Southern Chapter Annual Meeting

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Southern Chapter Annual Meeting

March 23, 2023 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm UTC+0

Please join us for our 2023 Southern Chapter Annual Meeting. The event will be in both Richmond, VA and Atlanta, GA with an option to connect virtually. Topics include transactive energy, cryptocurrency mining and blockchain applications for grid modernization, and a director and general counsels’ panel.

Registration is now closed for this event

              Alston & Bird
              One Atlantic Center
              1201 West Peachtree Street
              Suite 4900
              Atlanta, GA 30309-3424

              Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
              951 E Byrd St,
              Richmond, VA 23219

9:20 AM – 10:35 AM Panel 1: Transactive Energy Solutions to Achieve State Policy Goals and Customer Values

Transactive energy encompasses moving to a new market, customer, and data-driven regulatory paradigm that enables the integration of all forms of distributed energy resources (DERs) into long-term resource planning,  distribution system planning and operations. 

Our panel will address these questions:

  • What is the scope/definition of Transactive Energy (“TE”)?
  • What are drivers of TE and what problems can TE address?
  • How can TE benefit the Grid, Customers, the Market and Communities?
  • What Regulatory and Business Models are needed to implement TE?
  • What are important Considerations for Regulators and How would TE affect the Role and Responsibilities of Regulators?
Cliona Robb, Esq
ThompsonMcMullan P.C.
Larisa Dobriansky
Chief Business & Policy Innovation Officer
General Microgrids Inc
Bob Pauley
Indiana Utility Regulation Commission
Leland Snook
Managing Director, Rate Design & Regulatory Solutions
Duke Energy Corporation
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM: Keynote Address:
The Honorable Jehmal T. Hudson
Virginia State Corporation Commission
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Panel 2: Blockchain Applications for Grid Modernization

Blockchain, Bitcoin, Crypto, Mining, Digital Ledgers and Microgrids; sounds like the makings for another blockbuster science fiction feature film from the likes of preeminent directors such as Steven Spielberg or George Lucas… In reality however, these critical mechanisms are fast becoming mainstream in the public utility sector… So, what are they?  Why should we care?  What’s in it for producers and consumers?  And most importantly, how much is it going to cost us?  

Brian Treby
Energy Consultant
Brian D. Treby Consulting
EBA Southern Chapter
Samuel Armes
Founder and President
Florida Blockchain Business Association
Jonathan Booe
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
North American Energy Standards Board Inc.
Joseph Witkowski
Director of Technology Innovation
The Energy Authority

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Panel 3: Director and General Counsel’s Panel

Almost every aspect of modern life involves energy… Heating, cooling, cooking, bathing, reading, watching television, charging laptops, iPads, cell phones, etc… And with these energy consuming activities comes monthly energy bills based on such usage. How are those rates determined and by whom ? How does legislation (State and Federal) affect the bottom line on every monthly energy bill?

This panel will introduce you to representatives of the southern states’ commissions and professionals who appear before such commissions. These representatives function as the General Counsels for their respective Commissions or as the lead consumer advocates appearing before various state commissions.

Panelists will discuss the differing commission structures in the South and share their expertise on such matters as judicial conduct, ex parte communications, open meeting requirements, competency and the practice of utility law, the often times dual advisory/advocacy roles of public utility practitioners, gift restrictions and other trending issues.

Elizabeth Shoenfeld
Senior Assistant Bar Counsel
Virginia State Bar
Arlen Bolstad
Deputy General Counsel
Virginia State Corporation Commission
Thomas Bond
Director of Utilities
Georgia Public Service Commission
Nanette Edwards
Executive Director
Office of Regulator Staff, South Carolina
Adria E. Harper
Attorney Supervisor
Florida Public Service Commission
Sam Watson
Director & General Counsel
North Carolina Utilities Commission
Registration Rates (In-Person)Early
ends March 9
Attorney/Energy Professional$250$275$300
Gov’t/Academic Rate$175$225$250
In House Counsel/Solo or small firm attorney$200$250$275
Registration Rates (Virtual)Early
ends March 9
Attorney/Energy Professional$200$225$250
Gov’t/Academic Rate$125$175$200
In House Counsel/Solo or small firm attorney$150$200$225
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EBA does not have a hotel room block at either location for this event. Please see below for a list of hotels that are within walking distance from our venues. 


  1. AC Hotel Atlanta Midtown
  2. Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown
  3. Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Midtown


  1. Omni Hotels and Resorts Richmond
  2. Courtyard Richmond Downtown

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold – $1,000
  • 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 – $750
  • One complimentary registration
  • Unlimited registrations at the Early Bird Price
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Bronze – $500

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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