Please review our current COVID-19 Protocols for in-person attendance to this conference.

Overview

The 2021 Gas and Power Institute, is a one-day program that features timely topics relevant to the gas and power industry in light of the changing landscape of rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements. The Institute also provides essential information and resources on the latest industry and market climate.

2021 Institute highlights:

  • Brad Jones, of ERCOT, will deliver the luncheon presentation on Restoring Trust.
  • Presentations on both Texas Regulatory and Legislative Updates and Federal Regulatory and Legislative Updates provide highlights from the state and federal level involving electricity, natural gas and crud oil, and other liquids affecting the Texas gas and electric industries.
  • Creative Financing Structures for the Midstream and Electric Power Sectors.
  • Review and discuss hedging methods and contract strategies that mitigated exposure to the intense volatility caused by Winter Storm Uri.
  • Dive into the laws and regulations surrounding private use networks and other behind the meter arrangements.
  • Earn up to 1.00 hour of ethics credit.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Chris Reeder, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX
  • 7:50 am
    Houston Only
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:50 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 9:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Texas Energy Market Primer: An Overview of the Texas Power Grid and the ERCOT Market 
    This “electricity market 101” presentation will provide an overview of the key players in the Texas retail and wholesale power market, the interrelated nature of the power grid and the Texas gas markets, an overview of how power is bought and sold in ERCOT, and who regulates that process. 

    Meghan Elaine Griffiths, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

  • 9:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Legislative Response to Winter Storm Uri
    Recap the wide range of legislation passed by the Texas Legislature during the 2021 Legislative Session in response to the power outages during Winter Storm Uri. Among the topics to be addressed will be the several changes to the Texas Utility Code passed by the legislature instructing reforms at both the PUCT and ERCOT, as well as subsequent directives from the Governor stemming from those reforms and related topics being debated among ERCOT market participants.  

    Michael J. Nasi, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

  • 10:30 am
    15-Minute Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    State Regulatory and Legislative Update
    An update on legislative, regulatory, and rulemaking actions concerning both the Railroad Commission and the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

    John K. Arnold, Locke Lord LLP - Houston, TX
    Taylor Kilroy, Texas Public Power Association (TPPA) - Austin, TX

  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Federal Regulatory and Legislative Update
    Hear the latest on rulings by the US Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. on matters involving electricity, natural gas and crude oil and other liquids; plus, an update on energy legislation developments.

    Terence Healey, Sidley Austin LLP - Boston, MA

  • 12:00 pm
    Houston Only
    Pick up Lunch (Houston)

  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Philip K. Lau, Mayer Brown LLP - Houston, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor

  • 12:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Restoring Trust
    Winter storm Uri was a tragic and damaging event, affecting millions of Texans and prompted the need for change at ERCOT. Hear about ERCOT's promise to the people of Texas moving forward. The promise is to: Cooperate and communicate thoughtfully and purposefully through multiple channels, ensure reliability and restore trust and confidence in ERCOT, evaluate technical processes within ERCOT and then innovate through dialog.

    Brad Jones, ERCOT - Austin, TX

  • 12:50 pm
    15-Minute Break

  • 1:05 pm
    0.50 hr
    Creative Financing Structures for the Midstream and Electric Power Sectors.
    An update on emerging financing structures in the midstream and electric power industries, including a discussion on the emergence of sustainability and ESG-linked finance products. 

    Chad M. Smith, Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Houston, TX

  • 1:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Lessons Learned from the Past Year: Force Majeure in the Wake of Uri
    Winter Storm Uri caused unprecedented disruptions in gas and power supply. Discuss ensuing litigation and arguments on both sides arising from failure to provide gas and power under industry agreements.

    David Jones, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX

  • 2:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Methods for Hedging that Reduced Market Exposure to the Uri Storm Conditions for Both Gas and Power
    Review and discuss hedging methods and contract strategies that mitigated exposure to the intense volatility presented by Winter Storm Uri.

    Jim Pappenfus, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX

  • 2:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Battery Energy Storage, an Overview
    Learn more about how Battery Energy Storage Systems are changing the power market and the unique issues created by the convergence of new markets with new technologies.

    Shelley Eichenlaub, Broad Reach Power - Houston, TX

  • 3:20 pm
    10-Minute Break

  • 3:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Private Use Networks
    Dive into the laws and regulations surrounding private use networks and other behind the meter arrangements.

    Landon J. Lill, Baker Botts LLP - Austin, TX

  • 4:00 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Everyday Strategies for Avoiding Professional Misconduct and Sanctions
    No attorney wants to be on the receiving end of a trial court sanctions order or grievance committee finding of professional misconduct. This presentation provides practical, thoughtful recommendations to help you avoid both.

    Scott Rothenberg, Law Office of Scott Rothenberg - Bellaire, TX

  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

John K. Arnold

Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX

Shelley Eichenlaub

Broad Reach Power
Houston, TX

Meghan Elaine Griffiths

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Terence Healey

Sidley Austin LLP
Boston, MA

Brad Jones

ERCOT
Austin, TX

David Jones

Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX

Taylor Kilroy

Texas Public Power Association (TPPA)
Austin, TX

Landon J. Lill

Baker Botts LLP
Austin, TX

Michael J. Nasi

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Jim Pappenfus

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Scott Rothenberg

Law Office of Scott Rothenberg
Bellaire, TX

Chad M. Smith

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Chris Reeder—Chair

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

John K. Arnold

Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX

Craig R. Enochs

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Meghan Elaine Griffiths

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Norma Rosner Iacovo

Tenaska Power Services Co.
Arlington, TX

Philip K. Lau

Mayer Brown LLP
Houston, TX

Diana M. Liebmann

Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX

Julia Pabon

Targa Resources
Houston, TX

Michael P. Pearson

Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX

April Rogers

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Carolyn E. Shellman

Shellman Law
San Antonio, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
You may claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided in Your Briefcase for your records. The system reports Texas CLE credit every Monday. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com
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 must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance 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. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. 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. 
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. You may also be required to sign-in at the registration desk if you are attending in-person - please see staff onsite for more details. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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 to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. 

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
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.
MCLE Credit
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to LSBA within 30 days after the conference.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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 to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
 
To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. 

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.
MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and 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.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

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

Key Dates

Houston – Oct 14, 2021 – Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
Live Webcast – Oct 14, 2021
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Last day for cancellation: Oct 11, 2021
Live Webcast
Last day for Individual early registration: Oct 6, 2021

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Last day for In-House Counsel/Industry early registration: Oct 6, 2021

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Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 6, 2021

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Oct 6, 2021

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Oct 8, 2021

$50 processing fee applied after this date

Last day for cancellation: Oct 11, 2021

Venue

speaker

2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027-3502
713.627.7600
855.463.3091 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $169 per night. Special room rate is available until September 23, 2021 or until the room block is exhausted, whichever comes first. You can reserve by calling 855-463-3091 and mentioning the "Gas and Power Institute" or by visiting their website here.

Parking Information

Self-parking: $10 daily; $16 overnight
Valet: $16 daily; $25 overnight
(subject to change)

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