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2017 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference

2017-04-03 08:00:00 2017-04-04 17:15:00 America/New_York 2017 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference - EBA 2017 EBA Annual Meeting, April 3-4 at Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC **For a full listing of events visit Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St, NW, Washington, DC EBA - Energy Bar Association
Dates:  Monday, April 3, 2017 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:15pm
Location:  Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St, NW, Washington, DC


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Program Overview

Program Overview

Mark your calendar for the Energy Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference! The April 3-4 event will provide two full days of discussions focused on the legal issues related to all aspects of energy law. Attendees will include attorneys, non-attorney 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 Annual Meeting welcomes 600 attendees and is approved for approximately 10-15 hours of MCLE credit, and an additional 1.5 hours of ethics credit.

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Sponsorships and Exhibiting

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Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

Pending approval for 10-15 hours of MCLE credit, and an additional 1.5 hours of ethics credit.  EBA has applied to the following states for MCLE and ethics, when appropriate:  AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MN, MO, OH, OK, TX, VA, WA, WI.  MCLE accreditation has been (or will be) requested from states with general MCLE requirements. Each state has its own rules and regulations regarding "CLE".For questions on CLE email 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.


Monday, April 3, 2017


Monday, April 3, 2017

8:00 am - 6:00 pm


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Opening Welcome

Emma Hand, President, Energy Bar Association; Dentons US LLP

9:15 am - 10:30 am

General Session: Utility General Counsels' Roundtable: Always a Full Plate

The General Counsels of several major utilities will sit down for a roundtable discussion of their broad responsibilities and challenges.  With such a great number and diversity of matters, supervising so many in-house lawyers and supporting law firms, the GCs will talk about their strategies and styles on behalf of their companies and their companies' many constituencies.

Moderator:  Emily Fisher, Electric Edison Institute
Speakers:  Mrg Simon, Attorney at Law, Director, Legal, Missouri River Energy Services
Tamara L. Linde, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, PSEG

Jane Lewis-Raymond, Partner, Parker Poe LLP


10:30 am - 11:00 am 

Coffee Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent Session A: Tension Rising -- State Programs or Competitive Markets to Achieve Carbon Reduction

Some states have considered new forms of subsidies, above-market PPAs or rate base treatment for nuclear (and certain other) power plants in order to keep them operating when wholesale energy market revenues appear inadequate. These actions impact competitive markets. This panel will examine the legal and policy questions implicated by these programs, including:

  • What is FERC's role as States implement carbon policies that subsidize or de facto rate base certain previously merchant assets? 
  • Can States utilize competitive principles to maximize carbon reduction?
  • If States begin pricing externalities (jobs, carbon, etc.) into the wholesale markets, what are the impacts on competitive markets and what form of regulation is appropriate? 
  • Is there a better way of decarbonizing our electric grid at a lower cost?

Moderator: Jeffrey Dennis, Senior Counsel, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.
Speakers: Nick Martin, Manager, Environmental Policies, Xcel Energy Inc
Abraham Silverman, Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory, NRG Energy, Inc.
Dr. Kathleen Spees, Principal,  The Brattle Group
David Dardis, Exelon


Concurrent Session B: Gas Electric Coordination - What now?

 In January 2013, after a period of extreme cold temperatures, natural gas prices spiked along the Eastern Seaboard.  Electricity prices in these regions also spiked, reflecting the growing importance of natural gas as a generation fuel.  The retirement or imminent retirement of coal, oil and nuclear generation facilities could increase the reliance on natural gas-fired generation. Against these facts, has enough been done to assure the adequacy of natural gas infrastructure to meet the growing demand for service to both traditional markets and merchant electric generators?  This panel will address efforts undertaken to address the need for natural gas infrastructure, including proposals recently rejected in two New England states to recover the costs of natural gas pipeline capacity expansion from Electric Distribution Customers.

Moderator: C. Todd Piczak, Kinder Morgan

Speakers: Macdara Nash, VP US Business Development for National Grid

David K. Ismay, Conservation Law Foundation

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

VIP Recognition and Luncheon Speaker

Luncheon Address: Former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.,

Mr. Verrilli defended the Obama administration’s positions in major legal issues including the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality before the Supreme Court, is joining the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson and will be our luncheon speaker.




2:00 PM - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions A: A Growing Issue: How Does "Legalized" Marijuana Affect Electric Utilities? 

Marijuana cultivation is now legal under the laws of numerous states, and the list of such states is expected to grow. However, marijuana cultivation remains illegal under federal law.  This panel will discuss the implications "legalized" marijuana growing has on electric utilities.  In particular, the panel will discuss effects on federal power marketers, power supply, rate design, utility operations, and professional ethics - among other things. There are a lot of burning questions for electric utilities, and the answers may be in flux with a new administration at the Justice Department.

Moderator/Speaker:  Nicholas Pascale, Assistant General Counsel, NRECA, Arlington, VA
Speakers:  Crystal McDonough, McDonough Law, Greely, CO
Richard Lorenz, Partner, Cable Huston, LLP, Portland, OR
Drew Bolin, Chief, Research & Emerging Issues Section, Colorado Dept of Regulatory Agencies


Concurrent Session B: The Changing Industry and FERC Landscape for Oil Pipelines and Shippers

During the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in domestic crude oil and liquids production which has fueled the demand for new, expanded and reconfigured pipeline infrastructure.  At the same time, there have been significant changes in pipeline ownership.  Historically, many crude oil and liquids pipelines were owned and operated by integrated energy companies. Today, that is significantly less true, due in part to corporate spin-offs or sales to third-parties of midstream assets into independently-owned entities.  This panel will explore these changes and how the changes have coincided with increased shipper activity in crude oil and liquids pipeline proceedings at FERC.  The panelists will address the affects of increased shipper activity, including FERC’s recent Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Docket No. RM17-1-000 focusing on changes to the Oil Pipeline Rate Index methodology and Page 700 of Form No. 6, as well as possible changes to policies regarding the use of marketing affiliates.

Moderator: Elizabeth Zembruski, Partner, John & Hengerer
Speakers: Mona Tandon, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP
Laura T.W. Olive, NERA Economic Consulting
Matthew Field, Partner, Venable LLP

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Concurrent Session A:  Diversity Panel

Utilities are continuing to pursue diversity within their organizations.  Come hear our distinguished panel of speakers discuss the types of programs utilities are implementing to foster diversity and what they are seeing as best practices in the industry.

Moderator:  Emma F. Hand, Partner,  Dentons US
Speakers: Laurie Dowling, Executive Director, National Utilities Diversity Council
Kim Curry, Assistant General Counsel, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
Michelle Harhai, Senior Counsel, PJM and a member of PJM's Diversity Council


Concurrent Session B:  The Energy Efficiency (EE) Revolution

New metering technologies and transaction structures are enabling energy efficiency to function as a complement/competitor to utility scale generation. These developments position load-serving entities to buy savings in ways comparable to how they buy generation. In California, PG&E's plan for replacing Diablo Canyon's capacity (2.2 GW) is to buy exclusively energy efficiency in its first procurement tranche before turning to other resources. SCE had previously paved the way for utility-scale EE procurement with its RFO for preferred resources to replace the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Station. Energy efficiency has participated in several electric markets throughout the country.  Panelists will discuss the future of utility-scale energy efficiency, and associated technical and legal issues.

Moderator: Todd O. Edmister, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Speakers: Bill Campbell, Principal; Head of Sustainability and Structuring; General Counsel, Equilibrium Capital
Mary Gandesbury, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
David Nemtzow, Building Technologies Office Director, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), DOE

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Special Event:  CFEBA Annual Fundraising Gala "Power of Water"

Monday, April 3, 2017, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm -

The CFEBA Annual Fundraising Gala, will be held on April 3, 2017 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington DC, immediately following the first day of the EBA Annual Meeting and Conference. 

Gala Attire:  Business or Festive

*Separate registration required.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

9:00 am - 10:30 am

General Session:  Environmental Regulation in the New World and its Impacts on the Power Sector
The new Trump Administration is widely expected to alter substantially President Obama’s approach to environmental regulation.   This panel will examine the fate of the last Administration’s major environmental initiatives over the next few years, including the Clean Power Plan and standards governing Mercury and Air Toxics, clean water, Ozone transport, and measurements of the social cost of carbon.  The panel will also look at counter-efforts to preserve or expand environmental protections, whether through state regulation, citizen suits, or new challenges to the EPA.  The panel should offer practitioners a sense of the impact that evolving environmental regulation will have on the nation's generation mix and needed infrastructure during the foreseeable future.

Moderator: Edward H. Comer, Former General Counsel (retired), Edison Electric Institute
Speakers: William M. Bumpers, Baker Botts
David Doniger, Nationalnergy Research Development and Demonstration Council
Ian C. Connor, Managing Director, Global Co-Head J.P. Morgan Power & Utility Group, J.P. Morgan

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Coffee Break and "Committee Huddle"

During this break, stop by and visit with leaders of EBA's various committees.  Learn about the goals of each committee and how you can volunteer to help.  Its a great time to mingle and volunteer!

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent Session A: Community Solar Gardens – Lessons Learned: Gardeners Know All the Dirt

Community solar gardens, also called community shared solar or solar gardens, are centralized photovoltaic generating systems that allow retail electric customers who otherwise might not be able to avail themselves of individual rooftop residential or commercial solar facilities to participate in the generation of solar energy.  Retail customers served by an interconnected utility subscribe to shares of the photovoltaic energy produced and receive credits on their utility bills for the energy and Renewable Energy Credits delivered to the utility from the solar garden.  As of April 2016, there were about 100 MWs of installed capacity nationwide and this was projected to increase to about 330 MWs by the end of 2016.  Explosive growth in the proliferation of community solar gardens is on the horizon as significant additional capacity is underway in several states, including Minnesota, New York and Massachusetts, and many other states are putting the necessary legal and regulatory structures in place to allow for more. Developers of solar gardens have faced many challenges in getting the solar gardens into operation. This panel will address the lessons learned by both developers and utilities so that others can craft their own programs or development strategy to take advantage of this knowledge.

Moderator:     James Albright, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
Speakers:      James Denniston, Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy
                         Paul Colbert, Associate General Counsel, Central Hudson
                        Jeff Paulson, Partner, Paulson Law Office


Concurrent Session B:  Pipeline Development and the Struggle Between Local, State, and Federal Regulations 

Alongside heightened public scrutiny on pipeline project development and a brighter outlook for increased upstream activities, pipeline companies are confronted with challenges at all levels of government - managing local zoning issues, state permitting and reviews, and federal mandates. In addition to the federal requirements, pipeline companies must determine whether they are required to comply with state and local regulations.  This panel will address the interplay of local, state, and federal authority affecting efforts to expand interstate natural gas pipeline capacity, as well as thoughts on and how to manage and overcome the complexities of the permitting process.

Moderator: Michael Pincus, Van Ness Feldman, LLP
Speakers: Bill Loveless, Energy Journalist, Co-host, "Columbia Energy Exchange"
Brant Johnson, TransCanada
Sam Walsh, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
Sean M. Marotta, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

LUNCHEON - Annual Meeting and Session

EBA Annual Meeting and Luncheon Speaker
During the luncheon, the Energy Bar Association will conduct its annual business meeting including the association elections and recognize EBA leadership.

Presentation of the EBA President's Award

Panel Discussion from the Energy Transition Team
Speakers:  Michael A. McKenna, MWR Strategies, former lead of Energy Transition team
Thomas J. Pyle, President of Institute for Energy Research, former lead of Energy Transition team
Shannon M. Banaga, Director of Federal Affairs at TECO Energy

Introduction of Incoming President, Robert J. Weishaar, Jr.

2:15 PM - 3:45 pm

Concurrent Session A: Energy and the Blockchain Revolution: What Are the Possibilities?

Blockchain technology is on the cusp of changing . . . everything.  Start-ups, the financial and investment sectors, health care, governments and many more have identified blockchain technology as a potential force to disintermediate and democratize information, while creating operating efficiencies and reducing overhead and expenses. While the financial service sector has been the first to embrace blockchain technology with crypto-currencies and the first-ever issuance of digital securities, developers are focusing on supply chain management and related issues that can reform the energy industry, including decentralizing generation, distribution, retail sale of power, and enabling peer-to-peer transactions.  Energy is a strong fit for blockchain technology because the essential infrastructure for decentralized systems and smart contracts to automate transactions already exists with the use of smart meters that track consumption data.  Given that both the existing gas and electric value chain is complex and relies on numerous clearing and trading systems, that system is ripe for changes that not only streamline transactions and remove intermediary gatekeepers but also reduce transaction costs.  Using blockchain systems to couple the flow of energy with the financial systems will create new economic efficiencies.  This panel will be of interest to both gas and electric practitioners with speakers from both the gas and electric industries.

Moderator:  Thomas P. Gross, Attorney and Adjunct Professor, George Washington University

Speakers: C. Baird Brown, Drinker Biddle
Andrew Hinkes, Partner, Berger Singerman
Tommy Leander,Congressional Blockchain Caucus, Legislative Assistant to Congressman David Schweikert
Obreahny O’Brien, Ernst Young
John C. Cronin III, CEO & President, OpCenter, Inc.


Concurrent Session B:  Legal Ethics in Social Media: Leading Issues in a Changing World

Have you ever thought about whether you are violating attorney-client privilege by networking on LinkedIn? Or considered whether your 140 character "tweet" constitutes  unfair or deceptive acts or practices under FTC guidelines? Perhaps you should.

When leveraged appropriately, professionals may see significant rewards from social media use. This session will provide insight into the ethics of "logging on" to help you avoid unintentional pitfalls in your quest to reap the benefits of our evolving virtual society. It will also go over ways in which social media activity can be relevant to and raise potential issues in transactional, advisory and regulatory work.

Speaker:  Robert Schwinger, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing General Session: The New Electricity Network:  Distributed Resources, System Operators and the Grid 

The roundtable panel will discuss efforts throughout the United States toward a new network integrating distributed resources including renewables, storage, energy efficiency, demand response and information technology into the distribution and wholesale power markets. System operators likely will integrate these varied resources and information flows for local dispatch and market participation impacting consumers, utilities, security, and the overall architecture, purpose and regulation of the electricity grid, the world’s most complex machine.

Moderator: Charles Middlekauf, Chief Counsel, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Speakers: Roy Kuga, Vice President Grid Integration and Innovation, Pacific Gas & Electric
Dr. Jeffrey D. Taft, Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Richard D. Tabors, Executive VP of NewGRid, President of Tabors Caramanis Rudkevich and Co-Director of the MITei Utility of the Future Project
Rana Mukerji, Senior Vice President, Market Structures, New York Independent System Operator


EBA Leadership Orientation Meeting

EBA incoming committee chairs, vice chairs and chapter leaders should attend this important orientation meeting. 

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

As of March 6th, the Renaissance Downtown Hotel is SOLD OUT.  Another option to try is the Morrison Clark house which is near by -  and another good alternative that may be more budget friendly is to try any hotel in Crystal City, Virginia.  Crystal City is accessible by metro and cab and is only a short ride to the Renaissance. Visit:

Parking & Transportation Information

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

Registration Fees

Unless otherwise noted, registration fees include all meals, networking breaks, networking reception and meeting handouts.
Two-Day Conference Registration

Member Early Bird    
(Until March 15, 2017)

Member Non-Member
Private Sector $985 $1,035 $1,275
Gov't/Student/Academic $475 $510 $600


One-Day Conference Registration

  Member Non-Member
Private Sector $685 $875
Gov't/Student/Academic $340 $385

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2017 Annual Meeting Registration Form

2017 Annual Meeting Registration Form

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Conference Policies

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS MARCH 15, 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.

Dress Attire: 

Attire for the conference is smart business casual.  Attire for the CFEBA Gala is business attire. 

Special Accommodations: 

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

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation request to the Energy Bar Association, 2000 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 by March 20, 2017 or by sending a written cancellation request by email to Marlo at   Please be advised that there is a $50 administrative fee for cancellations.  No refunds will be given after March 20, 2017.  The cancellation policy also applies to registrations that are received and accepted after the deadline date.  (If cancellation is requested after deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee).  Substitutions are acceptable at any time (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.


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