Law Seminars International Presents: The 14th Annual Conference on

Energy In California
New policy drivers, opportunities and challenges

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

November 12 & 13, 2012
Marriott Union Square 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

California's energy industry continues to be dominated by environmental objectives, creating new challenges and opportunities.

The implementation of AB32, achievement of a 33% renewable portfolio standard and rising concern about the costs of these programs dominate generation and transmission developments. Increased emphasis on safety injects new requirements. In turn, these policy considerations create new demands on practitioners and market participants in such areas as matching generation to transmission and obtaining generator interconnections. Awareness of both the leading policy trends and of the practical requirements is critical for success in California energy markets.

Join us for a comprehensive discussion of these issues and take advantage of the opportunity to meet with industry leaders, regulators, policy makers and leading experts on the local, state and national levels.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Howard V.Golub, Esq. Nixon Peabody LLP and Nancy J. Saracino, Esq. California Independent System Operator Corporation

What You Will Learn


Monday, November 12, 2012

8:00 am

Registration Opens

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
California Independent System Operator Corporation / Folsom, CA

8:45 am

Federal Regulatory and Legislative Developments

Update on developments at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Marc L. Spitzer, Esq.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP / Washington, DC

Other federal energy policy developments and anticipated impacts from the election

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

10:00 am


10:30 am

Potential Game Changers for Achieving California's Ambitious 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

New technologies on the horizon, impact of demand response, distributed generation and storage, cost drivers and smart long-term investments in infrastructure

Joseph Desmond, Snr VP, Government Affairs and Communications
BrightSource Energy Inc / Oakland, CA

Implementation of AB 2514 relating to energy storage: Update on implementation proceeding R10-12-007, and the resulting regulatory framework; what to expect for Phase 2 analysis of storage applications and potential procurement targets

Arthur J. O'Donnell, Senior Regulatory Analyst
California Public Utilities Commission / San Francisco, CA

11:30 am

Getting New Energy Projects Built: Current Siting Issues

Progress towards more efficient siting and permitting of new generating projects: CEQA reform; update on the implementation phase for SB 226 and AB 900; temporary project exemptions and the new gubernatorial certification and expedited review process

Anne E. Mudge, Esq.
Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP / San Francisco, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Implementation of AB 32 andThe California Air Resource Board's (CARB) Cap & Trade Program

Nuts and bolts of cap-and-trade program elements; allowance allocations, holding limits and compliance periods; electricity import and export issues; impacts on resource procurement and grid operations; GHG allowance auctions and compliance strategies

Andrew J. Van Horn, Managing Director
Van Horn Consulting / Orinda, CA

Legal challenges, particularly from power exporters from other states wanting to sell into the California market and concerns about "resource shuffling".

Kyle W. Danish, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman, PC / Washington, DC

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Renewables Are Here: Is There A Tipping Point For Retail Rate Impacts?

Anticipated rate impacts from current "course and speed" for RPS procurement; alternatives for more cost-effective infrastructure decisions; impact of restrictions on counting sources outside California; potential value of a broader regional approach

Ren Orans, Ph.D., Managing Partner
E3: Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. / San Francisco, CA

Cost recovery and rate design; balance between the need for new or repowered resources and adequate compensation for existing generating resources

Barbara R. Barkovich, Ph.D., Principal
Barkovich & Yap, Inc. / Mendocino, CA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Nixon Peabody LLP


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

8:30 am

Five Years Into The Mandatory Reliability Standard Compliance Regime, Is It Working?

Federal developments in compliance enforcement, including Revised Sentencing Guidelines: changes in FERC's enforcement structure; evolution of the enforcement regime

Suedeen G. Kelly, Esq.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP / Washington, DC

Lessons learned from compliance monitoring and enforcement of mandatory reliability standards; guidance and practical tips for responding to NERC/WECC compliance monitoring and enforcement activities

Owen E. MacBride, Esq.
Schiff Hardin LLP / Chicago, IL

Strengths and weaknesses in the reliability model: What is working? What should we adjust, replace or redefine?

David W. Hilt, P.E., VP of Transmission
Quanta Technology / Raleigh, NC

10:15 am


10:30 am

Is a Western Energy Imbalance Market a possible reality?

What is the potential value to Western entities for joining an organized market and what are the pitfalls?

Carl B. Linvill, Ph.D., Director, Energy Planning & Analysis
Aspen Environmental Group / Sacramento, CA

Pro perspective for an organized regional market

Brent Thompson, Vice President, Origination
Constellation Energy Commodities Group Inc / Baltimore, MD

Con perspective

Tony Braun, Esq.
Braun Blaising McLaughlin & Smith, P.C. / Sacramento, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Capacity Markets for California

Trends in accounting for resource adequacy, retirements and repowering, compensating existing generators and encouraging future development

Johannes P. Pfeifenberger, Principal
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA

Perspectives on whether the time is right to explore a capacity market

Alexandre Burke Makler, Esq., VP, Strategic Origination and Development, West Region
Calpine Corporation / Dublin, CA

Roy M. Kuga, VP, Energy Supply Management
Pacific Gas and Electric Company / San Francisco, CA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Practical Aspects of Generator Interconnection Processes

Update on ISO processes and issues from a transmission operator's perspective

Deborah A. Le Vine, Director of Infrastructure Contracts & Management
California Independent System Operator Corporation / Folsom, CA

Interconnecting generator perspectives

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

4:30 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: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 13 California MCLE credits. 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 at 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".

Nancy J. Saracino, Program Co-chair, is VP and GC, Corporate Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer at the ISO. She is chief legal officer and representative for legal and regulatory matters, audit and compliance issues.

Barbara R. Barkovich, principal, Barkovich & Yap, Inc., consults in the energy regulatory area. She is Chairperson of the Board of the California Power Exchange.

Tony Braun, Esq., principal, Braun Blaising McLaughlin & Smith, P.C., represents public power utilities in the electricity industry and advises on wholesale electric power market matters, transmission rules, public agency governance and greenhouse gas emission regulations.

Kyle Danish, Esq., partner, Van Ness Feldman, PC, advises clients on environmental and energy matters, with a special focus on corporate climate strategy, emissions trading-related transactions, and regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Joseph Desmond, Snr VP, Government Affairs and Communications, BrightSource Energy, Inc., oversees communications, marketing and government and regulatory affairs.

David W. Hilt, P.E., VP of Transmission for Quanta Technology, manages design, specification and construction of electric substation from distribution to EHV including protective relaying. Previously, he was VP of North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

Suedeen G. Kelly, partner, Patton Boggs LLP, former FERC Commissioner, spearheaded change in regulatory policies, including integration of renewables into the grid, transmission interconnection, planning reform and deployment of smart grid technology.

William D. Kissinger, partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP, focuses on regulatory issues and disputes in electricity project development and PPAs. He appears before the California Energy Commission, the CPUC, CAISO and the FERC.

Roy M. Kuga, VP of Energy Management, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, oversees electricity and natural commodity supplies, transportation and storage services, daily dispatch and scheduling decisions for power plants and natural gas supplies and wholesale market design.

Deborah A. Le Vine, Director of Infrastructure Contracts & Management, California ISO, is responsible for tracking new generation projects, including renewables, negotiation and execution of all regulatory contracts executed by the ISO.

Owen E. MacBride, partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, represents electric and gas utilities, independent power producers, transmission entities, pipelines and telecommunications carriers. He represents NERC in FERC matters.

Alex Makler, VP, Strategic Origination and Development, West Region, Calpine Corporation, is responsible for business development in the Western United States and geothermal development.

Anne E. Mudge, partner at Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP and Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy and Climate Change Practice Group, focuses on siting and permitting for renewable energy projects, industrial, commercial, residential and major mixed-use communities.

Arthur O'Donnell, is the Senior Regulatory Analyst, Grid Planning & Reliability Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission. Previously, he was Exective Director of the Center for Resource Solutions.

Ren Orans, Ph.D., Managing Partner and Founder of E3: Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc., leads the electricity pricing practice, advises utilities on retail rate design and wholesale transmission pricing.

Johannes P. Pfeifenberger, principal, The Brattle Group, Inc., leads their Utility Regulation and Electric Power areas, and specializes in energy and capacity market design, transmission and network access, ratemaking and incentive regulation, financial evaluation and commercial litigation.

Douglas Smith, Esq., member at Van Ness Feldman, PC., was General Counsel to FERC and Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy. He specializes in electricity, natural gas, and hydroelectric regulation.

Marc Spitzer, partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, former FERC Commissioner, focuses on supplies of electricity and natural gas, wholesale energy markets and transmission systems. He was Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Andrew J. Van Horn, Managing Partner, Van Horn Consulting, focuses on competitive electricity, natural gas and emissions markets, technologies and regulations,. providing strategic advice and litigation support.