Shapiro Conference Focuses on Sustainable Energy

James J. Hoecker, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, now senior counsel and energy strategist at Husch Blackwell LLP; Marvin Griff of Husch Blackwell; Environmental Program Fellow Jessica Wentz; Associate Dean Lee Paddock, and Sarah Vail of Husch Blackwell

“Laying the Foundation for a Sustainable Energy Future: Legal and Policy Challenges” was the subject of the 2013 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Conference. The first of an anticipated series of meetings exploring the evolution of U.S. energy networks, the conference brought together leaders from academia, government, nonprofits, and the private sector to discuss the capital deployment, technology development, and public policy changes that are critically needed to produce a more sustainable energy supply system by 2030. Byron Dorgan, former U.S. Senator (D-N.D.) and senior fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center, delivered the keynote address on the “Four Faces of Energy Sustainability: Law and Policy.” GW worked closely with the Husch Blackwell firm in organizing the event, which was supported by a $450,000 grant from the Constellation Energy Foundation. 

The Journal of Environmental and Energy Law, which is produced jointly by the Law School and the Environmental Law Institute, will publish a symposium edition based on the conference.