Western Energy Markets

Our Instructors

 

Abby Briggerman, Of Counsel, Holland & Hart
Abby Briggerman counsels clients through a broad array of electric, natural gas, and telecommunication matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulatory agencies. She represents large electric consumers, consumer coalitions, and natural gas companies in a variety of subject matters, including rate and reliability matters, tariff disputes, mergers and acquisitions, and transmission planning.
 

Alison Clements, Founder, goodgrid
Allison Clements founded goodgrid in January 2017 following nearly two decades of work in the energy sector. Most recently, she spent nine years at Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City, first as the organization’s corporate counsel and then as a senior attorney in NRDC’s Energy & Transportation Group. At NRDC, Allison provided thought and strategy leadership on federal, regional and state energy policy related to renewable energy deployment and procurement, and the design of markets and rate structure to support the deployment of rooftop solar, electric vehicles, advanced energy efficiency, demand response and automation. During this time, Allison moonlighted as co-director of the Yale Environmental Law Clinic, served on a National Academies of Sciences Committee on electric system resiliency, and was chosen as a 2015 Presidio Institute Fellow.
 
Before NRDC, Allison spent several years in private law practice (Troutman Sanders and Chadbourne & Parke LLP), providing federal regulatory advice to utilities and independent power producers, as well as negotiating power purchase, EPC and interconnection agreements and the lending documents involved in financing renewable energy projects. She began her career helping with legislative and electoral campaigns for League of Conservation Voters in Washington, DC.
 

Jennifer Gardner, Staff Attorney, Western Resource Advocates
Jennifer represents Western Resource Advocates as an attorney and policy advocate before western state public utility commissions, regional energy planning forums, legislative bodies, and other venues where energy decisions impacting the West are made. She is responsible for local engagement in Utah and regional engagement throughout the Western Interconnection on such topics as rate design, net metering, electric grid reliability, market function and structure (including the Energy Imbalance Market and the growth of the California ISO market), and Clean Power Plan compliance.
 
Prior to joining WRA in November 2015, Jennifer was employed with the Western Interstate Energy Board where she worked on regional electricity market and power planning issues. Most recently, she managed the State Energy Program for the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, where she oversaw the state’s energy efficiency efforts.

 

Joel Hendrickson, Transmission Policy, Analyst, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.

Joel Hendrickson has over fourteen years of experience in the electric utility industry, currently holding the position of Transmission Policy Analyst for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Tri-State is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming, serving approximately 1.5 million customers. Prior joining Tri-State, he served as a Policy Advisor to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for five years. Joel worked directly with the Commissioners on variety of transmission related matters including adjudicated dockets, research, and federal legislation policy. His educational background includes a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA and a Bachelors Degree in Social Ecology from UC Irvine.

 

Paul Suskie, 

Executive Vice President, Regulatory Policy and General Counsel, 

Southwest Power Pool
Paul Suskie serves SPP as executive vice president of regulatory policy and general counsel. He is responsible for managing the organization’s legal and regulatory policy groups and serves as corporate secretary.
 
Prior to joining SPP, he was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe as Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission and a member of the Governor’s cabinet – positions in which he served from 2007-2010. At the time of his appointment to the Commission, he was in his third elected term as North Little Rock’s city attorney. Prior to joining the city attorney’s office,
 
Mr. Suskie worked for former United States Sen. David Pryor and for Arkansas Attorney General Winston Bryant. Mr. Suskie is a colonel in the Army Reserve where he serves in the JAG Corps. He has served as a military judge for the Arkansas Army National Guard and is a veteran of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Workshop Instructor: Rebecca Geraci, Product Manager - RiskSignals, Yes Energy
Becca joined Yes Energy 4 years ago. She works with clients and staff to shape the RiskSignals product. Prior to joining Yes Energy, Becca worked for Alliant Energy for 10 years. During that time, she transitioned the utility into the MISO competitive wholesale electricity market by training co-workers on nuances of MISO generation offers, demand bids, settlements statements and ARRs/FTRs. She also managed the utility's FTR and ARR portfolio for six years. Becca has a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Science concentrating in Finance from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Becca loves teaching others to understand the ISO markets in order to make better trading decisions.