WEBINAR | Cooperative Clean Energy

Event Description

Pre-registration is closed.  To register, contact Tram Nguyen at 612.278.6316 or tnguyen@mnbars.org .

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Currently, all bar association programming is REMOTE-ONLY participation. There will be NO in-person attendance until further notice. Thank you.

Deadline to Register:  October 19, 2020

This program is sponsored by the MSBA Public Utilities Section.

The last decade has increased focus and debate among academics, policymakers, and the broader public about how to accelerate a “clean energy transition” in the United States. While significant attention has focused on large investor-owned utilities, there has been far less attention on the role of rural electric cooperatives, which serve 14% of the U.S. population. This gap in coverage has important implications. Rural electric cooperatives, first created by local communities in the United States in the early part of the 20th century to electrify rural America, own and continue to operate a significant percentage of the nation’s coal-fired power plants. Retiring these plants and replacing them with clean energy would reduce the nation’s contribution to global climate change and help ensure that rural America is not left with billions of dollars of stranded coal-fired power plant assets that can no longer compete against low-cost renewable energy.

In this presentation, based on a forthcoming law review article, our speakers draw on the structure and foundational principles underlying the cooperative form itself to create a framework for clean energy transition in rural electric cooperatives.


Alexandra B. Klass, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota Law School

Alexandra B. Klass is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, natural resources law, environmental law, tort law, and property law. Her recent scholarly work, published in many of the nation’s leading law journals, addresses regulatory challenges to integrating more renewable energy into the nation’s electric transmission grid, siting and eminent domain issues surrounding interstate electric transmission lines and oil and gas pipelines, and applications of the public trust doctrine to modern environmental law challenges. She is a co-author of Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing, 2d ed. 2018) (with Davies, Osofsky, Tomain, and Wilson); The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law (Foundation Press, 4th ed. 2017) (with Ruhl, Salzman, and Nagle); Energy Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press 2d ed. 2020) (with Hannah Wiseman); and Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (Aspen, 4th ed. 2018) (with Klein, Cheever, Birdsong, and Biber).

Gabriel Chan, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Gabriel Chan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Area. In his research and engagement, Prof. Chan examines public policy to inform how technological innovation can enable a more rapid and equitable energy transition in domains such as community solar, consumer-owned electric utilities, and national innovation policy. Prof. Chan is a Faculty Associate of the UMN Institute on the Environment and Affiliate Faculty at the UMN Law School. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees from M.I.T. in Political Science and in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science.

CLE Credits:

1.5 Standard CLE Credits Approved | Event Code: 328163 


Section Member:  $15.00
MSBA Member not in the section:  $20.00 (or see the offer below)
Non-MSBA Member:  $25.00
Law Student: Free

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Remote Participation: 

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom. Remote instructions with join link will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE. 

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Questions? Contact Tram Nguyen  | 612-278-6316

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tnguyen@mnbars.org.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM