The Solar Storm

Feb. 20, 2:40 pm, Weinmann Hall, Room 251

In June, the Louisiana legislature capped the state solar tax credit. Although a rush to get the last available credits created a boom over the summer, many business worry that the loss of the credit—among the most generous in the country—will see the consumers turn away from solar.  However, in December, Congress renewed the federal solar tax credit until at least 2020, providing a boost to those businesses that worried they would soon lose the support of the federal credit as well.  Experts discuss the state of the solar industry both locally and nationally.

CLE: Dannenmaier PresentationFact SheetPress ReleaseJeff Cantin

Andrew Owens, Director, Regulatory Research at Entergy

Andrew joined Entergy in 1998 and currently serves as Director, Regulatory Research for the Commercial Development & Innovation (CD&I) organization.  He is responsible for providing support to Entergy’s five public utilities on various regulatory matters including policy issues related to emerging technologies (smart grid, energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation and net metering, alternative fuel vehicles, etc.).  
From 1991-1996, Andrew worked in environmental consulting and focused on federal and state air pollution issues and policies.  He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State in 1991 and received an M.S. in Management from Georgia Tech in 1998.  He is a registered professional engineer in Georgia and a licensed CPA in Louisiana.  


Eric Dannenmaier, Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Dannenmaier Head Shot

Dr. Eric Dannenmaier, J.D., Boston University; LL.M., J.S.D., Columbia University; M.St., Oxford University.  Professor Dannenmaier teaches Constitutional Law, Energy, and Natural Resources Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law, and directs IU’s Program on Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Law.  Prior to joining IU Law faculty, Professor Dannenmaier was a Bretzfelder Fellow at Columbia Law School from 2006-07; Director of Tulane Law School’s Institute for Environmental Law and Policy from 2001-05; and Visiting Chair of Natural Resources Law at the University of Calgary in 2001. He served as Director of the Environmental Law Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1996 to 2000, and practiced law in Boston and Washington, D.C. as a litigation and environmental compliance attorney. In December 2013, Professor Dannenmaier was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation.  His research focuses on the regulation and management of transboundary energy and water resources.


Jeff Cantin, CEO, Solar Alternatives

Jeff Cantin is President and owner of Solar Alternatives, a Solar Energy provider based in New Orleans. Jeff is also President and co-founder of Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association, a renewable energy trade association representing solar and renewable energy companies in the Southeast. Jeff’s business experience includes engineering design and construction in renewable energy, as well as a previous career in enterprise software architecture. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.


Dean Boyer (moderator), Senior Research Fellow at the Tulane Institute on Water Resource Law and Policy

Dean BoyerDean Boyer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tulane Institute on Water Resource Law and Policy. He was born in California and grew up in Singapore and the San Francisco bay area. Dean graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2006 with a BA in History. After graduation, he traveled throughout South America and volunteered at an animal refuge in Bolivia. He worked in San Francisco as a shipping coordinator for an online store and as a campaign manager for a non-profit focusing on coastal issues. He came to New Orleans to attend Tulane University Law School where he received a JD with a certificate in environmental law. Dean is a co-founder of No Waste NOLA and is on the board of the New Orleans-based Alliance for Affordable Energy.



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