Transforming the U.S. Electric System: Where State & Federal Initiatives Meet

Please note: This event has been cancelled due to weather.

The GW Law Sustainable Energy Initiative will host a one-day conference exploring the interface between state and federal initiatives that are transforming the electric system.


8 am: Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am: Learning Sessions

8:30-8:50: Welcome

  • Donna Attanasio

    Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law

  • LeRoy "Lee" Paddock

    Associate Dean for Environmental Law Studies, Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law

8:50-9:55: Minnesota's E21 Project

  • Rolf Nordstrom (moderator & presenter)
    President and CEO, The Great Plains Institute; Chief facilitator, e21 Initiative

  • Christopher B. Clark
    President, Northern States Power-Minnesota
    Xcel Energy

  • Will Kaul
    Vice President, Transmission, Great River Energy

  • Honorable Dan Lipschultz
    Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

9:55-10:15: A View from the Southeast

  • Noel Black
    Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Southern Company

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-11:40: California Utility Programs

  • Zori G. Ferkin (moderator)
    Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP

  • John Sowers
    Vice President, Electric Distribution Operations

  • J. Andrew (“Drew”) Murphy
    Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Edison International

  • Arlen Orchard
    Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

11:40-Noon: A Consumer Perspective

  • John Howat
    Senior Energy Analyst, National Consumer Law Center

Noon-1:30: Lunch & Luncheon Speaker

  • Jeffrey D. Taft
    Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

1:40-2:45: Federal Initiatives

  • George (“Chip”) Cannon, Jr. (moderator)
    Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

  • Gerry W. Cauley
    President & CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corp.

  • J. Arnold Quinn
    Director, Office of Energy Policy & Innovation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

  • Karen G. Wayland
    Deputy Director For State And Local Cooperation, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

3 pm: Discussion

3-5 pm: Discussion Leader Panel

  • Donna M. Attanasio (co-moderator)
    Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs; Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law

  • Emily Hammond (co-moderator)
    Associate Dean for Public Engagement; Professor of Law, GW Law

  • Sanford L. Hartman
    Vice President & Managing Director, Law , Pacific Gas and Electric Company

  • Honorable Anne E. Hoskins
    Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission

  • John Howat
    Senior Energy Analyst, National Consumer Law Center

  • Susan N. Kelly
    President and CEO, American Public Power Association

  • Diane Munns
    Senior Director, External Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund

  • Chris Villarreal
    Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

5-5:15 pm: Wrap Up

  • Donna Attanasio

    Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law

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