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IEEFA’S Energy Finance Training is March 12-14, 2018

November 29, 2017



March 12-14, 2018 IEEFA and Columbia Law School brought together environmental advocates and attorneys from around the world for a three-day training program in New York City. The training covered current developments in the coal, natural gas,  renewables, and electric utility industries. It was designed to provide advocates and attorneys with the skills to understand and engage in the financial aspects of current debates on fossil fuels.

Information Regarding New York CLE Credits:

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, this live non-transitional CLE Program will provide 8.5 credit hours that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. This CLE credit is awarded only to New York attorneys for full attendance of the Program in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of a panel 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 final 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.

You will receive an email from Columbia with the certifications in the following weeks.

Below is a pre-conference webinar to coincide with the report U.S. Coal – More Market Erosion is on the Way, February 2018



 India Bangladesh Session 

Vibhuti Garg, IISD

Ashish Fernandes, Greenpeace

Gireesh Shrimali, Director Climate Policy Initiative India

Simon Nicholas, IEEFA


Global Outlook for Electricity Markets

Melissa Brown, IEEFA

Nityanand Jayaraman, Chennai Solidarity Group

Paul Bodnar, Rocky Mountain Institute

Moderator: Tim Buckley, IEEFA


Fossil Fuel Divestment; New York City and State Leading the Nation

Dan Zarrilli, Office of New York Mayor Bill DiBlasio

Adam Zurofsky, Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Denise Patel,

Moderator: Kathy Hipple, Bard College


Community-Based Strategies for the Energy Transition

Nicole Horseherder, To’ Nizhoni Ani (video)

Tony Skrelunas, DinéHózhó

Ingrid Vila Biaggi, Cambio PR

Tomás J. Torres, Puerto Rico Institute for Competitiveness and Sustainable Economy

Moderator: Heidi Binko, Just Transition Fund


Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Pros and Cons

John Thompson, Clean Air Task Force

Anna Sommer, Sommer Energy

Presenter/Moderator: David Schlissel, IEEFA


Financial Vulnerabilities of the Oil and Gas Industries

Clark Williams-Derry, Sightline Institute

Ted Nace, CoalSwarm

Moderator: Tzeporah Berman, York University


China is Coal, Coal is China

Shelagh Whitley, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Melissa Brown & Tim Buckley, IEEFA

Han Chen, NRDC

Ben Caldecott, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme

Calvin Quek, Greenpeace

Xinyue Ma, Global Development Policy Center


Financial Challenges Facing the U.S. Coal Mining Industry

Seth Feaster, IEEFA

Andy Blumenfeld, Doyle Trading Consultants

Moderator: Sarah Brennan, Robertson Foundation                          


LNG/Natural Gas Market Trends

Bruce Robertson, IEEFA

David Schlissel, IEEFA

Presenter/Moderator: Deborah Goldberg, Earthjustice


U.S. Energy Industry Trends

Jim Hempstead, Moody’s

Anna Zubets-Anderson, Moody’s

Presenter/Moderator: Shannon Fisk, Earthjustice


Natural Gas Pipelines

David Bookbinder, Niskanen Center

Natalie Karas, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Moderator: Rebekah Sale, Property Rights and Pipeline Center


Distributed Solar as an Organizing Strategy

Anya Schoolman, Solar United Neighbors

David Ortiz, El Puente

Moderator: Cathy Kunkel, IEEFA


Creating Our Future Transport System

Hannah McKinnon, Oil Change International

Dan Becker, Safe Climate Campaign

Mark Kresowik, Sierra Club

Moderator: Suzanne Mattei, IEEFA


Global Coal Phaseout Outlook

Matt Gray, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Heffa Schuecking, Urgewald

Christine Shearer, CoalSwarm

Alison Kirsch, Rainforest Action Network

Moderator: Kathrin Gutmann, Europe Beyond Coal


Business-Driven Demand for Renewable Energy

Tom Murley, Two Lights Capital

Moderator: Melissa Brown, IEEFA


U.S. Utilities Financial Outlook

Julien Dumoulin-Smith, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML)

Presenter/Moderator: David Schlissel, IEEFA


Interdependence Among Oil, Gas and Petrochemical

Cathy Kunkel, IEEFA

Eric Schaeffer, Environmental Integrity Project

Moderator: Lisa Hamilton, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)


Insuring Coal No More?

Cynthia McHale, Ceres

Peter Bosshard, The Sunrise Project

Andreas Spiegel, Independent Sustainability Expert

Moderator: Larry Shapiro, Rockefeller Family Fund


Integrating Renewables into the Grid, Lessons from Developed and Developing Countries

Warren Lasher, ERCOT

Eric Gimon, Energy Innovation

Sara Jane Ahmed, IEEFA

Moderator: Gerard Wynn, IEEFA




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