2021 Southeast Energy Law Seminar

Emerging Legal Issues from the Energy Transition

-Powered by the South Carolina Clean Energy Industries Task Force of E4 Carolinas-

Sponsored by Turner Padget

Friday, December 10th


All attendees will be required to wear a mask indoors. Speakers are allowed to unmask during their sessions. Seating will be socially distanced. Outdoor spaces will be available for breaks.

A Livestream option will be available for those needing to participate virtually – rather than in-person – because they are feeling unwell or fall within the most recent CDC COVID quarantine protocols due to recent close exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID. The Livestream link will be emailed to ALL attendees on Tuesday, December 7, by 6 pm EST. Should you not receive this link by then, please check your non-primary email folders. If you do not see it in these other folders, please email jessicabuchanan@e4carolinas.org.

Covering energy-industry legal matters touching every state in the Southeast, session topics will likely include an overview of the latest activity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a run-down of the recent legislative and regulatory activities from the Southeast, and emerging legal issues related to the energy transition taking place nationally. Continuing legal education certification will be sought in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee.  A certificate of attendance showing content hours will be provided for those needing to self-report in other states. (Total hours = 7) 

Sponsored by Turner Padget

Hosted through CBRE @Falls Tower @ Campderdown Plaza

7:45 am         Registration Opens

8:00 am         Networking Breakfast

8:30 am         Opening Remarks

  • Jeff Merrifield, Chair, E4 Carolinas Board of Directors & Energy Section Leader & Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw & Pittman LLP (via recorded message)
  • Taylor Speer, Shareholder, Turner Padget Graham & Laney

8:45 am       Southeastern Legislative & Regulatory Highlights - Sponsored by Parker Poe

10:15 am     Break

10:30 am   Federal Legislative & Regulatory Update from a Former FERC Commissioner Sponsored by McGuire Woods

Hear key insights legal and policy insights from former FERC Commissioner McNamee on recent federal legislative and regulatory developments that are driving energy policy and the energy transition.

11:00 am         Recent Developments in Federal Transmission Planning and Generator Interconnection Policy Sponsored by McGuire Woods

In July 2021, the FERC issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) requesting comments from stakeholders on regulatory and policy changes needed to enable more holistic transmission planning and cost allocation and generator interconnection processes, to plan the grid for the future, and to do so in a way that results in rates that are just and reasonable.  Hear from regulatory experts on the ANOPR proceeding and how it is likely to impact transmission planning and generator interconnection policy in the Southeast

11:45 am      Lunch Served

12:00 pm      Lunch & Learn: Professional Resilience in Times of Personal Crisis– Ethical Considerations for Times of Cognitive Stress - Sponsored by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw & Pittman LLP

In both 2019 and 2020, Ms. Loomis opened up to seminar attendees about her young adult son’s journey from addiction to active recovery and the almost overnight education she received in the science of addiction; the differences between use, abuse, and addiction; and the impact addiction has on cognitive processing.  Along the way, she also experienced the significant impacts of addiction and early recovery on the family of an addict and realized the physiological effects of stress can, at times, mimic the cognitive processing effects of addiction.

1:00 pm        Break

1:15 pm      The Role of Stakeholder Engagement in the Legislative & Regulatory Processes - Sponsored by Duke Energy

  • Rebecca Dulin, Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Duke Energy
  • Tyson Grinstead, Director, Public Policy, Sunrun, Inc.
  • Mike Smith, Vice President, Business and Technology Strategy at The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolinas
  • Moderator: Heather Shirley-Smith, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Policy-SC, Duke Energy

2:30 pm        Break

2:45 pm       A Resource Planning Carol Sponsored by TurnerPadget

Ebenezer Scrooge visits the past, present and future of electrical utility resource planning in the Southeast.

4:00 pm        Tapas on the Terrace- Sponsored by Fox Rothschild

4:30 pm        Evening Ethics Hour- Ethical Considerations for Times of Cognitive Stress

5:30 pm        Closing Comments & Networking