2020 Western Chapter Annual Meeting


"Nice overview of all the biggest issues currently in play" - EBA Member

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Program Overview

The 2020 Western Chapter Annual Meeting will be held at the Palace Hotel San Francisco in San Francisco, CA on February 27-28, 2020. This year’s Annual Meeting is an incredible opportunity to learn and hear from individuals who are helping shape the energy industry future in the Western United States. The conference includes one day of CLE and numerous networking opportunities, including a pre-conference hosted cocktail reception and scheduled breaks during the program for attendees to connect.

EBA’s Western Chapter Annual Meeting pre-registration closes on February 25th. Thereafter, registrations can only be taken on-site at the conference.

Western Annual Meeting Program


Palace Hotel San Francisco
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


2020 Marketing Opportunities

Western Chapter Annual Meeting Sponsorship Levels & Benefits


one complimentary registration
Marketing material inside the conference ballroom
Additional 4 registrations at early bird price​

SILVER- $1500

1 Half Price Registration
Additional 2 company/firm registrations at early bird level

BRONZE- $1000                    

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: mmfrank@eba-net.org



networkofpeople 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM:  Welcome Reception and CFEBA Silent Wine Auction 


7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Registration

8:00 AM -  8:20 AM: Welcome & Introductions 

  • Jonathan Schneider, President, Energy Bar Association, Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Jane RuegerPresident-Elect, Energy Bar Association, Partner, White & Case
  • Jennifer Spina, President, Western Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, Associate General Counsel, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

8:20 AM - 9:00 AM: Keynote Speaker

Picker,_MichaelMichael PickerFormer President, California Public Utilities Commission

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Networking Break

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM: PURPA: Love It or Leave It?
Is PURPA still relevant given open transmission access and an increasingly competitive – and pro-renewable – generation market?  Come hear from our panel of experts as they discuss their perspectives on PURPA, including what works and what doesn’t work, and what impact FERC’s proposed reforms may have on the industry.


Moderator: Vidhya PrabhakaranPartner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Brad AlbertVice President, Resource Management, Arizona Public Service Company
  • Judy ChangPrincipal, Brattle
  • The Honorable Megan DeckerChair, Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • Lopa Parikh, Senior Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Edison Electric Institute

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Networking Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Resource Adequacy: What It Is and Why You Should Care
What is Resource Adequacy and what does it mean for the Western Interconnection.  Our panel will discuss Resource Adequacy in a variety of contexts, including its importance in increasingly resource constrained areas and its role in the EIM/EDAM markets.


  Adrienne ThompsonAssociate, Troutman Sanders

  • Ali Amirali, Senior Vice President, Starwood Energy Group
  • Sarah Edmonds, Director of Transmission Services and Reliability, Portland General Electric, Member Resource Adequacy  Stakeholder Committee, Northwest Power Pool
  • Michael Schnitzer, Partner, The Northbridge Group
  • David ZlotlowSenior Counsel, California Independent System Operator

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Networking Lunch and Luncheon Speaker - Legislative Update

Morrison,_JayJay Morrison, VP - Regulatory Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: The Future of Natural Gas: What Comes Next?
Natural Gas is facing a number of challenges: opposition to pipeline construction (and the related appellate activity in connection with natural gas certificates), increasingly clean or renewable resource goals/mandates, changing safety rules, etc.  Join our panelists as they discuss the issues currently facing natural gas industry participants as well as what they see on the horizon.

Jackson StoddardPartner, Morgan Lewis
  • Jonathan BromsonPublic Utilities Counsel IV, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Bill RappoltAssociate, Sheppard Mullin
  • Sharon TomkinsVice President, Strategy and Engagement, and Chief Environmental Officer, SoCalGas

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: Networking Break

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Interactive Ethics Presentation – Ethical Considerations for Energy Industry Participants
Daniel Kessler, Principle Deputy Legislative Counsel for the California Office of Legislative Counsel, and Meghan Grabel, Energy Practitioner and ASU Adjunct Law Professor, will discusses some of the ethical considerations facing attorneys, lobbyists, and other energy industry participants, share thoughts on best practices, and more. 



  • Meghan GrabelPartner, Osborn Maledon
  • Daniel KesslerPrincipal Deputy Legislative Counsel I​, California Office of Legislative Counsel

Speaker Bios

hotel  HOTEL: 

Please make your hotel accommodations at the Palace Hotel San Francisco by calling (415) 512-1111 or booking online. Please request the 2020 EBA Western Chapter Annual Meeting Block rate. Pricing is $346 for a single or double occupancy room.  The hotel deadline is February 10, 2020.  Please reserve early to guarantee your room.


EBA plans to apply for MCLE in NV, WA, UT, CA, VA and NY. 


Registration includes program sessions, electronic attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and reception.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS February 10, 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 Western Chapter Annual Meeting pre-registration closes on February 25th. Thereafter, registrations can only be taken on-site at  the conference.


 Member Registration Rates

 Early Bird
 Before 2/10/2020
*member only 



 Attorney/EP Member




 In-House Counsel/Solo Small Firm Attorney Member




 Young Lawyer Member




 Government/Academic Member




 Student Member




 Multi-Registration Discount(4th person and beyond) 


The​ Multi-Registration Discount is available after the 3rd registration of $465/$495. This discount is not available to member types already discounted. Email MMFrank@eba-net.org for details.



1.   Online:  Register Now 

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

questions  policies 

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 by 2/20/2020 (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, llevine@eba-net.org at the EBA office.


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 llevine@eba-net.org.


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.

pictures   PHOTOGRAPHS:

By registering for this program, you authorize EBA to use any photographs taken of you during the event. Photographs may be used in promotional materials or stories that appear in professional publications and websites.

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