2021 The Texas Energy System at the Crossroads: Lessons in the Wake of Major Storms

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Location:

University of Texas, AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
512.404.1900

or at your own desktop

Co-sponsor:  UT_LAW_CLE_LOGO_-_NEW

please be sure to view these recordings prior to the attending the conference:

ERCOT: The Story Behind the Storm - video
 

Legislative Primer: Responding to Power Outages - video

library  Conference Agenda: 8:50 AM - 4:30 PM (central time)

Click on the speaker's name for their bio.

thursday, july 15, 2021 - Agenda (CT) 

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM: WELCOME

Perrow,_Mosby_(preferred_photo)_-_square Smith,_Gregory Patton,_Kathy
Mosby Perrow
President
ENERGY BAR ASSOCIATION
Gregory J. Smith
Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW
Kathy Patton
President
EBA TEXAS CHAPTER
 


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9:00 AM - 9:20 AM: OPENING KEYNOTE “IT’S NOW THE LAW”: THE 87TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE ADDRESSES THE POWER OUTAGE 

Schwertner,_Senator_Charles Sen. Charles Schwertner
Chairman
SENATE BUSINESS & COMMERCE COMMITTEE

 

9:20 AM - 10:20 AM: LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD: WHAT WAS ENACTED AND WHAT WORK REMAINS

The recently adjourned Texas legislative session enacted several pieces of legislation aimed at addressing critical energy system vulnerabilities exposed by Winter Storm Uri. What reach will this new legislation have, and what work lies ahead to implement these new directives?  

moderator panelist panelist panelist
Jewell,_Michael Klein,_Becky Nasi,_Mike Richie_Jr,_Carl
Michael Jewell
Managing Attorney
JEWELL & ASSOCIATES, PLLC 
Becky Armendariz Klein
Principal
KLEIN ENERGY LLC
former Chair, Public Utility Commission of Texas & ERCOT Board Member
Michael Nasi
Partner, Environmental & Legislative Practice Group
JACKSON WALKER, LLP
 
Carl S. Richie, Jr., Esq.
Principal
CARL S. RICHIE, JR ATTORNEY AT LAW TEXAS LOBBY GROUP 

 

10:20 AM - 10:35 AM: BREAK

10:35 AM - 11:35 AM: MANAGING THE AFTERSHOCKS OF ERCOT’S INVOICES: THE ELUSIVE SEARCH FOR AN EQUITABLE SOLUTION

In addition to its toll on human life and property, the storm left financial aftershocks owing to the invoices issued by ERCOT. What have been the consequences, and will there ultimately emerge a clear financial path for market participants and for the market itself?

moderator panelist panelist panelist
Smith,_Caitlin Bivens,_Carrie Frazier,_Amanda Webking,_Cathy
Caitlin Smith
Vice President
AB POWER ADVISORS
former in-house counsel, ERCOT Independent Market Monitor
Carrie Bivens
ERCOT Independent Market Monitor & Director
POTOMAC ECONOMICS
Amanda J. Frazier
Senior Vice President of Regulatory Policy
VISTRA CORP.

 
Catherine J. Webking
Partner
SCOTT DOUGLAS MCCONNICO
& Executive Director & General Counsel, Texas Energy Association for Marketers (TEAM)

 

11:35 AM - 12:45 PM: FUEL ASSURANCE, RELIABILITY, RESILIENCE, AND THE GENERATION RESOURCE MIX: REPAIRING VULNERABILITIES EXPOSED IN THE CRISIS

Storm Uri revealed gaps in the Texas energy cloth that we now have the opportunity to stitch together, to ensure that the lights mostly stay on in the midst of a crisis. What are the separate steps we could take to do so, and should they be combined? And what could all this “insurance” cost?

moderator panelist panelist panelist panelist
Klein,_Becky Harvey,_Julia Nickell,_Lanny Silverstein,_Alison Smead,_Rick
Becky Armendariz Klein
Principal
KLEIN ENERGY LLC
former Chair, Public Utility Commission of Texas and ERCOT Board Member
Julia Harvey
Vice President, Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs
TEXAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Lanny Nickell
Exec VP and Chief Operating Office
SOUTHWEST POWER POOL

 

Alison Silverstein
Consultant, Alison Silverstein Consulting
ALISON SILVERSTEIN CONSULTING;
former Advisor to PUCT Chairman Pat Wood III (1995 – 2001)

Rick Smead
Managing Director, Advisory Services
RBN ENERGY LLC

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM: LUNCH BREAK

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: KEYNOTE

Webber,_Michael Dr. Michael Webber
Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources
WALKER DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, UT AUSTIN

 

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM: PLANNING FOR ERCOT 2030: WHAT WORKS TODAY, WHAT MAY NOT WORK BY THEN, AND WHY IT MATTERS

Many feel that the fundamental structure of the Texas market needs tweaking if not redesign, particularly as we move to more intermittent and distributed resources. To what extent would changes in reserves, scarcity pricing, the resource mix, and interconnections enable us to avoid the negative affects of a crisis in February 2030 (and from other threats)?

moderator panelist panelist panelist  
Esposito,_Peter Borlick,_Robert Brownell,_Stan Cramton,_Peter Meehan,_Colin
Peter G. Esposito
Principal
Crested Butte Catalysts LLC 
Robert L. Borlick
Senior Energy Advisor
BORLICK ENERGY CONSULTANCY
Stanley J. Brownell
Vice President, Business Development Natural Gas & LNG
ARGUS MEDIA


 

Peter Cramton
Professor of Economics
UNIVERSITY OF COLOGNE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
former Independent Board Member, ERCOT 

Colin Meehan
Director, Market Development
FIRST SOLAR

 

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM: BREAK

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: THE PATH FORWARD: WHAT ARE THE TEXAS ENERGY SYSTEM’S MOST URGENT CHALLENGES TO REGAIN PUBLIC CONFIDENCE?

In this closing session, the panel will share conclusions regarding the reasons and causes for what went wrong the week of February 15, and offer insights and recommendations on what needs to be done to restore the confidence lost in the system of electricity oversight and governance that the citizens of Texas have a right to expect.     

  • Assessing the Aftermath of a Public Shaken by a Crisis Caused by the State’s System of Electricity Oversight and Governance (See UH Hobby School Poll indicating low confidence)
  • Restoration of Public Confidence in Ability to Safeguard Public Welfare
  • Potential Risk If System Fails Again This Summer or Next Winter
moderator panelist panelist panelist
Gee_Headshot_tight1 Perlman,_Brett Ramsey,_Ross Jones,_Mark
Robert W. Gee
President
GEE STRATEGIES
GROUP LLC

former Chairman, Public Utility Commission of Texas
Brett Perlman
CEO
CENTER FOR
HOUSTON'S FUTURE

former Commissioner, Public Utility Commission  of Texas
Ross Ramsey
Executive Editor and Co-Founder
THE TEXAS TRIBUNE


 

Dr. Mark P. Jones
Fellow in Political Science, Baker Institute for Public Policy Professor, Department of Political Science
RICE UNIVERSITY

 

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM CLOSING REMARKS

Lisa_Levine_Headshot Lisa A. Levine, CAE
CEO
ENERGY BAR ASSOCIATION
 

 

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM: NETWORKING RECEPTION and Fundraiser for the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA)*

The reception is included in the full conference ticket.  However, stand alone registration is available for those who are not attending the conference.  

Reception Only Registration

The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) supports charitable projects with an energy-related purpose that are focused on improving lives worldwide. The CFEBA provides EBA members and friends the opportunity to give back through energy.

Proceeds and donations made to CFEBA in conjunction with the TX Symposium will support The Austin Area Urban League, a local charity that provided significant relief to victims of the Texas energy crisis. Learn more about their mission

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IN PERSON AT:

University of Texas, AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
512.404.1900

hotel HOTEL INFORMATION

Please make your hotel accommodations at the University of Texas, AT&T Hotel and Conference Center Palace Hotel by calling 512.404.1900 or booking online

Pricing is $139 for 13th, 14th and 15th.  Please reserve early to guarantee your room. The cut-off date for the room block is June 30th. 

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Approved for 5.5 hours CLE in Texas, EBA is not applying to any other states.

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.

To Receive a Certificate of Attendance: 

  1. Your EBA online profile or registration must include your bar # and state.
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To assure accreditation, the necessary CLE information must appear on your registration form. You should also add your bar numbers to your profile with EBA.  If your bar number or state are missing, we cannot guarantee receipt of credit.  Only registered attendees are eligible for CLE.  Students are not eligible for CLE.

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LOCATION:

University of Texas at Austin, AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705
512.404.1900

or at your own desktop

EBA membership must be current to access member rates. 

Registration Rates

By July 2, 2021

After July 2, 2021

In-Person (Member)

$150

$199

In-Person
(Non-Member)

$200

$249

In-Person (Student)

$50

$50

Virtual (Member)

$150

$199

Virtual (Non-Member)

$200

$249

Virtual (Student)

$50

$50

      Reception ONLY                   $45                    $60

 

 

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FEATURED SPONSOR:  $2,500
  • Includes 3 in person conference registrations and 3 virtual registrations plus a 10% off discount code to for 3 additional registrations.
  • Logo featured on Symposium webpage and in digital event promotions to over 5,000 energy attorneys and professionals
  • Reach every conference registrant with logo, link and 25- word caption in one attendee communication. This may include a blast to all attendees prior, during or after virtual conference;
  • Potential for an individual commercial during a conference break.
  • Logo featured in rotating slides during opening and at closing of event and in event materials, providing branding for up to a year after the event is over in On-Demand CLE.
  • Recognition at the charitable reception.
  • Includes 4 tickets to the charitable reception.

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A portion of this sponsorship goes to the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA)

 

CHARITABLE RECEPTION SPONSORSHIP: $1,500

Proceeds and donations made to CFEBA in conjunction with the TX Symposium will support The Austin Area Urban League, a local charity that provided significant relief to victims of the Texas energy crisis. The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) supports charitable projects with an energy-related purpose that are focused on improving lives worldwide. The CFEBA provides EBA members and friends the opportunity to give back through energy.

  • Includes tickets for 5 people to attend the reception.  
  • Logo featured on reception webpage and in digital event promotions to over 5,000 energy attorneys and professionals
  • Logo featured in rotating slides during at the reception.

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100% of this sponsorship goes to the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA).

 

SUPPORTING SPONSOR:  $1,000
  • Includes 2 in person conference registrations and 1 virtual plus a 10% off discount code to for 2 additional registrations.
  • Logo featured on Symposium webpage and in digital event promotions to over 5,000 energy attorneys and professionals
  • Logo featured in rotating slides during opening and at closing of event and in event materials, providing branding for up to a year after the event is over in On-Demand CLE.
  • Recognition at the charitable reception.
  • Includes 2 tickets to the charitable reception.

Purchase Now

A portion of this sponsorship goes to the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA)

 

For more information, please contact me at llevine@eba-net.org or Michele Smith, msmith@eba-net.org

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

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Conference registrations will only be accepted when accompanied with payment. Registration will not be held without payment.

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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 July 6, 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 July 6, 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 July 6, 2021(non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between 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.

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, 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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