Wednesday, July 15, 2020
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Cyberspace | Via Zoom

Conference Archive


On July 15th, the Boston Bar will host a virtual Energy Law Conference—connecting lawyers with cutting edge insights into some of the changes that are shaping the sale, use, and conservation of energy resources in a unique virtual format.

Please note that all Zoom access links will be distributed 48 hours prior to the conference.

Keynote Session

9:00 AM 9:30 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Keynote Fireside Chat

  • Secretary Kathleen A. Theoharides  Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 
  • Moderator: Staci Rubin – Senior Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation 
Live Plenary Sessions

9:45 AM 10:45 AM
Live via Zoom Webinar

State of the Sectors Regulatory Update

  • Moderator: Bonnie Heiple – Counsel, WilmerHale
  • Moderator: Jessica A. Wall – Associate, Anderson & Krieger LLP
  • Bruce Carlisle Managing Director, Offshore Wind, MassCEC
  • Melissa Hoffer Chief, Energy & Environment Bureau, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Kaitlin Kelly Deputy Director, Renewable Division RPS, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

11:15 AM  12:15 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

The Path to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

  • Moderator: Staci Rubin – Senior Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Kevin Boughan Manager for Research and Business Development & Energy Strategy and PolicyEversource
  • Shanna Cleveland – Program Officer, Clean Energy, Barr Foundation
  • Caitlin Peale Sloan Senior Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
Live Breakout Sessions

12:20 PM 1:00 PM
Live via Zoom Meeting

Lunch Networking Roundtables Optional, link included in conference access information

1:15 PM 2:15 PM
Live via Zoom

Diversity and Access in Energy and Renewable Energy

Live via Zoom Webinar

  • Moderator: Brook J. Detterman – Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
  • Gregory Bruton – Senior Engineer, National Grid
  • Gilbert Campbell – Co-Founder & CEO, Volt Energy, LLC 
  • Stephan Roundtree, Jr. – Northeast Director, Vote Solar
  • Tara Spann – Former Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Eversource Energy

FERC Developments

Live via Zoom Webinar

  • Moderator: David C. McSweeney – Counsel, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • David Doot – Secretary, NEPOOL; Partner, Day Pitney
  • Maria Gulluni – Vice President and General Counsel, ISO-New England

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Live via Zoom Webinar

Performance-Based Ratemaking

  • Dr. Marie Fagan Chief Economist, London Economics International
  • Mark LeBel – Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Ian Springsteel – Director, U.S. Regulatory Strategy, National Grid
On-Demand Sessions

Link made available to registrants by July 15

1+ Years Since the Merrimack Valley Incident

  • Commissioner Patrick Woodcock Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
  • José Costa – Vice President of Operations Services, Northeast Gas Association
  • Ashley Gagnon Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Amy Smith – Vice President of Investment, Resource, and Rate Case Planning, National Grid

Please note that all Zoom access links will be distributed 48 hours prior to the conference.


Joe Dorfler
Hearing Officer
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities


Staci Rubin
Senior Attorney
Conservation Law Foundation


Brook J. Detterman
Beveridge & Diamond PC


Bonnie Heiple

Melissa Liazos

Melissa Liazos
Senior Counsel
National Grid

David McSweeney

David C. McSweeney
Hunton Andrews Kurth


Jessica A. Wall
Anderson & Krieger LLP



  • Boston Bar Members: $150
  • Government/Legal Services Members: $50
  • In-House Members: $50

Please contact if you are a Government or In-House attorney to receive special rates.


  • Standard Non-Member: $200
  • Government Non-Member: $100
  • In-House Non-Member: $200
Not a BBA member? Join today and save by bundling membership and registration for only $555. Contact us at to take advantage of this special offer.

If you are interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Maggie DeMoura at

Boston Bar educational programs are sponsored in part by the Joan B. DiCola Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please click here.

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