Week Ahead: Environment and Energy Events for the Week of Feb. 15


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The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners is holding its winter meeting in Washington through Wednesday. The regulators are sure to be talking about what impact the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay on the Clean Power Plan will mean for states’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions from electricity production.

States must decide whether to work on the plan ahead of a 2022 deadline or wait to see if the plan is tossed out. The case will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on June 2.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Norman Bay, who spoke at the NARUC meeting Monday, told Bloomberg BNA reporter Rebecca Kern that FERC staff will continue to meet with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department on a quarterly basis to discuss implementation of the Clean Power Plan, even though the stay means that states don’t have to comply with the plan’s requirements for now.

Congress is out this week, but will return to face the question of whether Republicans will hold to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s declaration that the Senate won’t consider whoever President Barack Obama names to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Meanwhile, other energy and environment events in Washington this week:
ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME: The Environmental Law Institute holds a discussion on The Yates Memo: A Paradigm Shift in Environmental Enforcement, at noon Tuesday, Hogan Lovells, 555 13th St. NW, Conference Room C-406, Washington, D.C.

OIL: Energy Information Administration Deputy Administrator Howard Gruenspecht speaks as part of a panel discussion about the outlook for the oil market at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave., Washington, D.C.

MIDDLE EAST: The Atlantic Council holds a discussion of how Middle East politics have contributed to low crude prices, with Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Salam Fayyad and IHS Energy Managing Director Raad Alkadiri, 9 a.m. Thursday, 1030 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

CHINA: The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a panel discussion on how cities in China are measuring pollution and improving energy efficiency, 9 a.m. Thursday, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Fifth Floor, Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

RUSSIA AND OIL: The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies holds a discussion on Russia and the Oil Price Crash at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Fifth Floor, Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

By Renee Schoof, rschoof@bna.com