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October 23, 2013
Brattle Principal Bob Mudge Participated at Energy Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting and Conference

Brattle principal Bob Mudge presented at the Energy Bar Association’s 2013 Mid-Year Conference and Meeting, which took place October 23 – 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

What was once unconventional now drives the energy sector and the mid-year meeting will discuss legal issues that are encouraging or responding to this evolution. On the first day of the program, speakers discussed the Obama Administration’s efforts to develop its Climate Action Plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and explored the geopolitical implications of new energy discoveries across the globe by unconventional energy players. The second day of the program featured a panel of former FERC Chairs to provide advice for the next generation of industry leaders based on the changing landscape, followed by the increasingly controversial issue of how state regulatory agencies should address the growth of distributed generation and its impact on traditional rate recovery mechanisms for electric utilities.

Mr. Mudge participated on a panel titled “A PURPA Renaissance?” which provided a high-level overview of the history and goals of Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) and of the rights and obligations it establishes for developers and “host” utilities. It covered recent developments in the area of PURPA enforcement as well as a discussion of ways in which utilities can partner with their customers to leverage their customers’ capital and interest in distributed generation for the benefit of the entire system.

Brattle was also a sponsor of this event. For more information, please visit the EBA’s website.