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2017 Western Chapter Annual Meeting

2017-02-23 17:00:00 2017-02-24 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles 2017 Western Chapter Annual Meeting- EBA **For a full listing of events visit Palace Hotel San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA EBA - Energy Bar Association - western
Dates:  Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:00pm to Friday, February 24, 2017 - 4:30pm
Location:  Palace Hotel San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
Western Chapter

Program Overview
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit
Speaker List
Hotel Information
Registration Fees
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The 2017 EBA Western Chapter Meeting will be held at the Palace Hotel, in San Francisco, CA on February 23-24, 2017.

The Chapter is excited to annouce that Chief Judge Carmen Cintron of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will give the keynote address. This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees to receive a first-hand account of the FERC's current priorities and significant developments. Your registration includes a welcome cocktail reception on February 23rd, a perfect networking opportunity.

Program Overview:

The energy industry in the Western United States has undergone a dramatic change in recent years – the rapid growth of renewable resources and distributed generation, adoption of energy storage targets, the expansion of the CAISO’s energy imbalance market, significant events impacting natural gas transportation and storage, and the adoption of state initiatives to curb greenhouse gases.  Some consider these changes evolutionary, others see them as revolutionary.  The change in administration in Washington will likely bring further change, or highlight the differences in state and national goals.  The Energy Bar Association’s Western Chapter Annual Meeting is designed to address many of these groundbreaking issues through a dialogue with industry and government leaders.  We are hopeful that participants in our Annual Meeting will leave with new insights into key issues and trends that will impact the energy industry in 2017, and for years to come!

Program Schedule and Registration Form PDF


Palace Hotel San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA


Please make your hotel accommodations at the Palace San Francisco Hotel by calling (415) 512-1111 or reservations can be made online using this booking link. Please request the 2017 EBA Western Chapter Annual Meeting Block rate. Pricing is $335 for a single or double occupancy Deluxe Room.  The hotel deadline is February 10, 2017.  Please reserve early to guarantee your room.

Registration Information:

Registration includes program sessions, electronic attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and reception.

The deadline for receipt of early bird registration is 2/6/2017. 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:



Member  $495
Non-Member $695
Member (Gov't/Academic) $225
Non-Member (Gov't/Academic) $250
Full Time Student (EBA Member) $100


8:00 am to 9:00 am


8:00 am to 8:15 am

Emma F. Hand, President, Energy Bar Association, Dentons US LLP
Tara S. Kaushik, President, Western Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, Holland & Knight LLP

8:15 am to 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Carmen A. Cintron, Chief Judge, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

9:00 am to 9:15 am

Networking Break

9:15 am to 10:30 am

The Rapidly Evolving Nature of the Electric System in the West

The electric transmission system in the Western United States is undergoing a revolutionary change with the growth of the CAISO’s energy imbalance market and potential CAISO expansion outside California.  This panel will discuss the pros and cons of this rapid expansion, and how this expansion could impact energy policy throughout the Western United States.

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am to 12:00pm

The Natural Gas Industry – Looking Ahead

The last several years have seen significant developments in the gas industry, with a focus on infrastructure and safety.  Potentially revolutionary changes also lie ahead, with the potential growth of renewable natural gas and challenges to address and mitigate greenhouse gases.  This panel will explore the changes that have occurred in the natural gas industry in the West, and look ahead to the significant challenges and opportunities that are just around the corner.

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch & Luncheon Address: Richard Glick, Democratic General Counsel, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources*

 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm  State Commissioner Panel

Continuing a long-time tradition at the Annual Meeting of the EBA Western Chapter, this panel of speakers from various state utility commissions throughout the West will discuss energy emerging issues from the perspective of state regulators and answer questions from attendees.

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm  Revolutionary Changes in Electric Distribution and Customer Choice

For decades, utilities operated their electric transmission and distribution systems and provided energy to all of the customers in their service territories.  That business model is rapidly changing.  Increasingly, large customers are pursuing their own procurement options, whether through distributed generation or direct contracting.  This panel will provide a variety of perspectives on how these changes have impacted the energy industry so far, and what we can expect to see in the near future.

4:30 pm

Western Chapter Annual Business Meeting                                     



Jennifer Spina, ‎Associate General Counsel, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
Anna McKenna, Assistant General Counsel, California Independent System Operator
Justin Thompson, Director Resource Operations and Trading, Arizona Public Service
Travis Ritchie, Attorney, Sierra Club
The Honorable Carmen A. Cintron, Chief Judge, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Charles Middlekauff, Chief Counsel, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Rodger Schwecke, Vice President, Gas Transmission and Storage, Southern California Gas Company
David Lewis, Director of Wholesale and New Markets, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Jerry Schmitz, Vice President/Engineering Staff, Southwest Gas Corporation
Richard Glick, Democratic General Counsel, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Pamela J. Anderson, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
The Honorable Carla Peterman, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
The Honorable Ann E. Rendahl, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The Honorable Jordan White, Commissioner, Utah Public Service Commission
The Honorable Ann Pongracz, Commissioner Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Tara Kaushik, Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP
Manal Yamout, Senior VP, Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Sanjay Ranchod, VP of Policy, Electricity Markets and Regulatory Counsel, SolarCity
Sam Arons, Director, Energy and Infrastructure, Google
Aaron Johnson, Vice- President, Customer Energy Solutions, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Continuing Legal Education (CLE):

Approved for  CA, NV, and OR. Pending approval for VA, UT, WA & NY.  ONLY REGISTERED ATTENDEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CLE.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 2/13/2017, 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 2/13/2017. If a cancellation is requested after the deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are acceptable by 2/20/2017  (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.


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.


If you have any questions or would like to attend the 2017 Western Chapter Annual Meeting, please contact Michele L. Smith, Manager of Chapter & Foundation Relations at 202-499-5841 or