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Join the Great Plains Institute and the Nicholas Institute at Duke University in Lexington, Kentuckyon June 12, 2019, as we present an expert workshop for states and stakeholders to discuss important issues in the PJM region in 2019.  

PJM is a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of electricity through all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  

The workshop will feature discussions on important issues facing the region: 

  • ambitious state environmental goals 
  • hot topics from a carbon pricing proposal in the PJM region 
  • federal regulations such as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) rule 
  • utility, state, and federal perspectives on PJM market rules and their interaction with state initiatives such as Zero Emission Credits and Renewable Portfolio Standards 

We are excited to share the speakers and topics that will be discussed at the event (detailed agenda with times available here).

Keynote Address—Utility Perspective on Energy and Environmental Issues

Dr. Talina Mathews, Commissioner, Kentucky Public Service Commission


Panel:  Environmental Goals for States

Many states with new administrations have set ambitious environmental goals, including a number in PJM. The panel will discuss these goals and plans to achieve them.

Moderator:  Kate Konschnik, Nicholas Institute
Mike Dowd,  Director of Air & Renewable Energy Division, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Sam Robinson, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Tom Wolf
Chris Hoagland, Economist, Maryland Department of the Environment


Conversation on Affordable Clean Energy Rule and other air/energy issues, with leadership from NARUC and NACAA

There are many issues facing state regulators, from federal regulations, to rollback of environmental regulations, to regional transmission rules. This session will be a conversation to learn perspectives of individuals who head up large groups of state regulators.

Moderator:  Doug Scott, Great Plains Institute
Miles Keogh, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
Greg White, Executive Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners


Keynote Address—PJM Market Rules and State Initiatives

PJM has been attempting to address the impact on their market caused by state initiatives such as ZECs, causing some dispute between states and PJM. Mr. Peskoe will summarize the state of the law, options for harmonizing PJM markets and state policies, and the repercussions of failing to do so.

Ari Peskoe, Director, Electricity Law Initiative, Harvard Law School


Panel: PJM Market Rules and State Initiatives

This diverse and experienced panel will look at a variety of issues facing states, RTOs and FERC, with a focus on carbon pricing and relations between states and RTOs around the country, particularly on resource adequacy matters.

Moderator: Jennie Chen, Nicholas Institute
Mason Emnett, Vice President, Competitive Market Policy, Exelon
Asim Haque, Executive Director, Strategic Policy and External Affairs, PJM Interconnection
Rob Gramlich, President, Grid Strategies
Ruth Ann Price, Deputy Public Advocate, Delaware


There is no cost to attend this workshop; however, registration is required. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today.  


Register Here


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