2017 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting

2017-05-19 09:00:00 2017-05-19 14:00:00 America/Denver 2017 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting - EBA **For a full listing of events visit http://eba-net.org/calendar Holland & Hart, 555 17th St., Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202 and Parsons Behle & Latmer, 201 S. Main St., Suite 1800, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 EBA - Energy Bar Association - rockymountain admin@eba-net.org
Dates:  Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Location:  Holland & Hart, 555 17th St., Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202 and Parsons Behle & Latmer, 201 S. Main St., Suite 1800, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Rocky Mountain Chapter
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please contact Michele Smith at michele@eba-net.org if you'd like to regiser onsite tomorrow.
The 2017 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting will be held at the Holland & Hart offices in Denver, CO and at the Parsons Behle ofices in Salt Lake City, UT on May 19, 2017. This will be a full day of CLE, with ethics credit. There will be distinguished panelists at each venue, with interactive video conferencing between the two locations. To date, panel topics include the following:  
  • PURPA - there is change afoot?
  • Oil and Gas Royalty Issues on the Horizon
  • Securing our critical information: managing the intersection of protecting cyber and physical security information, while promoting voluntary information sharing

Program Schedule PDF

2017 RMC Annual Meeting Program Schedule and Registration Form PDF

The Chapter is excited to announce former FERC Commissioner Tony Clark of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP will be the keynote luncheon speaker. In addition to general and ethics CLE credit hours, this meeting offers numerous networking opportunities for attendees to connect, including a pre-conference hosted cocktail reception; scheduled breaks during the program and on the preceding day, attendees are also invited to an optional tour in each location. details below. Tony Clark will also be our honored guest at the welcome reception, and other state commissioners have also been invited.

Thank you to our Reception Sponsor:

Valmont Coal Plant Tour: The Valmont Generating Station is located in Boulder, Colorado and has a power production capability of 227 megawatts.  Valmont Unit 1 went into service in 1924 and three more units were added in ensuing years through 1942. At one time, Valmont was the largest power station west of the Missouri River and it remained the company’s largest Colorado generating station for several decades. The four oldest units stopped generating power in 1986.  Unit 5 uses three surrounding reservoirs for circulating cooling water. These reservoirs attract a variety of wildlife, including an abundance of waterfowl. For decades the plant site has been recognized as a unique wildlife refuge. From January through early spring, great horned owls use a nest box located on one of the plant’s three stacks. A camera installed in the box enables the public to watch nesting activities and learn more about the owls on Xcel Energy’s Owl Cam, available at xcelenergy.com.  Unit 5 will be shut down in 2017 as a result of the Colorado Clean Air – Clean Jobs Act, supported by Xcel Energy, which requires regulated utilities like Xcel Energy to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants. Unit 6, a natural gas combustion turbine, will remain in service. 
Tesoro Refinery Tour: Tesoro’s Salt Lake City refinery began operations in 1908 and is now the largest in Utah with a total crude-oil capacity of 63,000 barrels per day (bpd). The refinery processes crude oil primarily from Utah, Colorado and Wyoming to manufacture gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, heavy fuel oils and liquefied petroleum gas. These products are distributed through a system of terminals and pipelines, primarily to markets in Utah, Idaho and eastern Washington, with some product delivered to Nevada and Wyoming. The refinery also supplies jet fuel to the Salt Lake City International Airport. The refinery supplies Tesoro’s network of Shell®, Tesoro® and USA Gasoline™ stations mostly in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. 
If you would like to participate in either tour, please RSVP to Michele L. Smith, Manager, Chapter & Foundation Relations at michele@eba-net.org
Currently scheduled for 2:00 PM MT for each, all necessary logisitical information will be provided upon receipt of RSVP.

Sponsorship Opportunties

If your firm or company is interested in sponsoring this Conference, we have the following sponsor levels and benefits available. Please contact Michele L. Smith, Manager, Chapter & Foundation Relations at michele@eba-net.org or at (202) 499-5841 for more information.
  • $1000: Platinum Sponsor- 1 Complimentary Registration ($275 value); Marketing material placed on registrant chairs/tables.
  • $750: Gold Sponsor- 1 Half Price Registration ($140 savings);
  • One piece of marketing material at sponsor table
  • 400: Silver Sponsor- All marketing below

All Sponsors:

  • Signage at the event listing sponsors by level
  • Sponsors will be listed in the program brochure & materials by level
  • Sponsors will be listed in marketing material at their appropriate levels circulated to entire database of 10,000 attorneys and energy professionals at least once, and to the 2700 EBA members, multiple times
  • Sponsor logos are posted on the event/calendar page on the website


8:15 am to 9:00 am


8:30 am to 8:40 am


8:40 am to 9:00 am

Annual Election & Business Meeting

9:00 am to 10:30 am

PURPA – Is there change afoot?

Congress enacted PURPA almost 40 years ago in response to an energy crisis. Last year, FERC held a technical conference to discuss issues and concerns related to PURPA implementation. Many of the states within the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Energy Bar Association grapple with PURPA issues on a routine basis. This panel discussion will look at several of our member states, providing a discussion of what utilities, qualifying facilities, consumers, and the state public service commissions are dealing with related to this law, including what issues are hotly debated or consistently raised in those states.

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Ethic Speaker: Amy M. Watson, Attorney, Intermountain Rural Electric Association

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch & Keynote Address: former FERC Commissioner Tony Clark, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

1:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Networking Break

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Oil and Gas Royalty Issues on the Horizon 

Is oil and gas royalty litigation on the rise?  If so, where and what are the issues?  What do those in the trenches see on the horizon?  How might the recent appointment of Scott Pruitt to head of the EPA have one or more effect in this area?  Listen to what the panelists from Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming have to share.                     

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Networking Break

2:45 pm to 4:00 pm

Securing our critical information: managing the intersection of protecting cyber and physical security information, while promoting voluntary information sharing

Today’s utilities face a challenge of protecting cyber and physical security information while also finding ways to share information to promote their cyber and physical security. Recent law and regulation direct the protection of critical electrical infrastructure information (CEII) and exempts CEII from disclosure under FOIA. At the same time, utilities need to be able to rapidly and safely share information about cyber and physical security threats. This panel will explore these challenges and the ways utilities and regulators are working to address these seemingly competing concerns.



Chris Leger, Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate                               
Chairman Thad LeVar, Utah Public Service Commission
Al Brogan, NorthWestern Energy
Gary Dodge, Hatch, James & Dodge, P.C.
Ethic Speaker: Amy M. Watson, Intermountain Rural Electric Association
Phil Barber, Phillip D. Barber, P.C.
Jason Wasserburger, Throne Law Firm in Wyoming
Shawn Welch, Holland & Hart
Ron Klinefelter, WAPA
Reid Fudge, Senior Manager, CISO/Enterprise Risk Management, Tri-State Generation &Transmission Association
Terri K. Eaton, Xcel Energy

Registration Fees

Registration fees for those on-site include a breakfast, lunch, reception and electronic meeting handouts.
  Early Bird Regular (after 5/1/17)
EBA Member- Attorney/Private $175 $200
Non-Member $410 $410


$100 $125
Non-Member (Govnt/Academic) $175 $175
EBA Student Members $35 $35

Three Ways to Register:

Online: Register Now
Fax your completed registration form with payment to EBA: (202) 833-5596
Mail your registration form and payment to EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036 

Meeting and Reception Locations:

Reception on 18th: Maggiano's Pavilions, 500 16th Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO
Meeting: Holland & Hart, 555 17th St., Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Reception on the 18th:
Stanza- Italian Bistro & Wine Bar, 454 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Meeting: Parsons Behle & Latmer, 201 S. Main St., Suite 1800, Salt Lake City, UT 84111


Nearby Hotel Information:

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202
Rate: Standard room $189
(303) 295-1234
Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California St, Denver, CO 80202
Rate: Standard room $225
(303) 297-1300


Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown
206 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Rate: Standard room $194
(801) 521-9500
Salt Lake City Marriott City Center
220 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Rate: Standard room $225
(801) 961-8700

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit:

We will be applying for CLE approval in CO, UT, and WY,  If you require CLE in another state not listed here, please contact Lisa Levine at llevine@eba-net.org prior to April 19th to request submission.     

Cancelation Policy

Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 5/8/2017, 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 5/8/2017,. (If cancellation is requested after deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee). Substitutions are acceptable by 5/15/2017 (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between 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.


If you have any questions, or are interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Michele L. Smith, Manager, Chapter & Foundation Relations, at michele@eba-net.org or on her direct line at 202-499-5841.