ACC Energy Committee March Newsletter
Message from Joseph Limone - ACC Energy Committee Chair  
ACC Energy Committee Meetings  
Current Leadership  
Energy Committee Communications  
2017 Annual Meeting Program Topics  
Energy Committee Membership Update and Call for Leadership and Chapter Liaison Volunteers  
Energy Committee Resources Year in Review  
Thank You Eversheds Sutherland  
Virtual Library
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Upcoming ACC Programs
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Updates From ACC Committees

Message from Joseph Limone - ACC Energy Committee Chair

Welcome to the ACC Energy Committee newsletter! In the newsletter you will find timely and informative news and resources for the energy practitioner. It is our goal that the Committee serve as the hub of our community where you will find something new and useful. The Energy Committee is an excellent forum to network and learn from other attorneys engaging in energy practice. However, in order for the Committee to function at peak, we need the activity, participation, and ideas of the community. We seek your input and collaboration on how to make the Committee responsive and relevant to you. 

Getting involved is as easy as sending a short email. If you have an idea for a program, know of an interesting issue, want to publish an article, or want to serve as part of the Committee or subcommittee do not hesitate to contact me or anyone else on the leadership team. We would love to talk to you about opportunities or answer any questions. 
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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 dialing 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, March 15, 2017. 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 Meeting
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM GMT
Toll free dial-in:  1-877-647-3411 • Code:  2680733573 •
Past Minutes & Agendas

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ACC Energy Committee Upcoming Legal Quick Hits (LQH) and Webcasts




Quick Summary

February 28, 2017

2:30 p.m.

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Blockchain: The Technology and its Impacts on Commodities Trading (Webcast)

Cheryl Aaron, Associate, Eversheds

David McIndoe, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Kevin Batteh, Partner, Delta Strategy Group

This webcast will offer an in-depth look at blockchain (distributed ledger technology): what it is, how it might impact commodity trading, current industry developments and possible regulatory implications. Among other things, blockchain has the potential to streamline energy firms’ processes for portfolio reconciliation, regulatory reporting and payment processing. During this presentation, our speakers will discuss the concept of “smart contracts,” how energy firms may incorporate this technology into their back office functions, and whether blockchain is truly the “next big thing” for the energy industry.

March 14, 2017

12:00 pm EST

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Autonomous Driving, the Road ahead with AI (Webcast)

Michael R. Nelson Partner

Eversheds Sutherland

Artificial Intelligence is automating many of the driving functions in vehicles today. While the technology is leaping ahead, our legal system is lagging behind and may never catch up. Automated driving will dramatically change the way that we manage risk and simply live our lives. This webcast will discuss the timeframes and scope of the changes ahead.

March 15, 2017

2:00 pm EST

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Developments in the Water/Energy Nexus—Policy Implications, Cybersecurity and Big Data (LQH)

Damian Georgino, Special Counsel at Eversheds Sutherland

Emerson Girardeau, Associate at Eversheds Sutherland

Samina Bharmal
, Associate at Eversheds Sutherland

Water has become a central focus of regulators, investors, and both water and energy utility operators. With increasing demands on aging infrastructure, cybersecurity concerns and the lack of data-driven information, water resources and energy production are being stretched to the breaking point. This Legal Quick Hit will provide background on this global issue, discuss current policy implications, address the potential impacts for sustainable energy (which oftentimes is more water intense), and how data-driven decision-making is creating opportunities for a smart water grid, investors and utilities.

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Current Leadership




Joseph Limone
General Counsel, Noble Americas Corp.


Ashlee Effler
Associate General Counsel, RGS Energy


Clarice Yousefzadeh Hovsepian
Corporate Counsel, Capstone Turbine Corporation

Chapter Relations Chair 

Danielle Boshart
test, Association of Corporate Counsel

Communications Chair

Elizabeth Schultz
Corporate Counsel, Vestas American Wind Technology, Inc.

Membership Chair


Program Chair

Carolyn Lam
Vice President, Stream Energy

Resources Chair

Josh Kaplan
Assistant General Counsel, Noble Americas Corp.

International Outreach Subcommittee Chair

Robert Temple
General Counsel, NuScale Power, LLC

Advocacy Chair


Committee Liaison


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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 here. 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 Josh Kaplan.

Broadcast Email

As you may be aware, last year the ACC acquired new technology which 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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2017 Annual Meeting Program Topics

We’ve submitted program topics 2017 ACC Annual Meeting in Washington DC (Oct 15-18, 2017) and are eagerly awaiting ACC’s feedback. Stay tuned for our announcements on ACC’s selections and opportunities to speak at the Annual Meeting! Any questions can be directed to our Program Chair Carolyn Lam.
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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 Chair, Joseph Limone, 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

Committee Liaison

Membership Chair

Resources 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 Communications Chair Elizabeth Schultz.
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Energy Committee Resources Year in Review


Environmental Issues in US Bankruptcy (November 2016)

Asset Optimization and Management: Potential Enforcement Exposure in US Energy Commodity Markets (June 2016)


Recent Committee-Developed Written Resources

Sutherland's TCPA Traffic Light – Outline of US TCPA Rules

U.S. E-Sign and Uniform Electronic Transactions Act Overview and Practice Points

Top 10 Lessons of Keystone XL When Seeking U.S. Government Approval of a Cross-border Pipeline

Legal Quick Hits

Recent Developments in U.S. Sanctions and Potential Impacts of a Trump Administration (January 2017)

Blockchain: The Technology and Its Impact on US Commodities Trading (December 2016)

Whistleblowers, Internal Investigations & The Yates Memo: Will the Wacky Get Even Wackier (November 2016)

Non-legal Issues Lawyers Should Think About in US SaaS Agreements (September 2016)
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Thank You Eversheds Sutherland

A special word of thanks to our exceptional sponsor – Eversheds Sutherland. 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.

Eversheds Sutherland, created by the combination of leading law firms, Eversheds, headquartered in the U.K., and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, based in the U.S., launched globally on February 1, 2017 under the name Eversheds Sutherland. With more than 2,300 lawyers in 61 offices across 29 countries, Eversheds Sutherland ranks in the top 10 in UK listings and top 40 in U.S. and global listings. Eversheds Sutherland represents the combination of two firms with a shared culture and commitment to client service excellence. We are each known for our commercial awareness and industry knowledge and for providing innovative and tailored solutions for every client.

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