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2017 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting

2017-03-06 17:30:00 2017-03-07 16:30:00 America/Chicago 2017 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting - EBA **For a full listing of events visit http://eba-net.org/calendar InterContinental Milwaukee, 139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 EBA - Energy Bar Association - midwest admin@eba-net.org
Dates:  Monday, March 6, 2017 - 5:30pm to Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:30pm
Location:  InterContinental Milwaukee, 139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Midwest Chapter

 

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The 2017 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting will be held at the InterContinental Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WI on March 6-7, 2017.

The Chapter is excited to announce Mr. Allen Leverett, President and Chief Executive Officer of WEC Energy Group will be the keynote speaker. The Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting will offer numerous networking opportunities, including a pre-conference hosted cocktail reception and scheduled breaks during the program for attendees to connect.

The Chapter’s annual business meeting will take place the evening of March 6th.

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Program Overview:

The Midwestern energy industry is facing unprecedented uncertainty and transformation resulting from aggressive environmental regulations, new competitors, pricing pressure and safety mandates. Will low gas prices, environmental regulations, and other pressures on the coal industry change the Midwest's historic reliance on coal-fired generation? How can natural gas companies ensure the reliable delivery of a product facing ever-growing demand, and what costs are associated with increased natural gas infrastructure build-out? Will the distribution and/or transmission grid need to change to accommodate competing generation technologies? What challenges face large-scale interstate transmission projects? How are the footprints of regional RTOs/ISOs evolving over time, and what issues does this growth and change present for the energy sector? The 2016-2017 Energy Bar Association Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting will bring together federal and state regulators and policymakers, executives from industry-leading companies, and counsel from throughout the United States to discuss the significant changes on the horizon. This is an opportunity to hear insights from energy industry leaders who are helping to shape the energy future in the Midwest.

LOCATION:

InterContinental Milwaukee, 139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

SCHEDULE:

 

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Registration

8:30 am to 8:40 am

Welcome
Emma F. Hand, President, Energy Bar Association, Dentons US LLP
Brian C. Drumm, President, Midwest Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, Associate General Counsel, American Transmission Company

8:45 am to 9:00 am

Welcome Address: Ellen Nowak, Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

9:00 am to 9:15 am

Networking Break

9:15 am to 10:15 am
 

Challenges with Developing Multi-State Transmission Assets

Large scale multi-state transmission development has become increasingly prolific.  These projects have exposed a host of issues, conflicts and inefficiencies regarding the interplay of federal, state and local laws, regulations and open access requirements.  Additionally, these efforts have brought to light the difficulty of seeking siting approval in different states that often have widely divergent regulatory processes and stakeholder demands.  This unique panel will use several recent development case studies to highlight the areas of greatest concern to developers, provide examples of past and present roadblocks and explore ways to simplify and streamline the transmission siting process.  

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am to 12:00pm

Integrating Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Sources into the Grid:  Net Benefit or Costly Disruption?

Integrating renewable energy into the grid has been a focus of the energy industry in recent years.  With distributed energy resources increasingly in the mix, how have they performed to date?  What challenges are planners and other stakeholders facing as these resources increase?  Will micro-grids replace RTOs in the future?  Are changes to rate design necessary and/or desirable to achieve further renewable participation or to cover the cost of the driving force of the “internet of things”?  With utilities making assumptions about consumer choices to justify major shifts in their business models, data collection, and customer experiences with the utilities, do consumers have any voice left in the direction of their energy future?  This panel will address these questions and more.    

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch & Luncheon Address: Mr. Allen Leverett, President and Chief Executive Officer of WEC Energy Group

 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

 Natural Gas Infrastructure - Implications of Increased Demand from the Electric Power Sector

Change is afoot in the MISO footprint.  Historically, the Midwest has relied upon large-scale baseload coal-fired plants to power the majority its electric generation needs.  However, with legal and regulatory changes (including MATS and the Clean Power Plan), and dramatically decreased cost for comparatively cleaner natural gas as a fuel for generation, this paradigm is changing. Please join our panelists as they discuss projections for the use of natural gas for electric generation in the Midwest; the infrastructure buildout associated with such changes, associated timing, regulatory, and/or coordination issues; and the ultimate cost – and cost allocation – of this massive change.

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm  RTOs/ISOs: Evolution and Growth

A critical feature of the American utility industry, Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators continue grow and evolve decades after they were initially formed.  In recent years, Midcontinent Independent System expanded to the south to integrate the Entergy transmission system.  More recently, Southwest Power Pool expanded its footprint to the North.  This panel will address some of the many issues raised by these, and other, expansions.  What drives RTO/ISO expansion, and what are the implications?  How does expansion impact an RTO's current members, and what benefits should customers in new territories anticipate?  What does the future hold for these new RTO/ISO regions?

                                                                                                       

Speakers:

(confirmed as of 1/30/17):

Shawn Schukar, Senior Vice President of Transmission Business Development and Project Management, Ameren Services Company 
Cary Kottler, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Cleanline
Sharon Segner, Vice President, LS Power Development, LLC
Dave Steicker, Polsinelli LLC
Steve Mitnick, Build Energy America; Editor in Chief, Public Utilities Fortnightly
Denise Foster, Vice President , State & Member Services of PJM
Joe Condo, KL Gates
Robert G. Mork, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
Scott Wright, Consulting Advisor, Strategy at Midcontinent Independent System Operator
Nick Wagner, Board Member, Iowa Utilities Board
Terry Kouba, Vice President - Generation, Alliant Energy
Jason Stephenson, General Counsel, Vectren, Gas Utility
Ted Thomas, Arkansas Public Service Commission
Paul Suskie, SPP General Counsel
Jennifer Curran, Vice President Transmission at Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (or delegate)
Marquerite Wagner, Director, RTO Policy at ITC Holdings Corporation

Continuing Legal Education (CLE):

We will seek approval in WI, IL, IN, KS and MO. Each state has its own rules and regulations defining "CLE".  TO ASSURE ACCREDITATION, THE NECESSARY CLE INFORMATION MUST APPEAR ON YOUR REGISTRATION FORM. IF THIS INFORMATION IS NOT PROVIDED, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE RECEIPT OF CREDIT.  ONLY REGISTERED ATTENDEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CLE.  Please contact Lisa Levine for additional CLE requests by February 3rd at llevine@eba-net.org.


Registration Information:

Registration includes program sessions, electronic attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and reception.
The early bird deadline is 2/10/2017. The deadline for receipt of advance registration is 2/24/2017. Conference registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by a check, money order, government purchase order/training form or credit card information and may be limited by the capacity of the facilities. Registrations will not be held without payment. No partial registration is available.

Registration Fees:

 

 

Early Bird
(On or before 2/10/17)

Regular
(After 2/10/17                         

Member 

$365

$395

Non-Member

$585

$585

Member (Gov't/Academic)

$125

$150

Non-Member (Gov't/Academic)

$200 $200

 Three Ways to Register:

1.  Online through link:  Midwest Chapter Meeting
2.  FAX your completed registration form with payment to EBA:  202.833.5596
3.  Mail your registration and payment to EBA, 2000 M St., NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036
Questions?  call EBA at 202.499.5841


Hotel:

Please make your hotel accommodations at the InterContinental Milwaukee in Milwaukee by using the following booking link , otherwise, reservations can be made by calling the reservations department directly at 414.935.5943 and mentioning the “2017 EBA Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Block.”  Please note the interface for the booking link is not smartphone-friendly, but works perfectly on computers. The hotel deadline is February 4, 2017, so call early to guarantee your room.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 2/27/2017, less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. No refunds will be given after 2/27/2017. If a cancellation is requested after the deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are acceptable by 3/2/2017  (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between the member and non-member fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program. Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email if an address is provided.

Photographs:

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

Attendees:
 

Pre-Registration List will be available prior to the event. Stay tuned to find your colleagues!
 

Contact:

If you have any general questions about the 2017 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting, please email admin@eba-net.org.