2019 Mid-Year Energy Forum Speaker Bios


Speaker bios

As of August 14, 2019


Bill Cooper, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy

Cooper,_Bill Mr. Cooper spent the first decade and a half of his professional career in private practice as a transactional lawyer   and litigator. He represented clients in the energy industry, among others, and covered a broad range of interests.   Building on this experience, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work on Capitol Hill as Counsel for the House Energy   and Commerce Committee.  There, he played an integral role in drafting energy legislation, including the Pipeline   Safety Improvement Act of 2002 and specific provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2003.

After Mr. Cooper’s time with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he worked for the firm Hunton & Williams LLP, where he further honed his energy practice and transitioned into the role of President for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG).  At CLNG, he advocated for the development of America’s LNG capabilities before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. After a decade with CLNG, Mr. Cooper returned to Capitol Hill, accepting a role as a Subcommittee Staff Director for the House Committee on Natural Resources, and as Senior Policy Advisor on the National Environmental Policy Act. At the House Natural Resources Committee, he maintained a focus on the development of oil, gas, coal, and minerals on federal lands and water, and tackled the Puerto Rico debt crisis as lead negotiator of the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Security Act.  Most recently, Mr. Cooper served as Senior Counsel and Director of the Washington, D.C. office with the law firm McConnell Valdés LLC.

A native of Tennessee, Mr. Cooper holds a B.A. in economics from Wabash College and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee, College of Law.  He and his wife Denise reside in Maryland.

Richard Glick, FERC Commissioner

Glick,_RichardCommissioner Richard Glick was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2017. 

Before joining the Commission, Commissioner Glick was general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, serving as a senior policy advisor on numerous issues including electricity and renewable energy. 

Prior to that, Commissioner Glick was vice president of government affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electric and gas utility, and natural gas storage businesses in the United States. He ran the company’s Washington, DC, office and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. businesses’ federal legislative and regulatory policy advocacy strategies. 

Commissioner Glick previously served as a director of government affairs for PPM Energy and before that was director of government affairs for PacifiCorp. He served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, and before that was legislative director and chief counsel to U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas. From 1988-1992 Commissioner Glick was an associate with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. 

Commissioner Glick is a graduate of George Washington University and Georgetown Law. He and his wife Erin have a son.


Jonathan Schneider, EBA President 


Jonathan draws on deep experience representing public and investor-owned utilities, industry trade associations, project developers and investors in the electric and natural gas industries to provide strategic counseling and hands-on conflict management.

Jonathan is widely recognized for his strategic policy advocacy and extensive experience as an administrative litigator and appellate advocate. He brings over 30 years' experience to provide strategic counseling needed to achieve complex energy regulatory objectives, combining mastery of regulatory law and policy with extensive experience as an administrative litigator and appellate advocate. His intimate knowledge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy, the reliability regime administered by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the role played by relevant state authorities provides a wide angle approach to problem solving and conflict management.

Jonathan counsels clients across the spectrum of electric and natural gas regulation. He advises on a wide array of regulatory issues associated with electric and natural gas utility regulation, market oversight, asset purchase and sale and project development.