2021 EBA Mid Year Energy Forum

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Mark your calendar for the Energy Bar Association’s 2021 Virtual Mid-Year Energy Forum! This conference is one and a half days, VIRTUAL, with excellent sessions and speakers. Discussions will focused on the legal issues related to all aspects of energy law. Attendees will include attorneys, non-attorney professionals, and students active in all areas of energy law, including antitrust, international energy transactions, legislation and regulatory reform, electric utility regulation, alternative dispute resolution, finance and transactions, and environment and public lands at federal, state, and international levels. Each year, the Mid-Year Energy Forum welcomes 400 attendees and is approved for MCLE credit.

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calendar   Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (ET) - Agenda  

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET:  Welcome to the 2021 Mid Year Energy Forum & Keynote Presentation

welcome  keynote presentation
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Mosby Perrow
Van Ness Feldman
EBA PRESIDENT,
2021-2022

Dan Sutherland
Chief Counsel
THE CYBERSECURITY & INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AGENCY

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12:30 PM - 1:45 PM ET: GENERAL SESSION: Managing Enterprise Risks Associated with Cyber and Physical Security

This session will offer the opportunity to hear from energy company executives about how they manage cybersecurity and physical security risks that threaten the safe and reliable delivery of critical energy supplies and manage compliance obligations associated with existing and anticipated new standards, directives and regulations.  

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Lisa J. Sotto 
Partner
HUNTON ANDREWS KURTH, LLP

Manny Cancel
Senior Vice President, NERC
Chief Executive Officer,
E-ISAC 

David W. Gray, Esq.
Vice President &
General Counsel

COLONIAL PIPELINE COMPANY

Eric J. Meyers, CISM
VP Chief Information Security Officer
NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY

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1:45 PM - 2:00 PM ET: Break

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2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 1A: Beyond Order 1000: New Horizons in Transmission Planning Under FERC’s ANOPR

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is broadly reassessing its rules for electric transmission planning, cost allocation, and interconnection of new resources in its pending advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANOPR).  This panel will provide an overview of the ANOPR and offer different perspectives on the reforms that FERC should consider as it revisits key policy questions during a time of rapid industry change. 

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Larry Gasteiger
Executive Director
WIRES

Cynthia Bogorad
Partner
SPIEGEL & MCDIARMID

Rob Gramlich
Founder & President
GRID STRATEGIES

Kari Valley
Managing Senior Corporate Counsel
MIDCONTINENT INDEPENDENT SYSTEM OPERATOR (MISO)

Sara Weinberg
Assistant General Counsel

DOMINION ENERGY

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SESSION 1B: The Future of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration

The International Energy Agency and others find it is nearly impossible to reach global climate targets without carbon capture and sequestration. CCS can meet multiple objectives.  CCS can abate emissions from vital industries such as cement manufacturing where there is no alternative. CCS can reduce the cost of producing non-emitting fuels like hydrogen for use in ships and possibly airplanes.  CCS can lengthen the life of thermal electric generation. CCS can enable direct air capture of CO2.  Meanwhile, the sinks for captured carbon are expanding from oil and gas fields to saline formations and useful products such as concrete. In addition, costs can be reduced. CCS hubs coupling multiple sources, transportation, and sinks can reduce CCS costs through economies of scale. Repurposing existing oil and gas pipelines and using existing rights of way can further reduce costs. This panel will discuss the potential for CCS and outstanding issues such as:

  • What provisions are in the Biden infrastructure legislative package for CCS?
  • The Section 45Q tax credit per metric ton of sequestered carbon is a valuable incentive for CCS infrastructure. Should Congress modify 45Q to improve assistance to CCS? If so, how?
  • Should CCS hub pipelines be regulated? If so, who should regulate the pipelines, and what is the right regulatory model? The gas pipeline model? The oil pipeline model? Something else?
  • Is permitting for sequestration wells a problem? Is so, what are the solutions?
  • What are the foreseen useful products that can produce a revenue stream for captured carbon beyond EOR? Should they be incentivized? If so, how?
  • What is the potential for mineralization of captured carbon? Should mineralization be incentivized? If so, how?
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Jeanette Pablo
Resident Senior Fellow
CLEAN AIR TASK FORCE

Peter Balash
Senior Economist
NATIONAL ENERGY TECHNICAL LABORATORY,
U.S. DEPARTMENT
OF ENERGY

Katherine Panczak
Vice President of Business Development
DT MIDSTREAM

Jeffery Preece
Senior Program Manager
ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE (EPRI)

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3:15 PM - 3:45 PM ET: Break + Energy Talk: Energy Transition - How Start-Ups are Working to Lead the Change

 
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Juliana Garaizar
Chief Executive Officer
HOUSTON INCUBATOR FOR GREENTOWN AND VICE PRESIDENT OF INNOVATION

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3:45 PM - 5:00 PM ET: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 2A: Interregional Coordination and the Reliability Challenges of the Evolving Grid

Today’s electric industry is evolving with unprecedented speed, presenting grid planners and operators with significant new challenges.  Extreme weather and climate change add further complexity.  Given these challenges, interregional coordination between balancing authorities is taking on added importance to most effectively keep the lights on for customers.  This panel will describe frameworks for interregional coordination in resource adequacy planning, markets, and operations, and discuss how past experience is being leveraged to enhance reliability and best leverage available generation and transmission resources going forward.

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Dr. Jennifer Chen
President
REGRID

 

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SESSION 2B: Can Canada and the United States Agree on a Carbon Tariff? 

Policy makers have long claimed that without carbon tariffs, meaningful reductions in carbon emissions will not take place because some countries will continue prioritize economic objectives over environmental ones. Recently the European Commission declared that carbon tariffs were essential:

“On 14 July 2021, the Commission adopted a proposal for a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism which will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products so that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to ‘carbon leakage’. This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction."

Canada and the United States share the longest undefended border in the world and are the two most highly integrated countries in terms of energy investment. Both countries are now closely aligned on carbon policy but will they be able to agree on this latest issue? The Canadian Chapter of the Energy Bar  Association presents a challenging debate between experts from both countries.

 

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Gordon Kaiser
Counsel
FIRST CANADIAN CHAMBERS

Neil Campbell
Partner
MCMILLAN, LLP

Adonis Yatchew
Professor
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS, UNIVERISTY OF TORONTO 

Sanjay J. Mullick
Partner
KIRKLAND & ELLIS, LLP

Meredith Fowlie
Professor
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Anna Fung
Deputy Chair
BRITISH COLUMBIA UTILITIES COMMISION 

 

 

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calendar   Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (ET) - AGENDA 

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET:  GENERAL SESSION: Energy Insecurity: How the Pandemic Highlighted Many Americans’ Tenuous Access to Affordable Energy and Points to the Need for New Approaches to Solve Chronic Problems

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment across the United States reached unprecedented levels, peaking at 14.8 percent in April 2020 before decreasing to a still-elevated 6.0 percent nationally as of March 2021. As a result of this increase in unemployment and resulting wage loss, many families found themselves unable to pay utility bills. At the end of 2020, electric and gas utility bill arrearages totaled nearly $32 billion, with as many as 20 percent of households behind on utility payments. Governors, state legislatures and utility regulators in 34 states responded by issuing moratoria on utility disconnections and fees on late bill collection, providing temporary relief for households. Further, many utilities voluntarily adopted temporary restrictions on customer disconnection and collection of arrearages resulting from the pandemic. These shocking figures highlight both an acute and a chronic problem: energy insecurity. A panel of advocates, utility representatives, and other stakeholders will assess the current state and federal programs to address energy insecurity, with a focus on recovering from the pandemic and identifying solutions to address the broader causes and impacts of energy insecurity. 

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Emily Fisher
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE

Fisayo Fadelu
CFO & General Counsel 
PECAN STREET INC.

Diana Hernández, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Tara Oglesby
Vice President, Customer Experience
AMEREN MISSOURI

Dr. Tony Reames
Senior Advisor
OFFICE OF ECONOMIC IMPACT AND DIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

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12:30 PM - 12:45 PM ET: Break

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12:45 PM - 2:00 PM ET: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 3A: Securitization of Utility Costs: Panacea or Poison Pill?

Driven in some cases by the short-term impacts on bad debt such as from high storm cost, and in others by the longer-term need address the potential for fossil fuel infrastructure to become a stranded asset, more electric and gas utilities and their legislators and regulators have been turning to securitization. On the positive side, securitization can lower costs to ratepayers because taking an asset off the books reduces the utility’s revenue requirement. However, securitization may not be a panacea, as the regulator foregoes future regulatory reviews and risk is shifted from shareholders to ratepayers. The panel will discuss the drivers of securitization legislation and regulatory issues in two recent matters (in Colorado and North Carolina) as well as provide a perspective on lessons learned from the wave of securitization in the 1990s during electricity market liberalization.

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Dr. Marie Fagan, PhD
Chief Economist
LONDON ECONOMICS INTERNATIONAL, LLC

Christopher J. Ayers
Executive Director
PUBLIC STAFF-N.C. UTILITIES COMMISSION

Dr. Beverly
Brereton, PhD

Senior Manager,
Regulatory Affairs &
Market Development

SRECTRADE, INC.

Dr. Chris
Hansen, PhD

State Senator 
COLORADO SENATE

The Honorable Branko Terzic
Managing Director
BERKELEY RESEARCH GROUP, LLC

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SESSION 3B: Evaluation of Need in NGA Certificate Proceedings: what would a new FERC policy look like?

FERC has been reexamining its 1999 Certificate Policy Statement since 2018, with a recent refresh of the comments. A number of commenters have urged FERC to broaden its assessment of need to take into account more interests, or that certain factors should be given different weight.  Recent Court of Appeals decisions striking down FERC authorizations may compel further changes to FERC’s evaluation of need, climate change, and environmental justice impacts.  This panel will discuss what they think a new FERC policy should look like, how that complies is consistent with FERC’s statutory obligations, and what an applicant might need to show to satisfy the new standards.

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Nils Nichols
Former Director
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION (FERC)

Meghan Coffman
Assistant General Counsel
KINDER MORGAN

Megan C. Gibson
Senior Staff Attorney
NISKANEN CENTER

Sarah Ladin
Attorney
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (NYU) INSTITUTE FOR POLICY INTEGRITY

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET:  Lunch Break

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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM ET: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 4A: Ethics - Are You a Cyber Ready Attorney?

In this session, attendees will learn about legal ethics and professional responsibility principles relating to confidentiality and cyber security issues and the application of those principles.  The discussion will reflect past incidents and data about breaches and attempted breaches of law firm and law department information systems, and related human factors.  Practices and tools such as training, supervision, password managers, and two-factor authentication will be discussed, as will addressing a breach when one occurs.

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Paul D. Ackerman
Senior Counsel
EXELON

Annie  Blanchard
Associate Counsel
CONED

John Ratnaswamy
Member
THE LAW OFFICE OF
JOHN RATNASWAMY, LLC

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SESSION 4B: EV Charging Infrastructure - Deployment Challenges

As the Biden administration pushes for increased electrification of the transportation sector, one of the main issues is how to build out the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the United States.  What are the federal proposals for building out EV charging infrastructure?  What programs have individual states implemented?

 

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 Nathan Howe

Attorney
K&L GATES

The Honorable Marissa Paslick Gillett

Chairman
CONNECTICUT'S PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY (PURA)

 

Joshua Cohen

Director
GREENLOTS

Philip B. Jones

Executive Director
ALLIANCE FOR TRANSPORTATION ELETRICFICATION

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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ETCLOSING SESSION: The Silent “G” in ESG: How is DEI Being Incorporated into Governance as Companies Renew Their Focus on ESG

ESG is top-fold news and the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice movements stemming from 2020 have only exacerbated the energy community’s focus on these issues.  But not every aspect of ESG is getting equal attention.  This panel will discuss the silent “G” in ESG.  During this candid discussion with energy and board governance specialists who are knowledgeable about energy company governance issues, this panel will focus on how DEI, board diversity, executive pay and equal pay are being incorporated as energy companies are renewing their focus on the hot topic of ESG: 

  • Has the push for ESG led to an increased focus on diversity and inclusion at the highest levels of energy company leadership and governance?
  • How will the Nasdaq’s Diversity Proposal impact DEI, ESG, and Board governance?
  • Where do things stand within the C-Suite and Boards of Directors? 
  • Will ESG reporting and investing play a role in how energy companies approach governance? 
  • What role does DEI play in the analysis of an energy company’s material risks and growth opportunities?
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Serena Rwejuna
Associate
JONES DAY

Gwen Mizell
Vice President
Sustainability & Electrification

AMEREN

Marcy Block
Senior Director, Sustainable Finance, ESG Analytics - Public Finance & Infrastructure
FITCH RATINGS

 

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cleapproved   Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

Pending approval for 8-10 hours of MCLE credit, and 1 hour of ethics credit.  EBA will apply to the following states for MCLE and ethics:  IL, NY,  PA, TX, VA.  MCLE accreditation has been (or will be) requested from states with general MCLE requirements. Each state has its own rules and regulations regarding "CLE". For questions on CLE email EBA-CLE@eba-net.org. In some cases, an attorney may be able to self-apply for credit in their state.

TO ASSURE ACCREDITATION, THE NECESSARY CLE INFORMATION MUST APPEAR IN YOUR ONLINE EBA Portal Profile (bar number and state). IF THIS INFORMATION IS NOT PROVIDED, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE RECEIPT OF CREDIT.  ONLY REGISTERED ATTENDEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CLE

Current CLE Approval Status:

State General Hours Ethics D & I Credits
CA 8.75 1.75 1.75
IL 8.75 pending 1.75  
NY pending    
OH pending    
PA 11.25 1.75  
TX 11.25 1.75  
VA pending    
       
       

To Receive a Certificate of Attendance: 

  1. Your EBA online profile must include your bar # and state.
  2. No later than Oct 31, reply to EBA event evaluation and CLE response codes.
  3. Attendance forms without bar # and state will be voided. 

Certificates of attendance will be available in your EBA Portal profile for saving and/or downloading. Only registered attendees are eligible for CLE.  Students are not eligible for CLE.

To apply to a State not listed above, it is the individual's responsibility to collect any handouts or other information required by that States' accreditation board for individual submission and self-certification. Individual on-line credit applications are not accepted by all States.

 

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EBA membership must be current to access member rates.

Registration Types

By Sept 20

After Sept 20

Nonmember

Attorney

$525

$575

$765

Energy Professional

$525

$575

$765

In-House Counsel

$425

$475

$665

Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Attorney

$425

$475

$665

Young Lawyer

$495

$550

$735

Government & Academic

$400

$535

$640

Student

$100

$100

$165

Speaker

Free

Free

Free

Multi-Registration Discount: Register 3 attendees and receive $100 off the 4th registrant. All must be a current Private Attorney and/or Energy Professional member.

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Special Accommodations

Persons in need of special accommodation should inquire with Lisa Levine, Chief Executive Officer, llevine@eba-net.org.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation request to the Energy Bar Association, 2000 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 by September 20, 2021 or by sending a written cancellation request by email to Richelle at RKelly@EBA-Net.org There is a $75 administrative fee for cancellations.  No refunds will be given after September 20, 2021 The cancellation policy also applies to registrations that are received and accepted after the deadline date.  (If cancellation is requested after deadline and is accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee).  SUBSTITUTIONS are acceptable at any time before October 5th.  (Non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference in registration fees).

Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

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, ethnicity, Native American, Alaska, or Hawaiian Native tribal membership or descendance, 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.

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