WCEE Lunch and Learn Series presents
Integration of Distributed Solar: Antitrust and Policy Issues
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Michael Perry, Partner, Baker Botts LLP
Lance Hinrichs, Energy Market Analyst, FERC's Division of Energy Market Oversight
Distributive generation is the process whereby customers connect rooftop solar panels to the electric grid in a manner which allows them to both purchase power from the grid when the panels are not producing sufficient power and, perhaps more significantly, to sell excess power back to utilities.
In the past 6 years, U.S. photovoltaic capacity has expanded from less than 1,000MW to more than 18,000 MW, and along with it the confluence of competition law and net metering has entered the public spotlight. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has stated a desire “to ensure that rooftop solar, no differently from any other technology or product, develops in an environment of vigorous competition and responsiveness to consumer demand.” Indeed, the FTC recently held a public workshop and invited comments on this issue, including a discussion of “competition among solar directed generation or DG firms, between solar DG firms and regulated utilities, and between solar generation and other power generation technologies.”
Our discussion will address what role competition law may have in the market for the generation and distribution of electric power. We will consider both federal and state/local regulation, and consider arguments presented by advocates on either side of the issue.
- Michael Perry, Partner, Baker Botts LLP
- Lance Hinrichs, Energy Market Analyst, FERC’s Division of Energy Market Oversight
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Venue: Baker Botts LLP, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004
Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $15 (non-WCEE members).
Closest Metro Station: Metro Center
This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; please feel free to bring your own lunch. Register early; space is limited.
About Our Speakers
Michael Perry is a partner in Baker Botts’ Antirust practice group. He recently joined the firm after serving as Counsel to the Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition from 2015 to 2016. In that front-office role, he was directly involved in many of the agency's most important antitrust enforcement actions, including both merger and non-merger matters. He played an integral role in the FTC's challenge to the proposed Sysco/U.S. Foods merger and other high-profile cases such as FTC v. Actavis, FTC v. Cephalon, and FTC v. St. Luke's Health System.
Prior to joining the front-office, Mr. Perry served as an Attorney in the FTC’s Health Care Division from 2010 to 2015, where he helped lead the agency's enforcement efforts in the pharmaceutical and health care sectors. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Mr. Perry worked in private practice before serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Allyne R. Ross (E.D. N.Y.), and the Honorable Michael A. Chagares (3d Cir.). Mr. Perry currently serves in the leadership of the Antitrust section of the American Bar Association as an editor of the Antitrust Law Journal.
Lance Hinrichs is an electricity market analyst in the Division of Energy Market Oversight at the FERC, specializing in electricity market design, structure and performance. Prior to joining FERC in 2003, he was a Director at Enron Energy Services and was responsible for the product development and transaction structuring of energy outsourcing services for Fortune 500 companies. Earlier in his career, he was a rates analyst at the New York Power Authority. Lance has a BA degree in Economics from the University of Vermont and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.
WCEE is grateful to
Baker Botts LLP
for use of its conference facilities