EBA’s Southern Chapter event was held in both Richmond, VA and Atlanta, GA with an option to connect virtually. Topics include transactive energy, cryptocurrency mining and blockchain applications for grid modernization, and a director and general counsels’ panel.
The Honorable Jehmal T. Hudson, Commissioner gave an inspired Keynote address, discussing the industrial changes and transformation of electric and energy needs in the state, as well as VSCC’s role in balancing the interest between utilities and customers. When asked his opinion on the most important skills needed to be an effective judge, Commissioner Hudson responded patience, a listening ear, and genuine care for people. His advice to young attorneys is to continuously improve your legal writing and research skills, understand the importance of advocacy, and explore a variety of roles and specialties within the energy industry to expand your skillset and experience.
The conference included the following sessions:
- Panel 1: Transactive Energy Solutions to Achieve State Policy Goals and Customer Values
- Keynote Address by the Honorable Jehmal T. Hudson, Commissioner of the Virginia State Corporation Commission
- Panel 2: Blockchain Applications for Grid Modernization
- Panel 3: Director and General Counsel’s Panel
An attorney’s ethical duty of competency transcends not only the lawyer’s everyday practice, but also transcended every aspect of [the meeting]. Whether it be appearing before the various State Commissions, the patience of the Judges and Commissioners before whom we appear, or advising clients on blockchain and bitcoin, the ins and outs of transactive energy or the ethical dilemmas that can arise relating to gifts, lobbying, ex parte communications or open meetings; the lawyer must have a vast understanding of and experience in the subject matter at hand. It is not enough to simply have passed the bar exam, but one must further, roll up his or her sleeves and immerse one’s self into the subject matter.
Southern Chapter Board Member Kelli Cole, Staff Attorney, Virginia Corporate Commission
Thank you to those who attended the meeting and to our leadership and chapter members for their participation and efforts. The Southern Chapter of the EBA covers the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. This chapter focuses on issues in energy regulation specific to the southeastern United States.