Law Seminars International Presents: The 18th Annual Conference on

Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West
A critical annual update on new regulatory, policy, legal and business developments

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

January 17 & 18, 2013
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Seattle Downtown in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials and customer representatives involved with electric energy issues

Why You Should Order

Once again, we have assembled influential key players to update their peers on the economic, legal, regulatory and political landscape for energy markets and resource development in the West. This conference has been the paramount annual gathering of leading energy attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, consultants and large industrial consumers.

You will hear about the impacts of the election on federal energy policy, the outlook for natural gas fuel supply and pricing, the viable future alternatives to natural gas generation, regional transmission planning and development issues, including integration of renewable resources, the perspectives of energy commissioners from three states, the status of renewable energy credit markets and the emerging energy market clearing structures resulting from the Dodd-Frank legislation.

This conference addresses today's hot topics and will provide energy professionals at all levels of the industry with the latest information on the ever-changing legal and policy framework for energy regulation, infrastructure and markets.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Thomas Grim, Esq. of Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP and Slade Gorton, Slade Gorton LLP

What You Will Learn


Thursday, January 17, 2013

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am


Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Slade Gorton LLC / Bellevue, WA

Thomas Grim, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR

8:35 am

Program Overview

Regulatory update; resource adequacy and new source options as the economy picks up; power delivery issues; and the all-important issues of money flows

J. Laurence Cable, Esq.
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR

8:45 am

Post-Election Congressional and Administrative Update

Committee assignments, potential changes at the Department of Energy and FERC, and the implications for the future direction of federal energy policy

Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Slade Gorton LLC / Bellevue, WA

9:30 am

Regional Load and Resource Forecast

As the economy picks up, to what extent will we need to develop new resources?

Henry C. Lorenzen, Esq.
Northwest Power and Conservation Council / Portland, OR

10:15 am


10:30 am

Regional Energy Issues at the State Level: What are the Primary Concerns and Policy Priorities?


The Hon. Jeffrey Goltz, Esq., Chairman
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA


Michael W. Grainey, Esq., Renewable Energy Advisor
Oregon Business Development Department / Salem, OR


The Hon. Paul Kjellander, Commission President
Idaho Public Utilities Commission / Boise, ID

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Outlook for Natural Gas Fuel Supplies and Uses

Supply outlooks; infrastructure development; price forecasts and other factors affecting the use of gas for generating electricity

Dan Kirschner, Executive Director
Northwest Gas Association / West Linn, OR

2:00 pm

Alternatives to Gas

Can coal economically overcome air and water concerns? Who is doing what for biomass as a thermal fuel? How do the economics play out for plants serving the Pacific Northwest?

James A. Holtkamp, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Salt Lake Cty, UT

Carbon-free sources: Solar, geothermal, nuclear and wind

Mark E. Reddemann, Chief Executive Officer
Energy Northwest / Richland, WA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Future of Hydroelectric Generation in the Pacific Northwest

The campaign to promote hydro as a renewable energy source eligible for RPS and the competing campaign for dam removals; legislative, administrative, and judicial developments

William H. Holmes, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR

4:15 pm

The Future of the Columbia River Treaty

Beginning in 2014, either the U.S. or Canada can terminate most of the Treaty's provisions on 10 years' notice: What is the Treaty? Why is it important? Is it in the region's best interest to continue it, repeal it, or amend it?

Scott Corwin, Esq., Executive Director
Public Power Council / Portland, OR

5:00 pm

Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP


Friday, January 18, 2013

8:30 am


Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Slade Gorton LLC / Bellevue, WA

Thomas Grim, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR

8:45 am

Special Address: A Retrospective Look at Power Generation and Delivery Issues in the Pacific NW Over the Past Decade

Stephen J. Wright, Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration / Portland, OR

9:30 am

Overview and Status of Northwest Power Pool Members' Market Assessment and Coordination Initiative

Sarah Dennison-Leonard, Esq.
Sarah Dennison-Leonard, Attorney At Law / Portland, OR

10:15 am


10:30 am

Transmission in the Pacific Northwest

The Continuing Challenge of Integrating Wind

Mary K. Jensen, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, Transmission
Bonneville Power Administration / Portland, OR

Wind producer perspective on the continuing challenge of integrating wind

Lara L. Skidmore, Esq.
Troutman Sanders LLP / Portland, OR

Planning transmission in the northwest and changes underway as a result of FERC 1000

Jeffrey C. Miller, P.E., Vice President
ColumbiaGrid / Portland, OR

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Navigating Power Markets in the Post Dodd-Frank World

Overview of the impact of Dodd-Frank legislation, CFTC implementing regulations on power markets and clearinghouse structures

Richard G. Lorenz, Esq.
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR

2:15 pm

How Power Markets in the Pacific Northwest Compare with Others Around the Country

Key elements of regional, security-constrained economic dispatch energy markets, with Northwest bilateral and proposed Energy Imbalance Markets

Richard A. Drom, Esq.
Andrews Kurth LLP / Washington, DC

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Status of Renewable Energy Credit Markets

Overview including the California REC market rules

Scott C. Spettel, Power Broker, Contract Consultant
Clear Energy Brokerage and Consulting, LLC / Halsey, OR

Update on litigation challenging California's REC market structure

Eric L. Christensen, Esq.
Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP / Tacoma, WA

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: This program qualifies for 12.67 WA CLE, 13 CA MCLE; 12.67 ID CLE; 12.75; 13.75 OR CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

The Hon. Slade Gorton, Program Co-Chair, Slade Gorton LLC, previously of K&L Gates LLP, spent 18 years as a U.S. Senator, where he was appointed to committee posts including Energy and Natural Resources. He is Co-Chair of the Transportation Project with the Bipartisan Policy Center and was on the National War Powers Commission.

Thomas Grim, partner and head of the Energy Practice Group at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP, focuses on energy, public utility and municipal law. He represents clients in commercial transactions and judicial proceedings.

Stephen J. Wright, Special Address, is Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Previously in the Washington, DC office, he is credited for his leadership as liaison to the Department of Energy, Congress and various interest groups on a number of issues including the 1992 Energy Policy Act, BPA's fish and wildlife funding, and wholesale electric utility restructuring.

J. Laurence Cable, partner at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP, focuses on public utility, finance, energy and environmental law. He counsels on power sales, purchase agreements and document preparation for electric project financing, construction, operations and marketing of power.

Eric L. Christensen, partner, Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP, focuses on energy and utility law, municipal law, litigation, appellate litigation and business law.
Full bio and contact info for Eric L. Christensen at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP

Scott Corwin, Executive Director at the Public Power Council (PPC), represents consumer-owned electric utilities in the Pacific Northwest with respect to power and transmission from the Federal Columbia River Power System.

Sarah Dennison-Leonard, Attorney at Law, serves as facilitator for the Northwest Power Pool Members' Market Assessment and Coordination Initiative (MC Initiative). She is an independent practitioner representing and advising utility industry clients in transactional, regulatory, and operational matters. She is outside general counsel to the Northwest Power Pool corporation.

Richard A. Drom, partner, Andrews Kurth LLP, focuses on energy regulation, including electricity and natural gas. He was involved in the development of the comprehensive Energy Market Rules for the Midwest ISO. Previously, he was VP, GC and Board Secretary of PJM Interconnection LLC.
Full bio and contact info for Richard A. Drom at Andrews Kurth LLP

The Hon. Jeffrey Goltz is Chairman of Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Previously, he was supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

Michael W. Grainey, Renewable Energy Advisor at the Oregon Business Development Department is working to create a clean energy industry. He was formerly the Director of the Oregon Department of Energy.

William H. Holmes, member at Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on energy law with emphasis on wind and renewable energy, water law, real estate law and corporate transactions. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America in "Energy Law" and "Environmental Law".
Full bio and contact info for William H. Holmes at Stoel Rives LLP

James A. Holtkamp, partner and Leader of the Climate Change Practice Team at Holland & Hart LLP, focuses on energy, environmental and climate change, energy project development including carbon credit trading and carbon capture and sequestration.
Full bio and contact info for James A. Holtkamp at Holland & Hart LLP

Mary K. Jensen, is Assistant General Counsel for Transmission at Bonneville Power Administration. She advises on transmission service legal issues including those involving tariff implementation, reliability and all associated rates.

Dan Kirschner is Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association, representing the natural gas industry in the Pacific Northwest. Prior, he was Chief of Staff for the Majority Caucus of the Washington State House of Representatives.

The Hon. Paul Kjellander is Commission President of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. He was administrator of the Idaho Office of Energy Resources, where he oversaw energy planning, policy, conservation and coordination. Previously, he served three terms in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Richard G. Lorenz, partner at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP, focuses on energy and public utility law including power generation projects, sale and purchase agreements, utility assets, risk management and dispute resolution.

Henry C. Lorenzen is a member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. He also practices condemnation law, public utlity law and business law at Corey, Byler, Rew, Lorenzen & Hojem, LLP.

Jeffrey C. Miller, Vice President of ColumbiaGrid, has been involved in planning large transmission projects. Previously, he worked at American Electric Power, the California Independent System Operator and PacifiCorp.

Mark E. Reddemann is CEO of Energy Northwest. Previously, he was Vice President of Operations Support at Xcel Energy. He has served on the Energy Northwest Corporate Nuclear Safety Review Board.

Lara L. Skidmore, Portland office, Managing Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, specializes in transmission access, contract and rate issues and regulatory compliance. She is active in negotiations and administrative proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Bonneville Power Administration, including formal proceedings to establish power and transmission rates.

Scott C. Spettel is the Power Broker, Contract Consultant for Clear Energy Brokerage and Consulting, LLC. He is also President of Center School Company LLC. He advises clients on power and transmission issues, provides contract and policy dispute resolution services to the BPA.