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Natural Gas Faces the Future: More, Less, Green or None at All?

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 97 minutes
Recorded Date: October 21, 2020
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  • Trends in natural gas supply affects on electricity production, renewables support, and transition fuel status
  • Examining the new laws affecting availability of natural gas for consumers 
  • New hurdles to natural gas infrastructure projects
  • The regulatory challenges of balancing legislative objectives
Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Recorded: October 21, 2020


Learn about the federal, state and local laws that may restrict or prohibit the use of natural gas now and in the future.

Among other things, the panelists will discuss local laws prohibiting utility connections and some states' bans of the same as well as federal, state and local laws that apply to interstate natural gas pipelines. The expert panelists will discuss how the intersection of law, legal policy and market conditions on the one hand have driven the increased reliance on natural gas to support renewable energy sources and on the other hand, pressure to reduce or eliminate natural gas as a source of carbon emissions. The panel will also cover how these conflicting objectives are being addressed by new laws and regulations affecting gas distribution systems, customer choice, rates, investments and grid reliability.

Join this program to learn and understand: the basic overlap of federal, state and local laws affecting companies in the natural gas industry as well as customers; the legal challenges facing certain asset owners that are emerging as a result of emissions requirements and how such challenges should be mitigated; identify business opportunities for certain fuel suppliers that are emerging as a result of emission standards and what legal requirements apply; and the legal challenges regulators face as they seek to ensure that appropriate infrastructure investments are made in response to the changing mix of generation to ensure that energy supply remains reliable and affordable.

This program was recorded on October 21st, 2020.

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Charels Read

Of Counsel
Latham & Watkins, LLP

Charles Read is Of Counsel with Latham & Watkins LLP. He has represented public utilities and other clients in matters before state regulatory commissions in California and elsewhere in the pipeline, electricity, water, gas, telecom and transportation sectors. His experience includes cost disallowance investigations; electric restructuring; and renewable resource integration. He was the first chair of the State Regulatory Committee within the Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section of the ABA. Read is a graduate of Harvard and the UCLA Law School.

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Dan R. Conway

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Daniel R. Conway was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) by Governor John R. Kasich in 2017.Prior to joining the PUCO, Conway practiced energy and telecommunications law for more than 35 years. Conway serves as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University, where he teaches public utility regulatory law. Commissioner Conway earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Miami University, and his law degree from the University of Michigan.

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Greg Buppert

Senior Attorney
Southern Environmental Law Center

Greg Buppert is a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. His practice focuses on the siting and regulation of gas infrastructure in the Southeast. Prior to joining SELC, Buppert was a staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, DC, and a lawyer in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a member of the Tennessee, Virginia, and District of Columbia bars.

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Dena Wiggins

President & CEO
Natural Gas Supply Association

Dena E. Wiggins is President and CEO of the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA), representing major integrated and independent natural gas producers in the U.S. She joined NGSA in 2014.

As President of NGSA, Wiggins leads the association’s efforts to encourage the supply and use of natural gas and promotes the benefits of competitive markets.

She also serves on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee, which advises the CFTC on preserving market integrity and competition in energy futures markets, among other issues.

Previous to NGSA, she was a partner at the firm of Ballard Spahr and served as General Counsel to the Process Gas Consumers Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

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