James C. Baker, Director and President, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P.
Derek Bandera is responsible for leading MISO’s coordination and strategic efforts with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Derek joined MISO in May, 2013. He manages across the MISO organization to ensure the Commission is able to leverage the expertise and experiences of the MISO staff, to aid the Commission in its decision making and the implementation of its regulatory authority to ensure MISO is able to continue to bring the greatest value to its members and customers. Derek is located in MISO’s Washington D.C. office.
Prior to joining MISO, Derek worked as the Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs at Reliant/RRI Energy/GenOn, an independent power supplier. He led an industry coalition change the Federal Power Act to clarify DOE and EPA responsibilities and authorities under Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act.
While working as an economist at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the Division of the Chief Economic Advisor, Derek focused the Commission’s RTO markets policy and implementation including work involving the California Energy Crisis, Market Monitoring Policy and Market Price Formation. Derek also served as a policy advisor to then Chairman Pat Wood during his tenure at the Commission.
Derek has B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and is A.B.D. in Economics at the University at Albany.
James Beh, Partner, Jones Day
Adam L. Benshoff is Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs for the Edison Electric Institute, where he oversees EEI’s engagement and strategy on economic regulatory issues at both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state public utility commissions. Prior to his current role, Adam served as Deputy General Counsel, State and Federal Regulatory, where he represented EEI and its members in proceedings before state utility commissions on issues such as distributed generation, rate reform, smart grid, and storage. Adam also represented EEI members in front of federal regulatory agencies, including FERC, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency on important industry issues.
Prior to joining EEI, Adam worked for National Grid, where he provided general regulatory and compliance counsel on matters before FERC, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and other federal and state agencies for all of National Grid’s US subsidiaries. Adam has also spent time in private practice with the law firm of McNees Wallace and Nurick where he represented the interests of commercial and industrial end users in electric, natural gas, and water proceedings before a number of state utility commissions as well as at FERC.
Adam holds dual Bachelors Degrees in English and Speech Communications from The Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law.
Kevin Book heads the research team and covers oil, natural gas, refined products and coal policy.
Mr. Book appears frequently within print and broadcast media, contributes to policy forums convened by government and private organizations and meets with top Washington decision-makers. Mr. Book has also testified before several House and Senate Committees.
Mr. Book is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the National Petroleum Council, a self-funded advisory body to the Secretary of Energy, and a nonresident Senior Associate with the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Prior to co-founding ClearView, Mr. Book worked as a senior energy analyst for a national investment bank. He holds an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.
Based in New York, Frederic Brassard is the Founder and President of Alma Global Infrastructure, an independent infrastructure investment manager who establishes and manages private equity investment platforms for institutional investors to support infrastructure developers’ infrastructure project pipeline predominantly in the United States and Canada. Alma Global Infrastructure is partnering with Montrusco Bolton Investment Inc., a leading Canadian independent boutique investment firm with over $5 billion of assets under management and a member of Affiliated Managers Group (NYSE: AMG), a global asset management company with equity investments in leading investment management firms, with over $800 billion of assets under management.
Frederic has over 15 years of experience in the areas of infrastructure principal investing, legal and financial advisory in corporate / project finance and merger & acquisition transactions, with sector expertise in power / energy, transportation and social infrastructure. Prior to establishing Alma Global Infrastructure, Frederic was with Axium Infrastructure which he joined at its inception in 2009. He served as a senior member of the Canadian management team in Montreal (from 2009 to 2013) and of the US management team in New York (from 2014 to 2016) where he held primary responsibility for the firm’s legal affairs as well as transaction origination and execution.
Frederic holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) awarded with Distinction by the Faculty of Law of McGill University, an MBA with specialization in Finance from the London Business School and a Master of Public Policy and Administration with specialization in Political Economy (Gold Medalist) from Concordia University.
Frederic is a member of the Bars of the State of New York, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Province of Quebec. Frederic is also a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Infrastructure Council, Vice Chair of the Energy Bar Association Finance and Transactions Committee and an article editor of the Energy Law Journal of the Energy Bar Association.
Nora M. Brownell is the co-founder of ESPY Energy Solutions, LLC, a women-owned business providing innovative and highly-skilled consulting services.
Prior to this, Nora Mead Brownell was nominated by President George W. Bush to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) where she served from the time of her confirmation in May 2001 until June 2006 when her term expired.
Ms. Brownell’s tenure at the FERC reflects her longstanding and unwavering commitment to fostering competitive markets to serve the public interest. She championed the development of independent transmission organizations for wholesale power. As a leading advocate of responsive and effective independent board governance at RTOs and corporations, Ms. Brownell is a strong proponent of FERC policies that promote investment in national energy infrastructure development.
Prior to FERC, Ms. Brownell served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) from 1997 to 2001 and took an active role in the rollout of electric choice in Pennsylvania. In addition to her work establishing the framework for one of the nation’s most successful retail electric markets, she supported Pennsylvania’s pursuit of competition in local markets for telecommunications, deployment of advanced services, enhancement of services to rural areas, protection of consumers, and advancement of special services.
Ms. Brownell serves on the boards of National Grid PLC, Spectra Energy Partners, and Tangent Energy. She also serves on advisory boards of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, TerViva Bioenergy, and New World Capital. Previously, Ms. Brownell served on the boards of ONCOR, Comverge, Starwood Energy Fund, and the GridWise Architecture Council. In addition, Ms. Brownell has lectured at the Vermont Law School’s Center for Energy and the Environment, the Michigan State University Institute of Public Utilities, the University of Idaho, the Wharton Energy Club, and others.
Ms. Brownell is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and attended Syracuse University.
COMMISSIONER DIANE X. BURMAN
Diane X. Burman serves as a Commissioner of the New York State Public Service
Commission (Commission). Her term runs through February 2024.
As Commissioner, she serves on the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners’
(NARUC) Board of Directors, Chair of the Gas Committee, a member of the Committee on
Critical Infrastructure and the Special Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. She is Chair of the
NARUC-Department of Energy Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Planning
Initiative. She serves as Chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation PHMSA Voluntary
Information-Sharing Working Group and is the Vice Chair of the PHMSA Gas Pipeline
Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the National Petroleum Council.
Prior to starting with the Commission, Ms. Burman was with the New York State Senate.
She obtained her B.A. from Molloy College, her J.D. from Fordham University School of
Law, and was admitted to the bar in 1992.
CHARLES F. CALDWELL
Charles F. Caldwell is Managing Partner of Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC, an oil and natural gas pipeline law firm. He has over 25 years of experience in representing crude oil, refined products, NGLs, and natural gas pipelines, including litigation of numerous liquids pipeline matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), federal appellate courts, and state regulatory agencies, and advising in energy transactions. Charles has been regularly recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Euromoney’s Expert Guide in energy law. In 2015, Best Lawyers in America recognized Charles as Houston Lawyer of the Year in Energy. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Rice University in 1985 (Phi Beta Kappa) and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990.
justin m. campbell
Justin Campbell serves as senior vice president, chief development officer for GridLiance and as president of its subsidiary, GridLiance West Utilities. He has more than 15 years of experience in the utility industry and brings deep corporate development and financial experience to GridLiance, the nation’s first independent transmission company that is focused on partnering with cooperatives and public power utilities in its mission to build, buy and own transmission facilities for the long term.
In his role as chief development officer, Campbell is responsible for the growth of the company’s portfolio of transmission assets through acquisitions and the development of new partner relationships. As president of GridLiance West Utilities, Campbell also manages the company’s assets in the western interconnect, which includes more than 160 miles of high-voltage transmission lines in Nevada within the footprint of the California ISO.
Before joining GridLiance, Campbell served as vice president of Edison Transmission, LLC, an affiliate of Southern California Edison formed to pursue new growth opportunities nationwide. There Campbell helped develop the company’s competitive strategy and led business development initiatives in the Regional Transmission Organization regions of CAISO, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, PJM Interconnection, and Southwest Power Pool. Prior to that, Campbell held roles in Edison International’s strategic planning group and Southern California Edison’s Transmission & Distribution business unit.
Campbell began his career in the utility industry at the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2003. At FERC, he worked on policy related to market-based rate sales of wholesale power and affiliate transaction rules. Campbell then worked for Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank, where he managed a diverse team handling complex financial analysis including the valuation of public and private businesses.
Campbell earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in economics and engineering science from Vanderbilt University.
Candice Castaneda is Counsel with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). 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 and a B.S. from the University of Miami. She is a member of the Energy Bar Association, and is Vice-Chair of the Professional Education Council.
Andrea Chambers is a Partner with DLA Piper. Andrea focuses her practice in the area of energy regulation and project finance.
Andrea has 30 years' experience on matters before the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) and has advised clients regarding wholesale electric energy markets, natural gas pipelines, electric transmission facilities, storage infrastructure, ratemaking and tariffs.
COMMISSIONER NEIL CHATTERJEE
Commissioner Neil Chatterjee was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in May 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 2017. He served as Chairman from August 2017 to December 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, he was energy policy advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Over the years Commissioner Chatterjee has played an integral role in the passage of major energy, highway, and agriculture legislation.
Prior to serving Leader McConnell, Commissioner Chatterjee worked as a Principal in Government Relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and as an aide to House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (R-OH). He began his career in Washington, D.C., with the House Committee on Ways and Means.
A native of Lexington, KY, he is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. Commissioner Chatterjee is married and has three children.
Janna Chesno, Senior Counsel, Regulatory Projects & Policy, Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Meghan Comiskey joined Diode Ventures in 2018 and serves as Project Development Director, focused primarily on the development and financing of distributed generation and renewable energy assets. Diode Ventures was formed in late 2017 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Black & Veatch Holding Company, a global EPC and consulting firm. In her role, she has responsibility for project sourcing, due diligence, financing and deal execution for energy and infrastructure assets. Prior to this, Meghan spent seven years at Black & Veatch Corporation and served as the investments manager for Black & Veatch’s Oil & Gas business, focusing on strategic investments and business development primarily in the midstream and downstream sectors. Meghan graduated with highest honors from Georgetown University with a M.S. in Finance and holds a B.S in Entrepreneurship.
James Danly is the General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Prior to joining the Commission, he was a member of the energy regulation and litigation group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.
Prior to this Danly served as law clerk to Judge Danny Boggs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was a managing director of the Institute for the Study of War, a military think tank in Washington, D.C., and served an International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. Danly is a former U.S. Army officer who served two deployments to Iraq, first with an infantry company in Baghdad and then on staff at Multi-National Force—Iraq, receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Danly earned his juris doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School, and his bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He is licensed to practice law before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Kenneth (Ken) Driver, Partner, Jones Day
Beginning September 1, 2018, Dr. Paul Dumais is CEO of Dumais Consulting which provides expertise to utilities on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission matters, particularly as relates to electric transmission, reactive power, and reliability must run cost of service. Paul is a ratemaking and regulatory expert as well as a trusted advisor on regulatory policy and strategy. Paul has 40 years of experience working for an electric and gas utility in the northeast in ever increasing leadership positions, most recently as director of electric transmission regulation. He has been an expert witness and settlement negotiator at FERC on many occasions. He has a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University with a masters and undergraduate degrees in business administration and accounting.
Ryan E. Emanuel is an associate professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. He is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe. Emanuel’s research group focuses on the movement of water, carbon, nutrients, and energy through natural and human-altered ecosystems. His work involves fieldwork, remote sensing, and computer modeling aimed at understanding how land-use and climate change affect people and environments across North America. He has 20 years of hands-on experience in the field of hydrology. Emanuel also studies policy issues surrounding environmental justice and indigenous peoples, using data and modeling to advise tribal governments and American Indian organizations on decisions related to water, energy, sustainability, environment, and cultural resources. Emanuel has published nearly 40 peer reviewed research articles on topics including hydrology, ecology, meteorology, climate science, geoscience, environmental policy, and environmental history. He serves on the environmental justice committee of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs and previously represented the University of North Carolina system on the state’s Advisory Council on Indian Education. He received a national community service award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Emanuel holds a B.S. in Geology from Duke University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.
Peter Esposito, Principal, Crested Butte Catalysts LLC
Sarah A. W. Fitts
Sarah A. W. Fitts is a partner in the New York office of Schiff Hardin LLP, where she advises clients on private mergers and acquisitions, development projects, joint ventures, financings, sustainable investing, and restructurings, with a focus on the energy and infrastructure industries.
Sarah represents U.S. and global clients, including power developers, investors, sovereign wealth funds, and private equity across a broad range of industries, such as power generation, publishing, biotech and medical devices, and automotive. Enjoying both business and the practice of law, she often acts as outside general counsel for clients without legal departments, in addition to advising on transactions.
A recognized leader in her field, Sarah is a frequent speaker with the International Bar Association, sharing her insights on the challenges facing the energy industry from both the private and public sectors.
Sarah has received numerous industry accolades from her peers and clients. She has been listed in Legalease’s The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners Chambers Global and Chambers USA, and U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers in America.
In addition to her corporate practice, Sarah has long been committed to public service and she actively lends her expertise to pro bono initiatives. In 2016, she was recognized by New York Law Journal as one of the Lawyers Who Lead By Example, for her pro bono work, civil engagement, and mentorship of young attorneys.
Larry Gasteiger was named chief, federal regulatory policy, Public Service Enterperise Group Incorpoated (PSEG) in October 2016.
Mr. Gasteiger served as Chief of Staff at FERC culminating a noteworthy 19-year tenure at FERC in which he held a variety of leadership roles. He previously served as the Acting Director of the Office of Enforcement from August 2014 to April 2015 after having served as the Deputy Director from 2009 to 2014. Before he joined the Office of Enforcement, Mr. Gasteiger was the Director of the Division of Tariffs and Market Development - East in the Office of Energy Market Regulation. Prior to that, he held several other positions at the Commission, including Deputy Associate General Counsel, Legal Advisor to Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher, and attorney in the FERC’s Solicitor's Office.
Before joining FERC in 1997, Mr. Gasteiger was an attorney in the General Counsel's Office at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and from 1989 to 1991 he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edwin M. Kosik in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Gasteiger is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Dickinson School of Law. He is a former Board Member of the Northeast Chapter of the Energy Bar Association and former Board Member and Secretary of the Saint Ambrose School.
Gillian Giannetti is an attorney with the Sustainable FERC Project, a coalition-based initiative housed within Natural Resources Defense Council. The Project promotes the transition to a cleaner, low-carbon, and sustainable energy future through reforms to FERC-jurisdictional markets, operations, and planning. The Project’s priority is to integrate wind, solar, energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage, and other low-carbon resources into the grid.
Gillian advocates on behalf of the Project and other clean energy and environmental groups at FERC and at RTOs. She represents the Project in its gas advocacy work and is a voice within the energy community’s broader grid resilience discussion. She organized and co-wrote NRDC’s joint comments on the pending Notice of Inquiry regarding FERC’s Natural Gas Policy Statement and lead-wrote NRDC’s joint comments on the pending resilience docket at FERC.
Gillian serves as a Reports Editor on the Energy Law Journal, the official legal publication of the Energy Bar Association and is the Public Interest Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Nuclear Law Committee.
Prior to joining the Project, Gillian was an associate at K&L Gates in Washington, DC.
Gillian earned her B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia. Before becoming a lawyer, Gillian was an educator, serving as a college admissions advisor in Newport News, VA and as a high school English teacher in suburban New Orleans, LA.
COMMISSIONER RICHARD GLICK
Commissioner Richard Glick 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.
Before joining the Commission, Commissioner Glick was general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, serving as a senior policy advisor on numerous issues including electricity and renewable energy. Read more.
Jessica Harrison is the Director of Research and Development (R&D) in the Market Services division of MISO. In this role, she coordinates MISO’s R&D policies, objectives and initiatives. Her focus includes pursuing R&D initiatives and partnerships, researching emerging technologies and supporting the integration of future grid resources. Jessica has a diverse background in energy, including experience with engineering analysis, public policy and economic analysis. Prior to joining MISO, Jessica lead consulting teams studying the impacts of integrating technologies such as distributed energy resources, energy storage and demand response with the electricity grid and the electricity wholesale markets. Ms. Harrison holds dual Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Technology and Policy and in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Michigan.
COLETTE D. HONORABLE
Colette is a member of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Group resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Colette is a highly regarded policy maker in domestic and international energy sectors. Colette recently served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for a term that expired in June 2017. At FERC, Honorable focused on reliability oversight of the bulk power system, cyber and physical security, oversight of wholesale markets, transmission planning and cost allocation in regional transmission organizations, gas-electric coordination, renewables integration, energy storage integration and valuation, enforcement, ratemaking, infrastructure development, and enforcement matters. Colette joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she served since October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011-January 2015.
As Chairman of the PSC, Colette was charged with ensuring safe, reliable and affordable retail electric service. During her tenure, Arkansas led the South and Southeast in comprehensive energy efficiency programs, and electric rates were consistently among the lowest in the nation. Both state and federal regulatory appointments culminated in nearly ten years of regulatory experience in key leadership roles.
Colette is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where she focused on pipeline safety, reliability, resilience, fuel diversity, and workforce diversity. She has testified before Congress on multiple occasions on a range of energy issues.
Prior to joining the Arkansas PSC, Colette served as chief of staff to the Arkansas Attorney General and as a member of the governor’s cabinet as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. Her previous employment includes service as a consumer protection and civil litigation attorney, and as a senior assistant attorney general in Medicaid fraud before serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and Special Judge of the Pulaski County Circuit Court.
Colette is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution's Energy and Climate Initiative; a Senior Fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center, a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Energy Futures Initiative; a member of the EPRI Board of Directors; an Ambassador for the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative, an effort co-led by the U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative formed under the auspices of the International Clean Energy Ministerial. She has also held previous appointments to the National Petroleum Council and served as Chair of the Department of Transportation’s Joint Technical Advisory Committee for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. A native of Arkansas, she is a graduate of the University of Memphis and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.
John P. Hughes
ELCON is a Washington DC-based national association representing large industrial consumers of electricity. ELCON’s multi-national member companies own and operate major manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and in all foreign markets. They produce a wide range of products from virtually every segment of the manufacturing community. Many ELCON members also cogenerate steam/thermal energy and electricity.
Since joining ELCON in 1987 as Director of Technical Affairs, Mr. Hughes has managed ELCON’s interventions at FERC, DOE, EPA, and state PUCs, and in testimony before Congress. He is the lead author of ELCON position papers and technical documents on all facets of the electric industry. Mr. Hughes was appointed Vice President – Technical Affairs in 2004. He became President and CEO in October 2015.
Mr. Hughes has served on the Executive Committee of the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) and currently serves on NAESB’s Advisory Council.
Mr. Hughes has been active with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and its predecessor organization since 1997. He has served on NERC’s Market Interface Committee, Planning Committee, the Compliance & Certification Committee, and the BES Standards Drafting Team. He currently serves on NERC’s Member Representatives Committee (MRC).
Prior to joining ELCON, Mr. Hughes was Director of Economic Research at the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. He was previously Chief Economist of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council.
Mr. Hughes received his undergraduate training in civil and mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and his graduate training in economics at Cornell University.
Mark Jamison is Director and Gunter Professor, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida
Warrington College of Business Administration
Catherine Krupka is a Partner in the Washington, DC, office of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP. She advises commodities trading companies—including financial services companies, energy marketers and asset owners—on compliance and enforcement, agency regulation, and business transaction issues arising from trading physical and financial power, natural gas, emissions, environmental products, and crude and refined products. She represents market participants in audits and investigations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Administration and other federal and state agencies and public utility commissions. She conducts internal investigations, responds to agency inquiries and negotiates the resolution of audit and investigatory matters related to power, natural gas, crude oil and liquids. She also assesses internal practices and implements compliance programs related to market manipulation, position limits and reporting, transaction and price reporting, greenhouse gas and other emissions reporting, document retention, interlocking officer and director positions, and ISO/RTO rules.
David Lang, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
William (“Bill”) Lavarco is a Senior FERC Counsel at NextEraEnergy Resources, LLC (“NextEra”) in its Washington, D.C. office. In this function, he counsels NextEra and its affiliated companies, including Florida Power & Light Company, on issues relating to, inter alia, FERC regulation, FERC compliance, energy transactional matters and antitrust issues.
Bill represents NextEra’s natural gas interests in all rate and certificate matters affecting the company and was the lead attorney for the development of Florida Southeast Connection, LLC (“FSC”) pipeline and represented NextEra’s interests in the development of the Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC pipeline. He also represents NextEra’s interests in the development of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC project and on other natural gas pipeline projects. He represented NextEra as part of the intervenor group in the DC Circuit’s Sierra Club v. FERC decision that has changed how FERC must consider downstream greenhouse gas emissions in its certificate process and successfully navigated the aftermath of the decision to keep the FSC pipeline from ceasing operation.
Prior to joining NextEra in 2010, Mr. Lavarco was an associate at several law firms in Washington, D.C., practicing energy law primarily before the FERC, as well as before the courts in judicial review of FERC decisions. In this capacity, he has counseled numerous clients in pipeline rate cases, certificate and rate proceedings, and electric rate and tariff proceedings. He has also represented clients in enforcement investigations and proceedings and has created compliance plans and training programs for utilities.
Mr. Lavarco received his J.D cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law and his B.A from Stony Brook University, magna cum laude. He resides in Fairfax, Virginia.
Jonathan Melmed is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Private Equity practice and Head of the firm’s U.S. Power & Infrastructure practice. Jonathan is recognized as a leading renewable energy lawyer in Legal 500 USA.
Jonathan has extensive M&A and PE experience in the power, infrastructure, and energy. He has been recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in Chambers USA in 2014 and 2015, and in Chambers Global in 2014 - 2018. In 2017 and 2018, he was also recognized as a leading U.S. Private Equity Buyouts lawyer by Legal 500 U.S. In 2016 and 2017, Jonathan was recognized in Legal 500 U.S. for Project Finance. Additionally, in 2011-2014 and 2017, he was recognized by the Legal 500 U.S. for M&A: Large Deals as well as in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018 as a leading lawyer for Energy and in 2013 for Capital Markets: Global Offerings. Legal 500 U.S. for M&A has referred to Mr. Melmed as “incredibly responsive and able to handle difficult negotiations and matters...results oriented.” Jonathan has also been recognized by New York Super Lawyers for M&A in 2010, 2013-2018.
Jonathan is the lead M&A/PE lawyer for the following representative clients in the renewables, power and infrastructure sectors: D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, First Reserve, Kruger Energy, Axium Infrastructure, InstarAGF Infrastructure, Starwood Energy Group, UBS Infrastructure, Strategic Value Partners, PSP Investments, and CDPQ, among others.
David k. Owens
David K. Owens is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in public policies surrounding utility operations, strategic planning, technology development, rate making and regulation.
He is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on electric utility issues, industry restructuring and transformation. His experience in the electricity sector includes leading the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) efforts over a broad set of issues that affect the future structure of the electric industry, and new rules in evolving competitive markets.
He was responsible over the strategic areas of energy supply and finance, environment, energy delivery, energy services, state regulatory issues, and international affairs. He also spearheaded efforts to enhance the public policy climate for investments in America’s electric infrastructure with emphasis on the role of new electrification technologies to address climate change, and to enhance energy efficiency through smart buildings, smart appliances, smart meters, and smart electric grids.
Mr. Owens retired from EEI in June 2017 with four decades of utility experience. He remains an advisor to EEI and serves on the Board of Xcel Energy. He also chairs the Transformation Advisory Council providing insights in the new design of the Puerto Rico electric systems.
Dr. Aaron Padilla is Senior Advisor for International Policy at the American Petroleum Institute (API). He leads API’s work to determine and represent the natural gas and oil industry’s public policy positions on international issues, including trade, investment and cybersecurity. Dr. Padilla also leads API’s work on reporting and disclosure related to sustainability and environmental/social/governance (ESG) issues. Aaron is a member of the US Government’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) on Energy and Energy Services. In the last twelve years, he has worked in 30 countries across six continents. Prior to joining API, Aaron worked for Chevron as Senior Advisor for Global Issues & Public Policy, with responsibilities for both supporting new capital investments on-the-ground and representing the company globally for international policy initiatives. Dr. Padilla is a Marshall Scholar and Truman Scholar, and he completed his M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge and B.A. from Stanford University.
THEODORE J. PARADISE
Theodore J. Paradise, Assistant General Counsel - Operations & Planning, ISO New England Inc.
Hannah Polikov is the Senior Director of Regulatory Transformation at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a fast-growing national organization of businesses using policy advocacy, analysis, and education to grow a prosperous economy that runs on secure, clean, affordable energy. Previously, she was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Maryland Energy Administration, a Senior Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives, and an Associate at Smith Anderson Law Firm where she helped establish the firm’s Renewable Energy Law Practice. She received both her B.A. and J.D. with honors from Duke University.
Susan Pope is Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Andre t. porter
Andre T. Porter is the Vice President and General Counsel for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). In this role, he is the organization’s chief legal officer. Porter supervises the MISO law department and is responsible for the organization’s legal affairs, strategy, and representation before federal and state regulatory bodies. He joined MISO in 2016.
Prior to joining MISO, Porter was the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), where he led the regulation of investor owned electric, natural gas, water, and telecommunications public utilities. Prior to PUCO, he was the director of the Ohio Department of Commerce and was responsible for leading the agency charged with creating a business regulatory environment conducive to economic growth.
Prior to Commerce, Porter was a commissioner at PUCO. He began his career as an energy and real estate taxation attorney with Schottenstein Zox & Dunn in Columbus, Ohio.
Porter is the vice chairman of the board of trustees for Capital University. He holds a juris doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a political science degree from Capital University.
Matthew Price is a partner with Jenner & Block in the firm’s Energy and Supreme Court and Appellate practice groups. His practice encompasses regulatory litigation concerning the full range of issues that confront electric and gas utilities, as well as representation before federal agencies including FERC and EPA. He has recently focused on issues of state and federal jurisdiction in the energy industry, serving as lead counsel in the successful defense of the New York and Illinois Zero Emissions Credit programs. Other recent successes include an Illinois Supreme Court victory concerning the statutory requirements to be a public utility; a Delaware Supreme Court victory concerning a commercial dispute over a wind generation contract; a DC Circuit victory as intervenor in defense of FERC’s Capacity Performance reforms; a successful verdict following a bench trial in a preemption challenge to a California renewable energy tariff; and a victory in the Arizona trial court concerning the subpoena power under the Arizona constitution of a single state utility commissioner. Matthew was also a key member of the trial team that successfully challenged a New Jersey subsidy scheme as preempted and was a companion case to Hughes v. Talen. Matthew has an active pro bono practice focused on refugee and asylum law. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Matthew clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer.
Kristine Raper, Commissioner, Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Amanda Rome is the head regulatory attorney for Xcel Energy nationwide with responsibility for all federal and state regulatory jurisdictions. Amanda started at Xcel in 2015 as the lead regulatory attorney for Xcel Energy’s northern jurisdictions. Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Amanda worked as a federal court litigator at large law firms in both Chicago and Minneapolis. Amanda graduated from Penn State University, where she was the starting outside hitter on a Penn State Women’s Volleyball team that won the Division I National Championship. After graduating from Penn State, Amanda received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Elliot Roseman has decades of domestic and international experience working with energy executives and policy makers, with achievements in planning, resiliency, sustainability, transmission, and distributed generation. In those areas, he focuses on energy sector strategy, regulation and markets.
He has long been an EBA member, and quite active in organizing our conferences. On the EBA Board, one of his key areas is engaging more non-attorneys in the EBA as the head of the Energy Professionals Council.
He has frequently worked with utilities, IPPs, trade associations, regulators and others at the intersection of technology, regulation and markets. Elliot’s career has included the:
• Creation of effective corporate strategies and innovative energy policies
• Complete development of resource plans and satisfaction of regulatory needs
• Effective design, negotiation and implementation of industry restructuring
• Successful implementation of numerous competitive solicitations
• Achievement of real increases in resilience and emissions reductions
• Financing of major infrastructure investments using detailed market analysis
• Adoption of energy practices to stimulate billions in private investment
After a career in consulting, in April 2018 Elliot accepted a position as Director with the United States Energy Association, where he manages the Energy Market Initiative to help integrate electricity markets in southeast Europe. Elliot has worked in about 20 countries, including extensive work for multi-lateral entities.
Elliot holds a BA in Economics from Yale, and an MBA and MS degrees from Stanford. He speaks regularly on current energy topics, and has authored over 50 articles. Elliot was an adjunct professor at the George Washington University for eight years, where he taught a self-designed course on “Worldwide Energy Challenges and Opportunities”.
As CEO of Smart Wires, Gregg is focused on understanding the current and future needs of global transmission organizations and leading the development and commercialization of the company’s solutions. Gregg comes from a strategy consulting background and is passionate about understanding the strategic objectives of the executives that operate the world’s largest grids. This insight allows Smart Wires to continually develop “game changing” solutions for transmission industry leaders. Gregg’s other key focus is on assembling a uniquely talented team that is passionate about making Smart Wires customers successful.
Prior to Smart Wires, Gregg created and was the general manager of the Renewable Power Group at Chevron, which produced earnings that exceeded Chevron’s targets by an average of 300% and consistently produced investment returns of greater than 30% annually. Gregg also managed Chevron’s Strategic Alliances Group, which reviewed more than 1,000 companies in a five-year period to identify truly revolutionary energy technologies. In this period, only three technologies were designated as truly revolutionary and one of those technologies was Smart Wires.
At Chevron, Gregg led the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and investment of 200 MW of utility-scale solar and geothermal projects. Prior to Chevron, he co-led the development of a new energy consulting practice at one of the world’s largest energy firms. Gregg was also a principal and founder at Keystone Strategy, a leading strategy consulting firm that was launched by three Harvard Business School professors.
Gregg holds a bachelor's degree with a concentration in finance and accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, where he graduated first in his 700+ person class.
Randy Rucinski is Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation. In addition to overseeing the Company’s compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements, he serves as counsel on regulatory and legal matters, expansion projects and related activities.
WILLIAM (BILL) SCHERMAN
William S. Scherman is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and chairs the Energy, Regulation and Litigation practice group. Mr. Scherman has served as general counsel for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and was chief of staff and senior legal and policy advisor for the FERC beginning in 1987. He advises companies on litigation, commercial, regulatory and legislative matters relating to the U.S. and international energy markets. He has litigated high-profile energy investigation and enforcement matters before the FERC and in the federal courts and represents large electric utilities before the FERC and state regulators. Mr. Scherman was a partner with Skadden Arps from 1993-2013. During his tenure at the FERC, he played a key role in major policy initiatives, including the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and Order No. 636, which reformed the natural gas pipeline industry. As FERC’s chief legal officer, he was responsible for the agency’s litigation strategy before federal appellate courts. Mr. Scherman has litigated dozens of cases throughout his career. During the last several years, Mr. Scherman has been heavily involved in very high-profile trials before the FERC involving rate, market power and market manipulation issues. He also utilizes his experience in market power issues in advising companies on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Scherman is a frequent speaker on energy issues at various industry and government conferences. He is a member of the Keystone Energy Board, a prominent non-profit think tank that seeks bipartisan policy consensus on key energy and environmental issues, and regularly participates in the Harvard Electricity Policy Group. Mr. Scherman was the only private practice lawyer named to SNL Energy‘s 10 Most Influential People of 2014. The list features individuals who had significant impact on the electric power, natural gas and coal sectors over the past year. He is recognized as a leading practitioner in energy law in various publications including Chambers, The Best Lawyers in America®, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and was named a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star. In 2015, Mr. Scherman was recognized in the National Law Journal‘s first edition of Energy & Environmental Trailblazers as one of the leading lawyers dealing with the crucial intersection of energy and environmental issues. Euromoney’s Expert Guides named Mr. Scherman to its 2017 edition of the Energy and Environment Guide, which recognizes top legal practitioners in more than 90 jurisdictions. Mr. Scherman has published numerous articles, including articles for the Energy Law Journal, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Energy Daily.
Kim Smaczniak leads Earthjustice’s clean energy advocacy at the federal level, shaping legal strategies to ensure a fair playing field for clean energy in federally-regulated electricity markets. Earthjustice is a public interest organization that provides pro bono representation to environmental and community organizations. Kim also teaches at University of Maryland College of Law and the Carnegie Mellon University D.C. program.
Prior to her work at Earthjustice, Kim served as a lead negotiator for the U.S. Department of State climate negotiations team, counsel at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resource Division.
Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association. Kelly has spent over 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO and private sectors, including United Technologies, SunEdison and Alliance to Save Energy. She is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission where she also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group. She currently serves on the External Advisory Board of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Strategic Energy Institute.
Dr. Kathleen Spees is a principal at The Brattle Group with expertise in wholesale electricity and environmental policy design and analysis. Dr. Spees has worked in more than a dozen international jurisdictions supporting the design and enhancement of environmental policies and wholesale power markets. Her clients include electricity system operators in PJM, Midcontinent, New England, Ontario, New York, Alberta, Texas, Italy, and Australia. Electricity market design assignments involve ensuring adequacy of capacity and energy market investment incentives to achieve reliability objectives at least cost; designing carbon and clean energy policies that effectively interact with wholesale electricity markets; enhancing operational reliability and efficiency through energy market, scarcity pricing, and ancillary service market improvements; effectively integrating intermittent renewables, storage, demand response, and other emerging technologies; evaluating benefits and costs of industry reform initiatives; and enhancing efficiency at market interties.
For system operators and regulators, Dr. Spees provides expert support through stakeholder forums, independent public reports, and testimony in regulatory proceedings. For utilities and market participants, her assignments support business strategy, investment decisions, asset transactions, contract negotiation, regulatory proceedings, and litigation. Dr. Spees has developed and applied a wide range of analytical and modeling tools to inform these policy, market design, and business decisions.
Dr. Spees earned her PhD in Engineering and Public Policy within the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center and her MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her BS in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.
Ms. Noi Spyratos joined CBRE Caledon in 2011 and has been focused on the development and implementation of infrastructure investment strategies for CBRE Caledon’s institutional investment mandates, representing over $8bn. Noi has completed a number of direct investments and co-investments globally, as well as primary fund commitments as part of the implementation of diversified infrastructure portfolios. She is actively involved in the ongoing asset management and monitoring of these investments.
Prior to joining CBRE Caledon, Noi spent four years at Access Capital Corp. where she structured direct investments and arranged project financing for infrastructure projects in the energy sector. She was also responsible for the asset management and monitoring of a portfolio of companies in the US power sector. Noi has held corporate accounting and finance roles, including at Enbridge Gas Distribution, where she was involved in the Company’s regulatory rate recovery process with the Ontario Energy Board.
Noi is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and a CFA Charterholder.
Christine l. tezak
Christine Tezak is a veteran energy analyst who leads ClearView’s coverage of electricity markets, interstate pipelines, energy infrastructure and U.S. environmental policy. Her two decades of experience in electric utility and natural gas pipeline sectors enable her to craft prescient, timely and impactful analysis, particularly as energy and environmental issues have converged.
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Tezak was a senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. and a senior vice president with the Washington Research Group. She has testified before the FERC and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ms. Tezak served eight-terms as a board member, including as President, of the Washington, D.C.-based Women's Council on Energy & the Environment. She remains active in WCEE and is a member of the Natural Gas Roundtable.
Ms. Tezak holds a bachelor's degree in Russian from Boston College and an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University.
Ted Thomas of Conway was appointed Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission by Governor Asa Hutchinson in January 2015.
He has served as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District, Administrative Law Judge at the Public Service Commission, Budget Director for Governor Mike Huckabee and in the Arkansas House of Representatives, where he served as Chairman of the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee during his final term.
Chairman Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Political Science from the University of Arkansas in 1986 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1988. He is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Arkansas Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Eight Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.
Chairman Thomas is President of the Organization of MISO States (OMS) and serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Washington Action Committee, Committee on Electricity, and the Task Force on Military Workforce Development.
Joseph Williams, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP