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Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)                     M. Whitt

Rules of Practice and Procedure
Complaint procedures
Discovery and hearings
Rehearing and appeal

Recent Supreme Court of Ohio Decisions                     C. Kennedy
Electric utility rate proceeding
Gas utility service areas
Power siting

Hot Topics                     L. Fykes
H.B. 6 repeal/reform
Commissioner selection process
Ratemaking reform

Ohio Power Siting Board                     D. Parram
General overview                                           E. Akhbari
Growth in utility scale solar

Distributed Solar                                                 D. Borchers
Overview of options for self-generation                 C. Kalvas
How to achieve green energy, resiliency and financing goals
PACE financing

Utility Scale Solar Projects: Environmental and                     C. Schirra
Real Estate Considerations                                                              E. Akhbari
Environmental due diligence and permitting considerations              C. Furey
Developing brownfields for solar projects

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Ohio CLE: 6.0 CLE Hours
New York: 7.0 CLE Hours

Ohio Professional Engineers
6.0 PDHs

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Elyse H. Akhbari

Senior Associate, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Ms. Akhbari meets the litigation and regulatory counseling needs of a wide range of clients in the energy, environmental and utility spaces. She regularly litigates cases in state and federal court, along with those before the Ohio Power Siting Board and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on behalf of pipeline companies, producers, utility-scale wind and solar power developers, and both public and private entities. Ms. Akhbari counsels clients on environmental and regulatory issues involving compliance, due diligence, permitting, and enforcement. This includes expertise in handling matters pertaining to the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, hazardous and solid waste regulation under CERCLA and RCRA, underground storage tank regulations and the Clean Air Act.

Dylan F. Borchers

Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Mr. Borchers’ practice focuses on energy infrastructure development, regulatory proceedings and energy policy. He has represented developers of new generation facilities totaling more than 6,000 MW of new electricity capacity in Ohio before the Ohio Power Siting Board. These projects include six new natural gas combined cycle power plants and four utility-scale wind farms. Mr. Borchers also represents multiple developers of utility scale solar projects, as well as multiple behind the meter projects. He also represents trade associations, municipal aggregators, electric vehicle charging companies and suppliers in adjudicatory hearings, rulemakings and other proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. One of his current clients is the developer of the country’s largest municipal combined solar and battery storage project.

Christopher T. Furey

Senior Associate, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Cleveland, Ohio
Mr. Furey has experience working on transactions across all phases of energy projects, which includes traditional upstream and midstream, oil and gas development, mineral issues, natural gas power plants, as well as the development of solar and renewable projects. Mr. Furey’s practice also focuses on transactional work in the commercial, residential and industrial real estate area. He has negotiated, documented and closed various real estate deals across the region, and additionally assisted clients with other land use documents, including easements and leases. Mr. Furey has experience in all geographic areas of the state, working through and resolving title and survey issues faced by clients.

Lucas Fykes

Associate, Whitt Sturtevant LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Mr. Fykes started his career in the energy industry as the Director of Operations for an Ohio-based energy consulting and brokerage firm specializing in electric and natural gas procurement for commercial, governmental, and residential clients. Mr. Fykes’s post-graduate academic work focused on the legal, economic, and technical aspects of state and federal energy law and policy. In addition to hosting and leading a panel discussion of solar contracts for the Vermont Bar Association in 2016, he also guided non-profits in implementing community solar programs. Mr. Fykes serves as the chair of the Columbus Bar Association Energy Law Committee.

Colin J. Kalvas

Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Mr. Kalvas is a public finance and economic development attorney. He serves political subdivisions, financial institutions, developers and special purpose districts such as special improvement districts and new community authorities in many different capacities related to the issuance of bonds, securities law, federal income tax law, contracts, real property acquisition, development, leasing and governmental revenues. Mr. Kalvas has been at the forefront of developing property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing in Ohio. His PACE efforts include serving as counsel to PACE administrators and energy special improvement districts throughout Ohio. He has extensive experience negotiating, documenting and closing PACE transactions, including as part of complex capital stacks.

Christopher Kennedy

Partner, Whitt Sturtevant LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Mr. Kennedy is a litigator experienced in representing corporate clients in energy-related matters. He has acted as regulatory counsel for Fortune 500 companies in government proceedings and investigations, both at the federal and state level. Mr. Kennedy also has acted as trial counsel for U.S. corporations needing to litigate business disputes. His regulatory practice focuses on advising and defending electric, gas and water utilities on applications, petitions and other filings before state public utility agencies. Mr. Kennedy has handled gas and electric rate design proceedings, the approval of electric smart grid applications and other petitions for administrative action on behalf of public utilities in Ohio and Illinois.

Devin D. Parram

Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Mr. Parram provides counsel to clients on a wide range of energy and utility issues. A significant portion of his practice focuses on litigating and processing cases before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). He advises clients on various PUCO matters, ranging from routine regulatory filings to complex rate cases.

Christine Rideout Schirra

Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, Ohio
Ms. Rideout Schirra is an experienced environmental attorney in the Energy & Environmental Group, focusing her practice on a wide array of environmental and energy matters. She regularly counsels clients on environmental and regulatory issues involving compliance, due diligence, contract negotiation, permitting, enforcement and litigation. This includes matters pertaining to the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, hazardous and solid waste regulation under CERCLA and RCRA, underground storage tank regulations and the Clean Air Act. Ms. Rideout Schirra has successfully represented clients in both state and federal court, and at administrative hearings.

Mark Whitt

Managing Partner, Whitt Sturtevant LLP, Columbus, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois
Mr. Whitt represents natural gas, electric, water, telecommunications and retail energy suppliers in regulatory commission proceedings and in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He is a recognized Advocate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, an Ohio Super Lawyer, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Whitt’s experience includes federal and state court litigation stemming from the wholesale electric energy crisis of 2000; deregulation of the Ohio and Illinois retail electric markets; defending lawsuits arising from the largest blackout in U.S. history that occurred in August 2003; and alternative regulation of natural gas supply and distribution in Ohio. Mr. Whitt has litigated numerous utility rate cases in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Webinar Price: $289.00