Power Sector in the Hot Seat: Challenges, Opportunities & Goals for Reducing Carbon Emissions

Seminar for journalists to focus on the bsiness of limiting global warming on the heels of the Paris Agreement

Now that the ink is dry on the historic Paris Climate Agreement singed in April, the energy sector will play a major role in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by 2100. This role is complicated in the U.S. by the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.

As states, non-profits, and the private sector push for greater certainty, what new policies, government regulations, business models, technologies, and employment opportunites will emerge as a result of efforts to meet global emissions caps? How are utilites, researchers, and financial markets responding to this challenge?

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute will hold a daylong seminar for journalists in conjunction with the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Annual Conference in Sacramento, California, on September 21, 2016, to address these issues.

What You’ll Learn

Science, policy, and economic experts from across the U.S. will provide an overview of trends and projections for climate change, energy use and energy policy. Participants also will learn about goals and strategies for limiting emissions and technological and financial innovations underway in government and the private sector. Journalists will return to their beats with a deeper understanding of the Paris Climate Agreement’s impact on the power sector, new sources, and compelling story ideas that will impact your audience.


Journalists have the option of registering only for the seminar or the full SEJ conference. The seminar is open to full-time staff journalists and freelancers, but will be of particular interest to business and policy reporters, opinion writers, and editors. Pre-registration and a $60 fee is required. Register here.

About the Society of Environment Journalists

The Society of Environment Journalists is the only North-American membership association of professional journalists dedicated to more and better coverage of environment-related issues. SEJ’s mission is to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues.