Donald J. Sipe to Speak at Conference on the Law of Demand Response

November 12, 2010 – Portland, ME – Donald J. Sipe, a Partner practicing Energy & Telecommunications Law with Preti Flaherty, will participate in the First Annual Conference on the Law of Demand Response as a panelist. Sipe will join a panel focused on "Demand Response Meets the Commerce Clause."  They will discuss the basic constitutional and regulatory assumptions about the extent to which a contractual promise not to consume power is a product or service in interstate commerce, subject to the Federal Power Act's just and reasonable standards, or subject to the same thorough state and local regulation as are other commodities and services traditionally provided by the industry.

The conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from December 1-2, 2010 and is hosted by the Peak Load Management Alliance and The George Washington University Law School in cooperation with Husch Blackwell LLP.

Donald J. Sipe practices with the firm's Energy and Telecommunications Group in Augusta, applying his expertise to helping energy and utilities clients make the transition from regulation to competition. He also serves as Vice Chair of the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL).

Before joining Preti Flaherty in 1997, he worked for eight years as a staff attorney with the Maine Public Utilities Commission, a unique experience that afforded him an insider's understanding of complex utilities issues from consumer, corporate and governmental points of view. While at the commission, he played a significant role in the development of the "Commissioner's Draft Report on Restructuring the Electric Industry in Maine."

Don may be reached at [email protected]