Toward the Horizon: Solving Tomorrow’s Energy Challenges

The Energy Bar Association Conference and Annual meeting is EBA's premier energy law and public policy conference. Join hundreds of energy industry attorneys, regulators from the the Department of Energy and other agencies, in-house energy attorneys, consultants and others. The conference offers two days of thought-provoking CLE programming and multiple networking opportunities. See the full conference agenda below.

Special Event

Washington Nationals vs. LA Dodgers

Kick off the conference with other conference attendees and watch the Nationals take on the LA Dodgers. This is a separately ticketed event and can be reserved at registration. 

Reserve a ticket in our Champions Club seats for the Wednesday, April 24 Game at 6:45 PM

Thursday, April 25

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Honorable Kevin J. McIntyre - General Session: The Here and Now: Lessons from FERC Chairs of the Past

FERC’s responsibilities include regulating energy sales and transmission lines as well as interstate pipelines and hydropower.  Among other challenges, FERC’s recent major decisions have been focused on siting, increasing reliability, and resolving issues surrounding the availability of increased renewable energy on the grid.  Former FERC Chairs will share their experiences in addressing similar fundamental issues, and offer their thoughts on how FERC can address today’s challenges.

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The Honorable Norman C. Bay
Wilkie Farr & Gallagher

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The Honorable Neil Chatterjee
Senior Advisor, Global Regulatory
Hogan Lovells US LLP

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The Honorable James P. Danly
Partner, Energy Regulatory
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

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The Honorable Richard Glick
Former Chair
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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The Honorable Cheryl A. LaFleur
Board Chair
ISO New England Inc.

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Susan E. Bruce (Moderator)
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent 1A: Effects of Technology Shifts on Power Markets, System Operations, and Customers

Several significant technological changes are occurring across the energy landscape. With increasing renewable energy on the supply side; and the adoption of electric vehicles, various types of energy storage, and growing interest in the production and use of zero or low-emission-based fuels and hydrogen on the demand side; the wholesale electricity markets will need to evolve with these changes. To manage such markets, grid operators and utilities are using advanced monitoring and data analytics to gain situational awareness to ensure reliability and resilience. In this session, the attendees will learn about (a) the policy and economic drivers of the technology changes, (b) the pace of those changes in various regions of the U.S., (c) the implications of these changes on the electricity markets and operations for grid operators, utilities, and customers.

Bryn Baker

Bryn Baker
Senior Director, Market and Policy Innovation
Clean Energy Buyers Association

Jessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas
Executive Director of System Operations
Midcontinent Independent System Operator

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Todd Schatzki, PhD
Analysis Group

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Raja Sundararajan
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Customer Solutions
Alliant Energy Corporation

Michael Kessler, Moderator

Michael L. Kessler 
Assistant General Counsel
Midcontinent Independent System Operator

Concurrent 1B: Retail 101 – Recent Developments in Competitive Energy Marketing

For over a quarter century, many state public utility commissions and legislatures have established retail customer choice programs for commercial, industrial and residential consumers of natural gas and electricity. With growing interest in providing renewable energy and related services both on the part of competitive suppliers and incumbent utilities, our panel of experts looks at the current state of the competitive marketplace.

Frank Caliva III

Frank Caliva III
PR Quinlan Associates
also, National Spokesperson
Retail Energy Supply Association

Kimberly Curry

Kimberly A. Curry
Associate General Counsel
Pepco Holdings LLC

Commissioner Michael Richard

The Honorable Michael T. Richard
Maryland Public Service Commission

Juliet Shavit

Juliet Shavit
President and CEO
SmartMark Communications LLC

Randall Rich, Moderator

Randall S. Rich (Moderator)
Pierce Atwood LLP

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM: Luncheon & Remarks by Rishi Garg, Director for Clean Energy I Regulatory Innovation Lead, White House Counsel on Environmental Quality

Rishi Garg

Rishi Garg
White House Council on Environmental Quality

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent 2A: Commercial and Regulatory Considerations in Public Utility Transactions

Public utility acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers have been under increased scrutiny from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In the last 18 months the Commission has denied an application involving the sale of large public utilities in the Midwest, issued deficiency letters and a tolling order in a proceeding with respect to the merger other large utilities; issued orders holding that investors with the ability to appoint a non-independent board member to a public utility will be deemed an affiliate of the utility, and issued a Notice of Inquiry regarding whether the Commission should revise its policy on blanket authorizations for investment companies under Section 203(a)(2) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”). This panel will discuss the Commission’s role in reviewing public utility acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers under Section 203 of the FPA, the Commission’s points of emphasis in recent orders, and commercial and regulatory considerations that stakeholders and counsel should take into account when structuring public utility transactions. Attendees will learn the scope of Section 203 of the FPA, the Commission’s standard of review, and the impact certain transactional structures may have in obtaining authorization from the Commission under Section 203 of the FPA and exposing affiliates to the Commission’s jurisdiction.

Chip Cannon

George Chip Cannon
Allen and Overy

Margaret Claybour

Margaret Claybour
Rock Creek Energy Group

J. Dan Skees

J. Daniel Skees
Morgan Lewis

Mark Williams

Mark C. Williams (Moderator)
Mayer Brown LLP

Concurrent 2B: FERC Rate Cases: Litigate or Settle

The panel will examine the legal and technical perspectives from pipelines, shippers, and FERC Trial Staff on settling versus fully litigating a rate case.

George Flugrad

George W. Flugrad
Senior Counsel

Lamiya Rahman

Lamiya N. Rahman
Blank Rome

Kenneth Sosnick

Kenneth A. Sosnick
Managing Director
Black & Veatch Global Advisory

Phil Mone

Philip W. Mone (Moderator)
McCarter & English LLP

Featured Meet Up

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: Young Lawyers Council "A Day in the Life"

We invite all members of the EBA Young Lawyers Council to an exciting networking themed event around “A Day in the Life,” where we will highlight what it’s like to be a lawyer working in private practice, government, and other sectors of the energy industry.  The event will be kicked off by keynote speaker Judge Kelsey Bagot (Virginia State Corporation Commission), and “A Day in the Life” sample schedules from attorneys in various positions will be distributed.  We hope that you will join us for this exciting opportunity to meet fellow early-career attorneys and discuss the diversity of career pathways available in the energy world.

Featured Meet Up

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: In-House Counsel Meet Up

We invite all in house counsel professionals in attendance to join members of our In-House Counsel Coalition for the opportunity to build connections with like-minded energy professionals.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent 3A: The Data Challenge

Consumers may seldom consider the infrastructure needed to support streaming, internet, email, and gaming.  Data centers, complete with a huge amount of servers run 24/7 and enough air conditioning to dissipate the heat such equipment generates, provide a unique and relatively new challenge to the grid.  Some utilities now offer unique data center products and data center load has become part of RTO transmission planning.  A second component of planning is where to locate these facilities.  In light of the nature of the use, development of data centers on brownfields offer a unique set of advantages, including available infrastructure which can position such development as a “best use”.  This panel will focus on challenges and perspectives related to development of Data Centers.

Commissioner Ann McCabe

The Honorable Ann McCabe
Illinois Commerce Commission

Clay Rikard, Southern Company

Clay Rikard
Vice President, System Planning
Southern Company Services

Dave Schleicher

David E. Schleicher
President and CEO
The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative

Jason Stanek

Jason M. Stanek
Executive Director - Governmental Services
PJM Interconnection

Gerald Pouncey

Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr. (Moderator)
Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

Concurrent 3B: Understanding the Pillars—The Implications of Treasury’s 45V Pillars for the U.S. Hydrogen Industry

Section 45V was part of the Inflation Reduction Act and provides an incentive for the production of clean hydrogen. In December of 2023, Treasury released proposed guidance adopting what amounts to a “book and claim” system to verify clean hydrogen production. However, the underlying electric energy must be sourced from renewables that are “incremental,” “deliverable,” and beginning in 2028 “temporal matched.” The panel will review the implications of the pillars for the electrical transmission system and discuss opportunities for refinement in the context of Treasury’s ongoing rulemaking.

Janet M Anderson

Janet M. Anderson
Senior Technology and Policy Advisor
Van Ness Feldman LLP

Rachel Fakhry

Rachel Fakhry
Policy Director, Emerging Technologies, Climate & Energy
Natural Resource Defense Council

Vir Chahal

Vir Chahal
Managing Director
Berkley Research Group LLC

Ross Keogh

Ross P. Keogh (Moderator)
Parsons Behle and Latimer

Special Event

Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association Gala

After the first day of conference events, please join us at the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association’s 2024 Fundraising Gala on Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (ET)

The separately ticketed charitable event will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by a seated dinner with presentations by representatives from CFEBA.

Friday, April 26

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Keynote Remarks by The Honorable Mark C. Christie, FERC Commissioner

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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM: General Session 2 - The State of LNG Markets and the Future of U.S. Gas and Export Facility Development

The last couple years saw a tightening of the global LNG market due to increased demand from Europe to offset the decline in Russian pipeline imports.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration anticipates that greater output from existing facilities in the United States will help balance and ease global market demand in the next year. However, many of the European utilities are not subscribed to long-term contracts which creates market uncertainty. Demand in east Asia also presents uncertainty because China—which was typically actively in the LNG spot market—has actually increased pipeline imports from Russia.  In addition, the Biden Administration’s decision in January to pause export authorizations to nations without free-trade agreements created further uncertainty in the market for both project developers and potential offtakers.  This panel will analyze the state of the global LNG market with an eye towards the 2024-2025 winter season, the current status of LNG export capacity in the United States including export facilities that have recently come online or are expected to be commercially operational in the near future, and the market and regulatory risks facing new or proposed projects. The regulatory risk discussion will touch on the authorization process and key issues at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy.

J. Patrick Nevins

J. Patrick Nevins
Latham & Watkins

Ruth Porter

Ruth M. Porter
Wright & Talisman PC

Christopher Treanor

Chrisopher A. Treanor

David Wochner

David L. Wochner
K&L Gates LLP

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent 4A: The Matter of RTO Governance

The governance of RTOs matters.  It matters to the RTO members who provide transmission services; it matters to their customers who buy transmission services; it matters to the land and ecosystems that RTOs use and to the people that depend upon electrical systems for reliable power.  And RTO governance matters to those seeking a fair price signal for today’s and tomorrow’s electric power, including emerging sources of renewable generation, and it matters to those considering alternatives, such as end-use efficiency.  Borrowing a page out of the Special Edition of the Energy Law Journal on RTO Governance, this panel will feature a lively discussion outside the Ivory Tower on what RTO Governance processes mean to stakeholders reliability, prices, processes and fuel mixes.

Sarah Bresolin

Sarah Bresolin
New England Power Pool (NEPOOL)

Asim Haque

Asim Z. Haque
Senior Vice President - Governmental & Member
PJM Interconnection

Chris Supino

Christopher D. Supino
Managing Senior Corporate Counsel
Midcontinent Independent System Operator

Paul Suskie

Paul Suskie
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Southwest Power Pool Inc.

Seth Blumsack, PhD

Seth Blumsack, PhD
Professor of Energy Policy and Economics; Director, Center for Energy Law and Policy
Penn State

Concurrent 4B: Jurassic Spark: Real Estate Adventures in Renewable Energy

Development of a generation station is a multi-year process that requires land control, interconnection, permitting, regulatory and offtake arrangements to come together before a project is able to commences construction and obtain debt and equity financing.  This panel will discuss common strategies and challenges that arise during the development process through construction from the real estate perspective.

Gemma Cashman

Gemma R. Cashman
Day Pitney LLP

Erika Kuver

Erika N. Kuver
Vice President and Senior Counsel
Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

Gina Wolf

Gina Wolf
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Project Development
Spearmint Energy

Danny Kach

Daniel Kach (Co-Moderator)
Litwin Kach LLP

Edwin Noland

Edwin Noland (Co-Moderator)
Assistant General Counsel
Invenergy LLC

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch and EBA Annual Meeting, Keynote Remarks by The Honorable David A. Wright, Commissioner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Commissioner David Wright, NRC

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent 5A: Accelerating Transmission Expansion in 2024 and Beyond: Addressing Planning and Permitting

While there is general agreement that transmission expansion – in existing rights-of-way, regionally, and inter-regionally – is a necessary predicate to a successful and reliable clean energy future, planning and permitting challenges can significantly slow down these efforts. This panel will explore innovative ways that the Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other stakeholders are proposing to facilitate planning and expedite permitting. Panelists will address topics including DOE’s new approach to National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor designations, DOE’s efforts to serve as the lead federal agency for transmission permitting under Federal Power Act section 216(h), FERC’s transmission planning proposal, the role of partnerships in building new transmission, the role of advanced transmission technologies, and securing community support for new lines, among other topics.

Amanda Conner

Amanda R. Conner
Assistant General Counsel
American Electric Power

Rob Gramlich

Rob Gramlich
Founder and President
Grid Strategies LLC

Karin Herzfeld, FERC

Karin Herzfeld
Senior Transmission Counsel to Chairman Willie L. Phillips 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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Whitney Muse
Senior Policy Advisor
White House Office of Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation

Tory Lauterbach, Moderator

Victoria Lauterbach (Moderator)
Foley Hoag LLP

Concurrent 5B: Ethics and Wellness: Do it Solo (or Small)

Join this panel of experienced legal professionals as they discuss the ins and outs of law firm formation, including reasons to go solo or small; risks and rewards; legal and ethical obligations of small and solo practices; how to maintain health, wealth, and life balance as a small or solo practice; and much, much more.  Ethics and Wellness CLE credits will be sought for this panel.

Carolyn Elefant

Carolyn Elefant
Founder and Owner
Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant

John Paul Floom

John Paul Floom
Managing Member
Floom Energy Law PLLC

Rosa Twyman

Rosa Twyman
Founder & Legal Services
Regulatory Law Chambers

Regina Speed-Bost, Modertor

Regina Speed-Bost 
Founder & Managing Partner

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM: Is Deference Dead? Executive Branch Power Post-Chevron

This panel will tap the expertise of the current legal leadership of FERC, the Department of Energy, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the Environmental Protection Agency, to explore the possible outcomes from the Supreme Court's reconsideration of Chevron doctrine, including what a possible majority opinion might do and how the Court's decision will affect the work of the energy and environmental regulators like FERC. With oral arguments concluded in Loper Bright Enterprises and Relentless and an opinion expected to issue this summer, this closing session panel is best positioned to discuss the impacts of the Court's decision, in light of their collective experience and leadership in defending agency action in federal court.

Matt Christiansen, FERC

Matthew R. Christiansen
General Counsel
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Professor Andrew Mergen

Andrew Mergen
Emmett Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law in Environmental Law Faculty Director, Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
Harvard Law School

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Victoria Nourse
Ralph V. Whitworth Professor in Law
Georgetown Law

Sam Walsh, DOE

Samuel T. Walsh
General Counsel
U.S. Department of Energy

Anand Viswanathan

Anand Viswanathan (Moderator)
Special Counsel
Jenner & Block

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM: Closing Reception

Join fellow attendees for a farewell cocktail reception! Mix and mingle before you head back home or to the airport. We hope to see you there!

Thank you to our Closing Reception Sponsor: 



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