Writing & Speaking

"Energy Security,” 2008, updated 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2019.  Chapter in Energy Law and Transactions summarizes the current status of governmental and private initiatives to protect domestic energy physical and cyber infrastructure.

“FERC Regulation 101,” CLE Presentation, New York, NY, August 2015.  Presentation on FERC regulatory jurisdiction, processes, and current legal and policy issues.

"Has the ‘Complete and Permanent Bond of Protection’ Provided by FERC Refunds Eroded in the Transition to Market-Based Rates?” Energy Law Journal, Spring 2012.  Law review article provides historical overview and examines FERC’s legal authority to order, or not order, refunds in cost-based and market-based rate regimes.

“Regulatory Backdrop for Chinese Participation in the U.S. Wind Market.”  Provided a historical overview and update on current federal regulatory issues facing Chinese wind developers in the U.S. at the 2011 U.S.-China Wind Summit in San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2011.

"Unlocking the Mysteries of FERC.”  Moderated a panel at the Energy Bar Association’s 12/2/2011 mid-year meeting primer in Washington D.C. that included the Director of FERC’s Office of Policy and Innovation, the Director of the Office of Enforcement, the Deputy Director of the Office of Electric Reliability, and FERC practitioners.

“Natural Gas-Fired Electric Power Plants: A Key Element for Future U.S. Energy Policy,” with Mitchell Silk, Gary Lazarus, and Noah Baer, Summer 2011.  White paper concludes that natural gas-fired power plants are the most likely choice to fill the gap in electricity demand as existing coal-fired plants or retired and electricity demand grows.  Natural gas-fired electric power plants will also provide a valuable back-up resource for intermittent resources such as wind and solar.

"Shale Game Changer," with Mitchell Silk, Gary Lazarus, and Rebecca Perkins, Project Finance International, May 5, 2011.  Article addresses opportunities and risks of investment related to U.S. shale gas development.

"An Economic and Political Overview of Electric Generation and Renewables,” presentation to the American Public Power Association’s 2010 Legal Seminar Workshop, October 10, 2010.

“Ethics of ADR,” Panel Presentation at EBA Mid-Year Meeting, moderator, November 14, 2008.

“Resolving Conflict in the New Nuclear World,” moderated Joint Presentation of the Energy Bar Association ADR and Nuclear Regulation Committees, April 2008.

“Oil Pipeline Mergers at the Federal Trade Commission,” moderated Joint Presentation of the ABA Law Fuel and Energy Committee and the Oil Pipeline Regulation Committee of the Energy Bar Association, January 2008.

“Alternative Dispute Resolution at RTOs, ISOs, and Power Pools,” edited, ADR Committee of the Energy Bar Association, May 2007, published in 28 ELJ 517 (2007).

“Energy and Alternative Dispute Resolution: What Every Energy Professional Should Know,” moderated Presentation of the Energy Bar Association ADR Committee, January 2007.

“How Does FERC Rate?” Legal Times, August 30, 2004.  Article addressed issues involving the California energy crisis of 2000-01 and implications for the filed rate doctrine.

“RTO Operations – A Primer For Lawyers,” Energy Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2003.

“New Challenges for the Energy Industry: How Will Industry and Government Respond,” RTO Panel, Energy Bar Association Annual Meeting, April 2002.

Presentation to U.S. Congressional panel (comprising members of the Northwest Energy Caucus) on behalf of TransConnect LLC to address issues related to creation of a regional electric transmission organization in the Northwest, October 3, 2001.

“Experiments at FERC – In Search of a Hypothesis,” Energy Law Journal, Spring 1998.  Law review article summarized cases involving regulatory experiments by FERC and other federal agencies and the discretion afforded agencies conducting such experiments by courts of appeals.  Cited by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


“I believe people are well intentioned.  But I have great respect for the corrosive influence of bias, systematic distortions of thought,
the power of rationalization, the guises of self-interest, and the inevitability of unintended consequences.” 
~  Michael Crichton

 
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