GW Law Hosts Second Annual Conference on Law of Demand Response

The Second Annual Conference on the Law of Demand Response, sponsored by Husch Blackwell and the Peak Load Management Alliance in conjunction with GW Law, will be held October 26-27 in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room at the Law School. Registration begins at 7:30 am, and the conference runs from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm on October 25, with a reception that evening, and from 8:30 am to noon on October 27.

This year’s conference will tackle emerging developments and key issues in the law as well as revisit some lingering challenging topics explored at last year’s gathering. 

“Last year’s conference demonstrated that there is a need to examine how important legal issues are shaping this emerging industry; that the laws surrounding demand response are developing quickly, if somewhat unpredictably; and that discussing and working collaboratively on these issues can be productive, professionally rewarding, and even fun,” says Jim Hoecker, Husch Blackwell Senior Counsel and former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman.

As demand response grows as a source of electricity supply and a hedge against loss of service, the need for new regulation, contractual arrangements, market mechanisms, and cyber protections is also growing. This unique law conference brings together legal experts to address the impediments that demand response faces and the opportunities it presents, from the perspective of emerging law and regulation.

Attendees will hear prominent speakers, including keynote addresses by Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) (schedule permitting) and Professor Richard Pierce, Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law at GW Law, as well as panels of experts from FERC and from both private and public utilities as they discuss many legal issues that surround this new aspect of the power industry.

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