Energy Committee November Newsletter
> Message from James Dixon - Energy Committee Chair  
> Upcoming Events  
> Current Leadership  
> Energy Committee News and Call for Ideas, Volunteers, Authors and Annual Meetings  
> Leadership Openings  
> ACC Energy Property Committee Upcoming Events  
> Energy Committee Resources Year in Review  
> Thank You Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP  
> 2016 ACC Value Champion Nomination Opportunity  
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Message from James Dixon - Energy Committee Chair

For those who made it to Boston for the ACC 2015 Annual Meeting, I hope you found the meeting enjoyable and educational. For those who missed it, you missed a lot of good times and good learning.  Don’t miss next year’s meeting in San Francisco, October 16-19, 2016 (or the first Mid-Year Meeting in New York City April 10-12, 2016).

A special word of thanks to Sutherland for their hospitality during our opening get-together at the top of the John Hancock building. It was a fine view, good food, great music and fine company. 

And a second word of thanks to Craig Johnson who preceded me as Committee Chair.  Craig’s job has been relocated to Asia and with the time difference he will not be as active in the Committee as he usually is.  We wish him luck and welcome him to call into the Committee call whenever he’s having a restless night.

The Committee leadership is looking forward to providing you with the best programs and resources possible.  Thanks to those who provided input through our Annual Meeting survey, but it doesn’t have to end there.  If you have a subject idea for a LQH, resource or program, let us know.  The contact information for the leadership is on the Committee web page.

Finally, as we wind down 2015, here’s wishing you a relaxing and safe holiday season.

Jim Dixon
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webcast

A Look Back at the Year in the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Enforcement and What Lies Ahead in 2016

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET, 5:00 PM GMT/UTC

Presented by ACC's Energy Committee and Sponsored by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
This webcast will review enforcement trends, areas of focus and key cases from 2015. As the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") seeks to aggressively transform itself into a key financial regulator, this webcast will also examine how the CFTC may use its expanded enforcement toolkit in 2016 and the resulting impact on the energy industry.

Click here to register

Upcoming Meeting

TCPA Litigation and the Energy Industry

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT

Toll free dial-in:  1-877-647-3411 • Code:  2680733573 • Past Minutes & Agendas

Add to your calendar

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Current Leadership




James Dixon


Joseph Limone


Carolyn Lam

Membership Chair

Ashlee Effler

Program Chair

Kelly Dvorak

International Outreach Subcommittee Chair

Robert Temple

Resources Subcommittee Chair

Stefano de Stefano

Committee Liaison

Vincent Gonzales

Communications Chair

Elizabeth Schultz

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Energy Committee News and Call for Ideas, Volunteers, Authors and Annual Meetings

Membership – Chapter Liaisons

We are actively looking for members willing to serve as “chapter liaisons” to help convey committee information, plan joint events for local committee members, and coordinate more events with chapters. If you are interested in being a chapter liaison for your area, please email our Membership Chair Ashlee Effler


The Energy Committee’s mission is to provide materials, training, continuing educational opportunities and resources for ACC members with an interest in the Energy industry. The Committee, which currently comprises more than 2,000 ACC members across the US and around the world, provides a forum for in-house counsel to analyze and discuss recent cases, laws and regulatory actions relevant for their practice. 

If you have not yet taken advantage of the Energy Committee eGroup, we highly recommend that you post your questions and concerns. Members actively share forms, checklists, practice tips and policies on key energy-related topics. You can also search for topics in eGroups to see if other members have had similar issues. ACC has also provided the capability to post you inquiry anonymously. It is a fantastic resource to mine the knowledge of your colleagues. Login to your ACC account and tap into the Energy Committee eGroup via the committee webpage. If you have questions or need assistance, email Communications Chair Elizabeth Schultz.

Authors and Ideas

Our members are a prolific group and we are always looking for more aspiring or current authors. If you are interested in authoring or co-authoring a resource, or if you have any ideas for a resource or a topic for a future webcast that you would like the Energy Committee to consider, please email our Resources Subcommittee Chair Stefano de Stefano.

2016 Annual Meeting Call for Program Topics 

We are currently soliciting CLE/CPD program ideas for the 2016 ACC Annual Meeting in San Francisco (Oct 16-19, 2016). We would like to hear about topics on which you need more training and/or on topics for which you would like to provide training for other members. All idea submissions can be directed to our Program Chair, Kelly Dvorak.
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Leadership Openings

We are actively looking for members willing to serve as Communications Liaisons for each of the energy sectors, from oil and gas to renewables, to help keep the Energy Committee up-to-date on the latest and greatest that is happening across these sectors. Below you will find the current openings in the Energy Committee's leadership. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact our Communications Chair Elizabeth Schultz.


Advocacy Chair

Communications Liaison – Coal

Communications Liaison – Hydro

Communications Liaison – Oil & Gas

Communications Liaison – Nuclear

Communications Liaison – Solar

Communications Liaison – Wind

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ACC Energy Property Committee Upcoming Events

The ACC Energy Committee meeting is on the third Wednesday of every month. You can access the dial in by registering for the upcoming calls and events on the committee webpage. We look forward to welcoming all members to our meetings. The next ACC Energy Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Members have the opportunity to learn from industry experts and peers about the latest legal developments relevant for the Energy industry, and hear about upcoming Committee activities.
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Energy Committee Resources Year in Review

2015 Annual Meeting Presentations

Session #111 - Boilerplate for Boilermakers: Fundamentals of Energy Project Contracting

Session #311 - The Energy Industry From All Sides


A Primer on the Swaps & Derivatives Association (ISDA) Resolution Stay Protocol for Firms that Trade Commodities (November 2015)

The Next Frontier and the Solution to Renewable Integration in the United States (June 2015)

Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Preparing for and Responding to Environmental Disasters

US EPA’s Clean Power Plan – What It Means for Me

Legal Diligence Review for Large Energy Asset Acquisitions: Composite Form – Due Diligence Request List

Ten Tips for Managing a Software Audit

U.S. Bankruptcy and Derivatives: From Negotiation Through Default

U.S. Sanctions: What’s New and What Energy Firms Need to Know

Legal Quick Hits

Trends in US Securities Fraud Litigation (November 2015)

Energy Committee Business Meeting (October 2015)

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan: What Does it Mean for Me? (September 2015)
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Thank You Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

A special word of thanks to our exceptional sponsor -- Sutherland Asbill & Brennen, LLP.   Dorothy Franzoni, Christina Buensuceso,  Madeleine Fahnley, Meghan Gruebner and so many of the Sutherland attorneys work hard to provide us with high quality Legal Quick Hits, Resources and Programs.

Also, a huge thank you to Sutherland for helping the ACC Energy Committee kick off the 2015 Annual Meeting in style by sponsoring our networking reception at the Top of the Hub.  The event was a huge success and a great way for our members to enjoy delicious Boston fare and city views while reconnecting and “getting our charge on” with industry peers.

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2016 ACC Value Champion Nomination Opportunity
Drivng value in your departmnet? Become an ACC Value Champion

Have you implemented management initiatives resulting in reduced spending, higher predictability, and/or better outcomes? If so, put in a nomination to be a 2016 ACC Value Champion by February 5. We want to shine a spotlight on your successful management tactics, providing ideas and inspiration to others. For more information and to put in a nominations, click here.

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