Patton Boggs Hosts Women in Power® Forum

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    Washington, D.C., September 23, 2010—For the seventh year running, Patton Boggs LLP is bringing together  top female leaders from government and across the electric industry for its annual Women in Power® Forum.

    The forum draws key decision makers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to exchange ideas on impending electric policy issues and explore new ways to improve the industry.

    U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., will deliver the keynote address on important electric policy issues from the perspective of the Congress Member, and the Honorable Cheryl LaFleur, commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will address the topic from the commissioner’s perspective.

    This year’s forum focuses on the latest developments in energy-related legislation and hot-button topics such as smart grid and renewable energy resources. On hand to discuss innovative ways that companies can improve transmission planning, siting and cost allocation will be the Honorable Lauren Azar, commissioner of Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; Kathleen Barron, vice president of federal regulatory affairs and policy at Exelon; Renee Eastman, manager of federal affairs at Salt River Project; Mary Andrade, senior director of portfolio and business management at NextEra Energy; and Maureen Borkowski, vice president of transmission at Ameren Services Company.

    Karen Wayland, policy advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will address the latest developments on Capitol Hill for energy legislation with a panel that includes Kellie Donnelly, deputy minority counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

    Patricia Hoffman, assistant secretary of the Office of Electric Delivery and Energy Reliability, will address the group during lunch on essential electric policy issues from her  perspective at the U.S. Department of Energy.

    The forum provides an array of perspectives on renewable energy issues. A panel on offshore wind, electricity storage and the integration of renewable resources to the grid includes: Judith Judson, vice president of asset management and market development at Beacon Power Corporation; Mary Ellen Paravalos,  vice president of transmission regulation and commercial  at National Grid; Mary Hemmingsen, vice president of business development and commercial affairs at Brookfield Renewable Power Inc; Katie McGinty, director of Iberdrola USA; and Cathy Ehli, vice president of transmission marketing and sales at Bonneville Power Administration.

    The forum will also feature a panel on electricity policy from a CEO’s perspective addressed by Pat Vincent-Collawn, president and CEO of PNM Resources.

    A panel on state policy developments  will address retail competition, renewable energy standards, feed-in tariffs, load aggregation and demand response. Speakers are: Kathi Hyle, senior vice president and CEO of Constellation Energy and Constellation Energy Resources, respectively; Kathy Weiss, vice president of government relations at First Solar; Stella Mendoza, board member of Imperial Irrigation District; and Senator Margaret Whipple, Democratic Caucus Chair, Virginia State Senate.

    FERC and North American Electric Reliability Corporation standards and penalty issues will be addressed by a panel including: Lee Ann Watson, deputy director of division of investigations at the Office of Enforcement for FERC; Sara Patrick, director of regulatory affairs and enforcement at Midwest Reliability Organization; Helen Nalley, compliance director at Southern Company Generation; and Anne Cottingham, associate general counsel of Nuclear Energy Institute.

    The final panel will focus on issues impacting the development of a smart grid such as data privacy and cybersecurity. The speakers include: Laura Ispen, senior vice president and general manager of Smart Grid, CISCO; Chantal Hendrzak, general manager of Applied Solutions, PJM Interconnection LLC; and Seda Atam, manager of national customer markets at Edison Electric Institute.

    This year’s forum kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on October 7th at Patton Boggs’ Washington offices located at 2445 M Street, NW. 

    “Patton Boggs has the distinct honor to draw the most successful women in the electric industry to build coalitions that result in better policies,” said Debbie Swanstrom, a partner at the firm and the chair of the forum.

    The forum has evolved into a “must-attend” event because of the cutting-edge topics and powerhouse women it attracts from across the private, public and non-profit sectors, Swanstrom said. “The Forum sends a powerful signal that by working together, we can improve the industry -- which ultimately translates into better service for consumers.”

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