EPA and the Energy Industry

EPA and the Energy Industry
March 29, 2011

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Pyle Center

Webcast from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm,

Chatham House Rule* Panel Discussion for On-Site Attendees Only 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Webcast Program:  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The EPA and the Energy Industry program begins with a public webcast discussion of potential impacts of EPA regulation on the energy industry.  Various perspectives will be explored by our panel of experts:

Vincenzo Frano of Van Ness Feldman will facilite the webcast.

Vincenzo Franco’s practice focuses primarily on the area of electric power. He represents electric utilities, independent power producers, power and gas marketers, financial institutions, and investors on transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Mr. Franco regularly counsels clients on issues related to power contracts, market-based rates, mergers, sales and acquisitions of power projects, participation in organized markets, and import/export of electricity and natural gas.  Mr. Franco advises clients on their compliance with the requirements of the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act, and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)’s mandatory reliability standards.

He has represented clients in FERC proceedings, audits, and investigations, and in proceedings before the federal courts of appeals.  Mr. Franco’s pro bono activities include representation of asylum seekers and aliens before the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals.

At Van Ness Feldman, Kyle Danish advises a range of clients on environmental and energy matters, with a special focus on corporate climate strategy, emissions trading-related transactions, and regulation under the Clean Air Act.  His clients include electric generation, oil and gas, and mineral exploration companies, financial institutions, offset providers, manufacturers, industry coalitions, and think tanks.  Kyle is an adjunct faculty member at American University School of Law and George Washington University Law School.

Steve Fine is a Vice President with ICF International Environmental Markets Group.  At ICF, his work has concentrated on evaluating the economics of conventional and renewable energy resources within the context of developing environmental regulations.  This includes a number of multi-pollutant compliance planning, asset valuation, and environmental positioning assignments for electric generating companies in the US, with a focus on evaluating the impact of air, ash and water regulatory policies, and renewable portfolio standards on unit and fleet compliance, environmental capex, asset valuation, and deployment.

Kris McKinney has over thirty-three years experience as an environmental professional working in the electric utility industry and as a consultant and regulator. He has been with We Energies since 1994 and works on a variety of environmental issues as manager of environmental strategy. Kris currently is involved in developing company strategy to address environmental regulations facing electric and natural gas utilities. He also manages the company’s technology transfer activities with the Electric Power Research Institute. Kris served as the environmental lead for adding emission controls at an existing coal power plant and renewing the license of a nuclear power plant, was responsible for environmental permitting of 145 megawatts of new wind power, and supported public outreach activities for licensing two new coal power plants..

On-site Panel Discussion: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Following the webcast, Wisconsin-based experts (below) will lead an on-site panel discussion responding to the issues presented in the Webcast.  The on-site discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule*.

The on-site discussion is also available via a webcast.  Connection information will be sent on March 25 to registered participants

On-site Panelists (from left):

  • Facilitator - Merlin Raab, Renewable & Alternatives Policy Senior Consultant, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
  • Peter Tagliaenvironmental perspective
  • Dave Benforado, Executive Director at Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) – municipally-owned perspective
  • Brian Rude, Director, External Relations, Dairyland Power Cooperative – cooperative perspective with a large transmission and generation responsibility

*When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

The rule allows people to speak as individuals and to express views that may not be those of their organizations, and therefore, encourages free discussion. Speakers are free to voice their own opinions, without concern for their personal reputation or their official duties and affiliations. The Chatham House Rule resolves a boundary problem faced by many communities of practice, in that it permits acknowledgment of the community or conversation, while protecting the freedom of interaction that is necessary for the community to carry out its conversations.

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