Law Seminars International Presents: The Tenth Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Energy in the Southwest
Changing policies, changing laws and regulations, changing markets and changing opportunities

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

July 15 & 16, 2013
Hilton of Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, NM

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, customer representatives and anyone involved with energy development in the Southwest

Why You Should Order

The only thing that does not change is change itself. Energy development in the Southwest is not immune from this truism. Year after year, each element of the energy and electricity industry is faced with the challenges of changing policies, changing laws and regulations, changing markets and changing circumstances. Coal's traditional role as the primary fuel for power plants faces major challenges on several environmental fronts. Shale gas has emerged as a potentially long-term supply of inexpensive fuel, but its viability is tied to the sustainability of hydraulic fracturing, a subject of much debate. Renewable energy now plays a greater role than ever before, but questions persist about the future of financial incentives and renewable portfolio standards.

Our conference this year provides a comprehensive look at the latest developments in the energy industry across the Southwest, coupled with expert analysis of financial and regulatory trends at both the federal and state level. We will explore the issues surrounding coal, natural gas, renewable energy, climate change, regional haze, clean energy and the creation of municipal utilities, the trade-off between distributed generation and new transmission projects, and updating the regulatory model.

This is an exceptional opportunity to meet and hear from FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, state commissioners, leading energy lawyers and other experts and participate in the ongoing energy law and policy dialogue that will shape the future of energy development in the Southwest.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Steven Michel, Esq., Western Resource Advocates and Robert M. Pomeroy, Esq., Holland & Hart LLP

What You Will Learn


Monday, July 15, 2013

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Steven Michel, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Robert M. Pomeroy, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Holland & Hart LLP / Greenwood Village, CO

8:45 am

What to Expect for Energy Policy Development in the Congress

Will recent "unusual" storm events rekindle interest in addressing climate change? Will there be Congressional appetite for moving ahead on clean energy standards or significant changes in energy policy?

Clifford M. Naeve, Esq.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP / Washington, DC

9:30 am

Uncoventional Oil & Gas: From New Mexico to Russia

Daniel I. Fine, Ph.D., Associate & Sr. Energy Analyst
New Mexico Center for Energy Policy (New Mexico Tech) / Socorro, NM

10:15 am


10:30 am

Prospects for a More Active Federal EPA: Greenhouse Gas Regulations, Regional Haze and Coal Ash Disposal

Overview of Environmental Challenges for Coal-Fired Generation in the US Energy Market

Randy E. Brogdon, Esq.
Troutman Sanders LLP / Atlanta, GA

Update on Environmental Litigation and Regulatory Issues for Coal-Fired Generation in the US Energy Market

Carroll "Mack" W. McGuffey, III, Esq.
Troutman Sanders LLP / Atlanta, GA

Industry perspective on retrofitting coal plants and the resulting cost recovery issues

Frank Prager, Esq., Vice President, Environmental & Public Policy
Xcel Energy Services Inc. / Denver, CO

Environmental Perspective

Noah B. Long, Esq., Legal Director, Energy, Lands & Wildlife Programs
Natural Resources Defense Council / Santa Fe, NM

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

The Interplay Between Air Quality Regulation and Utility Ratemaking

Recently resolved and currently pending issues in EPA rulemaking and enforcement appeals; decisional trends and the extent to which they provide guidance for utility planners, customers, and regulators

Vicki M. Baldwin, Esq.
Parsons Behle & Latimer / Salt Lake City, UT

2:00 pm

State Commissioners Address Upcoming Challenges

Items coming out of the June 2013 Western Conference of Public Commissioners in Santa Fe

The Hon. Ben L. Hall, Chairman
NM Public Regulation Commission / Santa Fe, NM

Achieving environmental goals while ensuring adequate reliable supply and addressing consumer concerns over rate impacts

The Hon. Alaina C. Burtenshaw, Esq., Chairman
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada / Las Vegas, NV

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Transmission and the Continuing Challenge of Matching Generation to Load

Update on current transmission projects in the Southwest and planning under FERC Order 1000: Is anything really moving forward?

Joan E. Drake, Esq.
Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk PA / Albuquerque, NM

The emerging question of whether distributed generation is a better solution: Perspectives on whether it makes more sense to generate closer to load

David Getts, General Manager
Southwestern Power Group II / Phoenix, AZ

Sarah Cottrell Propst, Executive Director
Interwest Energy Alliance / Santa Fe, NM

Greg Miller, Executive Director
PNM Resources, Inc. / Albuquerque, NM

5:00 pm

Private Reception for Faculty and Attendees at Due West Gallery

Sponsored by Holland & Hart LLP


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

8:30 am

Natural Gas Market Outlook: Debates Over Fracking and Exports

Litigation and moratoria update, prospects for restrictions slowing natural gas development

Beverlee E. Silva, Esq.
Alston & Bird LLP / Atlanta, GA

Economic assessment of fracking's impact on production, exports, pricing, and electric power operations and emissions.

Daniel E. Klein, Founder & President
Twenty-First Strategies / Santa Fe, NM

Environmental concerns surrounding oil and gas production

Holly Pearen, Esq., Attorney, Natural Gas Campaign
Environmental Defense Fund / Boulder, CO

10:15 am


10:30 am

Clean Energy Strategies for Cities and Counties

Revisiting retail competition: Where have the experiments taken place? What are the outcomes? What changes are necessary in a typical state's regulatory structure to facilitate municipal utilities?

Nann M. Winter, Esq.
Stelzner Winter Warburton Flores Sanchez & Dawes PA / Albuquerque, NM

Case study of the City of Boulder's project to develop a longterm energy strategy and establish a municipal utility

Debra Kalish, Esq., Senior Assistant City Attorney
Boulder City Attorney's Office / Boulder, CO

Achieving community energy goals better, faster and with less cost and risk

Paula M. Connelly, Esq., Managing Attorney
Xcel Energy Services Inc. / Denver, CO

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Power to the People

Overview of micro grid systems and policy reforms that enable an intelligent 21st Century electricity service transformation.

Kurt E. Yeager, Vice Chairman
Galvin Electricity Initiative / Aptos, CA

1:30 pm

State Regulation of Generation and Transmission Cooperatives

A Tri-State case study

Thorvald A. Nelson, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Greenwood Village, CO

2:00 pm

Updating the Regulatory Model: How Can We Achieve Clean Energy Goals in a More Cost Effective Way?

A state-by-state approach for clean energy standards

Steven Michel, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Current thinking about better alternatives to the way we've been regulating the industry for the past 100 years

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

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Updating the Regulatory Model (con't): Perspectives on Cost Recovery and Other Issues

Overview of the regulatory policy in the Southwest

Raymond L. Gifford, Esq.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP / Denver, CO

Renewables industry perspective

Ron L. Lehr, Esq.
Attorney at Law / Englewood, CO

Utility perspective

Ronald Darnell, Senior Vice President, Public Policy
PNM Resources, Inc. / Albuquerque, NM

Adapting the regulatory model to climate change considerations

Robert R. Nordhaus, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman, LLP / Washington, DC

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.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 13.2 NM CLE; 13.25 AZ CLE; 16.5 CO CLE; 13.3 GA CLE; 13 NV CLE; 13 UT CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


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

Faculty Bios

Steven Michel, Program Co-Chair, Chief Counsel for Western Resource Advocates' Energy Program, an environmental law and policy center in the interior West. He was General Counsel for New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers.

Robert M. Pomeroy, Program Co-Chair, chair of the Energy Practice Group at Holland & Hart LLP, represents electric consumer coalitions in Western states, and IPPs in CO, WY and NM. Law Week Colorado named him the state's "Best Renewable Energy Lawyer."

Vicki M. Baldwin, shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer, focuses on environmental and commercial litigation, public utility and energy law.

Randy E. Brogdon, partner and co-practice group leader, Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group of Troutman Sanders LLP, focuses on environmental permitting, enforcement response, acquisition and modification of power-generation and manufacturing facilities. He is listed in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers.

The Hon. Alaina C. Burtenshaw, Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, previously was staff counsel for the Commission, focusing on rural water companies and the energy industry.

Paula M. Connelly is Managing Attorney at Xcel Energy Services Inc. a combination electric and natural gas energy company.

Ronald Darnell, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, PNM Resources, Inc., is responsible for regulatory and government affairs, corporate communications and marketing, and community relations.

Joan E Drake, shareholder, Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk PA, focuses on federal permitting and state utility regulation, facility siting, rate cases, sales utility acquisition, service, renewable energy, transmission, interconnection, power purchase and service agreements.

Dr. Daniel I. Fine, Associate and Sr. Energy Analyst, New Mexico Center for Energy Policy is an expert in energy future and economics. He was research associate at MIT and contributes to Business Week.

David Getts, General Manager of Southwestern Power Group, is responsible for business and project development of utility-scale power generation and transmission projects.

Raymond L. Gifford, partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, and former Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, counsels communications, electric and gas utilities and information technology companies.

The Hon. Ben L. Hall is Chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

Debra Kalish, Senior Assistant City Attorney Boulder, CO, represents the City before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. She was lead negotiator for the city in franchise negotiations.

Daniel E. Klein, Founder and President, Twenty-First Strategies, offers energy and environmental consulting services focusing on climate change, energy security, strategic planning for electric power, sustainability, energy supply and usage.

Ron L. Lehr, Attorney at Law, consults on energy and telecommunications matters, is involved in renewable energy policies and commercialization strategies. He was Chairman/Commissioner of Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Noah Long, Legal Director of NRDC's Western Energy Project, focuses on clean energy policy and regulation of electric and gas utilities, pollution reduction, environmental justice and green enterprise.

Carroll "Mack" W. McGuffey III, partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, specializes in regulatory compliance under the Clean Air Act. He represents electric utility and industrial clients on air quality issues, including: New Source Review, Title V Operating Permits, Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards, and Regional Haze.

Greg Miller, Executive Director, PNM Resources, Inc., focuses on analysis and development of federal, regional and state transmission policy, identifies transmission needs and investment opportunities with benefits for NM and TX customers.

Clifford "Mike" M. Naeve, partner and head of the Energy Practice Group, at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, was commissioner at FERC. He is listed in Chambers and Partners as its highest-rated U.S. energy lawyer, Chambers USA, Chambers Global and Best Lawyers.
Full bio and contact info for Clifford M. Naeve at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Thorvald A. Nelson, partner at Holland & Hart LLP, practices public utility regulatory law including telecommunications, energy, antitrust, trade and litigation.

Robert R. Nordhaus, partner, Van Ness Feldman, LLP, focuses on federal electric, natural gas and environmental regulation and has arbitrated electric and natural gas arbitration proceedings. He was General Counsel at the FERC and US Department of Energy.

Frank Prager, Vice President, Environmental and Public Policy, Xcel Energy Services Inc., focuses on guiding environmental public policy issues and overseeing environmental compliance.

Sarah Cottrell Propst is Executive Director of Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association bringing renewable energy companies together with non-governmental organizations in the West.

Beverlee E. Silva, partner, Alston & Bird LLP is Co-chair of the Shale Gas Extraction/Hydraulic Fracturing Team, focusing on environmental and toxic tort litigation and regulatory issues with shale gas extraction experts.

Marc Spitzer, partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, former FERC Commissioner, focuses on supplies of electricity and natural gas, wholesale energy markets and transmission systems.

Nann M. Winter, shareholder and director, Stelzner Winter Warburton Flores Sanchez & Dawes PA, focuses on utility-related and right-of-way matters.

Kurt E. Yeager, Vice Chairman, co-created the Galvin Electricity Initiative and is focused on transforming the reliability and value of U.S. electricity service. He is past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and co-authored with Bob Galvin the published book entitled, "Perfect Power".