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Legal & Regulatory Conference Sessions—Tuesday A.M.

The following timeline is tentative; session times and titles may change as the program is finalized. Some session descriptions are still being finalized. Additional speaker names will be added as they are confirmed.

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Tuesday, October 22

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Make the most of your time away with this informal breakfast. All conference participants are welcome.

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
General Session

Washington Report: Key Issues and Public Power Impact
Wholesale markets, transmission rates, environmental issues, infrastructure, and more — see how deliberations in the nation’s capital impact what’s happening in your state and community. Get an insider view on FERC regulatory issues of interest to public power. Discuss the implications of recent significant court decisions. Learn the latest on issues before Congress. 

John McCaffrey, Regulatory Counsel, Delia Patterson, SVP Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel, and Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President, Government Relations & Counsel, American Public Power Association

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
General Session

Transmission Report: FERC Impact on Costs and Infrastructure 
Multiple recent FERC filings and issuances could significantly impact transmission costs and infrastructure development. Get the highlights and gauge the impact on transmission incentive rates, return on equity, and transmission planning and cost allocation. Evaluate the potential impact of FERC’s actions vis-à-vis the Federal Power Act’s intent to protect consumers from excessive rates and charges. See how public power is responding to keep costs down and the infrastructure adequate. 

Kristen Connolly McCullough, Shareholder, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.; Jason Gray, Partner, Duncan & Allen, Washington, D.C.; Bhaveeta K. Mody, Shareholder, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C., Washington, D.C.; and Maurice Moss, Utility Counsel, City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri

10:45 - 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - Noon
Breakout Sessions

  • Not If, But When: Understanding Cyber Risk Implications and Covering Your Assets 
    Managing cyber risks — both from an operational perspective and a compliance perspective — is a priority for all public power utilities, regardless of size. Review the growing cybersecurity threats and see how you can protect your utility. Get up to speed on NERC compliance and CIP standards enforcement. Learn how effective monitoring and compliance programs can help you start managing the risk. Examine broader mitigation strategies and best practices in cyber hygiene.

    Gwen Keyes Fleming, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP, Washington, D.C.; Latif M. Nurani, Partner, Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP, Washington, D.C.; and Darsh Singh, Associate, Van Ness Feldman LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Municipal Securities: The Backstory and Compliance Tips
    Refresh yourself on the exemption of municipal securities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Discuss the anti-fraud provisions of the Exchange Act. Get complete background on the promulgation of Rule 15c2-12 and review its provisions. Discuss the recent SEC Municipal Continuing Disclosure Initiative. Learn about recent SEC enforcement actions against municipal issuers and how you can avoid these.

    Anna Lee, Partner, Matt Hughey, Partner and James P. Marlin, Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, New York, New York

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)