By Philip Reed
In late May, the Energy Bar Association announced the new president of its Board of Directors – as well as its new members, officers and directors – at its Virtual Annual Meeting and Conference. One of those new board members is Transmission Infrastructure Program Attorney Erin Green.
Green joins other board members from the Edison Electric Institute, Texas Retail Energy, George Washington University Law School and more. Mosby G. Perrow IV was announced as president of the board for 2021-2022. He replaces outgoing president Jane Rueger.
The EBA describes itself as “an international, non-profit association of attorneys, energy professionals, and students active in all areas of energy law. The EBA advances the professional excellence of those engaged in energy law, regulation, and policy through professional education, exploring diverse viewpoints and building connections."
Green has been involved with the EBA about as long as it has had a Rocky Mountain chapter. For the past year, she has even served as the RM chapter's president.
“I attended conferences early in my legal career," she said. “About seven years ago there was interest from the western chapter of the EBA to branch off and create a chapter for the Rocky Mountain states."
Around that time, Senior Vice President and General Counsel John Bremer and Vice President and Assistant General Counsel Ron Klinefelter were invited to meet with some of the members involved with the effort.
“They invited me to come along," she said. “That was my first big entry into what would become the RM chapter."
From there she participated in a young lawyers' committee and various networking events, which led to her being invited to join the chapter. She eventually earned the role of secretary, and then vice president and finally president.
“My job as president is to hold monthly meetings among the board, which are all energy attorneys in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming," she said. “We hold an annual conference each year, which is set up like an educational conference, where lawyers get continuing legal education credits."
Green says she feels honored and proud for the opportunity to serve on the EBA's Board of Directors.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a prestigious group of people," she said. “I appreciate the opportunity to be able to share my perspectives, coming from a more unique area in the energy industry, and the opportunity to learn from the other board members."
In her new capacity, Green will serve as the liaison to the EBA Young Lawyers Committee. The committee is close to her heart, as she was a member of that group as well. She and other members have participated in panel discussions and presented at law schools. She has even helped other members who were interested in energy learn about career paths and shared her experience as a lawyer within WAPA.
“I am excited to work with the EBA's Young Lawyers Committee to create networking and growth opportunities for the future lawyers of our industry," she said. “These young lawyers and law students are the people who will be shaping the future of our industry."
She is also looking forward to expanding her own network.
“I am very excited to work with other energy professionals across the country on special programming," said Green. “I am also excited to work with the EBA board members from the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association."
Of course, Green also sees this as an important opportunity for growth that will benefit WAPA as a whole.
“There is another board member who works for a D.C. law firm that is heavily involved in working with our customers," she said. “I'm excited to learn directly from the energy lawyers and professionals who provide important legal and representation support for so many of WAPA's customers."
Reed is a public affairs specialist.