University of Pittsburgh School of Law 2013 Energy Law & Policy Institute

Date and Times: 
Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 1:15pm to Friday, August 2, 2013 - 10:15am

The Rivers Club
301 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The U.S. energy portfolio is changing, with a rapid move toward domestic unconventional fossil fuels, recent growth in nuclear energy, and continued expansion of renewable generation. This evolution is not only driving growth of our physical energy infrastructure—markets, law, and policy are also adjusting to fit this new energy picture. 

Join Pitt Law for this Institute and be a part of the conversation surrounding cutting-edge issues in these areas, exploring the tools that will be needed to most effectively address energy-based changes in Pennsylvania, nationally, and globally.

The cost of this event is $225 for one day or $450 for both days.  Checks may be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh may be sent to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, c/o the Energy Law and Policy Institute, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

This Institute is being generously supported by the following organizations - and additional sponsors will be added shortly:


Note: Speaker's presentation materials can be downloaded by clicking on their name and title.

Opening Remarks


Dean William M. Carter, Jr., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Day 1: New Energy Generation

Keynote panel

Policies, regulations, and technologies driving a changing energy economy

8:30- 9:15

The U.S. energy economy is rapidly changing, with a rise in unconventional oil and gas production and potential exports; recent permitting of new nuclear reactors; continued growth in renewable energy; and challenges associated with an aging electrical grid and the need to expand energy markets and infrastructure to accommodate new participants.




Moderator: Celia R. Franklin, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Dr. Gregory Reed, Director, Electric Power Initiative; Associate Director, Center for Energy; Assoc. Professor of Electric Power Engineering, ECE Dept., Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; Director, Grid Technologies Collaborative, U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory

Dr. David B. Spence, Associate Professor of Law, Politics & Regulation; Co-Director, Energy Management & Innovation Center, University of Texas School of Law and McCombs School of Business

Panel 2

Challenges in electricity planning, project execution, and operation


Risk assessment in nuclear energy and other centralized generation projects is a complex task, which requires careful assessment of regulatory uncertainty; litigation; and supply chain and transportation logistics, among other factors.




Ingmar E. Sterzing, Director, Commercial Operations, Westinghouse Electric Co.

Sola Talabi, Manager, Risk Manager, Westinghouse Electric Co.

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Tax incentives and creative financial structures have been central to the recent growth of certain centralized generation projects.  These include, among others, real estate investment trusts, master limited partnerships, and the production tax credit for renewable energy.

Moderator: Russell L. Schetroma, Member, Steptoe & Johnson

John J. Marciano III, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Andrew Redinger, Managing Director & Group Head, KeyBanc Capital Markets

Erika Groves, Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Panel 3 Tax incentive financing for energy projects:  REITs, MLPs and PTC financing
11:30-11:45 Questions
11:45-12:30 Lunch

Panel 4

Natural gas in baseload generation and the impact of shale gas on electricity markets


Lower natural gas prices and new environmental regulations have caused many utilities to switch from coal to gas-fired generation.  The factors driving this change; the legal and business issues associated with the coal to gas switch; and the impact of expanding natural gas generation on electricity markets are core issues in modern energy law and policy.




Robert L. Burns, Jr., Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Jeffrey J. Norton, Energy Practice Group Executive Committee, Eckert Seamans

Dr. David B. Spence, Assoc. Prof. of Law, Politics & Regulation; Co-Director, Energy Management & Innovation Center, University of Texas School of Law and McCombs School of Business

Ingmar E. Sterzing, Director, Commercial Operations, Westinghouse Electric Co.

Denise Foster, Vice President of State and Member Services, PJM Interconnection

Panel 5

Pipeline planning, permitting, construction, and operation


The rise of unconventional gas and oil development has driven demands for new pipelines, leading to new legal issues in the siting and permitting of infrastructure projects.




Moderator: Sandra E. Safro, Associate, K&L Gates

Nils Nichols, Director, Office of Energy Market Regulation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Dwight A. Howes, Partner, Reed Smith

Andrew J. Paterson, Vice President—Technical and Regulatory, Marcellus Shale Coalition

Megan E. Smith, Associate, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

David L. Wochner, Partner, K&L Gates

3:30-3:45 Break

Panel 6

The expansion of electricity transmission lines


An aging electrical grid and the construction of new generation—particularly renewable generation far from population centers—necessitates the expansion of transmission lines and construction of new ones, leading to siting and planning challenges and cost allocation issues, among others.




Moderator and speaker: Oday Salim, Staff Attorney and Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Professor Alexandra B. Klass, Julius E. Davis Professor of Law, University of Minnesota School of Law

Paul McGlynn, Manager, PJM Interconnection; Chair, PJM Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee

Randall B. Palmer, Senior Corporate Counsel, First Energy

Networking Event for Attendees


Harvard Yale Princeton Club

Day 2:  Changing Energy Markets and Regulations

Panel 7

Demand response:  utility programs, FERC Order 745, and the EPA’s RICE Rule


FERC has recently expanded the ability of demand response resources (“virtual generators”) to participate in wholesale energy markets, and some states and utilities have challenged the rule.  Recent EPA limits on diesel generation have also affected demand response providers, which often rely on diesel as a back-up resource.




Moderator: Glenn A. W. Thompson, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Allen Freifeld, Senior Vice President of Law and Public Policy, Viridity Energy

Sharon B. Jacobs, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Eric Matheson, Executive Policy Manager, Office of Commissioner James H. Cawley, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Panel 8

Involving consumers in energy:  distributed generation and net metering


The computerization of the electricity grid and consumer interactions with the grid will have several  important impacts, including expanding opportunities for interconnection of distributed generation with the grid and consumer power over the timing and quantity of electricity use through smart metering and other mechanisms.




Moderator: Hannah Wiseman, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law

Daniel Clearfield, Co-Chair of the Utilities and Telecommunications Group, Energy Practice Group Executive Committee, Eckert Seamans

Evan R. Endres, Energy Center Project Coordinator, PennFuture

10:15-10:30 Break
Panel 9 Changing laws and best practices in shale gas development


As shale gas and oil development has expanded, so, too, have industry practices and environmental regulation, with changes at the federal, state, and local levels; wastewater reuse and financial assurance issues have been at the forefront of some of these changes.




Moderator: Emily Collins, Clinical Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Dr. Kelvin Gregory, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

George Jugovic Jr., Chief Counsel, PennFuture

Austin Mitchell, PhD. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University

David Yoxtheimer, P.G., EMS Extension Associate, Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Penn State

Michael G. Zanic, Practice Area Leader—Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources, K&L Gates

Joseph K. Reinhart, Shareholder, Chairman, Energy and Natural Resources Group, Babst Calland

12:30 – 1:15 Lunch

Panel 10

Oil and gas acquisition


As oil and gas companies grow into the Marcellus and Utica formations, the structure and mechanics of upstream acquisitions are becoming increasingly varied and complex.  




Moderator and speaker: Lisa A. Pampena, Associate, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney

Gina M. Banai, General Counsel, Rice Energy

Dwight A. Howes, Partner, Reed Smith

Panel 11

Fossil fuel exports


The United States is on track to be a major exporter of fuels, with proposals for LNG and coal export terminals already pending or approved, raising important permitting and licensing issues.




Moderator: Sandra E. Safro, Associate, K&L Gates

Geoffrey Brand, Senior Economic Advisor, American Petroleum Institute

Steven A. Porter, Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Sandra E. Safro, Associate, K&L Gates

3:30-3:45 Break

Panel 12

Land use, leasing, and title issues in energy law


Each facet of the industry energy faces similar land use issues, but some land use issues are unique to each facet.  The similarities and differences in land use and title issues are myriad and developing in the region.




Moderator: Sean Cassidy

Kevin C. Abbott, Partner, Reed Smith

Ed Humes, Director of Real Estate, EverPower

Andrew St. John, Holland Services

Stacie Patterson, Pennsylvania State Counsel, First American Title

Blaine A. Lucas, Shareholder, Babst Calland