Competitive Alternatives to Fossil Fuels Electricity Generation
The use of new methodologies to extract fossil fuels, including oil sands extraction and deepwater drilling, are being examined in light of a range of environmental impacts. This panel will discuss the feasibility of embracing a clear energy future. It will look at several alternatives such as hydroelectricity, solar and wind power. Our energy experts will examine whether these alternative energy sources are currently economically viable and, if not, what may be done from a legal and regulatory perspective to make them a realistic alternative to fossil fuels.
Canada Committee, International Energy & Natural Resources Committee, International Environmental Law Committee
ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law
Burns & Levinson LLP
Pierce Atwood LLP
Heenan Blaikie LLP
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Conservation Law Foundation
GILBERT D. PORTER
Haynes and Boone, LLP
New York, New York
Allen Garson is a partner at Heenan Blaikie, focused primarily on corporate finance transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity financings as well as senior syndicated and subordinated debt financing. Allen Garson joined Heenan Blaikie in 1990 and became a partner in 1995. He is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.Garson received his LL.B. from York University's Osgoode Hall Law School in 1986.
Christopher Guith is vice president for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy. He is responsible for developing the Institute's policies and initiatives as they apply to the legislative, executive, and regulatory branches of the federal and state governments.
Previously, Guith served as the deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he developed the administration's nuclear energy policies and coordinated the Department's interactions with Congress, stakeholders, and the media. He was also the deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at DOE. While there, Guith was a chief representative of the administration during the drafting and debate of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
John W. Gulliver
John Gulliver is a long time partner in Pierce Atwood's Energy Group, with a national and international reputation in the energy field. He has a broad range of substantive experience in energy and utilities law and focuses on regulatory issues, renewable energy, energy project finance, and international and cross-border transactions.
John has worked within the U.S. on behalf of clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, and state public utility commissions on a wide variety of issues pertaining to the electric utility, nuclear power and gas industries, including mergers and acquisitions, project finance and IPP industry issues, conservation and demand regimes, gas transmission, renewable energy and greenhouse gas policy, and other proceedings pertaining to the generation, transmission, importation, distribution, and pricing of electricity and gas services.
Seth Kaplan is a Vice President for Policy and Climate Advocacy, focusing on fostering renewable energy, working for climate protection, and reducing the environmental impact of fossil fuel power plants. A native of Rhode Island, Seth worked as a real estate and environmental attorney in New York City before his return to CLF, where he had previously worked as a law student. Seth is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Northeastern University School of Law.
Gilbert D. Porter
Gilbert D. Porter is a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP in New York, New York. He is a member of the firm's Finance Practice and Co-Chair of the firm's Projects Practice. For more than 30 years his practice has included financial product development, project development and financing, structured lending, workouts, joint ventures, negotiated mergers and acquisitions, and mezzanine and venture financing. His span of work places a particular emphasis on the energy industry, telecommunications and other regulated industries and technology-based companies, both in the OECD and emerging markets.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Porter was Co-Chair of the Global Finance Group and the Project Finance Group at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP. Before that, Mr. Porter was a founding partner, and the Managing Partner, of Porter & Travers.
Voluntary association (founded 1878) of U.S. lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals. The largest bar association in the U.S., it seeks to improve the legal profession, ensure the availability of legal services to all citizens, and improve the administration of justice. It conducts educational and research projects, sponsors professional meetings, and publishes a monthly journal. At the beginning of the 21st century its membership exceeded 400,000.
Any of a class of materials of biologic origin occurring within the Earth's crust that can be used as a source of energy. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum, and natural gas. They all contain carbon and were formed as a result of geologic processes acting on the remains of (mostly) plants and animals that lived and died hundreds of millions of years ago. All fossil fuels can be burned to provide heat, which may be used directly, as in home heating, or to produce steam to drive a generator for the production of electricity. Fossil fuels supply nearly 90% of all the energy used by industrially developed nations.
Body of legal rules, norms, and standards that apply between sovereign states and other entities that are legally recognized as international actors. The term was coined by the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham. Important elements of international law include sovereignty, recognition (which allows a country to honour the claims of another), consent (which allows for modifications in international agreements to fit the customs of a country), freedom of the high seas, self-defense (which ensures that measures may be taken against illegal acts committed against a sovereign country), freedom of commerce, and protection of nationals abroad. International courts, such as the International Court of Justice, resolve disputes on these and other matters, including war crimes. See alsoasylum; immunity.