2019 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting



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Please note, You may still register online until monday, march 4th at midnight, HOWEVER BADGES HAVE BEEN PRINTED/SHIPPED (as of friday march 1, 4pm et) so when you arrive, a badge will need to be created onsite.  

Program Overview

The 2019 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting will be held at the Omni Chicago Hotel in Chicago, IL on March 4-5, 2019. The Midwest Chapter is presenting a one day CLE program and will offer numerous networking opportunities, including a pre-conference hosted cocktail reception and scheduled breaks during the program for attendees to connect.

2019 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting: Program Schedule 


676 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611


2019 Marketing Opportunities BROCHURE

Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Sponsorship Levels & Benefits


one complimentary registration to Meeting (value $475)

Marketing material on sponsor table inside the conference ballroom

Additional 4 company/firm registrations at early bird level 

GOLD- $750

1 Discounted Registration
Additional 2 company/firm registrations at early bird level

SILVER- $500                   

All Marketing Below                          


* Logo featured in all event marketing circulated to over 5,000 attorneys & energy professionals twice
* Listed in materials circulated to all attendees
* Verbal recognition at the opening by Chapter President during welcome remarks
* Recognition on conference webpage
* Logo recognition on social media
* One piece of marketing material at sponsor table
* Signage at the event listing sponsors by level
* Sponsor level distinction on ribbons

Contact: Michele L. Smith, Senior Manager, Marketing & Member Relations at D: 202-499-5841, E: msmith@eba-net.org



networkofpeople 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM:  Welcome Reception 

tuesday, MARCH 5

8:00 AM -  9:00 AM: REGISTRATION 

8:45 AM -  9:00 AM: Welcome & Introductions 

Matthew Rudolphi, President, Energy Bar Association, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke
David Streicker, President, MIdwest Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, Polsinelli PC 

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Virtual PPAs – Are These Going to Become the Norm

Historically, the output of a generation asset was sold pursuant to a traditional power purchase agreement entered into between a developer and a utility or other purchaser.  With increasing frequency, non-traditional off-take agreements such as financial hedges and virtual power purchase agreements are becoming the norm rather than the exception.  This panel will explore the reasons for the rising use of such non-traditional power off-take agreements and whether such arrangements will supplant traditional PPAs.  The panel will outline the basic terms and conditions of these agreements and dive into the complexities encountered when negotiating such instruments.  Finally, this session will explore the market to explain why an increasing number of large commercial users are seeking PPA opportunities.   

Moderator:  David Streicker, President, Midwest Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, Polsinelli PC 
Maddie Knowland, Senior Director, Head of Energy Marketing, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America
Joe Condo, General Counsel, Lincoln Clean Energy, LLC
Craig P. Aubuchon, Asset Manager, Renewable Energy, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

10:15 PM - 10:30 PM:  NETWORKING BREAK 

10:30 - 11:00 AM - Morning Keynote Address 
Speaker: Aakash Chandarana, Regional Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs, XCEL ENERGY

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM:  ​Impacts of State Policies on the Penetration of Low or Zero Cost Marginal Resources (and What this Means for the Markets)

Practitioners are generally aware of the effect federal tax credits have had on the construction, and proposed construction, of renewable resources like wind and solar. But what effect have state policies and initiates had on the development of these assets and the retention of other low marginal cost generation sources?  And how are these policies, and the pending boom of renewable integration, affecting RTOs from both a market and operational standpoint?  This panel will explore these issues and provide perspectives on the intended [and perhaps unintended] consequences of "going green." 

Moderator:  Eric Dearmont, Director – Regulatory Affairs & Interconnection Policy, Ameren Services Company
Michael Kessler, Assistant General Counsel – Legal, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.
Emma Nicholson, Ph.D., Senior Project Manager, Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc.
Timothy Burdis, Manager, State Policy Analysis & Strategy, PJM Interconnection  

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Speaker: The Honorable Richard Glick, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission




1:30 PM - 2:15 PM: Non-wire Alternatives to Distribution and Transmission Planning​

Utilities traditionally construct new transmission and distribution facilities, in order to resolve constraints or meet changing needs.  As technology evolves, however, utilities have begun to explore using distributed energy resources, energy storage, energy efficiency, and demand response to solve the same or related problems.   The application of these technologies in the context of transmission and distribution planning has become known as non-wires alternatives (“NWAs”).   The regulatory landscape is still developing, and the panelists will address the many questions that remain.  For example, should utilities be required to consider NWAs when developing transmission or distribution construction plans?  Should utilities, particularly in deregulated markets, be permitted to own NWA infrastructure, and how should such infrastructure be functionalized?  If third parties are permitted to develop NWAs, what should the data sharing and procurement processes look like? 

Moderator:  Hanna M. Conger, Associate, Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP
Jim Taylor, Vice President, Energy Solutions - Siemens
Michael Strong, Member,  Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn, Ltd.


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Regulatory Hurdles For Siting Pipelines

Growth in U.S. shale gas production is driving the expansion of pipeline infrastructure to transfer gas from producing regions to consuming markets, typically in other states.  The regulatory processes for sitting and developing this infrastructure is extensive and the scrutiny of regulatory approvals has increased. The fact that most pipeline infrastructure projects occur in multiple states creates a regulatory patchwork for siting that creates additional regulatory burden and uncertainty.  This panel will discuss the regulatory hurdles that are a part of the siting process.  The discussion will include state permitting and certificate of need processes and the additional complexities of siting on Tribal and ceded lands.  The panel will also discuss how safety and environmental permitting and permissions (such as PMSHA and NEPA) affect the siting process and also create additional scrutiny by third-parties.     ​

Moderator: Stacy Stotts, Partner, Polsinelli LLC
Arshia Javaherian, Senior Legal Counsel, Law Department, ENBRIDGE 
Darren J. Hunter, Partner, Hunter Masalski LLC
Lisa Rudy, Legal Counsel Tallgrass Energy (Invited)


hotel  HOTEL:

Make your hotel reservation now to secure the room block rate for the 2019 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting taking place at the Omni Hotel Chicago on March 4-5, 2019 using the following booking link: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/chicago/meetings/eba-midwest-chapter-annual-meeting-2019 


We will be applying for CLE approval in VA, IL, IN, KS, MO, MN, OH,  & WI. If you require CLE in another state not listed here, please contact Lisa Levine at LLEVINE@EBA-NET.ORG prior to February 7, 2019 to request submission. 


Registration includes program sessions, electronic attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and reception.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS February 10, 2019. 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.

EBA’s Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting pre-registration closes on February 19th. Thereafter, registrations can only be taken on-site at  the conference.



Member Attorney/Energy Professional $475
Non-Member Attorney $630
Member (Gov't/Academic/Govt EP) $125
Non-Member (Gov't/Academic/Govt EP) $150
Full Time Student (EBA Member) $100
Multi-Registration Discount (4th person and beyond) $305


*For firms registering 4 people or more, at the same time, EBA will provide you a group discounted registration rate of $305 per person for the 4th person and beyond. Applies to Private and Energy Professional members only. All attendees in the group must be members. Contact kwalecka@eba-net.org for more information. 



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

questions  POLICIES 

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


Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 2/20/2019, less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. No refunds will be given after 2/20/2019. If a cancellation is requested after the deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are acceptable anytime  (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between the 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. Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email if an address is provided.


Persons in need of special accommodation should inquire with Lisa Levine, Chief Executive Officer, llevine@eba-net.org at the EBA office.


EBA offers eligible student, government, and academic members’ discounts on the rates for most EBA programs which carry CLE credits, including EBA’s Annual and Mid-Year meetings. EBA will, on a case-by-case basis, consider requests from members to attend EBA programs at discounted rates. Discount requests must be made to EBA’s office at least fifteen days prior to the close of regular registration for the program in question. Requests will be considered by EBA if timely and complete. Discount requests must demonstrate a substantial financial hardship. Please submit your request to llevine@eba-net.org.


The Energy Bar Association (“EBA”) is committed to the goals of fostering an inclusive and diverse membership and increasing diversity across all levels of the Association.  Attorneys and energy professionals in the energy field are welcome to join our ranks, regardless of race, creed, color, gender (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, family and marital status (including pregnancy), family responsibilities, religion, national origin, age, personal appearance, political affiliation, veterans status, disability, source of income (government, solo, corporate, firm practice), or place of residence or business (geographic diversity) and are encouraged to become active participants in the Association’s activities.

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By registering for this program, you authorize EBA to use any photographs taken of you during the event. Photographs may be used in promotional materials or stories that appear in professional publications and websites.

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