2019 Western Chapter Annual Meeting


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Program Overview

The 2019 Western Chapter Annual Meeting will be held at the Palace Hotel San Francisco in San Francisco, CA on February 21-22, 2019. This year’s Annual Meeting is an incredible opportunity to learn and hear from individuals who are helping shape the energy industry future in the Western United States. The conference includes one day of CLE and numerous networking opportunities, including a pre-conference hosted cocktail reception and scheduled breaks during the program for attendees to connect.

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

Program Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)


Palace Hotel San Francisco
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


2019 Marketing Opportunities BROCHURE


Western Chapter Annual Meeting Sponsorship Levels & Benefits


one complimentary registration
Marketing material inside the conference ballroom
Additional 4 registrations at early bird price‚Äč

SILVER- $1500

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

BRONZE- $1000                    

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



THursday, february 21

networkofpeople 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM:  Welcome Reception and CFEBA Silent Wine Auction 


8:00 AM -  8:15 AM: Welcome & Introductions 

Jonathan Schneider, President-Elect, Energy Bar Association, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Charles Middlekauff, President, Western Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, Chief Counsel, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM: Welcome Keynote Address

danly_j_photoJames Danly, General Counsel, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
James Danly is the General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Prior to
joining the Commission, he was a member of the energy regulation and litigation group at Skadden,
Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.  Read More 

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM:  Finding the Path to Climate and Disaster Resilience: The “New Abnormal”
As we experience hotter, drier, and longer summers in the West, our communities are vulnerable to more frequent wildfires, floods and other disasters.  In 2017 and 2018, California experienced the most devastating and widespread wildfires in the state’s history.  This panel will discuss the legal and regulatory challenges the energy industry faces to address climate resilience with utility electrical infrastructure.  Our panelists will analyze how such challenges impact utility ratepayers, insurance coverage, state economies, land use policies, utility financing and operations, and community safety. The panel will also highlight significant legal and regulatory issues California faces as it addresses the aftermath of the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, and provide an overview of potential legislative and regulatory options state agencies and legislators are considering to achieve climate resilience in the near future.

Moderator:  Tara Kaushik, Partner, Holland & Knight
Arocles Aguilar, General Counsel, California Public Utilities Commission
Laura Genao, Managing Director, State Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison Company
Toby Shea, Managing Director, Vice President/Senior Credit Officer, Moody's Investors Service
Don G. Stone, Partner, Paine Hamblen

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Community Choice Aggregation and Non-IOU Energy Providers – An Update on the Landscape
More and more retail customers are obtaining power through non-utility providers.  In California, there has been a marked increase in the number of Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in operation and throughout the West states are exploring ways to expand opportunities for direct access providers. This panel focuses on the present landscape for CCA and direct access, particularly in California and Nevada.

Moderator:  Beth Fox, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Beth Vaughan, Executive Director, California Community Choice Association
Scott Olson, Director, Western Government and Regulatory Affairs, Direct Energy
Michael Greene, Senior Attorney, NV Energy

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Jack Stoddard, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Speaker: Kip Lepper, Chief Advisor, Energy and Environment, Office of California Senate Pro Tempore

Kip Lipper is chief policy advisor on energy, natural resources, and the environment to the
California State Senate President pro Tempore, the Senate’s Majority Leader. Read More

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Blockchain and the Energy Industry
Technology is changing the world, and the energy industry is not immune to these changes. This panel will provide an introduction to the emerging technology BlockChain -- what it means, how it is used, various applications for BlockChain in the energy industry and legal issues presented by using BlockChain in energy transactions.  BlockChain is already having significant impacts on the energy industry, and that trend will only accelerate in the near future.

Moderator:  Pam Anderson, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Jennifer Solomon, Assistant General Counsel, Exelon Corporation
Wendy Moore, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Karen Hsu, Chief Revenue Officer, BlockCypher

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Western Markets Evolution and Development
This panel of experts will discuss how energy markets in the West have evolved over the last 20 years and what might be achieved through market expansion.  This includes a state regulator’s viewpoint; an overview of recent market expansion from the perspective of a market operator; the regulatory considerations related to the use of transmission in the Western Energy Imbalance Market; and the evolving political and regulatory factors in the development of Western Markets. 

Moderator:  Deb Scott, Senior Director, Regulatory Policy & Public Involvement, Salt River Project
The Honorable Jordan White, Commissioner, Utah Public Utilities Commission
John Anders, Assistant General Counsel, California Independent System Operator Corporation
Sarah Edmonds, Director of Transmission Services and Reliability, Portland General Electric
Tony Braun, Attorney/President, Braun Blaising Smith Wynne, P.C.

4:00 PM: Western Chapter Annual Business Meeting & Election


View Speaker Bios

hotel  HOTEL: 

Please make your hotel accommodations at the Palace Hotel San Francisco by calling (415) 512-1111 or booking online. Please request the 2019 EBA Western Chapter Annual Meeting Block rate. Pricing is $340 for a single or double occupancy room.  The hotel deadline is February 6, 2019.  Please reserve early to guarantee your room.


EBA plans to apply for MCLE in NV, WA, UT, CA, VA and NY. 


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

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS February 1, 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 Western Chapter Annual Meeting pre-registration closes on February 19th. Thereafter, registrations can only be taken on-site at  the conference.



Early Bird
(On or before 2/1/2019)


Member Attorney $465 $495
Non-Member Attorney $695 $695
Member (Gov't/Academic) $200 $225
Non-Member (Gov't/Academic) $250 $250
Full Time Student (EBA Member) $50 $100
Multi-Registration Discount (4th person and beyond) $400 $400


*For firms registering 4 people or more, at the same time, EBA will provide you a group discounted registration rate of $400 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. 



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

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 2/12/2019, 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 2/12/2019. If a cancellation is requested after the deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are acceptable by 2/21/2019  (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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