Federal Energy Regulations: Challenges and Opportunities for States

Saturday, Dec. 12, 8-10 a.m. CST
Sponsored by the CSG Energy & Environment Public Policy Committee

Adjusting to federal government regulations relating to climate change will require meaningful coordination between state legislators, state energy and regulatory agencies, and the regulated community. This session provides an overview of what state legislators need to know about these recent regulatory changes, their anticipated impacts on the states and how state officials can work together to address recent EPA regulations.



Alexandra Dapolito Dunn
Executive Director and General Counsel, Environmental Council of the States
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn is the executive director and general counsel of the Environmental Council of the States, the national non-profit, non-partisan association of U.S. state and territorial environmental commissioners. Dunn has just over two decades of experience in environmental law and policy, and presently works on legislation, policy and regulatory matters affecting all media—including air, waste, water and toxics. She has particularly rich expertise in water quality, air, energy, environmental justice, urban sustainability and implementation of the Clean Water Act. She is a published author and speaks regularly on environmental topics, including cooperative federalism, environmental governance and green cities.


Rep. Pat Garofalo
Rep. Pat Garofalo has been recognized as a leading voice on energy issues and ensuring the reliability of Minnesota's energy grid. As the current chair of the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Committee, he has fought to grow good-paying Minnesota jobs and keep energy bills affordable for Minnesota families. Garofalo is a member of the Minnesota House Ways and Means, Taxes, Rules and Legislative Administration Committees, and the Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development and Policy Committee. He is also the co-chair of CSG’s Energy and Environment Public Policy Committee.


Sen. Joseph Griffo
New York
Sen. Joseph Griffo is the chair of the New York Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, which oversees the development of legislation and policies related to the energy and communications sectors, including nuclear power, water companies, public service, and email and computer material. In this role, Griffo focuses on maintaining a diverse energy portfolio; keeping electricity rates low; maintaining grid reliability and modernizing the state’s energy generation, transmission and distribution; promoting competitive markets and increasing employment opportunities. Griffo also works closely with state officials to ensure transparency and open communication on energy issues.


Rep. Tom Sloan
Rep. Tom Sloan is a recognized authority on energy and electricity issues and is currently serving his 11th term in the Kansas House of Representatives. He served two terms on the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the CSG Interstate Electric Transmission Task Force. He has hosted Federal Energy Regulatory Commission commissioners and DOE leaders seven times in Kansas with regional stakeholders. Sloan also serves on the Federal Communication Commission's Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and the DOE-sponsored GridWise Architecture Council. He is widely published on energy and telecommunications issues and is a graduate of both the Bowhay and Toll Fellows leadership development programs. 

Todd Wynn
Director of External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
In September 2013, Wynn joined the team at Edison Electric Institute, or EEI, as the director of external affairs. In this capacity, he works on behalf of the electric utility industry on policy priorities at the state level. Wynn earned a master’s degree in international and developmental economics at the University of San Francisco and attended Virginia Military Institute and California State University, Long Beach where he earned a bachelor's degree in business economics.