Law Seminars International Presents: The 17th Annual Conference on

Energy in California
Practical advice and up-to-date information on markets and resource development

November 2 & 3, 2015
Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, CA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

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

Why You Should Order

2016 will be a pivotal year for the Western States electricity markets, driven in significant measure by federal and state policy shifts toward greater renewable resource penetration, reduced GHG emissions and decarbonizing the electric grid. The boundaries between transmission and distribution, between the transportation and energy sectors, between generation and load, even between states and their balancing authorities are fading. Meanwhile climate change and the continuing drought in California and the West make meeting California's ambitious policy agenda while maintaining grid reliability all the more challenging.

This year's 17th annual "Energy in California" conference explores recent developments in these diverse areas and where we are heading in emerging areas like storage and distributed resource planning in an increasingly west-wide energy market.

Conference participants will hear from seasoned practitioners and senior agency staff and will receive the latest information on developments at the California Public Utilities Commission, California Independent System Operator and California Air Resources Board. The conference will also explore new trends in distributed generation as well as discuss the possible renaissance of old chestnuts like nuclear power.

We are excited about the diverse array of excellent speakers and anticipate a lively and engaging discussion. We hope you will join us.

~ William D. Kissinger, Esq. and Nancy J. Saracino, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Monday, November 02, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

William D. Kissinger, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / San Francisco, CA

Nancy J. Saracino, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Crowell & Moring LLP / San Francisco, CA

8:45 am

Ambitious Plans at the State and Federal Levels: Update on Federal and State Clean Energy and Transportation Policy Initiatives

Federal update on the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan

Stephen M. Spina, Esq.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Washington, DC

California update on SB 350 and Governor Brown's Executive Order B-30-15 calling for an ambitious response to climate change: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction goals for the electric generating sector

Seth D. Hilton, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / San Francisco, CA

Transportation sector goals for reducing both GHG emissions and particulate pollution problems

Joshua T. Bledsoe, Esq.
Latham & Watkins LLP / Costa Mesa, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Implementation Priorities at the Key California Agencies

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Arocles Aguilar, Esq., General Counsel
California Public Utilities Commission / San Francisco, CA

California Energy Commission (CEC)

Robert Oglesby, Executive Director
California Energy Commission / Sacramento, CA

California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Ellen M. Peter, Esq., Chief Counsel
California Air Resources Board / Sacramento, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Special Address: Electrification of Transportation as a Demand Driver for the Electric Sector

The big picture view of the nexus between transmission and transportation: What new infrastructure will be required?

Dan Richard, Esq., Chair
California High-Speed Rail Authority / Sacramento, CA

A detailed look at electrification in the automotive sector: Technological trends that are driving the growth in electric vehicles; the additional capacity, at what time of day and where, will be required from the electric sector

Nancy E. Ryan, Ph.D., Senior Director, Policy & Strategy
Energy & Environmental Economics Inc / San Francisco, CA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Storage as an Essential Piece for Meeting the 50/50 Goal: Based on What's Been Happening in Procurement, What Does The Future Hold?

Is procurement the driver or is storage now its own thing for optimizing a product to go into the ISO market? How is interconnection going? Where does storage fit into the grid? Is there a good fit between the ISO's road map and the CPUC?

Iryna A. Kwasny, Esq., Attorney for the Division of Ratepayer Advocates
California Public Utilities Commission / San Francisco, CA

James Kelly, Chief Executive Officer
ARES North America / Santa Barbara, CA

Mike Hopkins, CEO
Ice Energy Holdings, Inc. / Santa Barbara, CA

Jesse Bryson, Principal Manager, Contract Origination
Southern California Edison Company / Rosemead, CA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Crowell & Moring LLP and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP


Tuesday, November 03, 2015

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

William D. Kissinger, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / San Francisco, CA

Nancy J. Saracino, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Crowell & Moring LLP / San Francisco, CA

8:45 am

Transmission Projects, Grid Management Structures, and Energy Imbalance Markets

Likely additions to capacity; perspectives on the advantages of multistate regionalism vs. local solutions; dealing with over-generation conditions; resolving concerns about market manipulation and the who gets to decide what; utility rate impacts

Nancy J. Saracino, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Crowell & Moring LLP / San Francisco, CA

What the economic models suggest

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

Transmission developer perspective

Christine Kirsten, Transmission Market Specialist
PacifiCorp Transmission / Folsom, CA

System operator perspective

Lorenzo Kristov, Ph.D., Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy
California Independent System Operator / Folsom, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Distribution Grid Developments: Distributed Energy Resource Participation

Net energy metering and how rate structure challenges affect the viability of distributed solar generation; renewable energy credits trading: optimizing value and trading opportunities; compliance considerations; tax implications with Virtual Net Metering

Jack Stoddard, Esq.
Crowell & Moring LLP / San Francisco, CA

Jennifer A. Ray, Esq.
Crowell & Moring LLP / Washington, DC

Perspective on wholesale markets and provision of reliability services, including deferral of infrastructure upgrades

Arthur L. Haubenstock, Esq., Co-Founder
Sustainable Energy Strategy Partners / Mill Valley, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

The Case for (and against) Nuclear Power: Could New Technologies Usher in a "Second Act" for Nuclear in California?

Michael Shellenberger, President
Breakthrough Institute / Oakland, CA

S. David Freeman, Senior Advisor
Friends of the Earth DC / Washington, DC

2:15 pm

Financeable Energy Projects: Trends for New Business Models

Using software to aggregate buildings to manage load

Manal Yamout, Vice President of Policy & Markets
Advanced Microgrid Solutions / San Francisco, CA

2:45 pm

Keeping the Lights On: Reliability Compliance

10 years since EPAct 2005 mandated Reliability Standards, where are we and where are we going?

Lisa S. Gast, Esq.
Duncan Weinberg Genzer & Pembroke PC / Washington, DC

3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance 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, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, 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.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 11.75 California MCLE credits, and 11.75 Washington 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

William D. Kissinger, partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, represents conventional and renewable energy companies, municipalities, and publicly owned utilities on regulatory matters and in litigation arising out of the purchase and sale of electricity. He was a member of the Governor's Energy Task Force, responsible for shaping California's strategy, and is recognized by Chambers.
Full bio and contact info for William D. Kissinger at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Nancy Saracino, partner, Crowell & Moring LLP advises clients on a broad spectrum of energy matters including generation, infrastructure development, interconnection, regional transmission and independent system operator markets. She is the former VP, GC and CAO for the California Independent System Operator Corporation.
Full bio and contact info for Nancy J. Saracino at Crowell & Moring LLP

Arocles Aguilar, General Counsel, California Public Utilities Commission, is an experienced arbitrator, mediator, and investigator. Most recently, she previously supervised the advisory attorneys in PG&E's San Bruno transmission pipeline explosion enforcement proceeding.

Joshua T. Bledsoe, counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP, focuses on renewable and low carbon infrastructure development projects including permitting, environmental review, and financing aspects and both administrative and judicial challenges.
Full bio and contact info for Joshua T. Bledsoe at Latham & Watkins LLP

Jesse Bryson, Principal Manager, Contract Origination, Southern California Edison Company, is responsible for managing competitive solicitations and overseeing negotiations for the development of SCE's portfolio of contracted energy resources. He was the lead for SCE's Local Capacity Requirements Request for Offers and is overseeing SCE's Energy Storage RFO.

S. David Freeman, Senior Advisor, Friends of the Earth's nuclear campaign, is a former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He also has served as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the New York Power Authority, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Lisa S. Gast, shareholder, Duncan Weinberg Genzer & Pembroke PC, focuses on energy law and public utility regulation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Arthur L. Haubenstock, Co-Founder, Sustainable Energy Strategy Partners, guides clients through the highly regulated energy sector, helping them overcome regulatory hurdles, obtain approvals, and negotiate agreements needed for state-of-the-art energy projects and transactions.

Seth D. Hilton, partner, Energy Development Practice Group of Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on energy regulation and related litigation, before a variety of regulatory agencies in California, as well as in stakeholder proceedings at the California Independent System Operator.
Full bio and contact info for Seth D. Hilton at Stoel Rives LLP

Mike Hopkins is CEO of Ice Energy Holdings, Inc., which is a leading provider of thermal energy storage capacity.

James Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, ARES North America, formerly was Senior Vice President of Transmission and Distribution for Southern California Edison.

Christine Kirsten, Transmission Market Specialist, PacifiCorp Transmission, specializes in the development of transmission market design and policy recommendations for PacifiCorp, with a focus on the Energy Imbalance Market in PacifiCorp's service area.

Lorenzo Kristov, Ph.D., Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy, California Independent System Operator (ISO), focuses on expanding market participation by distributed energy resources and planning for the operational and market impacts of a more decentralized future electric system.

Iryna A. Kwasny, is Staff Counsel at the California Public Utilities Commission representing the Office of Ratepayer Advocates and the Safety and Enforcement Division in proceedings before the Commission.

Rob Oglesby is Executive Director at California Energy Commission, the state's primary energy policy and planning agency.

Ren Orans, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Energy & Environmental Economics Inc., is an advisor to government agencies, utilities, system operators, regulators, independent power producers, energy technology companies, public interest organizations, and investors.

Ellen M. Peter, Chief Counsel, California Air Resources Board, provides advice on development and implementation of air pollution control regulations. She also manages the Enforcement Division.

Jennifer Ray, partner, Crowell & Moring LLP's Tax Group, advises on tax aspects of corporate and partnership transactions in the energy industry. Representative matters include investment tax credit and production tax credit issues, tax-equity financed solar and wind projects, and tax reporting issues arising from incentive payments made by utilities to customers.
Full bio and contact info for Jennifer A. Ray at Crowell & Moring LLP

Dan Richard, Esq., Chair of California High-Speed Rail Authority, focuses on infrastructure delivery and finance for California's endeavor to construct the nation's first high-speed rail system.

Nancy E. Ryan, Ph.D., E3's Senior Director of Policy and Strategy, is an economist experienced in energy and environmental policy. Before joining E3, Dr. Ryan held several high-level positions at the California Public Utilities Commission, including Commissioner, Deputy Executive Director for Policy and External Relations, and Chief of Staff to President Michael R. Peevey.

Michael Shellenberger, President & Co-Founder, Breakthrough Institute, is a leading global thinker on energy and the environment. He co-authored An Ecomodernist Manifesto. He wrote Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, and co-authored "the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Silent Spring" by Wired, and was named a TIME magazine "Hero of the Environment."

Stephen M. Spina, partner in Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's Energy Practice, represents electric utilities and other industry participants before the FERC on industry restructuring, market investigations and regulatory issues under the Federal Power Act.

Jack Stoddard, counsel in Crowell & Moring's Energy Group, advises on energy regulatory matters and proceedings before state and federal agencies.
Full bio and contact info for Jack Stoddard at Crowell & Moring LLP

Manal Yamout, Vice President of Policy & Markets, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, leads government and regulatory affairs, focusing on developing policies in new and established markets.