2020 Northeast Speaker Bios

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Nancy BagotSenior Vice President, Electric Power Supply Association

N_Bagot_portraitNancy Bagot serves as senior vice president, assisting the management of the association and leading the association's regulatory team which develops and advocates federal and state policy issues affecting the development and evolution of competitive wholesale power markets.  Issues include the refinement of RTOs and related market rules, ensuring fair and open access for all market participants to wholesale markets, and the development of mutually reinforcing reliability standards and durable competitive market structures to achieve sustainable environmental and economic progress. 

Prior to joining EPSA in 2002, Bagot served as the Washington, D.C. government affairs manager for five major interstate U.S. natural gas pipelines.  From 1990 - 1999, Bagot worked in TransCanada Pipelines' Washington, D.C. office as a regulatory representative and analyst.

Bagot has represented the interests of the energy industry before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other federal entities, focusing on electricity markets, natural gas, and general policy.  She has served as Chair and member of committees of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, as a member of the Keystone Dialogue on Natural Gas and Cleaner Power, and as a Board member of the Interstate Pipeline Regulatory Committee.  She has been a non-attorney professional member of the Energy Bar Association for almost 20 years and serves on its Energy Professionals Council.

 

Tony ClarkSenior Advisor, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP

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Tony Clark is a Senior Advisor at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. He provides clients with analysis, strategic advice and expert witness services on a variety regulatory and public policy matters affecting their businesses. He specializes in working with clients in the energy and telecommunications industries.  Mr. Clark served from 2012 to 2016 as a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. From 2001 to 2012 he was a Commissioner of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, including over 5 years as its Chairman. He is a former President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Clark was Labor Commissioner of the State of North Dakota, serving in the Cabinet of Gov. Ed Schafer. He is a former state legislator, representing a portion of the City of Fargo for two terms in the State House of Representatives. He holds bachelors’ degrees from North Dakota State University and an MPA from the University of North Dakota. In addition to his work at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Mr. Clark serves as a member of the Board of Directors of NorthWestern Energy Corporation..

 

Jeff Dennis, Managing Director and General Counsel, Advance Energy Economy

Dennis,_JeffJeff Dennis leads AEE’s work to increase wholesale electricity market access for advanced energy technologies and provides legal advice and counsel to all of AEE’s programs. Jeff is a nationally recognized expert in energy law and policy at the federal and state level, and a frequent author and speaker. Before joining AEE, Jeff spent over a decade at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, holding senior positions including Director of Policy Development and Legal Advisor to a Commissioner. Jeff has also been a lawyer in private practice representing clients in proceedings before FERC, state public utility commissions, and in the courts.

 

Katie Scharf Dykes, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Dykes,_Commissioner_KatieKatie Scharf Dykes is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP).  She was nominated by Governor Ned Lamont to serve as the Commissioner of DEEP, and was confirmed on February 20, 2019.  Katie previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) from 2015-2018, and as Deputy Commissioner for Energy at Connecticut DEEP from 2012-2015. Katie also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. (RGGI) from 2014 to 2017.  RGGI is a multi-state effort focused on reducing carbon emissions from electric generating facilities.  Katie joined CT DEEP in March 2012 after prior service as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as a Legal Advisor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy.  She is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School.

 

Chris MasonMember, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.  

Mason,_ChrisMr. Mason counsels employers and management on all aspects of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining and union organizing; restrictive covenants; employment discrimination; sexual harassment; whistleblowing; retaliation; wrongful termination; personnel policies; reductions in force; trade secrets; restrictive covenants; duty of loyalty; drug and alcohol testing; and other state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

He is also an experienced litigator, representing clients in Arizona, federal, and appellate courts, as well as before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Arizona Civil Rights Division, and the Department of Economic Security.

 

Edward G. Melvin II, Partner, Barclay Damon LLP

Melvin_Buster_BarclayDamonBuster primarily concentrates his practice on labor and employment matters and has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal court at the trial and appellate levels. He also represents clients before the NYS Division of Human Rights, the Equal Opportunity Commission, the Public Employment Relations Board, the National Relations Labor Board, and in labor-arbitration hearings.

Buster routinely lectures and provides training sessions for clients on a wide array of labor and employment issues. Buster also serves as the Higher Education Team leader and Associates Committee chair.

 

 

Sam RozenbergEngineering Services Security Director, American Public Power Association

Rozenberg,_SamSam Rozenberg is the Engineering Services Security Director at the American Public Power Association.  He has worked with utilities on a variety of physical and cybersecurity issues as well as emergency response. Sam has been with the American Public Power Association since December 2016.  Before joining American Public Power Association, Sam worked for Progress Energy and later Duke Energy for six years overseeing physical security operations for 32 hydro stations in three states as well as a 24/7 Global Security Operations Center.  Sam earned his Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelor’s in International Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and has completed the Security Executive Council’s Next Generation Security Leadership Program. Sam was recently named to the 2020 Public Utilities Fortnightly’s Under Forty list.

 

 

Jason M. Stanek, Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission

Stanek,_Chairman_JasonJason M. Stanek was appointed Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission by Governor Larry Hogan for a five-year term beginning on July 1, 2018.

He most recently served as Senior Counsel to the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce where he advised on matters involving national energy policy, with specific focus on electricity issues and the operations of the regional power markets.  Before that, he served in senior positions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), advising both a FERC Chairman and Commissioner during his 16-year tenure.  Prior to arriving in Washington D.C., he held legal positions with the National Fuel Gas Company in Buffalo, New York, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in New York City.

Chairman Stanek is a member of the Committee on Electricity and the Committee on International Relations for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), is a member of the Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council and the Critical Consumer Issues Forum (CCIF) Advisory Committee. Learn more.

 

Jesse UnkenholzPartner, Balch & Bingham LLP

Unkenholz,_JesseJesse Unkenholz advises clients in all aspects of the electric industry with a focus on natural gas and renewable energy generation: particularly power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, operating and service agreements, and energy market management agreements for natural gas, solar, wind, and biomass generating facilities. Jesse also has significant experience developing new wholesale and retail renewable energy products and programs, advising clients on voluntary, state, and federal green energy requirements, compliance with Renewable Energy Credit (REC) mandates and marketing requirements, and energy efficiency legislation and regulations. Jesse's practice also involves Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) compliance, policy, litigation, and appeals. Jesse also assists utility clients in matters before state public service commissions and other regulatory agencies.

 

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