Law Seminars International Presents: A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference

Solar and Wind Energy Development in Arizona
Current law, policy and economics Featuring Special Address by FERC Commissioner Marc Spitzer

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

October 7 & 8, 2010
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, AZ

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, consumer advocates, and consultants involved in energy development.

Why Order

This conference brings together federal and state policy makers, developers, transmission companies, attorneys and financial players to discuss the opportunities and challenges for solar and wind energy development in Arizona.

These high-level speakers will provide an inside look at the current status and possible impacts of new federal and state initiatives, including the federal stimulus package, Smart Grid, and the interface between the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and renewable energy siting.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to get an excellent overview of the pertinent law, policy and economics from a distinguished faculty.

~ Robert D. Anderson, Esq. and Jeffrey W. Crockett, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Thursday, October 07, 2010

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Robert D. Anderson, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fennemore Craig, P.C. / Phoenix, AZ

Jeffrey W. Crockett, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. / Phoenix, AZ

8:45 am

National Update on New Developments Affecting the Renewable Energy Industry

Proposals for national renewable portfolio standards; greater federal control over transmission development; federal carbon regulation; ACES, H.R. 2454 (Waxman-Markey) update

David A. Fitzgerald, Esq.
Schiff Hardin LLP / Washington, DC

9:30 am

Business Perspective on the Primary Factors Affecting Site Selection

Insights into the project developer's decision making process; differences among Southwestern states; factors that influence site selection

Tom C. Wray, Manager of Transmission and Generation Projects
SouthWestern Power / Phoenix, AZ

10:15 am


10:30 am

State and Regional Policy Drivers for Renewables Development

Legislative and administrative initiatives at state and regional levels for generating and manufacturing facilities; implications of the Solar City order

Jeffrey W. Crockett, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. / Phoenix, AZ

11:15 am

Stimulus Program Funding for Renewable Energy Development in the Southwest: How it is Working? What will be the Future Impact?

Update on winners and losers in the application process; who is starting construction; what to expect next

James Heidell, Vice President, Energy, Environment and Network Industries Practice
NERA Economic Consulting / Westminster, CO

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Key Environmental Challenges for Projects in the Southwest

Addressing ongoing issues with using water for solar projects: Obtaining water rights and approvals in Southwestern water markets; water policy issues related to renewable supplies vs groundwater use and utilizing water for energy export; Clean Water Act

Robert D. Anderson, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fennemore Craig, P.C. / Phoenix, AZ

Endangered species and wildlife issues: Problematic species and areas; the potential for new listings; dealing with not-yet-but-maybe situations like the sage grouse; differences in state permitting processes and how they affect development processes

Norman D. James, Esq.
Fennemore Craig, P.C. / Phoenix, AZ

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

The Critical Issue of Transmission

Cost allocations: Who should pay for what and how (particularly for renewable power generated for export to out-of-state markets)

Sandra Ringelstetter Ennis, Vice President
NERA Economic Consulting / Chicago, IL

The Smart Grid movement: Innovation in transmission planning and operations; new methods for optimizing transmission systems and operations; how they can help integrate variable wind and solar into the grid

Richard Drummond, CEO and Chief Scientist
Drummond Group, Inc. / Fort Worth, TX

New federal legislation on transmission, including proposals to shift primary siting authority to the federal government; what is needed where for new transmission lines

Jeffrey B. Guldner, Esq., Vice President, Rates and Regulation
Arizona Public Service Company / Phoenix, AZ

4:30 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. and Fennemore Craig P.C.


Friday, October 08, 2010

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Robert D. Anderson, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fennemore Craig, P.C. / Phoenix, AZ

Jeffrey W. Crockett, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. / Phoenix, AZ

8:45 am

Special Address: Policy Priorities for Advancing Arizona's Renewable Energy Goals

The Hon. Paul Newman, Esq., Commissioner
Arizona Corporation Commission / Phoenix, AZ

9:30 am

Special Address: Implications of the Obama Administration's Support for Nuclear Generation

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

10:15 am


10:30 am

The Complex Landscape for Permitting Projects on Public and Tribal Lands

NEPA review of projects on federal lands

G. Van Velsor Wolf, Jr., Esq.
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. / Phoenix, AZ

Projects on state lands

The Hon. Maria Baier, Esq., Commissioner
Arizona State Land Department / Phoenix, AZ

Projects on tribal lands

Tracey A. LeBeau, Esq.
SNR Denton US LLP / Phoenix, AZ

12:30 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 8 AZ 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 course materials (either a binder or searchable CD), is available for $1005. The course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or from the date we receive payment.
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Faculty Bios

Robert D. Anderson, Program Co-Chair, Director at Fennemore Craig, P.C. and Chair, Renewable Energy Group, practices in environmental, natural resources, water law and on assured water supply, Groundwater Code compliance, water quality, wetlands, endangered species and cultural resources. He is listed in Best Lawyers and Chambers USA.

Jeffrey W. Crockett, Program Co-Chair, partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., focuses on public utilities regulation, water rights, and planning, development and construction of utility infrastructure for master planned developments, with emphasis in telecommunications law and renewable energy. He is listed in Best Lawyers.

The Hon. Paul Newman, Commissioner of the Arizona Corporation Commission, was previously named Legislature of the Year by Arizona Association of Counties and Behavioral Health Community.

The Hon. Marc Spitzer, Special Address, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), focuses on supplies of electricity and natural gas, wholesale energy markets and transmission systems. Previously, he was Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The Hon. Maria Baier is Commissioner at Arizona State Land Department. Previously, she was a Phoenix City Councilwoman, president of MBC, Inc., President and CEO of Valley Partnership and Director of the Trust for Public Land Arizona Field Office.

Richard Drummond, CEO and Chief Scientist at Drummond Group, Inc., leads the company's technical and research strategies including the technical standards' bodies and vertical industry groups supporting energy and B2B commerce.

David A. Fitzgerald, partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, counsels electric utility, rural electric cooperative and municipal electric system clients on transactional, regulatory, litigation and legislative matters.

Jeffrey B. Guldner is Vice President of Rates and Regulation for Arizona Public Service Company and its Chief Compliance Officer.

James Heidell, Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting's Energy, Environment, and Network Industries Practice, focuses on electricity and natural gas utilities and electric wholesale markets and advises utilities in regulatory issues including cost allocation, rates and resource planning.

Norman D. James, Director, Fennemore Craig, P.C., focuses on the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, Clean Water Act, National Forest Management Act, Federal Land Management and Policy Act and other environmental and land use statutes.

Tracey A. LeBeau, principal, Co-Chair of SNR Denton's Renewable Energy Group, advises on wind and solar development, conventional energy and electric transmission matters.

Sandra Ringelstetter Ennis, Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting, focuses on wholesale power markets, regulation and evolution of competitive markets, and the simulation of electric systems.

G. Van Velsor Wolf, Jr., of counsel and senior environmental lawyer in Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.'s Real Estate, Environmental, Energy & Finance Law Practice Group, concentrates on National Environmental Policy Act issues, environmental due diligence, liability analysis, regulatory compliance and environmental claim defense. He is listed in Best Lawyers, Southwest Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA.

Tom C. Wray, manager of transmission and generation projects at SouthWestern Power, manages the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, that will provide transmission service between renewable generation resources in New Mexico and Arizona, and power markets in the Desert Southwest.