2018 Energy Law and Policy Institute Conference

Pitt Law Energy Law and Policy Institute

Date and Times: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Energy Innovation Center
1435 Bedford Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

CLE Credit Information: 

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 hours of substantive credit.

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Join Pitt Law for the Energy Law and Policy Institute to be part of panel conversations surrounding prescient issues in Oil & Gas Law International Law, Environmental Law, and Renewable Energy and to learn from national and international experts about the current landscape of energy-related issues in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

Keynote address will be delivered by Colette Honorable, former Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Founding Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, David Hickton, is the featured lunchtime speaker

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8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking
Opening Remarks
William Carter
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Dean
Kevin Abbott
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Energy Law and Policy Institute, Director
Reed Smith LLP, Senior Counsel
Keynote Address – FERC’s Role in the U.S. Energy Policy
FERC’s Role in the development of US Energy Policy Once considered a sleepy federal agency, FERC’s role in shaping national energy policy has attracted the attention of many, particularly in the area of renewables integration, infrastructure development and the integration of technology to aid in ensuring reliability, diversity of supply and grid resilience.  This address will focus on national trends in energy policy that impact local, state and regional energy sectors.
Colette Honorable
Reed Smith LLP, Partner
Former Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Panel 1 – International Perspectives on Energy Policy
The panel will examine international perspectives on energy policy, including the impact of climate change, economic issues and the mix of energy sources.
Moderator: Ronald Brand
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Center for International Legal Education, Director 
Shanti Gamper-Rabindran
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Associate Professor 
Dr. Katrina Kelly
University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, Director – Business Development 
Panel 2 – Understanding Renewable Generation in an Era of Utility Deregulation 
This panel will explore the role of renewable sources of energy in the era of utility deregulation from the perspectives of public policy, cost and operational issues.
Moderator: Dr. Gregory Reed
University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy and the GRID Institute, Professor and Director 
Timothy Burdis
PJM Interconnection, Strategist
Timothy Croushore, P.E.
FirstEnergy Technologies, Consulting Engineer
Bruce Edelston
Southern Company, Vice President – Energy Policy
Luncheon Presentation – Cybersecurity and Energy
David Hickton presents on cybersecurity risks to the energy sector, addresses the increasing threat stream, and shares recommendations for action.
David Hickton
University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, Founding Director

Counsel Roundtable – Issues Facing Shale Gas Producers in the Second Decade of the Shale Era in the Appalachian Basin
In the first decade of shale gas production in the Appalachian Basin, we have seen great changes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.  Legislators, courts, and governmental agencies have struggled to update the laws and procedural regulations to fit the modern realities of the production, transportation, and sale of shale gas.  We explore with three in-house counsel the legal challenges that producers face today, and what they see as the challenges ahead. 
Moderator: Ryan Purpura
McGuire Woods, Partner
Jessica Brisendine
EQT Corporation, Assistant General Counsel 
Jamie Elsen
Rockdale Marcellus, LLC’s Director of Land and de facto GC
Erin McDowell
Range Resources - Appalachia, LLC

Panel 3 – Government and NGO Perspectives on the Environmental Rights Amendment and other Current Environmental Issues
When it comes to environmental law in Pennsylvania, the only constant is change. Whether in the courts or in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania continues to face novel and complex environmental issues. This panel will explore these emerging issues, with special focus on the Environmental Rights Amendment and Governor Wolf’s recent “white paper” addressing DEP resources and priorities.
Moderator: Grant MacIntyre 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law Environmental Clinic, Director
Joseph Reinhart
Babst Calland, Shareholder
John Walliser
Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Senior Vice President – Legal & Government Affairs
Jeremy Weber
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Shale Gas Governance Center, Director

Concluding Remarks
Reception to Follow

All times are tentative and subject to change