Co-sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP and BNA
Following enactment of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), both the government and industry rapidly are turning their focus toward developing and implementing the environmental, energy, and economic programs identified in the Act. Achieving the important goals of ARRA in a timely way—and obtaining funding to promote clean technologies, renewable energy projects, and critical infrastructure enhancements—faces significant challenges.
Government agencies, such as the Department of Energy and Department of Commerce, will have to administer complex application procedures across numerous programs. Potential developers at the same time will need not only to respond to rapidly developing requirements for application procedures but also to participate proactively in the process with the agencies. Further, required compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act threatens to significantly delay implementation of project funding, complicate timely applications, and ultimately lead to potential legal vulnerability for funding decisions.
BNA and Sidley Austin LLP invite you to join a distinguished panel to discuss environmental and energy issues related to implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and how to plan now to best realize opportunities and overcome challenges associated with implementation. All three speakers have been involved with implementing the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program, which since October 2008 has been available to provide $25 billion in grants and loan guarantees to the automobile industry.
David Hill— Former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy
Roger Martella— Partner, Sidley Austin LLP and former General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Grant Bailey— Senior Consultant, Golder Associates Inc. and NEPA consultant on DOE loan guarantee programs
Maureen Crough (moderator) —Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
This informative 90-minute presentation is designed to help you:
- Be aware of the appropriate next steps in the regulatory process for implementing ARRA provisions, and how to participate as a stakeholder in the formation of the application process;
- Understand what to expect from the government’s consideration and processing of applications, including the review and timing of decisions; and
- Comply with NEPA requirements, in a comprehensive and timely way, that may be triggered by decisions under the Act.
Sidley is pleased to extend this invitation to its clients and special invitees at no cost.