2021 WalStreet Fireside Chat - Future of Energy
Future of Energy
Presented by Black Hills Energy
Our Expert Panelist:
Steve leads Walmart's utilities team and is responsible for managing Walmart's day to day and emergency engagement with utilities, regulatory and legislative cost exposure from changes in electric and natural gas rates, interventions in regulatory proceeding, pricing analyses, and strategic partnership opportunities. Since 2007, he has managed interventions in over 500 regulatory dockets. Steve also serves as a witness on behalf of Walmart and in his career has testified in over 230 rate policy dockets in 41 states and on legislative matters in four states.
Dan Lapato, Senior Director, State Affairs - American Gas Association
Dan Lapato became the senior director of state affairs with the American Gas Association (AGA) in 2019. Prior to assuming this role, he was the AGA’s director of government affairs. He has more than 15 years of technical, policy, and project management experience. He is skilled at cultivating relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials as well as trade and other non-governmental organizations. His professional career has allowed him to develop solutions and strategies to influence outcomes and establish long-term professional relationships. Prior to joining the AGA, Dan worked for the American Public Gas Association Research Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Dan received his bachelor’s in soil science and agronomy from West Virginia University
Our Expert Moderator:
Charlie Spakes is the Manager of Government Affairs for Black Hills Energy.
Previously Charlie was the ?Executive Director of the Arkansas Grocery and Retail Merchants Association?. Charlie is currently enrolled in a L.L.M Program to get his Masters of Law in Energy and Natural Resources. He earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, and then graduated from the UALR School of Law.
As CEO of the Grocery and Retail Association he was awarded the national award for government affairs given out by the Grocery Manufactures Association in 2016 and 2017.
Prior to ARMGA he was legal advisor and head of special appointments in the Boards and Commission office for Governor Asa Hutchinson staff upon his election in 2015.
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