2020 Western Speaker Bios

Speaker bios

Sarah EdmondsDirector of Transmission Services and Reliability, Portland General Electric, Member Resource Adequacy Stakeholder Committee, Northwest Power Pool



Ms. Edmonds is responsible for regulatory and policy matters affecting PGE’s transmission and market services business.  She oversees the development of strategy and policy recommendations relating to market expansion and development, emerging regional and national marketplace initiatives, and transmission rates. 


Meghan GrabelPartner, Osborn Maledon

Grabel,_MeghanMeghan Grabel is a partner in the firm’s Administrative Law group, where she leads the firm’s Energy, Water, and Utility Law practice group.  Having served as both Associate General Counsel of Regulatory and as head of the revenue requirement and rate design departments for Arizona’s largest investor­owned electric utility, Meghan has a unique blend of substantive energy and utility industry business knowledge and legal acumen.   At Osborn Maledon, Meghan represents energy, water, and wastewater companies in their transactional and regulatory matters, including expansion of service areas, rate cases, financing applications, negotiation of various extension and service agreements, plant acquisitions and divestitures, renewable energy and transmission projects (including approvals and development), and appeals from adverse administrative and public utility commission decisions.  She represents telecommunications and technology clients, including cable and telecommunication providers, in contract negotiations and legislative activities with state and local government.  She has also represented large industrial and commercial users of electric services in commercial proceedings and negotiations. Learn more.

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

Morrison,_JayMr. Morrison leads the Regulatory Issues Unit of NRECA’s Government Relations Department, where he works with a staff of professional advocates representing NRE-CA and its members on matters relating to federal and state utility and environmental regulation, power supply and delivery.   Since joining NRECA in 1998, Mr. Morrison has worked extensively on issues relating to wholesale market design, power supply and delivery, industry restructuring, renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed generation, and the smart grid. Learn more.


Michael PickerFormer President, California Public Utilities Commission

Picker,_MichaelMichael Picker was named President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on December 23, 2014, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who first appointed President Picker as a Commissioner on January 29, 2014. Prior to his appointment, President Picker was Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor from 2009 to 2014. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, Deputy Treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999, Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999, and Deputy Assistant for Toxic Substances Control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 2012-2014. President Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.   Since the end of his tenure at the CPUC, Picker has served Governor Gavin Newsome's administration as a senior adviser on climate policy, working out of the California Department of Finance. 

Vidhya PrabhakaranPartner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Prabhakaran,_VidhyaAt the heart of Vidhya Prabhakaran’s practice is his understanding of the regulatory complexities posed by California's shifting energy framework as California attempts to transition to economically viable greener power sources. Vid regularly advocates on behalf of clients throughout the energy sector who envision an efficient and reliable energy marketplace and seek to successfully invest in the reduction of greenhouse gases. Vid has over a decade of experience directing client successes before California regulatory bodies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, and the California Independent System Operator, as well as the California Legislature. This experience also has allowed him to effectively represent clients in the regulated transportation, telecommunications, and water sectors. Learn more.

Jackson StoddardPartner, Morgan Lewis

Stoddard,_JacksonF. Jackson Stoddard represents and advises clients on energy regulatory matters and proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Jack also represents clients in matters involving the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), including the Transmission Planning Process, Interconnection Process, and CAISO stakeholder processes.
        Additionally, Jack represents and advises clients on regulatory issues related to development of electric power and transmission projects, interconnection agreements, power purchase agreements, energy efficiency services agreements, and agreements related to purchase and sale of renewable energy credits and greenhouse gas allowances. He has represented companies of all sizes across the energy industry, including renewable and conventional generators, fuel cell manufacturers, cogenerators, electric storage developers, petroleum refineries, large industrial entities, oil and natural gas pipelines, and both investor-owned and municipal utilities. Learn More.

Mark SundbackPartner, Sheppard Mullin

Sundback,_MarkMark F. Sundback is part of the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Since 1981 Mark has been exclusively engaged in representing owners of energy transmission and distribution facilities and customers using those facilities before federal and state agencies and courts having jurisdiction over energy markets and their participants. His representations have focused on the rates, terms and conditions associated with gaining access to regulated energy network systems, transactions involving changes in ownership of jurisdictional assets and unbundling matters. He has served as chief energy regulatory counsel in bankruptcy proceedings, involving bankrupt and financially-stressed electric generators and their creditors in reconciling the interplay between the Federal Power Act and the Bankruptcy Code. Learn more.

Adrienne ThompsonAssociate, Troutman Sanders

Thompson,_AdrienneAdrienne represents a variety of energy industry clients in matters ranging from state and federal regulatory compliance to power purchase agreements and other transactions. Her practice focuses particularly on administrative issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), especially as they concern the Federal Power Act and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. In this capacity, she counsels clients on regulatory compliance and business issues implicated in transmission- and interconnection-related agreements, which often includes drafting unique solutions for complex FERC and commercial concerns.
         In addition to regularly assisting clients in FERC matters, Adrienne advocates for clients in various rate case and tariff-related proceedings before, and disputes involving, the Bonneville Power Administration, CAISO and other ISOs/RTOs across the country, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, to help protect client commercial interests and transmission rights. Regardless of the venue or issue at hand, Adrienne’s goal is to efficiently translate complex energy issues into understandable and actionable advice.

David ZlotlowSenior Counsel, California Independent System Operator

Zlotlow,_DavidDavid Zlotlow is Senior Counsel at the California ISO, providing legal and regulatory counsel on the development and implementation of ISO market rules and functions.  Areas of particular focus include the resource adequacy program, outage reporting, market monitoring policies, market conduct rules, and congestion revenue rights.  He primarily represents the ISO before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Before joining the ISO, David served as a Trial Attorney in the Transportation, Energy, and Agriculture Section of the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice.  In the Antitrust Division he focused on investigating proposed mergers and alleged anticompetitive conduct in the electricity and oilfield services industries.
    Immediately following law school, David served as a law clerk to the Hon. Carolyn Dineen King of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. David earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif; a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.