2021 Southeast Energy Law Seminar

SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

Weston Adams, III

Weston Adams, III

Partner & Co-Chair Energy Industry Group
SC Clean Energy Industries Task Force Co-Chair
Nelson Mullins

Weston Adams III practices Energy, Environmental, and Appellate Law. He served from 2004 to 2014 as Commissioner, and then Chairman, of the SC Conservation Bank, in which time that SC State Agency funded 250,000 acres of conservation easements in South Carolina. He was educated at Sewanee, Cambridge, and the USC School of Law, where he served as the Research Editor of the South Carolina Law Review. In his law practice, he has served as lead counsel on more than 100 appeals to the SC Court of Appeals, the SC Supreme Court, and the 4th Circuit in Richmond.

 


 

Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper

Partner
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

 


 

Thad Culley

Thad Culley

Sr. Manager, Public Policy
Sunrun

 


 

Heather Curlee

Heather Curlee

Senior Counsel
Wilson Sonsini

 


 

Tracy S. DeMarco

Tracy S. DeMarco

Counsel
McGuireWoods LLP

Based in McGuireWoods’ Raleigh office, Tracy DeMarco focuses on a wide range of litigation and regulatory matters.

Ms. DeMarco represents energy and utility clients in matters before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and other state agencies.  In particular, she has contributed to proceedings regarding base rate increases, integration resource planning, avoided costs proceedings, and interconnection issues, among others, before the NCUC and South Carolina Public Service Commission.

Ms. DeMarco received her A.B. from Duke University, and earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, with honors.

 


 

Rebecca Dulin

Rebecca Dulin

Director, Stakeholder Engagement
Duke Energy

 


 

Tyson Grinstead

Tyson Grinstead

Director, Public Policy
Sunrun, Inc.

 


 

Jack Jirak

Jack Jirak

Deputy General Counsel

Duke Energy

Jack has more than thirteen years of experience as an attorney in the energy industry representing renewable developers, utilities, and financing entities in both regulatory and transactional matters.  In his current role as Deputy General Counsel for Duke Energy, Jack is responsible for a wide variety of regulatory matters, including integrated resource planning, ratemaking, renewable policy and procurement, and interconnection policy and procedures.  Prior to his current role, Jack was a partner at the law firm of Troutman Sanders, LLP (now, Troutman Pepper), an Am-law 100 law firm with over 1,200 attorneys and offices throughout the United States.  Jack has been involved in the development, procurement and financing of close to 1 GW of renewable generation projects across the United States and internationally, including all transactional aspects of the development process, along with a wide variety of other energy-related transactions.

 


 

Bonnie Loomis

Bonnie Loomis

South Carolina Managing Director
E4 Carolinas

A South Carolina native with undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. Loomis has nearly 30 years of experience working in and around South Carolina state government and the state’s energy industry. She completed energy and leadership programs at both Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management (energy) and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (leadership), as well as the Riley Institute at Furman University’s Diversity Leaders Initiative and Leadership South Carolina. From 2013 to 2015, Loomis served as a member of the SCCEBA Board and more recently as its Executive Director.

 


 

Bernard L. McNamee

Bernard L. McNamee

Partner
McGuireWoods LLP

 


 

Jeff Merrifield

Jeff Merrifield

Chair, E4 Carolinas Board of Directors & Energy Section Leader & Partner
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw & Pittman LLP

Jeffrey Merrifield is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, in the firm’s Energy practice, and is located in the Washington, DC office.

Mr. Merrifield was appointed by President Clinton and reappointed by President Bush to serve on the five-member, Senate-confirmed, independent United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During his tenure, which was from October 1998 to June 2002 and from August 2002 to June 2007, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission had a staff of 3,250 employees with a budget of $900 million and set all policies and rules that govern the safe and secure use of nuclear materials at the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants operating at that time.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Merrifield served as President of The Merrifield Group, LLC where he provided energy and environmental consulting, advocacy and strategic advice for companies, organizations and individuals. Specific areas of focus included management, energy market analysis, nuclear, fossil and alternative energy policy and deployment, radioactive and hazardous waste disposal strategies, safety and regulatory assessment and analysis, as well as public and government engagement.

Before working with the Merrifield Group, Mr. Merrifield was the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development with CB&I’s Power Business Unit. While there, he led a team of twenty-five sales and proposal staff to develop and win over $1.5 billion in annual sales, including the first competitive, EPC combined cycle gas unit in over six years.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for The Shaw Group, Inc.’s Power Group. As a member of the Power Group’s executive team, he was responsible for overseeing the group’s external relationships including nuclear business development, customer relations, strategic planning, marketing and communications, as well as government and regulatory affairs.

Mr. Merrifield also served on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Ecology Corporation, which is one of the largest U.S. operators of both hazardous and low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities. He served as the Lead Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee, and was a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees.

 


 

Kate Lee Mixson

Kate Lee Mixson

Staff Attorney
Southern Environmental Law Center

 


 

Frank Schiller

Frank Schiller

Special Counsel
Southern Company

Frank Schiller is a corporate and regulator attorney with over 30 years of experience in the electric industry.  Previously, he was a partner at the law firms of Hunton &Williams, McGuireWoods and Troutman Sanders. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Progress Energy,Inc. prior to joining Southern Company.

 


 

Heather Shirley-Smith

Heather Shirley-Smith

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Policy-SC
Duke Energy

 


 

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Vice President, Business and Technology Strategy
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolinas

 


 

Benjamin L. Snowden

Benjamin L. Snowden

Partner
Fox Rothschild LLP

 


 

Taylor Speer

Taylor Speer

Shareholder
Turner Padget Graham & Laney

 


 

Molly Suda

Molly Suda

Partner Associate General Counsel
Duke Energy

Molly joined Duke Energy in 2018 as Associate General Counsel.  She focuses on federal energy regulation and issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.   She advises on tariff and market rules related to Duke Energy’s involvement in PJM and MISO, as well as issues related to open access transmission service, transmission planning and cost allocation, generation interconnection, and market-based and cost-based sales of wholesale electric energy.

Molly is a member of the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and serves on the Board of the EBA’s Foundation for the Energy Law Journal.  Prior to joining Duke Energy, Molly was a partner at the law firm K&L Gates LLP based in Washington, D.C., advising electric utilities, electric transmission owners, independent power producers, and power marketers on regulatory compliance, enforcement, and transactional matters.

 


 

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