2024 EBA Annual Meeting and Conference Speaker Bios

2024 EBA Annual Meeting and Conference Speaker Bios

Janet M Anderson

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

Janet provides clients with strategic counsel on numerous issues related to the intersection of business initiatives and energy and environmental policies and project development. In particular, she focuses on the areas of global climate change, electricity, hydrogen, energy efficiency, clean tech, and air quality. Janet’s background as an engineer in the private sector, in addition to her government service, gives her a unique perspective on clients’ requirements regarding project investment and regulatory decisions and informs her counsel on policy matters. She serves as an advisor for the Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition. Janet has experience with permitting, data analyses, federal funding, advising on legislative and regulatory matters, and stakeholder outreach.

Previously, Janet served as the Director of Industry Policy for the White House Climate Change Task Force and as a Special Assistant to the Secretary at the Department of Energy. She also worked at the Northern States Power Company (now part of Xcel Energy) as a manager and an engineer.

Janet serves on the board of VNF Solutions.

Bryn Baker

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

Bryn Baker is Senior Director of Policy and Market Innovation for the Clean Energy Buyers Association, a community of over 400 members representing $7 trillion in U.S. revenues and 18.5 million U.S. employees, seeking to break-down market and policy barriers for customers to drive a carbon-free power system.  Bryn leads CEBA’s federal affairs, as well as CEBA’s cross-cutting work to expand regional transmission, and CEBA’s state chapter, the Texas Energy Buyers Alliance. Prior to CEBA, Bryn led the corporate renewable energy program at WWF, and prior to that, she worked on international clean energy deployment with USAID. Bryn holds a Masters in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics.

Norman Bay, Former FERC Chair

The Honorable Norman C. Bay
Partner
Wilkie Farr & Gallagher

Norman C. Bay is Co-Chair of the Energy Commodities Group and Head of the Energy Regulatory Practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, DC.  His practice focuses on enforcement and compliance, energy policy and ratemaking issues, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure development.  Bay was Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as Director of the Office of Enforcement.  He was integral in shaping FERC policy on a wide range of energy market issues, including enforcement and compliance, energy storage, aggregated distributed energy resources, transmission and interconnection policy, and price formation in the RTO markets.  Bay was previously a Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.  He is currently a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board for the Department of Energy, a non-resident Senior Fellow with Duke University, a member of the NYU Institute for Policy Integrity Advisory Board, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth College.  Bay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

Seth Blumsack, PhD

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

Seth Blumsack is Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs in EME and Director of the Center for Energy Law and Policy. He is also on the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Blumsack’s research centers on the electricity and natural gas industries; environmental management related to energy and infrastructure; resilience of energy infrastructure; regulation and deregulation in network industries; network science; risk analysis; and managing complex infrastructure systems. He has been studying the electric power industry through academic and consulting affiliations for more than fifteen years. He has authored or co-authored more than fifty scientific papers; book chapters; and articles in industry and popular press, with research funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and private industry. He has consulted with the American Public Power Association, Bayer Materials, the Congressional Research Service, the Consortium for Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Participation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Idaho National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and numerous electric utilities and State Public Utility Commissions.

Sarah Bresolin

Sarah Bresolin
Chair
New England Power Pool

Susan Bruce, Moderator

Susan E. Bruce
Member
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Susan is Co-Chair of the McNees Energy & Environmental Law Group and a member of the Renewable Energy & Corporate Sustainability, and Environmental, Social and Governance Groups. She advises businesses and institutions in navigating through the complexities of state and federal energy regulation. Susan’s practice focuses on helping clients to capitalize on opportunities (or mitigating the challenges) afforded by electric and natural gas markets. She advises on a wide range of complex transactions, innovative business models, market rule development, regulatory compliance and, as necessary, litigation. Susan works regularly with customers in both the public and private sector on renewable energy transactions, including physical supply facilitated through RTO markets, wholesale and retail behind the meter arrangements, and virtual power purchase agreements.

Susan serves a wide range of clients that mostly are consumers of electricity and natural gas services, including consumer product manufacturers, steel companies, cement companies, colleges, universities, as well as municipal utilities. In the renewable and emerging technologies space, Susan’s clients have also included solar and battery developers as well as their off-takers. Susan recognizes that the energy market/regulatory space is arcane for many businesses but nonetheless critical to their success. Susan works to translate such complexities to actionable guidance, negotiating agreements, preparing bespoke agreements, and/or securing any necessary approvals. Susan is invested in our clients’ success and works to develop cost-effective legal strategies to achieve goals.

When not practicing law, Susan enjoys time with her family, whether it is going to a neighborhood park or to a soccer game, or sitting on the porch reading a book. One of these days, Susan will dust off her cello and return to a local community orchestra. Until then, you can generally find Susan listening to music.

Frank Caliva III

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

Frank’s expertise lies at the intersection of business and government. He is experienced in working with organizations to identify appropriate public resources and opportunities to support the achievement of strategic objectives. This requires building strong public-private partnerships, developing clear and cogent policy analysis, and translating that analysis into action.

Prior to founding P.R. Quinlan in July of 2014, Frank managed the public affairs practice at Strategic Communications, LLC, using his experience with energy and environmental industry sectors, economic affairs, and strategic planning to identify and influence legislative and regulatory issues facing clients in both the traditional fossil fuel energy sector and the growing renewable energy area. He also provided strategic planning facilitation to clients in multiple sectors – including energy, education, healthcare, financial services, engineering, manufacturing, and more. Frank’s public affairs and advocacy skills help organizations to see the private opportunity in public policy trends, and then engage the right strategy to successfully achieve their objectives. He provides the insight and leadership needed to help organizations think through complicated issues.

Prior to joining Strategic Communications, LLC, Frank worked as a senior international trade specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce. His experience includes identifying trade and policy barriers to the competitiveness of clean energy firms and developing effective strategies to overcome those obstacles.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Frank lives with his wife and two sons in Cumberland, Rhode Island. He has a Master of Arts degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he concentrated in international business-government relations, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Providence College.

Chip Cannon

George Chip Cannon
Partner
Allen and Overy

Chip is an energy regulation and markets partner in the Washington. office. He concentrates his practice on the production, delivery and sale of electric energy and related products, primarily from wind, solar, hydro and other renewable energy, fuel cell, and energy storage resources. He also advises clients on wholesale electricity capacity, carbon and other regulatory compliance markets associated with the U.S. energy sector.

Chip regularly assists clients with all regulatory and market aspects of acquisitions, divestitures and financing of electric generation and transmission projects; analyzing issues under the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and various state utility and clean energy statutes; and related filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state public service commission. He also provides legal guidance related to federal and state incentive-based and compliance programs associated with the development of clean energy resources, including renewable portfolio standards and net metering programs.

Chip’s clients include independent power producers, electric utilities, generation and transmission project developers, end-use customers, energy traders and financial institutions. He has deep experience representing clients before FERC, federal courts and state public service commissions.

Chambers USA 2023 has ranked Chip as a Band 2 Lawyer in Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation).

Gemma Cashman

Gemma R. Cashman
Partner
Day Pitney LLP

Gemma Cashman focuses her practice on real estate and land use law, assisting real estate developers and financial institutions on matters, including property finance, conveyancing, development, permitting and leasing. She represents commercial clients in the energy, utilities and real estate development industries.

Gemma assists real estate clients in all aspects of diligence in connection with conveyancing, constructing and financing commercial real estate, including joint venture agreements and other organizational documents, condominium documents, ground and space leases, and title insurance.

Her experience involves coordinating with municipal and state authorities on complex permitting and zoning issues, due diligence review, drafting and negotiating agreements, and strategic planning. Gemma also has extensive experience working with residential and nonprofit clients on real property transactions with substantial tax implications.

Vir Chahal

Vir Chahal
Managing Director
Berkley Research Group LLC

Vir Chahal is a Managing Director in the Energy and Climate Practice. He leads the Power and Renewables team and has over 16 years of experience leading diverse teams and implementing bespoke solutions focusing on power and environmental industry consulting services. He has led engagements across the energy sector as an expert in energy contracting and hedging, asset transactions and valuation, decarbonization pathways, strategic entry for various stakeholders, and as an expert witness. His expertise also include power market forecasting and production cost modeling, energy storage and hybrid system dispatch, resource adequacy planning, and portfolio optimization.

Mr. Chahal has performed numerous planning and renewable penetration studies for some of the largest utilities in North America highlighting the impact of increased renewable penetration on operations, ancillary service requirements, reliability, carbon reduction, and system costs. He has also assisted large corporations in strategic initiatives in the power sector and evaluated hedging strategies for generation and demand owners. He has also worked for multiple public entities in assessing low carbon fuel standard policy and forecasting credit pricing by considering supply and demand dynamics. Furthermore, he has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and has presented in front of system operators such as the NYISO and IESO, on behalf of utilities in front of public service commissions, and in front of governments officials in Texas and California.

Mr. Chahal has also served as an expert witness and submitted testimony related to disputes in ERCOT, NYISO, PJM and Southeastern power markets. Prior to joining BRG he led Navigant’s wholesale power markets team, was an application engineer focusing on renewable integration studies at General Electric and performed long term reliability planning studies for The New York Independent System Operator.

Mr. Chahal holds an MSE in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University and a BSE in electrical engineering from Tufts University.

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

Neil Chatterjee is a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and has deep ties in Washington and across the industry, with extensive experience across the energy landscape both domestically and internationally. He is respected for his ability to strike compromise and work with a wide variety of stakeholders.

In his time on the Hill and at FERC, Neil built a reputation as a bipartisan operator who builds alliances and cuts through red tape with an eye on always promoting innovation. Neil’s significant knowledge and experience is derived from operating at the highest levels of government and as such, is able to provide clients valuable insights and counsel when navigating the highly regulated energy industry.

While at FERC, Neil championed several strategic initiatives, including streamlining and improving FERC’s liquified natural gas application review and approval process, bolstering power grid reliability and resilience, and boosting renewable resources’ ability to compete in regional power markets and for the reduction of carbon emissions.

Neil is a policy reformer who broke down market barriers for the entrance of new technologies, particularly for low-carbon technologies. He has been an advocate for harnessing technology to mitigate physical and cyber threats to critical energy infrastructure.

Prior to his time at the Commission, Neil served as an advisor to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) where he aided in the passage of major energy, highway, and agriculture legislation. Neil also has experience working as a principal in government relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He began his career as a staff member on the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Matt Christiansen, FERC

Matthew R. Christiansen
General Counsel
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Matt Christiansen is the General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Prior to being named General Counsel, Matt Christiansen served as a Legal Advisor to Chairman Glick.  He joined then-Commissioner Glick’s office in 2017 from the Commission’s Office of the General Counsel. Before joining Commission staff, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Hon. Jesse M. Furman on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was also an Energy Law and Policy Fellow at NYU Law School’s Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law. His academic work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Energy Law Journal, among other publications.

He is graduate of Yale Law School and Columbia University.  He and his wife Celia have two daughters and live in Washington, D.C.

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The Honorable Mark C. Christie
Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Commissioner Mark C. Christie took office on January 4, 2021, after having been nominated by President Trump in July 2020 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 30, 2020.

Immediately before joining FERC, Commissioner Christie was the Chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission (Virginia SCC), on which he served for nearly 17 years. He was elected to the Virginia SCC, which regulates utilities, insurance and banking, three times by the Virginia legislature on bipartisan votes.

During Commissioner Christie’s service as a state regulator, he was elected president of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI), an organization of utility regulators representing the 13states and the District of Columbia which participate in the PJM transmission and markets organization. He served for more than a decade on the OPSI governing board. Commissioner Christie also served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC), a regional chapter of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

Commissioner Christie taught regulatory law for a decade as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law and constitutional law and government for 20 years in a doctoral program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Commissioner Christie is a magna cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa and degrees in History and English. He earned his law degree at Georgetown, where he completed a summer clerkship after his first year in the FERC Office of General Counsel, which was then housed in the old building on North Capitol Street. He is a graduate of the public schools of Welch, West Virginia, where he grew up.

Commissioner Christie served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Semper Fi.

Margaret Claybour

Margaret Claybour
Partner
Rock Creek Energy Group

Margaret is one of the four founding partners of Rock Creek Energy Group. She has over 18 years of experience counseling and representing a broad swath of electric industry participants on a wide range of federal energy regulatory and administrative litigation matters. She provides strategic counsel to investor-owned utilities, renewable and conventional generators, private equity and institutional investors, developers, and renewable energy providers on transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters.

Margaret counsels clients in commercial transactions involving FERC-jurisdictional assets, including regulatory due diligence related to the potential acquisition or financing of energy assets; corporate reorganizations, acquisitions or divestitures under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act (FPA); market-based and formula rates under Section 205 of the FPA; issuance of securities under Section 204 of the FPA; and obtaining certifications for exempt wholesale generators and qualifying facilities under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, respectively.

Margaret represents clients in administrative litigation matters before FERC, including RTO/ISO generation and transmission interconnection issues, FERC enforcement investigation and self-reports, reactive power compensation, transmission formula rates, and Section 206 complaints. She also counsels clients on North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entity investigations and audits.

Amanda Conner

Amanda R. Conner
Assistant General Counsel
American Electric Power

Amanda Riggs Conner is Assistant General Counsel in AEP’s legal department, where she handles a variety of matters related to state and federal regulation and policy.  Previous roles at AEP include Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO, Vice President, FERC and RTO Strategy and Policy, and Managing Director, Washington Office (focusing on FERC and federal legislative issues).  She began working for AEP in 2012 as a senior counsel focused on federal regulatory matters.

Prior to joining AEP, Conner spent eight years as an associate attorney with Wright & Talisman, where she represented Southwest Power Pool and the MISO transmission owners in numerous FERC matters, including those involving energy market implementation and compliance with open access transmission directives. Later, in her role as counsel with Orrick, Conner represented renewable developers in project finance and related matters before FERC, including market-based rate applications, qualifying facility self-certifications, applications for approval of transactions involving jurisdictional facilities, and interconnection of renewable generation.

Conner received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and her law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Kimberly Curry

Kimberly A. Curry
Associate General Counsel
Pepco Holdings LLC

Kim Curry is an Associate General Counsel at Pepco Holdings, LLC (PHI) where she oversees a team of attorneys responsible for the implementation of PHI’s regulatory strategy for its Maryland and District of Columbia jurisdictions, including cost recovery, electrification, energy efficiency, interconnection of renewable energy sources to the PHI distribution system, and grid modernization initiatives.

Prior to joining PHI, Kim was the Claims Manager at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE).  In that role, she managed the department responsible for the investigation, litigation, and resolution of claims against BGE, as well as the investigation, billing, collection, and litigation of claims against third parties that damaged BGE equipment.

During her career with BGE, Kim spent most of her tenure as a member of the BGE Legal Department as Assistant General Counsel, advocating for BGE before the Maryland Public Service Commission, state and federal courts, and the Maryland General Assembly.  She was also a member of the CEO’s Office, as the Chief of Staff.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School.

Kim sits on the national board of Higher Achievement, a non-profit dedicated to providing educational services to underserved communities and she is the chair of the Quality Enhancement Committee for the Arc of the Central Chesapeake region, a non-profit that provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kim has one adult daughter and resides in Washington, DC.

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

James Danly is head of Skadden’s Energy Regulatory Group. He advises on a broad range of complex energy-related matters, including federal and state regulatory proceedings, M&A transactions, policy issues and enforcement and litigation matters. Mr. Danly is a former chairman, commissioner and general counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

As a FERC commissioner, Mr. Danly helped define the commission’s authority and responsibility for ensuring the adequacy of gas pipelines  and liquified natural gas (LNG) infrastructure as the United States became the world’s largest LNG exporter. Mr. Danly also helped develop reforms designed to modernize the nation’s transmission system. He served as chairman of the commission from November 2020 to January 2021.

Mr. Danly previously served as general counsel to FERC, where he supervised over 200 attorneys. He oversaw the preparation of draft orders, advised the chairman and other commissioners on pending cases and enforcement proceedings, directed its litigation strategies, and argued on behalf of the commission before federal courts of appeals.

Mr. Danly began his legal career as an associate in Skadden’s Energy Regulatory Group. Prior to attending law school, he served two tours as an Army officer in Iraq, receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Following his military service, he became managing director of the Institute for the Study of War, a military think tank in Washington, D.C.

Carolyn Elefant

Carolyn Elefant
Founder and Owner
Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant

Carolyn Elefant is a trailblazing lawyer in the energy sector, known for her innovative policy work that has significantly contributed to the shift towards a carbon-free energy economy. A Cornell Law School alumna, she founded the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant (LOCE) in 1993 after gaining valuable experience at FERC and in national law firms. Recognized as an Energy Superlawyer since 2012, Carolyn has become a leading authority on renewable energy, landowner rights, and eminent domain, offering a wide range of legal services from regulatory work to litigation and mediation. Her dedication to her clients and her skill in complex legal scenarios have garnered respect from both peers and clients. Beyond her practice, Carolyn is a legal tech innovator, advocating for the use of advanced technologies in law. An esteemed speaker and educator, she has imparted her knowledge at top law schools and through various platforms, while also engaging in pro bono work and advising legal tech companies.

Rachel Fakhry

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

Rachel Fakhry leads and sets the strategic direction for NRDC’s advocacy around emerging technologies, including efforts to bolster federal investments in clean energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D), ensuring the responsible and climate-aligned deployment of renewable hydrogen, as well as developing and helping coordinate NRDC’s position and engagement on other emerging technologies that may be necessary to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. Fakhry also has expertise in energy and deep decarbonization modeling owing to her years as a senior analyst at NRDC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the American University of Beirut and a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University. Fakhry is based in NRDC’s Washington, D.C., office.

John Paul Floom

John Paul Floom
Managing Member
Floom Energy Law PLLC

John Paul brings over twenty-four years of legal experience representing clients in natural gas and liquids pipeline proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy, and the federal appellate courts. Clients count on John Paul to provide quick, efficient, and thorough analyses of FERC-related matters. John Paul believes in an interactive approach, working individually with each client to resolve the issues presented.

Prior to forming Floom Energy Law PLLC in February 2019, John Paul was a partner with the law firm of Edwards & Floom, LLP. Prior to that experience, John Paul was also an associate with the law firms of Edwards & Associates and GKRSE. From November 1999 to May 2001, John Paul was an attorney-advisor for several Administrative Law Judges at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

During his over twenty years in the practice of law, John Paul has represented clients in several FERC natural gas rate proceedings, including recently settled proceedings (Trailblazer Pipeline Company, Docket No. RP18-922); Northern Natural Gas Company, Docket Nos. RP19-59 and RP19-1353),as well as fully litigated proceedings (Kern River Gas Transmission Company, Docket No. RP04-274; El Paso Natural Gas Company, Docket Nos. RP05-422,RP08-426, and RP10-1398).

George Flugrad

George W. Flugrad
Senior Counsel
BHE GT&S LLC

Currently Senior Attorney at BHEGTS, handling all FERC, DOE, and PHMSA matters, including lead in-house counsel for three Section IV rate proceedings.  Prior to BHEGTS George was Counsel for Millennium Pipeline Company. Working primarily on FERC rates, certificates, commercial, tariffs, and regulatory.  Before Millennium, George was Counsel at Columbia Pipeline Group, which includes Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission, Hardy Storage and Crossroads Pipeline (Now TC Energy).

George played football and earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Wagner College as well as a law degree from Seton Hall University – School of Law. Avid New York Jets fan, married to his wife Jeanette, they have two sons George III, and James.

Rishi Garg

Rishi Garg
Director for Clean Energy I Regulatory Innovation Lead
White House Counsel on Environmental Quality

Rishi Garg is the Director for Clean Energy, Regulatory Innovation Lead, at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He is a clean energy attorney with over twenty years of experience as a climate and consumer advocate. He is also Senior Policy Advisor for Carbon Pollution Free Electricity in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency – Energy.  Previously, he held positions in the General Counsel Offices at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked to resolve complex energy challenges for his clients.

Richard Glick, Former FERC Chair

The Honorable Richard Glick
Former Chair
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Rich is a Principal with GQ New Energy Strategies – a consulting firm he co-founded with Pamela Quinlan.  He recently completed a five-year term as a Commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) where he chaired the Commission between January 21, 2021 and January 3, 2023.  As Chairman, Rich initiated a number of key initiatives, including proposals to reform  the planning and cost allocation process for electric transmission; expedite and enhance the generator interconnection process; improve the operation of organized electric capacity markets; and protect the reliability of the electric grid against weather-related, cybersecurity, and physical attack threats.

Prior to serving at FERC, Rich was the 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.  Prior to that, he was Vice President of Government Affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, natural gas storage, and electric and gas utility businesses in the United States.  He ran the Company’s Washington, D.C. office and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. businesses’ federal legislative and regulatory policy advocacy strategies.

Rich previously served as a Director of Government Affairs for PPM Energy and prior to that he held the same position with PacifiCorp.  He also served as a Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, and before that was the Legislative Director and Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers, of Arkansas.  From 1988-1992 Rich was an Associate with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.

He is a graduate of George Washington University and Georgetown Law.  He and his wife Erin live in Alexandria, Virginia with their son.

Rob Gramlich

Rob Gramlich
Founder and President
Grid Strategies LLC

Rob Gramlich is Founder and President of Grid Strategies.

Grid Strategies provides expert input to state commissions, consumer groups, renewable energy associations, grid operators, private companies, national labs, and others on bulk power transmission and markets topics, mostly related to reliable, low-cost, and low carbon power systems.

Rob and his Grid Strategies colleagues testify frequently at state commissions, FERC, and Congress and have produced a series of white papers available on their web site.

Rob was formerly SVP and Interim CEO, American Wind Energy Association, Economic Advisor to FERC Chairman Pat Wood III, Senior Economist, PJM Interconnection LLC.

Education: BA with honors in Economics from Colby College, Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley.

Asim Haque

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

Haque is an officer of the company and leads the State and Member Services Division. The State Government Policy Team works to assist states in the advancement of their policy initiatives through PJM’s core business functions and serves in a traditional external affairs role as the primary conduit between PJM and the states. The Member Services Division is charged with providing cutting-edge service to PJM members and facilitating the PJM stakeholder process.

Prior to joining PJM, Haque was the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). He was appointed to the PUCO by Gov. John R. Kasich in 2013 and was reappointed to a second term in 2016.

As the state’s chief regulator, Haque led Ohio through some of the nation’s most pressing energy policy discussions. He guided Ohio’s Clean Power Plan compliance efforts, adjudicated cases pertaining to the future of baseload power plants in competitive markets, and successfully executed to completion Ohio’s grid modernization endeavor, PowerForward.

Haque, an attorney, began his career at a large general practice firm and went on to work as in-house counsel at a global auto manufacturer prior to his appointment to the PUCO.

Additionally, Haque serves on the board of the Philadelphia Education Fund, which works to create equitable opportunities for all students to succeed in college and career.

He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and political science. He received his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was awarded the school’s Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award in 2015.

Karin Herzfeld, FERC

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

Karin Herzfeld is Senior Transmission Counsel to Willie Phillips, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She serves as the lead for the Chairman’s office on efforts to reform transmission and generator interconnection policies.  Prior to working for Chairman Phillips, Karin Herzfeld was a legal advisor to former FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee and an Attorney Advisor in FERC’s Office of General Counsel, where she focused on electricity market matters, including interconnection, transmission planning, and energy, capacity, and ancillary service market rules.  She served as lead attorney and compliance coordinator on Order Nos. 2222 and 841, the Commission’s rulemakings removing barriers to distributed energy resource aggregations and electric storage resources in wholesale markets.  Prior to law school, Karin also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, where she led the Agency’s semi-annual and Recovery Act performance reporting. Karin holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Danny Kach

Daniel Kach
Partner
Litwin Kach LLP

Danny Kach’s practice is focused on energy, construction and commercial, industrial and multi-family real estate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing, engineering, procurement and construction contract negotiations, and general counsel, technology and general business contract negotiations. Having begun his career at a boutique commercial real estate law firm, Mr. Kach is also well versed in commercial real estate transactions such as real property acquisitions and dispositions, financings, 1031 exchanges, and retail and office leasing.

Mr. Kach then spent 6 years as assistant general counsel of Invenergy LLC, the largest independent power producer in the US, whose business model is developing, construction and either operating or selling wind, solar, thermal, hydrogen and energy storage facilities.

During his tenure as assistant general counsel, Mr. Kach managed the company’s legal needs for real estate and construction and completed numerous mergers, acquisitions and financings, successfully facilitating the completion of 25 projects across 12 states and Canadian provinces totaling more than $4 billion in financing and project dispositions. Such work included over $500 million in negotiated construction contracts.

Since leaving Invenergy, Mr. Kach has completed more than $8 billion in energy, construction and real estate acquisition, disposition and financing transactions.

In addition, Mr. Kach has extensive experience negotiating equipment, engineering, operating, software, consulting, services, confidentiality and other related agreements.

Ross Keogh

Ross P. Keogh
Shareholder
Parsons Behle and Latimer

A member of Parsons’ energy, environmental and natural resources practice group, Ross Keogh combines his extensive pre-law experience in developing large-scale renewable energy projects, a master’s degree in economics, his deep legal experience in business and real estate transactions and tax with his passion for Montana’s outdoor and rural lifestyle to deliver a unique skillset to clients.

As a leading expert on the 2017 Tax Act and the Opportunity Zones Tax Provision (section 1400Z-2), Ross provides advice to clients in tax planning and deal structuring around the creation, sale or purchase of businesses or real property. His experience as an economist and attorney enables him to directly and dynamically advise clients on the tax and business implications of transactions and to tax-efficiently structure their capital stack.

In the Intermountain West, Ross is an expert in the areas of water rights, energy and real estate law. He represents some of Montana’s largest companies before the Montana Water Court and supports developers across the Pacific Northwest with complex real estate transactions and equity placements.

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Michael L. Kessler
Assistant General Counsel
Midcontinent Independent System Operator

For over forty years, Michael has been actively engaged in a broad range of regulatory, transactional and policy matters aimed at removing barriers to the development of competitive electric generation and transmission facilities, and encouraging the development competitive power markets.

Michael currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO). Michael previously represented MISO as outside counsel for over ten years, and joined the organization as in-house counsel in June 2012. Since that time, Michael has been engaged extensively in a wide variety of issues relating to the implementation and development of MISO’s markets, including matters relating to market design, price formation, resource adequacy, and renewable energy resource integration. Michael recently has been focused on a variety strategic and policy issues, including MISO’s Resource Availability and Need and Distributed Energy Resources initiatives.

Michael regularly represents MISO in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state utility regulatory agencies, and various stakeholder forums. In addition, Michael has been engaged in a broad range of membership matters and related regulatory proceedings, including the MISO South integration.

Michael also has broad experience in the development and finance of electric generation projects, both domestic and international. He provided strategic and policy advice on a wide range of energy matters as both a lawyer and policy advisor to the FERC, has been a partner and served in a variety of leadership positions in private legal practice, and has served as in-house general counsel for a start-up retail energy services company. Michael’s experience provides him the interdisciplinary skills necessary to work effectively with senior management and to manage technical staff and other counsel in complex regulatory proceedings and on major projects.

Michael actively participates in Energy Bar Association and is a past President of the Midwest Chapter.

Erika Kuver

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

Erika N. Kuver is Vice President and Senior Counsel for Fidelity National Title's Energy Team under New York National Commercial Services’ (NCS) operation. She joined Fidelity New York NCS in 2013 and begin her role exclusively underwriting for the Energy Team in 2016.

Erika began her legal career as a real estate attorney with the New York based law firm of Milbank LLP, with her primary focus in in the energy and project finance sector. As counsel at Milbank, she represented lenders and borrowers on a wide range of ground breaking real estate development projects and leveraged portfolio loans including representing lenders in the negotiation and structuring of innovative projects with private, governmental and quasi-governmental entities to solve continuing and growing energy demands.

In her capacity as Senior Counsel for the Energy Team at Fidelity, Erika has applied her extensive expertise in a variety of areas of commercial real estate in both the traditional fossil energy sector as well as in the ever expanding renewable sector. Her power and energy experience includes insuring complex ownership and lending structures and her knowledge and underwriting expertise includes underwriting projects from diligence stages through refinancing and involves government ownership and regulation, construction and lien law matters, BIA land, mineral rights, water rights, permitting, industrial development agency projects, FERC regulated projects, and multi-state energy projects and portfolios.

Erika received her J.D. from Fordham Law School, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College of Columbia University where she double majored in History and Political Science.

In addition to her work at both Milbank and Fidelity Erika has volunteered her services for several not-for-profit organizations in Manhattan including the Regional Plan Association of New York, the Urban Justice Center, and Volunteer Services for the Elderly. She holds two federal patents for an infant teething device, is a third degree black belt in Ryu-Renshi Dan Karate and a first degree black belt in Goshindo Jujitsu. Erika currently volunteers with the local Mt. Pleasant NY AYSO Soccer league and Second Chance Animal Rescue group.

The Honorable Cheryl LaFleur, Former FERC Chair

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

Cheryl A. LaFleur is the Chair of the Board of ISO New England, where she has served as a director since 2019. LaFleur also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy (where she also served as a distinguished visiting fellow and senior research scholar) and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Previously, LaFleur was one of the longest serving commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, serving as a commissioner from 2010-2019, and chairing the Commission from 2013-2015 and during 2017. Before her FERC tenure, LaFleur held several executive positions at National Grid USA and its predecessor, New England Electric System, including Executive Vice President and COO, President of the New England Distribution Companies and General Counsel. She began her career as an attorney at Ropes and Gray in Boston. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Princeton University.

Tory Lauterbach, Moderator

Victoria Lauterbach
Partner
Foley Hoag LLP

Tory Lauterbach represents renewable and traditional energy companies, including investor-owned utilities, independent transmission companies, independent power projects, energy investors, and natural gas companies in a variety of regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. She advises clients regarding the Federal Power Act (FPA), the Natural Gas Act (NGA), the Interstate Commerce Act and related federal and state statutes.

Tory regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and federal appellate courts, and has represented clients before the Department of Energy (DOE), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and state public utility commissions.

Tory has significant hands-on experience in administrative litigation, settlement proceedings, and providing legal advice in heavily regulated energy industry market environments, including wholesale electricity and carbon markets. She also provides pragmatic and timely counseling to her clients in today's dynamic political and regulatory environment, including the developing landscape surrounding renewable energy, electrification, and the larger energy transition.

Tory frequently draws high praise from those she advises, most recently in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, in which a client quoted "She is able to comprehend complex issues quickly and immediately synthesize her legal analysis into organized and thoughtful feedback."

Jessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas
Executive Director of System Operations
Midcontinent Independent System Operator

Commissioner Ann McCabe

The Honorable Ann McCabe
Commissioner
Illinois Commerce Commission

Ann McCabe was appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission by Governor JB Pritzker on February 1, 2022, to a five-year term and confirmed by the Illinois Senate on March 9, 2023. She brings more than 25 years of energy and environmental policy and regulatory experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She previously served on the Commission from March 2012 to January 2017

Commissioner McCabe is a board member of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI) and a member of the NARUC Gas Committee. In her first term, she served as president of both OPSI and MARC, the Mid-America Regulatory Conference.

Before returning to the Commission, Ann served for two years as US Program Manager and Principal at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and assisted non-profit and trade association clients on regulatory and policy issues. Early in her career, she managed environmental regulatory issues at BP and Amoco, covered energy and environmental issues for the State of Illinois office in Washington, DC, and was a Commissioner’s Assistant at the ICC and a state budget analyst.

Ann serves on the Advisory Boards for Grid Forward, the Financial Research Institute, and the Institute of Regulatory Law and Economics.

She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College.

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

Andrew Mergen is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. Prior to joining the Harvard Law School faculty, Andrew Mergen served in the Appellate Section of the Environment & Natural Resources Division (ENRD) at the United States Department of Justice. Professor Mergen began his career at the Justice Department in the Honors Program and concluded his career as Chief of ENRD’s Appellate Section. He has presented oral arguments in all 13 federal courts of appeals, including two en banc courts, and before several state intermediate and supreme courts. He has also worked on over a dozen merits cases in the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, in 2009, Professor Mergen assisted the Office of White House Counsel on the confirmation of the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. During his career at the Justice Department, Professor Mergen received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service three times. He also received ENRD’s Muskee-Chafee Award, honoring his work’s significant contribution to protecting the environment.

Before entering clinical teaching, Professor Mergen taught at several law schools including, Harvard Law School (Advanced Environmental Law), the University of Michigan Law School (Natural Resources Law) and the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii-Manoa (Administrative Law). Professor Mergen has written about federal water rights in “A Misplaced Sensitivity: The Draft Opinions in Wyoming v. United States” (68 Colo. L. Rev. 683 (1997), with Sylvia F. Liu); energy development on public lands in “Surface Tension: The Problem of Federal Private Split Estates” (33 Land & Water L. Rev. 419 (1998)); climate change and the Endangered Species Act in “The Role of Climate Change in ESA Listing Decisions” (53 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. 67 (2016), with Murray Feldman) and the accommodation of Native American sacred sites on federal land in “Finding the Path Forward for Indigenous Sacred and Cultural Spaces on Federal Public Land,” 68 Nat. Resources & Energy L. Inst. 32-1 (2022). Professor Mergen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Madison and the George Washington University Law School.

Phil Mone

Philip W. Mone
Partner
McCarter & English LLP

Phil Mone represents natural gas and electric utility clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and federal appellate courts, particularly in rate-related litigation. Phil assists his natural gas clients with various rate, tariff, and rulemaking proceedings as well as confidential investigations. For his electric utility clients, he often represents them in proceedings pursuant to sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), including transmission and reactive power rate cases and rulemaking proceedings. Phil conducts audits, investigations, and compliance training programs for regulated entities on all facets of FERC’s regulations, policies, and rulemakings. Phil also advises investors in the natural gas and electric industries on transactional and regulatory issues.

Prior to entering private practice, Phil served as a trial attorney at FERC, representing the Office of Administrative Litigation. During this time, he served as lead counsel in a rate investigation under Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and as co-counsel in the hearing on electric utility return on equity as part of the landmark Coakley/New England Transmission Owners proceeding.

Phil is a frequent speaker at natural gas and electric utility industry events and recently served on the board of directors of The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association. Outside of his practice, Phil enjoys spending time with his wife and four young children, working in his yard, and rooting for New England sports teams.

J. Patrick Nevins

J. Patrick Nevins
Partner
Latham & Watkins

Patrick Nevins is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Energy Regulatory & Markets and Project Development & Finance Practices.

Mr. Nevins has more than 25 years of experience advising leading energy companies in the development of major infrastructure projects, administrative litigation, and high-stakes regulatory matters. His clients have included electric utilities, oil and liquids pipelines and shippers, and companies in all segments of the natural gas industry.

Mr. Nevins has advised clients with respect to commercial arrangements and regulatory approvals for numerous major infrastructure projects, including: new and expanding gas pipelines, LNG projects, gathering and processing facilities, and NGL pipelines.

Mr. Nevins has developed a deep understanding of the government agencies that regulate the energy industry and represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory commissions, the Department of Energy (DOE), and in the US Courts of Appeals concerning the judicial review of agency decisions.

In 2018, Mr. Nevins was named to BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Star List, which recognizes leaders in superior client service identified exclusively by corporate counsel. He has been ranked Band 1 for Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) Nationwide by Chambers USA 2018-2022. Mr. Nevins is recognized as a leading energy regulatory lawyer and has been repeatedly named a leading lawyer in the energy and oil and gas industry by Chambers Global (2012-2023), Chambers USA (2005-2022), The Legal 500 US (2022), Who’s Who Legal (2011-2017 & 2019), Best Lawyers (2012-2019), and Euromoney’s ExpertGuides (2013-2016 & 2018).

Edwin Noland

Edwin Noland
Assistant General Counsel
Invenergy, LLC

Edwin Noland serves as Assistant General Counsel for Real Estate at Invenergy LLC, a multinational power generation development and operations company that develops, builds, owns, and operates power generation, transmission, and energy storage projects.  Edwin previously worked at a law firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he focused on commercial and industrial real estate for both renewable and petrochemical clients.

Edwin graduated law school with cum laude honors in May 2011. After graduating, Edwin began working as a real estate attorney where he represented clients in a variety of areas, including public utility companies, renewable energy companies, chemical companies, and petrochemical companies.  Edwin is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Texas, and Tennessee. In his current role with Invenergy, Edwin is responsible for handlings multiple aspects of legal aspects of the company’s North American real estate development projects.  Edwin regularly advises development team members on an extensive array of real estate and commercial matters.

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Victoria Nourse
Ralph V. Whitworth Professor in Law
Georgetown Law

Professor Nourse is one of the nation’s leading scholars on statutory interpretation, Congress, and the separation of powers.

Her most recent book is “The Impeachments of Donald Trump: An Introduction to Constitutional Argument” (2021).” She is the author of Misreading Law, Misreading Democracy, that was published by Harvard Press in 2016. She has also published widely on the power of the President and the separation of powers, Reclaiming the Constitutional Text from Originalism: The Case of Executive Power, 106 Calif. L. Rev. 1 (2018), and on constitutional rights, including her book, In Reckless Hands (Norton 2008), the story of Skinner v. Oklahoma and American eugenics. She is a coauthor with Yale’s William Eskridge and Abbe Gluck of the most up to date casebook on legislation: Statutes, Regulation, and Interpretation: Legislation and Administration in the Republic of Statutes (2014 & 2018 Supp.)

Professor Nourse has had a distinguished career in government up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. In 2015-2016, she served as Chief Counsel to the Vice President of the United States. Prior to that she served as an appellate lawyer in the Justice Department and Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The story of her role in the fight for the original Violence Against Women Act is told in the 2009 book Equal: Women Reshape American Law.
Prior to teaching at Georgetown, Professor Nourse held chairs at the Emory University and the University of Wisconsin. She has also been a visiting professor at Yale, NYU, Northwestern, and the University of Maryland.

Professor Nourse began her legal career in New York, clerking for a legendary trial judge, Edward Weinfeld, and practicing at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. She left private practice to serve as junior counsel to the Senate-Iran Contra Committee under Senators Rudman and Inouye.

Professor Nourse is Director of the law schools’ first Center on Congressional Studies.

Ruth Porter

Ruth M. Porter
Shareholder
Wright & Talisman PC

For nearly 15 years, Ruth has focused her practice on representing natural gas and oil pipeline companies in a variety of regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. She regularly represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), D.C. Circuit, and other federal courts. Prior to joining Wright & Talisman, Ruth served as the Assistant General Counsel for a global company that produces liquified natural gas (LNG) in North America. In that position, she focused on developing multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas export terminals and natural gas pipeline projects with an emphasis on obtaining certificates of public convenience and necessity. She also advised on a variety of compliance issues involving FERC and the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.

Before that, Ruth led teams defending clients in Natural Gas Act and Interstate Commerce Act enforcement matters, as well as rate and certificate matters before FERC; litigated high-stakes environmental permitting matters for natural gas and oil pipelines in federal and state courts; and advised clients on the Department of Energy regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions including natural gas assets and export authorizations. She has also advised major energy companies on FERC regulatory and compliance matters, including ratemaking and compliance issues.

Gerald Pouncey

Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr.
Chairman
Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr. is the Chairman of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. A Senior Partner in the firm, he also heads the Environmental and Infrastructure Practices. His primary focus is the acquisition, disposition and/or the redevelopment of properties with significant environmental impact (including state and federal superfund sites), mergers, investments and financing related to such properties and the development and implementation of green energy technologies and strategies. He lectures nationally on these topics.

Mr. Pouncey has led efforts in the permitting, financing, acquisition, redevelopment and regulatory closure of numerous industrial properties, mines and landfills throughout the United States including a former wood treating facility in South Florida, a former airplane manufacturing facility in New York, former Department of Defense facilities, several former automobile assembly facilities across the country, a former granite mine in Maryland, a former chrome ore smelting facility in South Carolina, a former oil field in California and numerous other similar projects. Included with these projects is the Atlantic Station Redevelopment in Atlanta, a project that was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the nation’s best Brownfield redevelopment. Mr. Pouncey has also led efforts in the expansion and redevelopment of various port facilities. He has also developed, negotiated and implemented various financial incentives allowing these projects to take place. He has served as lead negotiator for industry (both foreign and domestic) considering locating in the Southeast. Mr. Pouncey’s practice also encompasses all of the facets of design, development and construction of sustainable buildings, renewable energy facilities, including various LEED certified developments.

Lamiya Rahman

Lamiya N. Rahman
Associate
Blank Rome

Lamiya focuses her practice on the federal regulation of the natural gas, power, and oil industries, as well as related litigation and transactions. She represents such clients as producers, end users, and gas and power marketers in matters primarily involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and the Department of Energy (“DOE”).

Lamiya is regularly involved in administrative litigation before FERC, and represents interstate natural gas pipeline shippers in rate, tariff, and complaint proceedings under the Natural Gas Act. She also has experience representing clients in the certification of natural gas facilities, including liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) terminals, by FERC and obtaining related LNG export authorizations from the DOE. Lamiya has defended clients in enforcement proceedings, compliance assessments and audits, and self-reports before FERC. In connection with FERC proceedings, Lamiya has assisted clients in appellate litigation.

Lamiya has counseled clients on regulatory matters under the Federal Power Act, including matters relating to market-based rate authority, electric quarterly reporting, section 205 filings, acquisitions, and participation in regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.

In addition, Lamiya has experience advising energy companies on regulatory and compliance issues associated with financial derivatives transactions under the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations.

Lamiya has also authored and published several articles analyzing regulatory and judicial developments relevant to the energy and derivatives industries.

Lamiya is actively involved in a variety of pro bono and diversity and inclusion initiatives. In her pro bono capacity, she has almost a decade of experience in representing immigrant survivors of gender-based violence and was recognized as a Greater Washington, D.C., 2022 Pro Bono of the Year recipient by the Tahirih Justice Center. Lamiya also participated in the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity Pathfinder program on behalf of Blank Rome.

During law school, Lamiya served as a legal intern for the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement and as an executive editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law. Lamiya is fluent in Bengali and has proficiency in Spanish and French.

Randall Rich, Moderator

Randall S. Rich
Partner
Pierce Atwood LLP

Randall Rich is the partner-in-charge of the Washington, DC office. Throughout his over 40 years of experience, beginning in the Office of General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and continuing for more than 23 years at the DC office of a large Texas law firm, Randy always strives to form close personal bonds with clients as well as trusting relationships with both regulators and his colleagues in the energy bar. He gains an intimate understanding of the business and legal needs of clients by working for extended periods in their offices, hand-in-hand with in-house counsel. Randy guides clients through the rapidly changing regulation of the natural gas and oil industry at the federal and state level, providing sophisticated counseling and representation in contested proceedings, multiparty settlements, applications, rulemakings, and enforcement investigations.

Randy represents all segments of the energy and utility industries before the FERC, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and state public utility commissions. He provides comprehensive legal counsel on natural gas regulation and policy, pipeline and utility ratemaking, tariffs, certificates and abandonment; natural gas transportation, gathering, marketing and trading; Natural Gas Act exemptions for Hinshaw pipelines, production and gathering, and plant lines; enforcement of and compliance with the Natural Gas Act (NGA), Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (NGPA), and FERC regulations including compliance counseling and training; natural gas business transactions and contracting, including NAESB agreements; Presidential Permits for cross-border facilities; DOE energy grants, loans, and loan guarantees; renewable natural gas transactions; pipeline interconnections; and oil pipeline regulation and waivers under the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA). Randy was at the forefront of the development of an Asset Management Arrangement (AMAs) exception to FERC's natural gas capacity release rules and has negotiated AMAs and successfully obtained numerous waivers of those regulations for a variety of both the releasing and replacement shippers.CAT

Commissioner Michael Richard

The Honorable Michael T. Richard
Commissioner
Maryland Public Service Commission

Michael T. Richard was first appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in January 2016 and reappointed in 2020. Prior to his appointment, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Larry Hogan, advising the Governor on a portfolio of issues and helping to manage cabinet agencies that included Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Lottery and Gaming, Natural Resources and Transportation.

Commissioner Richard worked for more than10 years at the Nuclear Energy Institute as Legislative Programs Director and Congressional Information Program Director. He then served in Governor Robert Ehrlich’s administration as Deputy Secretary of Appointments and as Director of the Maryland Energy Administration.

In 2005, he was appointed to a post at the U.S. Department of Energy—first serving as Executive Director of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and later as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs where his issues included nuclear energy, radioactive waste management, and legacy environmental remediation. In 2008, Commissioner Richard was hired by Westinghouse Electric Company as Director of Government and International Affairs. He rejoined Maryland state government in 2015.

Commissioner Richard is a past President of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI) and currently serves as its Treasurer, is a member of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and was appointed by Governor Hogan as the Commission’s representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (WMATC), where he serves as Vice-Chairman.

Commissioner Richard earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He attended a French language program at L’Université Laval in Québec City, Canada. Commissioner Richard lives in Fort Washington, Maryland.

Clay Rikard, Southern Company

Clay Rikard
Vice President, System Planning
Southern Company Services

Clay Rikard is vice president of System Planning for Southern Company. He leads resource planning, retail generation development and transmission planning through strong coordination of planning among Southern Company system’s electric operating companies. He also leads resilience planning and is responsible for the planning aspects of the company’s net-zero transition.

He previously served as director of Fleet Operations, where he led the commitment and dispatch of the Southern Company generation fleet to ensure reliability at the lowest cost possible.

Rikard began his career with Southern Company in 2003 and has held a variety of positions in the areas of generation development, market analysis and structuring, coal procurement and environmental affairs. He has held leadership positions in Fleet Operations and Trading, environmental compliance, and generation siting. He also has led the structuring and analysis group in Commercial Operations. Earlier in his career, Rikard served as the assistant to the Southern Company chief production officer and the Alabama Power senior production officer.
Rikard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA at the University of Alabama. He is a strong supporter of the community, having served on the Alabama Policy Institute board.

A native of Florence, Alabama, he and his wife Rachel have three children, Claire, Jake and Cate.

Maria Robinson

Maria Duaime Robinson
Director, Grid Deployment Office
U.S. Department of Energy

Maria Duaime Robinson was the first Korean-American elected to the Massachusetts General Court, where she served in the House of Representatives from 2019-2022. While in office, she led the bicameral Clean Energy Caucus, was the Massachusetts state lead for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators where she also served on the board, and was the only state legislator on the U.S. EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. She also served on faculty at Tufts University's School of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, bringing her expertise in energy policy to graduate students. Prior to her election in 2018, Maria led Advanced Energy Economy's Wholesale Markets Program, including engagement at FERC and the regional transmission organizations.

Previously, she focused on regulatory issues relating to energy and air, including a 27-state campaign with Governors' offices, legislatures, and energy and environmental regulators. She also managed AEE’s report development and data-driven analysis at both the state and national level. She worked for Navigant Consulting in the renewable energy practice, supporting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in analyzing and procuring contractors for statewide renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Maria is a proud lifetime Girl Scout. She holds an S.B. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Jurisprudence in Energy Law from the University of Tulsa.

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Todd Schatzki, PhD
Principal
Analyis Group

Dr. Schatzki has a broad range of expertise in energy, environment, finance, and competition matters. He supports clients in a range of contexts, including strategic and financial advice, policy analysis, regulatory and rulemaking proceedings, and litigation.

Dr. Schatzki has deep experience in electricity, natural gas, petroleum, and renewable energy. His expertise in the electricity sector includes wholesale energy and capacity market design; utility regulation and ratemaking; economic impact analysis of new market rules, regulations, and generation and transmission investments; contract analysis and disputes; financial valuation; and options analysis. Dr. Schatzki has testified before US state and federal, as well as Canadian provincial, regulatory commissions. He has supported the analysis of alleged market manipulation and damages in high-profile litigations such as FERC v. Barclays and lawsuits following the California electricity crisis.

Dr. Schatzki works extensively on environmental economics, policy, and regulation. Recently, he has focused on the intersection of climate policy and energy markets, and disputes involving water resources and environmental contamination. His research has been published in distinguished energy- and environment-related publications, and he has provided research for prominent organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

In finance and competition matters, Dr. Schatzki has worked with clients on litigation and non-litigation projects in many sectors, including energy, financial instruments, foreign exchange, insurance, airlines, and retail products.

Dave Schleicher

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

David E. Schleicher is president and CEO of The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC).

Schleicher has more than 40 years of combined experience with investor- and member-owned electric utilities. In his previous leadership positions at NOVEC, Schleicher was responsible for engineering functions such as system planning, distribution design, and substation design; operating functions like substation maintenance and the fiber optic network; and corporate administration functions including purchasing, warehousing, facilities management, and transportation.

Prior to joining NOVEC, he held leadership roles with EnergyUnited EMC in central North Carolina as vice president, engineering & operations; and with PPL Electric Utilities in south-central Pennsylvania as vice president, transmission; and director, engineering and design.

Schleicher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration in operations management from the University of Scranton (Pa). He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Juliet Shavit

Juliet Shavit
President and CEO
SmartMark Communications LLC

Juliet Shavit is the President and CEO of SmartMark Communications, a strategic advisory company that works with utilities and technology companies to identify and apply new technologies that improve customer engagement.

SmartMark works with utilities and technology innovators on new business models to support the grid-edge. Her expertise in the intersection of consumers and smart energy technologies has made her an industry leader on the topic.

In addition to her work with SmartMark, Juliet is a recent contributor to the Smart Grid Systems Report for the U.S. Department of Energy and supports the EPA on ENERGY STAR’s Smart Home Energy Management Systems program.

Juliet also is a proud founder of MusiComms that brings together the music, communications and energy industries together to develop new business models. She has been a keynote speaker at the Consumer Electronics Show and was featured in Forbes Magazine and other leading publications.

J. Dan Skees

J. Daniel Skees
Partner
Morgan Lewis

J. Daniel Skees represents electric utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other agencies on rate, regulatory, and transaction matters. He handles rate and tariff proceedings, electric utility and holding company transactions, utility financing, electric markets and trading issues, reliability standards development and compliance, including cybersecurity requirements, administrative litigation, and transmission development. In handling appeals of FERC decisions, Dan has successfully represented clients before both the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He currently serves as a deputy practice group leader for the firm’s energy and project development practice.

Kenneth Sosnick

Kenneth A. Sosnick
Managing Director
Black & Veatch Global Advisory

Ken is a Managing Director at Black & Veatch. Over the past eleven years, Ken’s practice has focused on the federal and state regulation of the natural gas, electric, and oil industries, as well as related litigation and conducting confidential buy-side valuations and assessments of regulated electric and natural gas utilities in the U.S.

Ken is regularly involved in administrative litigation before FERC and other state regulatory bodies, and represents interstate natural gas pipeline shippers in rate, tariff, and complaint proceedings under the Natural Gas Act. He has assisted clients in enforcement proceedings, compliance assessments and audits, and self-reports before FERC.

Ken has assisted clients on regulatory matters under the Federal Power Act, including matters relating to market-based rate authority, section 205/206 filings, formula rates and impacts from new entrants into RTOs/ISOs on current transmission owners.

Ken has also developed expert reports assessing and quantifying damages in civil litigation and conducting strategic analysis considering alternatives for portfolios of existing natural gas pipeline and/or storage assets.

Ken spent the first ten years of his career at FERC with two years as an auditor in the Office of Enforcement, and eight years as an expert witness on major electric utility proceedings, interstate natural gas pipeline and crude/product pipeline proceedings in the Office of Administrative Litigation. His insights were incorporated into the revision of the FERC No. Form 2 in Docket No. RM07‐9‐000, which lead to the current process of FERC-initiated Section 5 natural gas pipeline proceedings.

Regina Speed-Bost, Modertor

Regina Speed-Bost 
Founder & Managing Partner
SB Law PLLC

Regina advises an array of clients reflecting the broad spectrum of energy companies that engage in regulated activities in the U.S. She represents natural gas companies, local distribution companies, and electric utilities on a variety of matters related to energy administrative and regulatory law. Her previous experience working for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the foundation of her distinct approach toward communicating between business owners, regulators and engineers. Regina works to understand your business objectives to bring results for her clients. Regina also understands the significant role the energy sector plays in the health of the overall economy, and applies that knowledge to her practice. Investigations and compliance matters are not only legal matters, they are whole company issues. Regina partners with company compliance officers and business teams to help ensure that all areas of an organization with compliance responsibilities are engaged in compliance daily and are informed during internal or external audits, investigations and enforcement actions. Her long-term, positive relationship with regulators underlies her firm but cooperative attitude in compliance cases, leading to better overall results for her clients. Her measured outlook has produced successful results and, in some cases, improved regulatory understanding for the entire industry.

A litigator at her core, she applies her deep knowledge of the energy industry and years of litigation training to cases before state courts, as well as before federal and state regulatory bodies, on behalf of clients in multiple jurisdictions. She is a trained negotiator and uses those negotiation skills, when appropriate, to bring about favorable results for her clients.

Regina has spearheaded diversity initiatives throughout the energy bar and industry. She served as the co-chair of the Energy Bar Association President's Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and actively works to increase diversity, equality and inclusion throughout the industry and the legal profession generally.

Regina serves as a Professional Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School where she teaches energy law and regulation. She is a licensed, christian minister and serves as an Elder in her local church. She regularly shares the intersections of her faith and roles as wife, mother, grandmother, legal professional, and community worker to younger attorneys as they navigate their careers.

Jason Stanek

Jason M. Stanek
Executive Director - Governmental Services
PJM Interconnection

Jason M. Stanek is the Executive Director for Governmental Services at PJM Interconnection, LLC.  He most recently served as Chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission from 2018 to 2023.  Before that, he was Senior Counsel to the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce where he advised on matters involving national energy policy, with specific focus on electricity issues and the operations of the regional power markets.  He also served in senior positions at FERC, advising both a Chairman and Commissioner.  Jason received a law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.  He also completed studies at American University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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

Raja Sundararajan is Executive Vice President of Strategy and Customer Solutions at Alliant Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: LNT). Raja joined the company in 2023, following his role as Executive Vice President of External Affairs at American Electric Power.

In his role at Alliant Energy, Raja is responsible for the continued development of the corporate strategy, advancing the company’s Clean Energy Blueprint and creating customer solutions. He partners across the enterprise to maximize technology investments and work with operational leadership to drive growth. Additionally, he leads government affairs, renewables and business development, product offerings, marketing, communications and supply chain functions.

Raja brings nearly two decades of diverse experience in the energy industry. While at American Electric Power, he held positions in Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and Market Risk. He later assumed roles as Vice President of Transmission Strategy and Vice President of Regulatory Services. In 2019, he was promoted to President and COO of American Electric Power Ohio, and in 2021, he took on the role of Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Customer Solutions. Prior to joining Alliant Energy, Raja served as the Executive Vice President of External Affairs.

Raja previously worked as a Senior Product Engineer for General Motors. His technical background and successful track record in leadership across various roles provide him a unique ability to integrate regulatory, resource development, customer and external affairs initiatives. This enables the company to develop flexible solutions for customers in today’s ever-changing energy landscape.

Throughout his career, Raja has partnered to make a difference for local communities, especially those facing economic challenges. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the United Way of Central Ohio, Columbus Zoo and Central Ohio Transit Authority.

Raja earned his Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the India Institute of Technology, and his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Chris Supino

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

Christopher D. Supino is Managing Senior Corporate Counsel at MISO, which manages one of the world's largest energy markets.

Paul Suskie

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

Paul Suskie serves SPP as executive vice president of regulatory policy and general counsel. He is responsible for managing the organization’s legal and regulatory policy groups and serves as corporate secretary.

Prior to joining SPP, Suskie was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe as chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission and a member of the Governor’s cabinet — positions in which he served from 2007-2010. At the time of his appointment to the Commission, he was in his third elected term as North Little Rock’s city attorney. Prior to joining the city attorney’s office, Suskie worked for former United States Sen. David Pryor and for Arkansas Attorney General Winston Bryant. Suskie is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army where he served in the JAG Corps. He has served as a military judge for the Arkansas Army National Guard and is a veteran of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Christopher Treanor

Chrisopher A. Treanor
Partner
Akin

Chris is a leading lobbying & public policy lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill. He  works on domestic and international climate, energy and environmental policies and represents clients before the U.S. federal government. He advocates on behalf of clients and advises them on how best to navigate complex policy issues.

With clients across sectors, Chris advises on energy & sustainability, telecommunications, transportation and international trade matters. He brings to each matter a deep understanding and extensive subject matter knowledge of energy, climate and energy transition issues. Chris has been instrumental in creating the Partnership to Address Global Emissions—whose members include the largest natural gas companies in North America—to serve as an industry coalition interfacing with the federal government across a range of issues impacting the industry.

Chris represents the leading names, including start-ups, in technology, conventional power and clean energy. Notably, his clients are the technology companies paving the way for next-generation solutions. Chris also provides counsel on federal policies impacting companies, including on matters involving consumer protection, supply chains, artificial intelligence (AI) and competition issues.

Prior to joining Akin, Chris was a government relations director for a Washington, D.C. lobbying, public affairs and government relations firm. He advised prominent nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and Fortune 50 companies on issues, including comprehensive climate change legislation.

Chris also served on the professional staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he worked on passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. In addition, Chris served as a law clerk for a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA).

Rosa Twyman

Rosa Twyman
Founder & Legal Services
Regulatory Law Chambers

As Principal and Co-founder of Regulatory Law Chambers with over 25 years of experience in regulatory law and litigation, Rosa brings deep legal and commercial knowledge to solving complex regulatory matters. Rosa is recognized as one of Canada’s leading energy regulatory lawyers and cares about achieving her clients’ business goals.

Rosa has represented her clients’ interests in proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Energy Regulator, British Columbia Utilities Commission, Canada Energy Regulator, all levels of Court, and in arbitrations and mediations.

Rosa was awarded the King’s Counsel designation in 2022.

Anand Viswanathan

Anand Viswanathan
Special Counsel
Jenner & Block

Clients turn to Anand for advice and counsel as they navigate the complex energy regulatory landscape. With 10 years of experience at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including roles as Legal Advisor to the Chairman, Appellate Counsel in the Office of General Counsel and Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Enforcement, Anand guides clients when they need representation in court to defend actions or press claims or advocacy before FERC or other government agencies.

Anand has deep insight into a wide range of pressing energy and environmental issues, including greenhouse gas and climate policy changes, reforms related to the federal government’s role in siting interstate electricity transmission projects, wholesale electricity market rules in the western United States, and the construction and operation of natural gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities.

His appellate and enforcement work ranges from preparing briefs and presenting oral arguments in multiple courts of appeals across the United States in defense of some of FERC’s most consequential matters to investigating possible fraud and market manipulation involving the wholesale energy markets.

Sam Walsh, DOE

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

Samuel T. Walsh was sworn in as the General Counsel of the Department of Energy on August 11, 2021.  Immediately prior to re-joining DOE, Mr. Walsh was a partner at the law firm Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP in Washington, DC.  Mr. Walsh previously served at the Department from 2010 to 2016, as Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy, Associate General Counsel, and Senior Legal Advisor to the General Counsel.  Before his former service at DOE, Mr. Walsh was an attorney in the energy group at Hogan Lovells LLP and a law clerk to the Honorable Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Mr. Walsh holds a B.A. from Yale College, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Originally from New York, Walsh now lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and two children.

Mark Williams

Mark C. Williams
Partner
Mayer Brown LLP

Mark Williams represents clients that invest in the electric power and natural gas industries. He has advised private equity funds, insurance-sector investors, banks, pension funds, multinational institutional investors, hedge funds, and traditional investment funds on the complex regulatory requirements applicable to electricity and gas investments. He also advises on electricity and gas investments, financings, mergers, acquisitions, securities, and restructuring transactions.

Mark has represented investors in transactions totaling more than 44,000 MW of electric generating capacity, and more than 29,000 miles of natural gas pipeline capacity. He has protected the power sales eligibility and regulatory exemptions of renewable and high-efficiency Qualifying Facilities. He has advised buyers and sellers of generating company assets and interests on regulatory strategy and in formal application proceedings, and during the last decade, he has always had one or more M&A applications pending before FERC. He successfully represented private equity and insurance investors in former Enron electric facilities in FERC's 2003–2004 Enron proceedings, leading to the full and public exoneration of the clients.

Before entering private practice, Mark was the sole attorney in the Division of Corporate Applications of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In that role, he advised the commission on merger, divestiture, financing, independent power, and electrical transmission system matters, and led more than 100 commission orders in transactional-regulatory matters.

Mark also led FERC's review of generation facility sales, utility and holding company restructuring transactions, and a range of Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) proposals, including the acquisition of a US utility by a foreign energy system, and the independence of RTOs from other energy market participants.

Chambers USA recognized Mark as "one of the leading attorneys in the USA when it comes to the regulatory aspects of the purchase and sale of electric generation assets" and as "a tremendous resource for any team . . . well versed in regulatory minutiae and top of the class in the regulatory space." He is also recognized by Chambers Global and has been lead energy regulatory counsel to several project finance "deals of the year."

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mark was a partner in the energy practice of another international law firm.

David Wochner

David L. Wochner
Partner
K&L Gates LLP

David Wochner has advised and represented energy industry clients in Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years. As a thought leader with regard to the natural gas and hydrogen industries’ intersection with government, David regularly advises clients on critical U.S. federal regulatory and policy issues that impact energy infrastructure and commodities, with a particular focus on issues related to the global energy transition. David co-leads the firm’s global liquefied natural gas (LNG) practice, as well as its global hydrogen practice, and co-hosts the bi-weekly podcast, “Hydrogen Rising.”

Over the years, David has appeared regularly on behalf of clients before the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); the US Departments of Energy, the Interior, and Transportation; EPA; and on Capitol Hill. In 2010-2011, he served as lead Washington counsel on behalf of Transocean in multiple Congressional, US federal agency, and UK House of Commons’ investigations and hearings related to the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

David's clients include natural gas and LNG marketers, importers, exporters, and project developers; hydrogen project developers; financial institutions and hedge funds; offshore energy project developers, including offshore wind and marine hydrokinetic projects; oil and gas pipelines and shippers; oil and gas drilling companies; and state and provincial government officials.

Additionally, David is the lead practice area leader for the firm’s global Policy and Regulatory practice.

Gina Wolf

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

Gina is responsible for project and pipeline strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and greenfield development for the Spearmint Energy portfolio.  Gina brings more than 20 years of clean energy development experience with over 2GW of wind, solar and co-located battery storage projects constructed.  Spearmint Energy is a preeminent green merchant trading company developing, owning, operating, and trading around Battery Energy Storage, Solar, and Wind to reduce grid volatility, increase system resiliency, and help to reduce Carbon emissions in a responsible and efficient way.

Commissioner David Wright, NRC

The Honorable David A. Wright
Commissioner
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Honorable David A. Wright was first sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on May 30, 2018, He is currently serving a term ending June 30, 2025.

Commissioner Wright was Owner/President of Wright Directions, LLC, a strategic consulting, policy development and communications business focusing on energy and water. During this time, he also was a member of the Advisory Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Nuclear Waste Initiative; and an Ex Officio Member and Chairman Emeritus of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition, an ad hoc organization representing the interests of industry, state officials, local governments and tribes, and consumer advocates.

From 2004-2013, Commissioner Wright served the South Carolina Public Service Commission in a variety of capacities, including Vice Chairman and Chairman. From 2011-2012, he served as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; he had previously served the association in other capacities, including as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. From 2010-2013, Commissioner Wright was a member of the Advisory Board of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute.

Previously, he was elected councilman and mayor in Irmo, S.C., and to the South Carolina House of Representatives.

A colon cancer survivor, Commissioner Wright is an advocate for cancer awareness and education, and a former member of the Leadership Council for the Cancer Centers at the University of South Carolina. He was presented with the Community Champions Award by Molina Healthcare of South Carolina in 2016 and the Blue Star Service Excellence Award by the USC Center for Colon Cancer Research in 2014. In 1996, he received South Carolina’s highest citizen honor, The Order of the Palmetto.

Commissioner Wright received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Clemson University.

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