The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Energy Industry: Significant Issues for 2014
Overview:This course offers an overview of the latest trends and best practices with respect to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulatory and enforcements efforts for the energy industry. A panel of thought leaders and practitioners will help firms better understand significant issues surrounding this hot topic.
Key issues include that will be covered in this course are:
- Challenges/Trends/Activity in the Energy Industry
- Challenges in Natural Gas Industry
- Grid Resilience/Reliability Issues and Demand Response
- ROE Complaints, Transmission Infrastructure Development and Signals to Investors and Electronic Quarterly Reports
Husch Blackwell LLP
Husch Blackwell LLP
Jennings Strouss & Salmon, PLC
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
- Jim Hoecker will kick off the seminar by providing an overview of the major challenges/trends/activity before the FERC. This will be high level for which a few of the topics will be covered in more detail by other presenters.
- Bill Demarest will present next and cover major challenges in the natural gas arena.
- Deb Roby will present next and cover (1) grid resilience/reliability issues; (2) the DC Circuits decision last Friday to vacate FERC’s order on demand response.
- Margaret Claybour will present next and cover (1) ROE complaints pending before FERC; (2) tensions regarding transmission infrastructure development and sending signals to investors; (3) Electronic quarterly reports.
Who Should Attend:
- Attorneys with energy/environmental practice
- Corporate Counsel (Energy Companies)
- Compliance Officers and Executives
- Officers involved in FERC Regulatory Compliance
- Energy Trading Practitioners
- Energy Industry Watchers
- And other interested professionals
A nationally recognized energy advisor, Jim Hoecker primarily concentrates his practice on emerging markets in the wholesale electric and natural gas areas. Prior to rejoining private practice, Jim was FERC chairman from 1997 to 2001. All tolled, Jim served on the Commission for eight years, during which time federal regulators ordered open access to the nation’s high-voltage transmission system and created regional transmission organizations.
Jim is also the founder and principal of Hoecker Energy Law & Policy PLLC, where he serves as outside counsel to WIRES, a national business alliance of companies advocating investment in electric transmission, including transmission-dependent wind and solar energy firms as well as transmission developers. He has given testimony before committees of Congress and administrative tribunals. Read Jim’s bio at Husch Blackwell.com for more detailed practice description.
A nationally recognized energy advisor, Jim Hoecker primarily concentrates his practice on emerging markets in the wholesale electric and natural …
Bill Demarest has more than thirty-five years of experience representing energy clients before all three branches of government. He works primarily with clients engaged in upstream production and midstream operations, including independent natural gas producers, integrated oil companies, gatherers, processors and marketers of oil and natural gas. He has represented clients in a wide range of energy transactions and acquisitions, natural gas regulatory proceedings, commercial litigation and arbitration disputes, and enforcement proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other government agencies.
Bill was the principal legislative draftsman of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 and of the organic statute establishing the FERC as an “independent commission” within the Department of Energy. He served as congressional committee counsel from 1973 to 1979 and continues to write and lecture extensively on natural gas policy and legal issues. Read Bill’s full bio at Husch Blackwell.com for a detailed practice description.
Bill Demarest has more than thirty-five years of experience representing energy clients before all three branches of government. He works …
Ms. Roby is Chair of the firm’s Energy Practice Group. She Counsels clients on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations, as well as reliability standards developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Ms. Roby has extensive experience in matters involving the sale and transportation of electricity, hydropower licensing and project development, environmental compliance,NERC compliance and enforcement, energy and capacity markets, transmission pricing and incentives, utility mergers and acquisitions, market power proceedings, and other matters. Her clients consist largely of municipal electric systems and agencies and electric cooperatives, for which she provides legal counseling and litigation services on a variety of energy-related issues, including contract negotiations, federal and state regulatory proceedings, compliance audits and investigations, and court and appellate proceedings.
She is listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the areas of energy and natural resources.
Ms. Roby is Chair of the firm’s Energy Practice Group. She Counsels clients on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and …
Representing some of the nation’s most prolific utilities, independent transmission companies, and merchant and renewable generators, Margaret Claybour helps her energy clients in the full range of regulatory and transactional matters. With extensive experience before the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC), Margaret helps her clients to develop regulatory strategy and structure transactions, counsel in ratemaking proceedings and settlement procedures, and obtain various regulatory approvals. Margaret frequently advises clients on compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and regional entity reliability standards. She has been a featured author in Power Magazine’s Legal & Regulatory section and has been a member of the Energy Bar Association since 2002. Margaret earned her J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Representing some of the nation’s most prolific utilities, independent transmission companies, and merchant and renewable generators, Margaret Claybour helps her …
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About Husch Blackwell LLP
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About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is a full-service business law firm serving clients across the United States and around the world. The firm was founded in 1908 and now has nearly 500 attorneys. Headquartered in Seattle, Davis Wright Tremaine also maintains offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C. Portland, Bellevue, Anchorage, and Shanghai, China.