Law Seminars International Presents: The Seventh Annual Two-Day Conference on

Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest
Regulatory developments, legal challenges and best practices

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

August 4 & 5, 2011
Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

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

Why You Should Order

In this Seventh Annual Conference, leading federal and state policy makers, attorneys, developers, utility managers and financial players are taking a fresh look at the renewable energy sector. We will address transmission constraints and the need to integrate intermittent renewable resources including challenges that may spur energy storage and smart grid development while creating a new role for natural gas generation. In light of the wind industry's unprecedented growth and the economy's unprecedented struggles, we will take a hard look at state incentive programs and national energy policy, as well as Ecology's and EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse gas impacts.

We will examine best practices for engaging wildlife agencies and prompting them to convert policy declarations into action and tips for dealing with BPA on integration into the grid and strategies for dealing with tribes as co-developers or commercial partners. A wrap-up panel will talk about structuring power sales agreements in ways that facilitate raising capital for new and growing ventures.

We are bringing together as speakers, those who are working at the cutting edge of renewable and energy technology. Here is a unique opportunity to join expert speakers and attendees and to sharpen your practice skills while considering the Northwest region's renewable energy future.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Timothy L. McMahan, Esq. and Peter D. Mostow, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Thursday, August 04, 2011

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 1: New Drivers for Market Activities

There has been a huge build out for wind and a pause on solar, what's the next phase? What are the next commercially viable renewable technologies? Will they be grid scale, or on the distributed side?

Timothy L. McMahan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Vancouver, WA

Peter D. Mostow, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Federal Market Creation/Stimulation Policies: What's Next at the Federal Level for Renewables as a Policy Driven Market and Industry?

Legislative energy policies affecting demand; financial viability for specific types of projects: How will the push for large budget cuts, and waning interest in climate change, impact tax and other incentives?

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

9:30 am

Getting Renewable Power to Market

Integrating renewables into the grid in the Pacific Northwest: Updates on Bonneville's Variable Energy Resource Balancing Service (VERBS); current technical and legal challenges; cost allocation; storage and other potential solutions

Stephen C. Hall, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR

10:15 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:30 am

Plentiful Low-Cost Natural Gas as a More Influential Driver for Market Activities: A "Bubble" or a New Normal?

The five-year outlook: Plans for new projects including field expansion, pipelines, storage facilities

Peter Cartwright, Founder
Avalon EcoPower / San Jose, CA

Kurt Strunk, Senior Consultant
National Economic Research Associates, Inc. / New York, NY

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Ten Years of Incentive Programs: Are We Putting New Technology in The Most Cost-Effective Locations?

Impact on renewables development

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

Roby Roberts, Vice President of Government Affairs
Horizon Wind Energy LLC / Portland, OR

3:00 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

3:15 pm

Trends in Power Purchase Transactions: Evolving Best Legal Practices in Power Purchase Negotiations

As utilities seek to impose more of the risk of grid integration on developers, and consolidation in solar has sophisticated players trying to restructure PPAs, attorneys need to keep up with evolving best legal practices

Todd G. Glass, Esq.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Seattle, WA

4:00 pm

David and Goliath: Legal Strategies for Closing Transactions between Unequal Parties

As development cycles lengthen, costs increase, consolidation proceeds, and more large players enter the industry-what are the legal strategies for successfully closing deals between parties with very different levels of sophistication...and money?

Steven H. Corey, Esq.
Corey, Byler, Rew, Lorenzen & Hojem, L.L.P. / Pendleton, OR

Chris Taylor, Chief Development Officer
Element Power US LLC / Portland, OR

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Stoel Rives LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Friday, August 05, 2011

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2: Permitting and Transactional Tips

Timothy L. McMahan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Vancouver, WA

Peter D. Mostow, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Best Practices for Engaging with Leasing and Permitting Agencies

Working with state and federal regulatory agencies in the region; anticipating potential legal issues; managing permitting for long distance linear energy facilities; cumulative impacts, particularly for the Golden Eagle

Timothy L. McMahan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Vancouver, WA

Endangered species issues: Creative solutions for benefiting the species while minimizing costs; areas of agency flexibility; the environmental community, renewables development and species protection

Jennifer Siu, Project Manager and Biologist
Ecology and Environment, Inc. / San Francisco, CA

10:00 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:15 am

Best Practices for Engaging Agencies (con't)

DOI policies affecting development of resources on federal lands; how the federal family of agencies function together; right of way grants; tips for getting the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to translate policy into action

Ed Shepard, State Director for Oregon and Washington
Oregon State Office Bureau of Land Management / Portland, OR

Peter H. Weiner, Esq.
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP / San Francisco, CA

11:30 am

Dealing with Multiple Jurisdictions and Permitting Bodies: Lessons from Recent Transmission Projects

Portland General Electric's project: Cascade Crossing Transmission Project

Deb Schallert, Permitting Manager for Connections/Transmissions
Portland General Electric / Portland, OR

Roberta Estes, Program Analyst
Oregon State Office Bureau of Land Management / Portland, OR

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Working with Tribes: Lessons from Case Studies in Their Roles as Developers and Commercial Partners

Commercial partners: How to do a private lease of land on a reservation without getting bogged down in NEPA processes

Michael P. O'Connell, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA

2:15 pm

New Business Models Seeking to Break Up the Utility-Customer Monogamy

Self-generation, net metering, virtual net metering, direct retail access, and other options: Business models with opportunities sufficient to generate financing

Robert Kahn, Ed. D., Moderator, Principal
Robert D. Kahn & Company / Seattle, WA

Holly D. Gordon, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
SunRun Inc. / San Francisco, CA

Matthew Swindle, CEO, Founder
NLine Energy, Inc. / Burlingame, CA

Doug Staker, Vice President of Product Development
Demand Energy Networks / Liberty Lake, WA

3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person attendance 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 11.75 WA CLE, 11.75 AICP CM, 12.25 CA MCLE and 12.5 OR CLE (Pending) credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

Timothy L. McMahan, Program Co-Chair, partner at Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on land use, real estate development, environmental, and municipal law and represents energy facility developers in federal, state and local agencies, and administrative and judicial appeals.

Peter D. Mostow, Program Co-Chair, partner in the Cleantech and Renewable Energy Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, works with emerging and mature wind, geothermal, solar, ocean, biomass and biofuels companies on project development and finance matters.

Robert Kahn, Ed. D., Moderator, is Principal at Robert D. Kahn & Company. The agency is known for its work in energy policy, permit assistance and public acceptance of new technology. He is Executive Director of the Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition.

Peter Cartwright, Founder, Avalon EcoPower, was Founder & CEO of Calpine Corporation, a developer, owner and operator of power plants.

Steven H. Corey, managing partner, Corey, Byler, Rew, Lorenzen & Hojem, L.L.P., represents farmers and ranchers in eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. He co-owns and manages a family ranch, Cunningham Sheep Company.

Roberta (Robin) Estes, Program Analyst, Oregon State Office BLM, is the senior program, budget and technical expert, OR/WA BLM, for the FERC Hydropower Licensing Process, and Project Manager for the Cascade Crossing Transmission Line Project.

Craig Gannett, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focuses on energy, natural resources and environmental law. He advises on relicensing of hydropower facilities, pending federal and state legislation concerning climate change, EPA regulations regarding greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy standards.

Todd G. Glass, partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, focuses on the representation of project developers, utilities and venture capital firms in the energy and clean technology sector in North America, Asia and Europe.

Holly D. Gordon, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, SunRun Inc., is lead on federal and state legislative and regulatory work ensuring affordable solar power service is available to the most consumers possible. She was previously with Ausra, a utility-scale solar thermal company.

Stephen C. Hall, partner, Stoel Rives LLP, focuses power purchase agreements, selling and buying environmental attributes, renewable energy certificates, verified emission reductions and carbon offsets, energy-related litigation, transmission issues and regulatory proceedings.

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

Michael P. O'Connell, partner, Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on natural resources, environmental, energy, water rights and Indian law matters involving project development. He is listed in Best Lawyers.

Roby Roberts, Vice President of Government Affairs, Horizon Wind Energy LLC, has worked in the wind industry with companies such as PPM (now Iberdrola Renewables) and PacifiCorp, and has experience in directing national, regional and state renewable energy policy and regulatory initiatives to support project development and create renewable markets.

Deb Schallert, Permitting Manager for Connections/Transmissions of Portland General Electric, focuses on energy solutions, business and finance, international work, government and public sector issues.

Ed Shepard, State Director for Oregon and Washington BLM, has experience forest and rangeland management to fire fighting. Previously, he was Oregon and Washington BLM Deputy State Director for Resource Planning, Use, and Protection.

Jennifer Siu, Project Manager and Biologist, Ecology and Environment, Inc., focuses on biological resource assessment and water quality investigation. She prepares NEPA EISs and EAs, as well as CEQA EIRs for existing and proposed renewable energy facilities, electrical transmission systems and pipeline facilities.

Doug Staker, Vice President of Product Development of Demand Energy Networks, was Vice President and General Manager of International Sales and Marketing for Itron Inc, a leading provider of technology to automate the electric, gas and water utility industry. At Itron, he was specifically responsible for developing emerging International markets and the management of their overseas subsidiaries. His previous experience includes business development, product line management and product development.

Kurt Strunk, Senior Consultant, National Economic Research Associates, Inc., advises utilities on sector restructuring, contract and asset valuation, origination, hedging and risk management, regulatory strategy, prudence, cost of capital, affiliate transactions and retail market issues.

Matthew Swindle, CEO, Founder, NLine Energy, Inc., focuses on the process of converting wasted energy found in transmission, distribution and recycled water systems into renewable energy.

Chris Taylor, founding member, Chief Development Officer, North America, began his career as one of the initial employees of Zilkha Renewable Energy, which was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2005, becoming Horizon Wind Energy and later EDPR.

Peter H. Weiner, partner and Chair, Environmental and Energy Practice Group, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, focuses on renewable energy siting and permitting, including BLM rights of way, CA Energy Commission approvals, species and wilderness protection, CEQA and NEPA compliance and litigation.

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