June 3, 2016
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May 4 - 6, 2016
Thank you to those who attended the 2016 Washington Clean Air Summit! With over 29 companies present and more than 50 total attendees, the Clean Air Summit was not only one of the ICAC's most well-attended meetings, but also one of the most valuable events thanks to the speakers and meetings available to ICAC members. If you weren't able to join us this year's meeting, we invite you to browse the summaries of the panel discussions and meetings below. You may access the presentations by clicking here.
ICAC Member Networking Reception
Membership Meeting

The ICAC membership meeting was held on May 5, 2016. Stan Mack (BASF), President of the ICAC Board of Directors, reviewed the evolving direction of the organization before moving to general administrative items, such as approving the budget for FY '17 and the officers and members of the Board of Directors who were nominated to serve one and two-year terms respectively. Click here to view a list of the 2016-2017 ICAC Board of Directors.
ICAC Membership Meeting
Panel Discussions
On Thursday, May 5th, the ICAC held four panel discussions on key issues of importance to ICAC members. The panelists included some of today's thought leaders on clean air and water regulations, markets, and opportunities. Click here to view the presentations from the panelists.
Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Markets
Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Markets
Panelists: Lisa Jacobson (BCSE), Roger Martella (Sidley Austin), and Kurt Waltzer (CATF)
Moderator: Christopher Hessler (AJW)

The experts on this panel shared their views regarding which policy options are most likely to become the long-term approach governments will adhere to, and what are the market implications of these options.  The panel discussed several different points of view, all of which had merit and their own challenges.  Though there were varying viewpoints, all agreed that sustained technology progress – most notably in development and deployment of carbon capture technologies – is key to achieving multiple policy goals.    

Among the issues addressed:
  • What is the role that government can play in balancing economic and environmental demands?
  • Will the Clean Power Plan survive litigation?
  • To what extent do market realities (including commodity prices and technology costs/limitations) influence policy?
  • Is a political consensus on climate change likely or possible?
  • Can any durable market predictions be made regarding future demand for fossil generation?
  • What are the prospects for renewed government support for carbon capture technologies?
  • What are the needs for these areas?  
Water and Pollution Control
Water and Pollution Control

Panelists: David Hunter (EPRI) and Dorothy Kellogg (NRECA)
Moderator: Michael Goo (AJW)

David Hunter of the Electric Power Research Institute addressed the critical issue of the energy/water nexus. Water is necessary in many phases of generating electric power and conversely energy is often required to move and process water needed for many aspects of life, including agriculture.  Electric power generation is among the largest source of water withdrawal, however, unlike irrigation, electric power does not consume water, but returns it to the source from which it is withdrawn. Nevertheless, electric power requires water to generate steam, to run air pollution control equipment and as part of the management of coal combustion residuals. Furthermore, the withdrawal of water has impacts on aquatic life and the return of water can add heat to fragile water bodies. In times of drought, the availability of water and its use and management can be a critical aspect of power generation with an impact on pollution control and other phases of power generation.
Dorothy Kellogg of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association addressed the many regulatory initiatives that relate to water and electric power.

Among the initiatives discussed:
  • The Steam Electric Effluent Guidelines, which generally require zero discharge of water pollutants from coal combustion residuals, such as bottom ash, fly ash and FGD waste, necessitating dry handling of such materials.  
  • The 316 B cooling water intake structures rules.
  • The coal ash rule, which can also impact the electric power generation and pollution control activities. 
As this panel showed, the intersection of air pollution control, water pollution control and electric power generation can impact the work of ICAC members and the overall market for pollution control, particularly for coal-fired power plants.  
Criteria Pollutnants in the US Markets
Criteria Pollutants in the US Markets

Panelists: Bill Becker (NACAA), Mary Martin (U.S. Chamber of Commerce), Quin Shea (EEI), and John Walke (NRDC)
Moderator: Ted Michaels (AJW)
For those who thought the battles have already been fought with regard to criteria pollutants, this panel’s discussion reflected that air quality officials at the national and state level will continue wrestling with these issues for some time.  Panelists focused on how EPA, states and Congress will remain active on a wide number of regulatory activities designed to further reduce criteria pollutants from stationary sources.  The panel also addressed potential market challenges and opportunities associated with continued criteria pollutant regulatory activity. 

Among the issues discussed:
  • Technological and economic feasibility of NAAQS requirements for states.
  • Potential nationwide impact under the revised 70 ppb ozone standard.
  • Legislative Solutions: A review of the Ozone Standards Implementation Act now before Congress.
  • Systemic changes in the U.S. energy resource mix.
  • The carbon policy landscape.
  • Transformative drivers of power generation.
  • Environmental opportunities in the U.S. power market: 2016 and beyond.
International Environmental Markets
International Environmental Markets
Panelist: Amy Kreps (Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration)
Moderator: Christopher Hessler (AJW)

The US has the cleanest energy fleet in the world, and the advances in technologies developed here are in demand overseas.  Amy Kreps of the US Department of Commerce is working with ICAC and its members to show how we can translate success in the US to overseas opportunities. 

Among the topics covered by this panel:
  • Country-specific market demand drivers for emission control technologies, including: Saudi Arabia, Mexico, India, and South Korea.
  • Opportunities for utilizing existing US government resources to secure introductions to policymakers and potential business partners in various countries with increasing emission control challenges.
  • Opportunities to participate in US-led trade missions and forums to highlight the availability of technology and engineering resources proven in US markets.
Friday Track Meetings and Speakers
On Friday, May 6th, the ICAC Summit attendees self-selected into three meeting tracks to go on site with senior policy staff involved with industry issues of importance to them.  These meetings included:  

Track 1: Clean Air Task Force/Department of Energy
Armond Cohen: Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force
Angelos Kokkinos: Director of the Office of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems (DOE)

Both discussions with Clean Air Task Force and the Department of Energy focused heavily on the potential global demand for carbon capture technologies, and the current suite of government activities aimed at increasing the rate of development and deployment for these technologies. There was also discussion of the range of discussions underway that could result in greater government support for carbon capture technologies.

Track 2: Congressional Meetings
Ann Mesnikoff: Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Tom Hassenboehler: Republican Chief Counsel; and Mary Neumayr: Republican Senior Energy Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee

The congressional meetings with senior Republican and Democrat congressional staff provided comparative overviews of the political and policy market drivers ICAC members are facing or likely to face over the next couple of years. Various policy issues were reviewed with particular attention on areas in which Congress may be working in opposition to EPA regulatory actions.  The congressional staff stressed the value of having ICAC technical and policy input on air quality issues and urged that ICAC and/or member companies continue to provide guidance to Congress on legislative and/or regulatory issues of importance to the industry or their companies.   

Track 3: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Reid Harvey, Head of the Clean Air Markets Division
Jeb Stenhouse, Branch Chief
Jeremy Schreifels, Branch Chief

ICAC members engaged in an active discussion regarding upcoming EPA activities, including EPA's cross state air pollution rule (CSAPR), ozone implementation and the clean power plan.  EPA and ICAC members discussed the likelihood of future controls on non-electric generating units and ways in which to prepare for implementation of the ozone and cross state rules, especially given the uncertainty and timing issues associated with EPA's clean power plan.  Some additional discussion was held with Jeremy Schreifels regarding international pollution control opportunities and markets.  ICAC and EPA agreed to continue collaboration.  

Friday Luncheon and Final Session

Luncheon: Following Friday morning’s track meetings, all ICAC members gathered at the JW Marriott in downtown Washington, DC for lunch to hear from noted environmental enforcement attorney Adam M. Kushner (Hogan Lovells), whose remarks were followed by a lengthy Q&A session for members.   

Final Session: Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation (EPA)

Janet McCabe spent an hour with ICAC members answering questions regarding the status and direction of nearly all of the regulations under her purview.  She shared the basis of the EPA’s confidence in the durability in its approach to regulating climate pollutants.  She also addressed opportunities for ICAC members to engage in the efforts to further reduce emissions from industrial sources of emissions, which she described as necessary to achieving current air quality standards.  Ms. McCabe described the EPA’s support for increased development and deployment of carbon capture, and described it as a critical technology for addressing the global challenge of climate change.  She also asked for greater, and sustained technical input from ICAC and its members.
ICAC Member Praise for the
2016 Washington Clean Air Summit
"Much improved vs. last year's annual meeting. Very impressed with the quality of the speaker lineup and Friday tracks."

"...higher quality of content, venue and schedule vs. prior years..."

"Great meeting!"
"I like the move to the DC area...allows more people to attend and meet with EPA, DOE, Hill..."

"Very well organized and very interesting event!"
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