The Clean Power Plan and Its Potential Impact on U.S. Energy Policy, Markets, and the Environment

Join UChicago's Alumni Law Society and alumni experts from the UChicago Law School and Chicago Booth for an interdisciplinary discussion on regulating U.S. carbon emissions through the Clean Power Plan [Washington, D.C. event]

Program Details:
Networking/Social Hour: 6:00pm-6:45pm 
Program Discussion:6:45pm-8:45pm
Q&A/Wrap-Up: 8:45pm

Cost: $20.00 (price includes heavy appetizers and dessert)
Current students may register free of charge.


In August 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Power Plan, a final rule aimed at reducing carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants – a rule intended to address the effects of climate change. Backed by President Obama, this rule has proven somewhat controversial, however, as the EPA faces mounting litigation from several U.S. energy producers and states.

Join the University of Chicago Law School, the Alumni Law Society, and the Booth School of Business for an interdisciplinary discussion of the Plan and its potential impact on traditional and clean energy producers, energy prices, and markets. 

Mark Templeton, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the University of Chicago Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, will moderate this discussion among UChicago alumni and experts about the biggest energy rule to date in the 21st century, and its potential impact on business and industry.

The panel discussion will highlight:

  • Key provisions of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the controversy surrounding this rule, including the risk of litigation from states and traditional energy providers;
  • Cap and Trade, Carbon Taxation, and the CPP their differences, pros and cons;
  • The potential impact of the CPP on traditional energy and utility markets and energy prices;
  • The economics of utility and energy pricing;
  • The clean energy/renewables market and how the CPP could potentially catapult its growth;
  • The impact of the CPP on emerging international market development and overall global energy policy 

Confirmed panelists include:

Mark Templeton,  Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the University of Chicago Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic


  • Jeanne Cohn-Connor, JD '84, Partner, Environmental Practice Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (DC) 
  • Jeffrey Knight, JD '96, Partner, Environment, Land Use, Natural Resource Practice Group, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (DC)
  • Thomas Lorenzen, JD (Harvard Law), Partner, Environmental and Natural Resources Group, Crowell and Moring LLP (DC)
  • Ed Comer, AB '71, Vice President, General Counsel, Edison Electric Institute (DC)
  • Thomas Covert, Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business and the UChicago Energy Policy Institute (EPIC)  
  • Donald Marron, Director of Economic Policy Initiatives and Institute Fellow, the Urban Institute; former Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business
  • Richard Wilson III, MBA '09, Pricing & Structuring Analyst, Constellation Energy 


Event Contact
Darrylyn Bakshi, MBA'97

Staff Liaison
Alexandria Schultz, AM'13