2020 Midwest Speaker Bios

Speaker bios

Barker,_JasonJason BarkerDirector, Wholesale Market Development, Exelon

Jason Barker is Director of Wholesale Market Development at Exelon Corporation in Baltimore.  Jason currently supports Exelon’s utility, electric generation, customer supply, and commodities trading interests by overseeing development of and advocacy for competitive wholesale electricity markets operated by PJM Interconnection (“PJM”), the Mid-Continent ISO (“MISO”) and the Southwest Power Pool (“SPP”).  Jason is also instrumental in crafting initiatives to influence development of federal and state electricity market regulations, policies, and legislation impacting electricity market design.  Prior to his current position, Jason served in regulatory advocacy roles with Constellation Energy, a diversified energy company; Strategic Energy, a competitive retail supplier; and Cinergy, an integrated utility and power marketer.  During 18 years representing competitive suppliers, buyers and transmission owners, Jason has served on numerous technical committees in PJM, MISO, the New York ISO, and ISO-New England; presented to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and various state commissions; and represented market participants within industry trade associations.  Before transitioning to the energy industry, Jason worked as a railroad defense litigator.  Jason earned a B.A. degree in political science and psychology from Michigan State University; a J.D. degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; and an M.B.A. degree from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.  Jason is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and various federal courts.  

 

David CanterManager, RTO Policy, American Electric Power Company

David Canter is Manager, RTO Policy for American Electric Power Company. His primary responsibility is to provide coordinated input from across AEP business units to PJM on issues brought before stakeholders. Prior to this role David was Manager, Regulatory for Commercial Operations providing regulatory guidance on commercial activities and the development of regulatory strategy.

 

Conger,_HannaHanna Conger, Associate, Jenner & Block 

Hanna M. Conger is an associate in the Energy Practice.  Her practice is focused on regulatory strategy and litigation. Ms. Conger represents utilities in regulatory litigation and rulemakings before state commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and in appeals of those agency decisions.  She is regularly involved in matters including state- and federal-jurisdictional rate proceedings; applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity; acquisitions of major utility assets; and approval of innovative pilot programs, including time-variant rate structures and the integration of microgrids, batteries, and distributed energy resources into the grid.

Ms. Conger uses that experience to counsel clients in navigating regulatory programs and RTO/ISO tariffs, particularly those applicable to distributed, renewable, and low-carbon energy resources.  She also assists clients in negotiating power purchase agreements and fuel purchase and sale agreements.

 

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Mark DarrellGeneral Counsel, Spire Inc.

Mark is the senior vice president, chief legal and compliance officer of Spire. In this role he is responsible for advising the board of directors, CEO and senior management on legal matters affecting Spire and its subsidiaries and for the Company’s corporate security, internal auditing, enterprise risk management and business integration functions.

Mark joined Spire as general counsel in 2004. Before joining Spire, Mark gained more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He served for 12 years in various executive legal and non-legal roles at NiSource Inc., Columbia Energy Group and New Jersey Resources Corporation. Previously, Mark was in private law practice in Washington, D.C., practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the DC Public Service Commission.

Mark earned his bachelor’s in political science from Syracuse University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. In 2014, Mark was recognized as one of the “Nation’s Most Influential Minority Attorneys” on the Lawyer of Color’s Power List and a "Diverse Business Leader" by the St. Louis Business Journal. He is chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section, past chair of the American Gas Association’s Legal Committee, a member of the Energy Bar Association, and serves on the advisory boards of the Corporate Counsel Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. He also serves on the boards of Mercy Hospital St. Louis, United Way of Greater Saint Louis, FOCUS St. Louis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, and serves as vice chair of Easter Seals Midwest.

 

Dearmont,_EricEric DearmontPresident, Midwest Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, Director - State Regulatory Affairs, Ameren Transmission

Eric Dearmont is the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Interconnection Policy in Ameren's Transmission Business Segment.  In that role, Eric is involved in state-level policy and regulatory matters that have the potential to affect the operation of Ameren's transmission system or its transmission project portfolio.  Eric also leads the team of professionals charged with reviewing and processing requests from generators to connect to Ameren's transmission system.  Prior to his current position, Eric practiced law in various roles at Ameren, in private practice and for the Missouri Public Service Commission. Eric attended law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his undergraduate degree from Truman State University.  Eric is currently the President of the Midwest Chapter of the Energy Bar Association. 

 

Fykes,_LukasLucas Fykes, Associate, Whitt-Sturtevant LLP (Illinois)

Lucas started his career in the energy industry as the Director of Operations for an Ohio-based energy consulting and brokerage firm specializing in electric and natural gas procurement for commercial, governmental, and residential clients. Lucas’s business experience enables him to develop practical solutions to complex legal and regulatory issues encountered by Firm clients.

Lucas earned his law degree from Brandeis School of Law in Louisville, Kentucky in 2016. He served as Articles Editor for the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law, competed in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition, and was chosen as the Donan Energy Fellow, where he assisted the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet in implementing state and federal energy policy. Lucas also served as a judicial extern to two trial judges in Kentucky’s 48th Judicial Circuit.

Following law school, Lucas went on to earn a Master of Laws in Energy Law from Vermont Law School. His post-graduate academic work focused on the legal, economic, and technical aspects of state and federal energy law and policy. In addition to hosting and leading a panel discussion of solar contracts for the Vermont Bar Association in 2016, Lucas also guided non-profits in implementing community solar programs.Lucas joined Whitt Sturtevant in 2019 to further realize his passion for energy law and policy.

 

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

 

Heinemann,_RichardRichard HeinemannAttorney, Boardman Clark (Wisconsin)

Richard provides legal services to a wide range of municipalities and local governments in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and throughout the upper Midwest. His primary focus is energy law, but his practice extends to all areas of municipal utility service, including water, wastewater, broadband and telecommunications, as well as municipal finance. Richard advises clients on utility asset transfers, power supply and power purchase agreements, renewable energy project development, construction agreements, intergovernmental agreements, sustainability (“green”) practices, brownfield redevelopment and regulatory compliance. Richard serves as general counsel for four municipal electric joint action agencies and two intergovernmental commissions.

In the area of municipal finance, Richard has served as Issuer’s Counsel on publicly traded utility revenue bond issuances. He also has significant experience on the lender side and regularly advises the Wisconsin Bankers Association on both general obligation and revenue loans to local governments. Richard is listed in the Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace (“Redbook”).

Richard has appeared frequently before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and is licensed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. Richard has served as chair of Boardman Clark’s Executive Committee since 2014.

 

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Michael Kessler, Managing Assistant General Counsel, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. 

For over thirty-five years, Michael has been actively engaged in a broad range of regulatory and policy matters aimed at removing barriers to the development of competitive electric generation and transmission facilities, and encouraging the development competitive power markets.  Michael currently serves as Managing Assistant General Counsel for the Midcontinent Independent Service Operator, Inc. (MISO).  Michael previously represented MISO as outside counsel for over ten years, and joined the organization as in-house counsel in June 2012.  Since that time, Michael has been engaged extensively in a wide variety of issues relating to the implementation and development of MISO’s markets, including matters relating to market design, price formation, resource adequacy, and renewable energy resource integration. Michael regularly represents MISO in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state utility regulatory agencies, and various stakeholder forums.  In addition, Michael has been engaged in a broad range of membership matters and related regulatory proceedings, including the MISO South integration. 

Michael also has broad experience in the development and finance of electric generation and energy efficiency projects, both domestic and international.  He provided strategic and policy advice on a wide range of energy matters as both a lawyer and policy advisor to the FERC, has been a partner and served in a variety of leadership positions in private legal practice, and has served as in-house general counsel for a start-up retail energy services company.  Michael’s experience provides him the interdisciplinary skills necessary to work effectively with senior management and to manage technical staff and other counsel in complex regulatory proceedings and on major projects.

 

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.

 

Pemberton,_TerriTerri PembertonChief Litigation Counsel, Kansas Corporation Commission (Kansas)

Terri Pemberton is the Chief Litigation Counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with emphasis in Accounting, from Washburn University, and her Juris Doctorate, with Certificate of Natural Resources Law, from Washburn University School of Law. She is licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri. Prior to accepting the position of Chief Litigation Counsel, Terri was a shareholder in Cafer Pemberton LLC, where her practice focused on the areas of Administrative Law, Corporate Counsel, and Public Utility Law & Regulated Industries. She is on the Board of Governors for the Kansas Bar Association, and is a past president of the Administrative Law Section of the KBA. Terri also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Kansas Bar Foundation, is a member of the Topeka Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association where she is the Kansas State liaison for the Midwest Chapter of the EBA.

 

Perrow_MosbyMosby PerrowVice President & Deputy General Counsel, Kinder Morgan

Mosby Perrow is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Kinder Morgan, Inc. where he represents and supervises legal services for Kinder’s interstate natural gas pipeline system.  Prior to his current role, Mosby represented Kinder’s midstream business in Texas, Mexico, and the Rockies.  Mosby joined Kinder from Jones Day where he represented energy clients on a range of transaction and regulatory matters.  He began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Frederick P. Stamp, United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, and an attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  He holds a BA from Princeton University and a JD from University of Richmond.


Richard,_MichaelThe Honorable Michael Richard, Maryland Public Service Commission

Michael T. Richard was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in January 2016. Prior to his appointment, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Larry Hogan, advising the Governor on a portfolio of issues and helping to manage cabinet agencies that included Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Lottery and Gaming, Natural Resources and Transportation.

Commissioner Richard worked for more than 10 years at the Nuclear Energy Institute as Legislative Programs Director and Congressional Information Program Director. He then served in Governor Robert Ehrlich’s administration as Deputy Secretary of Appointments and as Director of the Maryland Energy Administration.

In 2005, he was appointed to a post at the U.S. Department of Energy—first serving as Executive Director of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and later as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs where his issues included nuclear energy, radioactive waste management, and legacy environmental remediation. In 2008, Commissioner Richard was hired by Westinghouse Electric Company as Director of Government and International Affairs. He rejoined Maryland state government in 2015.

Commissioner Richard was elected President of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI), is a member of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and was appointed by Governor Hogan as the Commission’s representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (WMATC), where he serves as Chairman.

 

Rueger_Jane_v2Jane RuegerPresident-Elect, Energy Bar Association, Partner, White & Case

Jane has a wealth of experience advising clients in the electric and natural gas industries. Her expertise in both these critical industries has been honed by significant experience in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters.

Jane's knowledge of natural gas and electric industries and markets helps clients navigate complex transactions. She regularly represents clients in the negotiation of power purchase agreements (conventional and renewable generation), M&A transactions, project financings, interconnection agreements, gas pipeline precedent agreements, asset management agreements and LNG offtake agreements. She also counsels market participants on RTO/ISO market rules around the US and the development of creative strategies to successfully operate within those markets.

Jane is a published thought leader in understanding the shale gas revolution in the US. She advises clients on the development, permitting and regulation of interstate gas pipelines, as well as the federal rules and regulations of interstate pipelines and facilities for the export of LNG and gas from the US.

 

Salzman,_MattMatthew Salzman, Partner, Stinson LLP

Although he has an impressive track record of resolving cases quickly and efficiently, Matt is a trial lawyer who has successfully taken cases to trial in state and federal courts throughout the country. He also does appellate work and has won cases at every level, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Matt focuses on how the matters he handles for his clients affect their business objectives and bottom lines. As a result, Matt is often asked to oversee or provide input on strategic and non-litigation matters.

Matt has successfully represented and advised exploration and production (E&P), midstream, pipeline, and refining companies in a wide variety of matters, including 5 antitrust class actions; 14 royalty owner and overriding royalty owner class actions (seeking more than $2.2 billion in damages and collectively resolved through favorable judgments or settlement for only $15 million); numerous individual royalty and overriding royalty owner lawsuits; lease termination and quiet title disputes; right-of-way and surface damage disputes; operator/non-operator and AMI issues; oilfield service overbilling disputes; fraud investigations; trespass and sub-surface trespass issues; gas plant construction claims; gathering, transportation and wellhead sales contracts and affiliate sales issues; the purchase and sale of leasehold interests and E&P assets; and state regulatory issues. Matt also has experience working with unregulated interstate pipeline companies in all sorts of business issues and litigation disputes. He has handled matters for client in this industry in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Learn More.

 

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.
 

schukar,_shawnShawn SchukarChairman and President, Ameren Transmission Company

Shawn Schukar is chairman and president of Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI) - a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, dedicated to electric transmission infrastructure investment. In addition to leading the development of new transmission, he is also responsible for the operations, planning and policymaking of Ameren's transmission system of nearly 7,800 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines in Illinois and Missouri. Mr. Schukar also leads Ameren’s efforts related to distribution and transmission technology innovation and strategic investments. 

Schukar has more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry. Since 2013, as senior vice president, Schukar led various Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois divisions. During his tenure with the company, his responsibilities include marketing; trading and asset management; transmission, distribution and generation management; engineering; regulatory and risk management; and business and corporate planning.  

Schukar is a member of the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) CEO Business Continuity Task Force, EEI Energy Delivery Public Policy Executive Advisory Committee (EAC), SERC Reliability Corporation Board of Directors and EEI Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Schukar has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He is active in several community and nonprofit organizations, including the Salvation Army, Missouri Botanical Garden and Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis. He and his wife reside in Collinsville, Illinois. 

 

Slaughter,_AngieAngie SlaughterVP, Sustainability, Logistics, SVC & Capabilities Procurement, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Angie Slaughter is a VP of Sustainability, Logistics, SVC and Capabilities Procurement at Anheuser-Busch. During Angie’s time with the company – spanning over 20 years – she has held several roles within operations and procurement dedicated to driving transformational change for the country’s biggest brewer.

As VP of Sustainability Procurement, Angie is responsible for developing strategies which ensure Anheuser-Busch remains an industry-leader in sustainability and continues to make progress towards achieving its 2025 Sustainability Goals.

Under Angie’s supervision, Anheuser-Busch has continued to reduce its environmental impact across its supply chain. Some of the sustainability advancements Angie has directly been involved with include:

  • Securing 100% of the company’s purchased electricity from renewable resources four years in advance (by 2021)

  • Reducing the company’s carbon footprint by ordering over 800 zero-emission trucks (40 Tesla & 800 Nikola)

  • Improving recycling rates at Anheuser-Busch’s U.S. breweries which is almost 100% and increasing recycled content in packaging

  • Launching SmartBarley in 2014 with our growers in the U.S.

 

Thibodeaux,_CarreraCarrera ThibodeauxAssociate, Whitt-Sturtevant LLP (Illinois)

Carrera’s background experience consists of working in the legal department for a public utility and most recently, Carrera was a Legal and Policy Advisor to Commissioner Kimbrel at the Illinois Commerce Commission. During her time at the Commission, Carrera advised her Commissioner on matters such as rate and tariff approval, eminent domain, electric transmission siting, system acquisitions, and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity applications among other proceedings before the Illinois Commerce Commission. She was also appointed as a member of the NARUC Staff Subcommittees on Critical Infrastructure, Energy Resources and the Environment, and Water. She has completed Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Utilities (IPU) Ratemaking Course and Co-authored Sampling of Methane Emissions Detection Technologies and Practices for Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure in 2019; a handbook published by NARUC-DOE Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership.

Carrera is licensed to practice law in Illinois. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is a member of the Black Women Lawyer’s Association where she previously held a Board of Directors position. She currently sits on their Scholarship Fund Board and is Chair of their Membership Services Committee.

 

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.

 

Van_Loon,_HaleyHaley Van LoonAttorney, BrownWinick (Iowa)

I work in two areas that I enjoy immensely – energy and fiduciary litigation. 

I am co-chair of BrownWinick’s Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Practice Group where my energy practice involves a wide variety of clients, including utilities, private developers, commercial and industrial customers, and municipalities.  I have been trusted by these clients to serve as their advocate in litigation and regulatory proceedings, and to manage and lead transactions involving renewable development and other energy matters.  Some examples of the type of projects I have worked on include ratemaking, rulemaking, permitting, compliance, financing, power purchase agreements and renewable development.  I frequently appear before the Iowa Utilities Board and in related court proceedings where my clients trust me to help achieve their business goals in an arena that is ever-changing. 

My fiduciary litigation practice involves working with and representing trust officers, financial institutions and professionals, and individuals.  I handle complex and contentious matters in a wide array of disputes centered on trusts, estates and guardianships and conservatorships.  I advise clients on best practices to minimize risk and avoid litigation in carrying out their fiduciary responsibilities.  When litigation is unavoidable, I serve as a zealous advocate to protect their interests.