During the 17th Annual Gas and Power Institute on September 20, 2018, Jackson Walker partners Meghan E. Griffiths and Jesse S. Lotay presented key insights on new technologies in the energy sector. Hosted by The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, the two-day CLE conference introduced topics related to the gas and power industry amid changing rules, regulation, legislation, and environmental requirements.
Emerging Technologies in the Retail and Wholesale Electric Power Markets
Meghan led a panel featuring Jack L. Farley, President and CEO of Apex Compressed Air Energy Storage, LLC, and Wayne Morrison, Smart Energy Principal of Reliant Energy Inc. The program discussed emerging technologies in the retail and wholesale power electric markets and the changes they are making on the generation resource mix on the power grid, demand, and the existing power distribution model.
Jesse presented a primer on how blockchains, distributed ledger technology, and smart contracts work and how the energy industry could apply these digital technologies. “Blockchain 101” was co-authored by fellow Jackson Walker partner Michael L. Laussade.
Meghan E. Griffiths represents clients in regulatory matters, litigation, and commercial transactions involving the electric power industry. Her clients span all sectors of the industry, including owners of conventional and renewable generation, electric utilities, utility investors, retail electric providers, and large consumers. In litigation, she represents clients in energy disputes and litigation, and acts as lead counsel in contested cases and administrative appeals involving the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A recognized practitioner for Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity) by Chambers USA, Meghan advises commercial clients with electric regulatory considerations related to project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, interconnection, and power supply. In wholesale power market matters, she counsels clients on Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Southwest Power Pool (SPP), and Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) rules and protocols. Meghan also has broad administrative law experience, advising clients on open government, open records, and government contracting matters.
Jesse S. Lotay’s practice focuses on the areas of energy, commodities and derivatives, and general corporate transactions. He represents clients on business and transactional matters and works with clients as a strategic partner to accomplish business objectives, meet critical deadlines, and maximize financial results. His practice includes advising clients on energy-related mergers and acquisitions, energy-based commodities, derivatives, and other structured products, marketing and trading activities, and financially and physically settled hedging transactions. In addition to his role as a partner and leader of the Commodities & Derivatives team at Jackson Walker, Jesse serves on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio Board of Trustees and chairs its Young Professionals Committee.