Law Seminars International Presents: The 13th Annual Conference on

Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West
A strategic legal & business update for 2008

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

January 14 & 15, 2008
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Seattle Downtown in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, government officials and customer representatives involved with electric energy issues

Why Order

The economic and political landscape for energy markets and resource development is continually changing. In the coming year, utilities will face increased pressure to develop, integrate and sell new resources and to improve the infrastructure for existing resources.

What are the recent developments in state and federal resource policy? What are the most effective and creative strategies for satisfying these policies? This annual conference brings together local, state and federal authorities to provide a strategic update on the issues involved as the electric power industry moves forward in the coming years.

~ Program Co-Chairs: J. Laurence Cable, Esq. and Slade Gorton, Esq.

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Monday, January 14, 2008

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

J. Laurence Cable, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR

Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Creative and Alternative Means of Resource Development

J. Laurence Cable, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR

9:15 am

A New Look at the Intersection Between Federal Transportation and Energy Policies

Update on the Bipartisan Policy Center's Transportation Project to develop recommendations for changes in the federal role in surface transportation policy and for a new direction for the next generation of transportation legislation

Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA

9:45 am

Update from FERC

FERC's view of the situation in the West and its priorities for the coming year

The Hon. Philip D. Moeller, Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC

10:15 am


10:30 am

State Commissioners Look at Regional Regulatory Policy: Primary Regulatory Challenges and How the Individual Commissions are Approaching Them


The Hon. Mark H. Sidran, Chairman
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA


The Hon. Lee Beyer, Chairman
Public Utility Commission of Oregon / Salem, OR


The Hon. Mack A. Redford, Commissioner
Idaho Public Utilities Commission / Boise, ID

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Transmission Issues in the West

E. Jon Kaake, Moderator, President and CEO
ColumbiaGrid / Portland, OR

Policy update: RTO developments; FERC/NERC reliability standards

Harvard P. Spigal, Esq.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Portland, OR

Integration issues for wind and other renewables

Joseph M. Rossignoli, Manager, Transmission Regulatory Policy
National Grid / Westborough, MA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Special Address: U.S. Energy Policies for 2008

A national overview on the current state of energy and an outlook on what the future holds

The Hon. Jay Inslee, U.S. Representative
Washington's 1st Congressional District / Shoreline, WA

3:30 pm

Regional Policy Update: BPA Regional Dialogue

Overview of the process and the issues: 2008 contract offers and how BPA will allocate its power going forward through 2011; finding the correct amount of funds to distribute to the IOUs

Randall W. Hardy, Principal and Founder
Hardy Energy Consulting / Seattle, WA

Bonneville perspective

Stuart Clarke, Senior Account Executive
Bonneville Power Administration / Portland, OR

Preference customer perspective

Raymond S. Kindley, Esq.
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR

Investor-owned utility perspective

Kimberly Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Resource Officer
Puget Sound Energy, Inc. / Bellevue, WA

5:30 pm

Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP and Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Outlook for Natural Gas Fuel Supplies

Supplies, infrastructure and price in the Northwest as they impact power generation; evaluating the forecasts on gas prices

Edward A Finklea, Esq.
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR

LNG Update

Tim Zenk, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Corporate Reputation
Edelman / Seattle, WA

9:30 am

Climate, Coal Gasification and the Pacific Northwest

What gasification technology offers; status of proposed technology offers and regulatory issues for utilities

Todd G. Glass, Esq.
Heller Ehrman LLP / Seattle, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Western States Renewable Portfolio Standards

Overview: Update on renewable portfolio standards throughout the region and perspectives on the implications for finding enough of the right kinds of resources in the West

Brent E. Gale, Esq., Moderator, Senior Vice President for Regulation and Legislation
MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company / Des Moines, IA

Washington: The impacts of new incentives on utility-scale projects, distributed generation, technology development and manufacturing

Jason B. Keyes, Esq.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Seattle, WA

Oregon: Special concerns and compliance tools for consumer-owned utilities

Richard G. Lorenz, Esq.
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR

California: Portfolio restrictions and what Northern California utilities are doing to pursue renewables in the Northwest

Larry W. Weis, General Manager and CEO
Turlock Irrigation District / Turlock, CA

11:45 am

Enforcement Issues in Electric Power

FERC multimillion-dollar civil penalties, and what it means to you.; fines levied thus far; mitigating factors; effective compliance programs; self-reporting; handling an investigation

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

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Prospects for Expanding Renewable Resources Beyond Hydro and Wind

Tidal, wave and offshore wind: Feasibility, technology and current projects

Burton Hamner, Founder and Owner
Puget Sound Tidal Power LLC / Seattle, WA

Solar, biomass and other options

Nancy Hirsh, Policy Director
NW Energy Coalition / Seattle, WA

2:30 pm

Green Design: Opportunities for Northwest Energy Producers and Distributors

Seattle City Light's GreenUp program: Acquiring and delivering renewable energy to the customers

Robert W. Cromwell, Jr., Strategic Advisor - Power Management Division
Seattle City Light / Seattle, WA

The green design movement: Principles in sustainable building; key developments; future goals

Mark Frankel, LEED AP, Technical Director
New Buildings Institute / White Salmon, WA

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

The Role of Independent Power in Today's Challenging Policy Environment

Overview: The Regulated and Carbon Constrained Landscape

Robert Kahn, Ed.D., Executive Director
Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition / Mercer Island, WA

The latest thinking on business organizational and financing structures

William H. Holmes, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR

Consumer concerns

Jason Eisdorfer, Esq., Energy Program Director
Citizens Utility Board / Portland, OR

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 13.75 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1005. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

J. Laurence Cable, Program Co-Chair, partner of Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP, focuses on public utility, finance, energy and environmental law, specializing in public finance law and contracting. He counsels on formation of consumer-owned utilities, power sales, purchase agreements and document preparation for electric project financing, construction, operations and the marketing of power.

Slade Gorton, Program Co-Chair, joined Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP after 18 years in the U.S. Senate, is Co-Chair of the Transportation Project with the Bipartisan Policy Center and on the National War Powers Commission. He was chairman of Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and Commerce Subcommittees on Consumer Affairs and Aviation.

Congressman Jay Inslee, Special Address, has been in Washington's 1st Congressional District since 1998. He is Congressional leader on the New Apollo Energy Project and an advocate for moving the United States toward energy independence.

The Hon. Philip D. Moeller, Special Address, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, was an energy policy advisor to U.S. Senator Gorton where he worked on electricity policy, electric system reliability, hydropower, energy efficiency, nuclear waste, energy and water appropriations.

Brent E. Gale, Senior Vice President for Regulation and Legislation at MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, is responsible for U.S. regulatory and legislative strategic planning, retail rates and regulatory matters, state and federal regulatory relations for MidAmerican Energy Company and PacifiCorp, state legislation and domestic utility acquisitions.

The Hon. Lee Beyer, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Oregon, is a member of the NARUC Electricity Committee, the Western State's Council of Utility Commissioner's Natural Gas Committee, the Committee on Regional Electricity Coordination (CREPC) and Director of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council.

Stuart Clarke is a Senior Account Executive at Bonneville Power Adminstration.

Robert W. Cromwell, Jr., Strategic Advisor at Seattle City Light's Power Management Division, represents Seattle City Light in regional and national electric transmission matters in a policy capacity.

Jason Eisdorfer, Legal Counsel and Energy Program Director for the Citizens Utility Board, helped write the Oregon Renewable Energy Act and the Oregon Climate Change bill, both of 2007.

Edward A. Finklea, partner at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP, focuses on natural gas and electricity regulation and litigation. He has been counsel to Northwest Industrial Gas Users since 1986.

Mark Frankel, Technical Director of New Buildings Institute, oversees the "Advanced Buildings" work and consults on sustainable design and energy efficiency. He is on the board of directors of Cascadia Region Green Building Council and was a LEED Reviewer for the USGBC.

Todd G. Glass, shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP, chairs the firm's Energy Practice Group and co-chairs the Energy and Clean Technology Practice. He focuses on energy law and represents electric utilities.

Burton Hamner, Founder/Owner of Puget Sound Tidal Power LLC, led the consulting team for the Tacoma Narrows Tidal Power Feasibility Study. He is also developing small tidal and river turbines and a wave energy project.

Randall W. Hardy, Principal and Founder of Hardy Energy Consulting, was administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration and superintendent of Seattle City Light. He gives strategic advice to utilities, customers and others affected by electric restructuring.

Kimberly Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Resource Officer for Puget Sound Energy, Inc., heads Energy Resources, including project development and contract management, energy efficiency services and federal government relations.

Nancy Hirsh, Policy Director of the NW Energy Coalition, directs efforts to enhance investments in energy conservation, renewable energy resources and low income energy service.

William H. Holmes, member at Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on energy law with emphasis on wind and renewable energy, water law, real estate law and corporate transactions. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America in "Energy Law" and "Environmental Law".

E. Jon Kaake is President and CEO of ColumbiaGrid, a non-profit regional transmission entity. ColumbiaGrid develops and implements programs to improve reliability of the transmission grid and enhance power delivery in the Northwest.

Robert D. Kahn, Ed.D., Executive Director of Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition, consults with independent power producers in permit assistance, policy advocacy and public relations.

Jason B. Keyes, renewable energy attorney in the Cleantech and Renewable Energy Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, focuses on state-level rulemakings with interconnection and net metering of distributed generation and works on solar project development and finance. Previously he managed solar energy research contracts.

Raymond S. Kindley, partner at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP, focuses on energy and natural resources law. He is general counsel for Wasco Electric Cooperative, Northwest Public Power Association and Central Washington Power Agency.

Richard G. Lorenz, partner at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP, focuses on energy and public utility law including power generation projects, sale and purchase agreements, utility assets, risk management and dispute resolution.

Kevin J. McIntyre, partner at Jones Day, focuses on energy law including M&A, regulatory enforcement investigations and compliance with trading, tariff and reliability requirements

The Hon. Mack A. Redford, Chairman of the Idaho Public Utility Commission, was commissioner and past president of Idaho State Bar and contract and claims counsel for the Arun Ill Hydroelectric Project.

Joseph M. Rossignoli, Transmission Regulatory Policy Manager at National Grid, plays a key role in developing the company's position on national transmission policy initiatives. Previously he was Principal Analyst for the Transmission Regulatory Affairs and Account Manager for the Commercial Group.

The Hon. Mark H. Sidran is Chairman of Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission since March 2005. He is on the NARUC Board of Directors and NARUC Committee on Electricity.

Harvard P. Spigal, partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP in its' Energy and Utility Law Practice Group, focuses on power resource development, facility and power purchases and sales, and transmission, power scheduling and power system reliability agreements.
Full bio and contact info for Harvard P. Spigal at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP

Larry W. Weis is the General Manager and CEO of Turlock Irrigation District. He also sits on the Board of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).

Tim Zenk is an Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Corporate Reputation at Edelman, an independent public relations agency. He coordinates public affairs campaigns, organizes public-private partnerships and counsels a wide range of companies.

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