Law Seminars International Presents: The 11th Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Energy in Alaska
Emerging policies, new regulations, markets and resources

December 7 & 8, 2015
Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage, AK
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, industry executives, government officials, Tribal representatives, and customer and environmental representatives involved with development of Alaska's energy resources

Why You Should Attend

Energy plays a critical role in determining Alaska's well-being. Energy production, particularly oil, but hopefully also gas, as Alaska moves forward on an LNG export project, is a vital contributor to both the state's economy and state revenues. The production, cost and availability of energy in all forms are important to making Alaska livable, affordable and a good economic environment for business. The conference will also explore how energy can be more effectively delivered to consumers as well as new developments in environmental regulation. This annual conference is in its eleventh year. It is your opportunity for a one-stop update on the current legal and economic issues affecting energy in Alaska.

As the past year's drop in oil prices has made clear, the market for Alaska's energy resources is affected by a variety of economic and government policy factors at not only the state, but also the national and international levels. In many ways, Alaska is ground zero for how these factors intersect. We'll have a diversified group of experts address those topics from a variety of perspectives. The focus of the conference is to identify and discuss those issues which will drive Alaska's future.

You will have an opportunity to discuss practical solutions for meeting the challenges facing Alaska and hear directly from key Alaska policymakers on their plans for the coming year. This will be a highly informative and educational conference that you will not want to miss. We hope to see you there.

~ Mark Johnson, Esq. of Chugach Electric Association, Inc. and

Bradford G. Keithley, Esq. of Keithley Consulting, LLC, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Monday, December 07, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Bradford G. Keithley, Program Co-Chair, President
Keithley Consulting, LLC / Anchorage, AK

Mark Johnson, Esq., Program Co-Chair, General Counsel
Chugach Electric Association, Inc. / Anchorage, AK

8:35 am

Special Welcoming Address Video on Energy Issues with Senator Lisa Murkowski

The Hon. Lisa A. Murkowski, (R - Alaska)
United States Senate / Anchorage, AK

8:45 am

Impact of Alaska's Fiscal Condition on Energy Project Development: Oil Prices, State Tax Revenue Generation, and Resulting Impacts on Future Oil and Gas Investment

Overview: Anticipated continued revenue shortfalls, proposals to close the gap between tax revenues and state expenditures, and how producers are likely to respond

Bradford G. Keithley, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Keithley Consulting, LLC / Anchorage, AK

A deep dive into the budget numbers

Gunnar Knapp, Ph.D., Director of ISER
University of Alaska / Anchorage, AK

Case study of what is happening on the North Slope: The complex interplay between oil and gas taxes, production tax credits, and how that all works together in terms of attracting new production investment

Jonathan E. Iversen, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Anchorage, AK

10:30 am


10:45 am

The Federal Regulatory Backdrop for Energy Development in Alaska

Alaska's Reprieve from EPA's Clean Power Plan: What Does it Really Mean?

Craig Gannett, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

Environmental policy: The new definition for "Waters of the United States" and other initiatives with a tangential impact on energy projects

Eric B. Fjelstad, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Anchorage, AK

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Special Address: How a State Policy Leader Sees the Primary Issues for Developing Alaska's Energy Resources and Delivering Affordable Energy to Alaskans

Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

The Hon. Daniel Seamount, Jr., Commissioner
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission / Anchorage, AK

2:00 pm

Environmental Issues Affecting Off Shore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic

Primary concerns and environmental community perspective on the impact of recent decisions, and the possible impact of pending issues, on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) development in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas

Peter H. Van Tuyn, Esq.
Bessenyey & Van Tuyn LLC / Anchorage, AK

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Moving Forward on Alaska LNG for Export: What's Next?

The broad context for how the Alaska LNG Project fits into global markets

Paul R. Carpenter, Ph.D., Principal and Chairman
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA

Project participant perspective

Daniel R. Fauske, President
Alaska Gasline Development Corp. / Anchorage, AK

State perspective

Marty Rutherford, Deputy Commissioner
AK Department of Natural Resources / Anchorage, AK

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Keithley Consulting, LLC


Tuesday, December 08, 2015

8:30 am

Special Welcoming Address Video on Insights into the Political Dynamics for Energy Policy in the Nation's Capital

The Hon. Daniel S. Sullivan, Esq., (R - Alaska)
United States Senate / Washington, DC

8:35 am

The Outlook for Alaska Oil & Gas Production in a Prolonged Low Oil Price Environment

North American shale as the new price setter and the implications for Alaskan production

William Barron, Principal
TRISPECTRUM Consulting / Eagle River, AK

9:15 am

"Arctic Potential: Realizing the Promise of U.S. Arctic Oil and Gas Resources"

Update and perspectives on the National Petroleum Council's most recent report

Sara Longan, Ph.D., Executive Director
OPMP, Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Anchorage, AK

10:00 am

Alaska LNG for Export: The Political Hurdles Still to Overcome (Between the State and Municipalities)

Property tax deals (during construction and during operations); reasons behind the need for a negotiated deal; how the payment-in-lieu-of-tax formula will work during operations

Larry Persily, Oil and Gas Advisor
Kenai Peninsula Borough / Soldotna, AK

10:30 am


10:45 am

Special Legal and Practical Issues for Projects Involving Native Corporation Lands

Lessons from recent projects on business opportunities and challenges

Teresa A. Imm, Senior Vice President - Resource Development
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation / Anchorage, AK

Matt Ganley, Vice President Media and External Affairs
Bering Straits Native Corporation / Nome, AK

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Railbelt Electric Grid Modernization: What's Next After the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) July Report on Establishment of an Independent System Operator?

Recommendations in the report, proposals likely to be made to the legislature, and the best path forward to improve capacity and reliability

Brian Hickey, P.E., Executive Manager, Grid Development
Chugach Electric Association, Inc. / Anchorage, AK

2:00 pm

Repowering the Bush: Energy Issues Arising From Alaska's Funding Crunch

Implementation of the HB 105 interior energy bill and the challenge of developing cost-effective renewables and other alternative sources of energy for rural Alaska

Emily Ford, Energy Policy and Outreach Manager
Alaska Energy Authority / Anchorage, AK

2:30 pm

How Can We Expect the Issues to Play Out in the Next Alaska Legislature?

Perspectives on what to expect from the House and Senate

Tim Bradner, Co-Author
Bradner's Legislative Digest / Anchorage, AK

Nathaniel Herz, Reporter
Alaska Dispatch News / Anchorage, AK

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn


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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 11.75 AK CLEs, and 11.25 WA CLEs. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center at 600 W. Seventh Ave. in Anchorage, AK. For overnight accommodations, call the Westmark Hotel directly at (800) 544-0970 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $89.00 (plus taxes) and mention you are attending a Law Seminars International conference with the group code "EnergyAK15". This rate is effective until December 1, 2015, and rooms are on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit, Anchorage.
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Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a webcast or audio replay.

Faculty Bios

Mark Johnson, Program Co-Chair, is General Counsel for Chugach Electric Association, Inc. Previously, he was a member of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and worked for the Alaskan Congressional Delegation in Washington, DC.

Bradford G. Keithley, Program Co-Chair, is President of Keithley Consulting, LLC. He focuses on Alaska oil and gas regulation, exploration, development and production, as well as LNG issues. Previously, he was Co-Head of the Oil & Gas Practice at Perkins Coie LLP.
Full bio and contact info for Bradford G. Keithley at Keithley Consulting, LLC

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R - Alaska) is the first Alaskan-born Senator and only the sixth U.S. Senator to serve the state. She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the ranking Republican of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee.

The Hon. Daniel Seamount, Jr., Commissioner, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, has worked on Alaskan issues including North Slope Natural Gas Pipeline issues, the evolving Cook Inlet Energy supply challenges, the development of all 53 oil and gas fields in Alaska, investigations of several major incidents, and the advances of energy sources such as coal bed methane, geothermal and underground coal gasification.

William Barron, Principal, TRISPECTRUM Consulting, is experienced in the oil and gas industry as an owner, a contractor, and an operator offering a unique perspective to strategic planning, business, engineering analysis, and optimized solutions.

Tim Bradner, Co-Author of Bradner's Legislative Digest and reporter for the Alaska Journal of Commerce has been writing about Alaska natural resources projects since 1966.

Paul R. Carpenter, Ph.D., Principal and Chairman of The Brattle Group, Inc., is experienced in the economics and regulation of the natural gas, oil, and electric utility industries and has worked with clients throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on energy industry restructuring and regulation.
Full bio and contact info for Paul R. Carpenter at The Brattle Group, Inc.

Daniel R. Fauske, President, Alaska Gasline Development Corp., focuses on developing, refining and producing an in-state natural gas pipeline project plan to supply gas to Southcentral Alaska by 2019.

Eric B. Fjelstad is managing partner of the Alaska office of Perkins Coie LLP. He leads the firm's Environment, Energy & Resources practice.

Emily Ford, Energy Policy and Outreach Manager, Alaska Energy Authority, she manages the outreach and legislative programs for AEA, Power Cost Equalization, regional planning, and community assistance programs, as well as the Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy and some energy efficiency outreach efforts.

Matt Ganley, Vice President, Media and External Affairs, Bering Straits Native Corporation, works on regional issues related to land management, resource development, cultural preservation and external affairs effecting western Alaska.

Craig Gannett Co-Chairs the Energy and Environmental Practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and is experienced in electric utility regulation, renewable energy development and climate change-related matters.
Full bio and contact info for Craig Gannett at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Nathaniel Herz, Reporter, Alaska Dispatch News, covers state government and politics such as: Anchorage City Hall and the municipal Assembly; government and politics in New York City, and winter sports at two Winter Olympic Games.

Brian Hickey, P.E., Executive Manager, Grid Development of Chugach Electric Association, Inc. is responsible for technical, financial, and strategic coordination of Chugach's transmission system and for integration into the proposed Railbelt backbone system.

Teresa A. Imm, Senior Vice President - Resource Development, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, is responsible for balanced resource development strategies that reflect the traditional and cultural values of the Corporation's shareholders. She also is the current president of ASRC Exploration LLC.

Jonathan E. Iversen, partner, Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on state and local taxation as well as economic development opportunities. He was Director of the Tax Division of the Department of Revenue for the State of Alaska.
Full bio and contact info for Jonathan E. Iversen at Stoel Rives LLP

Gunnar Knapp, Ph.D., Director and Professor of Economics of ISER, University of Alaska, has conducted research on the Alaska economy and Alaska resources and has been on the faculty of the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER).

Sara Longan, Ph.D., Executive Director, OPMP, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, is experienced in resource management, regulatory and environmental fields in private and environmental settings.

Larry Persily, Oil and Gas Advisor, Kenai Peninsula Borough, is assistant to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor on the proposed Alaska LNG project and oil, gas and state fiscal issues in general. He is the former Federal Coordinator for Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline projects. He was Deputy Commissioner at the Alaska Department of Revenue and later worked in the Governor's Washington DC office on oil and gas, tax and finance issues.

Marty K. Rutherford, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, was most recently the Special Project Manager for Linc Energy. Previously she was on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Restoration Team and Deputy Commissioner of the State's Department of Community and Regional Affairs.

U.S. Senator Daniel S. Sullivan, Esq., (R - Alaska) was sworn in as Alaska's eighth United States Senator and serves on four Senate committees vital to Alaska: the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Peter H. Van Tuyn, managing partner, Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, L.L.C., counsels and represents clients on oil and gas exploration and development, mining, land use and zoning, and public land management. Previously, he was the Litigation Director of Trustees for Alaska and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.