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The 2020 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting will be held at the Westin St. Louis on March 9-10, 2020. The Midwest Chapter is presenting a one day CLE program and will offer numerous networking opportunities, including a pre-conference hosted cocktail reception and scheduled breaks during the program for attendees to connect.
2020 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting: Program Schedule
2020 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Program
The Westin St. Louis
811 Spruce Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
2020 Marketing Opportunities
|Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Sponsorship Levels & Benefits
one complimentary registration to Meeting (value $475)
Marketing material on sponsor table inside the conference ballroom
Additional 4 company/firm registrations at early bird level
1 Discounted Registration
Additional 2 company/firm registrations at early bird level
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: Mary Margaret Frank, Meeting Coordinator at D: 202-499-5842, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY, MARCH 9
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Welcome Reception
TUESDAY, MARCH 10
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM: REGISTRATION
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM: Welcome & Introductions
- Jane Rueger, President-Elect, Energy Bar Association, Partner, White & Case
- Eric Dearmont, President, Midwest Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, Director - State Regulatory Affairs, Ameren Transmission
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Changes in the Electric Utility Industry
The electric utility industry is in the midst of the dynamic changes. These include state mandates promoting, or requiring, significant “clean” or “green” energy resources; increasing reliance requirements on forecast-based intermittent resources; decentralization of resources requiring increased coordination and communication between distribution and bulk electric systems operators, and; increasing digitalization and electrification across various industries. In light of these changes, RTOs/ISOs and other grid operators are working toward finding solutions and to answer the related critical questions. This panel will explore these various issues from the perspectives of a grid operator, state utility regulator, investor-owned utility and industry consulting expert.
Moderator: Michael Kessler, Managing Assistant General Counsel, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.
- Jessica Harrison, Senior Director of Research and Development in the Market and Grid Strategy Division, MISO
- Dr. Todd Schatzki, Principal, The Analysis Group
- Commissioner Matthew Schuerger, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
- Shawn Schukar, Chairman and President, Ameren Transmission Company
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM: Networking Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 PM: The Future of Natural Gas
Carbon-reduction goals from government and across the private sector are driving energy providers to think differently about the future. Increased use of renewable energy and distributed generation are changing the way the electric grid operates and natural gas has been key to the ongoing transition. This panel will explore the long-term role of natural gas in the energy landscape, including the need for investment to meet demands, concerns about stranded costs in light of efforts to restrict its use, and whether there is a future for alternatives like renewable natural gas to cost-effectively play a role in meeting future needs.
Moderator: Matthew Salzman, Partner, Stinson LLP
- Mark Darrell, General Counsel, Spire Inc.
- Daniel Lapato, Senior Director, State Affairs, American Gas Association
- Mosby Perrow, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Kinder Morgan
11:45 PM - 1:00 PM: Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Angie Slaughter, VP, Sustainability, Logistics, SVC & Capabilities Procurement, Anheuser-Busch InBev
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Exploring PJM’s Minimum Offer Price Rule
On December 19, 2019, FERC issued an order directing PJM to expand its current Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) to address the treatment of state-subsidized generation sources in the electric capacity market. PJM has 90 days to comply. This panel will explore the recent FERC decision and discuss the potential impacts the decision may have in PJM and elsewhere.
Moderator: Hanna Conger, Associate, Jenner & Block
- Jason Barker, Director, Wholesale Market Development, Exelon
- David Canter, Manager, RTO Policy, American Electric Power Company
- The Honorable Michael Richard, Maryland Public Service Commission
- Glen Thomas, President, GT Power Group
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: NETWORKING BREAK
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Legal and Regulatory Developments in the Midwest Region
Over the last year the EBA Midwest Board has worked to identify a "liaison" in each state in our footprint. That individual will help keep the Board informed of pertinent legal and regulatory developments in their respective state, and will also help educate local members about Chapter activities and benefits. During this panel, each liaison will give an informal update on items of interest from their respective state. The individuals invited include liaisons from MN, WI, NE, IA, IL, KS, MO, MI, IN and OH.
- Josh Harden, Of Counsel, Stinson (Missouri)
- Richard Heinemann, Attorney, Boardman Clark (Wisconsin)
- Emerson Hilton, Corporate Counsel, Consumers Energy Company (Michigan)
- Lucas Fykes, Associate, Whitt-Sturtevant LLP (Illinois)
- Terri Pemberton, Chief Litigation Counsel, Kansas Corporation Commission (Kansas)
- Carrera Thibodeaux, Associate, Whitt-Sturtevant LLP (Illinois)
- Haley Van Loon, Attorney, BrownWinick (Iowa)
Make your hotel reservation by February 17, 2020 to secure the room block rate for the 2020 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting taking place at the Westin St. Louis on March 9-10, 2020 using the following booking link.
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE):
The following states have been approved or are pending:
- Approved: CA, WI, IN, IA, KS, OH
- Pending: IL, MO
If you require CLE in another state not listed here, please contact Lisa Levine at LLEVINE@EBA-NET.ORG prior to February 14, 2020 to request submission.
Registration includes program sessions, electronic attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and reception.
THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS February 24, 2020. 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 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting pre-registration closes on March 5th. Thereafter, registrations can only be taken on-site at the conference.
|Member Registration Rate
|Solo Small Firm Attorney
|Government In-House Counsel
|Government Energy Professional
|Academic Energy Professional
*For firms registering 4 people or more, at the same time, EBA will provide you a group discounted registration rate of $305 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 email@example.com for more information.
THREE WAYS TO REGISTER
1. Online Register Online
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
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 2/20/2020, 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 2/20/2020. If a cancellation is requested after the deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are acceptable anytime (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, firstname.lastname@example.org at the EBA office.
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 email@example.com.
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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