Thursday, June 21, 2018
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Boston Bar | 16 Beacon Street

The energy sector is rapidly changing, bringing about complex legal and regulatory challenges, along with emerging opportunities. This June, the Boston Bar Association will host its first Energy Conference—connecting lawyers with cutting edge insights into some of the changes that will shape the future of this industry.

Panelists will cover environmental regulatory developments affecting the energy sector, where the industry is headed and how you should advise your clients accordingly, and practical issues facing those siting an energy facility.


Secretary Matthew A. Beaton
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Secretary Matthew A. Beaton oversees the Commonwealth’s six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies, which include the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agricultural Resources, and Fish & Game. Secretary Beaton also serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

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Laura Bickel 
National Grid

John DeTore 
Greenberg Traurig

Noah Ehrenpreis 
Ares Management

Richard Filosa 
Morgan Lewis

Seth Jaffe
Foley Hoag LLP

Nancy Kaplan 


Utility-Scale Energy Projects — Development and Construction Challenges for Lawyers

Hear from in-house counsel from the Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA), alongside in-house counsel from Eversource and National Grid and Partner at Keegan Werlin on recent development and construction challenges facing practitioners siting an energy facility. 

Nancy Kaplan (Moderator)
Senior Counsel, Eversource Energy

Deirdre Buckley
Director, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA)

Erika J. Hafner
Partner, Keegan Werlin LLP

Wendy Levine
Assistant General Counsel, Environmental Permitting, National Grid

Energy Storage: Is the Future Here?

A moderated discussion on the topic of energy storage and its impacts on the fate of the energy markets.

Kenneth Kulak (Moderator)
Partner, Morgan Lewis

Mitchell Carroll
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, National Grid

Herb Magid
Partner, Head of Ares EIF, Ares Management LLC

Sarah Colao Wallach
Chief Operating Officer, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Global Warming Solutions Act—Status Update and Where Do We Go Next?

This panel will look at what’s been accomplished under the GWSA and what MassDEP and other agencies have in mind going forward to ensure that the Commonwealth meets its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. Marty Suuberg, MassDEP Commissioner, will present the Commonwealth’s views on how we’re doing and where we are headed. John DeTore, Partner at Greenberg Traurig, will present a private sector perspective on the Commonwealth’s implementation of the GWSA and Eric Wilkinson, General Counsel and Director of Energy Policy at the Environmental League of Massachusetts, will provide an NGO perspective.

Seth Jaffe (Moderator)
Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

John DeTore
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Martin Suuberg
Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Eric Wilkinson
General Counsel and Director of Energy Policy at the Environmental League of Massachusetts

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