US Energy & Environmental Policy Under Trump

Singapore Theatre
Basement, Melbourne School of Design
Parkville VIC 3010

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Caitlin McGrane

caitlin.mcgrane@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 9035 9458

About the event

The Trump Administration has made its position clear on environmental and energy policy. An Executive Order issued earlier this year, for example, significantly constrains the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is now headed by Scott Pruitt, who argues that there is no scientific consensus on climate change and previously sued the EPA 14 times as Attorney General of Oklahoma.

Also of concern is a late September proposal by US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, which asks the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to modify wholesale market rules to essentially subsidize coal-fired plants by claiming that they make the US grid more reliable and resilient.

Trump’s most symbolic decision to date, however, was the announcement in June that he wanted to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement, explaining that he was representing the people of Pittsburg, not Paris. There are rumors that he may have second thoughts on this – no one can be sure.

This federal policy is in contrast to that pursued by California’s Democratic Party Governor, Jerry Brown, who is leading a number of so-called “blue states” on a radically different direction including efforts towards higher renewable penetration levels, more stringent energy efficiency targets, lower carbon emissions and rapid electrification of the transport sector, among others.

The contrast between Trump and Brown is leading to bifurcated policies at federal and state level while further widening the ideological chasm.

In this talk, Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi explores the implications of this bifurcation of US environment and energy policy. What does it mean? How will it play out? And how will this impact the rest of the world?

About the speaker

Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco advising clients on diverse energy issues. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences speculating on the rapid transformation of the electricity sector and emerging business models.

He has over 35 years of experience including working at Southern California Edison Company (SCE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), National Economic Research Associates (NERA), and Henwood Energy, now part of ABB.

He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter celebrating 27 years of publication with international circulation. EEnergy Informer is regularly featured in The Electricity Journal, Energy Spectrum (UK), Renew Energy (Australia), California Currents (US), Energize (So. Africa), Energy Post (the Netherlands) and the IAEE Forum.

He has degrees in Engineering and Economics, including an MS and Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.

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