2020 Annual Meeting & Conference

 

2020 ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE -  Reimagined

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News Alert: The EBA Annual Meeting will be presented as a one-day virtual conference.  Please see below for details. 

Program Overview 

Mark your calendar for the Energy Bar Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting & Conference! The conference will be presented as a one-day virtual conference with excellent sessions and speakers.  Discussions will focused on the legal issues related to all aspects of energy law. Attendees will include attorneys, non-attorney professionals, and students active in all areas of energy law, including antitrust, international energy transactions, legislation and regulatory reform, electric utility regulation, alternative dispute resolution, finance and transactions, and environment and public lands at federal, state, and international levels. Each year, the EBA Annual Meeting welcomes 600 attendees and is approved for MCLE credit.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - Virtual Program Agenda

8:45 am - Online platform opens for pre-conferencing chats between attendees.   
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM: Annual Meeting Welcome

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Jonathan SchneiderEBA President, 2019-2020

9:10 AM - 9:15 AM: Program Overview 
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Jamie Blackburn, EBA Professional Education Council Co-Chair
Emily FisherEBA Professional Education Council Co-Chair

 

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM: ​SPECIAL GUEST:  A VIEW FROM THE EPA

 

Gina McCarthy, President, Natural Resources Defense Council, and former, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency 

 

 

9:45 am - 10:30 am:  The Honorable Kevin J. McIntyre General Session: Post-Modern Administrative Law and the Energy Lawyer

Administrative law is about the division of power between agencies and courts.  It shapes how much leeway administrative agencies (like FERC and DOE) enjoy to establish rules within their domains, and how much courts constrain these agencies via their interpretations of the governing substantive statutes and administrative-law principles.  This panel will explore the evolution of administrative law over the past year and how that evolution is likely to affect the energy sector. 

The panelists will address:

  • Recent Supreme Court decisions and whether they presage a revolution in administrative law concerning Congress’s authority  to  delegate broad powers to agencies and judicial deference to agencies.
  • Significant Circuit-level developments in administrative law, including, but not limited to, how these decisions have played out in the Circuits over the past year.
  • Important administrative-law decisions in the energy sector, with a focus on decisions that may have broad effects beyond the parties to the particular case.

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Moderator: Kathleen BarronSenior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon Corp

Speakers:

Eamon P. JoycePartner, Sidley Austin LLP
Emily HammondJeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, George Washington
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Zachary C. SchaufPartner, Jenner & Block
Robert SolomonSolicitor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

10:30-11:00 am - Break and online networking

11:00 AM – 11:45 am: PURPA 2020: FERC Brings a New Lens to its PURPA Regulations

In 2019, FERC proposed sweeping changes to its longstanding PURPA regulations. This panel will explore FERC’s proposal and its potential impacts:

  1. PURPA’s first 40 years – what has it accomplished, and what is its role in the modern energy landscape?
  2. What are the major changes proposed by FERC and what are the next steps?
  3. Who has jurisdiction over PURPA? What can Congress do, what can FERC do, and what is the role of state commissions?
  4. What are the implications for renewable resource procurement – for planning and rates? For utilities and independent developers?

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Moderator: Christina Hayes, Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

Speakers:

Anthony T. Clark, Senior Advisor, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
Joshua Epel, Sustainability Consultant to the Chancellor, New Mexico State University
Jack ThirolfHead of Public Policy and Institutional Affairs - USA+ Canada, Enel Group

 

11:45 PM - 12:15pm: LUNCH BREAK - open chat

12:15 PM - 12:35 PM: EBA ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS PRESENTATION

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EBA Board Elections and Announcement of 2020-2021 President Jane Rueger

 

 

 

 

12:45 PM - 1:40 PM:  MID-DAY SESSION: MANAGING THROUGH COVID-19:  HOW UTILITIES ARE GRAPPLING WITH THE HEALTH CRISIS

The nation's resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic depends very much on the utility sector's ability to manage through this crisis. This panel of industry leaders will walk through measures the energy sector is taking to handle the crisis in this difficult period.   

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Moderator: Emily Fisher, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Edison Electric Institute

Speakers:

Joy Ditto, CEO, American Public Power Association
Thomas Kuhn, CEO, Edison Electric Institute 
James Matheson, CEO, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

 

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: NEW WINE IN OLD BOTTLES: CURRENT CONTROVERSIES UNDER THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE ACT

The panel will discuss some of the current issues regarding FERC’s regulation of interstate oil pipelines including the recent Magellan order, which prohibits certain marketing affiliate transactions, the current state of play for market based rates, and the upcoming index adjustment. The panel will also discuss the key differences between oil and gas pipeline regulation, including traps for the unwary.

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Moderator:  Glenn S. Benson, Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Speakers:
 
Shannon ColemanAssistant General Counsel, Tall Grass Energy
Mark R. HaskellPartner, Blank Rome LLP
Amy L. Hoff, Partner, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler

 

2:45 pm– 3:45 pm: 2020 PLAYBOOK FOR PIPELINES - PROPOSALS, POLITICS AND PREDICTIONS

With at least four major natural gas pipeline projects on appeal, draft legislation circulating the halls of Congress purporting to amend Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act, and a renewed focus on FERC’s certificate process, there are changes afoot for how pipeline projects will be planned, reviewed, and developed.  This panel will explore the current state of play at FERC, in the appellate courts, and on the Hill, and discuss the road ahead for natural gas infrastructure projects in light of so many proposed and potential changes to the legal and regulatory environment.

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Moderator: Alex Oehler, Interim President, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Speakers:

Cate Stetson, Partner, Hogan and Lovells
David Bookbinder, Chief Counsel, Niskanen Center

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: ENERGY & CLIMATE & THE ELECTIONS

Elections Matter:  Energy issues have focused the electorate as never before, and many have observed a more partisan approach to decision-making at FERC.  The panelists will explore how the parties and Presidential Candidates are addressing energy issues, and the increasing focus on the role played by FERC in the national discussion.  

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Speakers:  

Gavin Bade, Energy Reporter, Politico
Amy Harder, Energy Reporter,  Axiox
Steve Mufson, Climate Change Reporter, The Washington Post

 

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Special Interest Group Location 
In House Counsel Member Meet Up  
Energy Professional Member Meet Up  
New Member and First Time Attendees  
   

 

networkofpeople   Committee Huddle

There will be an opportunity to volunteer for committee work during the 2020-2021 year.  Learn about the goals of each committee and how you can volunteer to help.  Its a great time to mingle and volunteer!

 
Thank you to our Professional Education Council members, Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs 
 
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Co-Chairs: Jamie Blackburn, Latham & Watkins, LLP and  Emily Fisher, Edison Electric Institute

Vice- Co Chairs:  James Beh, Jones Day  and Richard Lorenzo, Loeb & Loeb, LLC

 

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Speaker_icon About 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

Speakers Service Center (SSC)

The Speaker Service Center is for speakers and moderators, and should include everything you need to know to prepare for the conference and make the deadlines.  

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cleapproved Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

Please note: Several states have already agreed to move forward with their CLE approval of our annual meeting in its new virtual manner.  

EBA has received approval for 5-7 hours of MCLE credit from various states.  EBA applied to the following states for MCLE:  CA, CT, FL, IA, IL, NJ, OH, NY, PA, TX, VA .   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.  

To assure accreditation, the necessary CLE information must appear on your registration form. You should also add your bar numbers to your profile with EBA.  If your bar number or state are missing, we cannot guarantee receipt of credit.  Only registered attendees are eligible for CLE.  Students are not eligible for CLE.

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fees Registration Fees - For Virtual Program

Registration fees reflect the Virtual Format. 

EBA membership must be current to access member rates. 

Member 


Rates- Virtual

Attorney & Energy Professionals

$600

In-house Counsel

$350

Solo/Small Firm Attorney 

$350

Retiree 

$350

Young Lawyer 

$450

Government & ERO/Academic Employee

$350

Student 

$100

Multi-Registration Discount
Register 4 Attorney or Energy Professionals from the same firm and receive a discount for the 5th registrant and beyond.

$375

Multi-Registration Discounts: EBA Attorney and Energy Professional members registering 4 at the full registration rate of $600 from the same firm qualify for the discount. Email rkelly@eba-net.org for details.

Nonmember 

 Rates - Virtual

Nonmember 

$750

Nonmember In-house Counsel

$600

Nonmember Government & ERO/Academic Employee

$400


** Small firm: A law firm with 10 or fewer full-time attorneys, regardless of practice area.

WAYS TO REGISTER

  • By credit card Online REGISTER NOW

     
  • By check, download Register Now PDF 
     
  • Mail form with payment to: EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036
    • Phone: (202) 223-5625
    • Fax: (202) 833-5596

 

info Information

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

 policy_icon Conference Policies

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 Policy

Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation request to the Energy Bar Association, 2000 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 by April 5, 2020 or by sending a written cancellation request by email to Richelle at RKelly@EBA-Net.org There is a $75 administrative fee for cancellations.  No refunds will be given after April 5, 2020. The cancellation policy also applies to registrations that are received and accepted after the deadline date.  (If cancellation is requested after deadline and is accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee).  Substitutions are acceptable at any time before April 13th (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between 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.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

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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