Annual Report

Public Utilities Law Section

Annual Report

Public Utilities Section
Annual Report


Section Membership
As of June 16, 2021, the Section has 163 members.

 Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $ 3,774.12 as of April 30, 2021.

 CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 5 events in fiscal year 2020-21.  

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

# of Attendees

Public Utilities Section Annual Meeting and CLE - Meet the Newest PUC Commissioner



1.0 Standar


Integrated Resource Planning - Enhancing Distributive Justice Within the Energy Transition



3.0 Standard and 1.0 Elimination of Bias


Public Utilities Section 2021 Legislative Session Overview



1.0 Standard


Electric Vehicle Law and Policy Update



1.5 Standard


Cooperative Clean Energy



1.5 Standard



Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 19, 2021 and 30 people attended.

The following council members were newly-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2023:

Peter Madsen, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Michael Remington, Xcel Energy

The following council members were re-elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2023:

Steven Clay, Attorney
Haley Waller Pitts, Fredrikson & Byron PA

The following council members are serving existing terms on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2022:

Lauren Bethke, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Allen Gleckner, Fresh Energy
Alexandra Klass, University of Minnesota Law School
David Moeller, Allete

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2021 to 6/30/2022:

Chair: Benjamin Gerber, M-RETS
Vice-Chair: Lisa Crum, Stinson LLP
Secretary-Treasurer: Riley Conlin, Stoel Rives LLP
Immediate Past Chair: Phyllis Reha, PAR Energy Solutions LLC 

Other Section Accomplishments
The Public Utility Section for the first time sponsored a Summer Legal Intern.  The winning organization was the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Minnesota.  An intern was selected from a 25- applicant pool from the three Minnesota Law Schools. A committee of the Section narrowed the applicants to four and CUB interviewed the candidates and selected the student most qualified to fulfill the expectations of the organization.    The section set aside $3,500.00 toward financial assistance to the chosen intern.  CUB has added financial support as well. 

Submitted By:
Phyllis Reha, Section Chair