Past Event

Power Over the U.S. Electric Grid

WednesdayNovember 8, 2017 12:00 -1:30 PM Kleinman | Free Event Register Here
Kleinman Center Energy Forum
220 S. 34th St Fisher Fine Arts Library, 4th Floor
19104 Philadelphia , PA
United States
Pennsylvania US
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  • Ari Peskoe
    Senior Fellow
    Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative

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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!


About the Speaker

Ari Peskoe is the Senior Fellow in Electricity Law at the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program Policy Initiative. He has written extensively about electricity regulation, on issues ranging from electric vehicles to Constitutional challenges to states’ energy laws. Prior to the Policy Initiative, Ari was an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. where he litigated before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the Western Energy Crisis. Before that, Ari was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and spent two years trying to bring the 2012 Olympics to New York. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in electrical engineering and business.