2019 Mid-Year Energy Forum


Forum Program Overview

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tuesday, October 15, 2019 

11:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration All Day

11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Regional Chapter Caucus - All are welcome

Stop by and learn what your regional chapter is doing to provide you with outstanding membership benefits, meet others from your chapter and consider raising your hand to volunteer. 

12:00 pm -1:00 pm  Special Events:

New Member Meet Up

In-House Counsel Meet Up

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Opening Welcome and General Session:  Role of Carbon in FERC Regulations

EBA Welcome - Jonathan Schneider, President, EBA   



General Session:  Role of Carbon in FERC Regulations



2:30pm – 2:45 pm:  Coffee Break

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2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:

Session A:  The 21st Century Utility

Driven by state and local policies and responding to customer and stakeholder input, the traditional utility model is under increasing pressure.  Transformative technologies are available behind the meter, carbon-free or reduced resources are demanded by many customers and utilities are increasingly being asked to serve as platforms for alternative technologies and customer choice.  This panel grapples with the available models, what works and doesn’t, and what it all suggests for the future of the utility industry through the mid-century.




Julia Hamm, President & Chief Executive Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Session B: Energy infrastructure post-Hoopa


4:00 pm – 4:15 pm:  Coffee Break


4:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  Concurrent Sessions:

Session A:  The Business Benefit of Diversity and Inclusion

Session B:  ISO/RTO Governance, ADR Issues and Conflict Resolution Models, and Solutions

Representatives from an interconnection regional transmission organization, wholesale energy company and stakeholders from one of the largest regional transmission organization will address how they approach Alternative Dispute Resolution and consensus building, resolve disputes among their constituencies and with those within and outside their geographic boundaries.

  • Learn how to determine whether the current models work well;
  • Consider what might be improved upon to achieve stakeholder consensus; and
  • Consider possible junctures in the processes to achieve positive outcomes.

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Brian Drumm, Manager, Regulatory Relations & Policy and Associate General Counsel, American Transmission Company, LLC
David Anders, Director, Stakeholder Relations, PJM, LLC
Jordan Pinjuv, Senior Regulatory Counsel, CAISO


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Special Event: 

DSC_0124_v2 2019 Honorable Chief Judge Curtis L.Wagner Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) Reception 

* Separate Ticket Required

The Honorable Chief Judge Curtis L. Wagner, Jr., ALJ Reception is hosted by the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, a not-for-profit corporation established by the Energy Bar Association (EBA).  The mission of the Foundation is to promote understanding of energy law through various activities such as funding and publishing the Energy Law Journal.

ALJ Registration and Sponsor Information

Location: Offices of Greenberg Traurig, 2101 L Street, N.W., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7:00 am - 5:00 pm:  Registration Open All Day

7:30 am- 8:30 am:  Special Event: Women In Energy Breakfast

EBA will host the 4rd Annual Women in Energy BreakfastThe breakfast is included in the Forum registration but a separate RSVP is required to attend as space is limited. 

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

9:00 am - 10:30 am:  General Session: Cybersecurity and Supply Chain: Who, What, Where, Huawei?

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Moderator: Paul Tiao, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Tobias R. Whitney, Technical Executive, Power Delivery and Utilization – Cyber Security, Electric Power Research Institute
Laura Schepis, Senior Director, Security Policy, Edison Electric Institute

10:30 am - 11:00 am:  Coffee Break

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11:00 am - 12:15 pm:  Concurrent Sessions: 

Session A: Drafting and Negotiating a Power Purchase Agreement​

Session B: Drafting and Negotiating a Firm Transportation Agreement


12:15 pm - 1:45 pm: Luncheon Speaker: Bill Cooper, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy

 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.  Read more.

 Presentation of the Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award


2:15 PM - 3:45 pm: Concurrent Sessions:

Session A:  ETHICS:  How to Identify and Address Client Conflict

Session B:  Reducing Carbon Without a Regulatory Push

Major organizations are substantially reducing carbon emissions without federal or state regulation.  This panel will address tangible actions being taken by entities to simultaneously produce significant GHG emissions reductions, meaningful economic benefits and growth opportunities.  Attendees will learn about:
A major industrial firm greening its production, energy utilization and supply chain
An exemplary city creating a future with little to no carbon emissions;
A top-tier IT firm ensuring that their data farms and offices are green; and
A large electric utility moving from substantial coal to minimal CO2.

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm: Coffee Break 

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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Closing General Session: What Investors Want

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Special Event: Closing Celebration Dinner 


Don't miss this last chance to visit with colleagues and new friends during this lively dinner and crowd favorite!  You will enjoy seeing the FERC Commissioner in a different light....and enjoy lots of laughs.  

Dinner is included in the full conference registration. For those interested in only attending the dinner, separate tickets are available for purchase at $125 per person.

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Speaker_iconAbout the Speakers

EBA is pleased to present an outstanding, experienced line-up of panel and general session speakers.  Learn more about them by viewing the Speaker Biographies 

networkofpeopleSpecial Events

Tuesday, Oct 15 - Regional Chapter Caucus

Tuesday, Oct 15 - New Member Meet Up  and In House Counsel Meet Up

Tuesday, Oct 15  - Honorable Chief Judge Curtis L. Wagner ALJ Reception

Wednesday, Oct 16 - Women In Energy Breakfast

Wednesday, Oct 16 - Closing Celebration Dinner 


Conference Location

The conference will be at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel. Click here to open in Google Maps.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth Street N.W., Washington, DC 20001

hotelHotel Information

EBA has reserved a room block at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel for $329 per night. The block cut off is September 20th. Please reserve your room soon. To make your reservation visit: https://book.passkey.com/go/2019ebamidyear

Parking & Transportation Information

Information about daily parking rates and metro transit information are available here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/wasrb-renaissance-washington-dc-downtown-hotel/

cleapprovedContinuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

Pending approval for 10-12 hours of MCLE credit, and an additional 1 hour of ethics credit.  EBA has applied to the following states for MCLE and ethics, when appropriate: CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, MN, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, VA, WI.  MCLE accreditation has been (or will be) requested from states with general MCLE requirements. Each state has its own rules and regulations regarding "CLE".For questions on CLE email EBA-CLE@eba-net.org. In some cases, an attorney may be able to self-apply for credit in their state. 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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feesRegistration Fees*

Registration fees include meals, Women In Energy Breakfast with RSVP and the Closing Reception and Dinner with RSVP, networking breaks, conference material and MCLE credit. Early bird registration fees end September 25.


Register Online



Member Registration Types



Early Rate

By September 25


Private Attorney



Energy Professional



Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Attorney



Young Lawyer










Dinner Only:  If you would like to only attend the Closing Dinner, or bring a guest, ticket prices at $125 per person. 

(Dinner is included with full conference registration)

Multi-Registration Discounts are available to EBA Private Attorney members only. Register 3 Private Attorney members at $885 and additional Private Attorney member registrations will be $595. Email rkelly@eba-net.org for details.


Nonmember Registration Types














To pay by check, download and complete a REGISTRATION FORM (coming soon). Mail form and payment to: EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036. 

policy_iconConference Policies

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS September 25, 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.

Dress Attire

Attire for the conference is business. 

Special Accommodations

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

Cancellation AND REFUND Policy

Cancellations submitted by October 1, 2019 will be refunded minus a $75 administrative fee. Our policy is to not approve refund requests submitted after Oct 1, 2019, however we will review and consider these requests case by case post conference. If approved, cancellation requests submitted after the deadline will be charged a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions can be made at any time (difference between member/non-member fees apply). ALL refunds are processed post conference. 

Submit written cancellation requests to the Energy Bar Association, 2000 M Street, N.W., Suite 715 Washington, DC 20036 by October 1, or by sending a written cancellation request by email to rkelly@eba-net.org. 


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

championSponsorships and Exhibiting

Please visit the 2019 Marketing Opportunities page for information about sponsorships and exhibiting. For information on sponsoring and exhibiting please contact: Jordan Weiss, Manager, Strategic Partnerships, JWeiss@EBA-Net.org 

eba hardship policy

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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