Utilities and regulators face an increasingly complex task when responding to the changing power generation mix. They must consider the impact of market rules, legislation, reliability, resilience, cost and environmental issues, just to name a few.

With that in mind, it’s vital to gather the key players, stakeholders, and thought leaders in this sector to discuss issues and generate solutions. That’s the purpose of the “Energy and Environmental Developments in the PJM Region,” event taking place in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2018. The event is organized by the Great Plains Institute (GPI) and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University (NI), in conjunction with the PJM States Environmental and Energy Regulators group.

Attendees will hear from an impressive list of experts, including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Robert Powelson, who will discuss many important issues facing the Commission; and PJM’s Adam Keech, who will discuss its recent submission to the FERC on new market rule changes.

Officials from a number of states will have the opportunity to respond to the PJM market rules through a moderated discussion. Next, a panel of utility and third-party energy provider representatives will give their take on the market rules and other energy generation trends.

Recent developments in environmental issues in PJM will be discussed by a third panel. These issues include Virginia’s development of a power sector carbon reduction initiative; the US Environmental Protection Agency’s action to repeal and replace the Clean Power Plan; beneficial electrification of vehicles and other sectors; and recent federal legislation to improve the tax incentives for carbon capture. Attendees will be encouraged to join the discussion.

The workshop is free to attend, but online registration is now closed. You can register onsite the day of the event, or watch the livestream on the Nicholas Institute’s website.

Following this stakeholder event, state officials in the PJM States Environmental and Energy Regulators group will meet in a states-only meeting to go over what was learned at the workshop, and to explore additional issues of importance to their states.

PJM States Environmental and Energy Regulators is a group of state environmental and energy regulators in the footprint of PJM, an independent organization that matches power supply and demand for tens of millions of energy customers. GPI and NI have facilitated the group since 2015, exploring issues including compliance pathways for the Clean Power Plan, state programs and incentives for power generation, PJM market rules, and many others. The meetings give energy and environmental regulators the opportunity to talk about cross-cutting issues and to learn how their counterparts in neighboring states perceive the issues.

The PJM region includes all or part of: Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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