Law Seminars International Presents: The Seventh Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Energy in Alaska
Emerging policies, new regulations, markets and resources

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

December 1 & 2, 2011
William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage, AK

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives and governmental and customer representatives involved with energy development

Why You Should Order

Energy issues are at the core of Alaska's economy. Production and export of Alaska oil provides 90% of state government funds and, according to recent studies, up to one-half of Alaska jobs. At the same time, in some areas Alaska's internal cost of energy is one of the highest in the nation, and continued declines in production of natural gas in Cook Inlet raise concerns about the potential for brownouts in South-central and other parts of the Railbelt in coming winters.

This Conference will examine both aspects of Alaska energy. Our distinguished faculty will address the outlook for the state's long-standing energy export mainstay, the emerging future of oil and gas exploration from Federal lands (NPR-A), the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and the current status of various projects designed to market gas from the Alaska North Slope, both outside and inside the state. We will also examine energy projects in the Railbelt, Alaska's plans for dealing with Cook Inlet gas declines and the steps being taken to reduce the costs of energy in other parts of the state.

To accomplish these objectives, there will be presentations from key members of the administration, legislators and other governmental and private leaders who will provide an outstanding overview of the energy challenges facing Alaska, practical insights into the responses that have been identified, and the status of efforts being made to implement those responses.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Mark Johnson, Esq., Chugach Electric Association Inc. and Bradford G. Keithley, Esq., Perkins Coie LLP

What You Will Learn


Thursday, December 01, 2011

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Mark Johnson, Esq., General Counsel, Program Co-Chair
Chugach Electric Association, Inc. / Anchorage, AK

Bradford G. Keithley, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Anchorage, AK

8:45 am

Outlook for Energy Issues for the Coming Legislative Session

What to anticipate from the House and Senate this coming session

The Hon. Paul Seaton, Representative (R-District 35)
Alaska State Legislature / Juneau, AK

The Hon. Cathy Giessel, Senator (R-District P)
Alaska State Legislature / Juneau, AK

10:15 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:30 am

Issues Relating to Developing Federal Lands and Waters in Alaska

What's next on the Federal legislative and regulatory fronts?

Bradford G. Keithley, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Anchorage, AK

The status of environmental litigation affecting Alaska development

Ryan P. Steen, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Cook Inlet Gas and Energy Supply Issues

Cook Inlet Energy: What now?

Steve A. Pratt, Principal and Owner
Steve Pratt Enterprises / Anchorage, AK

Outlook from Cook Inlet producer's perspective

Thomas P. Walsh, Partner
Petrotechnical Resources Alaska, LLC / Anchorage, AK

Outlook from the gas utility's perspective

G. Nanette Thompson, Esq., General Counsel
ENSTAR Natural Gas Company / Anchorage, AK

2:45 pm

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

3:00 pm

Special Commissioners' Panel: How State Agency Leaders View the Issues for the Coming Year

Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

The Hon. John K. Norman, Commissioner
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission / Anchorage, AK

Division of Oil & Gas

The Hon. William Barron, Director
Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas / Anchorage, AK

Department of Environmental Conservation

The Hon. Larry Hartig, Esq., Commissioner
Department of Environmental Conservation / Juneau, AK

4:30 pm

Regulatory Commission of Alaska: Recent Developments and Decisional Trends

Julian L. Mason, Esq.
Ashburn & Mason P.C. / Anchorage, AK

Louis R. Veerman
Guess & Rudd P.C. / Anchorage, AK

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP


Friday, December 02, 2011

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Mark Johnson, Esq,, Program Co-Chair
Chugach Electric Association, Inc. / Anchorage, AK

Bradford G. Keithley, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Anchorage, AK

8:45 am

Special Address: State Natural Resource Development Policy

The Hon. Daniel S. Sullivan, Esq., Comissioner, Special Address
Department of Natural Resources / Anchorage, AK

9:15 am

Other Developments in Federal Energy and Environmental Policy of Importance to Alaska

Congressional update on energy and climate change issues: What happened during the last session, and what's likely to happen next year

Craig Gannett, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

ESA and its application to Alaska: Beluga whales, polar bears, caribou, Pacific walrus, ribbon seals, Alaska sea otters and others; what might be next; climate change issues and status report on critical habitat designations

Svend Brandt-Erichsen, Esq.
Marten Law PLLC / Seattle, WA

10:30 am

Break: Coffee, Tea, and Conversation

10:45 am

The Future for Alaska North Slope Natural Gas

Gas exports to the lower 48: Progress during the last year and challenges for the next year for new pipeline development

Larry Persily, Federal Coordinator
Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects / Washington, DC

Paul R. Carpenter, Ph.D., Chairman and Principal
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA

In-state gas pipeline update

David Haugen, MS, PMP, Project Manager
Alaska Gasline Development Corporation / Anchorage, AK

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Special Address: The Administration's Perspective on Alaska's Energy Issues

The Hon. Mead Treadwell, Lieutenant Governor, Special Address
State of Alaska / Juneau, AK

2:00 pm

Global LNG Applications and a Live Demonstration of the Properties of LNG

Peter Micciche, Superintendent-Kenai LNG Facility
ConocoPhillips Alaska / Soldotna, AK

2:15 pm

Regional Issues: Development Projects in the Railbelt

Alaska Railbelt Cooperative Transmission & Electric Company (ARCTEC) update: Progress report on efforts by the utilities to develop viable electric grid improvements

Joe Griffith, General Manager
Matanuska Electric Association / Palmer, AK

Integrating Susitna power into the Railbelt System

James S. Strandberg, P.E., Interim Project Manager
Alaska Energy Authority / Anchorage, AK

Renewable Energy Alaska Project update

Chris Rose, Esq., Executive Director
Renewable Energy Alaska Project / Anchorage, AK

3:15 pm

Break: Coffee, Tea, and Conversation

3:30 pm

Regional Issues: Non-Integrated Areas

Is rural Alaska making progress in developing alternative sources of energy?

Mary Ann Pease, Owner
MAP Consulting LLC / Anchorage, AK

4:00 pm

Is Alaska Making Enough Progress on Lowering its Energy Costs?

The Hon. Lance Pruitt, Representative (R-District 21)
Alaska State House of Representatives / Juneau, AK

The Hon. Bill Wielechowski, Esq., Senator (D-District J)
Alaska State Senate / Juneau, AK

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $1245 with a group rate of $935 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $830. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $622.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.


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

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 13.5 AK CLE and 13 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

Mark Johnson, Program Co-Chair, general counsel for Chugach Electric Association, Inc., focuses on regulatory and energy affairs. He was a member of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and worked for the Alaskan Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

Bradford G. Keithley, Program Co-Chair, partner, Environment & Natural Resources, Perkins Coie LLP, focuses on oil and gas matters. He has been actively involved in the Cook Inlet and North Slope issues.

The Hon. Daniel S. Sullivan, Special Address, is Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, responsible for managing the state's energy and natural resources and overseeing regulatory activities of Alaskan lands.

Lt. Governor Treadwell focuses on bringing affordable energy to Alaskans and strengthening Alaska's energy economy. Prior, he was Chair of the United States Arctic Research Commission.

The Hon. William Barron, Director, Division of Oil & Gas in the Department of Natural Resources, works on the DNR's strategy to increase the flow of oil through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

Svend Brandt-Erichsen, partner at Marten Law PLLC and Chair of the Climate Change Group, focuses on energy development and environmental issues. Previously, he was Regional Administrator of the State of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation.

Paul R. Carpenter, Ph.D., past Chairman and Principal of The Brattle Group, Inc., focuses on energy economics, regulation, corporate planning, pricing policy and antitrust, specializing in the natural gas, oil, and electric utility industries.

Craig Gannett, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, advises on the regulation of electric utilities, relicensing of hydropower facilities, compliance with renewable energy standards, pending federal and state legislation concerning climate change, and EPA regulations regarding greenhouse gas emissions.

Senator Cathy Giessel (R-District P) is on two Senate Committees: State Affairs and Labor & Commerce, and on the Joint In-State Gas Caucus. She has taken a lead role in formulating energy policy within the Minority.

Joe Griffith, General Manager, Matanuska Electric Association, works with finance and operations for electric power. Previously, he was CEO/CFO of Chugach Electric Association.

The Hon. Larry Hartig, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, works with environmental law, regulations, permits and land use issues. Previously, he practiced environmental, natural resources and commercial law.

David Haugen is Project Manager at Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. He has experience in project management, development, design and construction of pipeline systems. Previously, he was Deputy Commissioner for the State of Alaska.

Julian L. Mason, Ashburn & Mason P.C., has represented ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, AT&T Alascom and other utilities before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. He also represented the State of Alaska in oil royalty and tax disputes.

Peter A. Micciche specializes in LNG liquefaction, transportation, marine terminal operations, LNG safety, security and regulatory issues. He is the Superintendent of the ConocoPhillips' Kenai LNG Facility, serves on the NFPA 59A Standards Committee and is in his second term as the Mayor of Soldotna, Alaska.

The Hon. John K. Norman, Commissioner of Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission protects the public interest in Alaska's oil and gas resources. Previously, he was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska Department of Law, Natural Resources Section.

Mary Ann Pease, owner, MAP Consulting LLC, focuses on business strategies, energy, oil and gas consulting services as well as strategically placed outreach and PR/communications.

Larry Persily, Federal Coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, coordinates the activities of federal agencies with respect to permitting that impact construction of a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's Arctic to North American consumers.

Steve A. Pratt, principal and owner of Steve Pratt Enterprises, has experience assessing the legal, regulatory, business, and public interest framework facing energy, telecom, and pipeline companies. He serves on Mayor Dan Sullivan's Energy Task Force and is a former Municipal Light and Power Commissioner.

Representative Lance Pruitt (R-District 21) is Co-Chair of the Energy Special Committee and on the Natural Resources and Revenue Finance Subcommittees.

Chris Rose, founder and Executive Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP), a statewide, non-profit education and advocacy group for renewable energy, previously maintained a private law practice that represented Native Alaskans.

Representative Paul Seaton (R-District 35) was elected to the State House in 2002. He has served as chair of the Fisheries, State Affairs, and Education committees and is currently co-chair of the House Resources Committee.

Ryan P. Steen, attorney, Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on environmental, natural resources, fisheries, wildlife and water law. He represents clients in a variety of litigation and regulatory matters, including representation of industry interests in the ongoing polar bear listing litigation and other emerging ESA issues in Alaska. Previously, he worked as a fisheries scientist for the University of Washington.

James S. Strandberg, P.E., Project Manager, Alaska Energy Authority, focuses on the Susitna River and Chackachamna Lake storage hydro power projects under consideration by the AEA.

G. Nanette Thompson is Vice President and general counsel to ENSTAR Natural Gas Company. Previously, she was Chair of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and Units Manager for the Division of Oil and Gas.

Louis R. Veerman, shareholder, Guess and Rudd P.C., has represented pipeline companies, public utilities and other clients before the RCA and its predecessor.

Thomas P. Walsh, partner, Petrotechnical Resources Alaska, LLC, has experience in the petroleum exploration and production industry and has conducted basin analyses and lease sale assessments in Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk, Endicott and Niakuk.

Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-District J) is a majority member of the Senate Bi-partisan Working Group and is Chair of the State Affairs Committee, co-chair of the Armed Services Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Judiciary and Resources committees.