University of Texas School of Law
16th Annual
Gas and Power Institute
Houston Oct 5-6, 2017 Hotel Derek
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PRESENTED BY
The University of Texas School of Law
The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (OGERL)

EVENT SPONSORS
Husch Blackwell LLP
Reed Smith LLP

SPONSORS
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Jackson Walker LLP
Locke Lord LLP

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS
Energy Bar Association

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2017 Gas and Power Institute

Program Features
The 16th Annual Gas and Power Institute features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements. With essential information on the latest industry and market climate, the Institute also provides a must-have set of materials and resources.
2017 Institute highlights:
  • Texas Legislative and Regulatory Update provides highlights from the 85th Texas Legislative Session and updates on recent judicial and administrative decisions affecting the Texas gas and electric industries.
  • Todd Filsinger, Filsinger Energy Partners, provides an Overview of the U.S. Power Markets and the Impacts of Market Structures.
  • Lisa Tonery and Adam Wenner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, provide insight on how the new FERC chairman and commissioners will redirect the future of electric power and natural gas regulation.
  • Phil Lookadoo, Haynes and Boone, LLP, delivers Dodd-Frank: President Trump’s Agenda Changes Everything, Or Does It?
  • Craig R. Enochs, Reed Smith LLP, explores the challenges in preparing contracts for the purchase and sale of electric capacity.
  • Meghan Griffiths, Jackson Walker, LLP, leads a panel on Meeting the Electricity Needs of Industrial and Large Commercial Customers.
  • Rebecca Bollenbach, Essentia Advisory Partners, reviews Mexico’s power registration for retail power marketing and wholesale power trading, including the challenges that many have faced in navigating the process. 
  • A panel of experts led by Norma Rosner Iacovo, Tenaska Power Services Co., presents How to Build an Energy Project in the Face of Activist Opposition.
  • Earn two hours of ethics credit.
  • Attendees enjoy networking with program faculty and attendees during Thursday evening’s reception.

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12/13/17
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Oct. 5, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Michael P. Pearson, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX

7:30 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast. 

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Texas Legislative and Regulatory Update

Listen to highlights of the 85th Legislative Session and recent judicial and administrative decisions affecting the Texas gas and electric industries. 

Jennifer Littlefield, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Austin, TX
Jessica L. Morgan, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX

9:15 am

0.75 hr

Federal Energy Policy and Regulation Update

Gain insight on how the new FERC chairman and commissioners will redirect the future of electric power and natural gas regulation. 

Lisa Tonery, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - New York, NY
Adam Wenner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Washington, DC

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Dodd-Frank: President Trump’s Agenda Changes Everything, Or Does It?

President Trump is using all the tools in his Presidential Toolbox—Presidential Appointments, Executive Orders, CRA Rejection of Obama-Era Final Rules, Federal Budget Approval Process, Tax Proposals, Legislative Agenda, the Bully Pulpit, Foreign Policy Initiatives, Bilateral Trade Treaty Negotiations, and, of course, his Twitter Account!—to alter much of the regulatory landscape established by his predecessor. Early on, there was talk of repealing the Dodd-Frank Act, but where are we now? Discuss what is likely to change, what is likely to remain, and how the gas and power industries will be affected.

Phil Lookadoo, Haynes and Boone LLP - Washington, DC

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.75 hr

Status, Structure, and Successes of U.S. Retail Markets

In an era of flat load, dramatic upheavals in generation economics and the arrival of digital customer sovereignty in the electricity industry, the data shows superior performance by competitive retail jurisdictions compared to traditional monopoly states. For nearly a decade, average prices have been declining in 14 competitively restructured markets while rising in 35 traditionally regulated states. At the same time competitive markets are attracting capital for new generation with improved operating efficiency relative to generation in monopoly states.

Philip R. O'Connor, PROactive Strategies, Inc. - Chicago, IL

11:30 am

0.50 hr

Documenting Electric Capacity Transactions

Explore the challenges in preparing contracts for the purchase and sale of electric capacity. These challenges include differences between capacity products in different markets, documentation used in capacity transactions, and issues to consider when drafting capacity contracts such as liquidated damages, force majeure, and calculating credit exposure.

Craig R. Enochs, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX

12:00 pm

0.50 hr

Mexico Power Market Permitting and Legal Reform Update

In its emerging power market, Mexico’s regulators must balance the desire for a fast and efficient market participant registration process with the need to ensure that entities have the required skills and financial soundness to operate effectively. Many questions continue to arise from both Mexican and global companies about the registration process to participate in Mexico’s power markets. Review Mexico’s power registration for retail power marketing and wholesale power trading, including the challenges that many have faced in navigating the process.

Rebecca Bollenbach, Essentia Advisory Partners LLC - Houston, TX

12:30 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon, Oct. 5, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Chris Reeder, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor

Husch Blackwell LLP

12:50 pm

0.50 hr

Priorities for the Evolution of an Energy-Only Electricity Market Design in ERCOT

ERCOT is a leader in the development of an open competitive electricity market. Review the economic and policy trends which point to areas of enhancement of the basic energy-only design.

William W. Hogan, John F. Kennedy School of Government - Cambridge, MA

 
1:20 pm
Break

1:35 pm

1.00 hr

How to Build an Energy Project in the Face of Activist Opposition

Energy projects involve a myriad of complex issues, ranging from state vs. federal regulatory control, to landowner impacts, to broad policy issues (climate change, “leave it in the ground,” etc). The scale of active opposition has been magnified by increased funding from multiple sources, coupled with an unprecedented number of major projects. Consider how to build energy projects in the face of widening political divisions at the federal, state and local levels.

Moderator:
Norma Rosner Iacovo, Tenaska Power Services Co. - Arlington, TX
Panelists:
Norman Lent III, Arent Fox LLP - Washington, DC
Frederick M. Lowther, Blank Rome LLP - Washington, DC
Phillip G. Oldham, Thompson & Knight LLP - Austin, TX

2:35 pm

0.50 hr

Gas Processing Primer

A primer on the fundamental business and technical considerations in natural gas processing.

Stacy Duke, Targa Resources - Houston, TX

3:05 pm
Break

3:15 pm

0.75 hr

Hot Topics in the Midstream Sector

There has been a lot going on in the midstream sector over the last few years—some good and some bad. Review what the future holds: is big infrastructure built out or is more still needed; how are commodity exposures and prices; are the days of easy returns gone as competition heats up; and what M&A trends are on the horizon. 

David Pursell, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. - Houston, TX

4:00 pm

0.50 hr

Overview of the U.S. Power Markets and the Impacts of Market Structures

Given the diversity of regional market structures throughout the U.S., discuss the outlook and impacts of these market dynamics on asset valuations and generation development opportunities.

Todd Filsinger, Filsinger Energy Partners - Denver, CO

4:30 pm

1.00 hr ethics

‚ÄčTen Tips to Avoid a Grievance: Conflicts and Dealing with the Unrepresented Person

Busy lawyers seem to forget the fundamentals about communication restrictions (do's/dont's) contained in our ethics rules. Listen to practical pointers that can keep you out of trouble. Remember, your ability to practice law is a privilege—not a right.

Gaines F. West II, West Webb Allbritton & Gentry P C - College Station, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn to Reception

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

Thank You to Our Sponsor
Reed Smith LLP

Friday Morning, Oct. 6, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Kathleen E. Magruder, BP Energy Company - Houston, TX

7:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast. 

8:00 am

0.75 hr

Meeting the Electricity Needs of Industrial and Large Commercial Customers

What drives the power supply choices of large electricity consumers in the Texas power markets? Examine the commercial, regulatory, and legal considerations that shape the power supply decisions of industrial and large commercial customers. As a case study, explore the procurement, policy, and regulatory issues that drove the structure of the City of Houston’s three-party agreement to purchase 50 MW of solar power through its retail electric provider.   

Moderator:
Meghan Elaine Griffiths, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Daniel James Booth, Calpine Corporation - Houston, TX
James Cargas, City of Houston Legal Department - Houston, TX

8:45 am

0.50 hr

NOIEs Moving to ERCOT: Do They Have an Advantage?

Gain insight into how not-for-profit electricity entities can address changes in markets in Texas and beyond.

Aaron C. Gregg, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin, TX

9:15 am

0.75 hr

Interplay and Competition of Federal vs. State Energy Regulatory Jurisdiction

Are state zero-emission credit programs, such as those adopted in NY and IL, legitimate state actions or impermissible encroachments upon federal jurisdiction? Explore the federal and state tensions, as well as the possible paths competitive market resolutions. 

Moderator:
Norma Rosner Iacovo, Tenaska Power Services Co. - Arlington, TX
Panelists:
Carrie Hill Allen, Exelon Corporation - Washington, DC
Jennifer S. Hsia, NRG Energy, Inc - Princeton, NJ

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

0.50 hr

Navigating the Use of NAESB and EEI Contracts

Discuss the most commonly used standard forms for buying and selling natural gas and electricity. Learn about common modifications buyers and sellers make to these forms, as well as when not to use them.

Chad Eric Mills, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX

10:45 am

0.50 hr

LNG Update

According to the IEA, LNG could be the “second revolution” in natural gas markets. Global LNG trade reached another record year in 2016 as new supply from Australia and the United States came online and found its way to markets in a diverse array of countries. The world’s traditional buyers are becoming sellers as potentially huge LNG demand markets open up in China and India. Hear an update of the key developments impacting global LNG markets. 

Susan L. Sakmar, The University of Houston Law Center - Houston, TX

11:15 am

1.00 hr ethics

Too Many Entities

As more “deals” are put together, more entities are used to facilitate the “deal." Assess the huge liability risk for clients and lawyers if litigation is the end result.

Thomas H. Watkins, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX

12:15 pm
Adjourn

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Faculty

Conference Faculty

Carrie Hill Allen
Exelon Corporation
Washington, DC
Rebecca Bollenbach
Essentia Advisory Partners LLC
Houston, TX
Daniel James Booth
Calpine Corporation
Houston, TX
James Cargas
City of Houston Legal Department
Houston, TX
Stacy Duke
Targa Resources
Houston, TX
Craig R. Enochs
Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX
Todd Filsinger
Filsinger Energy Partners
Denver, CO
Aaron C. Gregg
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Austin, TX
Meghan Elaine Griffiths
Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX
William W. Hogan
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Cambridge, MA
Jennifer S. Hsia
NRG Energy, Inc
Princeton, NJ
Norma Rosner Iacovo
Tenaska Power Services Co.
Arlington, TX
Norman Lent III
Arent Fox LLP
Washington, DC
Jennifer Littlefield
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, TX
Phil Lookadoo
Haynes and Boone LLP
Washington, DC
Frederick M. Lowther
Blank Rome LLP
Washington, DC
Chad Eric Mills
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX
Jessica L. Morgan
Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX
Philip R. O'Connor
PROactive Strategies, Inc.
Chicago, IL
Phillip G. Oldham
Thompson & Knight LLP
Austin, TX
David Pursell
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
Houston, TX
Susan L. Sakmar
The University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX
Lisa Tonery
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
New York, NY
Thomas H. Watkins
Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX
Adam Wenner
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Washington, DC
Gaines F. West II
West Webb Allbritton & Gentry P C
College Station, TX

Planning Committee

Chris Reeder—Chair
Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX
John K. Arnold
Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX
Nathan Bigbee
Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.
Austin, TX
James H. Byrd
McCarter & English, LLP
Washington, DC
Paul W. Chung
Targa Resources Corp.
Houston, TX
Kenneth S. Culotta
King & Spalding
Houston, TX
Merida De La Pena
Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc.
Houston, TX
Sarah Sharlot Dietrich
NRG Energy, Inc.
Houston, TX
Robert D. Eickenroht
Thompson & Knight LLP
Houston, TX
Craig R. Enochs
Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX
Meghan Elaine Griffiths
Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX
Diana Woodman Hammett
Calpine Corporation
Houston, TX
Ann A. Hawkins
Houston, TX
Elizabeth B. Hawkins
Targa Resources
Houston, TX
Mary Hekman
Golden Spread
Amarillo, TX
Will Hickman
Shell Oil
Houston, TX
Norma Rosner Iacovo
Tenaska Power Services Co.
Arlington, TX
Giji M. John
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Houston, TX
Philip K. Lau
Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX
Diana M. Liebmann
Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Kathleen E. Magruder
BP Energy Company
Houston, TX
Kaiser Malik
Calpine Corporation
Houston, TX
Chad Eric Mills
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston, TX
Harlan Murphy
Harlan E. Murphy, PLLC
Houston, TX
Michael P. Pearson
Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX
April Rogers
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Marty Jo Rogers
Shell Oil Company
Houston, TX
John R. Werner
Source Power and Gas LLP
Sugar Land, TX

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Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Real Estate Law
Additional Information
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.  
California
12.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.  
Louisiana
12.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Oklahoma
14.50 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Other States
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

TX Accounting CPE
14.50 hrs
Additional Information
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.  

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Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 4, 2017
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for In-House Counsel/Industry early registration: Oct 4, 2017
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Sep 29, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Oct 2, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

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Hotel / Venue

Houston

Hotel Derek

2525 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
713.961.3000
866.292.4100 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

$159 room rate good through September 13, 2017 (subject to availability) 

Parking Information

Daily self-parking: $10
Overnight self-parking: $14 
Valet parking: $30

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