Energy Law

Young Energy Professionals Workshop: The Energy Transition Sessions

Live Online Conference

Registration Open

MCLE Credit will be available

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This online conference, hosted by IEL’s Young Energy Professionals Committee, features sessions on the ongoing transition of the energy industry and the development of renewables. The conference is primarily designed for attorneys and professionals in their first ten years of practice but may also be of interest to individuals looking to learn more about the renewables sector.

Conference Co-Chairs

Gabrielle Figueroa
Barclay Damon LLP
Syracuse, New York

Kara H. Herrnstein
Bricker & Eckler LLP
Columbus, Ohio 


  • $100 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $75 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $75 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $75 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member
  • $75 - Government Employee
  • $25 - Law Student
  • $25 - Full-time Professor

Schedule and Faculty

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. (Central)

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

9:05 – 9:50 a.m. (Central)

Introduction to Electricity Markets (Non-MCLE)

This session will describe the economics of the electricity sector from power generation to household consumption. It will compare vertically-integrated regions (e.g. the Southeast) to the nine North American organized competitive power markets (e.g. PJM, ERCOT, MISO) and the incentives arising from differences in regulation. The session will also review how independent system operators determine the order to dispatch generation, how wholesale prices are determined and the effects of integrating more gas and renewables on prices and reliability.

  • Dr. Laura T. W. Olive, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting, Boston, Massachusetts

9:50 – 9:55 a.m. (Central)


9:55 – 10:40 a.m. (Central)

Overview of Renewable Project Development

This session will introduce the audience to the dynamic, technology-driven world of renewable and alternative energy projects. As a framework for understanding these projects, we will focus on basic principles of risk allocation in novel projects, and the agreements developers typically utilize to develop and commercialize the project. We will also consider situations where projects fail, and what remedies are available to the affected parties.

  • Archie Fallon, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Houston, Texas

10:40 – 10:55 a.m. (Central)


10:55 – 11:55 a.m. (Central)

Make Room for Renewables: A Discussion on Siting and Permitting Hurdles to Renewable Development

This discussion will highlight the unique challenges faced by developers seeking to locate and permit renewable energy projects. We will focus on the traditional challenges that confront all developers (public opposition, regulatory hurdles, environmental constraints), as well as emerging challenges on a state by state and industry-wide basis, including legislation, NIMBYism, and public perception.

  • Elyse H. Akhbari, Thompson Hine LLP, Columbus, Ohio
  • Jennifer Goodwillie, Vice President, Development, Ørsted, Austin, Texas
  • Yvonne Hennessey, Barclay Damon LLP, Albany, New York

11:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Central)


12:30 – 1:15 p.m. (Central)

Social Event

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. (Central)

Energy Transition: Challenges and Opportunities for Oil and Gas Attorneys (Non-MCLE)

This panel will discuss increased renewable energy development, important considerations for you and your clients, and how the skills you have developed as an oil and gas lawyer can help you transition along with the industry.

Moderator: Christopher T. Furey, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Cleveland, Ohio


  • Tod J. Everage, Kean Miller LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Brian A. Finch, Baker Botts L.L.P., Austin, Texas
  • Lindsey Swiger, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston, Texas

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. (Central)


2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Central)

Funding the Future: Existing and Emerging Incentives for Energy Transition Projects

Achieving the ambitious emissions targets established by the Biden Administration and companies across the U.S. will require a fundamental transformation of the U.S. energy market and an unprecedented deployment of new energy facilities and technologies, including renewables, battery storage, carbon capture and sequestration, hydrogen, and alternative fueling infrastructure. This panel will provide an overview of the existing and emerging incentives that will help support this buildout, and explain how savvy investors can use such incentives to capitalize on this historic investment opportunity.

  • Marcia Hook, Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael J. Masri, Kirkland & Ellis, New York, New York
  • Andrew L. Stuyvenberg, Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, D.C.

3:30 – 3:40 p.m. (Central)


3:40 – 4:40 p.m. (Central)

Driving Development: The Regulatory and Policy Landscape for Renewable Energy at the State Level

Renewable development in the US has been driven by policy and regulatory activity at the state-level. Legislation, executive initiatives and rulings at regulatory commissions can create a market or dissuade development. We will look at some examples of vanguard state initiatives, including the New York CLCPA, and discuss some of the critical considerations for developers, investors, and asset owners when determining when and how to enter a state market.

  • Dylan F. Borchers, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, Ohio
  • Ekin Senlet, Barclay Damon LLP, Albany, New York
  • Leslie Hodge, General Counsel and Vice President, Segue Sustainable Infrastructure, New York, New York

4:40 p.m. (Central)


CLE Credit

Texas Course Number 174140731. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 3.75 credit hours, of which no credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit.

For this conference, IEL will also apply for course accreditation in the following states: California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs.

Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. Attorneys filing by self-submission in certain states may be required to pay an additional fee. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states, but more stringent requirements and restrictions are sometimes applied to online programs. Please review your jurisdiction’s MCLE regulations for more information on the ability to obtain credit for this program.

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Platinum Conference Sponsor - $750 each

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  • 5 complimentary registrants at conference

Silver Conference Sponsor - $400 each

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  • Recognition as a Premier sponsor in conference marketing communications, which are emailed to thousands of business leaders and counsel
  • Oral and visual recognition as sponsor during conference
  • Recognition as a sponsor on the conference website
  • 2 complimentary registrants at conference

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lilly Hogarth, Sponsorship Coordinator at or +1 972 244 3424.

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