Law Seminars International Presents:

The 18th Annual Conference on

Electric Power in California

Expert insight and cutting edge information on markets and resource development

November 3 & 4, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles - CA


Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, economists, consultants, and governmental officials involved with energy project development

Why You Should Order

California continues down its path of evolutionary and revolutionary changes in energy infrastructure, regulation and markets. What will be the future role of California's IOUs and how will they address the increasing prevalence of distributed energy resources in sun-soaked California? Will natural gas continue to be favored or will energy storage have a greater role in grid reliability? How and when will California get to 50% RPS and how will renewable resources be integrated onto the grid? Where are the opportunities and pitfalls in light of the 50% RPS, Net Energy Metering 2.0, competitive transmission siting and a move towards a western ISO? The 18th annual "Energy in California" conference will tackle all of these questions through information packed seminar sessions presented by thought leaders as well as cutting edge panel sessions that include electrical industry leaders.

~ Neeraj Arora, Esq. of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and John A. McKinsey, Esq. of LeClairRyan, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~Federal and state policy regarding energy markets & resources
  • ~The roles of natural gas and storage
  • ~Storage procurement
  • ~FERC order 1000
  • ~Finding the balance in future energy markets
  • ~Electric vehicles as a grid resource
  • ~Utility procurement processes in California
  • ~ Developing and financing in California
  • ~Permitting in Caifornia and CPUC approval
  • ~Community choice aggregation
  • ~Distributed generation, energy storage and negawatts

What Attendees Said

  • "The speakers were all knowledgeable and had a wonderful presence. The staff were helpful and positive. I would recommend this class to all."
  • "I particularly liked hearing about some of the new technologies from green companies, the unbiased studies from consultants and from regulators. Also like getting all points of view and hearing from the financial sector. Overall, very well-rounded program."
  • "Very informative and knowledgeable speakers. Interesting and relevent topics; I really enjoyed it!"

Agenda Day 1

Thursday, November 03, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Neeraj Arora, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Los Angeles, CA

John A. McKinsey, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
LeClairRyan / Sacramento, CA

8:45 am

The Federal and State Policy Backdrop for Energy Markets and Resource Development in California

Federal energy and environmental law and policy: Appeal of the Clean Power Plan and the impact of the stay; extension of ITC and PTC and what it means for the renewable energy industry; recent developments at FERC

Stephen M. Spina, Esq.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Washington, DC

State level: Storage procurement, low carbon fuel standard, transportation law updates, updates on AB 32, AB 2514, SB 350, AB 8022

Seth D. Hilton, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / San Francisco, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

The California Electricity Market of 2020 and Beyond

Economic perspective on expansion of CAISO Energy Imbalance Market vs. a new ISO to replace CAISO and the WECC: Impacts on regional resource adequacy levels and flexibility; migration to preferred resources; prices; electric and ancillary service markets

Judy Chang , Principal
The Brattle Group / Cambridge, MA

11:15 am

Adapting Transmission to New Market Realities

FERC Order 1000 and moving forward

Justin M. Campbell , Vice President
Edison Transmission LLC / Los Angeles, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Contracting and Project Financing for Energy Storage

Opportunities for natural gas and energy storage resources; contracting with utilities for energy storage resources; financing energy storage and other preferred resources

Neeraj Arora, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Los Angeles, CA

1:45 pm

50% RPS and the Roles of Natural Gas and Storage in California's Electricity Future

How to best balance against future renewables: Expected loads; roles for solar and out of state imports, gas generation, storage, and curtailment of non-dispatchable renewable generation

Donald C. Liddell
Douglass & Liddell PC / San Diego, CA

Jan Smutny-Jones, Esq. , Chief Executive Officer
Independent Energy Producers Assn / Sacramento, CA

2:45 pm

Innovations in Electric Vehicles as an Integrated Grid Resource

Byron Washom , Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives
University of California San Diego / La Jolla, CA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Investor Outlook

What do the money people see as the resources and business models most likely to attain long term success and which are poor bets?

Robert Witwer , Moderator, General Counsel, Senior VP of Regulatory & Government Affairs
Southwest Generation / Denver, CO

Kenji Ogawa , Managing Director
MUFG Union Bank, NA / Los Angeles, CA

Ty Bowman , Vice President, Energy Finance Group: Power
Prudential Capital Group / Dallas, TX

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by LeClairRyan LLP and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Agenda Day 2

Friday, November 04, 2016

8:30 am

California Case Law Update

Recent developments that impact the energy industry

Joshua T. Bledsoe, Esq.
Latham & Watkins LLP / Costa Mesa, CA

9:00 am

Utility Procurement Processes in California: Long-Term Procurement and How that is Working for the Stakeholders

Procurement cycles and their efficacy; update on status of current LTPP; dealing with "old" projects and recycling them as their PPA's expire; FRAC-MOO and its impacts on existing generation; future role of demand response and other preferred resources

Jesus Arredondo , Principal and Founder
Advantage Consulting LLC / Sacramento, CA

William D. Kissinger, Esq.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / San Francisco, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Operations: The Ongoing Challenge of Development and Financing in California

Permitting in California vs. other states in terms of timing, predictability and cost; CPUC Approval process for utility procurement contracts

John A. McKinsey, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
LeClairRyan / Sacramento, CA

Financing's need for "certainty" in uncertain California and how to provide enough certainty for financing

Jennifer Didlo , President
AES Southland Inc / Long Beach, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Changes and Challenges for the Vertically Integrated Utility Model

50% RPS, Community Choice Aggregation, Distribution Resource Plan requirements, and the threat of direct access: What will the role and function of the California IOU be in 2030? What challenges do they face?

Ted Flanigan , President
Ecomotion - the Power of the Increment / Irvine, CA

Gary Stern , Senior Director of Energy Policy
Southern California Edison / Rosemead, CA

2:15 pm

California's Preferred Resources: Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation, Energy Storage and Negawatts

California NEM 2.0; TOU rates for net-metered customers; outlook for 2019 reconsideration of net metering policies, including Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) and Integration of Distributed Energy Resources (IDER); opportunities for Preferred Resources

Sheridan J. Pauker, Esq. , Moderator
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / San Francisco, CA

New technologies and business models for integrating and managing distributed resources

Matt Owens , Director, Business Development
Stem, Inc. / Millbrae, CA

Colin Temme, Esq. , Vice President, Legal
AES Distributed Energy / Boulder, CO

3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Neeraj Arora, Neeraj Arora, Program Co-Chair, Of Counsel, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, has been involved with the project financing of a broad range of large energy infrastructure assets, including conventional and renewable power generation projects, transmission lines, and pipelines.

John A. McKinsey, John A. McKinsey, Program Co-Chair, partner, LeClairRyan, represents energy and industrial clients, and serves as lead counsel for siting major power projects, compliance and regulatory matters, facility development and operation.

Sheridan J. Pauker, Moderator, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, focuses on renewable energy, energy storage, microgrids, and energy efficiency regulation, incentives, and financing, with particular emphasis on state energy regulatory programs.

Robert Earl W itwer, Moderator, General Council, is Senior Vice President of Regulatory & Government Affairs, Southwest Generation.

Jesus Arredondo, Principal and Founder, Advantage Consulting LLC, provides governmental, regulatory, public affairs and advocacy representation and counsel on state, national and international issues, including all aspects of support for media relations, specializing in crisis and Spanish language communication.

Joshua T. Bledsoe, counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP, focuses on renewable and low carbon infrastructure development projects including permitting, environmental review, and financing aspects and both administrative and judicial challenges.

Ty Bowman is a Vice President in Prudential's Energy Finance Group, where he leads a team responsible for marketing, originating and managing private placement investments for electric utilities, power cooperatives and power projects based in Canada and Western U.S.

Justin M. Campbell, Vice President, Edison Transmission LLC, pursues the development, construction, ownership, and operation of electric transmission facilities, including projects available to independent developers as the result of changes in Federal policy.

Judy Chang, Principal, The Brattle Group, Inc., an economist with a public policy background, is experienced in the analysis of electric power markets and advises on financial and regulatory issues relating to renewable energy investment and procurement.

Ted Flanigan is the President of EcoMotion Incorporated. Previously, he was Managing Director of The Energy Coalition.

Seth D. Hilton, partner, Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on energy regulation and litigation, representing clients before a variety of energy regulatory agencies in California, including the Public Utilities Commission and Energy Commission, as well as in stakeholder proceedings at the California Independent System Operator.

William D. Kissinger, partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, represents conventional and renewable energy companies, municipalities, and publicly owned utilities on regulatory matters and in litigation arising out of the purchase and sale of electricity. He was a member of the Governor's Energy Task Force, responsible for shaping California's strategy, and is recognized by Chambers.

Donald C. Liddell, partner, Douglass & Liddell PC, specializes in energy business transactions involving a broad array of energy-related products.

Kenji Ogawa, Managing Director, MUFG Union Bank, is head of specialized markets, including renewable and transportation tax advantaged finance.

Matt Owens, Director of Business Development at Stem, Inc., is experienced in Smart Grid solutions and services, energy analytics, demand response, energy efficiency, customer self-service, meter data management, energy pricing, SaaS models and product road mapping.

Jan Smutny-Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Energy Producers Association (IEP), was previously, Chair of the Governing Board of the California Independent System Operator.

Stephen M. Spina, partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, advises electric utilities on issues relating to market pricing, transmission, reliability standards compliance, rate matters, and participation in regional transmission organizations, including capacity and energy market issues.

Gary Stern is the Director of Energy Policy for Southern California Edison Company. He is responsible for policy relating to power procurement, customers products and services, the power grid of the future, emerging technologies and climate change.

Colin Patri ck Temme is Vice President of Legal, AES Distributed Energy, a Fortune 200 global power company, that provides affordable, sustainable energy to 18 countries through a diverse portfolio of distribution businesses and 36 GW of generation capacity, including over 8 GW of renewables.

Byron Washom is the Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives, University of California San Diego, where he primarily focuses on sustainability initiatives.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 12.25 California MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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