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How Will Markets Deal with EPA's Clean Power Plan? – A Utility Markets Today Webinar

Utility Markets Today's June 24 webinar to feature experts outlining what EPA's Clean Power Plan will mean for energy markets, whether or not the EPA's goals are achievable, how the rules will impact reliability, what the costs will be and more.

Rockville, MD (June 17, 2015) –EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan has been described by opponents as a massive change to how the electric industry is regulated, but proponents argue it is just guiding and speeding up a transition that the industry is already undergoing.

The EPA's proposed rule would require the power industry to cut CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030. States have widely different targets, depending on what the agency felt was achievable by each one. The agency also gave states two options to comply with the rule. States can use "rate based" targets – emissions rates at power plants. Or they can use a mass based target, where the rate of power plants does not matter as long as they hit an overall level of CO2 emissions. The mass based target would work much better with organized markets, but ultimately it is the states' calls on what they will use.

Utility Markets Today's webinar "How Will Markets Deal with EPA's Clean Power Plan?" scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 PM Eastern US Time will feature these industry experts outlining what EPA's Clean Power Plan will mean for energy markets, whether or not the EPA's goals are achievable, how the rules will impact reliability, what the costs will be and more:

  • Jeff Bladen, MISO Energy executive director of market design
  • Paul Hibbard, Analysis Group vice president
  • Andy Kellen, WPPI vice president of power supply resources

Here are some of the questions you will get answers to when you attend or download the recording of this in-depth, 90-minute webinar:

  • What does this rule mean for markets?
  • Are the EPA's goals achievable?
  • Will there be any reliability impacts from these rules?
  • What about the costs?
  • Are mechanisms like an up-front reliability study of the state plans or a post facto reliability valve needed?
  • … and more.


Jeff Bladen has nearly 20 years of executive management experience in the energy sector and serves as executive director of MISO's Market Design. In this role, he establishes direction for the company in the issues of market design and development. He was the leader of DNV KEMA's Markets & Policy Development practice in the Americas previously. This practice spans the company's extensive retail and wholesale market strategy, market intelligence and regulatory policy support for clients throughout the energy value chain. Bladen served as market strategy leader at PJM Interconnection and was an executive and one of the original employees that built New Energy Ventures (now Constellation Energy) prior to DNV GL. He has also served as an executive at Comverge, Mark Group and Gamesa North America.

Paul Hibbard is a vice president at Analysis Group, a Boston-based economic and financial consulting firm. Hibbard is a recent former chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and has held positions in both energy and environmental regulatory agencies in Massachusetts. He has also served on the New England States' Committee on Electricity, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and the Executive Committee of the Eastern Interconnect States' Planning Council. In private practice, Hibbard provides technical, economic and policy analysis and strategic advice to public and private sector participants in the natural gas and electric industries. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master's degree in energy and resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

Andy Kellen is the vice president of power supply resources at WPPI Energy. He is responsible for the management of WPPI Energy’s long-term power supply resources, including the operation and maintenance of existing WPPI Energy-owned generating facilities, development and acquisition of new generating facilities and origination and negotiation of long-term agreements for power purchases from conventional and renewable generating facilities. Kellen is also responsible for overseeing compliance with environmental regulations. Prior to joining WPPI Energy, he worked as a project manager for Calpine Corporation where he was responsible for the development and construction of a number of simple cycle and combined cycle power plant projects. Kellen received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Details about Utility Markets Today's webinar and on-demand download titled "How Will Markets Deal with EPA's Clean Power Plan?" is available at or by calling +1-301-769-6804 (1-888-471-4447 toll-free in the US and Canada).


Utility Markets Today's mission is to deliver exclusive news chronicling ongoing efforts to open competitive wholesale and retail utility markets with in-depth analysis on why some fail and others succeed. Utility Markets Today is published 245 times a year by Modern Markets Intelligence Inc. (MMI), publisher of independent trade news for the evolving energy industry of the 21st century. It is located in Rockville, Md. Sam Spencer founded MMI in 2009 after writing, editing, marketing, publishing, running and inventing trade news publications and related products for three decades.

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