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Indian Point: Keep It Open/Shut It Down

3 November

The Indian Point nuclear power plant provides New York State with 2,000 MW of capacity with a significant amount of its energy being utilized to supply New York City. The operating licenses for Indian Point Unit's 2 and 3 are up for renewal. Unit 2 has entered into a Period of Extended Operation while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission evaluates its extension. There are several groups lobbying to shut down the facility as well as several advocating to keep it open. Should Indian Point shut down? Can it be shut down? If so, how and why? Are there viable alternatives?

Sponsor: New York Association for Energy Economics (NYAEE)

6:30 Technical Overview: Chris Russo, Vice President -Charles River Associates will give a technical presentation on the operation and economics of Indian Point

6:45 Moderated discussion on whether Indian Point should continue to operate or be shut

Moderator: Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice - Columbia Law School

Proponents of Closing Indian Point
Phillip Musegaas, Hudson River Program Director - Riverkeeper; Dr. Thomas Vitolo, Associate - Synapse Energy Economics; TBD

Proponents of Keeping Indian Point Open
John Kelly, Retired Radiation Protection Manager & Director of Licensing - Indian Point; Arthur J. ("Jerry") Kremer, Chairman - NY AREA; Dr. Matthew C. Cordaro, Advisory Board Member - NY AREA

Each side be given 25 minutes to make its case. We will alternate 12.5 minutes for each side, following with a 20-minute period for the moderator to ask questions and then each side to either ask questions or make comments of clarification. Time permitting, we will take questions from the audience via index cards.

Date: Monday, November 3, 6:30 - 9:00 PM (doors open at 6)

Location: Urban Future Lab incubator (ACRE) , 15 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn Google Maps

RSVP: USAEE Preregistration Required! Facility must have a list of all attendees in advance.

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Possible Impacts of the New York Public Service Commission’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” on Wholesale Power Markets

3 November

Energy Policy Discussion Series: Impacts of REV on Bulk Power Markets

Discussion will focus on the New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to reform New York’s electric energy industry and regulatory practices to promote greater system-wide efficiency, greater deployment of renewable energy and “distributed” energy resources, and greater use of technologies, products and services to increase demand elasticity and efficiency. The REV could have profound operating and legal implications for wholesale power markets in New York (and potentially in other parts of the U.S.). This event provides a forum for experts to discuss these implications and the factors that should be considered while the REV initiative is being finalized by the Commission.

Sponsor: NYU Guarini Center for Environmental, Energy & Land Use Law and Latham & Watkins LLP

Opening Remarks: Michael Gergen ('92), Partner - Latham & Watkins LLP

Speakers: Clarke Bruno ('92), Senior Vice President & General Counsel - Anbaric Transmission; Richard B. Miller (’87), Director, Energy Markets Policy Group - Con Edison; John P. Reese, Senior Vice President - U.S. Power Generating Company

Moderator: David L. Schwartz, Partner - Latham & Watkins LLP

Date: Monday, November 3, 6:30 - 8 PM

Location: NYU School of Law, Faculty Library (3rd Floor), Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South

RSVP: Eventbrite 1.5 CLE credits available for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. Note :CLE Available

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Transition Neighborhoods Workshop

17 November

Two days after the Climate March in September, the beta launch of Transition Neighborhoods took place in NYC. Riding the crest of a wave of climate change activism, many New Yorkers came to explore how to keep the momentum going. 19 attendees, almost half of the 45 people in the room, expressed an interest in initiating a Transition project in their neighborhood. Transition is a global community organizing response to climate change, resource depletion and financial instability. There are 1,100 plus Transition groups in 44 countries with 16 national hubs that have emerged to serve these groups. In the U.S. 151 Transition initiatives have formed with 100 more in formation. It's time for New York City to tap into the power, creativity, and collective genius of this global grassroots network.


It starts with a series of small group meetings in which friends and neighbors go through chapters of a guidebook. They strengthen their sense of place and neighborhood culture while building relationships, promoting local food, and mapping their neighborhood's current state of resiliency. The Transition Neighborhoods Prequel shows how to coalesce a group of friends and neighbors, and get a resilience initiative up and running in your community. In this highly interactive workshop, we'll walk through the Prequel using small group scenarios and role playing, and explore the first chapters of the guidebook. We'll work through NYC-specific challenges, with lots of time for questions and answers.


Facilitated by Pamela Boyce Simms, Lead Trainer, Transition US and the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub.

Date: Monday, Nov. 17, 7 - 9 PM

Location: Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place 15th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues

No charge to attend, donate what you wish.

For more information: NYC Transition Hub at transition.nyc.hub@gmail.com.

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The Origins of Environmental Law

3 December

Register for any or all of the eight-part class on the Origins of Environmental Law: Regulation and Evolution, taught by Leon Billings and Thomas Jorling, the two senior majority and minority staff members who led the Senate environment subcommittee which developed the major environmental legislation of the 1970s including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act. Over the course of a single decade, Congress enacted a series of environmental laws that defined the direction and character of environmental policy in the US and globally. Learn about the process that led to these seminal laws from the writers of the legislation themselves.

Sponsors; The Earth Institute & Columbia University

Dates: Wednesdays, 11:00am – 12:50pm

Register here for each individual lecture:
October 8: The Solid Waste Disposal Act and RCRA
October 15: The Federal Water Pollution Control Act
October 22: The Clean Water Act: Conference with the House Public Works Committee
October 29: The Nixon Veto and the Override
November 5: Mid-Course Correction: The Clean Air Act and Auto Standards
November 12: Mid-Course Correction: The National Commission on Water Quality
November 19: The Final Act: Superfund and the End of an Era
December 3: Congress Today: The Role of Campaign Finance and Fundraising

Location: Columbia University’s Morningside Campus, the International Affairs Building, West 120 Street, Room 407. The class is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Guests each week will join registered students in the class for the lecture and discussion.

For more information, contact Hayley Martinez at hmartinez@ei.columbia.edu.

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Redirecting The Sky: Fulton Transit Center Oculus

11 December

Join Green Light New York and James Carpenter to explore one of the largest and most elaborate art and daylight installations in the U.S.: The Fulton Transit Center's Sky Reflector-Net. Located in lower Manhattan, the Fulton Transit Center will feature an oculus that draws natural light deep into the interior of a multi-line subway station to illuminate its interior shops, restaurants, passageways, and even subway platforms.

Sponsor: Green Light New York

James Carpenter, the lead designer of the Sky Reflector-Net will present the design and construction of this oculus and the impact of daylighting in this public space. Then, he will discuss the challenges and vision of this project with Vincent Chang, from Grimshaw Architects, and Matt Franks, from ARUP.

Date: Thursday, December 11, 9:00 - 10:30 AM |

Location: Green Light New York, 31 Chambers Street (Surrogates' Courthouse)

RSVP: Eventbrite, 1.5 AIA CEU

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