Overview

The Gas and Power Institute offers essential information on the current industry and market climates in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulations, legislation and environmental requirements.

2014 Institute highlights:
  • Mexico: The New Frontier panel discussion covers the reforms to the Mexican Constitution and their consequences for the pipeline/midstream industries
  • Commissioner Barry T. Smitherman provides an update on important developments at the Texas Railroad Commission
  • Report from Rae McQuade, President of the North American Energy Standards Board, Inc., on the history of the evolution of the gas day from 1994 to current efforts to support today’s energy market
  • Review significant federal regulatory changes over the past year, including issues relating to the shift away from coal to natural gas and renewables
  • Learn the latest developments at both ERCOT and PUC relating to resource adequacy in the ERCOT market
  • Former Director of the CFTC Enforcement Division, David Meister, gives his perspective on the Division’s use of Dodd-Frank authority
  • Interact and network with program faculty and attendees during Thursday Evening’s Networking Reception
The Institute is presented with The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and The Energy Bar Association.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Sep. 4, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Kathleen E. Magruder, BP Energy Company - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:35 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Federal Regulatory Update
    A review of significant federal regulatory changes over the past year, including forcing the shift away from coal to natural gas and renewables, accommodating the shift, natural gas deliverability and incentives to invest in infrastructure, efforts to unify the Balkanized grid and FERC Order 1000, grid resiliency, and FERC-CFTC investigations and information-sharing.

    J. Dan Watkiss, McDermott Will & Emery - Washington, DC

  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Meeting the Oil and Gas Industry’s Electricity Needs
    Exponential growth in oil and gas production activity in Texas, particularly in the Permian Basin, continues to have a dramatic impact on current and forecasted electric power consumption. A discussion of the necessity and challenge of forecasting the need for, and construction of, adequate electric power infrastructure (distribution and transmission facilities) to provide access to commercial “on the grid” power, as well as the costs and other impacts of having to rely on alternative sources of power.

    Moderator:
    Kathleen M. LaValle, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    John J. Bick, Priority Power Management - Arlington, TX
    Terry Preuninger, Oncor - Dallas, TX
    Kenneth H. Sheffield Jr., Pioneer Natural Resources Company - Irving, TX

  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Mexico: The New Frontier
    Overview of reforms to the Mexican Constitution affecting the exploration for and the development and production of oil and gas, the consequences of these reforms for the pipeline/midstream industries (including import/export and cross-border infrastructure development opportunities), the likely impact on the LNG export business in the Western Hemisphere, and the proposed constitutional reforms to the electric power business and markets.

    Moderator:
    Kenneth S. Culotta, King & Spalding - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Thomas S. Heather, Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C. - México City, DF
    Carlos Roa, Petróleos Mexicanos - México City, DF
    José L. Valera, Mayer Brown - Houston, TX

  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Update on State of Play on LNG
    Review of the current state of the approval process for LNG export projects at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including the prospect for a pause or departure from the DOE's "order of precedence" queue, with a focus on issues highlighted by recent orders and the implications for the continuing development of LNG export infrastructure and commercial arrangements.

    James F. Bowe Jr., King & Spalding - Washington, DC
    Joan M. Darby, Dickstein Shapiro LLP - Washington, DC

  • 12:15 pm
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in registration.

  • Thursday Afternoon, Sep. 4, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Kathleen E. Magruder, BP Energy Company - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Texas Oil and Gas, Power Generation, and Related Environmental and Regulatory Updates

    Hon. Barry T. Smitherman, Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas - Austin, TX

  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • PIPELINES
  • 1:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Common Carrier Issues
    A review of key developments related to the state regulation of common carrier pipelines in Texas, with focus on developments in the past year related to eminent domain and the scope of Railroad Commission jurisdiction over liquids pipelines carrying natural gas liquids, refined petroleum products, and other non-crude oil liquids.

    James H. Barkley, Baker Botts - Houston, TX

  • 2:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Contract Issues
    The boom in natural gas production in domestic shale plays has made infrastructure development—and service on such infrastructure—increasingly critical for producers. Explore regulatory and contractual considerations raised by taking gas from the wellhead to the market in this environment, including natural gas gathering, processing, transportation and sales.

    James E. Olson, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX

  • 3:05 pm
    0.50 hr
    GISB/NAESB—A History of the Development of the Gas Day
    The evolution of the gas day standard from 1994 to current efforts to modify the scheduling standards and business practices to support today’s energy market.

    Rae McQuade, President, North American Energy Standards Board, Inc. - Houston, TX

  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • ENVIRONMENTAL
  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Carbon Capture and Sequestration
    Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is often touted by its proponents as the solution to global warming and decried by its detractors as an economically unfeasible panacea. A survey of the existing technology for CCS as well as the current legal regime for implementing CCS projects.

    Giji M. John, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX

  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Clean Air Act Regulatory Developments
    Developments in major challenges to federal regulations under the Clean Air Act, including the Cross State Air Pollution Rule and EPA's rules that impose greenhouse gas permitting requirements on stationary sources. EPA's ongoing development of major rules, such as new regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, is also discussed.

    Joshua B. Frank, Baker Botts - Washington, DC

  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn to Networking Reception
    Sponsored by Reed Smith LLP

    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with program faculty and attendees.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Sep. 5, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Marty Jo Rogers, Montgomery, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • POWER
  • 8:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Resource Adequacy Panel
    An update on the development at both ERCOT and the PUCT relating to resource adequacy in the ERCOT market, including changes to load forecasting, generation in the queue, the impact of ORDC and increases in price caps, as well as other changes to the ERCOT Protocols to encourage new capacity to site.

    Moderator:
    Diana M. Liebmann, Haynes and Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX
    Panelists:
    Mark Dreyfus, Austin Energy - Austin, TX
    Charles S. Griffey, Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business - Houston, TX
    Warren Lasher, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. - Austin, TX

  • 8:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Electric Transmission Planning
    An overview of the current ERCOT transmission planning processes with discussion of potential changes following recent regulatory challenges.

    Warren Lasher, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. - Austin, TX

  • 9:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Beyond ERCOT: What’s Happening in SPP
    ERCOT’s neighbor to the north has implemented “Day 2” markets and now is preparing to integrate major public power utilities to the north while continuing its tussles with MISO over Entergy’s integration into MISO.  Learn how these and other developments may affect those in ERCOT as well as those doing business in SPP and MISO.

    N. Beth Emery, Husch Blackwell LLP - Washington, DC, and Houston, TX

  • 9:45 am
    Break

  • ENERGY TRADING
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    CFTC Enforcement: Looking Ahead
    The former Director of the CFTC Enforcement Division gives his perspective on what to expect from the Division and its use of Dodd-Frank authority in domestic and cross-border investigations.

    David Meister, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - New York, NY

  • 10:30 am
    0.75 hr
    So Many Rules, So Little Time: Implementing Dodd-Frank Trade Option Compliance
    Issues, questions and possible solutions to the challenges presented by trade options.

    Moderator:
    Kaiser Malik, Calpine Corporation - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Jeffrey J. Nichols, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX
    Gayle M. Patton, Targa Resources - Houston, TX
    Tiffany L. Silvey, Luminant Energy Company LLC - Dallas, TX

  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Ethics of Negotiation: The True Cost of Representation
    What are the ethical boundaries, borders and gray areas for lawyers involved in negotiations? A fast-paced presentation with points to ponder, hypotheticals to consider and something to smile about.

    Jason Boulette, Boulette & Golden L.L.P. - Austin, TX

  • 12:00 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

James H. Barkley

Baker Botts
Houston, TX

John J. Bick

Priority Power Management
Arlington, TX

Jason Boulette

Boulette & Golden L.L.P.
Austin, TX

James F. Bowe Jr.

King & Spalding
Washington, DC

Kenneth S. Culotta

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

Joan M. Darby

Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Washington, DC

Mark Dreyfus

Austin Energy
Austin, TX

N. Beth Emery

Husch Blackwell LLP
Washington, DC, and Houston, TX

Joshua B. Frank

Baker Botts
Washington, DC

Charles S. Griffey

Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business
Houston, TX

Thomas S. Heather

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.
México City, DF

Giji M. John

Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

Warren Lasher

Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.
Austin, TX

Kathleen M. LaValle

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Dallas, TX

Diana M. Liebmann

Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX

Kaiser Malik

Calpine Corporation
Houston, TX

Rae McQuade

President, North American Energy Standards Board, Inc.
Houston, TX

David Meister

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
New York, NY

Jeffrey J. Nichols

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX

James E. Olson

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Gayle M. Patton

Targa Resources
Houston, TX

Terry Preuninger

Oncor
Dallas, TX

Carlos Roa

Petróleos Mexicanos
México City, DF

Kenneth H. Sheffield Jr.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Irving, TX

Tiffany L. Silvey

Luminant Energy Company LLC
Dallas, TX

Hon. Barry T. Smitherman

Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas
Austin, TX

José L. Valera

Mayer Brown
Houston, TX

J. Dan Watkiss

McDermott Will & Emery
Washington, DC

Planning Committee

Kathleen E. Magruder—Chair

BP Energy Company
Houston, TX

John K. Arnold

Winstead PC
Houston, TX

Paul W. Chung

Targa Resources Corp.
Houston, TX

Kenneth S. Culotta

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

Shonnie L. Daniel

Calpine Corporation
Houston, TX

Merida De La Pena

Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc.
Houston, TX

Clare H. Doyle

Reliant Energy
Houston, TX

Robert D. Eickenroht

Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX

Ann A. Hawkins

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Houston, TX

Michelle E. Hicks

Constellation New Energy
Houston, TX

Monica Hwang

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

Norma Rosner Iacovo

Tenaska Power Services Co.
Arlington, TX

Giji M. John

Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX

Hollis L. Levy

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Diana M. Liebmann

Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX

Jay G. Martin

Baker Hughes Incorporated
Houston, TX

Michael P. Pearson

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Chris Reeder

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Marty Jo Rogers

Montgomery, TX

Paul E. Vrana

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Sarah B. Wolfe

Shell Trading Gas & Power
Houston, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to The Supreme Court of Ohio within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Houston – Sep 4-5, 2014 – Four Seasons Hotel
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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Aug 28, 2014

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Last day for cancellation: Aug 29, 2014

Venue

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1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX
713.650.1300 (reservations)
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Accommodations

$225 room rate good through August 20, 2014 (subject to availability). 
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Parking Information

Valet $15 per day; Overnight Valet $30; Self-parking available in nearby lots

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