As of 4.24.2019
Abigail Anthony was appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo to the Public Utilities Commission in June, 2017. Dr. Anthony previously was the director of Acadia Center’s Grid Modernization and Utility Reform Initiative, and the organization’s Rhode Island director. Dr. Anthony was also appointed by Governors Carcieri and Chafee to the Rhode Island energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council, on which she served from 2010 to 2017, overseeing the implementation of the state’s energy efficiency programs and policies.
Currently, Dr. Anthony is a co-chair of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).
Dr. Anthony earned a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island. She received her MA and BA in economics from the University of Montana.
Abigail is a lifelong resident of Jamestown, Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and two young boys.
Norman C. Bay
Norman C. Bay is a partner and head of the energy regulatory and enforcement group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, DC. Mr. Bay advises clients on a wide range of energy issues, including policy, market rules and rates, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure development, and enforcement and compliance. Mr. Bay was Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 2015 to 2017, and a Commissioner from 2014 to 2015. Before becoming a Commissioner, he was the Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC from 2009 to 2014. He was previously the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico and a Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is currently a Senior Fellow with Duke University and a member of the Advisory Board of the Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth College. Mr. Bay can be followed on Twitter at @NormanCBay.
Virginia Burkett, Ph.D.
Virginia Burkett is the Chief Scientist for Land Resources at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). She is also the Co-Chair and currently Acting Chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Burkett is the United States’ Alternate Principal to the international Group on Earth Observations. Prior to her federal service, Burkett was Secretary/Director of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where she had formerly served as Deputy Secretary. She has also directed the Louisiana Coastal Zone Management Program, served as Assistant Director of the Louisiana Geological Survey, and served as Associate Director at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Burkett has published extensively on the topics of global change and low-lying coastal zones. She was as a Lead Author of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports and the IPCC Technical Paper on Water. She was a lead author of the First, Second, and Third U.S. National Climate Assessments and she served on the Federal Steering Committee for NCA4 (2018). Burkett has been appointed to over 70 Commissions, Committees, Science Panels and Boards during her career. She is a Senior Editor of the journal Regional Environmental Change. Burkett received her doctoral degree in forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1996.
Judy Chang is an energy economist and policy expert with a background in electrical engineering. She has 20 years of experience in advising clients in transmission, resource, and strategic planning.
She specializes in evaluating the economic benefits of proposed transmission projects, assessing the regulatory and financial risks associated with renewable/clean energy resources and energy storage, and leading utility executives, stakeholders, and board members, in making strategic business decisions. Ms. Chang’s recent planning engagements have involved the development of future energy market scenarios, and leading utilities and grid operators in making market design or investment decisions that are necessary to balance national or regional policy directions and customers’ evolving preferences. Relatedly, she has led transmission system planners, market design experts, and associated stakeholders in improving market design and system planning using a scenario-based approach.
Ms. Chang holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Davis. She is a former Director of The Brattle Group, a founding Director of New England Women in Energy and the Environment, and a former Director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
John P. Coyle
John Coyle joined Duncan & Allen in December 1987 and has been a partner since March 1990. John represents municipal and cooperative utilities, State regulators, consumer advocates and other government bodies before the FERC, state utility regulatory commissions, federal and state trial and appellate courts, arbitration tribunals and NERC compliance enforcement authorities.
John has represented municipal utilities in many disputes with ISO New England and the Southwest Power Pool (among other RTOs) and their transmission owners over market design, cost allocation, reliability, transmission planning, tariff design and rate issues (including return on common equity). Since 2011, John has represented the Eastern Massachusetts Consumer-Owned Systems (“EMCOS”) in the litigation challenging the New England Transmission Owners’ return on common equity, acting as lead counsel in the New England “Complaint IV” proceeding (FERC Docket No. EL16-64-000 – Belmont Municipal Light Dept. v. Central Maine Power Co.). John represented the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association as amici curiae in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, 136 S. Ct. 1288 (2016), and the Government of the District of Columbia before the District of Columbia Public Service Commission in opposing the acquisition of Pepco Holdings, Inc. by Exelon Corp.
John is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts, and before the United States Supreme Court, every federal court of appeals except the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Massachusetts.
Michael J. Curran
Mike is currently a member of the ISO-NE Board of Directors and the former Chair of MISO, where he served 12 years as a member of the Board in multiple capacities. He retired as Chairman & CEO of the Boston Stock Exchange (BSE), having guided the BSE through the transformation to fully automated financial markets and the launched of several joint ventures until the sale of the BSE in 2008. Prior to joining the BSE, Mike held a number of executive positions; Managing Director at Scudder, Stevens & Clark; including, COO of the Kemper Funds, COO of International Mutual Funds, President of the Scudder/Kemper Service Corporations and Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Scudder, Mike worked for 14 years in IT Consulting and was Partner-in-Charge of the Northeast Information Systems Practice for Coopers & Lybrand after beginning his career with Electronic Data Systems (EDS). In addition to his work with ISO-NE, Mike currently serves on the Nasdaq Exchange Boards and as an advisor to Fluent Technology and The Médi Group Ltd.
Lamar Davis is executive director of policy and regulatory affairs for MISO. A state policy and legal affairs veteran, Davis is a primary liaison with state government officials, state regulatory authorities and legislative policymakers.
Before MISO, Davis served on the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Previously, he served as deputy chief of staff for Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe. Earlier in his legal career, Davis was an Arkansas assistant attorney general focusing on consumer protection. He has also taught consumer law at his alma mater, the William H. Bowen School of Law.
Davis earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a B.A. in political science from Dillard University in New Orleans.
Paul C. Davis
Paul Davis is the Vice President of Information Technology for Kinder Morgan. He is responsible for the cybersecurity and telecommunications infrastructure used to support business units and personnel across the Kinder Morgan family of companies.
He joined Kinder Morgan in 1998 and has held various positions in the Information Technology area. Prior to assuming responsibility for cybersecurity and telecommunications in 2016, he was Vice President of Information Technology Infrastructure and was responsible for active directory, cybersecurity, data centers, help desk, desktop support, and file security operations at Kinder Morgan. Paul has held several other director, manager, and analyst level positions within the information technology field during his 30-year career.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. In addition, he received a Master of Science in Information Technology degree from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Kinder Morgan (KM) is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. KM owns an interest in or operates approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines and 157 terminals. KM’s pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, carbon dioxide (CO2) and more. KM’s terminals store and handle petroleum products, chemicals and other products.
David "Dave" Doot, chair of the firm's Energy and Utilities industry group, counsels businesses around the country on evolving wholesale power markets and wholesale and retail arrangements for the purchase and sale of electricity, and advocates on their behalf before federal and state energy regulators. Clients turn to Dave for guidance in dealing with renewable and conventional sources of power generation, energy-related transactions and energy regulation and compliance, and for representation before regulators to advance the clients' goals. He has years of experience handling:
• Mergers, acquisitions and other related business realignments
• Development of generation and transmission projects throughout the United States
• Negotiation of power purchase and sale agreements
• Assistance in resolving disputes arising under power purchase and sale agreements
• Client efforts to comply with federal and state regulatory requirements
• Enforcement investigations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Dave is secretary and lead counsel for the New England Power Pool ("NEPOOL"), the regional organization through which transmission service arrangements and wholesale power trading in New England have been defined. In his NEPOOL capacity, he has interacted with the ISO New England Board of Directors since that RTO’s initial formation in 1997. With Dave and the team that serves NEPOOL, Day Pitney has prepared all of the amendments to NEPOOL arrangements, acquired the necessary regulatory approvals and assisted in the mediation and settlement of numerous proceedings.That representation has included compliance with Order 1000, implementation and continuous refinement of locational marginal pricing for energy in New England, the settlement of litigation over capacity markets that resulting in the implementation of New England's forward capacity market and ongoing efforts to improve and refine that market. Dave is a past president of the Energy Bar Association. He is frequently quoted as an industry authority by leading business media, including The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.
Judge John P. Dring
Judge John Dring is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1979), and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S 1974). He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967-1971. Judge Dring was sworn in as an Administrative Law Judge at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in November 2005. Prior to joining the FERC, Judge Dring served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Social Security Administration.
Prior to his appointment as a judge, he supervised and managed the review process of appellant cases filed with the U.S.D.A. National Appeals Division. Judge Dring also has 15 years experience with an interstate natural gas pipeline company. He began his federal government career as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate.
Carolyn Elefant owns the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant, a national practice that represents energy entrepreneurs at the intersection of regulation and innovation and defends communities and landowners across the county impacted by pipeline infrastructure and eminent domain. Carolyn practices before FERC and state utility commissions, state and federal courts, including jury trials and has represented and counseled clients in more than 75 federal appeals. Carolyn has been listed as an Energy and Environmental Super Lawyer for Washington D.C. since 2012 and is a long-time EBA member. Carolyn is also owner of Power-Up Legal which provides on demand counsel to law firms and companies in the energy sector.
Jenny Erwin currently serves as Smart Wires Business Development Manager, responsible for strategic marketing of Smart Wires solutions globally. Her team works closely with utility partners in the US, Europe and Australia, as well as managing industry partners and other key stakeholder groups. She joined Smart Wires in 2015 after completing her M.S. in Civil Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Jenny also holds a B.A. in Physics from Middlebury College.
Rebecca joined the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America in December 2017 and serves as the Director of Security, Reliability, and Resilience. In her role, she leads INGAA’s cyber and physical security efforts. Rebecca most recently worked at the American Gas Association, where she supported the cybersecurity, physical security, and underground storage initiatives of AGA’s member companies.
Prior to joining AGA, Rebecca was Program Manager for Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure at Energetics Incorporated, a management consulting firm specializing in energy and infrastructure resilience. In that role, she supported clients at the U.S. Department of Energy focused on energy sector cybersecurity research and development to enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation's energy infrastructure. Rebecca has a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology with concentrations in Energy and Environment from James Madison University and Business Administration/Information Technology dual master's degrees from Marymount University.
Greg leads Enel X’s regulatory and government engagement across more than a dozen states in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as the federal government. In this role, Greg champions policies and regulatory constructs that empower commercial & industrial customers to monetize their flexibility and contribute to a more efficient, competitive, and resilient electric grid. Greg has direct responsibility for the ISO-NE and NYISO markets and manages a team responsible for the MISO market and Midwest states.
Before joining EnerNOC in 2010, Greg received his MBA from Boston University. His previous work included serving as a Campaign Manager, Legislative Director, and Deputy Chief of Staff for a member of the New York City Council. Greg has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives with his wife and two sons in the Boston area.
Sheri Givens joined National Grid in November 2018 as Vice President, US Regulatory and Customer Strategy. Prior to joining Grid, she consulted on utility consumer education and regulatory policy issues nationwide.
Sheri is the former Texas utility consumer advocate and served on the NASUCA Executive Committee and both the ERCOT and Texas Reliability Entity Boards of Directors. She was also a senior attorney to the Public Utility Commission of Texas. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors for the Association of Women in Energy.
Seth has practiced law in both the public and private sectors for over 35 years. He has held leadership positions in the Alexandria Bar Association, and lectures frequently on legal ethics and professional regulation to bar associations and other groups. Seth is an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University, teaching a course called Ethics for Trial Lawyers, and judging law student competitions.
Between February of 2000 and April of 2012, Seth was a prosecutor for the Virginia State Bar. He is now assistant ethics counsel for the Bar, giving Ethics Hotline advice to attorneys, presenting at seminars, and assisting the Bar’s Committee on Legal Ethics in the generation of legal ethics opinions.
Seth earned his bachelor’s degree at Boston University, and is a graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University, where he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree. Seth is an active member of the Virginia State Bar and an inactive member of the District of Columbia bar.
Gary E. Guy
Mr. Guy is Assistant General Counsel of Exelon Corporation, specializing in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulation of the electric utility and natural gas pipeline industries. He represents Exelon’s six FERC-regulated transmission owner members of PJM, primarily as applicants in wholesale electric proceedings and represents Exelon’s three gas distribution companies as intervenors in pipeline supplier proceedings, and related appeals.
He is a former Equity Partner at Bruder, Gentile & Marcoux; Assistant General Counsel at Equitable Resources; Senior Associate at Cullen and Dykman; and Presiding Officer and Attorney-Advisor at the FERC. Mr. Guy is the author of the “Biomass” chapter of the multi-volume treatise, Energy Law and Transactions (Matthew Bender), and the chapter, “Impact of Customer Choice on Local Distributor Transportation,” in the multi-volume treatise, Regulation of the Gas Industry (Matthew Bender). Currently he serves as Immediate Past President and Board Member of the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal.
Dr. Karl Hausker
Dr. Karl Hausker is a Senior Fellow in WRI’s Climate Program. He leads analysis and modeling of climate mitigation, electricity market design, and the social cost of carbon. He led the Risky Business study of clean energy scenarios for the U.S., and lectures widely on deep decarbonization. He has worked for three decades in the fields of climate change, energy, and environment in a career that has spanned legislative and executive branches, research institutions, NGOs, and consulting. He has led climate policy analysis and modeling projects for USAID, USEPA, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Western Climate Initiative, and the California Air Resources Board. Much of his work has focused on the electricity and transportation sectors, and on low carbon, climate resilient development strategies.
From 2007-2013, Karl was a Vice President at ICF International. He previously served as Deputy Director at the Center for Climate Strategies and as a Principal with Hagler Bailly. Karl lived in India all of 1999 as a Visiting Fellow at TERI. His experience also includes: serving President Clinton as Deputy Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Policy Office where he represented EPA in interagency climate policy development and at COP-1; and serving as the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he worked on a diverse set of issues including electricity restructuring, CAFE standards, alternative fuels, western water policy, nuclear power, and energy security.
Karl holds an M.P.P and Ph.D. in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University.
Karl and his wife Kathleen are raising three daughters in Wayne, PA. He is an avid photographer and biker.
Fritz Hirst is Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. His responsibilities include representing NERC before the United States Congress, executive branch agencies, and supporting NERC’s mission with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In these roles, Fritz works closely with federal and state policymakers and provides strategic counsel to NERC’s business units and senior leadership.
Prior to joining NERC in 2014, Fritz served for twelve years as Director of Federal Affairs for TECO Energy, Inc. At TECO, Fritz developed and implemented strategies to achieve policy outcomes from Congress and executive branch agencies. Fritz provided strategic counsel to TECO businesses and senior executive management. As TECO’s principal representative in Washington, DC, Fritz also directed and executed TECO’s political programs.
Before joining the private sector, Fritz was a senior staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as Legislative Director and the principal energy and environment policy advisor to a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. In this role, Fritz supervised the Capitol Hill staff, directed and implemented the member’s legislative agenda and strategic initiatives.
Early in his career, Fritz was an account executive for a leading public affairs firm in New Jersey specializing in energy and environmental policy. Fritz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and French from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree in political science from American University.
Jeffrey M. Jakubiak
Jeffrey Jakubiak is a Partner in the New York and Washington, D.C., offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. His practice focuses on energy matters at the crossroads of law and economics before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the federal courts, particularly those involving electric company mergers, power sales, electric transmission rates, market development, and allegations of market manipulation. Mr. Jakubiak graduated from Cornell Law School in 1997, where he was an Olin Foundation Law and Economics Scholar. He received an A.B. with Honors in Economics from Stanford University in 1993, with a concentration in quantitative economics.
Krista Johnson serves as Director, U.S. Federal Government Relations. Prior to rejoining Shell in May, Krista was Vice President of Human Resources, Government and External Affairs of Cimarex Energy Co. She joined Cimarex in November 2014. Prior to her Cimarex service, Krista served in a number of roles at Shell beginning in 2006, her last role as Vice President, International Organizations. Prior to joining Shell, she spent eight years with Western Gas Resources, as well as roles in private oil and gas practice, the American Petroleum Institute, and with U.S. Senator Conrad Burns.
Krista received her undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Puget Sound, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and her Juris Doctorate from The Georgetown University Law Center.
Elin Swanson Katz
Elin Swanson Katz has served as Connecticut’s Consumer Counsel since 2011. She heads the Office of Consumer Counsel, an independent state agency established in 1975, which advocates on behalf of consumers in matters relating to electricity, water, natural gas, and telecommunications. Her agency also includes the Connecticut State Broadband Office. As Consumer Counsel, Ms. Katz serves on the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board, the Commission for Education Technology, and the Water Planning Council Steering Committee, among other state boards. Ms. Katz is President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (“NASUCA”). She is also NASUCA’s representative on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Ms. Katz also served as Governor Malloy’s designee on the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Commission from 2016 -- 2018, including 18 months as Chair. Ms. Katz is on the Executive Committee for the Critical Consumer Issues Forum, a joint initiative of NARUC, NASUCA and EEI, and the Advisory Board of the Financial Research Institute within the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri, which provides a neutral environment for stakeholders in the regulated public utility industry to come together to examine, understand, and debate current issues relating to public utility policy.
Prior to becoming Consumer Counsel, Ms. Katz practiced at law firms in Washington, D.C.; Boston; and Hartford. She also served as Assistant Counsel at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, taught at Trinity College in Hartford, and served as a legal consultant. Ms. Katz served on the West Hartford, Connecticut Board of Education from 2009 to 2013. Ms. Katz holds degrees from Cornell University (B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations), Boston University School of Law (J.D. cum laude), and Trinity College (M.A. in English (Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Arts), with honors).
Currently the Senior Advisor for Energy issues to the Director of the National Risk Management Center at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Ronald Keen is a retired Air Force officer with an extensive background in intelligence, missile and space systems operations. After retiring from the military, Ron eventually took a position as a Division Director with the Indiana State government where he directed a staff researching issues within the utility regulatory environment. Retiring after an illustrious career and having personally provided over 250 instances of expert written and oral testimony before local, state and Federal regulatory bodies on a variety of energy and telecommunication issues, Ron accepted the opportunities and challenges of his current position. A published science fiction author, he earned his Bachelors at the University of Texas Southwest and is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Masters in Aeronautical Science.
Meagan Keiser is Lead Counsel for Equinor US Operations LLC, a subsidiary of Equinor ASA, an integrated energy company headquartered in Stavanger, Norway. Ms. Keiser joined Equinor in 2010 and is a member of the company’s New Energy Solutions business unit, which is dedicated to the development of Equinor’s renewable energy portfolio. In her current role, Ms. Keiser’s responsibilities include providing legal and regulatory support to the company’s North and South American offshore wind and solar energy activities. In addition, Ms. Keiser is project counsel for Equinor’s Empire and Boardwalk Wind Projects, currently in development off the coast of New York and New Jersey. Ms. Keiser graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences and received her Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law. Prior to joining Equinor, Ms. Keiser was an associate in the energy and environmental practice group at a Washington D.C. law firm.
Margie counsels clients on maritime regulatory matters, including citizenship qualification before the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd), meeting the requirements of the Jones Act, the registration of ships in the United States and foreign countries, and the MarAd capital construction fund program.
Nationally recognized for her equipment finance experience, particularly in the maritime industry, she has worked on many complex financing structures, including transactions that have multiple tiers of debt secured by thousands of vessels. Margie also handles equipment sales and purchases, and portfolio sales.
Margie is Managing Partner of Thompson Coburn's DC office and co-chair of the firm's Federal Practice Group.
Barbara J. Krumsiek
Barbara J. Krumsiek’s professional background spans four decades in the asset management field, including most recently as president, CEO and chair of Calvert Investments Inc., a $14 billion asset management firm. Ms. Krumsiek led Calvert through a period of significant growth, tripling the firm’s assets under her management.
Prior to joining Calvert, Director Krumsiek was a managing director of Alliance Capital Management L.P. (AB) and held senior positions in the investment operations of Equitable Life, where she began her career in 1974.
Krumsiek chairs MISO’s Audit & Finance Committee and serves on the Markets Committee and the Human Resources Committee.
Her prior board service includes serving as independent director on the board of Pepco Holdings Inc. Krumsiek also served on the board of Calvert Mutual Funds and the Calvert Foundation, and as the chair of the board of Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 2016, Krumsiek was appointed an independent director of Arabesque Asset Management, London. In 2015, she was named senior industry fellow at Georgetown University’s Women’s Leadership Institute in the McDonough School of Business. She was also appointed an advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investment Committee.
Katharine M. Mapes
Katie is with , Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP represents a variety of public-sector clients on energy and transportation matters. Her energy practice focuses on litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state utility commissions. Katie advises clients on ratemaking and market design issues, particularly in the California ISO. She has extensive experience in both settlement negotiations and litigation at FERC, and is accustomed to filing complaints and similar proceedings before the agency. She helps clients negotiate their relationship with investor owned utilities in their area and with regulatory authorities. She is also a member of the firm’s hydropower practice, which has guided clients — both licensees and stakeholders — through every stage of the FERC licensing process, including assisting clients in obtaining FERC hydropower licenses, participating as a stakeholder in the licensing process and filing comments on policy issues affecting hydropower development. Prior to joining Spiegel, Katie worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Roslyn O. Silver, federal district judge for the District of Arizona, where she participated in the decision-making process at all stages of federal civil litigation and drafted numerous judicial opinions.
Lisa G. McAlister
Lisa G. McAlister is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Regulatory Affairs for American Municipal Power, Inc., a non-profit wholesale power supplier and service provider for 135 members across a nine state footprint that collectively serve more than 650,000 customers. As General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, McAlister advises the organization regarding regulatory oversight and compliance matters and advocates on behalf of AMP before state, regional and federal regulatory agencies. McAlister holds a bachelor’s degree from Elon University in political science and philosophy and a law degree from the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law.
McAlister has served as the chair and vice chair of APPA’s Legal Section. As an active participant on PJM committees, she served three years on the PJM Board Nominating Committee as the Electric Distributor Sector representative, and has represented the Electric Distributor Sector on various PJM Board Liaison Committees and Grid 20/20 panels. McAlister has also represented AMP and public power interests before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including, at the Technical Conference on State Policies and Wholesale Markets Operated by ISO New England Inc., New York Independent System Operator, Inc., and PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., and before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy at the Hearing on Powering America: Examining the State of the Electric Industry through Market Participant Perspectives.
Honorable Bernard L. McNamee
Commissioner Bernard L. McNamee was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in October 2018 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 6, 2018.
Before joining the Commission, Commissioner McNamee served in a number of legal and policy positions at the state and federal level throughout his career. He also served at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in multiple positions, including Executive Director of the Office of Policy and Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy.
Prior to that, Commissioner McNamee practiced energy law for almost nine-years total as a partner and senior counsel with McGuireWoods LLP, in Richmond, Virginia, primarily representing electric and natural gas utilities before state public utility commissions. Commissioner McNamee previously served as a policy advisor on energy issues for a United States Senator from Texas, worked at a free-market think tank on energy issues, served four attorneys general in two states (Virginia and Texas), and was a policy advisor to a Virginia governor. Commissioner McNamee received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Emory University School of Law.
Steven Mufson covers the business of climate change. Since joining The Washington Post in 1989, he has covered economic policy, China, diplomacy, energy and the White House. He has also been an editor in the Outlook section. Earlier, he spent six years working for the Wall Street Journal in New York, London and Johannesburg.
Education: Yale University, BA in economics and political science. Honors & Awards:
Shared the following: 2011 Sigma Delta Chi award for "Breakaway Wealth"; 2012 American Geophysical Union's David Perlman award for explanatory earthquake coverage; 2009 Association of Food Journalists for project; 1988 Alicia Pattterson Foundation fellowship
In his role as Vice President of Programs and Litigation, Phillip works with the Network’s Riverkeepers to develop and carry out their clean water advocacy and grassroots campaigns and serves as PRKN’s in-house counsel on all litigation matters with our experienced and passionate outside counsel. Since joining PRKN in the Spring of 2015, Phillip has led the team to several critical victories for the Potomac watershed, including federal consent decrees with polluters in Maryland that prevented millions of pounds of pollution from being dumped in the Potomac, and passage of legislation in Virginia to address untreated sewage discharges and leaks from toxic coal ash ponds into the river. Prior to joining Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Phillip was the Hudson River Program Director at Riverkeeper in New York for ten years, leading efforts to reduce sewage pollution, clean up historic industrial sites and bring enforcement actions to protect the Hudson River. During his tenure as Director, Hudson Riverkeeper brought successful actions against dozens of polluters, including ExxonMobil for its historic Greenpoint oil spill and numerous concrete companies, scrapyards and other waterfront sites whose operations violated the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws.
Phillip received a J.D. with honors from Pace University School of Law, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Geography from the University of Washington.
Susan Olenchuk represents clients on regulatory, safety, enforcement, and policy issues under the Pipeline Safety Laws, the Natural Gas Act, and the Natural Gas Policy Act. She practices before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and federal courts.
Before PHMSA, Susan counsels operators of gas transmission and distribution systems, hazardous liquid pipelines, and LNG facilities on compliance with pipeline safety regulations. She also represents operators in enforcement matters and rulemaking proceedings, and assists them with respect to special permit applications and audit preparation. She also provides on-site seminars and training on PHMSA programs, policies, processes and jurisdiction.
Susan also counsels clients on rate, tariff, certificate, and rulemaking proceedings before FERC. She advises on compliance issues arising under FERC’s affiliate Standards of Conduct and undue preference requirements; and provides guidance on jurisdiction and other issues arising under Section 311 of the NGPA.
Susan received her B.A from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She served on the Board of Directors of the Energy Bar Association from 2006 – 2014, serving as the Association’s President from 2012-2013. In 2017, she returned to the EBA Board and serves as its delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. She also has served on the Boards of Directors of the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association and the Foundation for the Energy Law Journal. Since 2010, she has served as an instructor and advisor for the “BASICS” Pipeline Ratemaking Course presented by the New Mexico State University’s Center for Public Utilities.
Patel is the Director of Regulatory Strategy for ITC Holdings Corp (ITC). In this role, she oversees transmission policy development, tariffs, ratemaking and regulatory compliance. Ms. Patel also helps lead and manage administrative and strategic development efforts for regulatory filings and initiatives. Previously, she was Manager of Regulatory Strategy, and Senior Regulatory Analyst.
Ms. Patel manages a staff of ten people who are actively involved in federal policy and ratemaking at ITC. She has led numerous external working groups and task teams dealing with a variety of transmission issues, and has represented the company in many regulatory proceedings and settlement negotiations, as well as industry meetings for the past 15 years.
Prior to joining ITC in 2004, Ms. Patel was a Market Analyst at Tampa Electric Company, and a Financial Analyst at Enron Corporation. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida.
Steve Pearson is a Partner at Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP. Steve represents governmental authorities as well as publicly-owned electric and gas utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the federal appellate courts. His practice focuses on litigation at FERC of electric transmission rates, gas transportation rates, as well as the wide variety of disputes surrounding tariff terms and conditions that arise in proceedings at FERC. Steve earned his JD, cum laude, in 1998 from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a certificate in environmental law. He earned an MSE in 1993 and BSE, cum laude, in 1991, both in nuclear engineering and both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Shannon O. Pierce
Shannon Pierce is vice president of operations for Nicor Gas, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company Gas. In this role, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for the company's Illinois natural gas operations, which include field service and distribution.
Since joining Southern Company Gas in 2004 as regulatory counsel for the company's legal activities with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Pierce has held additional leadership roles with increasing responsibility.
Prior to her current position, she served as vice president of external affairs for the southern operations division of Southern Company Gas, where she was responsible for regulatory and governmental affairs for three natural gas utilities: Atlanta Gas Light, Chattanooga Gas and Florida City Gas. In addition, she led engagement efforts with retail natural gas marketers in Georgia.
In previous roles, Pierce also served as Southern Company Gas senior counsel for gas operations and interstate transactions; as well as southern operations managing director of regulatory affairs and marketer services and vice president of state and federal regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Southern Company Gas, Pierce was an associate in the energy and utilities group at McGuire Woods LLP, based in Richmond, Va.
Antoine is a passionate advocate for offshore floating wind turbines. In 2009, he joined the engineering team of Principle Power Inc., an innovative technology and services provider for the offshore deep-water wind energy sector. Antoine initially worked on the WindFloat technology development for nearly a decade, as the lead engineer for the aero-hydro group of the company. In his new role at Principle Power, he aims at accelerating the commercialization of the WindFloat technology around the world by developing and executing global market entry strategies, which involves a thorough assessment of the local supply chain and port infrastructure.
Rich Powell is the Executive Director at ClearPath and ClearPath Action, the DC-based organizations developing and advancing conservative policies that accelerate clean energy innovation. He educates policymakers on investing wisely in energy innovation, removing roadblocks to building and exporting American clean energy technology, and maintaining and promoting our baseload clean energy resources. Rich also leads ClearPath’s external advocacy and research partnerships with non profits, academia, and the private sector.
Previously, Rich was with McKinsey & Company in the Energy and Sustainability practices. He focused on corporate clean energy strategy, government low carbon growth strategy, and clean tech market entry.
Charlie Riedl is the Executive Director for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG), focused on effectively advocating on behalf of the LNG industry. As Executive Director, Riedl works with CLNG member companies, regulators, legislators and other key stakeholders to provide credible and educational information about the economic and environmental benefits of LNG.
Prior to joining CLNG, Charlie worked at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and at a major exploration and production company in various roles focused on natural gas market development and government relations. Charlie’s experience in the natural gas industry includes regulatory, upstream production, downstream and pipeline development projects, as well as natural gas as a transportation fuel.
Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The Ohio State University and lives with his wife and three daughters in Ohio.
Mr. Rudolphi is a Shareholder with the Firm of Ducan Weinberg Genzer Pembroke and practicing in energy law and economic regulation, communications law, corporate and non-profit law, administrative law and litigation. Mr. Rudolphi works with cooperative, municipal, non-profit and commercial clients on energy and telecommunications regulatory, project development and corporate issues.
Mr. Rudolphi has experience in electric, natural gas and oil regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state commissions and the federal courts. He regularly advises and represents clients in litigation on matters relating to wholesale power and transmission, including rates, terms and conditions of service and the various requirements of state and federal regulations and laws. Mr. Rudolphi has worked extensively on analyzing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including drafting comments, protests, requests for rehearing, complaints and appeals in multiple proceedings on behalf of the Firm’s clients. Mr. Rudolphi also has significant experience in negotiating and drafting various transactional documents associated with the development and operation of energy projects, including power purchase agreements, distribution and transmission interconnection agreements, coordinated operation agreements, credit agreements, financing agreements, and other contracts.
Barney Rush is now in his 6th year of service on the Board of directors of ISO – New England. He is on the Markets and HR and Compensation Committees. He served previously on the Audit & Finance Committee and has been chair of the Joint Nominating Committee.
Mr. Rush also serves on the Board of Directors of Azure Power Global, a NYSE-listed company developing solar plants in India. He is chair of the Nom & Gov and Compensation Committees. In addition, he is Senior Representative for Fieldstone, a specialized investment bank focused on raising capital for infrastructure in Africa and other emerging markets. Mr. Rush is also the mayor of the Town of Chevy Chase, MD.
Mr. Rush was an Operating Partner at Denham Capital Management from 2010 through 2013. Before that, he was CEO of H2Gen Innovations, Inc., and Group Chief Executive Officer, Europe, for Mirant Corporation. While at Mirant, Mr. Rush was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bewag, the electric utility serving Berlin, Germany, and was Chairman of the Board of WPD, the regional distribution company serving southwest England and southern Wales. Mr. Rush also served as Executive Vice President of Oxbow Corporation and was Senior Vice President of Lehman Brothers. Earlier in his career, he served as a special assistant in the US Department of State and was a research assistant at the World Bank. He holds a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.
Floyd R. Self
Floyd R. Self is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice, and he is the Team Leader of the firm's Government and Regulatory Practice Group. He has a diverse state and local government and regulatory practice in the energy, telecommunications, water, and technology sectors. His practice includes administrative hearings, civil litigation, appeals, professional licenses, government acquisition and purchasing, anti-trust and anticompetitive conduct, business defense, lobbying, and land use.
Floyd’s clients have included natural gas local distribution entities, competitive telecommunications companies, natural gas pipeline transportation and suppliers, cable television providers, commercial mobile radio service providers, real estate developers, electric utilities, water and wastewater utilities, irrigation/reuse water systems, licensees, government contractors, business user groups, equipment and technology providers, county governments and special governmental entities, individual customers, and industry associations.
Floyd is the only Board Certified attorney who regularly practices before the Florida Public Service Commission. In addition to the PSC, his Florida practice includes the Supreme Court, the Division of Administrative Hearings, state regulatory boards and agencies including the Attorney General and Office of the Public Counsel, local government agencies and special districts, and the federal courts. His state utility regulatory practice in Florida and throughout the south and east includes rate setting, contract negotiation and disputes, certificates of need, interconnection, certification and registration, tariffs, pipeline, pole attachments, declaratory statements, show cause, performance measures and standards, anticompetitive conduct claims, and related regulatory matters. He is a frequent speaker on energy and public utility law issues and a facilitator for leadership and team building training.
Since February, 2013, Mr. Schneider serves as a Senior Consultant at Charles River Associates where he provides business consulting and expert witness services. Prior to that, from June 2010 to February 2013, Mr. Schneider was a Managing Director of another consulting firm. For the five years prior to that, Mr. Schneider served as the General Counsel at MF Global, a NYSE listed futures commission merchant and securities broker/dealer, operating in the futures and derivatives markets around the world. He was formerly a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP ("KMR") where he concentrated in corporate, securities and derivatives/futures law and provided legal counsel in the financial markets area. Prior to joining KMR, he served as the first General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. At KMR's predecessor firm, he was Chairman of the Corporate Department and was also Chairman of the Firm. Mr. Schneider is also a past Chairman (1997-2001) of the American Bar Association Committee on the Regulation of Futures and Derivative Instruments (Business Law Section). He is a member of the City Bar Association, and the New York State and American Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Futures Industry Association. He served as Chairman of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Commodities Regulation from 1982-85. From 1997 to 2018, Mr. Schneider served as a Board member of PJM Interconnection, LLC, the operator of the largest power grid in the United States. Mr. Schneider is a frequent lecturer and writer on legal topics. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree, with distinction, from the Cornell University School of Law, where he was also an Editor of the Cornell Law Review.
Saul J. Singer
Saul Jay Singer, Senior Legal Ethics Counsel for the District of Columbia Bar, has served as litigation counsel with the United States Department of Justice, with several top District of Columbia and Maryland firms, and as a solo practitioner. He litigated several high-profile civil rights matters, including representing high school teacher Dave Sanders in a federal civil rights/wrongful death action against law enforcement officials arising out of the attack at Columbine High School, and he specialized in professional discipline cases. He also served as actuary and ratemaker for several ratemaking organizations, insurance companies, and as actuary for the government contractor for the National Flood Insurance Program.
Mr. Singer, who also serves as counsel to the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee and the Legal Ethics Committee, teaches Continuing Legal Education courses for the D.C. Bar, is a sought-after ethics presenter at legal seminars and conferences, and writes a Speaking of Ethics column for the Washington Lawyer. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches courses in Legal Ethics, and he previously taught courses in Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing at the University of Baltimore School of Law. His interests include working on his world-class collection of historical autographs and original documents and maintaining his delusions regarding his proficiency on the basketball court in the face of stark and brutal evidence to the contrary.
Ms. Staevska works as an Assistant Counsel at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. She advises the Commission on wholesale electricity and transmission matters and represents the Commission in FERC proceedings and before state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Staevska serves on the Organization of PJM States, Inc. Staff Committee, Independent State Agencies Committee, and, previously, at the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council. She frequently presents here and abroad before foreign regulatory agencies on utility matters. Ms. Staevska is a past Chair of the Public Utility Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Staevska worked in the Office of Chief Council at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and in private practice. Ms. Staevska holds a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Wilson College.
Wendy Stark leads Pepco Holdings’ legal and regulatory affairs and manages overall rate and regulatory strategy and performance, including pursuit of utility of the future initiatives. As General Counsel, she is the primary legal advisor to Pepco Holding's senior management. Based in Washington, D.C. Pepco Holdings employs more than 4,600 people, owns more than $21 billion in assets and generates approximately $4.8 billion in annual revenues. Pepco Holdings serves 2 million customers as the parent company of Pepco, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, an electric utility serving southern New Jersey. Pepco Holdings is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy services companies. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.
Before joining Pepco Holdings, Stark practiced law at FirstEnergy Service Company where she was the associate general counsel. In that role, she was responsible for the state regulatory section within the legal department which represented the ten regulated utilities and the competitive affiliate before state regulatory commissions in multiple jurisdictions.
At FirstEnergy, Stark also supervised attorneys who worked on labor and employment, securities and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining FirstEnergy, Stark was an associate at Baker & Hostetler LLP and at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, both in Cleveland, Ohio. At both firms, her practice focused on labor and employment law.
Stark serves on the Board of Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital and the Legal Advisory Board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.
Stark earned a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
Paul Stockton is the Managing Director of Sonecon, LLC, a security and economic advisory firm in Washington, D.C. Dr. Stockton helps businesses and U.S. agencies meet analytically complex cybersecurity and infrastructure resilience challenges.
Working with CEOs and senior government officials, Dr. Stockton develops innovative ways to defeat cyberattacks. His recommendations in Resilience for Grid Security Emergencies: Opportunities for Industry-Government Collaboration are being implemented by electric utilities nationwide. Dr. Stockton also assists the Department of Homeland Security in planning against simultaneous cyberattacks on financial systems, communications networks, and other interdependent businesses. He helps government leaders advance new strategies to deter cyber warfare, including through his recommendations in the Defense Science Board Task Force report on Cyber Deterrence. In addition, he advises the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on technologies to re-start the grid during sustained, nationwide cyber campaigns.
Dr. Stockton is helping the Federal Emergency Management Agency strengthen the U.S. disaster response system by bringing infrastructure owners into the heart of emergency operations, and by creating new mechanism for industry-government collaboration to restore essential services and supply chains. He also advises water utilities and other infrastructure owners on system modernization strategies to sustain critical functions in catastrophes. Dr. Stockton provides expert testimony to Federal and state regulators to help them assess the cost-effectiveness of investments in resilience. In addition, he designs resilience exercises for government and private sector clients, and serves as the facilitator for GridEx, the premier exercise for the North American electric system.
Dr. Stockton works with the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure that if adversaries attack the businesses and civilian infrastructure on which DOD relies, the armed forces will still able to perform their critical missions. Dr. Stockton also helps the Federal agencies and their industry partners reduce the risks posed by insider threats, Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) weapons, and information warfare operations that opponents may conduct to magnify the effects of cyberattacks.
Before joining Sonecon, Dr. Stockton served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs from May 2009 until January 2013. In that position, he was responsible for Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection and led the creation of the Department’s Mission Assurance Strategy. He also guided defense support operations in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Superstorm Sandy, and other disasters. In addition, Dr. Stockton served as the Executive Director of the Council of Governors and was responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of DOD security policy in the Western Hemisphere.
Susan D. Waller
Susan Waller is vice president of stakeholder engagement and enterprise-wide public awareness program for Enbridge. In that role she directs public and community engagement related to the company’s U.S. energy projects and leads Enbridge’s North American public awareness program initiative.
Prior to joining Enbridge in 2008, Waller served as vice president for AMEC, Earth Environmental, managing the company’s oil and gas sector. Before that, she served as vice president for the Shaw Group, Inc., and for Regulatory Compliance Partners, Inc. She also served in numerous leadership positions at El Paso Corporation, including director for government and project affairs.
Waller has provided counsel to a number of industry and regulatory groups around the issues of public involvement, safety and pipeline siting. She served on the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice 1162, ‘Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators’ task force as a contributing author. She also played a key role in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) National Environmental Policy Act’s pre-filing process for the siting of new natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, and was recognized by FERC as a distinguished industry leader for integrating stakeholder outreach concepts into new interstate pipeline and LNG business plans.
Waller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston. She is a member of Women in Energy, the Society of Gas Lighters, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Southern Gas Association and the Northeast Gas Association.
Dr. Jürgen Weiss
Dr. Jürgen Weiss is a Principal of The Brattle Group and spearheads the firm’s deep decarbonization and electrification initiatives. He advises utilities, governments and NGOs in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East on issues such as EV adoption, EV rate design, the interaction between electricity, gas and transportation, renewable energy economics and integration, energy efficiency, storage, carbon market design, and the impact these changes have on existing assets, market structures, and long-term planning. He is a frequent speaker on electrification issues and the lead author of Brattle’s recent electrification related reports. Jürgen has served on advisory councils as diverse as one for California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Task Force and the King Abdullah City of Atomic and Renewable Energy in Saudi Arabia. Jürgen holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. He was born and grew up in Stuttgart, Germany and installed gasoline tanks in Mercedes cars on the assembly line as a high school student.