Law Seminars International Presents:

The Fifth Annual Two-Day Conference on Developing

Electric Transmission in the Northeast

Legal, business and regulatory developments

April 5 & 6, 2018

Boston, MA
(or anyplace you may be via webcast!)

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Program Overview

Who Should Attend

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 Attend

Transmission planning is all about resource development and this coming year in the New England states we'll have a lot to talk about. We have ongoing challenges in the integration of economic renewable resources, the siting of transmission reliability projects and opening up access in the Northeast United States to resources in Eastern Canada, to name a few. The New England states and New York continue to pursue individual and coordinated projects to access low-carbon resources, and transmission developers in the region are actively promoting specific projects responsive to the requests of the New England states.

Your annual transmission update conference examines the issues surrounding transmission and distributed system technology and policy, along with the regulatory changes that are affecting expansion, coordination and planning efforts.

Our faculty will speak frankly about where the money is flowing and how to get steel in the ground to match demand with supply. You'll hear practical tips and techniques for builders, operators and users of the electric transmission system.

We hope to see you there!

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

What You Will Learn

  • Update on what to expect from the new FERC
  • Other developments in federal energy and environmental policy
  • Coordinated procurement: Outcomes and lessons from recent solicitations and responses
  • Updates on efforts to integrate markets and public policy in northeastern states
  • A special state regulatory panel on policy implementation initiatives in the Northeast
  • Approval processes and legal challenges for getting steel in the ground

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

  • Many very smart and thoughtful speakers
  • Good interaction with attendees by presenters
  • Outstanding program!
  • I really enjoyed the conference.

Agenda Day 1

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

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

Andrea Okie , Program Co-Chair, Vice President
Analysis Group / Boston, MA

8:45 am

Developments in Federal Energy and Environmental Policy

What to expect from the new FERC in the coming year; other recent and likely future legislative and litigation developments

Evan C. Reese, Esq.
Day Pitney LLP / Washington, DC

9:30 am


9:45 am

Coordinated Procurement: Outcomes and Lessons from Recent Solicitations and Responses

Massachusetts Section 83D RFP for Long-term Contracts for Clean Energy Projects: Overview of the solicitation; resulting bids filed in July 2017 and for bid selection in January 2018

David L. O'Connor , Senior VP for Energy & Clean Technology
ML Strategies LLC / Boston, MA

Transmission aspects: How the ISO will evaluate selected projects

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

Lessons: Perspectives on what went well and not so well; suggested changes for future procurement

Clarke Bruno, Esq. , Principal
Anbaric Development Partners / Wakefield, MA

David K. Ismay, Esq. , Senior Staff Attorney
Conservation Law Foundation / Chestnut Hill, MA

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Coordinated Procurement (cont'd): Solicitations in Progress

Massachusetts Section 83C for Long-term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy

James M. Avery, Esq.
Pierce Atwood LLP / Boston, MA

Lessons: Bidder perspectives on what went well and not so well; suggested changes for future procurement

William Hazelip , Vice President Business Development
National Grid Ventures / Waltham, MA

James P. Torgerson , CEO
AVANGRID, Inc. / New Haven, CT

2:15 pm

Project Selection: Approval Processes and the Potential for Legal Challenges

How to challenge and defend RFP selection and approval decisions

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

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Integrating Markets and Public Policy in the Northeast

Update on New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) stakeholder process to identify and explore potential changes on the wholesale power markets that could be implemented to advance state public policy objectives in New England

William Fowler , President
Sigma Consultants Inc. / Acton, MA

Efforts in New York to integrate public policy goals into competitive wholesale electricity markets

Rana Mukerji , Senior VP - Market Structures
NYISO Inc. / Rensselaer, NY

PJM efforts for the 13 states it serves and the District of Columbia

Paul M. Sotkiewicz, Ph.D. , Founder
E-Cubed Policy Associates / Gainesville, FL

Generator's perspective

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

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Analysis Group, Inc. and Brown Rudnick LLP

Friday, April 06, 2018

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2

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

Andrea Okie , Program Co-Chair, Vice President
Analysis Group / Boston, MA

8:45 am

What Next for Regional and State Regulatory Policy and Implementation Initiatives in the Northeast

Regulatory challenges for sorting out the piecemeal overlay of federal and state legislation, evolving technologies, and changing consumer preferences and expectations

Mary Sotos , Deputy Commissioner
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection / Hartford, CT

The Hon. Abigail W. Anthony, Ph.D. , Commissioner
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission / Warwick, RI

10:15 am


10:30 am

Synergies and conflicts between state energy and environmental protection policy goals

Tips for balancing the public interest considerations from a former regulator's perspective

Andrea Okie , Program Co-Chair, Vice President
Analysis Group / Boston, MA

11:00 am

The Cash Flow Foundation for Project Financing

Update on FERC cost-of-service rate making cases, including transmission formula rate cases; intersection with market-based rate issues and renewable resource integration

Justin P. Moeller, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman LLP / Washington, DC

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Getting Steel in the Ground: Siting Issues for Linear Energy Infrastructure Projects

A national look at the most contentious issues

Alan J. Statman, Esq.
Wright & Talisman PC / Washington, DC

Strategies for resolving key issues from a transmission developer's perspective

Kathleen M. Shanley , Manager - Transmission Siting
Eversource Energy / Hartford, CT

Tips for gas pipeline projects

Thomas M. Kiley , President and CEO
Northeast Gas Association / Needham Heights, MA

Natural gas infrastructure

Herb Rakebrand , Principal
CRA International / Boston, MA

Electric Infrastructure

Jan Bagnall , Vice President, Electric Transmission
Liberty Utilities Co / Jupiter, FL

Scott Medla , Managing Partner
Ansonia Partners LLC / New York, NY

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Paul G. Afonso, 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.

Andrea Okie, Andrea Okie, Program Co-Chair, is Vice President at Analysis Group. She specializes in the application of economic, financial, and policy analyses across a broad range of complex litigation and non-litigation assignments, including in the areas of energy and the environment, finance and securities, and commercial disputes.

The Hon. Abigail W. Anthony, Ph.D. The Hon. Abigail W. Anthony, Ph.D. was appointed to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission in June, 2017. She previously was the director of Acadia Center's Grid Modernization and Utility Reform Initiative, and the organization's Rhode Island director.

James M. Avery James M. Avery is a partner at Pierce Atwood LLP. He represents a broad range of utilities, developers, aggregators, and other stakeholders before numerous state utility commissions. He worked Section 83C legislation and regulations.

Jan Bagnall Jan Bagnall is Vice President, Electric Transmission, at Liberty Utilities, Co., where he is leading the Transmission Development function for both the United States and Canada for Liberty Utilities and the expansion of the existing transmission system for three electric utilities.

Clarke Bruno Clarke Bruno is a principal at Anbaric Development Partners. He oversees the company's legal affairs and projects in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as projects in Canada. As former counsel to former New Jersey Governor Corzine, he helped prepare the State's energy master plan worked on the State's initiatives to upgrade the grid and spur renewable energy projects.

William Fowler, William Fowler, president and co-founder of Sigma Consultants Inc., serves as vice-chair of the NEPOOL Reliability Committee. Since 1998 he has participated in market design, reliability review, planning and rule development through all of the major NEPOOL committees.

Peter Fuller Peter Fuller is Vice President, Market & Regulatory Affairs for NRG Energy, Inc. 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.

William Hazelip William Hazelip is a Vice President at National Grid. He leads a team focused on pursuing a variety of commercial opportunities, including electric transmission, from origination through commercial operation within and beyond National Grid's footprint in the northeast US.

David K. Ismay David K. Ismay is Senior Staff Attorney for Clean Energy & Climate Change at the Conservation Law Foundation. He is responsible for energy and climate change policy, legislation, and litigation in and for Massachusetts.

Thomas M. Kiley Thomas M. Kiley is President and CEO of the Northeast Gas Association, a regional trade association that focuses on education and training, technology research and development, operations, planning, and increasing public awareness of natural gas in the Northeast U.S.

Scott Medla Scott Medla is Managing Partner at Ansonia Partners LLC. He is responsible for relationship management and advisory services for all power, utilities, renewables, power transmission and energy technology clients. Prior to founding Ansonia Partners, he founded TAG Energy.

Justin P. Moeller Justin P. Moeller is a Partner at Van Ness Feldman LLP in their electricity group with a focus on FERC adjudicatory and rulemaking proceedings. He has represented investor-owned and municipal utilities before the FERC in a variety of contexts, in particular rate and complaint proceedings under Sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act, respectively.

Rana Mukerji Rana Mukerji is Senior Vice President at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). He is responsible for the Market Design; Product and Project Management; Strategic and Business Planning; Research and Development; and Market Training teams.

David L. O'Connor David L. O'Connor is Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean Technology at ML Strategies, LLC. He helps energy and technology companies grow and shape emerging public policies. Previously, he was Massachusetts Commissioner of Energy Resources.

Herb Rakebrand Herb Rakebrand is a principal in CRA International for its Energy Practice. His responsibilities include overall practice development while specializing in strategic planning, energy markets, M&A, and expert testimony.

Evan C. Reese Evan C. Reese is a partner at Day Pitney LLP. He practices in energy and natural resources with an emphasis on the development of power markets, open-access transmission rules, and national reliability standards.

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

Paul M. Sotkiewicz, Ph.D., Paul M. Sotkiewicz, Ph.D., is Founder of E-Cubed Policy Associates, LLC, an energy and environmental economic consultancy. He formerly was the Chief Economist at PJM Interconnection LLC, and was an Economist at the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Mary Sotos Mary Sotos is Deputy Commissioner for Energy at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). She is responsible for the development and implementation of energy policies designed to bring cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable power to Connecticut. Before joining DEEP, she served as the Policy Lead for the U.S. Energy Program at World Resources Institute.

Alan J. Statman, Alan J. Statman, is a senior shareholder at Wright & Talisman PC. He has more than 30 years experience representing utilities and transmission companies before the FERC, state public utility commissions and federal courts. He was a founder of Trans-Elect, Inc., North America's first independent transmission company.

James P. Torgerson James P. Torgerson is CEO of AVANGRID, Inc. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of UIL Holdings Corporation from 2006 until its merger with Iberdola USA.

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Live credits: We have applied for CLE credits in CT, ME, RI, and VT. NH lawyers can self-certify and report attendance. 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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