sector experience analyzing energy markets and regulation and assisting energy clients and counsel in a broad span of commercial analysis, regulatory proceedings, and litigation support. His recent work has focused on litigation in Clean Air Act matters, the analysis of clean energy policy design and impacts, utility integrated resource planning, electricity and fuel procurement policies, and contract evaluation and litigation.
Mr. Chupka formerly served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, and was the Associate Director for Air, Energy and Transportation at the White House Office for Environmental Policy.
Mr. Marc Chupka is a principal at The Brattle Group with over 25 years of public and private sector experience …
Andrew Bell advises clients on the permitting of large-scale energy and real estate development projects on private lands in California and on federal public lands across the western United States. He represents some of America’s largest private and publicly traded corporations before local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a daily basis.
Andrew’s practice focuses on environmental impact review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), permitting under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and California’s planning and zoning laws, incidental take authorizations under the Endangered Species Act, and compliance with other related federal and California natural resources laws. Much of Andrew’s work involves designing and implementing entitlement strategies that meet the client’s objectives in the most legally defensible manner possible.
Andrew Bell advises clients on the permitting of large-scale energy and real estate development projects on private lands in California …
Ms. Blau represents clients in matters involving environmental assessments and due diligence for complex real estate transactions and public-private partnerships, regulatory compliance under environmental statutes, air and water permitting, and contaminated site remediation and brownfield redevelopment. She has a longstanding interest and particular practice focus with respect to alternative energy, sustainable building initiatives and climate change issues, with experience encompassing solar energy and cogeneration/combined heat and power (CHP) projects. She closely follows related legislative and regulatory developments at the state, federal and global levels. Ms. Blau has degrees in environmental science and mechanical engineering as well as law, a background which enables here to understand environmental and energy related issues, building operational systems and the tools of sustainability from the technical detail perspective. She assists clients with the task of interpreting complex technical data and is able to coordinate the efforts of multidisciplinary teams to achieve project objectives.
Ms. Blau represents clients in matters involving environmental assessments and due diligence for complex real estate transactions and public-private partnerships, …
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About The Brattle Group
The Brattle Group provides consulting and expert testimony in economics, finance, and regulation to corporations, law firms, and governments around the world. We help energy and utility market participants worldwide anticipate and navigate the challenges and opportunities in changing markets and regulatory environments. Our experience spans the full spectrum of complex, high-stakes matters relating to resource planning and approvals, regulatory policy assessments, rate design, contract litigation, market conduct, performance and enforcement, financial analysis, and mergers & acquisitions.
We are distinguished by our credibility and the clarity of our insights, which arise from the stature of our experts, affiliations with leading international academics and industry specialists, and thoughtful, timely, and transparent work. To learn more, please visit brattle.com.
About Marten Law PLLC
Marten Law has built a national reputation as a leader in environmental and energy law. Our team of lawyers includes recognized authorities in alternative energy, climate change, air quality, hazardous and solid waste, water resources and water quality, fisheries, environmental review and permitting, and a host of other issues that our business and public clients confront every day. Unlike general practice firms, we focus on one practice area, so that we can be the best at it in the country. This has allowed our firm to represent clients in some of the most important energy and environmental matters nationally.
About Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis is a multi-practice law firm serving local, regional and national clients. As one of New Jersey’s leading law firms, the firm brings diverse and comprehensive expertise to the representation of both businesses and individuals. For over 100 years, the firm has earned the trust and loyalty of clients by providing sophisticated, creative and cost-effective representation through collaborative teamwork, proactive legal strategies, attention to detail and relationship-oriented service.