2022 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting


Program Overview

Join our Midwest Chapter for their Annual Meeting on September 16, 2022. This will be a hybrid event hosted by Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Headquarters in Carmel, Indiana.

The Midwest region continues to see significant growth in clean/green energy resources based on state mandates, economics and customer carbon reduction goals. This growth in wind and solar resources are providing new energy on the system, but the energy output is weather dependent. At the same time, evolving environmental regulations and economics are causing an increasing number of coal- and gas-fired resource retirements. Environmental restrictions and natural gas price volatility are making the future deployment of dispatchable natural gas-fired resources less certain while flexible energy storage resources have not yet emerged in significant quantities to retain the historic operational flexibility of the system. These factors, among others, are causing concerns about potential economic impacts on customers as well as maintaining reliability during the transition to the grid of the future.

Thank you to our hosts:

720 City Center Dr.
Carmel, IN 46032

In-Person Registration


Virtual Registration

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9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome and Overview

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM Panel 1: What Is “The Gap”?

The panelists will discuss existing and emerging clean/green energy developments, the drivers behind resource retirement decisions, and the potential interim economic and reliability impacts associated with this period of transition.

Panelists will discuss:

  • what MISO perceives to be "The Gap" and MISO's efforts with respect to market design, transmission planning, and operations
  • state initiatives and/or activities regarding clean/green energy developments, resource retirements, and fleet transition concerns
  • ongoing efforts and obstacles to move to a clean/green grid
Moderator Speaker Speaker Speaker Speaker
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Brad Pope
Director, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Organization of MISO States
Andy Campbell
Director of Portfolio Planning and Origination



Anna Foglesong
Director, Strategy and Policy Coordination

The Honorable Sarah Freeman
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
Chairman Ted Thomas
Arkansas Public Service Commission



11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Panel 2: Opportunities To Bridge “The Gap”

The panelists will discuss ongoing and developing activities and initiatives to address the need for flexibility, availability and visibility given the changing resource mix.

Panelists will Discuss:

  • MISO’s efforts with respect to market design, transmission planning, operations, and other initiatives for managing the transition and ensuring grid reliability.
  • The need for enhanced or new resource market products, services and/or attributes needed to address the changing resource mix and ensure reliable operations.
  • The role of renewables, energy storage, DERs and controllable load measures.
Moderator Speaker Speaker Speaker Speaker
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James Holsclaw
Calfee, Halter& Griswold LLP
Richard Dillon
Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

Dr. Erik Ela
Electric Power Research Institute

Dr. Kathleen Spees,

The Brattle Group, Inc

Zhaoxia Xie
Director, Market Design and Development


12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch


1:15 PM – 1:45 PM keynote address


Matt Christiansen
General Counsel

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Panel 3: Legal and Regulatory Developments in the Midwest Region

The EBA Midwest Board has worked to identify a "liaison" in each state in our footprint.  That individual will help keep the Board informed of pertinent legal and regulatory developments in their respective state, and will also help educate local members about Chapter activities and benefits.  During this panel, each liaison will give an informal update on items of interest from their respective state. The individuals invited include liaisons from MN, WI, NE, IA, IL, KS, MO, MI, IN and OH.

  • Illinois – Carrera Thibodeaux, Energy Regulation and Litigation Associate, Whitt Sturtevant LLP
  • Indiana – Bryan Little, Assistant General Counsel, NiSource
  • Iowa - Haley Van Loon, Partner, BrownWinick Law Firm 
  • Kansas – Andrew Schulte, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • Michigan – Lauren Donofrio, Senior Expert Attorney, DTE Energy
  • Minnesota - Bryan Meloy, Partner, Stinson LLP
  • Missouri – Andrew Schulte, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • Nebraska – Doug Law, Associate General Counsel, Black Hills Corporation
  • Ohio – Brad Hughes, Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
  • Oklahoma – Buford Pollett, Managing Attorney, EMC Law PLLC
  • South Dakota – Doug Law, Associate General Counsel, Black Hills Corporation
  • Wisconsin – Richard Heinemann, Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP


To Receive CLE Credit:  If you have met the participation requirements, you will receive a personalized CLE affidavit from mcle-eba@americanbar.org for the program at which you attended at least one session to completion. Please check your spam or junk folders as these emails often end up there. Please note you will fill out one affidavit for the full event. Once you complete the affidavit, you will be able to download your certificate(s) of attendance and they will be emailed to you as well from mcle-eba@americanbar.org

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Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

Gold:        $1,250
Silver:       $1,000
Bronze:    $750



3 complimentary registrations

Additional 4 registrations
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2 Complimentary Registration 


Additional 2 company/firm registrations at early bird level   

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* Logo featured in all event marketing circulated to over 5,000 attorneys & energy professionals twice
* Listed in materials circulated to all attendees
* Verbal recognition at the opening by Chapter President during welcome remarks
* Recognition on conference webpage
* Logo recognition on social media

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Registration Rates

ends September 2


Member Registration - Attorney



Member Registration - Student

$25 $50

Nonmember Registration - Attorney



Nonmember Registration - Student

$50 $75




1.   Online:

In-Person Registration


Virtual Registration

2.   Mail your Registration Form and payment to EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036


EBA does not have a block for this meeting, however, if you need hotel accommodations, the following hotels are among those located near MISO. Please book rooms as soon as possible to ensure availability.

Hotel Carmichael
1 Carmichael Sq
Carmel, IN 46032

Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel
11925 N. Meridian St.
Carmel, Indiana 46032

Home2 Suites by Hilton Carmel Indianapolis
12845 Old Meridian Street
Carmel, Indiana 46032

Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
8787 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, EBA has focused on protecting the health and safety of our members, employees, and their families. As we resume in-person EBA meetings, we are extending our health and safety commitment to our meeting attendees, speakers, and other stakeholders.

It is imperative that we all continue to take the precautions necessary to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which will allow EBA to offer high quality programs and valuable networking opportunities gained from in-person events.


EBA strongly recommends that anyone attending an EBA-hosted meeting be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  EBA staff are fully vaccinated, and it is expected that hotel staff and vendors are fully vaccinated.

 Mask Policy

Along with vaccination recommendations, all EBA meeting attendees, speakers, guests, and exhibitors will follow jurisdictional requirements for mask wearing. As an additional precaution, EBA recommends all attendees wear masks regardless of local requirements.

Social Distancing

Attendees should be mindful of their space to the extent possible and are encouraged to maintain 6 feet of social distance when able.


Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 09/10/2022, less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. No refunds will be given after 09/10/2022. If a cancellation is requested after the deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are acceptable by 09/10/2022 (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between the 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. Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email if an address is provided.


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