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CONFERENCE: Accelerating the Energy Transition

  • September 19, 2023
  • 10:00am–3:30pm
  • NYU Law (40 Washington Square South, NY, NY) and via Livestream

The Institute for Policy Integrity’s annual conference, co-hosted by the Urban Future Lab, focused on policies and programs that can help speed the shift to a clean and equitable energy future in the United States. Experts from the federal government, the private sector, and research organizations discussed such topics as technology-forcing regulations, equity in the energy transition, and efforts to spur demand for emerging technologies. 

View the full agenda here.

Read about the confernence speakers here.

View recordings of conference panels here.



10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Springboards to Emission Reductions: Recent Legislation and Regulation

  • Tomás Carbonell, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kate Larsen, Rhodium Group
  • Alejandra Nunez, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kevin Poloncarz, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Moderator: Jack Lienke, Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law

CLE readings for Panel 1: California Low-Emission Vehicle RegulationsRhodium Group report on US emissions projections post-IRA, New EPA emissions standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles, New EPA emissions standards for power plants

12:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Chicken and the Egg: Policy, Markets, and Emerging Technologies

  • Anne Finken, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Joanna Klitzke, Frontier
  • Pat Sapinsley, Urban Future Lab
  • Natalia Sharova, Air Company
  • Moderator: Derek Sylvan, Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law

CLE readings for Panel 2: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, DOE report on carbon management, DOE report on clean hydrogen, Treasury Department request for comments on clean hydrogen and clean fuel production tax credits

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Equity in the Energy Transition

  • Conrad Bolston, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Moderator: Al Huang, Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law

CLE readings for Panel 3: FERC environmental justice roundtable, CEQ Climate and Economic Justice Screening ToolExecutive Order on Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All, Inside Climate News article about how SCOTUS' affirmative action ruling will impact environmental justice

This was an affiliate event of Climate Week NYC and the UN General Assembly. 


CLE Information

This event was approved for 4.5 New York State CLE credits in the category of Areas of Professional Practice. Attorneys who attended individual sessions may earn 1.5 credits per panel. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. Attendees can earn credit through in person attendance or by watching the Youtube livestream.

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). 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.

We also encourage attendees to complete a CLE evaluation form to provide feedback on the conference.

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. Should you have any questions about CLE certification, please contact Alyssa Schiff [email protected].