POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: 2020 Southern Chapter Spring Conference

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
10:00 AM - 06:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Richmond and Atlanta

News Alert: As of March 13th this event will be postponed to a later date. We will update you when a date is determined.
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Hunton, Andrews & Kurth, LLP, Riverfront Plaza - East Tower, 951 E. Byrd St., Richmond, VA 23219-407
Alston and Bird, LLP, One Atlantic Center 1201 West Peachtree Street Suite 4900, Atlanta, GA 30309-3

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News Alert: As of March 9th,  As we continue to monitor the current situation with respect to the novel coronavirus, EBA is moving forward with plans to hold the upcoming meeting live and with a remote option.  For questions about the public health effects of the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will provide updates of any changes, as appropriate.

The EBA Southern Chapter along with the Southeastern Energy Society (SEES) will host their Spring Conference on March 25, 2020, at the co-locations of Alston and Bird, LLP, in the firm’s Atlanta office and Hunton, Andrews, and Kurth, LLP in the firm’s Richmond office.  Both locations will be connected by video conference. Topics to be addressed include Practice and Procedure with the General Counsels from several of the Southern States’ Commissions, Ethics and Battery Storage. 

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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Registration

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Welcome and Introductions

  • Cindy Miller (from Atlanta), EBA Southern Chapter President
  • Peter Floyd (from Atlanta), SEES President
  • Jon Schneider (from Richmond), EBA President

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM: How legislation and regulation can foster growth in the energy storage industry.
Sometimes legislation and regulation are seen as dampeners on growing a new industry. For energy storage, legislative and regulatory oversight is a vital piece of the puzzle because it brings consistency and can help remove risk.  We’ll address the federal policy landscape on the both the regulatory and legislative fronts as well as ongoing barriers to effective storage integration.  The ongoing barriers are a function of the interplay between federal and state policy as well as the impacts that different market structures (regulated versus deregulated) have on storage policy/opportunities.  Recent developments in Virginia will illustrate the emerging importance of energy storage even in southern states that are only recently focusing on advancing renewable energy options.  The panel will also address recent safety issues involving energy storage facilities. 

Moderator: Cliona Robb, Partner, Thompson McMullan, PC

  • Jamie Barber, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Manager Georgia Public Service Commission
    Sarah Cosby, Corporate Public Policy, Dominion Energy Services, Inc.
    William Gathright, PhD, CEO, Tumalow Energy Storage
    Michael Herbert, Co-Founder/Managing Partner Delorean Power

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM: Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM: Keynote Speaker: Commissioner Richard Glick 
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Moderator: Floyd Self, Partner, Berger Singerman

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Keep Your Practice Out of Jeopardy – It’s All About Ethics    
“Jeopardy” meets “Family Feud” in this interactive style ethics competition between the attendees at the Richmond and Atlanta locations.   Participants will get the opportunity to compete for bragging rights while learning more about the ethical considerations that they may face in their federal and state energy regulatory practice. 


Moderator: Michael Messionnier, Senior Attorney, Hunton Andrews & Kurth LLP

  • Sam Brumberg, Association Counsel, Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperative
    Carmen A. Cintron, Chief Administrative Law Judge, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    Paula J. Frederick, General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia
    James M. McCauley, Ethics Counsel, Virginia State Bar

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM: Practice and Procedure Before Several of the Southern States’ Commissions:  Do’s, Don’ts and Other Valuable Considerations
Hardly any aspect of life doesn’t involve 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.  But do you know how those bills are set, or by whom?  Or that legislation (State and in some cases, Federal) affects 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 Counsel for their respective Commission or as the lead consumer advocate appearing before a State Commission.  This round-table style panel will discuss the differing Commission structures in the South and share their expertise on such matters as the ratemaking and “alternative” ratemaking functions of their respective Commissions, key cases on appeal, recently enacted legislation and other trending issues.

Moderator: Kelli Cole
, Staff Attorney, Virginia State Corporation Commission


  • Tom BondUtilities Director, Georgia Public Service Commission
  • Nanette EdwardsExecutive Director, South Carolina Regulatory Staff
  • Kelly Cashman GramsGeneral Counsel, Tennessee Public Utilities Commission
  • Keith Hetrick, General Counsel, Florida Public Service Commission
  • Sam Watson, Director & General Counsel, North Carolina Utilities Commission

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM: Closing Remarks

Speaker Bios: coming soon


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  • Approved: CA, GA, WI
  • Pending: NY, VA, FL

If you require CLE in another state not listed here, please contact Lisa Levine at LLEVINE@EBA-NET.ORG prior to March 11, 2020 to request submission. 


Hunton & Williams LLP, Riverfront Plaza - East Tower, 
951 E. Byrd St.,
Richmond, VA 23219-4074;

Alston and Byrd, LLP, One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street Suite 4900,
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424

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Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 3/20/20, less a $25 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. No refunds will be given after 3/20/20. Substitutions are acceptable anytime (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between member and non-member fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program.

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