Lecture Kleinman Center Event

Power Over the U.S. Electric Grid


Ari Peskoe
Senior Fellow, Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative


Cary Coglianese
Director and Edward B. Shils Professor of Law, Penn Program on Regulation


Kleinman Center Energy Forum
220 S. 34th St
Fisher Fine Arts Library, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Event Summary

Who has authority over the power generation mix has enormous consequences for climate change mitigation and the future of the trillion dollar electricity industry.

Electricity generation was once dominated by monopolist utilities that relied primarily on coal. Today, the electric grid is increasingly powered by cleaner sources that compete in regional markets to supply consumer demand. The transition from state-regulated monopolies to federally regulated interstate markets has led to numerous legal disputes about the division of regulatory responsibilities. This talk will explain how the Constitution and federal law shapes the roles of state and federal regulators, how courts have recently ruled on these issues, and why it matters for the nation’s energy policy.

Join the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and the Penn Program on Regulation as we welcome our first 2017-2018 visiting scholar (and Penn alum) Ari Peskoe for this Policy Luncheon. PennLaw’s Dr. Cary Colignese will moderate a discussion following the lecture. Lunch will be provided!

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Power Over the U.S. Electric Grid

Ari Peskoe


Ari Peskoe

Director, Electricity Law Initiative at Harvard University
Ari Peskoe is the director of the Electricity Law Initiative at Harvard Law School’s Environmental and Energy Law Program. In 2017-2018 Peskoe was a visiting scholar at the Kleinman Center.

Cary Coglianese

Edward B. Shils Professor of Law
Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the Carey School of Law. He also is the director of the Penn Program on Regulation.