Law Seminars International Presents:

The Seventh Annual Two-Day New Developments Conference on

Renewable Energy in New England

Strategies for adapting to legal, regulatory, and business developments for achieving decarbonization goals

Media Sponsor: Energy News Network a nationally recognized news publication featuring original state-based reporting, dedicated to keeping stakeholders, policymakers, and citizens informed about the important changes taking place within the transition to a clean energy economy.

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March 12 & 13, 2020

Boston, MA

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Program Overview

Who Should Attend

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, and customer representatives involved with renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric transmission and gas pipelines, and consideration of alternatives to new projects

Why You Should Attend

Legislative carbon emission reduction commitments in New England and New York will reshape energy generation, delivery and consumption across the region. Increased electrification of buildings and transportation will require more clean energy resources and changes to the region's delivery infrastructure to meet these goals in a cost-effective manner. We are pleased to have assembled a distinguished faculty to discuss these challenges. You will hear about new technologies to meet these challenges, their impacts on state policy and competitive energy markets, as well as the legal and regulatory paths for approval and construction. We are very pleased with the depth and breadth of experience that our distinguished faculty will bring to the discussions. You will have an opportunity to hear from and converse with, high-level legal practitioners, policymakers, grid operators, subject area experts, and business executives as they address the challenges of an in-creased demand for electric power while maintaining a path toward significant carbon reduction goals by 2050. New resources, including massive amounts of offshore wind, will need to be developed, and our existing transmission and distribution systems will need to evolve to meet these challenges. Our conference will close with a practical prospective to financing and building these projects.

Join us as we stitch together a coherent big picture from seemingly disparate parts, and then offer practical tips and techniques that you can put to work right away. We hope to see you there!

~ Jed M. Nosal, Esq. of Brown Rudnick and

Evan C. Reese, Esq. of Day Pitney, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • FERC updates for clean energy
  • Renewable resource needs analysis for decarbonization
  • Developments for electrification of buildings and transportation
  • Outlook for proposed and future offshore wind projects
  • The role of natural gas as New England moves towards decarbonization
  • Regional transmission planning and development
  • Solar and interconnection issues
  • A regulatory perspective on the current policy issues
  • Components of a coherent project strategy
  • The agreements necessary for successful project development
  • Issues and approaches for projects requiring regulatory approvals in multiple jurisdictions

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

  • "This was wonderful. A lot of good insights from industry leaders."
  • "Many very smart and thoughtful speakers."
  • "Good interaction with attendees by presenters."
  • "By far the best I've seen."
  • "I got a lot more out of this than I thought I would."

Agenda Day 1

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Jed M. Nosal, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Brown Rudnick / Boston, MA

Evan C. Reese, III, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Day Pitney / Washington, DC

8:45 am

FERC Update: The Federal Energy Policy Backdrop for Clean Energy Resource Development in New England

Regulatory developments affecting clean energy and transmission development including PURPA reform

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

9:30 am

Decarbonization: Renewable Resource Needs Analysis

The long term forecast for what will be required to reach the region's decarbonization goals, including renewable resource additions necessary to replace fossil generation and to electrify buildings and transportation

Jurgen Weiss, Ph.D. , Principal
The Brattle Group / Boston, MA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Policy and Regulatory Developments for Electrification of Buildings and Transportation

At the local level: Update on local land use planning and building code initiatives to facilitate electrification of buildings and transportation

Jared P. Ross, Esq.
Day Pitney / Boston, MA

At the state level: Grid-scale district energy ground source heat pumps (to what extent will we need a regulatory structure along the lines of the old steam heat utility model?); utility provision of vehicle charging stations

Lawrence H. Lessard, PG, AI, CGD , Director
Achieve Renewable Energy LLC / Salem, MA

Bill Stevens , Principal
Bill Stevens Consulting / Winchester, MA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

New Mid-Term Policy Drivers at the State Level

Commonalities and differences in the goals New England states are establishing and their preferred implementation approaches

Jeremy Colvin McDiarmid, Esq. , Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs
Northeast Clean Energy Council / Boston, MA

2:00 pm

Offshore Wind: Outlook for Proposed Projects and Future Lease Areas

Update on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management cumulative impact study and litigation associated with offshore wind development

Jennifer Simon Lento, Esq. , General Counsel
Vineyard Wind / New Bedford, MA

The potential for future offshore project development: Update on state policy initiatives and regulatory structures, including Maine's new push to develop offshore wind

Robert C. Grace , Managing Director & President
Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC / Framingham, MA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Electric Infrastructure Development Needs: The Role of Natural Gas as New England Moves Towards Decarbonization

The short & long-term future for natural gas and LNG as resources: Policy, market, and infrastructure constraints on gas for new loads; facility closure implications of load reductions from the push for electrification of buildings and transportation

Herb Rakebrand , Principal
CRA International / Boston, MA

Current and likely future legal issues arising from legislative and regulatory initiatives in New England

Stephen J. Humes, Esq.
Holland & Knight / New York, NY

4:30 pm

Special Address: A Regulatory Perspective on the Current Issues

The Hon. Philip L. Bartlett, II , Chairman
Maine Public Utilities Commission / Augusta, ME

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Brown Rudnick and Day Pitney

Friday, March 13, 2020

8:30 am

Regional Transmission Planning and Development: Issues Arising from the Move Towards Greater Electrification

The impact of shifting the location of lowest cost resources away from distant renewables and towards more local ones; potential cost savings from competition in the transmission planning and development processes

Michael Hagerty , Senior Associate
The Brattle Group / Cambridge, MA

Lessons from New York's two recent solicitations

Zachary G. Smith , Vice President, System & Resource Planning
New York Independent System Operator / Rensselaer, NY

10:00 am

Solar and Interconnection Issues

The primary issues and sticking points for distribution-side and utility-scale interconnection

Jed M. Nosal, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Brown Rudnick / Boston, MA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Putting the Pieces Together for Successful Project Development

Overview of the components of a coherent overall strategy

Graham T. Coates, Esq.
Holland & Knight / New York, NY

The agreements necessary for successful project development, the need to make sure that the failure of one component doesn't bring down the entire project, and tips for ensuring that the pieces come together and in the right order

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

Special issues and approaches for projects requiring regulatory approvals in multiple jurisdictions

Andrew O. Kaplan, Esq.
Pierce Atwood / Boston, MA

12:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Jed M. Nosal, Jed M. Nosal, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Brown Rudnick. He serves as Co-Practice Leader of the firm's Energy, Utilities and Environmental Group and the Government Law and Strategies Group.

Evan C. Reese III, Evan C. Reese III, Program Co-Chair is a partner at Day Pitney. His energy and natural resources law practice has a special emphasis on the development of power markets, open-access transmission rules, and national reliability standards.

The Hon. Philip L. Bartlett, II The Hon. Philip L. Bartlett, II is Chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. He previously served in the Maine Senate where he was majority leader and chair of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and on the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Energy Future.

Paul N. Belval Paul N. Belval is a partner at Day Pitney. He focuses on renewable power and he drafted the contracts and operating rules for the NEPOOL Generation Information System (GIS).

Graham T. Coates, Graham T. Coates, Holland & Knight, represents and advises independent power producers, utilities, power suppliers, project developers and financial institutions in regulatory matters and commercial transactions involving the financing, development and operation of energy infrastructure in the United States.

Robert C. Grace Robert C. Grace is Managing Director & President of Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC. He is a leader and innovator in technical and policy analysis of renewable energy markets.

Michael Hagerty Michael Hagerty is a Senior Associate at The Brattle Group. He focuses on electricity wholesale market design, renewable and climate policy analysis, transmission planning and development, and strategic planning for utility companies.

Stephen J. Humes Stephen J. Humes is a partner at Holland & Knight. He represents independent power producers, exempt wholesale generators, PURPA-qualifying facility owners, retail electric suppliers, and electric and gas utility companies.

Andrew O. Kaplan Andrew O. Kaplan is a partner at Pierce Atwood. He focuses his practice on providers of energy storage, demand response, ancillary services, and electricity and gas transmission and supply, both in the wholesale and retail markets.

Lawrence H. Lessard, PG, AI, CGD, Lawrence H. Lessard, PG, AI, CGD, is Director at Achieve Renewable Energy LLC. It provides geothermal, solar-electric, solar-thermal and wind energy alternatives to a wide variety of clients. He also is president of Lessard Environmental, Inc., which provides environmental site assessment and remediation services.

Jeremy Colvin McDiarmid Jeremy Colvin McDiarmid is Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs at the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NCEC). Prior to joining NCEC, he served as Commercial Business Development Manager at SunBug Solar and advised Acadia Center.

Herb Rakebrand Herb Rakebrand is a Principal at CRA International where he specializes in natural gas markets. His expertise is in strategic planning, market analysis, M&A, and expert testimony.

Jared P. Ross Jared P. Ross is a partner at Day Pitney. He represents a broad spectrum of lenders, land owners, developers and equity participants in the area of renewable energy development.

Jennifer Simon Lento Jennifer Simon Lento is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer at Vineyard Wind. Prior to joining Vineyard Wind, she was counsel for a private equity fund focused on commercial scale distributed solar energy projects.

Douglas W. Smith Douglas W. Smith is the coordinator of the electric power practice at Van Ness Feldman. He previously served as General Counsel of the FERC and as Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at DOE.

Zachary G. Smith Zachary G. Smith is Vice President, System & Resource Planning for the New York Independent System Operator. He is responsible for the oversight and implementation of system planning and strategic initiatives for the New York State transmission system.

Bill Stevens, Bill Stevens, Bill Stevens Consulting, is a former Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General at the Energy and Environment Bureau and Assistant General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

Jurgen Weiss, Ph.D., Jurgen Weiss, Ph.D., is a Principal at The Brattle Group. He focuses on issues broadly motivated by climate change, such as electrification of transportation (and heating), deep decarbonization of the power sector, and the impact these changes have on existing assets, market structures, long-term planning needs, and business models for electric utilities.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: We have applied for CLE credits in CT, ME, RI, and VT. NH lawyers can self-certify and report attendance. This program qualifies for 10.25 ABCEP environmental professional 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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One Financial Center in Boston, MA 02111
(617) 856-8200

The conference will be held at the One Financial Center at One Financial Center in Boston, MA 02111. Lodging is available at a number of nearby hotels. Our thanks to Brown Rudnick for graciously hosting this event.
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