2020 Midwest Speaker Bios

Speaker bios

Harden,_JoshuaJosh HardenOf Counsel, Stinson LLP

An experienced attorney and policy advisor, Joshua advises the firm’s energy, environment, transportation and mining clients on utility law, administrative law and business litigation at the state and federal level. He leverages his experience as general counsel for the Missouri Public Service Commission to provide an insiders’ perspective on regulatory compliance issues. 
     Joshua’s clients benefit from his diverse legal background. As general counsel for the Missouri Public Service Commission, he advised state policy-makers and stakeholders on compliance with state ethics laws and regulations. Prior to joining the PSC, Joshua represented agribusiness and renewable energy developers, small business owners and entrepreneurs structuring one of the first biomass-fuel cooperatives in the U.S., negotiating commercial contracts, advising on corporate governance, environmental and financial regulatory compliance.
 

Harrison,_JessicaJessica HarrisonSenior Director of Research and Development in the Market and Grid Strategy Division, MISO

Jessica Harrison is the Senior Director of Research and Development in the Market and Grid Strategy division of MISO. In this role, she leads MISO’s research initiatives and coordinates research policies and objectives. Her focus includes pursuing partnerships, researching emerging industry trends and technologies and supporting the integration of future grid resources. Jessica has a diverse background in energy, including experience with engineering analysis, public policy and economic analysis. Ms. Harrison holds dual Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Technology and Policy and in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Michigan
 

Meloy,_BrianBrian MeloyPartner, Stinson LLP

Brian has spent his entire career representing businesses located throughout the U.S. in energy transactions and regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state utility commissions on issues ranging from power purchase negotiations to cost of service ratemaking to wholesale electric market design. 
     Brian advises energy investors and lenders, generation and transmission cooperatives, electric and gas utilities, renewable energy companies, independent power producers and transmission companies. He counsels market participants active in centralized energy markets at FERC on ratemaking, energy and capacity markets, transmission access and cost allocation, and generator interconnection. His state regulatory practice focuses on permitting renewable and traditional generation, pipeline and transmission facilities, cost-of-service ratemaking and ongoing regulatory compliance matters and representing utilities, developers and businesses before public utilities commissions.
 

Schatzki,_ToddDr. Todd Schatzki, PH.D.Principal, The Analysis Group

Dr. Schatzki has a broad range of expertise in the electricity, natural gas, petroleum, and renewable energy sectors. His expertise in the electricity sector includes wholesale energy and capacity market design; utility regulation and ratemaking; economic impact analysis of new market rules, regulations, and generation and transmission investments; contract analysis and disputes; financial valuation; and options analysis. Dr. Schatzki has testified before US state and federal, as well as Canadian provincial, regulatory commissions. Recently, Dr. Schatzki has focused on the intersection of climate policy and energy markets, and disputes involving water resources and environmental contamination. His research has been published in distinguished energy- and environment-related publications, and he has provided research for prominent organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


 

Schuerger,_MatthewCommissioner Matthew Schuerger, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Schuerger is a Commissioner on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. He was appointed by Governor Dayton in 2016.  Commissioner Schuerger serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), he is the Co-Vice Chair of the NARUC Electricity Committee, and he is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council and Executive Committee.  Schuerger was elected and serves as President of the Organization of MISO States (OMS) Board of Directors.  In addition, he has been elected to serve on the Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he represents state government interests in maintaining reliability of the electric grid.  Commissioner Schuerger has thirty-five years of experience in the energy industry.
 

Thomas,_GlenGlen ThomasPresident, GT Power Group
Glen Thomas is president of GT Power Group. He is the former chairman of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC), where he oversaw the restructuring of Pennsylvania’s electricity, natural gas, and local telephone markets. Before his appointment to the PUC, Mr. Thomas served as deputy director of Governor Ridge’s Policy Office, where he advised the governor on energy and environmental issues. In addition, Mr. Thomas was appointed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the governor’s transition team for energy related issues in 2003. Mr. Thomas is also a former partner at the law firm of Blank Rome. Mr. Thomas currently serves as President of the PJM Power Providers Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to properly designed and well-functioning markets in the PJM region.