Law Seminars International Presents: A Strategic Two-Day Conference on

Renewable Energy in New England
Comprehensive update on current law, policy and economics

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

September 8 & 9, 2008
Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel in Boston, MA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, consumer advocates and anyone involved with renewable energy infrastructure investment, public policy and resource development

Why Order

This conference brings together federal and state policy makers, developers, transmission companies and financial players to discuss opportunities and challenges for renewable energy and efficiency programs in the Northeast. These high level speakers will address the current status and likely impacts of federal and state initiatives, the next wave of renewable technologies to be deployed in the region and opportunities for increased investment in the sector.

While the conference will provide an excellent overview of the pertinent law, policy and economics, the goal is to create an opportunity for a focused faculty and audience to develop new insights and relationships that will increase opportunities for continued success in the renewable sector.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Robert L. Dewees, Jr., Esq. and Richard A. Kanoff, Esq.

You Will Learn About


Monday, September 08, 2008

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Robert L. Dewees, Jr., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Nixon Peabody LLP / Boston, MA

Richard A. Kanoff, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. / Boston, MA

8:45 am

Special Opening Address: FERC Policy Priorities For Renewables

FERC's view of its authority and most appropriate federal role in this area; update on current issues and what's coming in the future

The Hon. Marc Spitzer, Esq., Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC

9:30 am

Federal Legislative Energy Policy Drivers for Renewable Development in the Northeast

A look at what the legislative branch has in mind for the future; pending proposals and the changing political dynamics in the nation's capital

Beth A. Viola, Esq., Senior Policy Advisor
Holland & Knight LLP / Washington, DC

10:15 am


10:30 am

Developments in the Western U.S. and What They Suggest for Future Planning in the Northeast

The California preemption case and what is happening in the courts; comparing similarities and differences among the regions

Richard A. Kanoff, Esq.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. / Boston, MA

11:15 am

Power Markets in New England: How Well Are They Functioning?

Current state of the market; prospects for development of renewable energy projects

Susan F. Tierney, Ph.D., Managing Principal
Analysis Group / Boston, MA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

How Renewables and Energy Efficiency Fit into Resource Development and Power Planning for the Region

How does the region define renewables? Update on the status of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS); tax incentives; tension between state and federal policies

Paul R. McCary, Esq., Moderator
Murtha Cullina LLP / Hartford, CT


The Hon. Paul J. Hibbard, Chairperson
The Department of Public Utilities / Boston, MA

New York

Christina Palmero, Esq., Chief, Renewable Energy Section
New York State Department Of Public Service / Albany, NY


The Hon. Sharon M. Reishus, Commissioner
Maine Public Utilities Commission / Augusta, ME

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Transmission: Is There Enough Available and in the Right Places to Get Renewable Power to Market?

The ISO as it relates to renewables; policy update, supply forecast for the region and what is needed where for new transmission lines; progress towards grid optimization

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

Joseph Rossignoli, Manager of Regulatory Policy
National Grid / Waltham, MA

Allen W. Schindler, Director of Enterprise Planning
Northeast Utilities / Berlin, CT

4:45 pm

Climate Change and Its Growing Influence on Energy Choices

How climate change initiatives will shape the future; project finances; reducing emissions through cap and trade or other mechanisms

Daniel A. Lashof, Ph.D., Director
Natural Resources Defense Council / Washington, DC

5:30 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C. and Nixon Peabody LLP


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Cutting Edge Developments in Renewables and Energy Efficiency

Update on research and what to expect; current technologies; potential for future growth; challenges in realizing the potential

Nick d'Arbeloff, Executive Director
New England Clean Energy Council / Cambridge, MA

Migrating from fossil fuels to renewables; Demand reduction technologies; research update on energy efficiency programs

Herb Healy, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
EnerNOC, Inc. / Boston, MA

9:45 am


10:00 am

The Interplay Between Renewables and Economic Development at the State Level

Kenneth L. Kimmell, Esq., General Counsel
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs / Boston, MA

Phil Bartlett, Senator of District 6
Maine State Senate / Augusta, ME

11:15 am

Municipal Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

How local public policy can create opportunity: Efforts at the local level to promote efficiency and renewable energy on a citywide basis

Jeffrey M. Bernstein, Esq., Moderator
BCK Law, P.C. / Newton, MA

Deborah A. Donovan, Project Manager
Cambridge Energy Alliance / Cambridge, MA

Joe Soares, Senior Power Supply Planner
Cape Light Compact / Barnstable, MA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Permitting and Site Challenges

Navigating the complex landscape of permitting and sites in New England

Robert D. Shapiro, Esq.
Rubin and Rudman LLP / Boston, MA

Wind: Where the projects are; who has been successful; what has made the difference for successful permitting

Donald McCauley, Esq., President
Minuteman Wind, LLC / Framingham, MA

Ocean wave: Update on technology; environmental and permitting issues that may arise

Ernest K. Hauser, Vice President, Project Development
Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC / Portland, ME

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Trends in Financing and Investment in Renewables

Trends in transactional structures; where the money is flowing; what the investors are looking for in this booming sector

James F. Duffy, Esq.
Nixon Peabody LLP / Boston, MA

Richard Raeke, Director of Project Finance
Borrego Solar Systems / Chelmsford, MA

4:30 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 13.25 CT, ME, NH, and VT CLE credits, and 15.9 RI 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 DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1255. 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

Robert L. Dewees, Jr., Program Co-Chair, partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, focuses on electric industry restructuring, renegotiation of power supply agreements and purchase and sale of electric generation assets.

Richard A. Kanoff, Program Co-Chair, of counsel with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., focuses on energy-clean technology law including regulatory policy and litigation, permitting and development

The Hon. Marc Spitzer, Special Address, is a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where his mission is to insure ratepayers have safe, economic and reliable supplies of electricity and natural gas and transparent, robust and competitive wholesale energy markets.

Jeffrey M. Bernstein, president and managing director of BCK Law, P.C., focuses on renewable and sustainable energy project development and technology matters.

Paul R. McCary, Moderator, partner at Murtha Cullina LLP and Chairman of the Energy Industry Group, negotiates power sales agreements for merchant generators, retail suppliers and large end users.

Phil Bartlett, Senator of District 6 in the Maine State Senate, chairs the Utilties & Energy Committee. He was involved legislation implementing Maine's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Nick d'Arbeloff, Executive Director at New England Clean Energy Council, focuses on New England's clean energy economy and building a community of stakeholders and clean energy companies.

Deborah A. Donovan, Project Manager at Cambridge Energy Alliance, focuses on environmental advocacy and electric power.

James F. Duffy, partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, focuses on project financings involving renewable energy tax credits, new markets tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits and low-income housing tax credits.

Ernest K. Hauser, Vice President, Project Development at Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC, manages development of all OCGen projects, and directs environmental permitting, community relations, vendor relations, commercial contracts and cost estimates.

Herb Healy, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs at EnerNOC, Inc., manages initiatives with New England state utility commissions and oversees relationships with New England state legislators, executive agencies, industry, trade, and environmental groups.

The Hon. Paul I. Hibbard, Chairman of The Department of Public Utilities, has both public and private sector experience in energy and environmental technologies, economics, market structures, and policy.

Kenneth L. Kimmell, General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, focuses on environmental and energy legislation, including permit streamlining initiatives promoting renewable energy and policy initiatives.

Daniel A. Lashof, Ph.D., Director, Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate Center, focuses on global warming and national energy policy. He wrote "Dangerous Addiction: Ending America's Oil Dependence".

Donald McCauley is President of Minuteman Wind, LLC, a company that develops small commercial wind facilities in New England. His attorney practice focuses on independent power plant development, electric power sales and trading and associated regulatory issues.

Christina Palermo, Chief, Renewable Energy Section at the New York Department of Public Service, oversees the Department's clean energy programs including the Renewable Portfolio Standard, Environmental Disclosure and the New York Smart Programs.

Richard Raeke, Director of Project Finance for Borrego Solar Systems, develops the company's capacity as a provider of power purchase agreements. Borrego develops, finances, designs and installs solar electric systems.

The Hon. Sharon M. Reishus, Chairman of Maine Public Utilities Commission, was Director of North American Power at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, staff analyst at the MPUC and supply planner at Central Maine Power.

Joseph Rossignoli, Manager of Regulatory Policy at National Grid, directs the development and implementation of National Grid's strategy and policies.

Stephen J. Rourke, Vice President, System Planning, ISO New England Inc., oversees development of the annual Regional System Plan, analyzes and approves new transmission and generation projects and supports the capacity markets in New England.

Allen W. Schindler, Director of Enterprise Planning at Northeast Utilities, assesses emerging environmental requirements and develops potential solutions for meeting those requirements.

Robert D. Shapiro, partner at Rubin and Rudman LLP, focuses on energy, telecommunications, environmental and regulatory law.

Joe Soares is Senior Power Supply Planner at Cape Light Compact, a regional energy service organization that provides competitive power supply pricing and administers energy efficiency programs.

Susan F. Tierney, Ph.D, Managing Principal at the Analysis Group, specializes in the electric and gas industries and their energy policy and economics.

Beth Viola, Senior Policy Advisor at Holland & Knight LLP, focuses on energy and environmental consulting, trade, appropriations and public relations. She works with business leaders to advance effective climate change strategies that create economic and environmental benefit.