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

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Sponsorship Opportunities: 

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

 

 

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

thursday, july 15, 2021 - Agenda (CT) 

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM: WELCOME

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 

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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: Michael Jewell, Managing Attorney, JEWELL & ASSOCIATES, PLLC 

Panelists:

Becky Armendariz Klein, Principal, KLEIN ENERGY LLC; former Chair, Public Utility Commission of Texas    and ERCOT Board Member
Michael Nasi, Partner, JACKSON WALKER
Carl S. Richie, Jr., Esq., Affiliate Lobbyist, TEXAS LOBBY GROUP 

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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: Caitlin Smith, Vice President, AB POWER ADVISORS; former in-house counsel, ERCOT Market Monitor

Panelists:

Carrie Bivens, ERCOT IMM Director, POTOMAC ECONOMICS
Amanda J. Frazier
, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Policy, VISTRA CORP.
Louis R. Strubeck, Jr., Co-Head Financial Restructuring & Insolvency, United States, NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT US LLP
Catherine J. WebkingPartner, SCOTT DOUGLAS MCCONNICO

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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: Becky Armendariz Klein, PrincipalKLEIN ENERGY LLC; former Chair, Public Utility Commission of Texas and ERCOT Board Member

Panelists:

Scott D BrunsSenior Power Analyst, ENVERUS
Lanny Nickell,
Exec VP and Chief Operating Office, SOUTHWEST POWER POOL
Alison Silverstein,
Consultant, Alison Silverstein Consulting, ALISON SILVERSTEIN CONSULTING; and former Advisor to PUCT Chairman Pat Wood III (1995 – 2001)

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

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: KEYNOTE

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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:  Peter G. EspositoPrincipal, Crested Butte Catalysts LLC 

Panelists:

Robert L. BorlickSenior Energy Advisor, BORLICK ENERGY CONSULTANCY
Peter Cramton
, Professor of Economics, UNIVERSITY OF COLOGNE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND; former Independent Board Member, ERCOT 

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3:15 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:  Robert W. Gee, President, GEE STRATEGIES GROUP LLC; and former Chairman, Public Utility Commission of Texas

Panelists:

Brett PerlmanCEOCENTER FOR HOUSTON'S FUTURE, and former Commissioner, Public Utility Commission  of Texas
Kirk WatsonPrincipal Investigator for “The Winter Storm of 2021”, and Former Dean,  HOBBY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Dr. Michael Webber, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, WALKER DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, UT AUSTIN

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4:30 PM - 5:30 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

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EBA will apply to Texas 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.

To Receive a Certificate of Attendance: 

  1. Your EBA online profile or registration must include your bar # and state.
  2. You must sign-in by logging into the session for which you want credit.
  3. No later than July 31, return to EBA, your attendance form including CLE codes provided during each session.
  4. Attendance forms without bar # and state will be voided. 

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

 

 

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Special Accommodations

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.

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 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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