Law Seminars International Presents:

The 14th Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Energy in the Southwest

Critical updates on resource development, regulatory changes, and market operations

August 21 & 22, 2017

Santa Fe, NM
(or anyplace you may be via webcast!)

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, customer representatives and anyone else involved with energy development in the Southwest

Why You Should Order

This year especially, with dramatic energy and environmental policy shifts being considered and implemented at an unprecedented pace in Washington, D.C., stiff winds of change are blowing all across the West and Southwest. States in our region, as well as utilities, electric consumers, environmental groups and affected industries, are responding, often in different ways, to the changes already underway and those that lie ahead.

Accordingly, our program will provide a forum and opportunity for in-depth and interactive discussions of the potential impacts of the federal energy and environmental policy shifts, how states in our region are reacting, and changes expected at DOE, FERC, EPA and other federal agencies. We will also explore the future for natural gas and coal-fired power plants, climate change and carbon reduction initiatives at the state and federal levels, the prospects for PURPA reform and independent power producers, and updates on renewable energy, retail customer choice of suppliers, and the latest technological developments. Finally, back by popular demand, we will have our annual roundtable discussion among state utility commissioners in our region to highlight current and evolving regulatory priorities.

We have a lot of pieces moving around this year in the energy world and we hope you'll be able to join us for insights into, and discussion of, how the pieces will be fitting together.

~ Steve Michel, Esq. of Western Resource Advocates, Robert Pomeroy, Jr., Esq. of Holland & Hart LLP and Marc L. Spitzer, Esq. of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~ Federal energy and environmental policy: Impacts of new players and changes, including at the FERC, DOE, EPA and in the Congress
  • ~ State commissioners panel: New state actions and policy priorities
  • ~ Market Dynamics: Impact of state policy preferences for generating resources in the West
  • ~ Producers placing long-term bets: Where is the smart money going?
  • ~ Potential technological game changers
  • ~ Customer choice: Case studies of Nevada and Boulder; developments in other parts of the country
  • ~ New developments for expansion of the California ISO (CAISO); Southwest Power Pool (SPP), and Mountain West
  • ~ Impact of FERC orders on market-based rates

What Attendees Said

  • "It was a very valuable conference...much appreciated"
  • "Very smoothly run, consistent level of presentation."
  • "Great mix of political, technical, legal and financial perspectives. Well-designed panels."

Agenda Day 1

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Steve Michel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Chief Counsel for the Clean Energy Program
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Robert Pomeroy, Jr., Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Holland & Hart LLP / Greenwood Village, CO

Marc L. Spitzer, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Steptoe & Johnson LLP / Washington, DC

8:45 am

Federal Energy and Environmental Policy: New Players and Anticipated Changes Under the Trump Administration

New faces at FERC and potential impact on its future as an independent politically balanced regulatory body: Hear if policy changes are likely to happen and how is FERC likely to go about it from the former General Counsel

Suedeen G. Kelly, Esq.
Jenner & Block / Washington, DC

Policy making at other agencies in the transformed Federal Government, including DOE, EPA, and in the Congress: What will change and what will remain the same? How quickly and effectively can new agency heads turn around their ships?

Marc L. Spitzer, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Steptoe & Johnson LLP / Washington, DC

10:15 am


10:30 am

Checks and Balances: What Is Likely to Change and What to Remain the Same? How Quickly and Effectively Can New Agency Heads turn Their Ships Around?

Climate change policy in the intermountain west

Steve Michel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Insights on the broader spectrum of environmental cases

Peter Hsiao, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / Los Angeles, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Anticipating the Overall Impact Policy Uncertainty and Changes on Electric and Natural Gas Markets and Market Structures

A look at the components: Renewable energy and transmission development; reliability standards; hydro licensing; smart grid and energy efficiency programs; distributed generation; development and adoption of new technologies

Suedeen G. Kelly, Esq.
Jenner & Block / Washington, DC

Emissions trading structures: What currently is happening and the potential impact of the changes in federal policy

David Farnsworth, Esq. , Senior Associate
Regulatory Assistance Project / Montpelier, VT

Review of trends in FERC decisions on Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) issues and potential shifts under Trump appointees to the FERC

Karen Kruse, Esq. , Deputy General Counsel
PacifiCorp / Portland, OR

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Special State Commissioner's Panel: The Impact of the Changes in Federal Policy Priorities on State Actions and Policy Priorities

The Hon. Cynthia B. Hall , Commissioner
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission / Santa Fe, NM

The Hon. Doug Little , Chairman
Arizona Corporation Commission / Phoenix, AZ

The Hon. Jeffrey P. Ackermann , Chairman
Colorado Public Utilities Commission / Denver, CO

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Holland & Hart LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

8:30 am

Market Dynamics: Impact of State Policy Preferences for Generating Resources in the West

What the Pacific coastal states will be buying; clean power preferences for home consumption in southwestern states; prospects for regional emissions trading structures

Carl B. Linvill, Ph.D. , Principal
Regulatory Assistance Project / Sacramento, CA

A perspective from a State opposed to the Clean Power Plan

Patrick Day, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Cheyenne, WY

What difference are state policy preferences making in the market?

Patrick Cummins , Senior Policy Advisor
Center for New Energy Economy / Denver, CO

Matthew S. Larson, Esq.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP / Denver, CO

10:30 am


10:45 am

Potential Technological Game Changers

Electric utility convergence with transportation sector: Where is the technology taking us? How are utilities approaching the challenge/opportunity?

Dave Effross , Senior Energy Policy Advisor
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Distributed Generation (DG) and the Debate over Net Metering

Trends in the Southwest; lessons from experiments in other parts of the country

Jacob J. Schlesinger, Esq.
Keyes Fox & Wiedman LLP / Denver, CO

1:45 pm

Customer Choice

Case study of the energy choice initiative in Nevada; developments in other parts of the country

Brandon C. Sendall
Holland & Hart LLP / Carson City, NV

Case study of the City of Boulder's efforts to set up a municipal utility

Thorvald A. Nelson, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Greenwood Village, CO

Key customer choice issues to evaluate from an environmental protection perspective

Noah B. Long, Esq. , Legal Director, Western Energy Project
Natural Resources Defense Council / Santa Fe, NM

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Market Operations: ISO's, RTO's, and EIMs

New developments relating to expansion of the California ISO (CAISO); Southwest Power Pool (SPP), and Mountain West

Stacey Crowley , Vice President Regional and Federal Affairs
California Independent System Operator / Folsom, CA

Energy Imbalance Markets (EIM): Impact of FERC orders on market-based rates

Douglas J. Howe, Ph.D. , Vice Chair
Western Energy Imbalance Market / Folsom, CA

Potential impact on utility operations

Joseph Hoerner , VP, Energy Supply Management
PacifiCorp / Portland, OR

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Steve Michel, Steve Michel, Program Co-Chair, is Chief Counsel, Clean Energy Program at Western Resource Advocates. He focuses on developing regulatory mechanisms for electric utilities to address climate change. Previously he was General Counsel for New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers and a New Mexico Assistant Attorney General representing residential utility customers.

Robert Pomeroy Jr., Robert Pomeroy Jr., Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Holland & Hart LLP. He has served as legal counsel to most of the coalitions of electric consumers and independent power producers in the Mountain West. His work has helped open wholesale and retail electric markets to new competitive business opportunities.

Marc L. Spitzer, Marc L. Spitzer, Program Co-Chair is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He counsels and represents utilities and energy companies before the FERC, state utility commissions, Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures. Previously, he was a FERC Commissioner and Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The Hon. Jeffrey P. Ackermann The Hon. Jeffrey P. Ackermann is Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Previously he was CEO of the Colorado Energy Office, led the research efforts at the PUC and as advisor on energy efficiency..

Stacey Crowley Stacey Crowley is Vice President, Regional and Federal Affairs for the California Independent System Operator. She leads regional coordination and outreach efforts from the ISO to policy makers, regulators and stakeholders in the West.

Patrick Cummins, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy, focuses on air quality.Previously, he served as Air Quality Program Director for the Western Governor's Association, Co-Chair of the EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee on Air Quality Management and Executive Director of Western Climate Initiative, Inc.

Patrick Day Patrick Day is a partner at Holland & Hart LLP. He focuses on environmental litigation for the firm's energy clients, including major coal producers, oil and gas companies, pipelines, refineries and gas plants.

David Effros David Effros s is the Senior Policy Advisor for RAP, in Santa Fe. Previously he worked with the California PUC as primary analyst in the FERC Western Market Manipulation was also the LNG and natural gas quality and interchangeability expert. At the California Energy Commission he ran an alternative and sustainable transportation fuels program.

David Farnsworth, Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), advises regulators and advocates on clean energy and environmental policy and regulation. Prior to working with RAP, he served as a hearing officer and staff attorney with the Vermont Public Service Board.

The Hon. Cynthia B. Hall is Commissioner for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

Joseph Hoerner Joseph Hoerner is Vice President, Energy Supply Management for Pacific Power. He leads the organization in commercial and trading activities managing eastern and western balancing authority areas, and oversees management of PacifiCorp's energy supply portfolio.

Douglas J. Howe is Vic Douglas J. Howe is Vic e Chair, Board of Directors, Western Energy Imbalance Market, and serves as a senior consultant to governmental and non-governmental organizations on management and regulatory matters. He has provided expert witness testimony in proceedings in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Michigan.

Peter Hsiao, partner at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, leads the Environment and Energy Group, and the firm's Green Products and Chemicals team. He is experienced in complex litigation and transactional work with a specialty as a lead trial attorney in environmental, natural resources, chemical toxic tort, and land use law.

Suedeen G. Kelly is a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, DC. She is a former FERC Commissioner and represents a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries on business, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and policy matters.

Karen Kruse is Deputy General Counsel for PacifiCorp. Her experience includes working with electric utilities on compliance with the Federal Power Act, FERC regulations, Open Access Transmission Tariffs (OATT), and PURPA and its interplay with FERC statutes and rules in the negotiation of rates, terms, and conditions of interconnection and power purchase agreements.

Matthew S. Larson Matthew S. Larson is a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. He counsels utilities on state and federal aspects of regulation and administrative law, and has worked on matters before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission relating to transmission and renewable energy infrastructure.

Carl B. Linvill is a P rincipal for the Regulatory Assistance Project. He leads RAP's work on renewable energy integration and transmission planning in the Western United States, and focuses on distributed generation valuation and tariffs, as well as regional reliability solutions.

The Hon. Doug Little The Hon. Doug Little is Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission.Previously, he held executive anagement positions at Oracle Borland and Micro Focus International.

Noah B. Long Noah B. Long is Legal Director, Western Energy Project for Natural Resources Defense Council. He manages NRDC's Intermountain west and Pacific Northwestern clean energy work and coordinates a national network of advocates supporting strong and effective carbon standards for power plants.

Thorvald A. Nelson, Thorvald A. Nelson, partner, Holland & Hart LLP, represents utility consumers and utilities in regulatory matters at the local, state and federal levels throughout the Mountain West including CO, WY, UT, ID, MT, and NM.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 13.20 NM 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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