2020 EBA Fall Conference



2020 EBA Fall Conference - Commit, Engage, IGnite

October 13-14,2020, Noon - 6:00 pm ET                                 Download Schedule At A Glace PDF


Program Overview 

The Energy Bar Association’s 2020 Virtual Fall Conference - Commit, Connect, Ignite, includes two half-days of education, networking and access to the new Solution Center.  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. We look forward to welcoming more than 600 attendees and providing an exceptional experience with MCLE credit approval.

         Register Now Online   

New!_width_75_0 New  EBA Solution Center

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Invest in your business by becoming an EBA Solution Center Partner at the 2020 Fall Virtual Conference: Commit. Engage. Ignite. on October 13-14, 2020. 

For details, visit:  EBA Solution Center

Or contact:  Grace Lynch, Manager, Strategic Partnerships
Energy Bar Association, (301) 300 - 0161 


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Agenda is under development. Check by soon for updated details.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 






New!_width_75_0  EBA Solution Center:  Don't miss an opportunity to connect with the services and consultants you need to support your practice.  EBA Solution Center features a full array of energy professional such as economists, consultants, valuation specialists, expert witnesses and so many more.  This is a great opportunity to stop by their virtual booth for a one-on-one meeting, or just to click the button to receive more information about them.  The Solution Center will be open throughout the conference.  







We encourage members to join the virtual meeting by noon to enjoy some informal networking before the Welcome and Keynote Session

  • In-House Counsel Meet up
  • Chapter Meet up


 Rueger_Jane_v2   Jane Rueger, Partner, Perkins Coie, EBA President, 2020-2021

12:15 PM

General Session :    COVID-19 RESPONSE and Implications


1:00 PM

Time for a break

1:15 pm
concurrent Sessions
  Session 1A - Transmission Forum
  Session 1B -  The Future is Hydrogen
  What legal and regulatory changes need to be made to welcome hydrogen as a green fuel and energy storage medium? There is an accelerating move toward adopting hydrogen as a fuel that can supplement and eventually displace natural gas in industrial and power generation applications and can serve as a motor vehicle fuel. We are beginning to see this here in the U.S., with the most prominent example being the Utah ACES renewable energy storage/gas fired power generation project being pursued by a JV led by Magnum Development and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems. Energy project developers and equipment vendors in Europe are converting a natural gas-fired generating facility to consume hydrogen and blending hydrogen with natural gas in gas distribution systems that serve commercial and residential developments. U.S. Laws and regulations addressing fuel use, transportation and safety and electric power generation will have to be revised to accommodate the introduction of hydrogen as a fuel and energy storage medium, including the NGA, FPA, pipeline safety laws and building codes.
2:15PM  Time for a break
2:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions
Session 2A:   Alternative Regulation: Lessons from Jurisdictions that Have Adopted Performance Based Rates
  Volumetric pricing and traditional rate cases may no longer be serving either customers or their utilities. As jurisdictions explore whether to shift to alternative regulation, what lessons can be learned from those who have gone first?
Session 2B: ETHICS - Recent and Forthcoming Revisions to Ethics Rules
3:30 PM

Time for a break



3:45 PM





Awards Presentation 


4:00 PM



A discussion of physical security issues, and will consider the recent Executive Order and the Administration’s focus on supply chain security.



Wednesday, October 14, 2020






New!_width_75_0  EBA Solution Center:  Don't miss an opportunity to connect with the services and consultants you need to support your practice. 

EBA Solution Center features a full array of energy professional such as economists, consultants, valuation specialists, expert witnesses and so many more.  This is a great opportunity to stop by their virtual booth for a one-on-one meeting, or just to click the button to receive more information about them.  The Solution Center will be open throughout the conference.  

11:30 AM




General Session:  Getting to Zero: Are NO Carbon Emissions Realistic? 
What does a radical reduction in carbon emissions mean? Many electric companies have announced commitments to reduce GHG emissions significantly, but others have concerns about getting to net zero emissions. In addition, deploying increasing amounts of variable renewable resources can present challenges to the reliable operation of the grid. Yet global warming is a growing threat, and states and policy makers are responding by adopting targets for zero emissions in decades or less. Is this the right response? What does experience to date indicate would need to change in system operations, technology, reliability, energy costs, total scope emissions, reserves (including distributed storage such as EVs), etc. to accommodate a carbon-free (or nearly free) future?



Time for a break



1:00 PM



Concurrent Session 3A:  Natural Gas Siting and Permitting Panel

A panel focused on NEPA, which could be an element of this panel, along with other issues, like NWP-12. Core Permitting,





Session 3B:  EBA Brief Authors Panel

The EBA Brief for October will focus on diversity and inclusion. This session would focus on the authors who contribute to the EBA Brief.





Session 3C:  Workshop:  How to Structure a FERC Compliance Program (Part 1)

This workshop will help attendees understand how to design and implement a holistic and effective FERC compliance program. The first session will address how to establish a transaction surveillance and monitoring program, how to train employees and how to manage customers. The second part will address FERC regulatory and enforcement actions.


2:15 PM

Time for a break




2:30 pm


Session 4A:  Investment in the Oil Sector after Negative Oil Prices 

As the price of US oil turned negative earlier this year for the first time in history, this panel will discuss the impact of the negative prices and predictions for investment in the future. 





Session 4B: FERC/State Jurisdiction: Where is the dividing line?

This panel would look at recent FERC and federal court decisions address PURPA, Net Energy Metering (NERA Petition) and Storage. What are these telling us about who has jurisdiction over what? 

  Session 4C:  Workshop:  How to Structure a FERC Compliance Program (Part 2)


3:45 PM

Time for a break





General Session:  Tolling Orders/Allegheny Defense
A discussion on the Allegheny Defense decision and tolling orders, covering impacts under both the NGA and the FPA. The session will also consider practical/strategic implications for lawyers practicing before FERC.



Closing Session:  The Elections!  

Trade reporters will discuss the presidential election and how the results may impact energy law and policies.



Special Thanks to our Professional Education Council Leadership


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Emily Fisher,Co-Chair Richard Lorenzo, Co- Chair James Beh, Co-Chair  






Adrienne Clair, Vice Chair Susan Olenchuk, Vice Chair


networkofpeople  Special Interest Group Meet Ups     coffee_cup

Special Interest Group Date/Time 
In House Counsel Member Meet Up  
Energy Professional Member Meet Up  


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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.  

 Conference Location

  Your own desktop!

cleapproved Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

EBA is seeking approval for MCLE credit from various states.  EBA applied to the following states for MCLE: 

    CA, IL, 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 apply to a State not listed above, it is the individual's responsibility to collect any handouts or other information required by that States' accreditation board for individual submission and self-certification. Individual on-line credit applications are not accepted by all States.

To Receive a Certificate of Attendance: 

  1. Your EBA online profile or registration must include your bar # and state.
  2. You must sign-in by logging into the session for which you want credit.
  3. No later than October 31, return to EBA, your attendance form including CLE codes provided during each session.
  4. Attendance forms without bar # and state will be voided. 

Certificates of attendance will be emailed to eligible participants in November.

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

EBA membership must be current to access member rates. 

              Online Registration (Preferred):    Register Now Online


Registration Types  Early Member Rate until Oct 1   Member Rate
After Oct 1 
Registration $300 $350 $395
Student Registration Free Free $25


If you must mail a check, please complete the registration form, below and mail or deliver to EBA:

  •  Register Form (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

All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing no later than September 18, 2020 via email at rkelly@eba-net.org.  A refund of the full conference fee, minus a $75 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by that date. EBA regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted! Substitutions of registrations are permitted up to Noon ET on October 12, 2020.  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.


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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Registration and attendance at, or participation in, EBA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in recordings, both live and on-demand, photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities by EBA and other third parties. Your virtual registration may include technology that monitors your activities throughout the meeting, such as session attendance and virtual booths visited.

Our Guarantee
Our goal is to provide truly exceptional offerings and service, and we won't be happy until you are. If any programs, products, or services of EBA do not fulfill our promise, we will make the situation right.

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