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Baker Botts Examines the Regulatory Challenges Facing Utilities at the GCPA 31st Annual Spring Conference 2017

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HOUSTON, April 19, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm’s noted energy regulatory partner, Andrea Stover, will be speaking at the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) 31st Annual Spring Conference taking place at the Hilton Americas in Houston from April 19-20, 2017. 

The GCPA Spring Conference is the leading electric power conference for the ERCOT/Gulf Coast Region, where over 500 power professionals will gather together to hear from prominent Government and industry speakers what President Trump’s election means for the US power sector, including the regulatory implications for the FERC and EPA, and also discover how the latest trends, such as energy storage, will impact the grid both on the generation and demand side. 

Program highlight - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Session VII - Challenges to the Utility Business Model 
An expert panel will discuss the regulatory challenges facing utilities to recoup their investments with more distributed generation and load defections, and also explore how utility regulators and state legislators are addressing this issue. Are markets like ERCOT different from the traditional vertically integrated utility markets addressing this problem? 

  • Doug Lewin, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Market Development, CLEAResult 
  • John Shenot, Sr. Associate, U.S. Programs, The Regulatory Assistance Project 
  • Ingmar Sterzing, Vice President, Power Supply & Energy Services, Pedernales Electric Cooperative 
  • Andrea Stover, Partner, Baker Botts

“The utilities industry is currently going through a period of transformation. Managing the impacts of these changes raises many complex issues. For example, utilities are increasingly facing the challenge of distribution energy resources, such as how it is being deployed on the grid and how it impacts utilities cost recovery. New regulatory structures and utility business models are emerging that may help utilities better manage their costs, so I think it is really important for us to highlight these developments and spotlight any solutions that can help companies recoup their investments,” said Andrea Stover, a Partner in Baker Botts’ Global Projects Practice based in the Austin office. 

Power and utilities have been a significant part of Baker Botts’ client base for decades. Today, over 100 lawyers spend a significant portion of their time representing many of the largest electric and gas utilities in the United States, major independent power producers, entrepreneurial transmission and generation project developers, utilities and power trading and marketing companies, as well as major private equity investors and lending institutions focused on the power industry. 

Please click to find out more about the GCPA Spring Conference 2017.


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