2020 EBA Fall Conference



2020 EBA Fall Conference - Commit, Engage, IGnite

October 13-14,2020, 11:30 am - 6:00 pm ET                                 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      Registration Form (PDF)

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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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - EBA Solution Center

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.  

Find out more about the EBA Solution Center


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
  • Meet Your Chapter Leader and find out what is going on in your region

11:30 AM - EBA Update and Welcome to Commit, Engage, Ignite 2020!


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

  EBA President Jane Rueger will provide an overall EBA update and welcome to the Energy Forum. 



11:45 AM -12:30 PM - General Session: COVID-19: Impacts to the Energy and Utilities Sectors – Today and the Future

This will explore the more significant impacts of COVID-19 upon the energy and utility sector to date, with a focus on potential implications for the future.  Panelists will provide a high-level overview of a range of topics that will help attendees draw their own conclusions about what the pandemic means for the future of the energy and utility sectors:

load impacts and economic consequences to utilities
regulatory responses – shorter and longer term
consumer side adjustments 
fuel and supply chain price changes 
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Moderator:  David DesLauriers, Vice President, Charles River Associates
Frank C. Graves, Principal, The Brattle Group
Sandra Mattavous-Frye, People's Counsel, Office of the People's Counsel
John O'Brien, Executive Vice President - Strategy & Public Affairs, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas
Washington Gas

12:30-12:45 PM   Time for a break

12:45 - 1:45 PM - Concurrent Sessions

Session 1A - Looking into the Transmission Crystal Ball - What are the biggest issues facing the transmission industry in the next five years?

Between coping with COVID-19, climate change, resilience, electrification, and ever increasing clean energy mandates and goals, it is hard to pin down what will be the biggest issue over the next five years.  We have decided to ask a cross-section of colleagues from around the country who work in different aspects of the energy industry to challenge our panel of transmission experts to review, analyze and discuss the issues with an eye towards the future.



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?  The panel will explore the following questions: 

  • Can hydrogen finally realize its potential as a fuel that can supplement and even displace natural gas in industrial, power generation and transportation fuel applications?
  • What sorts of initiatives are currently under way globally to pave the way for hydrogen project development?
  • Where might hydrogen projects first emerge in the U.S.?   What kinds of projects?  Where do they currently stand?  Do the economics work?
  • What legal and regulatory changes need to be made to welcome hydrogen as a green fuel and energy storage medium?
  • How might U.S. laws and regulations addressing fuel use, transportation and safety and electric power generation be revised to accommodate hydrogen as a fuel and energy storage medium?


Moderator: James Bowe, Partner, King & Spalding
Panelists:  Buck B. Endemann, Partner,  K & L Gates
Bryn Karaus, Van Ness Feldman
Michael Ducker, Vice President, Renewable Fuels & Western Region, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

1:45 PM   Time for a break

2:00 - 3:00 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 adequately 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?

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Moderator: Shelby A. Linton-Keddie, Senior Director, State Energy & Regulatory Policy, Edison Electric Institute 
Marie Fagan, Chief Economist, London Economics
Meghan McGuinness, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid
David Morton, Chair & CEO, British Columbia Utilities Commission


Session 2B: ETHICS - Making Your Way Through the Ethics Haze: Selected Topics in the Environmental and Energy Context

The panel will discuss ethical issues arising from representing environmental and energy clients, including tribes and tribal enterprises.  The issues covered will include potential positional conflict among clients, parent-subsidiary conflicts, unique tribal and tribal enterprise organizational structures and conflicts, the scope of representation and the allocation of authority between the client and the lawyer, and ethical issues arising with respect to confidential information.

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Moderator:  Richard Lorenzo, Partner, Loeb & Loeb
Jacqueline M. Vidmar
, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP
Cynthia A. Faur, Partner, Quarles and Brady LLP
Pilar Thomas, Quarles & Brady LLP

3:00 pm Time for a breakBREAK

3:15 PM  - Awards Presentation Gold_medal_ribbon


Managing risk has always been a core function of the energy sector’s business.  But 2020 is the year that supply chain risk management exploded onto the world of grid national security.  From Executive Order No. 13920, to NERC CIP Standard CIP-013, to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, this year has become a veritable tsunami of new federal initiatives, new regulatory requirements, and new business demands – all intended to protect our sector’s supply chain from hostile powers and cyber risks.  

Amid this flurry of activity, how are energy lawyers supposed to make sense of it all?  Join our panel of experts as they share how the US Department of Energy, NERC, and the private sector, are evolving to meet these new supply chain needs.  Topics of discussion include new federal regulatory proceedings; growing industry practices; and innovative government-private sector collaborations.  Come away with a strategic understanding of how to help your clients manage their supply chain, while furthering their ongoing mission of delivering power safely and reliably to the nation.




4:30-5:30 PM - General Session:  Tolling Orders/Allegheny Defense

FERC lawyers have long since become accustomed to seeking rehearing of FERC orders, only to have FERC issue tolling orders within 30 days, and then to wait months and years before an actual FERC order on the rehearing is issued. The Allegheny Defense decision arguably changes this dynamic.

EBA is excited to bring an important discussion to #EBAIGNITE that will help attendees understand the legal and practical impact of the D.C. Circuit’s recent en banc decision in Allegheny Defense Project v. FERC. 
You will hear the viewpoints of both the private practitioner and the agency regulator discuss the current and future impact of the case on FERC and appellate practice under both the Federal Power Act and the Natural Gas Act. 
Key Questions to be answered include: 
What will FERC do now? 
What has been the impact of this decision so far? 
What future impacts do our panelists foresee?
Will Congress address the period of time by which a rehearing request should be deemed denied? 
Will the agency act to adopt new procedures for the expeditious evaluation of rehearing requests? 
What are the possible outcomes?
Will any new procedures increase the burden on both FERC staff and private litigants? If so, how?
Who should attend? Any FERC observer who has a client, or works for a company, that has active matters before the Commission. 





Wednesday, October 14, 2020

10:30- 11:30 AM    





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



1:00-1:30  PM





1:30-2:45 PM





Chatterjee_Neil  Keynote:  Chairman Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Concurrent Sessions

Session 3A:  Natural Gas Pipeline Panel:  Regulatory Uncertainties for Natural Gas Pipelines and Their Shippers 

The year 2020 has ushered in new uncertainty for natural gas pipelines and their shippers.  As demand for natural gas has declined in some regions, pipeline transportation shippers are experiencing financial distress, and the risk of shippers filing for bankruptcy has increased. This panel will discuss uncertainties associated with financially distressed shippers and explore the role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in helping to manage them.  Questions the panel will address include, for example: What is the role of the Commission in helping pipelines navigate the challenges and risks associated with financially distressed shippers?   What are the respective roles of Bankruptcy Courts and the Commission with respect to shippers' jurisdictional transportation agreements.  What are the implications for a pipeline's filed rates under the Natural Gas Act?





Session 3B:  EBA Brief  Perspectives on Diversity, Inclusion and Energy Justice in the Energy Industry

This panel features distinguished authors from the Fall 2020 issue of the EBA Brief that is dedicated to an exploration of diversity and inclusion and the elimination of bias in the energy industry, as well as issues of energy justice for under-represented communities. EBA has brought together the CEO of the premier association of Black professionals in the energy industry, an esteemed law professor who has focused research on issues of energy justice arising from lack of adequate energy access for Native Americans, and a member of the law student class of [202X] with perspectives from the next generation to discuss themes from their articles in the Fall 2020 issue. Listen in for cutting edge thinking on these issues and participate with questions!

EBA will apply for CLE credit in the area of diversity and inclusion / elimination of bias in applicable states for this discussion.

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Moderator:  Jane Rueger, President of EBA and Partner with Perkins Coie LLP
Panel:  Paula Glover, President & CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy
Laura Martin, Student, George Washington Law School
Catherine J.K. Sandoval, Law Professor, Santa Clara University


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.

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Moderator: Paige Lockett, Direct Energy
Panel:  Frank Hayden, Vice President Trading Compliance, Calpine
Todd Piczak, Kinder Morgan
Regina Speed-Bost, Founder and Managing Partner, SB Law, PLLC


2:45 PM

Time for a break




3:00 - 4:15 PM







Concurrent Sessions:

Session 4A:  Oil Pipeline Panel:  Risk and Opportunities:  Do Indexed rates Still Work for Oil Pipelines

This panel will examine Oil Pipeline Ratemaking in a time of economic uncertainty.  Negative oil prices, COVID-19, and shipper distress, combined with demand destruction, will result in future financial and market risks whose impacts are yet unclear.  At the same time, as the industry is adapting to this new “normal,” the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is engaged in its 5-year review of the indexing methodology used to set rates for the majority of the oil pipeline industry.  The methodology, which is inflation-based, calculates rates using historic costs without regard to future risks and it may not respond to current market conditions.  The proposed index adder of PPI-FG + 0.09%, which will be finalized later this year, is also the lowest proposed rate in over a decade. This panel will examine risks facing the oil pipeline industry and discuss how FERC’s proposed changes could affect the oil pipeline industry and its shippers, including the ability of pipelines to recover costs, earn returns commensurate with market risk, and maintain adequate investment in pipeline infrastructure.  

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Moderator: Sandra E. Safro, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Panel:  Erica L. Rancilio, Thompson Coburn LLP
Dr. Ramsey Shehaden, NERA Economic Consulting
James Sarika, Office of Energy Market Regulation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission





Session 4B: Clash of the Commissions: 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? Will the state or federal level make decisions about the future of the industry?

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Moderator:  Jay Morrison, VP- Regulatory Issues, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Panel:  Amanda Frazier, Vice President, Regulatory Policy Vistra Corp
Talina R. Mathews,Commissioner, Kentucky Public Service Commission
Betty Watson, Senior Director of Policy and Market Design, Modern Energy


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

See description above.


  Moderator: Paige Lockett, Direct Energy
Kenneth W. Irvin, Partner, Sidley Austin


4:15 PM

Time for a break




4:30-5:15 PM 




Closing Session:  The Elections!  

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

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Megan Ceronsky, Executive Director, Center for Applied Environmental Law & Policy
Kellie Donnelly, Executive Vice President & General Counsel,

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


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Special Interest Group Date/Time 
In House Counsel Member Meet Up   Tues, Oct 13 - 10:30 am
Meet Your Chapter Leader   Tues, Oct 13 - 10:30 am


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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: 

Pending: OH, NY, VA .   

Approved :  State/Hours/Ethics

CA- 11.5/ 1 hr. Ethics / 1 hr. Elimination of Bias
GA - 11.5 / 1 Ethics
IL - 11.5, and pending for Ethics and D & I
PA - 11.0 /1 Ethics
TX - 11.7.5 
WI - 11.5 

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. 

             Register Now Online     (Preferred)  


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:

Registration Form (PDF)

Mail form with payment to: EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036‚Äč

  • 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.

Attendee Contact Information
By registering for this conference, attendees authorize EBA to share your contact information, including but not limited to your email address and telephone number, with other registered attendees, sponsors and exhibitors. For more information please contact Lisa Levine, llevine@eba-net.org.

Consent Clause
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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