Washington, DC, November 21, 2011—Now in its eighth year, Patton Boggs’ Women in Power® Forum will once again bring together top female leaders from government and across the electric industry on November 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Each year, the Forum draws key decision makers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to exchange ideas on impending electric policy issues and to explore new ways to improve the industry. This year’s Forum focuses on the latest developments in energy-related legislation and hot-button topics such as smart grid, transmission planning and cost allocation, and renewable energy project development, including the latest trends in the burgeoning areas of offshore wind and solar project development.
United States Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will deliver the Forum’s keynote address on important electric policy issues from the perspective of a member of Congress, and Patton Boggs Partner Suedeen Kelly, former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioner, will open the Forum with an address on the issues from a commissioner’s perspective.
Jill Sommers, commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will discuss important commodity trading policy issues affecting the electric industry. Kellie Donnelly, Republican deputy counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, will share with Forum participants the latest developments in energy legislation and oversight in Congress. Jamie Simler, director of the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation at FERC, will lead a discussion about innovative electric policy initiatives currently underway at the Commission.
On hand to share ideas on how to improve transmission planning, siting and cost allocation will be Anne Hoskins, senior vice president of public affairs and sustainability at PSEG Services Corporation; Jayshree Desai, executive vice president of commercial and operations at Clean Line Energy Partners LLC; Sabrina Campbell, director of federal affairs at AEP Corporation; and Robin Lunt, associate general counsel at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
The Forum will provide an array of perspectives on renewable energy issues. A panel on offshore wind and other renewable energy projects will include: Kelly Speakes-Backman, commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission; Marcy Reed, president of National Grid, Massachusetts; Susan Reilly, president and chief executive officer of RES Americas; Deniz Ozkan, Ph.D, project coordinator of Atlantic Wind Connection; and Julia Hamm, president of the Solar Electric Power Association.
New reliability standard compliance and enforcement initiatives will be discussed by a panel featuring: Marie Knox, senior standards compliance analyst at the Midwest Independent System Operator; Rebecca Michael, assistant general counsel at North American Electric Reliability Corporation; Dania Colon, regulatory performance leader at Progress Energy; and Silvia Parada-Mitchell, director of corporate compliance at NextEra Energy, Inc.
Crisis response and inventive usage of social media by companies in the electric industry will be addressed by a panel including: Roseann Harrington, vice president of marketing, communications and community relations at the Orlando Utilities Commission; Sherri Newell, chief public affairs officer at Colorado Springs Utilities; and Catherine Cuellar, senior communications representative at ONCOR.
The Forum’s final panel will focus on the latest developments in smart-grid, demand response and energy efficiency. The speakers will include: Connie Durcsak, president and chief executive officer of the Utilities Telecom Council; Mary Doswell, senior vice president of alternative energy solutions at Dominion Resources; Jennifer McCarthy, vice president of regulatory affairs at NextWave Broadband, Inc.; and Barbara Tyran, director of Washington relations for the Electric Power Research Institute.
This year’s Forum begins at 8:00 a.m. on November 30 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,” says Debbie Swanstrom, a partner at the firm and the chair of the Forum. “Women in Power® has evolved into a ‘must-attend’ event because of its cutting-edge topics and powerhouse participants from across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The Forum sends a powerful signal that by working together, women can improve the industry, and ultimately, service for consumers.”