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Keeping the Lights on is Harder Than You Think: President Biden’s Energy Policy



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Keeping the Lights on is Harder Than You Think: President Biden’s Energy Policy

The challenges facing our energy infrastructure, and the policies that could reshape the grid.

Tuesday, November 9
Noon-1 p.m. ET
Zoom Webinar

The political debate surrounding the dual, multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure bills working their way through Congress mainly focuses on costs and spending levels. Lost in that debate is the actual potential impact of these legislative packages, particularly on the areas of energy infrastructure and resilience. Just as the New Deal reshaped the social compact of the United States for the last century, the energy policy decisions made in the coming months will reverberate in American society for decades or more. As the climate crisis tests our ability to keep the lights on—whether in the face of hurricanes, wildfires, or deep freezes—solutions are needed urgently that will make our energy systems cleaner, more reliable, more secure, and future-proof. We have to get this right.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register by Monday, November 8. After you register, you will receive a Zoom login link in a confirmation email.

To help shape the conversation, we encourage you to pre-submit questions for the panelists. Submit questions by emailing Katy Simovski at ksimovsk@andrew.cmu.edu.

If you require accessibility accommodations for this event or have general questions, please contact the same email address.


Jennifer Hiller, moderator
The Wall Street Journal


Lori Bennear
Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University


John D. Graham
Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science and former Dean
Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University


Akshaya Jha 
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy 
Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University


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