Laura Abram is Director of Government and Public Affairs for First Solar, a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions with over 17 gigawatts (GW) sold worldwide. She is responsible for providing leadership of the company’s government and public affairs efforts for over 6,000 megawatts (MW) of large-scale solar projects in the U.S. Laura is currently working with Native American tribes on projects located on tribal lands, including the first utility-scale solar plant in Indian Country now in operation, the 250MW Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project located on the Moapa River Indian Reservation.
David A. Applebaum co-chairs Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s energy regulation, markets and enforcement practice, focusing on enforcement, compliance, and regulatory matters involving FERC, the CFTC, and other government agencies. David also handles complex civil litigation, internal investigations, and antitrust compliance for energy and other clients. David joined Akin Gump in July 2016, after over six years at FERC, where he served as director of the Division of Investigations in the Office of Enforcement—and before that as deputy director, branch chief, and line attorney. In his role as a senior manager in the Office of Enforcement, David participated in every major legal, policy, investigation, settlement, and litigation matter occurring at FERC relating to enforcement. He also served as Division of Investigations liaison to the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement. Before joining FERC, David was in private practice for nine years, representing corporate clients in complex civil litigation matters such as class action, antitrust, and financial services cases. David also clerked for a federal district court judge and a state supreme court justice. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the international law journal, and received a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ric Alicea is currently a Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs Co. in the legal department’s derivatives and commodities practice group where he advises the firm on a variety of transactional and regulatory issues related to crude oil, refined products, natural gas, power, coal, base metals, precious metals and renewable energy. Ric has been a practicing commodities attorney for over 12 years. Prior to his current role Ric worked as a commodities attorney for several investment banks and an international law firm. Ric earned a bachelor’s of science in business administration with a concentration in finance in 2002, a juris doctor in 2005 and an MBA in 2006, all from Boston University.
Orlando A. Alvarez is President and Chief Executive Officer of BP Energy Company. He is a member of the BP America Board overseeing all of the company’s activities in the U.S. Orlando’s tenure at BP spans over 20 years with current accountability for North America’s trading, marketing, supply and derivatives activities, specifically pertaining to natural gas, power, and natural gas liquids, as well as oversight for BP’s global liquefied petroleum gas business. Orlando is also a member of BP's global supply and trading organization’s executive leadership team. He serves on a number of industry boards and committees, including the American Petroleum Institute’s Natural Gas Market Development Committee; Vice Chairman of the Natural Gas Supply Association Board; and most recently, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Board. During his 30-year span in the energy supply and trading business, Orlando has held many commercial positions ranging from natural gas trading, marketing and origination, and transportation representative. Orlando was born in Santa Clara, Cuba and came to the United States at the age of three, where he lived in New York until his move to Texas. He currently resides in Houston with his wife Kari, his children, Alexis, 23, and Brandon, 20, as well as his step-children Justin, 26 and Brady, 20. Orlando attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. In his spare time, Orlando enjoys hunting and fishing with his family.
Norman C. Bay is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and Head of the Energy Regulatory and Enforcement Group in Washington. Norman advises clients on a range of energy market regulation issues, including those relating to policy, rates, terms, and conditions of service, and mergers and acquisitions. He also focuses on enforcement and compliance and infrastructure development in the energy sector. As a past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Norman has significant experience with all aspects of FERC’s jurisdiction over the U.S. wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, as well as natural gas and oil pipelines. As a former Director of Enforcement at FERC, he has a deep understanding of FERC’s enforcement jurisdiction and priorities, as well as the new anti-manipulation rules of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Norman’s white-collar defense practice includes handling parallel investigations involving FERC or CFTC and DOJ.
Andy Black is President and CEO of AOPL, a Washington, DC-based trade association representing more than fifty pipeline companies. AOPL members deliver crude oil, refined products like gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel, and natural gas liquids such as propane and ethane. Andy promotes AOPL’s mission of responsible government policies, safety excellence, and public support for liquid pipelines. He works with company CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, senior government relations, legal, operations, security personnel, and others to develop and advocate industry positions at federal and state agencies, legislatures, and the executive branch. Andy has pursued AOPL’s legislative and regulatory agenda with Congressional committee leadership, FERC Commissioners, DOT PHMSA Administrators and Deputies, and their staffs. He has testified before Congressional committees on pipeline safety legislation, safety activities, pipeline expansion, border-crossing approvals, security, and propane supply issues. Andy previously served in a government relations position in Washington for the El Paso Corporation, a natural gas pipeline company, oil and natural gas producer, and LNG terminal operator. Prior to that, he was Director of the Office of External Affairs for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for FERC Chairman Joe Kelliher. He earlier worked on Capitol Hill as a staff member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and for Congressman Joe Barton. Andy has a B.S. in Economics from Texas Christian University and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Cindy Bogorad is a partner at Spiegel & McDiarmid, where she has represented municipal joint action agencies, municipal, and cooperative electric distribution systems, associations of such systems, generation and transmission cooperatives, and other transmission dependent systems in energy matters for more than thirty years. Her clients include the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS), on whose behalf she has actively advocated the interests of transmission dependent systems in FERC policy proceedings and in the legislative arena, including the extensive legislative process leading to passage of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Cindy has been selected for the last five years as a “Super Lawyer” in Energy and Natural Resources by Washington, DC Super Lawyers magazine, and is ranked in Chambers USA. She was recognized by Public Utilities Fortnightly as one of the industry’s 35 “Groundbreaking Lawyers of 2009.” In 2008, she was included in the Legal Times “Almanac of Leading Lawyers: Five Years of Washington Attorneys at the Top of their Game.” In 2005, Cindy was named by Legal Times as one of the DC area’s top ten energy lawyers. Spiegel & McDiarmid represents city, cooperatively or state-owned utilities, state public service commissions, and other bodies in some forty states in energy, telecommunications, and environmental matters, and a variety of clients in airport and transportation matters as well as several other fields. Before joining Spiegel & McDiarmid, Cindy clerked for Federal District Judge Walter Jay Skinner in Boston. Cindy graduated from Harvard Law School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cayton is a Senior Regulatory Consultant within Kinect’s Regulatory Services Department where he provides strategic advice, economic analysis, and expert witness testimony to clients and client groups in the area of cost-of-service and rate design in natural gas and electric rate cases at the state and federal level. Prior to joining Kinect Energy Group, Mr. Cayton spent seven years with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As an expert witness in the Office of Litigation, he focused on researching, collecting, and analyzing economic and financial data from a wide spectrum of sources in order to craft office policies and make formal recommendations on cost-of-service, throughput, and/or cost allocation to the Commission through written and oral testimony. He has led teams in highly complex multi-party negotiations between Commission Staff and company representatives in over twenty cases. He also conducted the Commission's annual FERC Form No. 2 Study since its inception in 2009 until his departure in 2016. Mr. Cayton holds a Bachelor of Political Science (2003) and a Master of Public Administration (2008) from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.
Shaun Chapoose is a member of the Ute Indian Tribe. Mr. Chapoose is a former Chairman and current Member of the Tribe’s Business Committee, the Tribe’s governing body. He lives on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and is an Uncompahgre Band Representative of the Business Committee. As Chairman, Mr. Chapoose participated in negotiations for an innovative agreement for a major transmission line project on the Tribe’s Reservation. He is also experienced in working with all of the Federal agencies and all aspects of Tribal business from oil and gas management, economic development, environmental management, farm operations and cultural rights.
Jody Cummings advises clients on their most prominent natural resources and environmental issues, with an emphasis on representing American Indian tribes and entities conducting business in Indian country. Jody, former US Department of the Interior deputy solicitor for Indian Affairs and senior counselor to the solicitor in the Obama Administration, has a wealth of experience with Indian law and policy work. He provides valuable insights into the challenges of economic growth and business in Indian country. Jody practiced at Steptoe for nearly 13 years before joining Interior in 2013. He represents clients on matters relating to natural resources development and land use, fee-to-trust issues, land exchanges, forestry, natural resources damages claims, and climate change initiatives. He also advises clients and litigates on various aspects of federal Indian law, including gaming, tribal recognition, religious freedoms, and environmental concerns. During his time at Interior, he provided legal counsel to the secretary of Interior and the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. He managed an array of regulatory issues, including implementing rulemakings, agency decisions, and policy development in the areas of fee-to-trust acquisitions, Indian gaming, land use and resource development, protection of sacred sites, 638 contracting, and trust asset management. He led the Office of the Solicitor’s coordination on Indian affairs issues with other federal agencies, and managed Interior’s Indian affairs-related litigation. Jody is an enrolled member in the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
Laurie Dowling is President of The Dowling-Woo Company, a woman and minority-owned small business. Laurie is a consultant who works with non-profit organizations and for-profit enterprises on strategic issues including general management, fundraising, executive search, strategic planning, management development, diversity, and board development. As a consultant, Laurie is Executive Director for the National Utilities Diversity Council, a national non-profit organization that conducts research to educate, develop best practices and guide efforts that will promote diversity in the utilities industry in the areas of governance, employment, procurement, language access/customer service, and philanthropy. She also consults in the areas of arts management and executive search. For eight years Laurie was Executive Director of the Office of Executive Education Programs of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. At UCLA she was responsible for oversight of all aspects of one of the world’s top executive education programs, from corporate relationship management and sales to curriculum design and program operation -- serving over 1,500 executives annually. At UCLA, one of Laurie’s most significant accomplishments was the development of the Leadership Suite of programs – the African American Leadership Institute, the Latino Leadership Institute, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Leadership Institute, the Women’s Leadership Institute, and the Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities -- the only suite of its kind at a school of management in the world. For the Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities, Laurie was the program designer and faculty co-director. Prior to joining UCLA Anderson in late 1999, Laurie was Development Director for Women’s Enterprise Development Corporation, designing curricula, raising funds, and overseeing Board development for this non-profit organization which provided entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and loan packaging for women and men to start their own businesses or make their existing enterprises more successful. A key event in Laurie’s experience has been her work as Development Director for the 1993 Los Angeles Festival, an international, intercultural, interdisciplinary arts festival that presented 600 artists over a 5-week period in 49 sites around Los Angeles for an audience of 750,000. Directed by opera director Peter Sellars, the Festival highlighted the arts of Africa and the Middle East and was a direct response to the 1992 civil unrest that rocked Los Angeles. Laurie serves on the Boards of Directors of Californians for Higher Education, which encourages support of public higher education in California, and Old Stories: New Lives, which supports the work of iconoclastic director Peter Sellars. Laurie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, a graduate of the Executive Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a resident of Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. She is married to Michael Woo.
Deidre is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Hunton Andrews Kurth and co-chair of the firm’s environmental practice. She represents clients exclusively on environmental, energy, and administrative law, with an emphasis on permitting, compliance, and litigation regarding the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other environmental statutes. She regularly advises clients from many of the nation’s key economic sectors, including development companies, oil and natural gas pipelines, electric utilities, agricultural interests, state and local agencies, and various trade associations. She serves as lead counsel to a broad coalition of industry and agricultural associations called the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) on matters involving legislative and regulatory changes to the CWA, including the new Clean Water Act rule.
Will Durbin is Senior Counsel in the Whistleblower Office at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In that role, he helps promote and administer the program that pays awards and affords protections to individuals who provide the CFTC with information about violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations. Prior to joining the CFTC, Will spent more than eight years as an associate at two large law firms, working on a wide range of complex litigation and investigation matters for corporate clients, both big and small. He started his legal career clerking for Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan in the Eastern District of Virginia. Will holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School and a B.A. from Yale College.
Peter Esposito is an attorney by training (JD Georgetown 1979; LLM Taxation NYU 1984), consultant, facilitator, lobbyist and entrepreneur whose career in the energy industry spans 38 years. He is also a tech geek and wannabe economist. In 1980, Peter joined the Office of the Federal Inspector for the Alaska natural gas pipeline. In 1984, he went to McDermott, Will & Emory in Washington D.C. and in 1986 co-founded John, Hengerer & Esposito. In 1997, he was hired by Dynegy to run the company’s government affairs shop. In late 2002, Peter co-founded Crested Butte Catalysts, a law/consulting firm. Peter has represented a wide array of interests including gas producers, pipelines and storage companies, independent gas-fired and renewable generation and was instrumental in bringing competition to gas and power markets. Peter has appeared before numerous esteemed audiences, including the American Bar Association, Western and National Governors Associations, FERC, NARUC, ISOs/RTOs, and EBA. In an EBA speech in 2001, he predicted that the biggest game changers coming to the energy industry would be nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.
Jim Hoecker has practiced energy law in Washington D.C. for 35 years, both in government and private law practice. Prior to rejoining private practice, he was appointed by President Clinton to be Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, from 1997-2001 and, before that he was a FERC Commissioner for four years and an Assistant General Counsel in the 1980s. Hoecker is now Senior Counsel at Husch Blackwell LLP in Washington, D.C., and Principal of Hoecker Energy Law & Policy PLLC (HELP), a law and public policy consulting firm. Hoecker provides legal and strategic advice principally to electric utilities, investors, and transmission developers and providers. He is a long-time advocate for robust energy infrastructure and competitive wholesale electric and natural gas markets. His current clients include WIRES, an international non-profit trade association that promotes well-planned and environmentally responsible electric transmission investment. Hoecker holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. from Northland College. Besides his active law and policy practice, he manages to write regularly and serve on several non-profit Boards. A native of Wisconsin, Hoecker now resides in Northern Virginia.
John Katz is Deputy Associate General, Energy Projects, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he focuses on non-federal hydroelectric, natural gas, and liquefied natural gas projects. John has represented the Commission in administrative proceedings, in federal district court, and before the United States Courts of Appeals. During more than 35 years of government and private sector work, he has been active in virtually all areas of the energy field. John graduated from Colgate University and Duke University Law School.
Joseph T. Kelliher is executive vice president – federal regulatory affairs for NextEra Energy, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for managing federal regulatory matters for NextEra Energy and its principal subsidiaries, NextEra Energy Resources and Florida Power & Light Company. He has held this position since May 2009. Previously, Mr. Kelliher served as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 2005 to 2009. A hallmark of his chairmanship was efficient implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the largest expansion in FERC regulatory authority since the 1930s. This law gave FERC a new mission to assure reliability of the interstate power grid, granted the agency strong enforcement authority for the first time and expanded FERC authority in other areas. Chairman Kelliher pursued a series of reforms to promote competitive wholesale power and natural gas markets, improve FERC economic regulation and strengthen the U.S. energy infrastructure. Mr. Kelliher has spent his entire professional career working on energy policy matters, serving in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. These include senior policy advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, majority counsel to the U.S. House Commerce Committee and positions with private corporations, trade associations and law firms. Mr. Kelliher earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, and a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law. NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is one of the largest electric power and energy infrastructure companies in North America and a leader in the renewable energy industry. NEE has two principal businesses, FPL and NEER. FPL is the largest electric utility in the state of Florida and one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. FPL’s strategic focus is centered on investing in generation, transmission and distribution facilities to continue to deliver on its value proposition of low bills, high reliability, outstanding customer service and clean energy solutions for the benefit of its nearly five million customers. NEER is the world's largest operator of wind and solar projects. NEER’s strategic focus is centered on the development, construction and operation of long-term contracted assets throughout the U.S. and Canada, including renewable generation facilities, natural gas pipelines and battery storage projects. NEE has consolidated revenues of approximately $17.2 billion, operates approximately 46,790 megawatts of net generating capacity and employs approximately 14,000 people in 33 states and Canada as of year-end 2017.
Suedeen G. Kelly is co-chair of the Energy Practice at Jenner & Block. A 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. Nominated by Presidents George H. 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. Earlier, she served as regulatory counsel for the California Independent System Operator, and in 1999, she worked as a legislative aide to Senator Jeff Bingaman, then the ranking member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. For more than 15 years, she was a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where she taught energy law, utility regulation, administrative law and legislative process. She also served as chairwoman and commissioner for the New Mexico Public Service Commission and was a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council and US Environmental Protection Agency.
Robert S. Kenney is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. In this role, he is responsible for executive management of all aspects of PG&E’s interactions with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the California Energy Commission (CEC), including all regulatory filings and proceedings. Robert is responsible for providing overall strategic guidance for the company’s interactions with the CPUC, the FERC, and the CEC, ensuring compliance with regulatory mandates, and facilitating positive regulatory outcomes. He leads a team of regulatory professionals responsible for developing and implementing regulatory strategy, supporting the implementation of PG&E’s business objectives. Robert has over twenty-five years of experience developing, analyzing and implementing public policy at the local and state levels and over fifteen years of experience litigating complex cases in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. Prior to joining PG&E, Robert was Chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission, where he led a 190-person agency, presiding over numerous complex proceedings deciding rate increases, mergers and acquisitions, transmission siting, resource adequacy, and implementation of Missouri’s Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Efficiency Investment Act. During his tenure, he emerged as a nationally recognized leader in public utility law and regulation and public policy development and implementation, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and as President of the Organization of MISO States (OMS). While at the Missouri PSC, Robert lead efforts to institute best practices in consumer education and outreach and to enhance legal education related to public utility law and regulation. Prior to his appointment to the Missouri PSC, Robert served as Chief of Staff to the Missouri Attorney General. Previously, Robert was a shareholder at the Polsinelli law firm, where he practiced in the commercial and business litigation practice group. Robert remains committed to public service and civic engagement, serving on the board of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University and a law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Before becoming NYPA's Chief Operating Officer, Joseph was SVP of Power Generation, responsible for the oversight of NYPA’s fleet of generating facilities across New York State. He is Vice-Chairman of NYPA’s Asset Management Board and a member of NYPA’s Strategic Management Committee Enterprise Risk Management and Canals Management Committees. He is a lifelong Western New Yorker whose early career was with an electrical construction firm. Joseph started at NYPA in 2001 as an engineer in the electrical maintenance department. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1993), M. Eng. (2000) in Electrical Engineering (Energy Systems), and an MBA (2010) from SUNY at Buffalo and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York. Joseph has served on EPRI’s Generation Sector and Research Advisory Councils and is an active member of SUNY at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. Joseph is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Member of Erie-Niagara Chapter of the NYSSPE and a member of the IAEI, IESNA, and NETA. He lives in West Seneca with his wife Lisa and 3 children, Jordan, Garrett and Emily.
Mr. Korman has experience in issues related to antitrust, securities, and regulatory matters. He also has extensive experience analyzing market power in wholesale electric power markets. He has analyzed such markets in several M&A proceedings and has supported preparation of wholesale power market analyses associated with company applications for market-based rate authority from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has provided testimony to FERC on these issues on several occasions. Mr. Korman’s experience also includes supporting the preparation of expert reports on the structure of California electricity markets and on certain transactions in the state’s electricity marketplace on behalf of several municipal-owned utilities. He has prepared competitive analyses of several M&A transactions in the energy industry, including MidAmerican Energy’s proposed merger with Constellation Energy, PacifiCorp’s acquisition of the Chehalis generating facility, and Southern Power’s swap of its DeSoto generating station for LS Power’s West Georgia generating station. He has supported experts on matters before state regulatory commissions, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission, in addition to FERC. He has also worked on a number of antitrust cases involving allegations of price-fixing, market manipulation, predatory pricing, and attempted monopolization, as well as M&A analyses.
Dan Lipschultz was appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton, effective February 14, 2014 and appointed Vice Chair, January 23, 2017. Commissioner Lipschultz is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He has served previously as Chair of the Bar Association’s Public Utilities Law Section and its Communications Law Section. He continues to serve on the Executive Council of the Public Utilities Law Section. Commissioner Lipschultz has practiced law in the areas regulated by the Commission for over 25 years as both a public and private sector attorney. Prior to his appointment to the Commission, Commissioner Lipschultz was an attorney and shareholder for 12 years with the Minneapolis Law Firm, Moss & Barnett, P.A., where he practiced before the Commission, Minnesota ‘s district and appellate courts, the Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining Moss & Barnett, Commissioner Lipschultz worked as an Assistant General Counsel for a telecommunications carrier. Prior to that, Commissioner Lipschultz served as an Assistant Attorney General and lead counsel in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Residential Small Business Utilities Division representing residential and small business ratepayers and in the Public Utilities Division representing the Commission. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Commissioner Lipschultz worked as an Attorney in the Commission’s Legal Division. Commissioner Lipschultz received a B.A. from Iowa State University, and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. His term will expire on January 6, 2020.
Richard Lorenzo has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, antitrust and complex litigation. Mr. Lorenzo has extensive experience in federal and state courts and at both the state and federal level, has been involved in every type of regulatory proceeding, from rate cases to rulemakings to prudence investigations involving over $10 billion in assets. He successfully defended Central Maine Power Company in a suit filed by FPL Energy Maine to void its $850 million contract to purchase CMP’s generation assets. Mr. Lorenzo has also been actively involved in FERC's enforcement authority, including its antimarket manipulation and reliability rules. He was a key player in FERC's RTO, transmission pricing and other competitive market initiatives. Mr. Lorenzo has worked on projects involving all types of transmission and generation, including coal, gas, hydro, wind and nuclear. He was at the forefront of FERC's successful effort to unbundle the natural gas industry through Orders 436, 500 and 636. Recently, he successfully tried three state rate cases for a multijurisdictional utility and was lead counsel in a major FERC matter involving the allocation of transmission enhancements. The latter required him to manage a dozen co-parties, while coordinating the FERC action with state matters.
R. Scott Mahoney is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of AVANGRID, Inc., an NYSE listed company with more than $32 billion in assets. Mr. Mahoney is a member of the AVANGRID Senior Management Team and is responsible for legal, governance, and compliance activities. Mr. Mahoney earned a B.A. from St. Lawrence University, a J.D., with honors, from the University of Maine, a Master’s, with honors, in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Warwick. Prior to joining AVANGRID Mr. Mahoney served as an attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, earning a Bronze Star for service in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. Scott and his wife Cindy Mahoney have three children and live in New Haven, Connecticut.
Justin R. Martin, is Associate General Counsel for the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (“EPRI”), a non-profit and tax-exempt research institute that conducts scientific research and development relating to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. He generally supports the areas of antitrust, drones, privacy and is the lead for legal in the power delivery and utilization space concerning customer-grid integration, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and energy efficient electrification. Martin was previously in private practice where he worked as a partner for 5 years in the areas of corporate, business, real estate, and bankruptcy transactions. Martin earned his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Tennessee. He has since graduated and served as faculty for the Vermont Law School’s “Legal Essentials for Energy Professionals” program.
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McDonald, who served 20 years as a state Representative, was appointed to the PSC by Governor Zell Miller to fill a vacated post and then re-elected in a special mid-term election in 1998. He held the seat until 2002. On December 2, 2008, Georgians elected McDonald to serve on the PSC again. McDonald has a deep knowledge of the energy industry. During his previous term, he served on the Committee on Electricity of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, chairing that body's subcommittee on Nuclear Issues and Waste Disposal in 2001 and 2002. Today he is a member of NARUC's Electric Committee and Nuclear Subcommittee. McDonald has spent decades serving the residents of Georgia. As a state Representative, he chaired the Industry Committee for five years and the Appropriations Committee for eight years. He also served as a commissioner in Jackson County, served on the Board of Managers of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, and volunteered as a Firefighter for the city of Commerce for 35 years. A native of Commerce who now resides in Clarkesville, McDonald is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA in Business. He has long been a supporter of higher education, serving on the Board of Governors of Mercer Medical College and the Board of the Advanced Technology Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also a director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Georgia. McDonald has lived his entire life within District Four of the PSC. Currently, he is a partner in L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home in Cumming, with his son, Lauren III. He was married to his late wife Sunny Nivens McDonald for 45 years. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a private pilot, and an avid golfer.
Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, Chairman McIntyre was the co-leader of the global Energy Practice at the law firm Jones Day, where he practiced law for most of his nearly 30-year legal career. At the firm, he had an expansive FERC practice, counseling and representing clients in nearly all industry sectors, including natural gas, conventional electricity, oil, hydropower, wind power and other renewable resources, and energy marketing and trading. His work for energy clients spanned administrative and appellate litigation, compliance and enforcement matters, and corporate transactions. Chairman McIntyre is a graduate of San Diego State University and Georgetown Law. He and his wife Jennifer have three children.
Jeremy Medovoy joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2009 as an attorney in the Office of Enforcement, Division of Investigations (DOI), and currently serves as an Acting Branch Chief in DOI. Jeremy oversees and conducts investigations into potential violations of the statutes, rules, and regulations administered by the Commission. He has extensive experience conducting investigations concerning market manipulation, reliability, and tariff violations. He has also served as the Commission’s advisory staff on multiple Order to Show Cause Proceedings concerning market manipulation. Before joining FERC, Jeremy practiced law at McDermott Will & Emery LLP where he represented clients in complex commercial litigation and government investigations. Jeremy was also a law clerk to Judge Brook Hedge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He graduated from The George Washington University Law School and the University of California, Davis.
Jim is a partner in Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani’s Boston office and is a co-chair of the Energy Infrastructure Practice Group, a member of the Firm’s National Trial Practice Group (membership in the group is limited to select partners who have substantial jury trial experience) and a member of the Firm’s Environmental Group. He is an AV Preeminent trial lawyer, a former Norfolk County, Massachusetts Assistant District Attorney, and has been lead counsel on several high profile trials in Massachusetts and around the country. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Jim was one of six founding partners of Weil Gotshal’s Boston office. Jim has been lead counsel on several pipeline projects. Jim has substantial experience in permitting and infrastructure projects, and has (a) successfully argued that the Natural Gas Act preempted a provision of the Massachusetts Constitution; (b) successfully litigated striking a condition of a Water Quality Certification (“WQC”) banning pipeline construction during appeals of a WQC, and (c) was lead counsel on a First Circuit appeal addressing whether the issuance of a WQC was immediately appealable to the U.S. Court of Appeals or had to proceed through an inter-agency appeal. Jim has also successfully defended the issuance of WQCs at agency hearings involving hundreds of pages of pre-trial submissions, briefing, live evidence at the hearing, and post-trial briefing.
Charley Mills counsels and represents professional intermediaries, private funds, traders and end users in the derivatives, commodities and securities markets, as well as their officers, directors and employees. He focuses on enforcement investigations and regulatory issues before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the CFTC-regulated futures exchanges, the industry self-regulatory organizations, and the federal courts. His matters span with many different markets (e.g., electric power, oil and gas, agricultural commodities, metals, forex, virtual currencies, and securities). In complex regulatory matters, Charley frequently teams with other Steptoe energy, regulatory and government affairs lawyers to provide comprehensive strategic advice and advocacy. Recent regulatory matters have involved swaps trading and reporting and initial cryptocurrency coin offerings. Charley’s work is informed by his years as a litigator and regulatory attorney at the CFTC. The Best Lawyers in America named Charley Derivatives Lawyer of the Year (Washington, DC) in both 2017 and 2012, and he is featured in Legal 500, Super Lawyers (Administrative Law), The Best Lawyers in America (Derivatives & Futures and Securities and Capital Markets), and Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent). He is a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Derivatives and Futures Law Committee. Charley has written widely, including co-authoring Derivatives Regulation - 2018 Cumulative Supplement (Wolters Kluwer), Broker-Dealer Regulation (PLI, 2016), and The Securities Enforcement Manual (ABA, 2007). He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center for 21 years, and currently is President of the Benedictine Foundation, which supports educational, vocational, and residential services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Education: J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1977 (Dean’s List); B.A., Occidental College, 1974 (cum laude).
Mr. Mudge is an expert in corporate and project finance matters in the energy industry. He has advised energy clients on issues relating to corporate restructuring, contract terminations or amendments, special capital needs, and acquisitions and divestitures. He also has experience in analyzing contractual, regulatory, financing, and tax matters, and projecting effects on cash flows, earnings, and customer rates. Mr. Mudge served as Brattle’s COO and Treasurer from 2014 to March 2017. Prior to joining the firm, he was a principal at CRA International, where he focused on financial restructuring initiatives for electric utility clients and consulted on matters involving rate design, asset valuation, and project finance structuring and credit requirements. He has provided expert testimony in proceedings before federal and state courts, utility regulators in the U.S. and Canada, and state environmental regulators, as well as in connection with mediation and arbitration proceedings. As a former investment and commercial banker at Rothschild, ABN AMRO, and Sanwa Bank, he played a central role in developing financeable contract structures for large public and private infrastructure projects, utility mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy restructuring, and numerous power project financings. He has also served on the advisory board of a start-up venture focused on the acquisition, development, and operation of renewable fuel generation projects and has served as a guest expert for courses on project finance at Georgetown Law School.
Todd Mullins is the Managing Partner of McGuireWoods’ Washington D.C. office. He leads the firm’s energy enforcement practice, and represents energy companies in litigation, enforcement and compliance matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and other regulators, as well as related government and private litigation. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Todd was a Branch Chief at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Division of Investigations, Office of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., from 2006 to 2010. There, he led cases and policy development for FERC under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including market manipulation cases (e.g., Amaranth/Hunter, the first FERC market manipulation case), electric reliability matters (e.g., Florida Blackout, the first FERC electric reliability case, Office of Enforcement lead on Order No. 693 that approved the Reliability Standards), general enforcement program matters (policy statement development, development of practices, prosecutorial discretion standards), and developing FERC's "Penalty Guidelines." In private practice and in government, Todd has been involved in various forms of litigation and enforcement involving energy matters for more than 25 years. Todd received his JD from The George Washington University, magna cum laude, in 1989 and was a member of the George Washington Law Review. He graduated with a BS in finance from West Virginia University in 1986.
Clifford (mike) naeve
Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Naeve served as a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he played a leading role in developing FERC policies for restructuring the electric power and natural gas industries. In his legal work, Mr. Naeve has represented numerous utilities, oil and gas producers, natural gas pipelines, electric cooperatives and financial institutions in a variety of commercial and regulatory matters and has been involved in several dozen friendly and unsolicited merger transactions. He has testified before Congress on various matters ranging from electric industry restructuring to antitrust issues in the energy sector. Mr. Naeve formerly was a member of the Secretary of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Board as well as the board of directors for the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator. In 2006, Mr. Naeve received “The Chambers Award for Excellence” as the nation’s leading lawyer in his field. He consistently has been designated by Chambers as a “star individual” and is the only attorney in his field to have been awarded such a designation. Mr. Naeve was named Best Lawyers’ 2018 Washington, D.C. Project Finance Law Lawyer of the Year, as well as its 2017 Washington, D.C. Energy Law Lawyer of the Year and 2013 Washington, D.C. Oil & Gas Lawyer of the Year, and has been included in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers. Mr. Naeve served as head of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office from 2008 until February 2015.
Edwin Nazario advises clients regarding physical power, oil and gas trading, derivatives transactions and Dodd-Frank Act compliance. He is experienced with negotiating, drafting, and assisting clients with power, oil and gas contracts, including purchase and sale agreements, general terms and conditions, ISDA master agreements, credit facilities, security agreements, EEI master agreements, NAESB master agreements, LEAP master agreements, master repurchase agreements, netting agreements, guarantees, letters of credit, marine terms, trade confirmations, master purchase and sale agreements and terminaling storage and throughput agreements. Edwin provides counsel to clients regarding Dodd-Frank Act compliance issues relating to swaps, including ISDA and IECA Dodd-Frank Protocols, commodity options, the end-user exception to the clearing requirement for swaps, and conflict minerals reporting. Edwin also liaises with the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission regarding Dodd-Frank Act compliance issues. In addition, Edwin represents clients in connection with the trading of distressed assets. He regularly assists clients with the purchase and sale of domestic and international trade claims, syndicated and bilateral distressed bank loans, bonds, foreign-sovereign debt, notes, restricted securities, warrants, swap claims, stock, and conversion rights in the primary and secondary loan markets. His clients include independent exploration and production companies, energy companies, multinational investment banks, hedge funds and commodities companies.
Diane Neal is a longtime energy practitioner in the regulated natural gas and oil pipeline industries. She has worked as an associate in the D.C. offices of Greenberg Traurig and has held in-house positions with TransCanada, Columbia Pipeline Group and Plains All American. Diane is currently teaching oil and gas pipeline regulatory law at the University of Houston Center for Law. She also serves as Vice President of the Energy Bar Association’s Houston Chapter Board.
Mark J. Niefer is Deputy Chief Legal Advisor-Civil at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advises Division staff on a wide range of recurring investigation and litigation issues. Before assuming his current position, he served as a Trial Attorney and a Special Assistant at the Division. He has worked on matters involving many industries, including airlines, agriculture, health care, and electricity. His electricity-related work has included co-authoring regulatory filings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; appearing before the FERC to discuss merger analysis; and leading merger and non-merger investigations. Prior to joining the Antitrust Division, Mark was a Research Economist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he conducted research related to the effect of new technology on productivity and energy consumption. He has authored or co-authored several articles, including Explaining the Divide between DOJ and FERC on Electric Power Merger Policy, 33 ENERGY L.J. 505 (2012), and most recently, Donald Turner, Vertical Restraints, and the Inhospitality Tradition of Antitrust, ANTITRUST L.J. (forthcoming). He holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University, a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, and a Ph.D. in economics from Binghamton University (SUNY).
Michael J. O’Connor, Associate General Manager and Chief Legal Executive, joined the Salt River Project in 2011 as Associate General Manager/Chief Legal Executive, responsible for SRP’s Legal, Human Resources, Land, and Risk Management Departments. In his position, Michael reports directly to Mark Bonsall, the SRP General Manager/Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining SRP, Michael was a partner in the Phoenix, Arizona Law Firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. Michael joined Jennings Strouss in 1985 and practiced law at the firm until 2012 in the areas of utilities and energy companies, products liability, complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith, and professional malpractice defense. Michael is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Vice Chair – energy/utilities section) and numerous other bar organizations. Michael is active in several legal organizations related to the utility field, including LPPC General Counsel Group (co-chair), WEI General Counsel Group and the Utility Health Services Group (UHSG).
Thomas O’Neill was named the company’s senior vice president and general counsel in January 2017. He serves as the top legal advisor to Exelon’s senior management and oversees the company's legal and corporate governance departments. O’Neill was formerly senior vice president, Energy and Regulatory Policy and General Counsel at Exelon utility ComEd, where he played a key role in the development and passage of both Illinois’ Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act in 2011 and the Future Energy Jobs Act in 2016. Prior to that, O’Neill held leadership roles within Exelon including serving as senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Exelon Transmission Company. O’Neill was responsible for new business development initiatives within Exelon Generation. He oversaw development, construction, and the start-up of Exelon’s 10MW demonstration solar plant on Chicago’s South side. He also managed the formation and initial marketing efforts of Exelon Nuclear Partners, which markets Exelon Nuclear’s operational expertise to international new-build and domestic turnaround customers. He was also the lead executive for the project to submit a construction and operating license (COL) to the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a dual-unit nuclear power plant in Texas. Prior to joining Exelon in 2001, O’Neill was a partner with the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago. O’Neill serves on several not-for-profit boards: He is currently Board President of Christopher House, a 100-year old Chicago organization dedicated to assisting children and families in need through integrated social, educational and human services programs. He serves on the Board of the Legal Assistance Foundation, and on the Board of the Tony-award winning Lookingglass Theater in Chicago. He also sits in the Regional Board of the American Ireland Fund and on the Board of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago. O'Neill received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in English Language and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and his law degree from University of Notre Dame Law School.
Nina Plaushin is Vice President, Regulatory, Federal Affairs and Communications for ITC Holdings Corp. Ms. Plaushin has more than 20 years' experience in managing government and regulatory policy at the federal and state levels. She is responsible for the company's federal and regional regulatory functions along with its corporate communication and marketing functions. She also heads the Washington, D.C., office and is responsible for federal affairs activities. Prior to joining ITC, Ms. Plaushin served as Vice President of External Affairs at WPPI Energy, a regional power company serving 50 customer-owned electric utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Iowa. In this capacity, she was responsible for federal and state government relations activities for the company as well as corporate communications. She was Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Wisconsin-based American Transmission Company, which included regulatory oversight of the company's environmental and permitting functions. Ms. Plaushin also served as Manager of Federal Regulatory Affairs at PPL, an investor-owned utility headquartered in Allentown, Pa., in its Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Plaushin assisted a variety of energy and environmental clients as Vice President at Hill & Knowlton, one of the largest communications consulting firms in the world, and Van Ness, Feldman & Curtis, a DC-based law firm. Before entering the private sector, she worked for several members of Congress including Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. (R-CT), Senator Spark Matsunaga (D-HI), and C. Thomas McMillen (D-MD). Ms. Plaushin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She serves as Chair for the EEI Energy Delivery Executive Advisory Committee, Secretary of the WIRES group, and is a member of the Keystone Energy Board. Ms. Plaushin also is a member of the Advisory Council, Center for Public Utilities Council, New Mexico State University College of Business.
A seasoned litigator and negotiator, David Pomper has been fighting for local governments and municipal and cooperative utilities since 1989. "Law is practical philosophy," says David. "And by my philosophy, some problems can only be solved collectively." He has been working to solve problems at the crossroads of economic development, environmental protection, private enterprise and the public interest. "Where a lot of money is at stake, issues get complicated," says David, "often because those holding the money pay smart people to complicate matters and win by stalemate. But a simple principle invariably lies at the dispute's core. I make that principle known." He's represented utilities nationwide, the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS), the American Public Power Association (APPA), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and official utility consumer advocates, in negotiations, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-sponsored mediation, rate litigation and more.
Amery Poré is the manager of the corporate group within the Division of Electric Power Regulation-West in the Office of Energy Market Regulation at FERC. Among other things, his group is responsible for reviewing merger and acquisition applications under section 203 of the Federal Power Act. He has worked at FERC for ten years focusing on market power analysis within the corporate and market-based rates programs. Prior to FERC, Amery worked developing electricity and natural gas price assessments for domestic and international markets, creating load forecasts for electric utilities, and managing natural gas energy efficiency programs. Amery holds a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Colorado.
Martin Ramirez is a Counsel and Head of Compliance for Freepoint Commodities LLC. He manages a compliance team with personnel in the US, London and Singapore and advises on US and international rules and regulations relating to physical and financial commodities trading. Previously, he has worked for the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, WilmerHale, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Enforcement, Barclays Capital, and Societe Generale. Mr. Ramirez is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia Law School.
Vanessa Tanaka focuses her practice on energy and commodity markets and structured commodity transactions. She represents financial institutions, hedge funds and energy and commodity companies in commodity-related acquisitions and commodity liquidity facilities, including repurchase agreements, intermediation arrangements, prepays and leases. She also represents leading financial institutions and corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions relating to energy and commodities, including structuring total return swaps and mirror transactions to pass through associated risks. She advises clients on wholesale energy supply contracts and negotiates physical and financial master trading agreements for gas, power, renewable and financial products. She has extensive experience addressing issues related to the capacity and authority of municipalities and governmental entities with respect to structured commodity transactions.
Jordan A. Thomas is the Chair of the Whistleblower Representation Practice at Labaton Sucharow, which is the first and only national practice that is exclusively devoted to the representation of whistleblowers with information on violations of the federal securities laws. Jordan is widely regarded as one of the top SEC Whistleblower advocates. To date, he has won the largest SEC Whistleblower award for a client, over $83 million. He also successfully represented the first officer of a public company to win an SEC whistleblower award, the first SEC Whistleblower to receive criminal immunity and the first SEC whistleblower to receive an award because his company retaliated against him. Among other high-profile successes, his clients are responsible for the recent $307 million JPMorgan and the fifth largest SEC whistleblower award, over $17 million. Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, he served as a Trial Attorney at the Department of Justices and an Assistant Director in the Division of Enforcement at the SEC. During his tenure at the Commission, he had a leadership role in the development of the SEC Whistleblower Program and was assigned to many of its highest-profile matters such as those involving Enron, Fannie Mae, UBS, and Citigroup. His cases have resulted in monetary relief for harmed investors in excess of $35 billion.
Monique Watson is Of Counsel with Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. She is recognized for her deep knowledge and understanding of energy law, policy, economics, and regulation, with particular focus on oil and natural gas pipeline matters. She also counsels clients on enforcement matters and government investigations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In her two decades of energy experience, including senior legal roles at the FERC, she has managed legal and policy initiatives involving natural gas, crude oil, and refined petroleum products pipelines. She is also well versed in all facets of natural gas and oil pipeline regulation, including rate and tariff analysis, energy market policy review, and certificate review.
Jon Wellinghoff is known for his international expertise and thought leadership in energy policy, electric markets and the interface of disruptive energy systems with traditional utility structures. His firm GridPolicy, Inc. is dedicated to furthering the deployment of and investment in clean sustainable distributed energy resources (DERs). Jon works to remove regulatory, policy, and institutional barriers to the widespread adoption of cost effective DER technologies and systems, assisting companies, governments, and consumers who market and/or operate such resources. In 2006, Jon received his first of two Presidential appointments to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and was FERC’s longest serving Chairman (2009-2013). During his FERC tenure, he led efforts to make the U.S. power system cleaner and more efficient by promoting and integrating renewable energy, demand response, energy efficiency and storage.
Marion Werkheiser is the co-founder and chief executive of Cultural Heritage Partners, a government affairs, strategy, and law firm focused on the intersections between development and preservation. She advocates for increased support for the national historic preservation program at the federal level, helps clients navigate the Section 106 process at the project level, and advises project proponents, tribes, and consulting parties to achieve creative, win-win outcomes that balance preservation values and development. Marion earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is licensed to practice in Virginia, California, and the District of Columbia.
Chairman Swain Whitfield was elected as Commissioner in May of 2008 to the South Carolina Public Service Commission representing the At-Large Seat. Following reapportionment in 2012, Chairman Whitfield was reelected as Commissioner as has represented the 5th Congressional District since 2013. On July 1, 2016, Whitfield was sworn in as Chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Commission and currently continues to serve as Chairman, and previously he served as Vice Chairman from 2014-2016. Chairman Whitfield is a Member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where he serves as Vice Chairman of the NARUC Critical Infrastructure Committee, a member of NARUC Gas Committee, NARUC Washington Action Committee, and the NARUC Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-waste disposal. Previously, Whitfield served as the NARUC President appointee on the NARUC Pipeline Safety Task Force. Chairman Whitfield is also the Current Chairman of the Gas Technology Institute Public Interest Advisory Committee. In addition, Whitfield is a member of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC) and currently serves as President of SEARUC. Whitfield continues to stay informed on Utility Regulatory issues and has attended the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University, Electric Grid School, NARUC Utility Rate School, the National Judicial College and many other Regulatory Educational forums. Prior to the last 10 years as Commissioner, Chairman Whitfield was a 22 year veteran of the Transportation Industry. For 16 of those years, Whitfield was Founder and Owner of Whitfield Transportation, Inc., a Transportation brokerage and trucking firm. Whitfield also has a long history of public service, serving on Winnsboro City Council (1995-1999), Fairfield Co. Substance Abuse Board (1994-1997), Midlands Workforce Development Board (2000-2006), and the John De La Howe State Board of Trustees (2006-2008). Chairman Whitfield graduated from the University of Georgia in 1986 with a BA degree in Economic and Industrial Geography.
Rollie Wilson is a partner with Fredericks Peebles & Morgan’s Washington, D.C. office. He represents Indian tribes before Congress and Federal agencies on energy, water, and natural and cultural resource issues. He joined the firm after serving on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs as Senior Counsel for Chairman Senator Byron Dorgan. As Senior Counsel, Mr. Wilson staffed development of the Indian Energy Parity Act of 2010 for introduction by Senator Dorgan in the 111th Congress. Mr. Wilson also developed legislation on Indian energy taxation, water rights, and cultural and natural resources. Prior to working for the Senate, Mr. Wilson served as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s first Tribal Liaison. As the Commission’s point person for tribes, he was responsible for advising tribes and the Commission on renewable energy, natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas terminals and hydroelectric licensing. Mr. Wilson also served at the Department of Energy where he led the Department’s efforts to develop a report to Congress required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 regarding energy rights-of-way on Indian lands. The report, “Section 1813 Indian Land Rights-of-Way Study,” confirmed the authority of tribes to consent to energy rights-of-way on tribal lands. Mr. Wilson’s federal service began at the Department of the Interior where he represented the Bureau of Indian Affairs in hydroelectric licensing proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and federal Courts of Appeals. Prior to serving in the federal government, Mr. Wilson served as in-house counsel for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.
Pat Wood, III, an energy infrastructure developer based in Houston, has a long career in energy. He is the past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. In his regulatory career in the natural gas, transportation, telecommunications and electric power industries, Wood was a forceful advocate for competitive markets, and he is best-known for his role in developing the Texas competitive power industry and in expanding organized wholesale power markets across the United States. Today, Wood’s project development focus is on clean power generation, independent power transmission and new energy technologies. Wood is actively engaged with Sharyland/Hunt Power/InfraREIT in the development of energy infrastructure. Wood is the Lead Independent Director of integrated solar company SunPower and Director of utility construction firm Quanta Services. He served as Board Chairman of independent power producer Dynegy, until its recent merger with Vistra Energy. Wood holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to his public service, Wood was a project engineer for ARCO Indonesia, and an attorney with Baker & Botts law firm. Today, Wood serves on the Executive Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, The Joy School Board of Trustees and is co-chair of the Strake Jesuit College Preparatory Annual Fund. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Texas A&M Smart Grid Council. He and his wife, the former Kathleen Ryder, are the parents of four sons.