Law Seminars International Presents: The Eighth 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 3 & 4, 2012
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

As Co-Chairs, we have assembled a distinguished faculty designed to bring lawyers, industry executives, governmental officials and consultants up to date on a full range of Alaska energy issues. Speakers will address North Slope oil production, Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Development; Cook Inlet after Hilcorp Field, storage facilities, pipeline acquisitions, and, LNG import proposals. The conference also addresses the investment climate for North Slope oil and the status of projects designed to market gas from the Alaska North Slope outside and inside the state. Key generation and transmission issues going forward will be discussed as well as alternative sources of energy for rural Alaska, and developments in environmental policy of importance to energy production.

This was a big election year and discussion will center around likely changes for energy policy at the federal and state levels. You will hear from Senator Cathy Giessel, the incoming Chair of the Alaska Senate Resources Committee, about anticipated changes at the State legislature, from DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan about the Administrationís view of the upcoming session and Commissioner Cathy Foerster on the latest issues confronting the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. We hope to see you there.

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

What You Will Learn


Monday, December 03, 2012

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 1: Update on What's Happening in Energy Development in Alaska

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

Implementation of Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Development in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas: What Next?

Five-year Leasing Plan for OCS

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

Environmental and native perspectives on impacts and next issues to address

Peter H. Van Tuyn, Esq.
Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, L.L.C. / Anchorage, AK

Bob Herron, Representative
Alaska State Legislature / Juneau, AK

10:15 am


10:30 am

Cook Inlet After Hilcorp Field, Storage Facility, and Pipeline Acquisitions

Update on industry structure and the supply/demand picture for Cook Inlet gas

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

Current status of LNG import proposals and their potential impact on the competitiveness of the market

James Posey, General Manager
Anchorage Municipal Light & Power / Anchorage, AK

Update on other energy project development: What are the issues and how are they likely to play out?

Matthew T. Findley, Esq.
Ashburn & Mason PC / Anchorage, AK

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

The Future for Alaska North Slope Oil and Natural Gas

The investment climate for North Slope oil: Prospects for new legislative action on oil taxes

Damian Bilbao, Esq., Head of Finance, Developments and Resources
BP Alaska / Anchorage, AK

LNG development

Paul R. Carpenter, 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

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Electric Generation and Transmission Issues

Renewables and other alternative sources of energy: What's expected to come online and the challenge of integrating intermittent sources into the grid

James S. Strandberg, P.E., Interim Project Manager
AIDEA / Anchorage, AK

Industry perspective on the key generation and transmission issues going forward

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

Alternative sources of energy for rural Alaska

Brent Petrie, General Manager
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Inc / Anchorage, AK

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2: The Specifics of Federal & State Regulatory Policy

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

2012 as a Big Election Year: Anticipated Changes in Energy Policy at the Federal and State Levels

Likely changes at the Congressional committee level and the key administrative agencies

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

Changes at Alaska's state legislature

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

10:15 am


10:30 am

Special Commissioners' Panel: Energy Issues Facing Alaska This Past Year and Coming Up

Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

The Hon. Cathy Foerster, Commissioner
Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission / Anchorage, AK

Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil & Gas

The Hon. Daniel S. Sullivan, Esq., Commissioner
Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Anchorage, AK

Regulatory Commission of Alaska

Gene Therriault, Deputy Director
Alaska Energy Authority / Anchorage, AK

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Developments in Environmental Policy of Importance to Energy Production in Alaska

Update on new developments at the federal level: EPA air and water quality initiatives; decisional trends from court challenges seeking to spur EPA into greater activity and, on the other hand, to invalidate EPA rules

Susan E. Reeves, Esq.
Reeves Amodio LLC / Anchorage, AK

State regulatory perspective on which issues will come to the fore in Alaska and how they'll play out

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

2:30 pm

Ethical Issues for Attorneys Practicing in the Area of Energy Law

Confidentiality, disclosure, and unique challenges when obtaining information from and providing information to regulatory agencies; other ethics issues

Joseph J. Perkins, Jr., Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Anchorage, AK

3:30 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 11.75 AK CLE (incl. 1 ethics) and 11.75 WA CLE (incl. 1 ethics) 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 and co-chair of the Oil & Gas Practice at Perkins Coie LLP, has been involved in Cook Inlet, North Slope and Alaska OCS issues.

Damian Bilbao is the Head of Finance for Projects, Resources and Assets Operated by Others for BP Alaska. He has been with BP in a variety of strategy, business development and commercial operations jobs in Houston, Moscow, Indonesia and Alaska.

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.

Matthew T. Findley, Esq., partner, Ashburn & Mason PC, focuses on complex litigation, oil & gas law, and regulated utilities, including representing ENSTAR Natural Gas Company and Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska in commercial, regulatory, and litigation matters. He also represented the State of Alaska in the Point Thomson litigation and settlement.

The Hon. Cathy Foerster is the Engineering Commissioner and Chair of the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, has worked for Exxon, ARCO, BP and Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska.

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) will chair the Senate Resources Committee. She will also be on the Ethics Committee, Legislative Council and Arctic Policy Commission.

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.

Joseph J. Perkins, Jr., partner in the Environment, Land Use, and Natural Resources practice group of Stoel Rives LLP, represents mining companies, oil and gas companies, Native corporations and financial institutions in connection with natural resource projects, transactions, and disputes.

Brent Petrie is the General Manager of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Inc in Anchorage.

James Posey is the General Manager of Anchorage Municipal Light & Power that generates, transmits and distributes electric power and services an area of 19.9 contiguous miles.

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

Susan E. Reeves, partner at Reeves Amodio LLC, focuses on environmental and administrative law and general litigation, as well as compliance with federal environmental and health and safety laws.

James S. Strandberg, P.E., Project Manager, Alaska Energy Authority, focuses on regional energy and transmission planning to support public interest transmission backbones and to support the Susitna-Watana Hydro power project.

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

Peter H. Van Tuyn, partner, Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, L.L.C. counsels and represents clients on oil and gas exploration and development, marine fisheries management, mining, transportation projects and public land management. Previously, he was the litigation director of Trustees for Alaska as well as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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