Choosing our Energy Future II

Oct 14, 2016

A Town Hall Discussion of Regulatory Scenarios and No-Regrets Strategies for Georgia

Steve O’Day will be a presenting speaker at “Choosing Our Energy Future II”, sponsored by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, on October 14.  Steve will discuss potential scenarios for federal and state regulations applicable to energy production, in light of the Supreme Court’s stay of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.  Additional speakers include Dr. Marilyn Brown of the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy, and Brenda Etheridge Brickhouse of TVA.

The Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and Emory University’s Climate@Emory are the coordinators of this Town Hall meeting to discuss Georgia’s energy future. It is scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2016, from 8:30 – 1 p.m., at All Saints’ Church, 634 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.  Coffee and lunch will be provided.

In February 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the Clean Power Plan, pending resolution of ongoing litigation. Georgia, along with many other states, has chosen to pause its efforts to develop a compliance plan while the stay is in place.  In that context, the October 14 Town Hall will explore two central questions:

  1. What regulatory scenarios lie ahead for Georgia? We will consider a range of potential scenarios, taking into account the ongoing Clean Power litigation, Supreme Court vacancy, upcoming November elections, other possible regulations, and other issues.
  2. What “no-regrets strategies” can Georgia consider as we navigate these regulatory scenarios? We will then shift into a series of small-group “café conversations” to explore how Georgia can ensure it is well prepared to thrive across a range of future scenarios.  Topics include: (1) Maximizing Innovation, Economic Development and Jobs, (2) Economic Transition Opportunities in the Event of Power Plant Closings, (3) Addressing Low-Income Energy Needs (4) Achieving Environmental Compliance (5) Adapting the Utility Business Model and (6) Ongoing State Energy Planning.

This event is a follow-up to the first “Choosing Our Energy Future” Town Hall last September.  It is intended to engage a broad range of stakeholders, including policymakers, practitioners, students, and the general public.

Registration is required, as space is limited.  Please RSVP via this link