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Matthew J. Agen
Assistant General Counsel, AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION
Matthew J. Agen is the Assistant General Counsel at the American Gas Association. Mr. Agen is an energy attorney with over eighteen years of experience in the private sector and with the federal government. Mr. Agen has extensive experience advising and representing natural gas distribution companies, oil pipelines, natural gas pipelines, and electric utilities in a variety of federal regulatory and transactional matters arising under the Natural Gas Act, Interstate Commerce Act, and Federal Power Act before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has additional experience representing clients before U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), other federal agencies, and state commissions. Mr. Agen is a past Chair of EBA’s Gas, Oil & Liquids Steering Committee. Mr. Agen also serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Energy Standards Board and as an Associate Member of the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee.
The Honorable Abigail Anthony
Commissioner, RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Abigail Anthony was appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission in 2017. Commissioner Anthony is currently the Chair of the Commission on Energy Resources and the Environment of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the President of the Board of the New England Utility Cybersecurity Integration Collaborative. Previously, Commissioner Anthony was the director of Acadia Center’s Grid Modernization and Utility Reform Initiative, and the organization’s Rhode Island director. During her time as director of Acadia Center, she was appointed by Governors Carcieri and Chafee to the Rhode Island Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council, where she served from 2010 to 2017 overseeing the implementation of the state’s energy efficiency programs and policies.
Commissioner Anthony holds a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island. She received her MA and BA in economics from the University of Montana. Commissioner Anthony is a lifelong Rhode Islander and lives in Jamestown with her husband and three sons. Abigail is especially devoted to serving as the president of the congregation of Temple Shalom, in Middletown, Rhode Island.
Dr. Jessica Bian
Vice President, Grid Services, GRID-X PARTNERS
Dr. Jessica Bian is the President of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). She is a visionary leader and architect, has spearheaded electric industry's reliability metrics and grid risk assessment. Currently she is the Vice President of Grid Services at Grid-X Partners. Before that, she was with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, DC. Previously, she was the Director of Performance Analysis at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership, a total of 18 industry-wide reliability indicators were established to determine grid reliability, adequacy, and associated risks. She is widely recognized as a pioneer and trusted world leader in the field. Before joining NERC, Dr. Bian was with PJM, ERCOT and Westinghouse Electric.
Global Director of Energy, META
Jeff Bladen serves Meta Platforms as its Global Director of Energy. With 25 years of energy and technology management experience in the energy sector Mr. Bladen has broad responsibility for the development and execution of Meta’s strategy for Reliable, Affordable and Sustainable energy across Meta’s operations and supply chain. This includes building on the already achieved goal in 2020 to meet Meta’s energy needs with
100% renewable energy in its data center and other operations. The energy team led by Mr. Bladen is also leading the strategy development and execution of the energy components of the company’s zero carbon footprint goals for itself and its supply chain by 2030.Mr. Bladen previously served in multiple executive roles at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) as the executive director of digital strategy and executive director of system operations & market services.
The Honorable Diane X. Burman
Commissioner, NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Diane X. Burman serves as a Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission). The Commission regulates the state’s electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water utilities and oversees the cable industry. In addition, the Commission exercises jurisdiction over the siting of major gas and electric transmission facilities and is responsible for ensuring the safety of natural gas and liquid petroleum pipelines. The Commission consists of up to seven members, each appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Ms. Burman’s term runs through February 2024.
Ms. Burman was selected to be a part of the USAID and NARUC Women Global Development and Prosperity Initiative helping to both foster women’s economic empowerment and advancing women leaders in energy. Ms. Burman was the 2020 recipient of the NARUC International Terry Barnich Award. She served on the NARUC Board of Directors from February 2018-December 2020 and is immediate past Chair of the NARUC Gas Committee. Ms. Burman serves as the Vice Chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee. She also serves on PHMSA’s Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the National Petroleum Council. Ms. Burman was a Founding Board member of the Greater Albany Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network. She previously served as the NARUC President appointee to the Gas Technology Institute Public Interest Advisory Committee and as the Chair of PHMSA’s Voluntary Information Sharing Working Group.
Founder & CEO, VOLT ENERGY UTILITY
Gilbert Campbell is Founder and CEO of Volt Energy Utility, a national renewable energy firm that finances and develops utility-scale solar and energy storage projects for large corporate clients, municipalities, and other institutions.
Gilbert serves on the Board of Directors at The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), is an Advisory Board Member at 3Degrees, and is a Founding Member of Renewables Forward.
Gilbert also co-founded Volt Energy, a national distributed generation solar development company. Under Gilbert’s leadership, Volt Energy successfully developed solar projects for numerous public and private sector clients including, Accenture, Exelon/Pepco, The Cheesecake Factory, Subaru, District of Columbia Government, Howard University and Wake Forest University.
Senior Counsel, NORTH AMERICAN ELECTRIC RELIABILITY CORPORATION
Candice Castaneda is Senior Counsel with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) advising on issues such as resilience of the grid, reliability assessments, registration, certification, standards, and enforcement. Ms. Castaneda also advises on general corporate matters. Formerly, Ms. Castaneda was an associate at Paul Hastings where she focused on energy-related projects, transactions and controversies. Ms. Castaneda received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served on the Journal of Business Law, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, and as a Sparer Fellow. Ms. Castaneda received a B.S. from the University of Miami. She is admitted in NY and DC.
Kimberly S. Cuccia
Interim Vice President and Corporate Secretary, NISOURCE CORPORATE SERVICES CO.
Kim Cuccia is General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at NiSource Inc. providing leadership and oversight of all legal matters to NiSource’s gas and electric utility operating companies in six states. Kim joined the law department in 2008, and assumed her current role in December 2021. She is based in Columbus.
Prior to her current role, she served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel legal regulatory for NiSource. Prior to this, she served as General Counsel for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, where she was responsible for legal strategy and planning for the company, and also the business team established to respond to the state investigations into the 2018 Merrimack Valley Incident. Kim earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from The University of Florida and her law degree from Valparaiso University.
She is currently a member of the American Gas Association and various Bar Associations. Kim previously served on the legal committee of the Southern Gas Association. She is active in the Inclusion and Diversity efforts sponsored by NiSource.
Partner, VINSON & ELKINS LLP
John Decker is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he has practiced law for 27 years. He represents companies in the energy industry in transactional and regulatory matters, primarily focused on the natural gas and electric power industries. John has worked on numerous domestic and international transactions involving the production and transportation of natural gas and liquefied natural gas, the development of gas-fired and renewable-fuel power plants, and the sale or acquisition of electric power and natural gas assets.
He has also represented natural gas pipeline owners, liquefied natural gas importers and exporters, investor-owned utilities, owners of qualifying facilities, exempt wholesale generators, electric power marketers, and municipalities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy. John also counsels clients on commercial and regulatory issues in the domestic retail electricity market. John holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and an A.B. in Economics and Political Science from Duke University.
Chair Megan Decker
Chair, OREGON PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Megan Decker was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission by Governor Kate Brown in April 2017 and was promoted to Commission Chair in May 2018. Chair Decker represents Oregon as Co-Chair of the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC), as well as a member of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) and the Enrolled Parties and States Committee of NorthernGrid, a regional transmission planning organization. She also previously served as Co-Vice Chair of the Energy Resources and the Environment Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).
Prior to her appointment, Chair Decker was an Assistant General Counsel with the Port of Portland. She developed expertise in energy policy and regulation as Chief Counsel for Renewable Northwest, where she managed utility commission advocacy in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana and served as Board Chair of the NW Energy Coalition. Chair Decker’s legal experience also includes private practice in land use and a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Chair Decker earned her law degree from the University of Washington, where she graduated with high honors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earned honors in Latin American Studies, and received the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Research.
General Counsel and Managing Director, ADVANCED ENERGY ECONOMY
Jeff Dennis leads AEE’s work to increase wholesale electricity market access for advanced energy technologies and provides legal advice and counsel to all of AEE’s programs. Jeff is a nationally recognized expert in energy law and policy at the federal and state level, and a frequent author and speaker. Before joining AEE, Jeff spent over a decade at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, holding senior positions including Director of Policy Development and Legal Advisor to a Commissioner. Jeff has also been a lawyer in private practice representing clients in proceedings before FERC, state public utility commissions, and in the courts. In addition to his work at AEE, Jeff is the Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Energy Law Journal. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and Marymount University.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, LOT SIXTEEN
Kellie Donnelly joined Lot Sixteen as Executive Vice President and General Counsel in April 2020 after retiring from the federal government. With more than 20 years of experience in the areas of energy, the environment, and natural resources, she helps clients strategically advocate for their interests and influence policymaking.
Previously, Ms. Donnelly served on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for 17 years, most recently as Chief Counsel. During her time in the Senate, she provided counsel on all energy policy and federal land management issues within the Committee’s vast jurisdiction. She also helped negotiate, draft, and enact everything from major legislative packages and budget reconciliations measures, to targeted provisions and stand-alone bills.Prior to serving on the Committee, Ms. Donnelly was an attorney with Sullivan & Worcester, LLP (previously affiliated with Verner Liipfert). In this capacity, she represented clients before U.S. federal courts, FERC, and state regulatory commissions.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Donnelly was a Counsel at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She also served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Ms. Donnelly holds a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America and a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross. She received the 2019 Women with Hydro Vision award from HydroVision International. She was also selected as a Hoover Institution Fellow in the 115th Congress and as a Congressional Stennis Fellow for the 110th Congress. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Government Relations, LIGHTSOURCE BP
Alyssa is a leader in environmental policy for the renewable energy sector with over 14 years of experience managing environmental and regulatory compliance for grid scale wind and solar energy projects. Her expert knowledge of wildlife regulations, permitting and sitting issues that impact renewable energy development, construction and operation have helped advance more than 6GW of executed projects. Alyssa has highly established governmental agency and stakeholder relationships regionally and nationally and has served on a number of advisory councils, committees and boards.
Alyssa received bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in Environmental Policy, Planning and Regulation from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Principal Associate and Senior Managing Director, ASPEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP
Catherine M. Elder is a Principal Associate at Aspen Environmental Group where she leads its Energy Economics practice. Elder holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on top of a degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley. Elder has worked in the natural gas industry for more than 30 years, participating in the original federal and state regulatory changes to unbundle supply from transportation. She later served as the fuel advisor to lenders or developers on more than 40 gas-fired power projects across the U.S. and Canada. She was consultancy R.W. Beck’s chief fuel price forecaster and after joining Aspen in 2009 authored a large study for APPA: “Implications of Greater Reliance on Natural Gas for Electricity Generation. She provides technical support to the California Energy Commission on a range of issues including gas-electric interdependencies, reliability and the future of natural gas.
Director, Governmental Issues, VAN NESS FELDMAN LLP
Tiffany Ganthier is an experienced public policy professional providing strategic advice and representation on local, state & federal legislative and regulatory issues. Her portfolio includes matters relating to federal energy, environmental and climate change policy. She also assists clients with federal appropriations matters, monitors major actions and emerging issues on Capitol Hill and represents the firm’s coalition clients in the development and advocacy of policy solutions.
Before joining Van Ness Feldman, Tiffany worked at the Georgetown Climate Center as an Institute Associate, providing legal and policy analysis on adaptation projects at the federal, state, and local levels and leading the center’s work on equitable climate adaptation and environmental justice issues. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University in Government and International Politics with a focus on American Government.
Gillian R. Giannetti
Senior Attorney, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
Gillian Giannetti is a Senior Attorney with the Sustainable FERC Project, a coalition-based initiative housed within the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Project promotes the transition to a clean, low-carbon, and sustainable energy future. Project advocates focus their advocacy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, or at Regional Transmission Organizations. Gillian leads the Project’s gas advocacy work. She is frequently cited on energy issues, having appeared in the Associated Press, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Financial Times, Law360, Politico, and Axios, among many others. Gillian also serves as a Reports Editor for the Energy Law Journal, the EBA’s official legal publication, and is on the EBA’s Electricity Steering Committee. Prior to joining the Project, Gillian was an associate in private practice. Before law, Gillian was a high school English teacher in Louisiana. Gillian earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Communication from The George Washington University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia. She is based in Washington, DC.
Senior Director, Transmission & Policy, EDF RENEWABLES NORTH AMERICA
Arash Ghodsian has been with EDF Group since 2020, a global leader in low-carbon energy. In his current role as Sr Director of Transmission Strategy and Policy, he is responsible for identifying changes in market policy, interconnection and transmission planning processes required to facilitate the transition to clean energy. In 2014, Arash joined Midcontinent Independent System Operator (“MISO”) managing the Economic Planning and Generation Interconnection group across the MISO footprint. In 2006, he joined American Transmission CO in Wisconsin, where he gained knowledge in Operations and Transmission Planning of the grid. Arash holds a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin Platteville.
Grid Inform and Connectivity General Manager, ALABAMA POWER COMPANY
Arnab Ghosal is part of a team in APC Power Delivery that helps determine and implement strategic initiatives that can improve the reliability and resiliency of the grid. This includes responsibility for communication deployments on the transmission and distribution systems, data analytics, central engineering and AMI technology. These initiatives can also have a positive impact to the economic development opportunities for our state and customers.
Arnab has been with Alabama Power 15 years and has had several different roles within the Power Delivery Organization which include Substation Maintenance Engineer, Alabama Control Center Operator, Protection and Control Engineer, Substation Construction Scheduler, Assistant to Power Delivery SVP, Connectivity and Innovation Manger and current role as Grid Inform & Connectivity General Manager.
Managing Partner, CNK SOLUTIONS
Shari Gribbin, Managing Partner, leads a broad range of risk and regulatory legal and business management solutions within the firm. Her day-to-day practice focuses on helping clients address their cyber and supply chain security risks as they increasingly intersect with operations, business, regulatory and policy interests within and outside of industry.
Shari Gribbin brings more than 22 years of critical infrastructure experience as a lawyer and business leader in regulatory, operations, risk, IT, and security. Within the power and utility business she has extensive cross-functional operational expertise having worked many years across generation, transmission and distribution as well as wholesale power marketing and retail energy organizations.
Prior to assuming the leadership role for CNK Solutions, Shari spent 5 years at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in the Advisory division leading solutions for clients in both Cyber Risk and Regulatory-Compliance Services. Shari joined Deloitte after 15 years at Exelon Corporation working across all business units. She served for many years in a dual role as both an enterprise compliance business manager and lead counsel for FERC/NERC regulatory, enforcement and compliance program matters as well as cyber and physical security counsel across all business units. With an expertise in energy industry operations, regulation and technical depth across all operational and security activities she is uniquely positioned to support the development of strategic solutions for our clients.
Dr. Karl Hausker
Senior Fellow, WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE
Dr. Karl Hausker is a Senior Fellow in WRI’s Climate Program. He leads analysis and modeling of deep decarbonization climate mitigation, electricity market design, and the social cost of carbon. He testifies before Congress, lectures widely on deep decarbonization, and led the Risky Business study of clean energy scenarios for the U.S.
He has worked for three decades in the fields of climate change, energy, and environment in a career that has spanned legislative and executive branches, research institutions, NGOs, and consulting. He has led climate policy analysis and modeling projects for USAID, USEPA, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Western Climate Initiative, and the California Air Resources Board. Much of his work has focused on the electricity and transportation sectors, and on low carbon, climate resilient development strategies. From 2007-2013, Karl was a Vice President at ICF International. He previously served as Deputy Director at the Center for Climate Strategies and as a Principal with Hagler Bailly. Karl lived in India all of 1999 as a Visiting Fellow at TERI.
His experience also includes: serving President Clinton as Deputy Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Policy Office where he represented EPA in interagency climate policy development and at COP-1; and serving as the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he worked on a diverse set of issues including electricity restructuring, CAFE standards, alternative fuels, western water policy, nuclear power, and energy security. Karl holds an M.P.P and Ph.D. in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University.
Chief Executive Officer, POINT BROADBAND, LLC
Todd serves as the CEO of Point Broadband, a regional fiber broadband services company focused on providing internet and data services to residential, commercial and enterprise customer in small city and rural communities. Todd previously held CEO positions at ITC Capital Partners (venture capital investment firm) and AMK9 (global security company) and served as President of Knology (regional broadband/telecommunications company). Todd began his career with Ernst & Young, an international audit, tax and consulting firm.
Managing Director, GDS ASSOCIATES, INC.
Steven Hunt is Managing Director at GDS Associates, Inc. Prior to joining GDS, Steven was the Chief Accountant at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he worked for more than 18 years in various levels of leadership. His experience includes a deep knowledge of FERC’s accounting, audits, and cost of service ratemaking programs and precedent applicable to its jurisdictional electric, natural gas, and oil companies. He is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech. Outside of work, Steven is a husband, father of 2 young children, fan of Virginia Tech athletics, and enthusiastic Peloton cyclist.
Senior Counselor, DC BAR, LAWYER ASSISTANT
Jessie Joachim, LPC, LCPC, CEAP, SAP is a Senior Counselor with the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program where she provides lawyers and law students with addiction and mental health assessments, counseling, consultation and psychoeducation. She has over 10 years of experience in counseling with a focus in mental health, resilience, and substance use disorders. Jessie has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling, with a concentration on Employee Assistance Counseling from Argosy University. She is licensed to practice professional counseling in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Executive Director, System Planning & Competitive Transmission, MIDCONTINENT INDEPENDENT SYSTEM OPERATOR
Aubrey oversees all aspects of transmission planning to meet MISO’s future system needs. He is responsible for the planning process that yields the annual MISO Transmission Expansion Plan, including reliability and expansion planning, transmission cost allocation, resource utilization, interregional planning, and the competitive transmission developer selection and monitoring process.
Elin Swanson Katz
Director, Office of Public Participation, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Elin Swanson Katz serves as the inaugural Director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s newly formed Office of Public Participation (OPP), which was established in 2021 to assist the public with Commission proceedings. As Director, Elin leads a growing OPP team that provides direct outreach and education to the public to facilitate greater understanding of Commission processes and support broader participation in matters before the Commission. OPP serves as a liaison for environmental justice communities, Tribal members, landowners, consumer advocates, and other historically underrepresented stakeholders, and responds to inquiries and requests for administrative and technical assistance from members of the public.
Elin previously served as Consumer Counsel for the State of Connecticut, as well as President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates. She was also the VP of Utilities for Tilson, a technology company that builds telecommunications infrastructure, including broadband and 5G technology.
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Managing Director, Regulatory Relations, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
Tara Kaushik joined Southern California Edison as managing director, Regulatory Relations, at the end of October 2020. Tara leads the development and execution of SCE’s federal and state regulatory strategy. This role includes directing advocacy for long-term environmental, energy and technology policy as well as key cost recovery, rate and major regulatory policy positions before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other agencies.
Prior to joining SCE, Tara was a partner at Holland & Knight. Tara focused on energy transactions and litigation involving the electricity, oil and natural gas industries in California and on the West Coast. Tara advised on wildfire liabilities impacting public and investor-owned utilities, including inverse condemnation, vegetation management and regulatory issues before state utilities commissions. She has directed advocacy before legislative officials and staff, governor’s office, CPUC, California Energy Commission (CEC), California Independent System Operator (CAISO), FERC and California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Tara has served as co-chair of Holland & Knight’s San Francisco diversity and inclusion committee and is a former president of the Energy Bar Association, Western Chapter.
The Honorable Suedeen G. Kelly
Partner, JENNER & BLOCK
Suedeen G. Kelly is a highly recognized energy practitioner and former commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She represents a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries on
business, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and policy matters such as electricity and gas markets, renewable energy, electricity transmission, natural gas and oil infrastructure, LNG, electricity reliability standards, hydro licensing, carbon emissions, smart grid, energy efficiency and distributed generation.
Ms. Kelly’s knowledge of the national electric and natural gas industries includes significant experience in infrastructure development and operation, market structures and financial products, emerging technologies, federal and state laws and regulations, impending policy changes and domestic/international market interrelations. She is an experienced litigator on energy and environmental matters in federal and state courts.
Nominated by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to three terms as a FERC Commissioner, Ms. Kelly resolved 7,000 disputes with published Commission decisions and personally authored 100 separate statements during her tenure. She is credited with spearheading change in numerous regulatory policies, including transmission interconnection and planning reform, integration and deployment of renewables and smart technology into the grid, the inclusion of smart grid demonstration grants in the stimulus effort, and natural gas quality standards.
Director of Legal Services, Régie de l'énergie
Mr. Legault was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1988. He has had an extensive general litigation practice, including property damage as well as personal injury claims, administrative law (labour law, injunctions, evocations), collection, theft of service, commercial law and finally, regulatory work within Hydro-Québec’s legal department, of which he was head of litigation from 2001 to 2003. Since 2008, Mr. Legault has been with the Régie de l’énergie as Commission Counsel and was appointed General Counsel of the Régie in October of 2012.
Mr. Legault is also a member of the Barreau du Québec’s Disciplinary Committee, past-chair of Canada's Energy and Utility Regulators (CAMPUT), member of Québec’s Municipal Commission’s Independent Committee charged with establishing the list of ethics Advisors in Municipal matters, member of the Barreau de Montréal’s Liaison Committee with the Régie de l’énergie and finally, president of the Canadian Chapter of the Energy Bar Association.
The Honorable Odogwu Obi Linton, Esq.
Commissioner, MARYLAND PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Odogwu Obi Linton was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in August 2017. Commissioner Linton began his career in 1991 as a meter reader and engineering intern at Public Service Electric and Gas in New Jersey. He first came to the Commission as a law intern and later clerked for the Honorable Evelyn Omega Cannon in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. He was a regulatory attorney for Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, where he specialized in consumer disputes and worked on the deregulation of the electric industry. Over five years later, he rejoined the Commission as Deputy Staff Counsel and led the Commission’s Consumer Dispute Resolution Unit. He later started his own law firm representing consumers, small businesses, and deregulated suppliers in litigation and transactional matters. He returned to the Commission to serve as the Director of the Consumer Affairs Office where among several tasks served as the manager of the Commission’s Supplier Diversity Program and led the process to adopt consumer protections for the electric and gas deregulated markets.
Commissioner Linton is currently the Chair for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Consumers and the Public Interest Committee, and serves on the NARUC Task Force on Emergency Preparedness, Recovery and Resiliency and the Supplier and Workforce Diversity Committee. Commissioner Linton also served as the founding Chair of the Staff Committee for the NARUC Supplier and Workforce Diversity (formerly the Utility Marketplace Access) Subcommittee for nine years.
Commissioner Linton earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Rutgers University. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland and is a resident of Catonsville, Maryland.
Robert Scott Mahoney
Senior Vice President - General Counsel & Corporate Strategy, AVANGRID, INC.
Mr. Mahoney is the Secretary for the Board of Directors, General Counsel and a member of the AVANGRID Senior Management Team. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Lawrence University, a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree, with honors, from the University of Maine, a Master’s Degree, with honors, in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Warwick. He has received bar admission to the State of Maine, the State of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals. Mr. Mahoney is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional and a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Serving as General Counsel of AVANGRID since 2012, he is responsible for managing all regulatory, litigation and corporate legal issues for AVANGRID. AVANGRID is the parent company of Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. The AVANGRID Chief Compliance Officer reports to Mr. Mahoney. He served as AVANGRID’s Chief Compliance Officer and as Deputy General Counsel and Chief FERC Compliance Officer for AVANGRID and Secretary of Avangrid Networks. He held several positions at AVANGRID subsidiaries, including Central Maine Power Company, including Vice President, Controller and Treasurer, Director – Executive Administration, and Legal Counsel.
Deputy Clinical Director, VIRGINIA JUDGES & LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Barbra Mardigian is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program as the Deputy Clinical Director in 2019. She was formerly the Executive Director of Family Counseling Center for Recovery, Radford office and has worked in the field of addiction since 1997. Prior to her role as the Executive Director she worked as a clinical director at FCCR and has experience working in residential treatment with professionals at The Farley Center from 2010-2016, as well as with adolescents in both residential and outpatient settings.
Barbara has been supervising individuals working towards their LPC and CSAC counselors in the state of Virginia since 2013. Barbara has presented on a variety of issues including domestic violence and addiction, trauma and addiction, Family and addiction and Ethics, at venues including VCU family support group, The State of Virginia domestic violence division and the VAMARP conference 2018. Barbara has her graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and undergraduate from Ferrum College. She has been licensed since 2004.
Vice President, Clean Energy Innovations, Southern California Gas Company
Neil Navin is vice president, clean energy innovations for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra regulated California utility. He oversees SoCalGas’ comprehensive portfolio of clean energy strategies, innovations and projects to support the utility’s role as a long-term leader enabling California’s clean energy future. Navin’s focus is on delivering tangible innovations and projects in new and growing markets, including renewable natural gas, hydrogen and fuel cells, all of which are aligned to SoCalGas’ mission, strategy and sustainability plan.
Previously, Navin was vice president of construction for SoCalGas and SDG&E.
Since joining SoCalGas in 2014, Navin has served in a number of increasingly responsible management positions, including director of major projects and director of storage risk management. Prior to this, Navin held project management positions with the Fluor and Parsons companies. His previous experience included work on sulfur recovery, gas compression processing, oil and gas production, refining, pipeline engineering, chemical weapons destruction, biogas treatment, fuel cell power generation, and petrochemical plant projects throughout the United States, Middle East and Europe.
Navin sits on the boards of Housing Works and Friends of Ballona Wetlands. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Director of Environmental Policy & Counsel, SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
Ben Norris is SEIA's Director of Environmental Policy & Counsel. He advises SEIA on policy, regulatory, and legal issues including siting and permitting, federal lands, wildlife, climate, and taxation. Before joining SEIA, Ben served as senior counsel at a national energy trade association and as an associate in the energy and environmental practice of a Washington, D.C. law firm.
He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, daughter, son, and dog.
Karen J. Onaran
Vice President, ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS RESOURCE COUNCIL
Karen Onaran is the Vice President of the Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON) where she advocates for policies benefiting large industrial and commercial consumers of electric energy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC), and Congress.
Prior to joining ELCON, Karen was the Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI) where she focused on federal electric transmission policy issues, supporting investor-owned utilities on transmission planning and investment issues, as well as wholesale market operations, to promote policies geared towards electric transmission’s role in providing safe, reliable, cost-effective, and increasingly clean energy to consumers.
Prior to her 10 years at EEI, Karen was a paralegal for 16 years in Washington D.C. focusing on energy project finance and federal regulatory compliance.Karen is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and received her Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University. Karen lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, Bryce, and beagle, Stanley.
Assistant General Counsel, DT MIDSTREAM
Adina Owen is the Assistant General Counsel for DT Midstream, Inc., an owner, operator, and developer of midstream interstate and intrastate pipelines, storage fields, and gathering and treating facilities providing clean natural gas services to utilities, power plants, marketers, industrials, and producers in the Southern, Northeastern, and Midwestern United States as well as into Canada. With over fifteen years’ experience in the natural gas industry, Ms. Owen’s current practice is concentrated on project development, commercial transactions, and FERC and state regulatory matters. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for EBA. She graduated from The University of Texas School of Law and The Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College. Originally hailing from the greater Philadelphia area, she now lives in Houston, Texas.
Norman A. Pedersen
Attorney, HANNA AND MORTON, LLP
Norman A. Pedersen has extensive experience in energy law and all related areas. He represents electricity generators, electric utilities, oil and natural gas pipelines, industrial end-users, governmental agencies,and natural resource development companies in a wide range of energy-related matters before state and federal regulatory agencies,courts, and legislative bodies. He also represents clients in commercial transactions, including the purchase and sale of natural gas and electricity and related transmission services.
Mr. Pedersen's regulatory practice encompasses gas, electric,hydroelectric, cogeneration, and independent
power project issues. He is particularly active in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulatory agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission. He specializes in complex regulatory gas and electric rate litigation. Mr. Pedersen also represents clients in state and federal proceedings that establish energy and environmental policy. He has four years of government service at the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission.
Mr. Pedersen lectures at seminars and conferences on energy topics.He has published various articles on a variety of issues in the energy area, including the application of the Federal preemption doctrine to state issues.
The Honorable Willie L. Phillips
Commissioner, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
Commissioner Willie L. Phillips was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Biden. He was confirmed to the post by the United States Senate on November 16, 2021.
He most recently served as the Chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, named to that role in 2018. He served on the Commission since 2014. He is an experienced regulatory attorney combining nearly 20 years of legal expertise in public and private practice. He has an extensive background in the areas of public utility regulation, bulk power system reliability, and corporate governance.
Prior to being appointed to the DCPSC, Mr. Phillips served as Assistant General Counsel for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), in Washington, D.C. Before joining NERC, he also worked for two law firms, where he advised clients on energy regulatory compliance and policy matters.
Mr. Phillips has also served on the boards of several organizations, including the board of directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). He also has served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC), and he has held leadership roles on several advisory councils, including the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council.
Mr. Phillips has a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montevallo. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.
Michael R. Pincus
Partner, VAN NESS FELDMAN LLP
As a partner in Van Ness Feldman’s Pipeline and LNG practice, Michael advises clients on all aspects of the siting and operation of interstate natural gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Michael has an in-depth understanding with a wide range of issues under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), including pipeline certificate and abandonment proceedings and LNG terminal and export authorizations. Michael also has experience with natural gas storage facility authorizations, presidential permits, limited jurisdiction certificates, blanket certificates, market-based rate determinations, and rate and tariff issues.
Michael counsels clients through every step of FERC's environmental review process for pipeline and LNG projects under the National Environmental Policy Act and with respect to applicable environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Historic Preservation Act.
From 2007-2012, Michael worked as an attorney-advisor in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of the General Counsel, Energy Project Section. He was also named a “Next Generation Lawyer” by the Legal 500 for oil and gas in both 2017 and 2018. Michael is the co-coordinator of Van Ness Feldman's Oil, Gas, & LNG Practice and serves as one of the firm's Associate Coordinators.
François D. Ramsay
General Counsel, HYDRO QUÉBEC
François Ramsay has been General Counsel of Hydro-Québec since 2019. He has been practising law for over 30 years and has worked in the energy, media, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors. Mr. Ramsay has been involved in a significant number of strategic matters, including public and private equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, various commercial transactions, governance and complex commercial litigation matters, in Canada and the United States.
As Corporate Secretary of public companies for almost 20 years, Mr. Ramsay has a deep knowledge and understanding of best governance practices of Boards and has significant experience in assisting Boards in adopting and implementing best corporate governance practices.
François Ramsay is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors since 2018 and is a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1987. He is also a director and a member of the Ethics and Corporate Governance Committee of the Chambre de la sécurité financière since 2014.
Julius M. Redd
Principal, BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND PC
Julius M. Redd, a principal in Beveridge & Diamond’s Washington, DC office, is a litigator and counselor who maintains a national practice. On the litigation front, Julius represents clients in business disputes and in complex civil litigation. He has first-chair jury trial experience, and has litigated cases in various jurisdictions throughout the country. He has a track record of obtaining successful results for clients in products liability, contaminated property, mass tort, toxic tort, and commercial litigation matters.
Additionally, Julius leads the firm’s environmental justice (EJ) practice and has experience counseling companies in various industries on EJ issues. He is a recognized EJ expert who is often quoted in national publications, including Law360, Bloomberg, and E&E News, among others. He is also a frequent guest on Groundtruth, a podcast series published in conjunction with the Environmental Law Institute. Julius earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School and his B.A. from Gettysburg College.
Managing Editor, Policy, POLITICO
Sudeep Reddy is a managing editor of POLITICO. He joined POLITICO in January 2017 after a decade in The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau, where he was an economics editor directing coverage of U.S. and international economic news. He joined the Journal in 2007 as a U.S. economics reporter covering the Federal Reserve and financial crisis and later served as the Journal's international economics correspondent, covering developments across the White House, Treasury Department, IMF and World Bank.
Reddy arrived in the capital as a Washington correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, covering a wide range of policy issues including energy, transportation, technology and immigration. He started his career in Texas as a reporter covering the energy industry and business issues before the Texas Legislature. A Texas native, Reddy graduated from Brown University with a degree in biomedical ethics and American history.
The Honorable John Reynolds
Commissioner, CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Commissioner John Reynolds was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Gavin Newsom on Dec. 23, 2021.
Commissioner Reynolds had previously served as Managing Counsel at Cruise LLC since 2019. Prior to that, he held multiple positions at the CPUC, including Interim Chief of Staff to Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma in 2018, Advisor to former Commissioner Carla J. Peterman from 2015 to 2018, and Public Utilities Counsel from 2013 to 2015. He was Associate at De la Pena & Holiday LLP in 2012. Commissioner Reynolds earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Brandon N. Robinson
Partner, BALCH & BINGHAM LLP
Brandon Robinson represents public utilities and energy companies in a wide variety of matters, specializing in issues related to: North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) electric reliability policy and compliance, cybersecurity, smart grid, physical security, electric transportation, smart grid technologies, drones (“UAS”), customer data privacy, Internet of Things (IoT), renewable energy and energy efficiency, negotiating acquisitions and power purchase agreements, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building, and issues surrounding government contracts and federal grant compliance. Brandon also counsels clients in a wide variety of industries regarding cybersecurity and data privacy issues to assist them in proactively managing risks while maintaining innovative customer service in terms of data breach management and response, compliance with federal, state, and sectoral privacy laws and regulations, review and drafting of contracts with vendors and other third parties involving customer data, nondisclosure agreements, and more.
Director of Energy and Climate Program, PUBLIC CITIZEN
Tyson Slocum is director of Public Citizen’s Energy & Climate Program, covering the regulation of petroleum, natural gas and power markets. Tyson promotes an equitable energy transition that provides renewable energy and sustainable transportation solutions for working families. Tyson serves on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy & Environmental Markets Advisory Committee, and the CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee, and frequently intervenes before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission representing the interests of households. Tyson presents his research in congressional testimony and appears regularly in the media, including appearances on CNN, MSNBC and The Colbert Report. Tyson is a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland Honors College, where he teaches energy and climate policy, and was named Teacher Of The Year in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @TysonSlocum
Regulatory Counsel, INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Christopher Smith is Regulatory Counsel for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (“INGAA”) and has worked at INGAA since April 2021. Prior to joining INGAA, Chris worked as a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he counseled companies in connection with FERC enforcement proceedings as well as litigation before federal and state courts, other federal agencies, and arbitral panels.
Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Economics from Haverford College and his law degree from New York University.
Chairman Jason M. Stanek
Chairman, MARYLAND PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Jason M. Stanek was appointed Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission by Governor Larry Hogan for a five-year term beginning on July 1, 2018.He most recently served as Senior Counsel to the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce where he advised on matters involving national energy policy, with specific focus on electricity issues and the operations of the regional power markets. Before that, he served in senior positions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), advising both a FERC Chairman and Commissioner during his 16-year tenure. Prior to arriving in Washington D.C., he held legal positions with the National Fuel Gas Company in Buffalo, New York, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in New York City.
Chairman Stanek is a member of the Committee on Electricity and the Committee on International Relations for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), is a member of the Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council and the Critical Consumer Issues Forum (CCIF) Advisory Committee.
Chairman Stanek earned his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University. He also completed studies at American University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is admitted to practice law in New York. He lives in Riverdale, Maryland.
Vice President, Transmission Development and Planning, MIDAMERICAN ENERGY COMPANY
Dehn Stevens is Vice President of Transmission Development and Planning for MidAmerican Energy. In his current role, Dehn is responsible for electric transmission development, electric system planning and generation resource planning for MidAmerican. Dehn has been with MidAmerican since 1991 and has held a variety of leadership roles within the company, including most recently as vice president, gas delivery. Dehn earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University in 1991. He is a licensed professional electrical engineer in Iowa. Dehn has provided testimony to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as well as the Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota state regulatory agencies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Reliability Organization. Dehn previously served as Chair of the Midcontinent Independent System Operators Transmission Owners Committee.
Senior Director, Congressional Staff Relations, AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
Andrew Walmsley is the Senior Director, Congressional Relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation. In addition to leading the farm policy team, Andrew manages energy, climate, transportation, and biotechnology issues for Farm Bureau. His work has included regulatory relief for farmers and ranchers and securing Farm Bureau priorities in multiple pieces of legislation that were eventually enacted into law. Because of this work, he has been named a ‘Top Lobbyist’ by The Hill.
Andrew has held multiple leadership roles around Washington D.C. He has chaired the Farmers for a Sustainable Future Coalition, the Agricultural Biotech Alliance and co-chairs the Agriculture Transportation Working Group. He is a founding member of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, served as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, the Rail Customer Coalition, and an advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew has over 15 years of Farm Bureau experience. Before joining the American Farm Bureau Federation, he worked for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. Andrew is a sixth-generation Floridian and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Agricultural Operations Management.
Partner, STEPTOE & JOHNSON LLP
Monique Watson is an energy attorney with a deep knowledge and understanding of energy law, policy, economics, and regulation, with a particular focus on oil and natural gas pipeline matters. Ms. Watson has more than two decades of energy experience, including holding senior legal roles at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where she managed legal and policy initiatives involving natural gas, crude oil, and refined petroleum products pipelines. She counsels clients in regulatory and transactional aspects of natural gas and oil pipeline regulation, including rate and tariff analysis, energy market policy review, certificate review, and enforcement and compliance matters under the Natural Gas Act, Interstate Commerce Act, and National Environmental Protection (NEPA). Ms. Watson serves as a board member of the Energy Bar Association and is the past Vice Chair of EBA’s Gas, Oil & Liquids Steering Committee. She has been designated a “Rising Star” and “Next Generation Partner” by Legal 500 US and individually ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global. She graduated from Howard University School of Law (cum laude) and The University of Virginia.
Managing Consultant, DAYMARK ENERGY ADVISORS
Melissa Whitten provides consulting services to the gas sector participants, including both utilities and industrial end-users, who seek her input on how to decarbonize the gas stream through the availability of RNG, RSG (responsibly sourced gas) and hydrogen blending, as well as reducing leak prone pipe in the ground, and she advises management on how such investments in their energy portfolios can support an improved ESG rating.
Partner, NIXON PEABODY LLP
I am an active practitioner before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, representing clients in hearings, settlement conferences and adversary proceedings in the natural gas, electric and hydroelectric areas. I am active in proceedings involving regional transmission organizations and wholesale markets, including PJM, Midcontinent ISO, ISO New England, New York ISO, Southwest Power Pool and the California ISO. I represent clients on pipeline systems including Tennessee Gas, Algonquin, Iroquois, Eastern Gas Transmission, ANR, Columbia Gas, Columbia Gulf, Empire and Millennium. Finally, I assist hydroelectric licensees and preliminary permittees in obtaining, maintaining and amending hydroelectric licenses and permits.
In addition to regulatory proceedings, I work with clients seeking regulatory approvals to engage in activities, such as market-based rate transactions, and to become EWGs or QFs. Obtaining approval of interconnection agreements, engineering and procurement agreements and transmission agreements can be complicated, so I navigate my clients through these aspects.
I also represent clients before FERC in enforcement proceedings and have successfully handled enforcement issues ranging from hydroelectric compliance matters, capacity release and natural gas-related compliance matters and electric quarterly report issues.
Senior Policy Advisor, Energy & Infrastructure, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Jessica Wilkinson is Senior Policy Advisor for Energy & Infrastructure at The Nature Conservancy. She works in the Conservancy’s North America Policy & Government Relations department and supports the organization’s Global and North America work on renewable energy deployment and mitigation policy.
Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Wilkinson was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the Institute’s program of wetlands research and training and state biodiversity policy. Jessica holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, School of the Environment and a BA in Environmental Science from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Avi Zevin is an attorney with experience advancing policies that enable the provision of carbon-free, reliable, and cost-effective electricity. He was a senior attorney and Affiliated Scholar at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law and an attorney at Van Ness Feldman LLP. Zevin holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A., with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley.
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