College of Law Hosts Feb. 9 Conference on Future of Electric Power in a Carbon-Constrained World

On Thursday, February 9, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will host an all-day symposium, Electric Power in a Carbon Constrained World.  Sponsored by the Stegner Center, the symposium will feature experts on energy and the environment discussing the technical and legal challenges in generating electricity from coal, natural gas, renewable energy, and nuclear energy.

“Low-cost electricity produced by coal-fired power plants has helped shape the U.S. economy for the past century. But emissions from burning coal are major contributors to the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” said symposium organizer Arnold Reitze, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. “For this reason, the era of coal may be coming to an end. The conference is designed for anyone interested in electrical energy policy or climate change.”

The conference will address four aspects of electric power generation related to government efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the electric power industry. The first panel will discuss the role of coal-fired electric power generation; the second panel will deal with the rapidly growing natural gas industry and the role of natural gas for generating electricity; the third panel will focus on the use of alternative energy to produce electricity; and the fourth panel will address the role of nuclear electric power. The speakers will focus their remarks primarily on electric power generation in the Western United States.

 In addition to Retize, a partial list of speakers include Lincoln Davies, S.J. Quinney College of Law; Steven Ferrey, Suffolk University Law School; Alexandra Klass, University of Minnesota Law School; Richard Pierce, George Washington University Law School; and Hannah Wiseman, Florida State University College of Law.  For a complete list, click here.

Electric Power in a Carbon Constrained World will take place on Thursday, February 9, from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Sutherland Moot Courtroom at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.  The cost is  $75 for the general public, $50 for University faculty & staff and nonprofit organizations, and $30 for students, and includes lunch. Six hours of CLE credit are available for an additional $9.00 fee. For additional information or to register online, click here, or call 801-585-3440.