CE3 hosts and co-hosts numerous events related to climate change and climate change adaptation, and regularly welcomes leaders in climate change policy to speak at the law school. Many of these events are open to the public. While the most recent events are listed below, event archives are available by academic year. Past events have featured speakers such as Rob Verchick, U.S. EPA Deputy Director of Policy, and Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, German Ambassador to the United States. Since 2008, CE3 has also hosted four major national workshops, detailed elsewhere on the site.
2017 JOLT Symposium: The Impact of Demand Response Technology on the Electricity Sector
CE3 co-hosted the 2017 North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology Symposium. Held on February 24, 2017, the Symposium brought together an
outstanding group of experts to discuss the impact of smart metering, smart
solar inverters, new storage systems, and other demand response technology on
the electricity sector. It has already been demonstrated in Texas that a
combination of smart metering coupled with time of day economic incentives on
electricity prices can significantly alter and shift the demand for
electricity. The use of smart metering also has potentially significant
economic and environmental impacts. Time shift in the use of electricity has
the potential of promoting significant economic efficiencies because the cost
of producing electricity varies within the day, time of year, and availability
of intermittent sources. Additionally, smart metering also has significant
environmental impacts because of the potential ability to alter demand to
availability of renewable sources. Potential questions to be addressed include,
but are not limited to, the following: connection between demand response devices
and competitive markets; the role of Public Utility Commissions in
traditionally regulated states in encouraging alternative pricing and
availability of demand response devices; the importance of demand response
devices to the continued penetration of renewable energy and less need for
back-up generation; the integration of demand response devices with other technological
and computing control; and the role and use of electric utility “push or
control” devices outside of the customers control. Videos of the conference, including the keynote by Professor Alexandra Klass, are available, along with PowerPoints from the conference.
Victor Flatt and Heather Payne on "Not One Without The Other"
The debate about the importance and cost of environmental protection and its impact on energy sources and utilization has grown since the inauguration of the Trump Administration. On February 27, 2017, CE3 hosted a webinar with Victor Flatt and Heather Payne discussing their article, "Not One Without the Other," and their findings concerning the historic prioritization of environmental protection, jobs, and other important values in statutes. The article was originally published in 2015 in Environmental Law. It makes the case that environmental, energy, and economic policy must be considered simultaneously and reviews statutory prioritization to provide some guidance on relative importance of values. Professor David Ardia of UNC School of Law and UNC's Journalism School moderated the conversation.
Edited versions discussing the core values at work in environmental law and the importance of transparency are also available.