Law Seminars International Presents: The 13th Annual Conference on

Energy In California
The current state of California energy markets, regulation, legislation and the potential issues which determine success Featuring FERC Commissioner Marc Spitzer on the fit between federal policies and what's happening in California

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

November 3 & 4, 2011
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Hotel in San Francisco, CA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, economists and consultants, tribal and governmental officials involved with energy regulatory and project development issues

Why You Should Order

With California's renewable energy goals driving significant investment in generation and transmission, we now see a complex and interesting confluence of challenges and opportunities. This conference will examine the interface between the need for flexible generating resources to fill in for variability in supply and the challenge these resources face with fuel supply and economic viability.

California is not isolated as it grapples with balancing the system, upgrading infrastructure to handle new generation and addressing cost implications. We will examine the initiative underway to explore a western balancing market, as well as the regional planning mechanisms for new transmission infrastructure and the impact of FERC Order 1000 on regional transmission and cost allocation.

This is the thirteenth year that Law Seminars International has explored cutting-edge issues affecting the electric industry. Join us for a comprehensive discussion of the issues and take advantage of this opportunity to meet with industry leaders, regulators and policy makers on a local, state and national level.

~ Howard V. Golub, Esq. and Nancy J. Saracino, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Thursday, November 03, 2011

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Howard V. Golub, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Nixon Peabody LLP / San Francisco, CA

Nancy J. Saracino, Esq., Program Co-Chair, VP, GC, Corporate Sec and Chief Admin Officer
California Independent System Operator Corporation / Folsom, CA

8:45 am

New Directions for California Energy Policy

Overview of the Governor's policy initiatives and update on state legislative developments

Chris M. Amantea, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP / Los Angeles, CA

9:30 am

Significant Developments in Federal Policy

Key EPA rulemakings; update on Congress; impact of federal budget constraints on energy sector

Douglas W. Smith, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman, PC / Washington, DC

10:15 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:30 am

Implementing California's Renewable Portfolio Standard

Agency plans and priorities for the coming year

Cynthia Walker, Program Manager
The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) / San Francisco, CA

11:15 am

Transmission Update: Matching New Optimal Generating Locations with Load Centers

New regional planning mechanism: ISO rules and avoiding unintended consequences; progress towards the nitty-gritty of getting transmission from remote locations for renewables; the most economic paths for transmission development

Keith Casey, Ph.D., Vice President, Market & Infrastructure Development
California Independent System Operator Corporation / Folsom, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

How Growing Public Safety Concerns Affect the Energy Industry

Impact of the San Bruno Gas Pipeline and Fukushima Nuclear Plant incidents, including operational oversight and rate recovery issues

Paul A. Clanon, Executive Director
California Public Utilities Commission / San Francisco, CA

2:00 pm

Natural Gas in the Energy Mix: Is It a Bridge to Renewables?

Global supply/demand outlook: Rocky Mountain reserves; Alaskan and Canadian exports; foreign demand; pricing outlook; economics of gas peaking plants to balance intermittent renewables; likely impact of fracking concerns

Mike King, Senior Vice President; Energy, Environment and Network Industries Chair
National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA) / Westminster, CO

2:45 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

3:00 pm

Market Operations for Renewables in the West

Effectively managing high levels of renewables with the unpredictability of solar and wind; ISO perspective on the WECC initiative for a West Wide Market for load balancing

James G. McIntosh, Director, Executive Operations Advisor
California Independent System Operator Corporation / Folsom, CA

WECC initiative for a West Wide Market for load balancing

Greg Van Pelt, Manager, External Affairs
California Independent System Operator Corporation / Folsom, CA

4:00 pm

Working through the Permitting Phase for Energy Projects: Noteworthy Challenges and Outcomes

The water/energy nexus

Thomas M. Berliner, Esq.
Duane Morris LLP / San Francisco, CA

Endangered Species, Clean Water Act and other environmental issues in energy development

Robert J. Uram, Esq.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP / San Francisco, CA

5:15 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Nixon Peabody LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP


Friday, November 04, 2011

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Howard Golub, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Nixon Peabody LLP / San Francisco, CA

Nancy J. Saracino, Esq., Program Co-Chair, VP, GC, Corporate Sec and Chief Admin Officer
California Independent System Operator Corporation / Folsom, CA

8:45 am

FERC Order 1000

Rehearing requests; coordination aspects of the Order from the perspective of issues that California needs to address

Malcolm McLellan, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman, PC / Seattle, WA

9:30 am

How are California Utilities Fairing with the Ratings Agencies?

Current environment for debt and equity sales on Wall Street; pros & cons of California's cost recovery policies vs. other states; financial health of California utilities; relative attractiveness of utility vs IPP investment

Anne Selting, Director, U.S. Utilities and Infrastructure Group
Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC / San Francisco, CA

10:15 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Practitioner's Workshop: Deal Making Trends

Overall trends

William D. Kissinger, Esq., Moderator
Bingham McCutchen LLP / San Francisco, CA

Negotiating a bankable power purchase agreement: Renewables vs base-load transactions

Kelley Michael Gale, Esq.
Latham & Watkins LLP / San Diego, CA

Negotiating the interconnection process to meet evolving project requirements

Joseph M. Karp, Esq.
Winston & Strawn LLP / San Francisco, CA

2:45 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

3:00 pm

Rules of Practice at the Major Agencies

Expert tips for tailoring your approach to the agency: Public Utilities Commission, Energy Commission, and Air Resources Board

Dian M. Grueneich, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / San Francisco, CA

Overview of CEC and its processes; types of public input at the CEC; a decision-maker's perspective on what is most useful input for CEC decision-making

Jeffrey D. Byron, Entrepreneur
Los Altos, CA

Types of proceedings at the CARB and tips for success

Michael Jacob Steel, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / San Francisco, CA

4:00 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: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 12.5 California MCLE creditsand 12 WA CLE. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

Howard V. Golub, Program Co-Chair, partner, Nixon Peabody LLP, provides services to investor-owned and publicly-owned utilities, independent power producers and developers of energy technologies. He was named a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics.

Nancy J. Saracino is Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer at California Independent System Operator Corporation. She is chief legal officer and representative for CAISO's legal and regulatory matters, audit and compliance issues.

William D. Kissinger, partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, focuses on the resolution of regulatory issues and disputes that arise out of electricity project development, as well as disputes arising out of PPAs. He appears before the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the CAISO and FERC.
Full bio and contact info for William D. Kissinger at Bingham McCutchen LLP

Chris M. Amantea, partner, Hunton & Williams LLP, focuses on environmental, transactional and judicial proceedings. He represents clients in toxic substances, air and water quality, land use, toxic tort, and environmental matters, including state and federal Superfund liability, NPDES permitting and compliance issues.
Full bio and contact info for Chris M. Amantea at Hunton & Williams LLP

Thomas M. Berliner, partner, Duane Morris LLP, focuses on water, energy, environmental and governmental/municipal law and is chair of the firm's Water Resources and Renewable Energy and Sustainability practice groups. He is listed in Best Lawyers and as a Super Lawyer.
Full bio and contact info for Thomas M. Berliner at Duane Morris LLP

The Hon. Jeffrey D. Byron, former Commissioner at California Energy Commission from 2006-2011, served as Presiding Member of the Energy Commission's Electricity and Natural Gas Committee, the Siting Policy Committee, RD&D Committee, Regional Transmission Planning Committee, and the Integrated Energy Policy Committee.

Keith Casey, Ph.D., Vice President of Market and Infrastructure Development at the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is responsible for developing efficient markets and effective infrastructure planning.

Paul A. Clanon is Deputy Executive Director for Administration and Operations at the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), following eight years as Director of the PUC's Energy Division.

Kelley Michael Gale, partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, and global co-chair for the firm's Climate Change Practice Group, represents both private and public sector clients in the development, regulation, and financing of alternative energy projects and capital intensive infrastructure projects.
Full bio and contact info for Kelley Michael Gale at Latham & Watkins LLP

Dian M. Grueneich, partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, focuses on energy efficiency, climate change, renewable energy resources, transmission planning and permitting, demand response, and advanced meter infrastructure (smart grid).
Full bio and contact info for Dian M. Grueneich at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Joseph Karp, partner at Winston & Strawn LLP's energy group, focuses on regulatory, transactional, and project development. His experience is in natural gas and electricity issues where he represents end users in retail gas and electricity transactions, electricity generators in connection with electricity sales, fuel supply, interconnection and transmission in the United States and internationally.
Full bio and contact info for Joseph M. Karp at Winston & Strawn LLP

Mike King, an economist at National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA), is experienced in electric wholesale markets, electric utility restructuring, strategy, and regulation. He has provided strategy and valuation advice on mergers and acquisitions, support for financing of merchant energy companies, and advice on the financial restructuring of distressed companies.
Full bio and contact info for Mike King at National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA)

James G. McIntosh, California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) Director, Executive Operations Advisor is working to solve the operational challenges of renewable resource integration, as well as creating renewable interconnection standards to meet grid reliability requirements.

Malcolm McLellan, member, Van Ness Feldman, PC, focuses on the regulation of electricity and the purchase and sale of electric power and transmission in the Western Interconnection. He is experienced in the technical, legal and business aspects of the electric industry.

Anne Selting, Director in the U.S. Utilities and Infrastructure Group, Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC, is responsible for analyzing investor-owned utilities.

Douglas Smith, member at Van Ness Feldman, PC, focuses on utility regulation, environmental policy, and energy technology and infrastructure. Previously, he was general counsel to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and deputy general counsel for Energy Policy at the United States Department of Energy.
Full bio and contact info for Douglas W. Smith at Van Ness Feldman, PC

Michael Steel, partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, practice emphasizes federal, state, and local regulatory development, compliance and enforcement issues, especially in the area of air pollution.

Robert J. Uram, partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Groups at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, specializes in NEPA, Clean Water Act, ESA, and Federal Land Policy and Management Act issues for private and public projects.
Full bio and contact info for Robert J. Uram at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Gregory Van Pelt, an External Affairs Manager for California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), has been involved in power system operations for nearly 40 years and was part of the original start-up staff.

Cynthia Walker came to work at the CPUC in 1986 and has worked for the Commission for over 17 years, most recently as Program Manager of the Electricity Planning and Policy branch for the Division of Ratepayer Advocates. She leads the staff working on electricity procurement, renewable energy and electricity infrastructure issues, including transmission planning and interconnection.

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