Kevin Poloncarz is a partner with Covington & Burling LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s Environmental Practice Group and Energy Industry Group.
Poloncarz is ranked by Chambers USA among the nation’s top five climate change attorneys. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Environmental Law Institute and Center for Applied Environmental Law and Policy and is a Fellow and Regent of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
He has extensive experience with California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and Renewables Portfolio Standard, and is recognized as a leading advisor on carbon markets.
He is currently representing electric utilities, power producers and associations in several lawsuits in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging EPA’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan and its finding that mercury standards for coal-fired power plants are not appropriate and necessary, and EPA’s and NHTSA’s revocation of California’s and other states’ authority to enforce their own CO2 tailpipe standards for cars and trucks and the agencies’ rules weakening federal tailpipe and fuel economy standards. He recently represented an amicus curiae in the United States’ constitutional challenge to the linkage between California’s and Quebec’s cap-and-trade programs.