Learn about market opportunities and dynamics under 111(d) at the first major national program that examines EPA's sweeping new rule.

EBW AnalyticsGroup and Pace Global, a Siemens Business, invite you to attend the EPA Clean Power Plan Issues and Planning Forum.  

Key topics to be addressed include utility planning and how to advocate for a favorable and approvable plan; a deep dive into the role of low- and no-emitting technologies for compliance; emission trading under the Clean Power Plan; and how to consider the rule in strategic business planning. See detailed agenda.

This unique event will include presentations of market and economic analysis, legal perspective on key aspects of the Clean Power Plan, and facilitated discussion and networking opportunities with event chairs and participants, including utility planners, regulators, natural gas producers, and generation owners and developers.

The all-inclusive fee for this intensive day-and-a-half event is $895. Register to attend.

Andrew Weissman  |  A pioneer of the first major federal emissions trading program under Title IV of the Clean Air Act, Andy is CEO of EBW AnalyticsGroup and Senior Energy Advisor to Haynes and Boone, LLP.  He is nationally recognized as an expert on all aspects of federal energy regulation, Clean Air Act requirements applicable to electric generation and production of natural gas, power supply planning, energy financing and the natural gas, electricity, coal and emission credit markets.

Andy has advised numerous major electric utilities, independent power producers, natural gas and oil producers, and financial institutions in development of Clean Air Act compliance plans and related cost recovery issues before FERC and state PUCs.

He is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School.

Melissa Haugh  |  Melissa is Executive Director at Pace Global, a Siemens Business, and has over a dozen years of experience providing strategic advice on the dynamic environmental policies and markets impacting the energy sector.  She performs and manages projects and analyses to aid clients in complying with environmental regulations and maximizing value streams from environmental markets, as well as utilizing incentives, particularly related to clean and renewable energy.

Melissa holds an MS in Environmental Policy from Drexel University and a BS in Integrated Science and Technology with concentrations in Energy and Environmental Science from James Madison University.

Patrick Augustine | Pat is an Executive Director leading the power markets team at Pace Global, a Siemens Business. He directs and oversees the operations of Pace's power market analysis and advisory services, and the development and maintenance of many of its analytical capabilities in the power sector. Pat has significant experience in integrating key market drivers such as fuel prices, environmental compliance costs, demand projections, and regulatory outcomes into analyses that evaluate expectations for power market prices, new generating capacity developments, and utility cost profiles.

He has worked for electric utilities in support of their resource planning and strategy development, and has extensive experience assessing and designing modeling techniques and processes. Patrick earned his Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and Bachelors degree from Harvard University.


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Learn how to profit – and to protect your assets – from the most sweeping changes in the history of the power industry with this event.


Networking Breakfast

Key Issues Relating to Clean Power Plan

  • Clean Power Plan in context
  • Future industry impacts
  • New approach to system planning

Examining Emissions Reduction Options

  • Future role of natural gas and nuclear
  • Future role of energy efficiency
  • Role of renewables and distributed generation


Emissions Trading and Grid Operations

  • Key issues on emissions trading
  • Changes to electric grid/ISO rules

Networking Reception


Networking Breakfast

Compliance Planning Under Uncertainty

  • Road map for developing an approvable plan
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Key issues that affect market outcomes  
  • Cost and price impact assessment

Business Strategy in a Transformed Market

  • Strategic planning
  • Considering compliance in business strategy


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You'll get detailed guidance and insights from the premier Clean Power Plan experts, have ample question-and-answer opportunities, and enjoy gourmet food.

Register to attend.

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Gary Vicinus  |  Gary is Vice President and Managing Director at Pace Global, a Siemens Business and leads the Utilities practice.  He has extensive experience in the energy business as a management consultant, a fuel and power expert and as an expert witness.  He has been in the energy consulting business for 35 years and in the energy business for 39 years.  His consulting experience has been focused on corporate strategy, business transformation, electric restructuring, asset positioning, power and fuel market assessments, fuel and transportation contracting, risk integrated resource planning environmental strategies, fuel planning, risk quantification and as an expert witness on contracts, regulatory, damages and market matters.

James S. Diemer | Jim is Vice President & Head of Pace Global. He has focused on fuel markets, natural gas regulatory matters, development support and financing of energy infrastructure projects and procurement practices for large energy consumers for thirty years. He is a recognized expert in natural gas markets, midstream infrastructure and energy procurement, and has experience in coal, petroleum, electric power and air emissions. Much of his work relates to the development of corporate strategies for energy infrastructure entities that require the integration of market, development, financial and risk expertise.

Jim’s recent natural gas activities have been focused on the development, financing and merger/acquisition activities of midstream assets.  He has been deposed as an expert witness in natural gas procurement, transportation, nominations, scheduling and balancing in a case relating to a dual-fuel 900+ MW power plant in Georgia;  rate design matters before FERC in the 2008 El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline rate case; and continued his support for electric generator shippers in the 2010 El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline rate case.

Bo Poats  |  Bo is Vice President at Pace Global, a Siemens Business, where he has served in a number of leadership positions over the past 19 years. He is responsible for structuring and managing select utility and IPP services, including utility-scale grid-based and distributed energy resource development and financing, rate and regulatory strategy, contract origination, commodity and enterprise risk management. Bo has advised on over 300 projects that include solar, wind, CCGT, CHP, solar, biofuel and other technologies. He has supported financing and associated project commercial structuring in the electric, oil and gas sectors, including rate and market structures spanning a variety of regulatory regimes, domestic and international jurisdictions and market environments.


The Forum will provide a unique opportunity to discuss with leading industry experts and other affected stakeholders key issues relating to the Clean Power Plan:

  • The results of Pace Global’s modeling of changes in the final Clean Power Plan
  • Choice between emission-rate based and mass-based compliance strategies
  • Impacts of coal-fired retirements, conversions to coal and co-firing with natural gas
  • EPA’s restrictions on the use of new gas-fired generation for compliance (including EPA’s new prohibition on “leakage”)
  • New rules for dispatch of existing gas-fired units (including revenue impacts and required changes in RTO rules)
  • EPA’s treatment of existing nuclear plants; strategies for more favorable treatment
  • Role of renewable energy; allocation of system costs
  • Requirement that reductions in emissions from energy efficiency be “verifiable and quantifiable”; mechanisms for funding required expenditures (estimated by EPA to be as much as $300 billion)
  • Implementation of EPA’s new “Clean Energy Incentive Program” (CEIP), which provides bonus allowances for accelerated completion of renewables and energy efficiency
  • Emissions trading under EPA’s proposed Federal Implementation Plan; EPA’s “Emission Reduction Credits"
  • Impact on natural gas prices and natural gas price volatility
  • Role of states vs. FERC and RTOs
  • Reliability “safety valve"
  • Need to thoroughly review FERC/RTO approach to capacity rights and resource adequacy

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