Each fall, graduates of Vermont Law School, who are members of our Alumni in Energy group, sponsor a symposium in Washington, DC on leading topics in energy law and policy.  Last fall the focus was on  the role of decentralization in our energy systems and we held the symposium at Bracewell's new DC offices​. In this panel, Jonathan Blansfield (JD'14), Manager, Strategic Alliances, Institute for Electric Innovation leads a panel on the Status of Decentralization in the U.S. and Abroad with representatives from the Advanced Energy Economy, NRDC and the U.S. Department of Energy.  We are already planning next year's symposium and look forward to again bringing together in D.C. our outstanding alumni and energy industry leaders to discuss the energy policy of the future.

Below we focus on a few of Master of Energy Regulation and Law, JD and Energy LLM graduates:



Caseyhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=558CaseyAssistant Attorney General<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Casey.Christoper.%282%29jpg.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Christopher CaseyGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Casey, ChristopherChris provides legal services to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. He principally handles regulatory litigation, representing commission staff in rate proceedings and other regulatory actions before the commission. Chris also represents the commission in court, both in appeals from its decisions and in original actions. As a result of the knowledge and skills he gained from Vermont Law’s IEE and energy curriculum, Chris has had an opportunity to serve as counsel in proceedings involving: the proper interpretation of WA’s renewable portfolio standard; negotiating and defending inter-jurisdictional cost allocation methodologies; prudence reviews of smart grid and emission control technologies; calculation of PURPA avoided cost rates; review of proposals for novel utility services; expansion of the CAISO and its Energy Imbalance Market, and enforcement actions against numerous utility and transportation companies. Vermont Law’s IEE and energy curriculum prepared Chris to embark on an exciting and fulfilling career.
Changalahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=386ChangalaGeneral Counsel<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Changala_Danielle.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Danielle ChangalaGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Changala,DanielleRanger Solar LLCDani serves as General Counsel for Ranger Solar LLC, a utility-scale solar development company developing projects throughout New England. Prior to joining Ranger Solar, Dani was an associate at a prominent Vermont law firm, where she focused her practice on helping renewable energy clients navigate through Vermont’s regulatory landscape to site, permit, and develop clean energy projects. Dani also represented clients on issues related to transmission siting and infrastructure, environmental and natural resource concerns, energy transactional issues, and legislative and policy developments.
Jesmerhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=387JesmerAssistant Counsel<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Jesmer_Graham.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Graham JesmerGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Jesmer,GrahamNew York State Public Service Commission (PSC)“I started at the PSC following graduation and am responsible for handling electricity and gas transmission cases certification cases (including environmental and need review), generator certification requests, and telecommunications matters at the state and federal level, including rate setting for incumbent local exchange carriers. The energy curriculum at VLS was invaluable in providing me with an understanding of legal principals of energy and telecommunications regulation.
Sternhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=616SternEnergy Regulatory Associate<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/Stern%2c%20Matthew%20S.%202017.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Matthew SternGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Matthew S. SternKeegan Werlin LLPMatthew Stern is an associate in Keegan Werlin LLP’s energy regulatory practice, specializing in energy and public utility law, environmental law, and land use. Before joining the firm, Mr. Stern represented developers and utilities in Vermont regarding the siting of energy generation and transmission facilities, land use and zoning disputes, and civil litigation. In that role, Mr. Stern successfully obtained state permits for the construction of dozens of solar generation facilities, including one of the largest operating solar facilities in Vermont, and the state’s first commercial-scale net metered facility. In addition, he has successfully tried cases concerning civil and land use matters and has represented clients in appellate proceedings before the Vermont Supreme Court. Prior to his work in Vermont, Mr. Stern was a law clerk with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a staff attorney with an environmental non-profit in Philadelphia. Mr. Stern is a graduate of Vermont Law School, where he earned his J.D., Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Certificate of Energy Law. While there, he was a member of the national moot court competition team and a research associate at the law school’s Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE). He is the co-author of NERC Today and Tomorrow: Living in the New World of Mandatory Reliability Standards, 148 No. 3 Pub. Util. Fort. 32, (2010) and contributed research regarding the implementation of smart grid technology for a research initiative of the IEE, now published in A Smarter, Greener Grid: forging environmental progress through smart energy policies and technologies, Jones, K. and Zoppo, D. (2014).
Proudlovehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=391ProudlovePolicy Analyst<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Proudlove_Autumn.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Autumn ProudloveGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Proudlove,AutumnNorth Carolina Clean Energy Technology CenterAutumn Proudlove, is a Policy Analyst at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (http://nccleantech.ncsu.edu/), working on two U.S. Department of Energy projects- the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) and the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership. Autumn's work includes tracking energy policy developments in several New England states, writing original research reports, providing technical assistance to local governments nationwide with implementing policies and programs to reduce solar soft costs, and speaking about solar policy at educational workshops in cities around the country. The MERL prepared me extremely well for my work here at the NCCETC and has allowed me to take advantage of many opportunities I wouldn't otherwise have been ready for without the energy policy knowledge base that the MERL provided me with. Colleagues often comment on how much I know about energy at such an early point in my career, and I have to give full credit to the MERL!
Silvermanhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=388SilvermanNY Solar Ombudsman<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Silverman_Allison.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Allison SilvermanGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Silverman,AllisonThe City University of New York/City of New YorkAllie focuses on policy issues related to solar PV and resilient solar. She also manages Shared SolarNYC, NYC’s program to equitably expand solar access to all New Yorkers. Her areas of focus include permitting and interconnection, as well as planning and zoning concerns to streamline the solar deployment process in New York. Allie has been working on climate and energy justice issues for over a decade. She has focused on international climate change policies that incorporate human rights to safeguard communities and ecosystems, as well as more local energy efficiency, smart grid development, and energy justice issues. Allie has been implementing the project-based change model throughout her career, such as when she coordinated a successful “BioGem” campaign in Chile for the Natural Resources Defense Council to promote energy alternatives to an ill-conceived massive hydroelectric scheme, and when she implemented a rural electrification and sustainable development project as a Fulbright Scholar in Panama.
Smithhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=587SmithConsultant<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/taylor.smith.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Taylor SmithGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Smith, TaylorUnited Nations Taylor Smith is a young professional working in the international development non-profit sector. She has specialized knowledge in climate change, energy access in developing countries and women's issues. At the United Nations she works to promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. In particular, she focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 7: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” Taylor currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. In her spare time she enjoys community gardening, going to concerts, and travelling. My position as a Research Associate at the IEE is essentially what got my foot in the door at the United Nations. My supervisor at the UN was looking for someone with experience in energy poverty and security, which was my focus while at the IEE. My MELP degree also had a particular focus in international multilateral agreements such as the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, which complimented my career direction immensely.
Thomsonhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=552Thomson<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Brian%20Thomson%20%282%29.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Brian ThomsonGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Thomson, BrianBrian Thomson spent over a decade working in Asia as a teacher and development professional holding multiple positions at the United Nations and USAID. While attending Vermont Law School, where he received the Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL), Brian was a Research Associate at the IEE. Currently he works at the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), where he represents municipal utilities on the NEPOOL Markets, Power Supply Planning, Transmission, and Planning Advisory Committees. He is also actively engaged in recent efforts to integrate state renewables policies into regional wholesale markets
Treadwayhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=563TreadwayRegulatory Counsel<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Johnson_Katie.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Katie Johnson TreadwayGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Treadway, Katie JohnsonOne EnergyOne Energy specializes in Wind for Industry®. We develop utility scale wind turbines behind the meter at industrial facilities to help our industrial customers offset their energy costs and achieve their sustainability goals. As Regulatory Counsel, I am part of a team that is responsible for the company’s legal matters and ensure I that One Energy remains at the forefront of legal and regulatory issues in the energy industry. Prior to joining One Energy, I was an Assistant Attorney General at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. There, I represented the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Ohio Power Siting Board in proceedings before the Commission and the Supreme Court of Ohio. I am admitted to the bar in the State of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Woebbehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=379WoebbeAssistant Counsel<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Woebbe_Bridget%202017.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Bridget WoebbeGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Woebbe,BridgetNew York State Department of Public ServiceBridget works at the New York State Department of Public Service, representing New York ratepayer interests and advancing Governor Cuomo’s renewable energy goals. At the Department, Bridget advises the Public Service Commission on a range of issues including rate cases, siting and transmission cases, policy and jurisdictional matters, and developing markets. Before joining the Department, Bridget was a regulatory consultant at Consolidated Edison of New York, and an intern at the Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Office. Bridget’s work at the Institute and energy curriculum at Vermont Law School prepared her with the knowledge base, vocabulary, and skills to be an effective advocate in a challenging and highly technical area of the law.
Zoppohttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=390ZoppoAssociate<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/David%20Zoppo%202017%20%282%29.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />David ZoppoGP0|#007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7;L0|#0007dd713-866b-4f12-beab-16b703ae8ab7|Alumni;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Zoppo,DavidPerkins Coie, Madison, WisconsinDavid Zoppo is an environmental and energy attorney who has experience representing a variety of clients in administrative proceedings and contested case hearings before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He also counsels clients regarding the environmental risks of mergers and acquisitions, conducting environmental due diligence reviews for manufacturing companies and developers of renewable and conventional energy projects. He has also counseled clients regarding compliance issues under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act and other major energy and environmental statues.
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