US Senator Merkley Joins Congressmen, CEOs, Regulators at Green Energy Conference
September 26, 2017
A stellar line up of leaders engaged in energy policy and business are coming together for a one-day conference, Re-energizing the West on October 7. The Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School organized the conference to explore the issues around a zero-carbon energy future. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, and Congressmen Earl Blumenaeur and Jerry McNerney are among the featured speakers.
Western states are poised to play a global leadership role in clean energy development. However, shifting national politics and the absence of strategic planning in the West could delay the western energy transition. The Green Energy Institute has convened elected officials, business leaders, regulators and advocates together for one day of focused dialogues on the subject.
In a series of panels,participants will assess the West’s Clean Energy Future from a political, business, and policy perspective. Discussion topics consider regulatory and market trends affecting clean energy development, impediments to continued growth, and the ways in which political and regulatory actors can enhance or impede the transition. The day concludes by identifying next steps to advance an inclusive clean energy transition throughout the western states.
The Green Energy Institute, founded by Professor Melissa Powers, is part of the Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law program at the law school. It connects diverse energy-market stakeholders and provides policy research and recommendations to transition toward a 100% renewable power grid.