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Changing Times for the Electric Utilities Industry

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Venue: Auditorium / Mitchell Hamline College of Law  Saint Paul, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $10.00

Parking is free and allowed in the Mitchell Hamline parking lot and in the nearby Grotto lot. A map can be found here.


*Please note that parking is limited within the Mitchell Hamline parking lot.


Schedule: A lunch buffet will be served at 11:30. Pre-registration is required. The program begins at 12:15.


Deadline to Register:  Monday, April 3, 2017



Please join the MSBA Public Utilities Law Section and Mitchell Hamline School of Law as our speakers address the changing landscape for electric utilities. There is no question that the electric utility industry is undergoing a transformation. New policies and energy technologies have changed the landscape creating regulatory and market uncertainty. Traditional business models for utilities may no longer be applicable in today’s environment. Regulatory and utility experts will address a variety of developments impacting the electric utility industry today and in the near future.

Keynote Speaker:

Phillip Moeller, Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery and Chief Customer Solutions Officer at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).  Prior to joining EEI in February 2016, Mr. Moeller served as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ending his tenure as the second-longest serving member of the Commission. In office from 2006 through 2015, Mr. Moeller ended his service as the only Senate-confirmed member of the federal government appointed by both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. At FERC, Mr. Moeller championed policies promoting improved wholesale electricity markets, increasing investment in electric transmission and natural gas pipeline networks, and enhancing the coordination of the electric and natural gas industries.

First Panel:

Our first panel is comprised of regulatory experts, who will provide a high-level view of this changing environment, and will be moderated by Phyllis Reha , energy consultant and former MPUC Commissioner and Administrative Law Judge.

• Phillip Moeller , Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery and Chief Customer Solutions Officer at the Edison Electric Institute
• David Boyd , Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and former Commissioner at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
• Commissioner Dan Lipschultz, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Second Panel:

Our second panel will be comprised of utility representatives, who will discuss on their utility is adapting to this changing environment, and will be moderated by Bill Black, Government Relations Director for the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association.

• Eric Oslen, Vice President and General Counsel for Great River Energy
• Aakash Chandarana, Regional Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs for Xcel Energy
• Brian Draxten, Manager of Resource Planning for Otter Tail Power  


CLE Credits:

3.0 Standard CLE credit approved | Event Code: 237376

Remote Participation:

Teleconferencing/webcasting are not available.


MSBA members and non-members: $10

Law students: Free

Join the Public Utilities Law Section:  $32.00  MSBA members who are not members of the Public Utilities Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Shawn Carlson to register for this meeting at no charge.

Want to learn more about the Public Utilities Law Section?
To pay by check, use the registration form located here.
Need to cancel?  Please see our cancellation policy.
Questions?  Contact: Shawn Carlson l l 612-278-6305

If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Shawn Carlson at 612-278-6305 or  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this event.

No sessions have been associated with this event.