The Future of Energy and Climate Change Policies

With the recent Presidential and Congressional elections behind us, what can we now expect with regard to energy and climate change policy in the US? Will President Obama's reelection result in movement in either climate or clean energy legislation in Congress, despite a “status quo” Congress? What role will EPA play in formulating future climate policy through new regulations? Could a carbon tax play a role in a future budget deal to close the large Federal deficit? How does the implementation of the current regulations on automobiles and utilities along with the emergence of large shale gas supplies affect President Obama's Copenhagen commitments for a 17% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020? This webinar will provide a perspective on:

  • potential future energy and climate change policies in the US
  • the effect of economic concerns on climate policy
  • the role of government agencies in new approaches to the problem

About the Speaker(s)

Bruce H. Braine

Bruce H. Braine

Bruce H. Braine has been Vice President of Strategic Policy Analysis of American Electric Power Company Inc. since 2001, where he is responsible for the analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies, as well as analyzing and assisting in the development of long−term environmental and energy strategy. Mr. Braine was formerly Senior Vice President of Analysis of AEP Energy Services, and Senior Vice President of ICF where he directed the company’s electric utility consulting group.

Mr Braine currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). He is a former board member of the Chicago Climate Exchange and of the Ohio Association of Non−Profit Organizations (OANO). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.

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