Energy Committee June Newsletter
Message from James Dixon - Energy Committee Chair  
ACC Energy Committee Meetings  
Current Leadership  
Energy Committee Communications  
Annual Meeting Update  
Energy Committee Membership Update and Call for Leadership and Chapter Liaison Volunteers  
Energy Committee Resources Year in Review  
Thank You Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP  
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Updates From ACC Committees

Message from James Dixon - Energy Committee Chair

Spring is finally here (at least this week it seems that way in New York), and we all seem to be as busy as the bees. I hope you can pause for a moment and take a look at what the Energy Committee has to offer, especially our upcoming Legal Quick Hits and the Programs for the 2016 Annual Meeting, October 16-19 in San Francisco. Attending the Annual Meeting and participating in our face-to-face annual meeting is a great way to stay connected and give input to our 2017 planning.

Looking forward to seeing you in the city by the bay!

Jim Dixon
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ACC Energy Committee Meetings

The ACC Energy Committee meeting is on the third Wednesday of every month. You can join the call by dialling 1-877-647-3411 and using the passcode 2680733573.  We look forward to welcoming all members to our meetings. The next ACC Energy Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. 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.

ACC Energy Committee Upcoming Legal Quick Hits

Crisis Management 101: Seizing Opportunity and  Sidestepping Danger
Presenter: Stephany Olsen LeGrand
When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM GMT

Catastrophic events present both danger to and opportunities for a company. Preparedness is key, both for an effective initial response and to ensure a comprehensive overall response that considers all potential risks to the company and the numerous and varying demands of stakeholders, regulators and the marketplace. The presentation will offer concrete tips, suggestions, and “best practices” for collaborative crisis response and management.  Additionally, it will highlight topics every organization should consider in developing its crisis response and management procedures.

Toll free dial-in:  1-877-647-3411 • Code:  2680733573 

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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 Communications

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 U.S. 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. If you have questions or need assistance, contact 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 contact our Resources Subcommittee Chair Stefano de Stefano.

Broadcast Email

As you may be aware, the ACC recently acquired new technology that provides the Committees with the opportunity to send email communications to members monthly via broadcast email. Each Committee has committed to issuing their broadcast email on a specific monthly date – this has the dual benefit of both giving each Committee maximum exposure while reducing the likelihood of members receiving multiple Committee and ACC emails on the same day. The Energy Committee broadcast email will be circulated on the second Thursday of every month to ensure that the Energy Committee members have the latest and greatest information in advance of our monthly meeting.
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Annual Meeting Update

The Energy Committee’s panels for the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco are now full! When you register for the Annual Meeting, please be sure to sign up for the following sessions:

  • Session 510 – Full Throttle: Cruising Through the Twists and Turns of Transportation Fuels (Tues. Oct. 18th, 9:00-10:30 am)

  • Session 610 – Cool Tools for Power Rules: Modern Methods for Ensuring Compliance with Energy Regulations (Tues. Oct. 18th, 11:00-12:30 pm).

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Energy Committee Membership Update and Call for Leadership and Chapter Liaison Volunteers

Membership Update
The Energy Committee is pleased to report that membership in the Energy Committee has exceeded 2,000 individuals from nearly 50 countries over the last few years.  Our only dips in numbers come during the annual ACC renewal periods when memberships lapse.  If you know of anyone who hasn’t renewed yet (or hasn’t become a member yet), please forward this newsletter to them so they know about the benefits they could miss out on this spring!  As always, please feel free to reach out to our Membership Chair, Ashlee Effler, with any questions about membership or other Energy Committee perks.  Thank you for continuing to make the Energy Committee one of the best the ACC has to offer! 

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

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 and local content with chapters. If you are interested in being a chapter liaison for your area, please email our Membership Chair Ashlee Effler
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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)

Preparing for and Responding to Environmental Disasters (July 2015)

Buyers Beware: Understanding Your Contractual Rights and Remedies When Purchasing Capital Equipment (June 2015)

US Sanctions: What’s New and What Energy Firms Need to Know (May 2015)

IP Issues in Energy Transactions in the United States (April 2015)

Legal Diligence Review for Large Energy Asset Acquisitions in the United States (March 2015)

Bankruptcy and Derivatives under US Law: From Negotiation Through Default (February 2015)

The Smarter the Grid, the Greater the Privacy Challenges in the US (January 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 LQHs, Resources and Programs.
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