SOURCE: American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education

American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education

March 06, 2014 10:15 ET

ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols to Give Keynote Address at ALI CLE's Climate Regulation Program Focusing on Clean Air Act & California's AB32

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - March 06, 2014) - American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) is pleased to announce its upcoming program, Navigating Climate Regulation on Dual Tracks: The Promises and Pitfalls of AB32 and the Clean Air Act, that will take place on March 14 at UCLA's Robin and Albert Carnesale Commons in Los Angeles, California.

Marked by a unique collaboration among UCLA School of Law, the Environmental Law Institute, and ALI CLE, this practitioners' workshop features a special keynote address by Mary Nichols, Chairperson of California Air Resources Board. Nichols has led the groundbreaking efforts of the California Air Resources Board to reduce state greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels through, among other things, development of a cap-and-trade program.

Regulation of greenhouse gases is advancing in the U.S., with the most prominent efforts underway on at least two separate tracks: in California, with AB32 and related legislation; and on the federal level, with regulations under the Clean Air Act. This continuing legal education workshop highlights recent legal developments in both areas and investigates how this system of dual regulation will unfold.

Led by co-planning chairs Robert Wyman, from Latham & Watkins LLP, and Cara Horowitz, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Executive Director of UCLA School of Law's Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, this program brings perspectives from regulated industry, government, advocacy, academia, and California's emerging carbon market.

Delving into one of the most developed state climate systems in the country, the California panel will focus on key issues and developments in California's effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. "We will discuss the state's updated AB32 scoping plan; the development of California's cap-and-trade program and allowance market, including its new linkage with Quebec; the ongoing development of other regulatory mechanisms, including the recently-upheld Low Carbon Fuel Standard; and paths forward to a post-2020 climate regime," says Horowitz.

The federal panel will tackle some of the most challenging design elements of EPA's emerging Clean Air Act 111(d) program for electric generating units. Co-planning chair Robert Wyman explains, "Our esteemed faculty will answer some of the most essential questions for practitioners including: (1) To what extent will EPA allow states to select different control strategies?; (2) Can EPA set performance expectations only based on reduction opportunities 'inside the fenceline' or can it require states to achieve reductions from renewable investments or end-use energy efficiency?; (3) Can EPA require sources to switch fuels or to co-fire with natural gas or biomass?; (4) What are the potential effects of different state programs on regional power markets?; and (5) What opportunities will EPA's 111(d) program create, if any, for the next international agreement?"

ALI CLE is offering a 50% discount off of tuition for government and non-profit employees. To obtain further information about the workshop or to register, click here.

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