2018 Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting


Program Overview

Register now for the Energy Bar Association’s 2018 Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting to be held in New York City on June 13-14, 2018 at the offices of DLA Piper LLP.

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Contact: Michele L. Smith, Manager, Chapter & Foundation Relations at (202) 499-5841 or michele@eba-net.org.



Thursday, june 14, 2018

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Introduction
Kevin W. Flynn, President, Northeast Chapter of the EBA, ISO New England Inc.

Matthew R. Rudolphi, President, Energy Bar Association, Shareholder, Duncan,
Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.

9:15 am - 10:30 am Perspectives on Resilience: FERC’s Resilience Docket 2.0 and What’s Next

On January 8, 2018, the FERC issued an Order initiating a new proceeding to evaluate the resilience of the bulk power system in regions operated by RTOs and ISOs. The Order contemplated that each RTO will respond to certain specific questions so that FERC can holistically examine system resilience. The FERC noted that the “resilience of the bulk power system will remain a priority of this Commission.”  In this regard, the FERC sought to elicit thoughts on how to “modify existing market-based constructs, operating procedures, NERC Standards, or planning processes” to better address resilience.

This panel will explore the responses of PJM, ISO-NE and NERC to the FERC Order.  The speakers will discuss how their respective region and NERC is tackling the important topic of resilience and will share thoughts on specific issues such as (i) the definition of resilience (ii) risks to resilience and how best to address high-impact, low-frequency events (iii) what changes should be made to existing market operations and planning constructs to ensure future system resilience and (iv) how to address confidentiality concerns associated with resilience investments. 

Moderator: Jason Marshall, General Counsel, New England States Committee on Electricity


Christopher C. O'Hara, VP, Deputy General Counsel, PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.
Monica Gonzalez, Senior Regulatory Counsel, ISO New England Inc.
Candice Castaneda, Counsel, Legal and Regulatory, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

10:15 am - 10:30 am   Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:45 pm Distributed Energy Resource Integration in Organized Markets; Experts Discuss the Legal, Technical, Economic and Policy Perspectives of DER Integration in Northeast Regional Markets

This panel will discuss the integration of distribution level resources in regional markets including development efforts, the impact on reliability, and a comparison of best practices and key issues in PJM, NYISO and ISO-NE.

Moderator: Roni Epstein, Public Energy Advisers


Andrew Levitt, Sr. Market Strategist, Emerging Markets, PJM Interconnection
Theodore J. Paradise, Assistant General Counsel - Operations & Planning, ISO New England Inc.
Carl F. Patka, Assistant General Counsel, New York Independent System Operator, Inc.
Noah C. Shaw, General Counsel, NY State Energy Research & Development Authority

11:45 pm - 1:15 pm:  Networking Lunch & Keynote:


Honorable Kevin J. McIntyre, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Certificate Policy Statement - Retrospective Performance and Views on the Future Policy

On April 19, 2018, FERC issued a notice of inquiry seeking information and stakeholder perspectives to help it explore whether, and if so how, it should revise its approach under its currently effective Policy Statement on the certification of new natural gas transportation facilities.  Changes in the natural gas industry and increased stakeholder interest in how FERC reviews natural gas pipeline proposals since the adoption of the Policy Statement in 1999 prompted FERC to initiate the proceeding.  In its notice, FERC solicits information in the following areas:  (a) potential adjustments to its determination of need for new projects; (b) the exercise of eminent domain and landowner interests; (c) FERC's consideration of environmental impacts, and; (d) improvements to the efficiency of FERC's review process.  The panel will discuss FERC's evaluation of the Policy Statement and the potential impact of that review on the natural gas industry.

Moderator: Randy C. Rucinski, Deputy General Counsel, National Fuel


Dena Eve Wiggins, President and CEO, Natural Gas Supply Association
Joan Dreskin, Vice President & General Counsel, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
William Lavarco, Senior FERC Counsel, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Patrick Hester, Vice President, US Gas Law, Enbridge

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm   Networking Break

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Energy Project Finance – New Tax Laws, New Challenges

This panel will provide insight into the nuances of energy project financing and current developments such as the effects of the recent tax law changes on financing energy projects and infrastructure.  The panel will delve into topics such as tax equity investment and depreciation rule changes as well as the anticipated overall impacts of the phase out of tax credits on wind development.

Moderator: Andrea Jean Chambers, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)


Christopher Dolan, Of Counsel, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Gary Durden, Managing Director, CohnReznick Capital
Paul Wendelgass, Director of Business Development, Capital Power Corporation
Rob Eberhardt, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright


networkofpeoplenetworking reception

Wednesday, June 13 - 6:00 PM

DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Conference Location

DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

hotelHotel Information

EBA does not have a block for this meeting, however, if you need hotel accommodations, the following hotels are located near DLA Piper LLP.

  • The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel

790 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-3300
Rates start at $333.00
4 min walk/.2 mile

  • Warwick New York

65 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019
 (212) 247-2700
Rates start at $293.00
6 min walk/.3 mile walk

  • Hotel Mela Times Square

120 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
(212) 710-7000
Room rates at $315
7 min walk/.3 miles


Parking & Transportation Information

Information coming soon.

cleapprovedContinuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

We will be applying for CLE approval in the following states: VA, PA, NJ and NY CLE. If you require CLE in another state not listed here, please contact Lisa Levine at llevine@eba-net.org prior to May 15th to request submission.  Each state has its own rules and regulations regarding "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.

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Three Ways to Register

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

2018 Northeast chapter Annual Meeting Registration Form

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To learn more, please contact EBA,  (202) 223-5625 or by email at Mary@eba-net.org.

Conference Policies

 Cancellation Policy

No registration fee refunds will be granted for cancellations received after June 1, 2018. In order to receive a refund (less $75 administrative fee), the EBA must receive your written notice of cancellation by June 1, 2018. Substitutions are acceptable at any time (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between member and non-member fees). EBA regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Send cancellation request in writing to: EBA, 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036 or by email to Michele L. Smith, Manager, Chapter & Foundation Relations at michele@eba-net.org.   (If cancellation is requested after deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee).  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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