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The Current Spring 2016
The Current
Spring 2016

Early 2016 has been a dynamic time for the Clean Power Plan (CPP). When we first set out in January to explore the CPP in The Current, the path forward for the plan had a bit more clarity than it does today, following the stay of the rules by the Supreme Court in February. The articles we've included--drawing insights from WCEE members with expertise in this area and covering recent WCEE events on the topic--aim to shed light on the current status, developments to expect in the coming months and potential domestic and international implications.

- Cathryn Courtin, Managing Editor


Woman of the Year Lisa Murkowski:
Every U.S. Family Deserves Light, Power, Water

By Toyah Barigye


Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her insights on the importance of clean energy for women with attendees at the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment 35th annual gala. At the March 9 event, after she was honored as Woman of the Year in Energy and the Environment, Murkowski spoke to the importance of energy from a practical and personal level.


Post-Paris Implementation After an Eventful February
By Fatima Maria Ahmad

The adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 decisively capped off what was, for the second year in a row, the hottest year on record. Last August, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the final Clean Power Plan (CPP), which would reduce power plant emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.


The Clean Power Plan and the Future of Biomass
By Mary Fay

Recent discussions of EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) have focused on whether it will be upheld. Yet even if the CPP goes into effect, it remains uncertain how this regulation may affect America’s energy landscape and fuel portfolio. Specifically, the potential for biomass energy to be utilized as a renewable, low-carbon alternative to coal under the CPP is unclear.


Women in Leadership: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
By Cathryn Courtin

Administrator Gina McCarthy (center) with members of the WCEE Board and Career Building Committee. Photo courtesy of EPA.

One month after returning from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy reflected on the outcomes to an attentive audience of over 90 WCEE members. Administrator McCarthy spoke optimistically of the commitments made in Paris and the United States’ leadership in that process, largely enabled by the U.S. path to emissions reductions through the Clean Power Plan (CPP). She emphasized, however, that the Paris agreement marks only the start of a long road ahead towards implementation, and actions at the individual, community, state and industry levels will significantly affect the nation’s ability to meet its targets.


The Supreme Court Stays Implementation of Clean Power Plan, Surprising the Energy Community
By Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari

In an unexpected decision, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) stayed the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) hears the case on June 2, 2016. Until then, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot require states to meet the requirements of the CPP until various lawsuits brought by states and industry groups are reviewed by the D.C. Circuit.


Legal Perspectives on the CPP: Q&A with WCEE Member Emily Fisher, EEI
By Cathryn Courtin

Emily Fisher is Deputy General Counsel, Energy & Climate, at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). EEI is the trade association for investor-owned electric utilities. Emily has worked at EEI for almost eight years, largely focusing on climate and air regulations that affect electric utilities. Before coming to EEI, Emily was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and had represented clients on energy matters before FERC and the SEC. Emily has been a WCEE member since 2012.


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The Current Team

Marketing and Communications Section Chair:
Pat Courtney Strong

Executive Editor:
Pat Courtney Strong

Managing Editors:
Alexandra Campbell Ferrari, Cathryn Courtin and Teresa Wilson

Marketing and Communication Section Members:

Molly Bauch, Cathryn Courtin, Tenley Dalstrom, Mary Fay, Alexandra Campbell Ferrari, Meghan Gross, Katie Key, Anne Lagomarcino, Kyra McLardie, Patricia McMurray, Nadia Merdassi, Teresa Wilson


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Angel Sponsors

Booz Allen Hamilton
PG&E Corporation

Sustaining Sponsors

Berkeley Research Group LLC
Bracewell LLP
ClearView Energy Partners LLC
Customized Energy Solutions
Edison Electric Institute
Electric Power Supply Association
Hogan Lovells LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
ITC Holdings
K & L Gates LLP
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Van Ness Feldman LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

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Beveridge & Diamond PC
ClearView Energy Partners LLC
Healy Law Offices
Husch Blackwell LLP
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