Paul J. Allen is responsible for Constellation Energy’s government affairs, public policy portfolio and environmental initiatives. He is chairman of the corporate environmental policy committee. Mr. Allen joined Constellation Energy in 2001 as Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Before joining the company, Mr. Allen had worked closely with Constellation Energy for several years in his capacity as Senior Vice President and Group Head at Ogilvy Public Relations, Washington, D.C., where he managed the firm's energy and environment practice.
In his 10 years at Ogilvy PR, Mr. Allen's clients included the Ford Motor Company, BP-Amoco, Edison International and Edison Mission Energy, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the Alliance for Competitive Electricity (ACE) as well as other energy companies and environmental NGOs.
Prior to joining Ogilvy in 1991, he served for five years on the senior staff of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Before his tenure at NRDC, he was press secretary for U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd and participated in the Senator's reelection campaign in 1986.
In 1979, Mr. Allen began working for National Public Radio where he was editor of the daily national news program, "Morning Edition." He also served as foreign news editor for all NPR news programs until joining Senator Dodd's staff in mid-1985.
Mr. Allen graduated from the University of Colorado. Mr. Allen currently is the Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Trust and serves as a member of the board of the Strathmore Hall Foundation.
Angela Beehler is Senior Director of Energy Regulation/Legislation for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and is responsible for the implementation of Wal-Mart’s strategic energy vision for over 4,100 U.S. facilities through regulatory proceedings, legislative discussions and working closely with government agencies, utilities, non-governmental organizations, among many others. Ms. Beehler analyzes energy issues to influence corporate energy outcomes, leads Wal-Mart’s involvement in state and federal rate and regulatory proceedings, and promotes legislative activities as it relates to state and federal energy policy. Ms. Beehler was also appointed as a Project Manager for the Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change Committee for Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Initiative. In addition to her regulatory and legislative responsibilities, Ms. Beehler directs the Regional Energy Managers team and the associates that manage the rate and regulatory proceedings. She also participates on the Demand Response Customer Coalition, serves on the executive leadership group for the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency and the Board of Directors for COMPETE and the University of Tulsa Law Alumni Board.
Prior to her position in Energy, Ms. Beehler started her career with Wal-Mart thirteen years ago as Sr. Manager of Realty Management, Director of Vestibule Leasing and Banking, and Director of Gas Station Development.
Prior to Wal-Mart, Ms. Beehler worked in the energy field for ten years with Transok Pipeline and then The Williams Companies, while attending law school at night at Tulsa University, earning her Juris Doctorate degree in 1994. While in law school, Ms. Beehler was an active member of the Native American Law Student Association. She was also selected for and published in the Energy Law Journal.
Warren Belmar is the Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He has served in that position since June 2006. As Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy, Mr. Belmar is responsible for coordinating the activities and functions assigned to the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulatory Law, the Assistant General Counsel for Fossil Energy and Energy Efficiency, the Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Interventions and Power Marketing, and the Assistant General Counsel for General Law. In this role, he acts as principal legal advisor, on behalf of the General Counsel, to the Secretary and senior DOE officials within assigned functional areas, and performs other tasks within and outside of functional responsibility as determined by the General Counsel.
Prior to becoming Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy, Mr. Belmar’s legal career was spent in private practice in Washington, D.C., primarily with the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, from which he retired in 1999 after 22 years as a partner. In the years immediately prior to joining DOE, Mr. Belmar served as Managing Partner of Capitol Counsel Group, LLC, and as a partner with the law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP. His practice primarily involved providing counsel to clients in the financial services and energy sectors, representing clients in litigation in the Federal courts and before various federal and state departments and agencies, and before the U. S. Congress.
Mr. Belmar received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Brooklyn College in 1963, and his law degree with honors from Columbia Law School in 1966. He served as Court law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as an attorney with the Office of Legal Counsel of the U. S. Department of Justice. He is a former Chair of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association, a former Chair of the Judicial Review Committee of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a former Senior Counsel of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, and a Life Member of American Law Institute.
Mr. Belmar is married and he and his wife Anita have two children and two grandchildren.
Amy Brink is Director of State Affairs and Franchise Counsel for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The Alliance is a trade association of ten car and light truck manufacturers including BMW Group, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen.
Working in conjunction with member companies and various industry partners, Ms.Brink is responsible for the Alliance’s national/multi-state strategy development and policy implementation for issues affecting automakers in the states including franchise, lemon law, safety, environmental and vehicle emissions.
Prior to joining the Alliance in September 2005, Ms.Brink held positions at the National Retail Federation, the International Franchise Association and the Washington Post Company. Hailing from Michigan, Ms.Brink earned a BA degree from Michigan State University in both political science and economics with a minor in Japanese language and holds a Juris Doctorate from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
Meade Browder is Chief of the Office of the Attorney General’s Insurance & Utilities Regulatory Section where he is responsible for the Office’s participation, through its Division of Consumer Counsel, in utility and insurance matters before the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), other state and federal regulatory agencies and courts, and the Virginia General Assembly. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office in February 2002, Mr. Browder was an Associate General Counsel at the SCC where he practiced in all areas of utility regulation.
Mr. Bowder was licensed to practice law in Virginia in 1993 and has been admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Federal District Courts in Virginia.
Mr. Browder received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Wake Forest University and his law degree from the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law where he was on the Law Review. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and has served on the State Bar’s Administrative Law Section Board of Governors.
Mike Davis is the Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). In this role, Mr. Davis is responsible for ensuring that PNNL delivers outstanding science and technology solutions to the most important energy and environment issues facing the nation and the Department of Energy. At the highest levels, the Energy and Environment Directorate and its roughly 1,000 staff members are responsible for contributing the research, development and deployment to increase the nation’s energy capacity, reduce dependence on imported oil and reduce the environmental effects of legacy waste and energy use. The directorate conducts about $200 million of business annually for government and industrial clients.
Mr. Davis joined PNNL in 2005 as the Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy Science and Technology Directorate (a predecessor of today’s Energy and Environment Directorate). Before coming to PNNL, he spent nearly a year as the Chief Technology Officer for ReliOn, Inc. (formerly Avista Labs). He joined Avista Labs in 2000 and has served as president and CEO for Avista and H2fuel. In these roles, he developed a business strategy and secured capitalization and human resources to deliver Avista’s unique fuel cell products to market and to position H2fuel’s sulfur-tolerant fuel processing technology. Under his leadership, the focus of Avista shifted from a research organization to a successful commercial business.
Prior to his career at Avista, Mr. Davis was president and CEO of Kyocera Solar, a leading global producer and supplier of solar electric components and systems, and of Kyocera’s predecessor, Golden Genesis Company. During his tenure, Mr.Davis established Golden Genesis Company as the largest publicly traded distributor, integrator and marketer of solar electric systems and products for distributed power applications in the Western Hemisphere.
Mr. Davis was appointed in 1989 by President Bush as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy. During his four-year term, he launched programs such as the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium, the Renewable Energy Production Incentive and the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Initiative. He expanded the funding available for Conservation and Renewable Energy research programs from $350 to $850 million per year over three years. In October 1991, Mr. Davis received the Secretary’s Gold Medal Award, recognizing him for charting “a new course of industry-driven, market-oriented research and development for the federal government.”
In addition to his government and industry background, Mr. Davis has owned and operated a private mechanical contracting firm.
Mr. Davis is well-known nationally as a spokesperson for hydrogen, renewable energy and energy efficiency policy and technology issues. He is an invited member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Renewable Energy Panel. He has provided leadership for several energy-related organizations, including serving as president of the Solar Energy Industries Association and Chairman of the National Hydrogen Association. He has held a seat on PNNL’s Energy Laboratory Advisory Committee and was a member of Energy Science and Technology Directorate’s review committee before joining PNNL.
Mr. Davis received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the US Air Force Academy in 1969 and his M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1970. Mr. Davis also served as an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Civil Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy following service in Vietnam.
Bill Garner is Group Executive, General Counsel and Secretary of Spectra Energy Corp. in Houston, Texas. In this role he is responsible for Spectra’s legal, audit, compliance, corporate secretary, climate change and government relations functions. Mr. Garner joined Spectra’s predecessor company, Duke Energy, as Pipeline Group Vice President – Corporate Development in 2006.
Mr. Garner served as a managing director for Petrie Parkman & Co. (now part of Merrill Lynch), an international oil and gas investment banking boutique, from 2000 to 2006. He handled international and domestic natural gas upstream and midstream assignments as well as matters for governmental clients. From 1984 until 2000, Mr. Garner was with K N Energy (now Kinder Morgan), in a variety of legal, business development and managerial positions.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
Tom Gede is a principal at Bingham Consulting Group LLC and of counsel at Bingham McCutchen LLP, in San Francisco and Sacramento, California, providing legal and strategic planning for businesses working with state attorneys general and state government. Until October 2006, he served as the Executive Director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), coordinating the policy, litigation and legislative initiatives of 18 Western state Attorneys General, particularly focusing on water law, natural resources, Federal Indian law, environment and energy law. Previously, Mr. Gede was a Special Assistant and Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General’s Office.
Mr. Gede serves as an adjunct professor of law, teaching Federal Indian Law at University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and has been a participant in several planning and working groups for the University of New Mexico’s Utton Transboundary Resources Center on water resource issues. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and is a Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Water Law Conference Committee. He has also written and spoken on global climate change and greenhouse gas issues, including at the California State Bar Section Education Institute in 2008.
Mr. Gede earned his J.D. in 1981 from the University of California-Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. in German language and literature, with distinction¸ in 1970 from Stanford University in 1970.
Michael Gerrard heads the New York office of Arnold & Porter and its environmental practice. He has practiced environmental law in New York since 1979. He has tried numerous cases and argued many appeals in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals, and handled the environmental aspects of many transactions and development projects.
He was the 2004-2005 chair of the American Bar Association's 10,000-member Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He has chaired the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Environment Lawyers 2005, based on 4,000 questionnaires, reported that Gerrard "received more personal nominations for this guide than any other lawyer in the world." He has also been rated by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and Who's Who Legal as the leading environmental lawyer in New York, and he has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 for Environmental Law, The Lawdragon 500, Corporate Board Member Magazine, and New York Super Lawyers. Environmental Advocates of New York gave him its 2007 Advocate Award.
Mr. Gerrard has written or edited seven books, two of which were named Best Law Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers: the twelve-volume Environmental Law Practice Guide (Matthew Bender 1992) and the four-volume Brownfields Law and Practice: The Cleanup and Redevelopment of Contaminated Land (Matthew Bender 1998). His most recent book is Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (American Bar Association 2007), which a review from The Environmental Forum described as "an impressive work of legal scholarship ... [a] magisterial volume." Since 1986 he has written an environmental law column for the New York Law Journal, and since 1989 he has edited a monthly newsletter, Environmental Law in New York.
In addition to his domestic practice, Mr. Gerrard has advised numerous foreign investors on the environmental aspects of US properties, and he has handled several cases concerning transboundary and marine pollution. He has lectured on environmental law in Great Britain, France, Canada, China, and India, as well as throughout the United States.
David J. Gilles is a shareholder with Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., Madison, Wisconsin and is a member of the firm’s Environmental/Energy and Antitrust and Trade Practice teams. Recently, he has been working with the Wisconsin Department of Administration regarding the agency’s statutory goal that by the end of 2011, 20 % of electricity be derived from renewable resources.
Mr. Gilles served as General Counsel for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin from January, 2003 to January, 2007. As General Counsel, He was responsible for all legal matters affecting the agency. While at the agency, legislation setting renewable resource portfolio standards for energy providers and state renewable generation goals became law (2005 Wisconsin Act 141).
Previously, Mr. Gilles served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice for more than twenty-five years. At the Department, he handled civil enforcement litigation and related appellate advocacy regarding consumer protection, antitrust and other matters. Mr. Gilles also participated in efforts of the National Association of Attorneys General Consumer Protection and Antitrust subcommittees and working groups. In the early 1990s, specific responsibility included consumer protection and competitive issues emerging with the deregulation of telecommunications services.
Ellen C. Ginsberg is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Washington-based policy organization for the commercial nuclear energy industry. She serves as a member of NEI’s senior management team, with responsibility for all legal functions.
In her current position, Ms. Ginsberg provides advice and counsel on corporate, regulatory and legislative matters, as well overseeing NEI’s appellate litigation. Ms. Ginsberg previously served as Deputy General Counsel.
Prior to joining NEI, Ms. Ginsberg practiced with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Swidler & Berlin. While there, she was heavily involved in litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding prudence matters involving nuclear utilities.
Following graduation from law school, Ms. Ginsberg was appointed to serve a two year clerkship with the NRC Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel. In that position, Ms. Ginsberg had substantial responsibility for evaluating testimony submitted by applicants, intervenors and other parties participating in the licensing proceedings, and for generating initial drafts of decisions which were ultimately issued by the Boards to which she was assigned.
Ms. Ginsberg is a 1980 magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, and was awarded a BA with special honors in history and classics. Ms. Ginsberg received her JD from American University.
Ms. Ginsberg is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia bars as well as the American Bar Association, Energy Bar Association and Federal Bar Association. Ms. Ginsberg has served as co-chair of the EBA’s Nuclear Regulation Committee and chair of the Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association.
Steve Grasz is a partner at Husch, Blackwell, Sanders LLP in Omaha, Nebraska. His current practice areas include business litigation, governmental affairs and appellate work. His work has included appellate litigation in the United States Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nebraska Supreme Court on a variety of topics.
Before joining Husch, Blackwell, Mr. Grasz was part of the Office of the Attorney General of Nebraska, holding the position of Chief Deputy Attorney General. His experience at the Office of the Attorney General also included drafting and publication of over eighty official opinions of the Attorney General, and representing the State in the national tobacco settlement.
Mr. Grasz holds a law degree from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture. He is admitted to practice in Nebraska, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He is associated with a variety of charitable activities.
Vice Admiral John J. Grossenbacher (Ret.) is the President and Laboratory Director of the Idaho National Laboratory and President of Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA). His credentials and experience include leadership and management of large institutions with substantial efforts focused on technology research and development. Before joining Battelle, Admiral Grossenbacher had a distinguished career with the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Vice Admiral and Commander of the U.S. Naval Submarine Forces.
Admiral Grossenbacher provides overall direction and leadership to a laboratory that has been designated by the Department of Energy as the lead laboratory in advanced nuclear technologies. He is a leader with a refined sense of strategy, an in-depth technical knowledge and a focus on delivering results. Admiral Grossenbacher is noted for his ability to build and lead multi-disciplinary teams, to meet complex science and technology challenges, and to achieve success in developing and sustaining collaborative relationships with multiple stakeholders.
Prior to his retirement as a distinguished senior Navy submarine officer Admiral Grossenbacher served as the Commander of Submarine Forces and U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Submarines Allied Command Atlantic. In October 2001, he became the first Commander, Naval Submarine Forces and was responsible for all U.S. submarine forces. He led the successful integration and consolidation of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic and Pacific submarine forces. Prior to commanding the Atlantic submarine forces, he served as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.
During Admiral Grossenbacher’s 23 year career in the Navy, he received numerous awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He is one of only a handful of officers in the U.S. Navy history to be awarded both the Stockdale and David Lloyd Awards for Leadership Excellence.
Admiral Grossenbacher is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was awarded a chemistry degree. He received a Master of Arts in International Economics and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University, and is also a graduate of the Harvard University School of Business.
Martin Goyette is the Supervising Deputy Attorney General handling litigation arising out of the California energy crisis of 2000-2001, seeking refunds for energy overcharges and remedies for market manipulation. He has participated in the California Attorney General’s investigation of Enron and other energy sellers, and represents the State of California in federal and state court and in numerous settlement negotiations arising from the crisis.
Mr. Goyette received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, he was in private practice in San Francisco, California.
Karen Alderman Harbert is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, a new institute dedicated to developing a comprehensive energy policy for the United States. She is the former Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Her office was the primary policy advisor to the Secretary and the Department on domestic and international energy issues, new policy initiatives, climate change programs and regulatory concerns. She designed and implemented energy policy initiatives and oversaw budget reviews for fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Ms. Harbert advised the White House’s National Economic Council, National Security Council and Cabinet offices on all matters relating to energy policy, and regulatory and legislative matters. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the President’s energy policy initiatives, including the Advanced Energy Initiative. Ms. Harbert testified numerous times in the U.S. Congress on the Administration’s energy policy.
Ms. Harbert was also a member of DOE’s Executive Board which approves the annual budget request as well as the Credit Review Board which analyzes applications for DOE’s new $13 billion loan guarantee facility for advanced clean energy technology projects. Ms. Harbert negotiated and managed bilateral and multilateral agreements with other countries and international agencies to further the Nation’s energy security and research and development objectives. She was Vice-Chairman of the International Energy Agency which advises its 27 member nations on energy policy issues and orchestrates international responses to energy supply disruptions. Ms. Harbert coordinated the IEA response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that resulted in 60 million barrels of oil and refined product being released to ease the market disruption.
Previously, Ms. Harbert was the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin American and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with primary responsibility for foreign assistance programs in South America and the Caribbean. Ms. Harbert had oversight of programs in 11 countries totaling over $800 million and 1,000 employees. She led a multi-department effort that revamped foreign assistance funding basing it on country performance and designed large, new assistance programs for countries following election transitions and natural disasters.
In the private sector, Ms. Harbert worked for a developer of international infrastructure and power projects valued at over $9 billion in countries located in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. She coordinated efforts to open new markets and sectors for the corporation, including market and risk analyses, entry and exit strategies, and legal and regulatory framework analysis. She was part of project teams for the financial structuring of several large infrastructure projects that achieved financial close. Ms. Harbert oversaw numerous successful international competitive bids for technical and financial advisory services in the power and water sector. She was also involved in the implementation of energy sector privatization strategies for foreign governments. Ms. Harbert managed all political lobbying and public affairs efforts both in the U.S. here and abroad and gained Congressional approval of a large security package for a country central to the company’s expansion.
Ms. Harbert gained broad experience in issues associated with economic reform and privatization through an earlier appointment to USAID, the OAS and at the International Republican Institute. Ms. Harbert was the Regional Director for Latin American and Caribbean programs at the International Republican Institute, where she directed and managed democracy development and economic reform programs in 16 countries. Ms. Harbert organized large international election observation and democracy building initiatives in Haiti, Mexico and Nicaragua and economic reform programs in Argentina and Venezuela. Ms. Harbert previously served as an Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Management at the Organization of American States, where she managed the International Civilian Mission to Haiti and assisted with the de-mining and combatant reintegration programs in Nicaragua.
Ms. Harbert has worked at the Republican National Committee and for several presidential campaigns. She received a degree in international policy studies and political science from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is active in numerous international policy fora and resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.
John Hofmeister was named President of Houston-based Shell Oil Company in March 2005. In this position, he heads the U.S. Country Leadership Team, which includes the leaders of all Shell businesses operating in the United States.
Mr. Hofmeister became President after serving as Group Human Resource Director of the Shell Group, based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Prior to joining Shell in 1997, Mr. Hofmeister served as Vice President, International Human Resources, for AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International), based in Hong Kong. He joined AlliedSignal in 1992 as Vice President of Human Resources for its aerospace business.
From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Hofmeister was employed with Northern Telecom, where he became Vice President of Human Resources in 1990. Hofmeister began his career in 1973 in the international marketing and sales department of the General Electric Lighting Business. During his 15-year career with GE, he held a variety of marketing, manufacturing, and human resources positions in five GE major businesses, including locomotives, telecommunications, factory automation and electric motors.
Mr. Hofmeister serves as the Chairman of the National Urban League. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee and also serves on the boards of the Foreign Policy Association, the United States Energy Association and the National Association of Manufacturers. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and a member of the American Petroleum Institute’s Executive Committee and Policy Committee. Mr. Hofmeister also served as 2007 Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership.
Mr. Hofmeister earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Kansas State University.
G. Edison (Ed) Holland, Jr. is executive vice president external affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary for Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity. He also serves as the company’s chief compliance officer. Prior to assuming his current position in May 2001, he was president and chief executive officer of Savannah Electric from July 1997 – April 2001. (Savannah Electric was merged into Georgia Power in July, 2007.)
Mr. Holland joined Southern Company subsidiary Gulf Power in 1992, as vice president and corporate counsel, and served concurrently as Southern Company system compliance officer until 1995. He then was named Gulf Power’s vice president of Power Generation/Transmission, a position he held along with corporate counsel until 1997. Prior to joining Gulf Power, Mr. Holland was a partner in the law firm of Beggs & Lane, where he served as general counsel to Gulf Power.
Born in Rutherfordton, N.C., Mr. Holland received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the boards of directors of First Chatham Bank Financial Corporation, Georgia Appleseed, Georgia Aquarium, and Southern Golf Association.
Mr. Holland currently chairs the Edison Electric Institute Legal Committee and is a member of the association’s Electricity Committee of the Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Holland is married to the former Elizabeth (Betsy) Bird of Marietta, Ga. They have two daughters, Laura and Caroline. His hobbies include golf, boating and hunting.
Don Howell is an Idaho Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission since 1986. He has served as the Commission’s lead Deputy and General Counsel since 1993. Before his law career, he was employed as a vocational psychologist and was an officer in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Howell is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Energy Bar Association, and the Idaho State Bar. He is admitted to practice in Idaho; the Eighth, Ninth and D.C. Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Howell received a B.A. from Miami University in 1973, a M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in 1976, and his J.D. from the University of Idaho in 1985. He was managing editor of the Idaho Law Review in 1984-85. After graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Jesse R. Walters, Jr. of the Idaho Court of Appeals.
Ward Hubbell is the President of the Green Building Initiative. Since helping to establish the Green Building Initiative in 2004, Mr. Hubbell has guided its evolution into a national organization promoting green building approaches in dozens of major U.S. markets across the country. Under his leadership, the GBI became the first green building organization to be certified as a standards developer by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is in the process of establishing its proprietary tool, the Green Globes Environmental Assessment and Rating System for commercial buildings, as an official ANSI standard.
For nearly two decades, Mr. Hubbell has been a leading communicator and strategic adviser in the natural resources field, serving in a range of capacities in the public and private sectors. Mr. Hubbell also spent ten years as a communications executive in Washington, DC, working primarily in the areas of natural resources, environmental energy, transportation and health and safety policy. A native of Mississippi, Mr. Hubbell and his family reside in the Portland area, where he is very involved in the Oregon business community. Recently, he has served on the boards of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Business Association and SOLV, one of the nation's largest volunteer networks devoted to environmental restoration and community building. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Wake Forest University.
Jason B. Hutt is a partner with Bracewell & Giuliani's Environmental Strategies Group where he advises project developers, investor groups and financial institutions about environmental risks and liabilities associated with regulatory compliance, project development and corporate transactions. He also assists in the defense of administrative, civil and criminal proceedings involving environmental enforcement agencies at the federal and state levels. Mr. Hutt counsels clients on current and upcoming regulatory issues as well as the preparation of environmental disclosures for SEC filings and voluntary reports.
In relation to project development, Mr. Hutt performs environmental risk evaluations and advises on permit strategy and contract negotiation. His most recent work has involved onshore and offshore LNG import terminals, highway expansions, renewable energy projects (e.g., wind, biofuels and geothermal), coal-fired power plants, utility privatizations at military bases, international undersea pipelines, interstate undersea electric transmission cables, cogeneration facilities and a pump-storage project.
Eric Knox currently serves as Associate Director for System Operations and External Outreach in the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, U.S. Department of Energy. From May 2002 through June of 2005, he served as Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary of Energy. Prior to that, he served as Senior Policy Advisor in the
Office of the Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, U. S. Department of Energy. He also served in OCRWM and at the White House during the Administration of
President George H. W. Bush.
Mr. Knox has an extensive business and political background. He served as President and CEO of American Target Resources, LLP, a service organization representing national not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Knox has over 20 years experience working with state, local and national political candidates and party organizations.
In addition to his business and political endeavors, Mr. Knox spent one year supporting global medical mission efforts working with the blind and disabled. A graduate of Clemson University, he resides in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife and two daughters.
Robert H. Loeffler is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster specializing in energy regulatory law.
Mr. Loeffler has practiced before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for over 30 years, representing clients on a variety of novel electric, natural gas, and oil pipeline issues, including matters where billions of dollars were at issue. He has appeared before the public utilities commissions of Alaska, California, and New Hampshire, and briefed or argued energy cases before the United States Supreme Court, four Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Courts of New Hampshire and New Mexico, and the trial courts of Alaska, District of Columbia, Illinois, New Mexico, and Washington.
Mr. Loeffler has also been counsel to both private and public parties on energy issues. For more than 30 years, Mr. Loeffler has represented the State of Alaska on a variety of federal energy regulatory matters, including many oil and gas pipeline issues. Mr. Loeflfler also represented the State in the antitrust investigations of both the BP-ARCO and ExxonMobil mergers. He currently is project counsel for a new East Coast LNG project.
Mr. Loeffler graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1965 and cum laude from Columbia Law School in 1968, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review as well as Chairman of the Board of Student Advisors. Mr. Loeffler served as law clerk to Senior Circuit Judge Harold R. Medina (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit).
Mr. Loeffler is Director of the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association and was a Director of the Energy Bar Association. He served two terms as co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Administrative Law Section of the D.C. bar. He also served for five years as Vice Chairman of the Energy Law Committee of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association and has been chair or vice-chair of various committees of the Energy Bar. Mr. Loeffler is the editor of the settlement chapter of Energy Law and Transactions. He was named a Leading Lawyer in Energy Law in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers put out by Chamber & Partners Publishing (2006 and 2007). Best Lawyers has named Mr. Loeffler as one of the “Best Lawyers in America 2008.”
Mr. Loeffler was a founding partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office, and served as its managing partner for most of its first decade. After that, he chaired four firm committees, and served terms on its management, policy, and compensation committees.
Mr. Loeffler was President of the Columbia Law School Association of Washington, D.C. for seven years and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School. He was awarded a medal for Distinguished Alumni Service by Columbia University as part of its May 2001 Commencement.
Fred Lowther joined Dickstein Shapiro in 1973. Mr. Lowther currently leads the Firm’s Corporate & Finance Practice and previously led the firm’s Energy Practice. He focuses his practice on domestic and international energy, water supply projects and transactions, and general counseling of energy companies in all sectors of the industry. Mr. Lowther devotes his career primarily to the development of large energy and natural resource projects in the United States and abroad. In addition, his practice also concentrates on water supply projects, in terms of both structuring projects and litigating over water rights. He also focuses a portion of his practice on counseling companies in the energy technology sector.
Mr. Lowther has served as project counsel for a large number of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) projects, natural gas pipelines, gas storage and distribution projects, and several large projects and transactions involving natural gas, power generation, electric transmission, broadband over power lines (BPL), water supply and treatment, and crude oil in the U.S., Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. Mr. Lowther’s role as project counsel involves all aspects of project structuring, regulatory approvals, administrative and judicial litigation, financing, and general counseling.
Mr. Lowther has represented the State of North Carolina in the water rights litigation over the Lake Gaston Pipeline Project in Virginia. He is General Counsel and a Director of Poseidon Water LLC, a water project development company engaged in the development of large scale seawater desalination plants in the United States. He is also counsel to investors contemplating a major interbasin transfer of water by pipeline in the Western United States.
Mr. Lowther leads a team of attorneys prosecuting multiple claims against the United States, arising from the failure of the U.S. Department of Energy to commence removal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from nuclear power plants in 1998, as required by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.
From 1968 to 1969, Mr. Lowther was a law clerk to Chief Judge Caleb M. Wright, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, in Wilmington, Delaware.
Mr. Lowther is admitted to practice in New York (1969), Pennsylvania (1970), and the District of Columbia (1973), and is a member of the American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, and Energy Bar Association. He also is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal district and appellate courts in numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Mr. Lowther received his B.A., magna cum laude,in applied mathematics from Brown University (1965) and his J.D., with honors, from Yale Law School (1968). He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1965. Mr. Lowther lives with his wife in Alexandria, VA. He has one daughter, Dr. Alyssa J. Averill, and two grandsons, who live in Charleston, South Carolina.
Mark Mackay is Vice-President for Energy Technology at TransAlta Corporation. He is responsible for the application of technology including the design and construction of energy projects. Prior to this role, Mr. Mackay was the Director of Engineering Services at TransAlta Corporation. He joined TransAlta in 1999 as a Project Manager.
Before joining TransAlta, Mr. Mackay worked at TransCanada PipeLines. He has over 25 years experience in power plant design, development and construction.
Mr. Mackay has a bachelor of applied science from the University of British Columbia. He is a registered professional engineer in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Jim McPherson is the Executive Director of the National Association of Attorney?s General, one of the oldest legal associations in the country. Founded in 1907, NAAG is dedicated to helping the Attorneys General and their staffs fulfill the responsibilities of their offices and assisting in the delivery of outstanding legal services to the people of their states and territories.
Prior to joining NAAG, Mr. McPherson served as the General Counsel for the Department of Defense Counterintelligence Field Activity where he was responsible for providing legal advice and assistance in the areas of counterintelligence operational and policy matters, intelligence oversight, and a full range of administrative law matters.
In 2006, Mr. McPherson completed a distinguished career in the United States Navy retiring as a two-star Rear Admiral. Highlights of his career include assignments as a trial attorney, senior prosecutor, senior defense attorney, and commanding officer at Naval Legal Service and Trial Service Offices; staff judge advocate assignments in the United States, overseas, and afloat; and legal counsel to the Vice Chief and Chief of Naval Operations. Mr. McPherson?s first flag assignment was as the Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command.
In 2004, he was appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. Navy?s 39th Judge Advocate General ? an appointment he held until his retirement.
Mr. McPherson was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Public Administration. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law, and was awarded a Master of Laws degree in Military Law from The Judge Advocate General?s School, Charlottesville, VA.
During his military career, Mr. McPherson received many personal awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two awards), and the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards). Mr. McPherson is a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and California. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Jennifer.
Kelly Mader is Vice President of State Government Relations, Peabody Energy in St. Louis, Missouri. As such, he is responsible for directing and coordinating statewide and regional legislative and executive liaison activities relating to coal production and coal utilization. His work includes positions as General Manager for Government Affairs and Director of Government & Public Affairs for Rio Tinto / Kennecott Energy, Principal of a Denver-based policy consulting group for 7 years, and ownership of a real estate brokerage firm in Gillette, Wyoming for nearly 20 years.
Mr. Mader served in the Wyoming legislature between 1984 and 1991, first as a state representative then as a state senator. During his time as state senator, he chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee and co-chaired the Joint Appropriations Committee.
Mr. Mader’s educational background includes Texas A & M University, Bob Jones University and the American Institute in Jerusalem.
Dr. Norman Shilling is carbon leader for GE Gasification at GE Energy. Previously he was product line leader for IGCC Process Power. At GE Corporate R&D, he was a program manager for low-emissions Locomotive Diesel Development. As Environmental Systems manager, he collaborated with many GE businesses on pollution prevention and energy efficiency initiatives. Norm has also served in Strategic Technology Planning for GE.
Dr. Shilling’s background in environmental and utility power generation includes Advanced Engineering Manager at GE Environmental Systems, where he was responsible for the development of advanced scrubbers and particulate controls for utility power plants. His experience also includes nuclear steam generator development at Westinghouse and advanced automotive power-plant development at General Motors.
Dr. Shilling holds an SM degree from MIT and BS and D.Sc. degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has taught in the engineering school at Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Joanne Spalding is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Sierra Club’s San Francisco office, where she has worked for more than a decade. She focuses on litigation related to energy and transportation, and has worked on cases ranging from protecting children from highway air pollution to preventing oil and gas drilling on pristine lands. Recently, she has concentrated her efforts on the fight against new coal plants. She served as the Sierra Club’s lead counsel in the Florida coal plant cases.
Ms. Spalding previously worked in private practice at the law firm of Adams, Broadwell in San Francisco. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Lawrence Wasden is Idaho’s 32nd Attorney General. He was elected to a second term on November 7, 2006. Attorney General Wasden, an 18-year veteran of the Office of the Attorney General, previously served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, Deputy Chief of Staff and as a Deputy Attorney General representing the Idaho State Tax Commission. He has also served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Canyon County, Idaho, and as Prosecuting Attorney for Owyee County, Idaho.
Attorney General Wasden is the President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the Immediate Past Chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG). On November 1, 2007, he was selected by the Aspen Institute for a two-year fellowship program honoring public leaders as “the true rising stars” of American politics.
Attorney General Wasden served as Co-Chair of the NAAG Tobacco Committee from July 2004 through June of 2006 and is one of two state attorneys general serving on The American Legacy Foundation’s board of directors. The landmark national tobacco settlement created the American Legacy Foundation to reduce youth tobacco smoking and prevent smoking-related disease in the United States.
Attorney General Wasden obtained his J.D. from the University of Idaho and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1985. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Brigham Young University in 1982.
Lawrence and Tracey Wasden have been married for 27 years. They live in Nampa, Idaho, and are proud parents of four children: son Sean and daughter-in-law Chelsie, daughter Ashley and son-in-law Curtis Crafton, daughter Cassidy and son Blake. Lawrence and Tracey are also proud grandparents of Carter and Cai Crafton, and Taylor and Stilson Wasden.
Attorney General Wasden is a founding member, and past chairman, of the Government and Public Lawyers Section of the Idaho State Bar. He serves on the Boise State University Department of Criminal Justice Advisory Council and on the board of directors for the Treasure Valley Reading Foundation. In 2007, he received a “The People First!” award from the Idaho Newspaper Foundation for his work with Idahoans for Openness in Government to educate local government officials, the media and the public regarding Idaho’s Open Meeting Law and Public Records Law.