2023 EBA Western Chapter Annual Meeting

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2023 EBA Western Chapter Annual Meeting

March 2, 2023 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Please join us for our 2023 Western Chapter Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The event will kick off with a reception on March 1, followed by a full day of educational programs. Topics to be discussed include: interconnection/transmission, WRAP and resource procurement, the water and energy nexus, and regionalization.

Please note that this event is in-person only and registration will end on Feb. 28 at 5:00 PM (ET).

Wednesday, March 1, 2023: 5:00 – 7:00: Welcome Reception
Thursday, March 2:
8:00 – 9:00: Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome Remarks
9:15 – 10:30: Panel 1: An Update on Western Regionalization Efforts

With the advent of the Western Energy Imbalance Market, the idea of wide-area markets in the West has gone from political fantasy to operational reality.  Now, there are multiple markets being considered in the West, as the California ISO has extended the WEIM and recently received its Board and Governing Body approval for an Extended Day Ahead Market.  The Southwest Power Pool has initiated its own imbalance market dubbed the Western Energy Imbalance Service and is developing Markets+, an Day Ahead Market option which several utilities are helping develop.  Our panel includes representatives from the CAISO, SPP, and Western utilities to discuss the latest developments and how they see market evolution in the West.

Tony Braun
Braun Blaising & Wynne, P.C.
Anna McKenna
Vice President Market Policy and Performance
California ISO
Josh Robertson
Director, Regulatory Policy &
Strategic Engagement

Salt River Project
Paul Suskie
Executive Vice President, Regulatory Policy and General Counsel
Southwest Power Pool
10:45 – 12:00: Panel 2: Resource Adequacy in the West – All WRAP’ED Up Or Just Getting Started?

The Western Interconnection faces a looming resource adequacy shortfall in anticipation of upcoming thermal generation retirements and increasing integration of intermittent renewables—all of which are occurring against the backdrop of persistent drought conditions and extreme weather events throughout the region. This panel will explore these issues  as well as check-in on recent efforts to formalize a resource adequacy regime outside of a traditional RTO/ISO framework: the Western Resource Adequacy Program (“WRAP”).

Eric Korman
Analysis Group, Inc.
Greg Bass
Director, Western Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
Calpine Energy Solutions
Sarah Edmonds
President & CEO
Western Power Pool
Mike Wilding
Vice President, Energy Supply Management
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
12:45 – 1:15: Keynote
Elliot Mainzer
President and Chief Executive Officer
1:15 – 2:30: Panel 3: Electrification: Challenges and Opportunities

As efforts ramp up to electrify more sectors of our economy, challenges, opportunities, and a host of other considerations rise to the forefront. How might public policy, energy costs, and technology drive electrification in the future? What type of infrastructure investments are required to address the respective challenges of electrification? How might electrification affect marginalized communities? This panel convenes a diverse set of perspectives to consider these and many other questions.

Marna P. Anning
Energy and Climate Attorney
TURN – The Utility Reform Network
Tara Kaushik
Managing Director, Regulatory Relations
Southern California Edison
Despina Niehaus
Director of Strategic Planning
Nancy Ryan
eMobility Advisors
2:30 – 3:00 Networking Break
3:00 – 4:15: Panel 4: Water and Energy Nexus in the West

Water usage has historically been, and remains today, integral to the energy, agriculture, recreational, and economic development in the West. Whether utilized in the course of generating electricity, food and biofuels production, or consumed directly by households, water is subject to multiple competing uses, which are themselves often independently managed and regulated. This panel will explore these important issues and what considerations may be on the horizon for stakeholders.

L. William (Bill) Staudenmaier
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Rami Kahlon
Director of Regulatory Affairs
California Water Service
Former Director, Water Division
California Public Utilities Commission
Dr. David Raff
Chief Engineer
Bureau of Reclamation
Catherine J.K. Sandoval
Santa Clara University School of Law
Event Sponsor Slides (1200 × 600 px)(4)
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Registration RatesEarly
ends Feb 16
Attorney/Energy Professional$465$495$695
Gov’t/Academic Rate$200$225$250
In House Counsel/Solo or small firm attorney$365$395$695
CLE Statement:

This program is eligible for 5 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 6 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

EBA’s room block at the Westin is now full. Please see below for a list of nearby hotels.

  1. JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
  2. Grand Hyatt
  3. The Beacon Grand

Sponsorship Opportunities

GOLD – $2,500
  • Two complimentary registrations
  • Unlimited registrations at the Early Bird Price
  • Opportunity to send one pre-event email to registrants approximately 10 days before the
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SILVER – $1,500
  • One complimentary registration
  • Unlimited registrations at the Early Bird Price
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BRONZE – $1,000

All Marketing Below

All Sponsors:

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

Contact: Olivia Dwelley, Meeting & Volunteer Relations at odwelley@eba-net.org