Law Seminars International Presents:

The Fourth Annual Conference on

Electric Transmission in the Northeast

New post-election policies, regulations, challenges, and opportunities

February 22 & 23, 2017

Boston, MA

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Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials and customer representatives involved with electric generation and transmission issues and consideration of alternatives to new projects

Why You Should Order

The Empire Strikes Back: The 2016 election will have a huge effect on federal energy policy as the Trump administration moves back to policies favoring fossil fuel industries and abandons federal efforts to combat climate change. In terms of the electric industry, there will be a switch from federal policies promoting development of renewable resources to states and local governments.

The changes in administrative policy are likely to be most dramatic on the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. The FERC has greater independence and must have at least two Democratic members, so perhaps it will not pursue a radically different path. In addition, court decisions will continue to be based on the existing substantive law unless and until new laws are enacted and take effect.

While we await The Return of the Jedi: States with concerns about climate change will have to chart their own path forward. The Tri-State Coordinated RFP process is shifting from scoping out to the rubber hitting the road. There are likely to be legislative and administrative developments in response to the post-election policy changes at the federal level and the Democrat to Republican gubernatorial shifts in two New England states.

In the meantime, market forces will continue to push the electric industry towards greater reliance on distributed generation and demand response technologies. Tensions between the states and FERC on regional issues will continue, likely with increased intensity. All of this will have an impact on the need for new transmission facilities.

We hope you will join us for an in-depth discussion of the issues and tips for developing your strategies for moving forward.

~ Paul G. Afonso, Esq. of Brown Rudnick LLP and Paul J. Hibbard of Analysis Group, Inc., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~The potential impact of the 2016 election on New England's energy future
  • ~Impact of the new federal policy environment on transmission planning and development in the Northeast
  • ~Pending administrative proceedings and appellate court litigation
  • ~Opportunities and collisions arising from diverse views across New England
  • ~Utility infastructure siting and permitting
  • ~Jurisdiction: New electric markets and the state/federal divide
  • ~Procurement: progress report on the tri-state coordinated RFP process
  • ~How to integrate public policy and wholesale markets

What Attendees Said

  • Outstanding program!
  • I really enjoyed the conference.
  • Lots of great presentations and I met many folks.
  • Good interaction with attendees by presenters.

Agenda Day 1

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Paul G. Afonso, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Brown Rudnick LLP / Boston, MA

Paul J. Hibbard , Program Co-Chair, Principal
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA

8:45 am

Changing Federal Political Dynamics: A New Republican President and Republican Majorities in Both Houses of Congress

A private energy practitioner's perspective on the potential impact of the 2016 election on New England's energy future

Paul G. Afonso, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Brown Rudnick LLP / Boston, MA

9:30 am

Impact of the New Federal Policy Environment on Transmission Planning and Development in the Northeast

How system planners are adapting to the political uncertainty

Stephen J. Rourke , Vice President, System Planning
ISO New England, Inc. / Holyoke, MA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Update on Pending Administrative Proceedings and Appellate Court Litigation

FERC proceedings of particular relevance to wholesale markets and transmission services

Douglas Smith, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman LLP / Washington, DC

Court cases

Kevin J. McIntyre, Esq.
Jones Day / Washington, DC

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

State Policy: Opportunities and Collisions Arising from Diverse Views across New England

Reaching greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals may be impossible to achieve without significant transmission infrastructure: What are the key policies around the region? What are the obstacles to investment and development?

Ronald T. Gerwatowski
Advisor on Energy Policy Matters / Franklin, MA

2:00 pm

Utility Infrastructure Siting and Permitting

Regional update on regulatory policies and processes: Implications for getting steel into the ground and electrons flowing

Christopher J. Novak, Esq. , Senior Counsel
National Grid / Waltham, MA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Jurisdiction: New Electric Markets and the State/Federal Divide

Recent Supreme Court and lower court cases on federal preemption and commerce clause issues related to capacity markets, demand response programs, and other market incentives with a potential impact on wholesale markets and transmission needs

Jesse S. Reyes, Esq.
Brown Rudnick LLP / Boston, MA

Stakeholder perspectives on the tension between federal and state/regional jurisdiction for resolution of key issues for the Northeast: Choice of forum and how to best manage the impact on the region's ability to deliver clean power to customers

Dan Dolan , President
New England Power Generators Association, Inc. / Boston, MA

Henry Yoshimura , Director, Demand Resource strategy
ISO-New England, Inc. / Holyoke, MA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Analysis Group, Inc. and Brown Rudnick LLP

Agenda Day 2

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8:30 am

Procurement: Progress Report on the Tri-State Coordinated RFP Process

Recent developments and what to expect next for the efforts by Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to jointly purchase renewable energy and the transmission infrastructure to deliver it

Eric Annes , Office of Energy Supply - Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy (inv)
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection / New Britain,

Paul N. Belval, Esq.
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

Timothy J. Brennan , Director of Regulatory Strategy
National Grid / Waltham, MA

10:00 am


10:15 am

How to Integrate Public Policy and Wholesale Markets

Overview of the issues of greatest importance to transmission in the Northeast

Paul J. Hibbard , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA

Stakeholder perspectives

Jerry H. Elmer, Esq. , Senior Attorney
Conservation Law Foundation / Providence, RI

Heather Hunt, Esq. , Executive Director
NESCOE / Longmeadow, MA

Peter Fuller , Director, Regulatory & Market Affairs
NRG Energy, Inc. / Princeton, NJ

12:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Paul G. Afonso, Program Co-Chair, is Co-Practice Leader of Brown Rudnick LLP's Energy, Utilities and Environmental Group, and leads the Boston Government Law and Strategies Group. Previously, he was Chairman and General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy.

Paul J. Hibbard, Program Co-Chair, is Principal of Analysis Group, Inc. He is an expert on economics, transmission and resource planning, regulation and policy in the electric and natural gas industries. Previously, he was Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

Paul N. Belval is a partner at Day Pitney LLP. He represents developers, investors, equipment suppliers and power purchasers involved in renewable power and fossil fuel facilities, including the development, financing and restructuring of those facilities.

Timothy J. Brennan is the Director of Regulatory Strategy at National Grid.

Dan Dolan is the President of the New England Power Generators Association, Inc. He oversees activities representing competitive electric generating companies in New England. Previously, he was at the Electric Power Supply Association.

Jerry H. Elmer, Senior Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation, responsibilities include advocacy and litigation in Federal and state courts and before administrative agencies primarily in the areas of climate change and renewable energy.

Peter D. Ful ler is Vice President of Market & Regulatory Affairs for NRG Energy Inc. In this position, he leads policy development for NRG's state, regional and federal regulatory and policy activities primarily in the New England, New York and PJM market areas, including the company's interactions with RTOs as well as supporting NRG's asset optimization and business development efforts in the region.

Ronald T. Gerwatowski is an advisor on energy policy matters. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary for Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Heather Hunt is the Executive Director at NESCOE. Previously, she had a regulatory law practice, and was Director of State Government Affairs at United Technologies Corporation.

Kevin J. McIntyre is a partner at Jones Day. He focuses on governmental regulation of energy markets and the electric and gas utility and gas pipeline industries, with emphases on compliance and enforcement investigations, energy marketing and trading, market-based rates, competition issues and electric reliability standards.

Christopher J. Novak is Senior Counsel for National Grid. He provides counsel for utility infrastructure projects constructed in New England and throughout the nation, including advising on federal, state, and municipal regulatory, siting, permitting and zoning laws, and practicing before FERC, state utility commissions and siting boards, and municipal boards and commissions.

Jesse S. Reyes is counsel in Bown Rudnick's Energy, Utilities & Environmental group. He focuses on distribution utility rate cases and other rate proceedings, power purchase agreements for renewable energy and renewable energy certificates, mergers and acquisitions, siting, interconnection agreements, FERC gas and electric transmission rates, wholesale market rule development, reliability standards, and regulatory compliance.

Stephen J. Rourke is Vice President of System Planning for ISO New England Inc. Previously, he was the Director of Reliability & Operations Services. He is experienced in operations and planning of the New England bulk power system.

Douglas Smith is a partner at Van Ness Feldman LLP. He represents clients on electricity matters before FERC, and on energy efficiency matters before DOE. Previously, he was General Counsel at FERC and Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at DOE.

Henry Yoshimura is the Director of Demand Resource Strategy for ISO New England, Inc.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for the following credits: ME 10.00 CLE | NJ 11.50 CLE | NY 11.50 CLE | RI 11.50 CLE | VA 10.50 CLE (call about others)

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