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2017 EBA Primer Series: Electric Reliability

2017-01-19 13:00:00 2017-01-20 12:00:00 America/New_York 2017 EBA Primer Series: Electric Reliability - EBA **For a full listing of events visit North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) 3353 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 600, North Tower Atlanta, GA 30326 EBA - Energy Bar Association - southern
Dates:  Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 1:00pm to Friday, January 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
Location:  North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) 3353 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 600, North Tower Atlanta, GA 30326
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Thank you for your interest in this program.  Online registration is now closed, however you may still register on-site for this event. 

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In this program, participants will receive an introduction to the regulatory regime governing electric reliability in the United States. The program will start with a technical overview of the electric grid. Participants will then learn about the history of Section 215 of the Federal Power Act – the key reliability regulatory provision. Our faculty will also provide an overview of the chief reliability regulator – the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) – including a brief history lesson on the genesis of NERC, an overview of the structure of NERC, and insights on the relationship between NERC, the reliability regions, and regulated entities. The program will include instruction on the process for drafting and adopting the mandatory and enforceability Reliability Standards, and our faculty will cover compliance and enforcement in the reliability space. Our program will conclude with a review of special topics, including cyber and physical security.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Boxed Lunch and Networking Hour

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Welcome and Introductions -  Dan Frank, Sutherland and Primer Coordinator

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

Grid 101 - Technical/Operational Overview - John Moura, NERC

  • Where is it produced?
  • How is it used?


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

EPAct 2005/FPA 215 - Overview - Jonathan First, Sr. Reliability Counsel, Office of General Counsel, FERC

  • Genesis/History Leading to Federal Reliability Role 
  • Statutory Provisions/Directives
  • “Bulk-Power System” versus “BES”


2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

NERC Overview - Mark Lauby, Sr. Vice President and Chief Reliability Officer

a.   Genesis / History of NERC

b.   Structure – NERC & Regional Entities

i.    Respective Roles

ii.    Relationship Between

    c.     Registered Entities

i.    Who Must Be Registered

ii.    Process to Challenge Registration

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Reliability Standards - Howard Gugel, Sr. Director of Standards and Education and Steve Noess, Director of Standards Development, NERC

a.   NERC Drafting of Standards

i.    NERC’s Role, Rules & Procedures / Processes

ii.    Standards Drafting Process

b.   FERC Review of Standards - Matt Vlissides, FERC

i.    FERC’s Role

ii.    Standards Approval / Remand Process

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Q & A

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

7:00 pm

Dinner on your own






Friday, January 20, 2017

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Day 2 Kick - Off - Emma Hand, President, EBA



Compliance / Enforcement

a.   NERC

i.    Performance Assessments & Events Analyses - James Merlo, VP of Reliability Risk Management, NERC

i.    Compliance Monitoring Process (Audits, Inherent risk assessments and controls) - Adina Kruppa, Compliance Assurance Manager, NERC Compliance Assurance Group

ii.    Enforcement & Penalty Process - Dan Frank, Partner, Sutherland

iii.   Practice Pointers


b.   FERC - Roger Morie, Sr. Legal Advisor, Office of Enforcement, FERC

i.    FERC’s Role in Compliance & Enforcement

ii.    Enforcement & Penalty Process

9:45 am – 10:00 am


10:00 am –11:00 am

Special Topics - Shamai Elstein, Senior Counsel, NERC

                a.    Cyber and Physical Security                

                b.   Geomagnetic Disturbances (GMDs)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ask the General Counsel - Charles Berardesco, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, NERC

12:00 pm

Closing Remarks & Adjourn




Conference Location

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NAERC)
3353 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 600, North Tower
Atlanta, GA 30326

Registration Fees

Unless otherwise noted, registration fees include all meals, networking breaks, networking reception and meeting handouts.
  EBA Member Non-Member
Attorney $350 $395
Energy Professional (formerly Non-Attorney) $375 $425
Young Attorney-Private* $275 $300
Student $100 $125

*Those who graduated from law school within the last three years

Click Here to Register

Three Ways to Register:

Online:  Electric Reliability Primer

Fax your completed registration form with payment to EBA: (202) 833-5596
Mail your registration form and payment to EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036


If you would like more information about this program, please contact EBA at 202.223.5625 or email

Hotel Information

Please note, the following hotels have extended special rates to NERC business travelers.  Rates are subject to hotel availability.

Download list of hotels, rates and discount codes.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 1/05/2017, less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. No refunds will be given after 1/5/2017. (If cancellation is requested after deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee). Substitutions are acceptable (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between member and nonmember fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

Pending CLE approval in GA and VA. For questions on CLE email


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Parking & Travel Information:

Parking:  Visitor parking in the adjacent garage is $15.00 per day.

Transit System:  MARTA
At Hartsfield – Jackson the MARTA Station is located inside the western end of the airport’s main terminal (opposite the entrance to the planes/gates, near Ground Transportation exits). Travelers should follow the signs which are just a few feet from the Baggage Claim areas. All riders must have a “Breeze Card” or Ticket to access the train which can be purchased at Breeze Vending Machines located in all train stations. MARTA fare is $2.50 for a one-way trip, with free transfers automatically added when you use a Breeze Card for payment. The plastic Breeze Card costs $2 starting Jan. 9 2016 (Old Breeze Cards will still work through July 9, 2017) and can be purchased at any MARTA rail station or online.
Take the MARTA North Springs/Red Rail Line to the Buckhead stop. Note: The last MARTA North Springs/Red Line train leaves the Airport around 7:00pm. Travelers arriving in Atlanta after 7:00pm should consider taking a taxi ($40 flat rate + certain fuel surcharges from the Airport to any location in Buckhead) or take the Doraville/Gold Line to the Lindbergh station. From here riders can transfer to the North Springs/Red Rail Line and take that to the Buckhead stop. Follow the signs/stairs labeled “Peachtree Road North” for access to The Atlanta Financial Center.

Driving Directions:

From Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport:
Take I-85 north which merges with I-75 north downtown. When they split, take I-85 north to Exit#29 to GA400 north. Take Exit#2 for Lenox Rd/Buckhead. Exit right off the ramp. Go to the second traffic light and make a right onto Peachtree Rd. The Atlanta Financial Center will be on the left.

From the North on I-75:
Take I-75 to I-285 east to GA 400 south. Take Exit #2 for Lenox Rd/Buckhead. Turn left off the Exit, then right on Peachtree Rd. The Atlanta Financial Center will be on the left.
Another option is to take I-75 south to exit #255 W Paces Ferry Rd/Northside Pkwy. Turn left off of the exit and continue on W Paces Ferry Rd. to Bolling Way NE. Turn left on Bolling Way NE and then right on Peachtree Rd NE. The Atlanta Financial Center will be on the right.

From the North on I-85:
Take I-85 south to I-285 west to GA 400 south. Take Exit #2 for Lenox Rd/Buckhead. Turn left off the Exit, then right on Peachtree Rd. The Atlanta Financial Center will be on the left