Law Seminars International Presents: The 12th Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Energy in the Northeast
New policies and incentives; innovative projects and changing markets

September 28 & 29, 2015
Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, customer representatives and consultants involved with energy in the Northeast

Why You Should Order

The long-anticipated days of infrastructure need in the Northeast have arrived, presenting new challenges to power grid operators, market participants, and state and federal regulators and policy makers. The Northeast region is hotly debating what changes are needed to the wholesale power markets, the infrastructure and regulation, to assure the needs of the region are satisfied on terms that consumers can accept.

Come join in discussions with a distinguished and informed faculty who will review recent and planned developments in the energy infrastructure, markets, and law and regulation, at the 12th annual comprehensive conference on Energy in the Northeast.

This two-day conference again will be capped with discussion among key regulators about how these industry changes are impacting them and their organizations.

We hope you can join us and be a part of this informative and engaging exchange of ideas.

Program Co-Chairs: James M. Avery, Esq., Pierce Atwood LLP and David T. Doot, Esq., Day Pitney LLP

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Monday, September 28, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

James M. Avery, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Pierce Atwood LLP / Boston, MA

David T. Doot, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

8:45 am

Perceptions and the Reality for Northeast Energy Headlines: Insider Perspectives on Minor Issues Being Over-Reported vs. Key Issues Being Under-Reported

Coverage of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing energy supplies in the Northeast from the quest to increase natural gas supply to importing hydro resources from Quebec; upsides and downsides for renewables; impact of state energy politics

Peter Howe, Moderator, Business Editor
NECN / Newton, MA

Grid operator perspective

Stephen J. Rourke, Vice President, System Planning
ISO New England Inc. / Holyoke, MA

Natural gas generation perspective

Brett A. Kruse, Vice President, Market Design
Calpine Corporation / Houston, TX

Offshore wind developer perspective

Danielle Lane, Head of Stakeholder Relations
DONG Energy / Boston, MA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Federal Environmental Policy Constraints on Energy Resource Development in the Northeast: Impact of the Obama Administration Doubling Down on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Quality

Greenhouse gases: The Clean Power Plan and proposed implementation being considered by Northeast states

John Moskal, Energy and Climate Unit
USEPA Region 1 / Boston, MA

Water quality: New requirements and discussion of cooling water rule implementation

Harold M. Blinderman, Esq.
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

A view from the trenches on how these new regulations are impacting power producers

Kevin R. Hennessy, Director, Federal, State & Local Affairs, New England
Dominion Resources, Inc. / Waterford, CT

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Federal Energy Policy: Developments with Potential Impact on Northeast Energy Markets

How are changes at the FERC affecting its regulatory agenda? What are the prospects for energy legislation in the 114th Congress? The future of demand response given market design changes and pending cases on jurisdiction of the FERC and the states

Douglas W. Smith, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman LLP / Washington, DC

Jurisdictional issues: Pending Supreme Court case in which the FERC has been challenged as infringing on the jurisdiction of the states; two cases in which the states have been challenged as stepping into matters that are exclusively reserved to the FERC

Jeffrey A. Schwarz, Esq.
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP / Washington, DC

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Update on Northeast Power Markets

How the markets are performing

David B. Patton, Ph.D.., President
Potomac Economics / Fairfax, VA

3:45 pm

Logistical Operation of Northeast Power Markets: Key Issues Facing ISO-NE and NYISO

Post-op on the operational challenges that arose during the last year; current ISO game plans for getting the right resources in the right place at the right time

Emilie Nelson, Vice President, Market Operations
New York Independent System Operator / Rensselaer, NY

Mark Karl, Vice President, Market Development
ISO New England Inc / Holyoke, MA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Day Pitney LLP and Pierce Atwood LLP


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

8:30 am

Northeast Energy Headlines: The Rest of the Story

Lawyer perspectives on Northeast energy headline issues over the past year

James M. Avery, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Pierce Atwood LLP / Boston, MA

David T. Doot, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

9:00 am

Infrastructure Development in the Northeast

Jared S. des Rosiers, Esq., Moderator
Pierce Atwood LLP / Portland, ME

The where and when for expanding gas pipelines into the Northeast

Coralie Carter Sculley, Northeast Account Director
Kinder Morgan-East Region Tennessee Gas Pipeline / Houston, TX

Building transmission under Order 1000: Where are we in planning vs. implementation?

Wendy B. Warren, Esq.
Wright & Talisman, P.C. / Washington, DC

The resulting challenges to, and impacts on the plans for, the development of infrastructure in the Northeast

Stephen G. Whitley, President and CEO
New York Independent System Operator / Rensselaer, NY

10:30 am


10:45 am

State Regulators in the Northeast

Meet some of the state public utility commissioners and hear what is on their minds as this region of the country addresses the challenges of rising prices and the need for new infrastructure in the region

The Hon. Sarah Hofmann, Esq., Board Member
Vermont Public Service Board / Montpelier, VT

The Hon. Carlisle J. Tuggey McLean, Esq., Commissioner
Maine Public Utilities Commission / Augusta, ME

The Hon. Angela M. O'Connor, Chairman
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities / Boston, MA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

The Trend Toward Distributed Generation and Storage: State Initiatives and Legal Issues

The increasing role of distributed generation in the Northeast due to technology advancements, cost decreases and customer demand: What role will DG be playing by 2025? Regulatory issues to be resolved to provide more than a token of generation capacity

Mary Beth Gentleman, Esq.
Foley Hoag LLP / Boston, MA

2:00 pm

Options for New Utility Business Models and Cost Recovery Mechanisms

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV); to transition from utilities as purveyors of energy to providers of backup services for customers with distributed generation facilities or access to specific generating sources

Stuart M. Nachmias, Vice President, Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. / New York, NY

Alternative approaches to cost recovery: Revenue decoupling and performance-based regulation (PBR) including the new RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs) approach to PBR that is used in Britain

Robert C. Yardley, Jr., Senior Vice President
Concentric Energy Advisors / Marlborough, MA

Trends in the economic analysis and ratemaking policies in an era of low interest rates and acquisition of publicly traded utilities by privately owned entities; impact on strategies for approaching rate of return issues

Kurt G. Strunk, Vice President
NERA Economic Consulting / New York, NY

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: This program qualifies for 12 CT CLE, 12 ME CLE (Pending), 12 NH CLE, 14 NY CLE, 14 RI CLE (Pending) 12 VT CLE. 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

James M. Avery, Program Co-Chair, partner, Pierce Atwood LLP, represents utilities, developers, aggregators, and other stakeholders. His clients include solar, wind, and biomass firms, developers of natural gas-fired generation facilities, electric and natural gas utilities, wireless telecommunications carriers, and hospitals, government agencies, and industrial facilities.
Full bio and contact info for James M. Avery at Pierce Atwood LLP

David T. Doot, Program Co-Chair, partner, Day Pitney LLP, is Chair of the Energy and Utility Law department and participates in mergers, acquisitions and the development of generation and transmission projects. He is Secretary and Lead Counsel for the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) and past President of the Energy Bar Association.

Jared S. des Rosiers, Moderator, partner, Pierce Atwood LLP, focuses on energy litigation and regulatory matters. He is experienced in energy regulatory and investigation matters including rate recovery and design, ISO/RTO participation and market design, transmission development, enforcement investigations, power purchase agreement disputes, and smart grid implementation.

Peter Howe, Moderator, Business Editor, NECN, reports nightly for NECN Business. He hosts NECN's CEO Corner interview show on Sundays and also appears weekly on This Week in Business.

Harold M. Blinderman, partner, Day Pitney LLP, represents clients in energy, environmental, land use law and public utility. He represents companies in siting, permitting, compliance, transactional, and enforcement.

Mary Beth Gentleman, partner, Foley Hoag LLP, is Co-Chair of the Cleantech and Renewables Practice Group. She advises developers of renewable and conventional energy projects, energy service companies and energy technology start-ups
Full bio and contact info for Mary Beth Gentleman at Foley Hoag LLP

Kevin R. Hennessy, Director of Federal, State and Local Affairs New England, Dominion Resources, Inc., handles legislative, regulatory and corporate matters. He has worked on asset divestiture and acquisition projects and oversees the Dominion Foundation Community Investment Board for the Northeast.

The Hon. Sarah Hofmann, Board Member, appointed to the Vermont Public Service Board by Governor Peter Shumlin in 2015, serves on the Telecommunications Committee and the Subcommittee on Nuclear lssues-Waste Disposal of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Mark Karl is Vice President, Market Development, at ISO New England Inc.

Brett A. Kruse, Vice President, Market Design, at Calpine Corporation, is responsible for formal power market development, policy, compliance, market interaction, and also asset and portfolio optimization. He is experienced in power plant and power system management, transmission, regulatory affairs and origination.

Danielle Lane, Head of Stakeholder Relations, DONG Energy, is responsible for regulatory affairs, stakeholder relations, and external communications activities, and is part of the team responsible for the company's U.S. market.

The Hon. Carlisle J. Tuggey Mclean was appointed to the Maine Public Utilities Commission in January 2015. Prior to this appointment she served as Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Natural Resources Policy Advisor for Governor Paul LePage.

John Moskal is with the Energy and Climate Unit at the USEPA Region 1.

Stuart M. Nachmias is Vice President of Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Emilie Nelson, Vice President of Market Operations for the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), manages the state's wholesale electricity markets and conducts comprehensive power system planning.

The Hon. Angela M. O'Connor was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts as the Chairman of the Department of Public Utilities in January of 2015. Prior to being appointed, she was the Executive Director of TechNet for the Northeast region.

David B. Patton, Ph.D., President of Potomac Economics, is an energy economist, providing expert advice, analysis and testimony in the electricity and natural gas industries. His areas of expertise include market monitoring and design, merger and other market power analysis, transmission pricing, asset valuation and congestion management.

Stephen J. Rourke is Vice President, System Planning for ISO New England Inc. and previously was the Director of Reliability & Operations Services. He is experienced in operations and planning of the New England bulk power system.

Jeffrey A. Schwarz, of counsel, Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP, concentrates on litigation to improve the functioning of wholesale electricity markets and the regulation of public utilities. He represents municipal and cooperative electric utilities, state public utility commissions, consumer advocates and attorneys general.

Coralie Carter Sculley, Northeast Account Director, Kinder Morgan-East Region Tennessee Gas Pipeline, focuses on commercial responsibilities for the Northeast Energy Direct Expansion in the northeast.

Douglas W. Smith, partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP, represents clients on electricity and natural gas matters before the FERC, and energy efficiency matters before the DOE. Previously, he was General Counsel at the FERC where he played a lead role in policy initiatives.

Kurt G. Strunk, Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting, advises utilities on sector restructuring, contract and asset valuation, origination, hedging and risk management, regulatory strategy, prudence, cost of capital and retail market issues.

Wendy B. Warren, shareholder, Wright & Talisman, P.C., focuses on rate regulation, energy market rules and operation, open access transmission issues, administrative litigation, mergers and acquisitions, enforcement and compliance, and authorizations.

Stephen G. Whitley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), is experienced in bulk power system planning and operations. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and CEO of ISO New England.

Robert C. Yardley, Jr., Senior Vice President, Concentric Energy Advisors, advises in the energy industry on regulatory, operational and strategic issues. He is currently working with several utilities in New York, Massachusetts and Hawaii on "Utility-of-the-Future" issues.

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