Tuesday, March 19, 2013

REMINDER: Call for Proposals, USD Climate & Energy Law Symposium

"California in the Spotlight: Successes and Challenges in Climate Change Law"

Proposals due:  Monday, March 25, 2013

On Friday, November 8, 2013, the University of San Diego School of Law will host its Fifth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.  With this Call for Proposals, you are invited to submit the title and abstract of an article that you would be able to present at the Symposium and publish in the fifth volume of the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.  If your proposal is selected, all your expenses to attend the Symposium would be paid, and your completed article would be due to the Journal’s editors by Monday, December 16, 2013. The agendas and webcasts of past symposia are available here.

The theme of our 2013 Climate & Energy Law Symposium is “California in the Spotlight: Successes and Challenges in Climate Change Law.”  Among U.S. states, California has pursued the most comprehensive and ambitious approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  California’s approach is multi-sectoral, with laws designed to transform not just electricity generation but also transportation, industry, and land use.  Also, California has embraced regulatory innovation through a robust combination of market and non-market based regulatory instruments.

At the University of San Diego’s Fifth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, academic and policy experts will analyze and assess three core aspects of California’s approach to climate change mitigation.  First, California has implemented an economy-wide cap-and-trade program.  How well does cap and trade work?  What are its weaknesses and strengths in comparison to alternative emissions reduction policies?  Should it be a regulatory instrument of choice for other states and countries?  Second, California is aggressively pursuing emissions reductions in the transportation sector.  What is the outlook for zero emission vehicles and the policies to promote them?  Should the state’s low-carbon fuel standard survive judicial scrutiny?  What prospects remain for a national low-carbon fuel standard?  Third, California remains a leader in promoting low-carbon electricity, particularly solar electricity.  How have the state’s utilities complied with the Renewable Portfolio Standard requiring that they source 33% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020?  What are the arguments for and against national policies that mandate such goals?  What other state, national, and international policies should be implemented to promote low-carbon electricity?

All article proposals related to these broad issues in climate change mitigation are welcome.  It is not necessary for an article to focus specifically on California law and policy.  If you are interested in participating, please submit the following to Joshua Dennis, editor-in-chief of the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law, at jdennis@sandiego.edu:

(1)    The proposed title of your article and a one- to three-paragraph abstract;

(2)    A link to or copy of your CV; and

(3)    Confirmation that you would be available to attend the Symposium on Friday, November 8, 2013, and that you can commit to submitting a complete draft of your associated article for publication to the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law by Monday, December 16, 2013.

Proposals should be submitted by Monday, March 25, 2013.  We look forward to hearing from you!

The University of San Diego Climate & Energy Law Symposium is co-hosted by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.  For information about past Symposia, please visit:

First Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium (2009): Federal Preemption or State Prerogative: California in the Face of National Climate Policy

Second Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium (2010): Next-Generation Regulation: Instrument Choice in Climate Law

Third Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium (2011): Advancing a Clean Energy Future

Fourth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium (2012): Law in a Distributed Energy Future


- Lesley McAllister

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

In Case You Missed it: Week of March 11-17

- Many new species now have protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

- A solar industry trade group reported that U.S. sales were up 76% in 2012.

- According to EPA, the fuel economy of the U.S motor vehicle fleet increased by 1.4 mpg in 2012.

- Lake Erie, once a poster child for environmental restoration, is in trouble again.  Great story here.

- A federal district court in Texas held (link goes to a long PDF document) that water managers had illegally taken whooping cranes by allowing depletion of the freshwater flows that sustained the cranes' habitat.

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