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2019 EBA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting in Cheyenne, Wyoming
The 2019 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting will be held at Wyoming Public Service Commission in Cheyenne, WY on June 11, 2019. The Rocky Mountain Chapter is presenting a one day CLE program and will offer numerous networking opportunities, including a post-conference reception and scheduled breaks during the program for attendees to connect.
Wildfires and Electric Utilities: Concerns and Viewpoints from Various Interested Parties
This panel will be providing a 360 degree viewpoint of the wildfire challenges plaguing the American West. Specifically, the panel will be discussing: the utility’s perspective regarding wildfire mitigation technology and inverse condemnation; firsthand experience from the federal government’s perspective concerning the Carr Fire in California; various state and federal regulation issues and challenges; as well as an analysis of the bankruptcy issues related to wildfire-impacted utilities, including the interplay between FERC and bankruptcy court.
Moderator: Sarah Norcott, Corporate Counsel, Northwestern Energy
Dawn Roth Lindell, Senior Vice President and Rocky Mountain Regional Manager, Western Area Power Administration
Julie Stencel, Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy
Tara Kaushik, Energy and Utilities Attorney, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Risa Wolf-Smith, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP
Legal and Legislative Developments Affecting Exploration and Production Activity in the Rockies
This panel will explore recent notable legislative and legal developments occurring in some of the leading oil and gas producing states in the Rocky Mountain region, namely, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Colorado. Panelists will address significant ballot initiatives, bills in the recent state legislative sessions, and other legal developments that may affect E&P activity in the region. The esteemed panelists, which include the executive director of a state oil and gas association and legal practitioners, will bring valuable perspective to these topics.
Moderator: Mustafa P. Ostrander, VP-Commercial (Rockies Express & Cheyenne Connector), Tallgrass Energy
Keith Burron, Natural Resources & Water Lawyer, The Burron Firm, P.C.
Chantell Taylor, Partner, Snell & Wilmer
Ryan Flynn, Executive Director, New Mexico Oil & Gas Association
Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Representative Chris Hansen Securitization: Success Stories and Lessons Learned
Legal and Regulatory Changes Paving the Way for Blockchain in Energy
This panel will discuss the legal and regulatory changes making way for blockchain. Specifically, Wyoming has passed several recent laws that allow blockchain and cryptocurrency companies to operate within the state. The panel will also discuss how energy companies and utilities are approaching these technologies from customers to energy transactions.
Moderator: Crystal McDonough, McDonough Law LLC
Christopher Peoples, Management Consultant, Peoples Partners and Associates, LLC
Caitlin M. Shields, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
Tara Nethercott, Senator, State of Wyoming
Jared Olsen, Representative - Wyoming House of Representatives, Founder & Senior Counsel, Olsen Legal Group, LLC
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Ethics Speaker - Chris Petrie