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Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources

Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources

Upcoming Programs

The Growing Importance of Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation: Legal, Political, and Technological Perspectives

Monday, February 22, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (EST)
Columbia Law School’s Jerome Greene Hall
435 West 116th Street, Rm. JG103,
New York, NY 10027
and Via Teleconference

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Technological innovations, scientific advancements, and federal policies aimed at promoting national deployment of renewable energy resources have the potential to transform this country’s energy generation and distribution future – one that includes increased reliance and incorporation of wind energy and solar energy into our overall energy mix. Distributed generation resources are enabling power to reach isolated, “islanded” communities, both at home and abroad. Federal and state initiatives, such as the Clean Power Plan and New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) will also have important ramifications for co-generation and distributed generation. However, legal, political, and policy issues exist that could potentially impede the implementation and proliferation of renewable and distributed energy measures. These issues present interesting questions, as well as opportunities, for practicing lawyers, law students, and others with an interest in energy law. Our experts will share their practical business and legal experience with respect to these cutting-edge issues. Please join us for a two-panel symposium co-sponsored by the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee and Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Society (ELS) to explore these issues of growing importance.

To view the bios for each Symposium speaker and moderator, please click on a picture or on the ‘View Bios’ link below.

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**New York CLE Credit Information
Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, the live non-transitional CLE Program will provide 3 credit hours that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. CLE credit is awarded only to New York attorneys for full attendance of the Program in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of a Program are not eligible for partial credit for it, although they are most welcome to attend it. Attendance is determined by an attorney's sign-in and sign-out, as shown in the Conference registers. On sign-out, attorneys should also submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided at the Conference. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.

Application for New York accreditation of this Program for live broadcast participants is currently pending.

What types of information do YOU want to see?

1) U.S. News Articles
2) International New Articles
3) Case Updates (i.e. solar, wind cases progressing through court)
4) 2016 Presidential Race Environmental Campaign-Related News
5) Other

Join the discussion on LinkedIn!

We encourage you to join the RADER group on LinkedIn, Joining allows you to participate in news postings, discussions, networking, questions and answers and so forth. To join click

RADER Initiatives

The RADER Committee is proud to present the monthly Renewable Energy Seminar and Teleconference Series, which RADER co-sponsors in collaboration with the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Bloomberg Renewable Energy Finance. These monthly seminars provide an opportunity to network and discuss the subject matter with renewable energy lawyers, federal and state policy makers, and business experts. We hope you will join us for the next program in this series. For more information on the next program and for registration information, please visit For additional information about this series, please contact Roger Stark, Gene Gurevich, Matthew Frank and Grant Rauscher, our ABA/ACORE/BNEF Webinars Vice Chairs.

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About the Committee

The Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee will examine and disseminate information on those legal policy and practical implementation issues which affect expansion of markets for renewable and distributed energy resources. The Committee will have five primary areas of focus: (1) innovative approaches to stimulating renewable and distributed energy resource development; (2) measures for commoditization and value maximization of fuel, environment and tax-related legal at-tributes of renewable energy and distributed generation production; (3) constraints on fitting renewable resources and distributed generation (whether or not powered by renewable fuels) into the framework of national and states' energy policy; (4) relating renewable energy resource and distributed generation development to environmental legal requirements; and (5) issues related to structuring finance for renewable energy and distributed generation.

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2015 Energy Law Student Writing Competition

The RADER Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Energy Law Student Writing Competition!

View Committee Newsletters

The latest Committee newsletter has been released. This special edition features the top three winning entries of the 2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition. Congratulations to these three upcoming lawyers, who each received a cash prize for their respective submission. Read the latest RADER committee newsletter issue.

Committee Chair


Fitts, Sarah

Committee Roster  

2015-2016 RADER Committee Leadership

View the full roster of Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee leadership.

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