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CONFERENCE: A New Era of Climate & Energy Policy

  • September 20, 2022
  • 10:00am–3:30pm ET
  • NYU Law (40 Washington Square South, NY, NY) and via Livestream

The climate and energy landscape has shifted dramatically with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the West Virginia v. EPA ruling, and other recent developments. Noted speakers from around the country discussed the state of energy policy and environmental justice in the wake of these shifts at our day-long conference during NYC Climate Week.

Watch the conference video here.

Please note that CLE credit is only available for those who participated in person or watched the conference livestream on September 20th. Credit is not available for watching the conference recording.

View the full agenda here and speaker bios here.

Speakers/panels included:

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.: Introductory remarks
Jack Lienke
, Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law

10:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Implementing the Inflation Reduction Act
Jeremiah Baumann, U.S. Department of Energy 
Emily Grubert, University of Notre Dame (formerly U.S. Department of Energy)
Michael Gergen, Latham & Watkins/NYU School of Law
Michael Kaercher, Tax Law Center (formerly House Ways and Means Committee; IRS)
Moderator: Burçin Ünel, Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law

CLE readings for Panel 1: IRA, DOE brief on IRA, Gergen interview on green banks, Rhodium group report on IRA, DOE decarbonization strategic vision plan, policy brief on IRA's climate and equity provisions

11:30 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.: Environmental Justice in the Biden Administration
Nicky Sheats, Center for the Urban Environment
Peggy Shepard, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Jalonne White-Newsome, White House Council on Environmental Quality 
Moderator: Al Huang, Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law

CLE readings for Panel 2: 1994 EJ executive order, 2021 climate executive orderIRA, EJ for All Act

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Keynote:
Willie Phillips, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
Moderator: Sarah Ladin, Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law

CLE readings for session: FERC transmission NOPR, IPI comments on FERC transmission NOPR, FERC policy statement on certifying new gas facilites, IPI report examining FERC's process for evaluating need for new gas infrastructure, FERC notice requesting comments on electric system reliability

2:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Courts, Regulation, and the Future of Climate Policy
Kirti Datla, Earthjustice
Nat Keohane, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Skye Perryman, Democracy Forward
Moderator: Michael Livermore, University of Virginia School of Law

CLE readings for Panel 3: West Virginia v EPA, Revesz op-ed on West Virginia v EPA, law review article on emergence of major questions doctrine, Revesz & Brunstein op-ed on misuse of major questions doctrine, Atlantic article on IRA



This event has been approved for New York State CLE credits. Attendees can earn credit through in person attendance or by watching the Youtube livestream. Instructions The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. NYU School of Law is an accredited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seeking CLE credit for a different state, we recommend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascertain regulations on reciprocity.

This conference confers CLE credits in the Areas of Professional Practice category. Attorneys who attended individual sessions may earn the following credit: Panel 1 = 1.5 credits; Panel 2 = 1 credit; Keynote = .5 credit; and Panel 3 = 1 credit. Attorneys who attended all four sessions may earn 5 credits.

In order to receive CLE credit, attorneys must review prewritten materials relevant to each session, and record their attendance at each session. The prewritten materials are linked above. Livestream viewers should fill out and submit this google form with your CLE code(s).

We also encourage attendees to complete a CLE evaluation form to provide feedback on the conference. Attendees who complete the CLE requirements for any session will receive a certificate of attendance for those sessions from NYU School of Law in the weeks after the conference. Should you have any questions about CLE certification, please contact Megan Abron [email protected]