EPA's Clean Power Plan—Critical Issues to Address During the Comment Period

Thursday, June 26, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 pm EDT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its long-anticipated proposal for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The proposal seeks to create a fair and flexible regime for reducing power sector greenhouse gas emissions – one that will encourage the development of lower-emitting power sources without unduly penalizing states that currently rely heavily on coal. But the proposal punts on some important implementation questions and the sheer volume of material associated with the proposal has left many observers uncertain where to focus their attention.

This webinar – led by the former top-ranking Clean Air Act attorney for EPA Region 2 – will demystify EPA’s proposal and identify key topics that power plant owners, state governments and renewable energy developers may want to address during the proposal’s public comment period, so as to influence the content and structure of the final rule.

The webinar will cover the following key topics:
  • The EPA’s proposal – what does it require, how will it be implemented, and what are its potential impacts?
  • What does the proposal mean for state level cap-and-trade programs and state level incentives for renewables and efficiency, and what opportunities does the proposal create for project developers?
  • What aspects of the proposed rule are legally vulnerable – and are there ways for EPA to cure those vulnerabilities before finalizing the rule?
  • Where should affected parties – state governments, project developers, power plant owners – focus their attention?
About the Presenter
Jacob Hollinger is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and a member of the Firm’s energy advisory practice group. Jacob joined McDermott in August 2013 after spending nearly ten years as a government environmental enforcement attorney, including a year-and-a-half as the Acting Air Branch Chief for the EPA Region 2 law department. Jacob has both successfully sued and successfully defended EPA in connection with Clean Air Act rulemakings and has also handled many Clean Air Act implementation, enforcement and permitting matters.

About McDermott Will & Emery LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP (McDermott) is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 lawyers, McDermott has have 18 offices around the world and a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai. McDermott has over 75 years of serving a broad range of client interests. With a more than 30-year history of serving the health care industry, McDermott also has one of the United States’ largest and most prestigious Health Industry Groups.

For more information, please contact McDermott Events.

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