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Symposium on Legal Challenges and Opportunities for Offshore Wind and Hydrokinetic Energy Development in the Northeast

Overview
 

President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address outlined a target of meeting eighty percent of the United States’ electricity demand with clean energy sources by 2035.  The Northeast is home to large centers of energy demand, as well as abundant offshore renewable energy resources and the region has a critical role to play in meeting the nation’s clean energy goals.  The federal government and individual states are developing policy frameworks to foster greater offshore renewable energy development and private companies are moving forward with projects to capture wind and hydrokinetic energy in numerous areas along the Northeast coast.  This one-day Symposium will focus on how federal and state legal frameworks regulate the development of offshore wind and hydrokinetic energy resources in the Northeast.  The keynote speaker and panelists have been drawn from federal and state government agencies involved in policy making and permitting processes, environmental organizations, industry groups, legal practitioners, and academics with extensive expertise in these areas.  Symposium attendees will be treated to in-depth discussions surrounding existing laws and proposed revisions to legal frameworks and policies that are driving and/or hindering the development of offshore wind and hydrokinetic facilities in the Northeast United States.

The Symposium is largely directed toward legal practitioners in government, private practice, non-profit, academia, and industry, as well as law students from the New York metropolitan area, but others are encouraged to attend.  By focusing primarily on the regulatory structures governing offshore renewable energy development, this Symposium will differ from other offshore energy conferences, which have largely focused on the financial and technological aspects of offshore energy development.  The Symposium will be a forum for discussion of the lessons learned from past and current offshore wind proposals, as well as various state and federal regulatory and policy initiatives to improve and modernize the Northeast’s regulation of offshore wind and hydrokinetic projects.

Featuring Keynote Speaker
Deputy Secretary of State George Stafford (bio)
New York State Deputy Secretary of State and National Ocean Council Governance Coordinating Committee Member
 

Agenda

4 Practice CLE Credits will be available, Pending Approval. Please be sure to register in advance if you wish to receive CLE credits.

For more information on the Symposium on Legal Challenges and Opportunities for Offshore Wind and Hydrokinetic Energy Development in the Northeast, please contact:

Ilan Gutherz
Development & Acquisitions Editor
Pace Environmental Law Review
igutherz@law.pace.edu

Beren Argetsinger
Development & Acquisitions Editor
Pace Environmental Law Review
bargetsinger@law.pace.edu

Sponsored by Pace Law School and the Pace Environmental Law Review