Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

The Challenges and Benefits of PURPA

Tuesday, September 25
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: 205AB

The solar industry faces renewed pressure on PURPA implementation and enforcement, with continued efforts to greatly scale back the protections for small solar and renewable energy producers provided by this act. Hear from a diverse group of industry experts on the appropriate balance between state and federal responsibilities, the importance of fair and uniform rules around contract terms, project size, and interconnection points, and whether PURPA remains essential to independent generation and competition, particularly in vertically-integrated regions.

Norman C. Bay

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Norman C. Bay is a partner and Head of the Energy Regulatory and Enforcement Group in Washington. Mr. Bay advises clients on a range of energy market regulation issues, including those relating to policy, rates, terms, and conditions of service, and mergers and acquisitions. He also focuses on enforcement
and compliance and infrastructure development in the energy sector. As a past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Mr. Bay has significant experience with all aspects of FERC’s jurisdiction over the U.S. wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, as well as energy infrastructure. As a former Director of Enforcement at FERC, he has a deep understanding of FERC’s enforcement jurisdiction and priorities, as well as the new anti-manipulation rules of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Mr. Bay’s white collar defense practice includes handling parallel investigations involving FERC, the CFTC, and DOJ. He can be followed on Twitter at @NormanCBay.


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Betsy Engelking

Vice President, Policy and Strategy
Geronimo Energy

Betsy Engelking joined Geronimo Energy as Vice President in January 2012 and currently leads the Company’s strategy and policy efforts. Betsy developed the regulatory strategy for the Aurora Project and provided expert testimony in the PUC process. She also collaborated with a number of legislators and advocates to achieve passage of the 2013 Minnesota Solar Energy legislation. Previously, Betsy was Director of Resource Planning for Xcel Energy, where she developed and implemented long-range resource plans, including compliance with Xcel’s wide-ranging renewable energy requirements. She has also held positions with Great River Energy and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

With over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Betsy’s expertise in energy policy, renewable energy, resource planning, utility rates and regulation, and energy markets are invaluable to Geronimo. Since the beginning of her career, Betsy has worked both regionally and nationally to promote the advancement of renewable energy through participation with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC), the Great Plains Institute’s Powering the Plains collaborative, and through an active role in state and national policy development. Betsy holds a MBA in Finance and Economics from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.


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Emily O. Felt

Director, Federal Energy Policy
Duke Energy Corporation

Emily Felt is Director of Federal Energy Policy at Duke Energy, where she leads a team of experts who develop and advocate for sound federal policies to promote safe, reliable, and affordable operation of and siting of electric and gas energy infrastructure. Emily has held a variety of policy roles at the company, including as an environmental policy director, renewable policy director, and as a business development manager. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University. Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, serving approximately 7.6 million energy customers – representing nearly 30 million Americans – in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, the Carolinas and Florida. The company also distributes natural gas services to more than 1.5 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Duke Energy’s commercial business operates a growing renewable energy portfolio and transmission infrastructure across the United States. As of year-end 2017, Duke Energy owned or had under contract over 6,400 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass energy. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is an S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.


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Steve Levitas

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Strategy
Cypress Creek Renewables


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Jonathan Weisgall

Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
Berkshire Hathaway Energy


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