Energy Seminar | America’s Clean Power Plan For Reducing Carbon Emissions: Rules, Challenges, and How States Are Responding

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Energy Seminars are sponsored by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy 

Dian Grueneich​, senior research scholar with the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force

Michael Wara, associate professor, Stanford Law School, research fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Faculty Fellow

Monday, October 26, 2015 | 04:30 PM – 05:20 PM | NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center | Free and Open to All

On August 3, President Obama and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Issued under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, these are the first-ever national standards addressing powerplant carbon emissions and will change the entire landscape of America’s electricity system. Professor Wara will summarize the new rules and major areas of controversy. Dian Grueneich will then discuss the challenges states face in developing compliance plans. She will also analyze the role of and uncertainties facing the use of energy efficiency for compliance.

Dian Grueneich served as a commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, developing the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and overseeing transmission planning and permitting.

Dian is currently a senior research scholar at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force at Stanford University, focusing on state and regional energy issues, particularly on regulatory policy governance and the next generation of energy efficiency. Dian currently serves on the DOE-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the NREL External Advisory Committee, and the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy Advisory Board. She also serves as a Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador and served on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee. Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Michael Wara is an expert on energy and environmental law. His research focuses on climate and electricity policy. His current scholarship lies at the intersection between environmental law, energy law, international relations, atmospheric science, and technology policy.

Wara, JD ’06, was formerly a geochemist and climate scientist and has published work on the history of the El Niño/La Niña system and its response to changing climates, especially those warmer than today. The results of his scientific research have been published in premier scientific journals, including Science and Nature. Michael joined Stanford Law in 2007 as a research fellow in environmental law and as a lecturer in law. Previously, he was an associate in Holland & Knight’s Government Practice Group, where his practice focused on climate change, land use, and environmental law. He is a research fellow at the Program in Energy and Sustainable Development in Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, a faculty fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and a center fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.

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