Past Event

Student-Only Energy Policy Discussion Series

April 5, 2021
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for our final session in this series of student-only virtual discussions with David Hill, CGEP Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, and Cheryl LaFleur, CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow and former Commissioner and Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, addressing current energy topics from a policy and legal perspective.

The Northeastern United States is currently grappling with some of the most timely and controversial issues in energy and environmental policy. The decisions made in New England and New York in the coming months and years, will be important drivers of how the US addresses energy and climate imperatives, and balances state and federal policy choices. In this session, David Hill and Cheryl LaFleur  will discuss their unique perspectives on the following issues: 

  • Adapting market rules to state climate laws-- how do we both sustain the benefits of markets and meet state objectives?
  • Can carbon pricing in the markets solve this dilemma, and why is it so politically controversial?
  • How fast can the states drive electrification of transportation and heating, and how much will that drive grid expansion?
  • Can new resources like off-shore wind, storage, and transmission be built fast enough to enable a larger decarbonized grid?
  • What role will natural gas play in the future grid?

This session will be highly interactive, with a majority of the time devoted to discussion among the participants. Upon registration, students will receive a list of articles or other materials to review prior to the session.


Registration is required. This series is open only to currently-enrolled Columbia University students. To register, you must use the email address that contains your UNI. Upon registration, students will receive a list of articles or other materials to review prior to the session.

This event will be hosted via Zoom and capacity is limited. We ask that you register only if you can attend this event in its entirety.

For more information, contact Kaïme Désiré ([email protected]).

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