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2017 EBA Mid-Year Energy Forum

2017-10-16 12:00:00 2017-10-17 20:30:00 America/New_York 2017 EBA Mid-Year Energy Forum- EBA EBA's Mid-Year Energy Forum, Washington DC **For a full listing of events visit Renaissance Downtown Hotel 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC 20001 EBA - Energy Bar Association
Dates:  Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 8:30pm
Location:  Renaissance Downtown Hotel 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC 20001


Program Overview

The Energy Bar Association's 2017 Mid-Year Energy Forum brings together a day and one-half of top level sessions on all aspects of energy law. Attendees will include attorneys, energy professionals, and students active in all areas of energy law, including antitrust, international energy transactions, legislation and regulatory reform, electric utility regulation, alternative dispute resolution, finance and transactions, and environment and public lands at federal, state, and international levels. Each year, the EBA Mid-Year Energy Forum welcomes 400 attendees and will be approved for  MCLE credit and ethics credit.

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Conference Agenda Overview

Monday, October 16, 2017

Noon- 1:00 pm


Noon - 6:00 pm

New Member and First Timer Meet Up - Join the Membership Committee for a quick get together before the conference begins. 


1:00 pm -

Note: Start time for 2017!

Opening Welcome - Note: Start time for 2017!

Robert A. Weishaar, Jr., President, Energy Bar Association
Partner, McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC

1:10 pm- 2:30 pm

General Session: CEO Round Table 

As energy companies adjust to changes in market conditions, new technology and regulatory environment, hear from a panel of major energy company CEOs on their strategic vision and the future of the energy sector.
Christopher R. Jones, Troutman Sanders LLP
 Robert C. Flexon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dynegy, Inc

  John DiStasio, President, Large Public Power Council (Formerly, General Manager,           Sacramento Municipal Utility District)




  Stefan Bird, President and CEO, PacifiCorp

2:30 -2:45  pm 


2:45- 4:00 pm

Concurrent Session A: Surviving the Deal: Best Practices in Oil & Gas Pipeline Transactions During Times of Uncertainty

Regulatory and economic uncertainty present both opportunities and challenges to companies and their legal teams and regulators.  Join this roundtable session, which will explore whether conventional approaches to oil and gas deal financing, mergers and acquisitions adequately address today’s dynamic market realities.  Panelists will discuss best practices for energy sector transactions in a changing market, including consideration of commodity price changes, shareholder liability, changes in commodity flows and exports, regulatory reform, state vs. federal jurisdiction, and navigating other regulatory concerns.
Richard G. Smead, Managing Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC

Georgia Carter, Vice President & General Counsel, Millennium Pipeline Company L.L.C.
Christopher G. Cross, Partner, Latham and Watkins
Bill Wolf, Assistant General Counsel, Kinder Morgan Inc.

Concurrent Session B: The (Long and Winding) Road to Developing Offshore Wind in the United States

After over a decade of false starts, the development of large-scale offshore wind generation in the United State appears to be poised for success.  The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has finalized its regulatory process for the issuance of offshore renewable energy leases, has worked cooperatively with several states to identify and conduct initial environmental assessments on potential lease areas, and successfully conducted auctions for leases off the coasts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and North Carolina.  At the same time, a number of interested states – including Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, and Rhode Island – have developed their own programs to incentivize the development of offshore wind.  The combination of these federal and state efforts, along with significant advances in turbine technology, has attracted the attention of companies that have successfully developed large-scale offshore wind projects in Europe.
This panel will discuss the actions underway in the US to foster the development of offshore wind, compare those actions to the programs that have led to the successful development of over 12 GW of offshore wind in Europe, and consider additional efforts that may be needed to ensure the success of the offshore wind industry in the US.  
Mark C. Kalpin, Partner, Holland & Knight

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA
Curtis Fisher, National Wildlife Federation’s Northeast Regional Executive Director
Dr. Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Thomas Brostrøm, President, DONG Energy Wind Power U.S., Inc.

4:00 - 4:15 pm

Health & Networking Break

4:15- 5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions A: Energy and Environmental Justice 

At some point in many energy infrastructure projects Environmental Justice issues arise related to low-income, vulnerable or tribal communities.  This panel will provide an overview of Environmental Justice issues relevant to energy infrastructure, the federal and state legal framework for vetting and resolving Environmental Justice issues, and the different contexts in which Environmental Justice issues may arise – legacy sites, new infrastructure development, green energy investment, and residential distributed generation.  While Environmental Justice issues often arise in the form of opposition to energy projects, the panel will also discuss how energy companies can engage Environmental Justice communities in discussions to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. 
Ethan G. Shenkman, Partner, Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer

Pilar Thomas, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Deidre Sanders, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Vernice Miller-Travis, Skeo Solutions

Concurrent Session B: The Evolving Legal Intersection of State Policy and Energy Markets

FERC’s approach to wholesale markets has historically been resource neutral, while state authorities have increasingly been interested in promoting or preserving specific resources through policies that include RPS standards, the creation and administration of carbon markets, the promotion of base-load and carbon neutral generation through tax credits and other arguable subsidies.   While the Supreme Court established one outside barrier to state involvement in promoting generation in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, much remains to be decided.
The extent to which federal policy should accommodate or reflect state-based generation policies and preferences will be the subject of this panel.  Much is at stake as states endeavor to meet environmental and reliability objectives, while many argue that state authority must give way to federal oversight and the impartial hand of the market.   
Arnie Quinn, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Kathleen Barron, Senior Vice President, Competitive Market Policy, Exelon Corporation
Peter Fuller, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, NRG
Dr. David B. Patton, President, Potomac Economics
Rob Gramlich, Founder, Grid Strategies LLC

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Special Event:  The Honorable Chief Judge Curtis J. Wagner, Jr. Administrative Law Judges Reception

The reception honoring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Administrative Law Judges, sponsored by the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, has become an annual occasion welcomed and enjoyed by all segments of the Energy Law sector.  This year’s reception, to which all of the Judges are invited, will be held at the law offices of Duane Morris. This event is the major source of funding for the Energy Law Journal, published by the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal (FELJ), for the benefit of the EBA membership.  Separate registration required. For information, visit:  2017 ALJ Reception


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

7:00 am - 5:00 pm


7:30 am – 8:30 am

Special Event:  Women In Energy Breakfast * SOLD OUT

The Energy Bar Association (EBA) is pleased to host the Women in Energy Breakfast in conjunction with the EBA Mid-Year Energy Forum. While the number of women attorneys has greatly increased in the last several decades, women are still a minority in the energy bar and the energy industry in general. This breakfast brings together women in energy law to enjoy networking and share experiences and successes.

For more information visit: Women In Energy

Speaker:  Kellie Donnelly, Deputy Chief Counsel, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the United States Senate

*RSVP Required.  Included with full conference registration.  Breakfast-only tickets may be purchased.

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

9:00 am - 10:30 am

General Session:  A New Sheriff in Town:  The Trump Administration's Dramatic New Approach to Energy and Environmental Policy

President Trump has recently announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and has further issued a series of Executive Orders requiring EPA to reconsider and/or revise major Obama era regulations intended to combat global warming such as the Clean Power Plan and methane emission reductions.  EPA Administrator Pruitt, an opponent of many existing EPA climate, air and water emission control strategies prior to his appointment, is actively implementing this new agenda.  For its part, the DOE is studying measures to support existing base-load generation, including nuclear and fossil-fired plants, in view of their asserted beneficial effects for grid reliability and fuel diversity.  The Administration, moreover, has made statements supporting a revival of the coal industry.  This panel will review the anticipated extent and substance of these developments, and how they may change the energy industry and markets in coming years.
Jonathan D. Schneider, Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
David Fotouhi, Deputy General Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency
Benjamin Longstreth, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Marc Chupka, Principal, The Brattle Group
Andrew McKeon, Executive Director, RGGI, Inc
Paul Bailey, American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Health & Networking Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent Session A: Resiliency of Energy Infrastructure -- The Physical (Un) Certainty of Energy Supply

There are significant (non-cyber) threats to the continued reliable supply of electricity.  As nuclear and coal plants retire, the grid may face new baseload supply challenges. There are real operational uncertainties, as we need access to new gas supplies and significant pipeline expansions to support power generation. In parallel, the industry faces challenges in protecting infrastructure against a troubling threat from physical attack.  Are we adequately juggling these cross-cutting factors? Are all the players on the same page? Is the risk level rising even as we become more dependent on electricity?  This panel will assess the contingency and operational planning by both the electric and gas industries, and whether we are adequately preparing for tomorrow’s risks to the security of power supplies.
Jennifer M. Murphy,Assistant General Counsel,NARUC

Richard Doying, Executive Vice President, Operations, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.
Suzanne Lemieux, Manager, Midstream and Industry Operations, API
Charles Patton, EVP External Affairs, American Electric Power
Terry D. Boss, Senior Vice President of Environment, Safety and Operations, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America


Concurrent Session B: Intermittency vs. Reliability:  How to Deal with the Rapid Expansion of Renewables

Renewable resources are expected to significantly alter conventional generation dispatch and the reliance on fossil fuels; indeed they are already doing so in some regions.  The intermittent nature of most renewable resources creates challenges to maintain electric grid reliability, while at the same time creating opportunities for natural gas infrastructure and energy storage resources to provide ramping and firming to the grid.  This panel will illustrate the expected risk and reliability issues associated with increasing renewable penetration, and explore how natural gas and energy storage solutions can mitigate both the intermittency and the risk of a shortfall in needed supplies of power. In addition, the panel will delve into the merits and challenges for gas backup and energy storage for renewables, including location, the relative costs and operational characteristics, and offer a regional case study to highlight current practices.
Kevin Petak, Managing Director, Natural Gas and Liquids Markets, ICF

Dr. Ralph Romero, Senior Managing Director, Black & Veatch Management Consulting, LLC.
Robert Pike, Director, Market Design and Product Management, New York Independent System Operator

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

LUNCHEON and Speaker

  Chairman Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission




    Presentation of the Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award
    Presentation of the State Regulatory Practitioners Award

2:15 PM - 3:45 pm

Concurrent Session A: Ethics Presentation: My Client, My Employer: Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel 

In-house attorneys must adapt ethic rules to the corporate environment where billable hours are nonexistent, and no issue is too trivial for legal review – not even the fate of rattlesnakes. This panel will discuss ethics from the unique perspective of in-house counsel with a focus on balancing legal and corporate values, managing the ever expanding scope of representation, maintaining independent judgment while representing a client and employer within the requirements of the ABA Model Rules.

Amy M. Watson, In-house Counsel, Intermountain Rural Electric Association
Mosby G. Perrow, IV, In-house Counsel, Kinder Morgan, Inc.


Concurrent Session B: The Future of Distributed Energy

As distributed energy penetration increases in some markets, new regulatory challenges and disputes are on the rise. This panel will explore cost allocation, rate design, antitrust issues, exit fees/departing load charges, distribution system development, public vs private investment and other core issues affecting the future of distributed energy and the central baseload capacity which may be displaced. 
Merrill L. Kramer, Pierce Atwood LLP
Ari Citrin, Managing Director, MVP Capital Partners
Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison Company
Tanuj Deora, Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Bharath Srinivasan, Senior Vice President of Operations, Distributed Sun LLC

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Health & Networking Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm




Closing General Session

Moderator:  Robert A. Weishaar, Jr., EBA President and Chair, Energy & Environmental Law Group, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
Speaker: Francis O’Sullivan, Ph.D., MIT Energy Initiative

Dr. O’Sullivan of the MIT Energy Initiative will explore how rapidly evolving energy technologies and economics will drive policy and the energy industry of the future. Dr. O’Sullivan will provide insight into the increasing confluence of the various sectors of the energy industry, with emphasis on the role of technological innovation.

5:15- 6:00pm





5:30 - 8:30 pm

LGBT Meet Up:  LGBT Power seeks to unite LGBTQI members of the energy bar to encourage EBA membership and participation, and thereby support EBA’s diversity and inclusion efforts.  Attendees of the mid-year conference who wish to learn more about the group will be invited to a pre-closing dinner cocktail reception at the Renaissance hotel bar.  We are currently working out the details, but expect that the reception will start at 5pm on Tuesday, October 16, and will be sponsored jointly by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.  Those wishing to participate in future events organized by LGBT Power will have an opportunity to join our listserv.  The group asks only that EBA officials announce the kick-off reception in their respective general session remarks.   


Special Event:   Closing Celebration Dinner with FERC Commissioners


This year's Mid-Year Energy Forum Closing Dinner will feature lively entertainment by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners, and will celebrate 40 years of FERC. All former Commissioners have been invited to attend

Featuring Commissioner Robert F. Powelson, Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission as the headliner for the evening.


This is a not to be missed special event dinner.  Have fun supporting CFEBA's charitable deeds by participating in its “wine pull” fundraiser in conjunction with the Dinner. CFEBA will be the sole provider for wine at the EBA Dinner.

For information visit Dinner page.

Tickets may be purchased separately


Special Events

The Honorable Chief Judge Curtis J. Wagner, Jr. Administrative Law Judges Reception - Proceeds support development and publication of the Energy Law Journal. Separate Registration Fee

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm, hosted by Duane Morris LLP

Women in Energy Breakfast:  **Special breakfast for women in the energy law practice to enjoy networking. Included in your full conference registration fee but RSVP Required. SOLD OUT

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:30 am

LGBT Meet Up:  Hosted Reception at Renassiance Hotel Lobby Bar.  All are welcome.

            Tuesday, October 16, 2017, 5:15pm

►Closing Celebration Dinner:  This year's Closing Dinner will feature lively entertainment by the Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and will celebrate 40 years of FERC.  Separate Ticket Pricing Available  Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 5:45-8:30 pm ►

Conference Location

The conference will be at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel. Click here to open in Google Maps.

Renaissance Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Hotel Information

EBA has secured a block of sleeping rooms at two hotels, $329 per night:

Renaissance Downtown Hotel at the rate of $329 single/double occupancy. The room block cut-off is September 20, 2017. To make your reservation, follow this link or call  (202) 898-9000.

Washington Marriott at Metro Center,775 12th Street NW,Washington, DC.  The room block cut-off is September 20, 2017.  To make your reservation follow this link:

or call 800-393-2510.

Parking & Transportation Information

Information about daily parking rates and metro transit information are available here:

Registration Fees

2017 Mid-Year Energy Forum Conference Brochure  - available soon.
Unless otherwise noted, registration fees includes lunch, networking breaks, Women in Energy Breakfast, WiFi and meeting handouts.

Type of Registration Early Bird (until 9/29/17) Regular Non-Member
Private (Dinner NOT Included)  $ 750  $ 800  $ 950
Private - Value Registration (Includes Dinner)  $ 875  $ 900  $1,050
Private - Multi Registration Discount (5 and beyond)* $ 590  $ 590    N/A
Gov’t/Academic (Dinner NOT Included)  $ 415  $ 485  $ 595
Gov"t/Academic  - Value Registration (Includes Dinner)  $ 525  $ 585  $ 695
ALJ Reception Individual Tickets:      
                             Non-Government    $ 80  $ 80
                            Government/Students    $ 30

 $ 30

Women in Energy Breakfast Individual Ticket    $ 50  $ 50
Closing Celebration Dinner (dinner only ticket)    $150  $150

NEW -  Multi Registration Discount*

For firms registering 5  people or more, at the same time, EBA will provide you a group discount of $590 per person for person 5 and beyond.  This registration does not include the closing dinner and registration must be done using the PDF registration form by mail or fax.  This discount can not be applied to online registrations.  * Applies to Private and Energy Professional members only.  All attendees in the group must be members. 

NOT YET A Member?

Consider joining EBA now and get member discount on registration. You must purchase your membership first to receive the member registration fee when you register.  Click on the following link for membership information: Join EBA today and save! 

Registration Information:

EBA's Mid-Year Energy Forum conference pre-registration closed on October 9.  Registrations will be taken on-site at the conference.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

EBA has applied for course approval or will offer a state-specific Certificate of Attendance in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MN, MO, NJ, NY, OK, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA AND WI. A General Certificate of Attendance can be provided for your use in self-applying for CLE credit in the states not listed.
By attending each session, a maximum of 9 hours of CLE credit in states with a 60 minute CLE "hour" (up to 10.9 hours in states with a 50 minute CLE "hour") may be earned, including 1.5 hours (1.8 in 50 minute CLE states) of Ethics credit earned by attending the Ethics session. Course approvals may still be pending at the time of the meeting, and the number of credits actually approved may vary. 
When you submit your required CLE Attendance Record form, EBA will record your credit earned and send you by email the appropriate Certificate(s) of Attendance. Where required, EBA will report your attendance to your state MCLE authority.


Speaker Resource Center

Speakers and moderators should visit the Speaker Resource Center for important details on your session. 

To learn more, please contact:

Please contact EBA,  (202) 223-5625 or by email at

Dress Attire

Attire for the conference is smart business casual. 

Special Accommodations

Persons in need of special accommodation should inquire with Lisa Levine, Executive Director, at the EBA office.

EBA Hardship Policy

EBA offers eligible student, government, and academic members discounts on the rates for most EBA programs which carry CLE credits, including EBA's annual and mid-year meetings. EBA will, on a case-by-case basis, consider requests from members to attend EBA programs at discounted rates.  Discount requests must be made to EBA's office at least fifteen days prior to the close of regular registration for the program in question.  Requests will be considered by EBA if timely and complete.  Discount requests must demonstrate a substantial financial hardship. Please submit your request to

Cancellation and Refund Policy

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS September 29, 2017No registration fee refunds will be granted for cancellations received after October 2, 2017.  In order to receive a refund (less $75 administrative fee), the EBA must receive your written notice of cancellation by October 2, 2017.  Registrants who are unable to attend may send a substitute for the entire program. Substitutions may be made at the registration desk at any time including on-site registration (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between member and non-member fees).  EBA regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Send cancellation request in writing to: EBA, 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 715, Washington,  DC 20036, or by email to Marlo Brown Carpenter at Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program.


By registering for this conference, you authorize EBA the right to use any photographs taken of you during the course of the conference. Photographs may be used in promotional materials or stories that appear in professional publications and websites.

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