Law Seminars International Presents: The Second Annual Two-Day Conference on Developing

Transmission in the Northeast
Legal, business and regulatory developments

March 19 & 20, 2015
One Financial Center in Boston, MA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials and customer representatives involved with electric generation and transmission issues and consideration of alternatives to new projects

Why You Should Order

Ongoing challenges to the integration of economic renewable resources, the siting of transmission reliability projects and opening up access in the Northeast United States to resources in Eastern Canada, to name a few, have led states, system operators and industry executives in the Northeast to revisit questions related to transmission planning, the allocation of transmission costs among states and industry participants, and the priorities of state renewable energy policies. The challenges of large-scale transmission and resource planning are being further stressed by an emerging industry of advanced energy technologies that could change the fundamental footprint and operations of regional and local transmission and distribution grids; state regulators have begun to explore policies and rate structures to support a more distributed system architecture.

This conference examines the issues surrounding transmission and distributed system technology and policy, along with the regulatory changes that are affecting expansion, coordination and planning efforts.

Our faculty will speak frankly about where the money is flowing and why and how state policy makers may or may not intervene in efforts to bring in distant low/zero-carbon resources over high-voltage transmission, examining case studies from around the region and their implications. Their choices and decision-making processes provide practical tips and techniques for builders, operators and users of the electric transmission system.

We hope to see you there!

Program Co-Chairs: Paul G. Afonso, Esq., Brown Rudnick LLP and Paul J. Hibbard, Vice President, Analysis Group, Inc.

What You Will Learn


Thursday, March 19, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 1: Regional Transmission Planning Processes and Issues

Paul G. Afonso, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Brown Rudnick LLP / Boston, MA

Paul J. Hibbard, Program Co-Chair, Vice President
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA

8:45 am

FERC Policy Priorities for Facilitating Transmission in the Coming Year

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

9:30 am


9:45 am

How to Get Transmission Built With or Without Order 1000: Environmental Concerns and Policy Options

Paul G. Afonso, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Brown Rudnick LLP / Boston, MA

Abigail W. Anthony, Ph.D., Director of Grid Modernization and Utility Reform
Acadia Center / Providence, RI

Seth Kaplan, Esq., Senior Manager, Regional Government Affairs
EDP Renewables / Boston, MA

The Hon. David P. Littell, Esq., Commissioner
Maine Public Utilities Commission / Augusta, ME

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Regional Transmission Planning After the DC Circuit's Decision Affirming FERC Order 1000

Perspectives on points of clarity and remaining areas of ambiguity: A deep dive into what was decided and the likely path to resolution for other issues; what next for the appellant states that didn't like the order

David T. Doot, Esq.
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

Michael R. Engleman, Esq.
Squire Patton Boggs LLP / Washington, DC

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Current Regional Transmission Planning Processes and Issues in New England

Todd Schatzki, Ph.D., Vice President
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA

3:15 pm

How to Get Transmission Built (cont'd): Transmission Developer Perspectives on What It Will Take to Attract Investment

Paul J. Hibbard, Program Co-Chair, Moderator, Vice President
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA

Timothy L. Vaill, Senior Partner for Finance and Planning & Chief Financial Officer
Anbaric Transmission / Andover, MA

Mary Ellen Paravalos, Director, Strategy & Performance
National Grid USA / Waltham, MA

John J. Keene, Jr., Esq., Senior Counsel and Director, ISO Advocacy
First Wind / Boston, MA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Analysis Group, Inc. and Brown Rudnick LLP


Friday, March 20, 2015

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2: Operational and Financial Issues

Paul G. Afonso, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Brown Rudnick LLP / Boston, MA

Paul J. Hibbard, Program Co-Chair, Vice President
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA

8:45 am

Grid Reliability and Security: Technology Advances

Latest develpoments from NERC and FERC

Kevin J. McIntyre, Esq.
Jones Day / Washington, DC

9:15 am

Coordinated Procurement After the Failure of Massachusetts' H. 3968 and the Impact on the Region's Needs for Transmission

What next in terms of the policy goal of reducing carbon emissions by balancing wind with hydro: Regional update on state interest in and approaches to coordinated procurement

Heather Hunt, Esq., Executive Director
NESCOE / Longmeadow, MA

10:00 am


10:15 am

How Greater Reliance on Distributed Resources Affects Distribution and Transmission

Distributed generation supply trends in New England: Viable technologies for New England and their market penetration; the supply curve for distributed generation vs. the overall demand curve for power; impact of state ratemaking policies

Janet Gail Besser, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs
New England Clean Energy Council / Boston, MA

T. Bruce Tsuchida, Principal
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA

11:30 am

Wrap Up State Policy Panel: Anticipated Energy Policy Changes after the 2014 State Elections

The Hon. Paul J. Roberti, Commissioner
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission / Warwick, RI

David L. O'Connor, Senior Vice President for Energy & Clean Technology
ML Strategies, LLC / Boston, MA

12:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $1145 with a group rate of $860 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $765. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $572.50. 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 CLE credits in all states. We are an approved CLE provider in all states having mandatory CLE requirements. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits and other types of credits.


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

Faculty Bios

Paul G. Afonso, Program Co-Chair, counsel, Brown Rudnick LLP, is co-practice leader of the Energy, Utilities and Environmental Group, and leads the Boston Government Law and Strategies Group. Previously, he was Chairman and General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy.

Paul J. Hibbard, Program Co-Chair, Vice President, Analysis Group, Inc., is an expert on economics, transmission and resource planning, regulation and policy in the electric and natural gas industries. Previously, he was Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

Abigail W. Anthony, Ph.D., Director of Grid Modernization and Utility Reform, Acadia Center, focuses on changing regulatory and economic incentives in order to achieve a sustainable and consumer-friendly energy system. She has played a leading role in advancing Rhode Island's energy efficiency procurement policies.

Janet Gail Besser, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, New England Clean Energy Council, leads the policy and advocacy efforts to accelerate New England's clean energy economy to global leadership. Previously, she was at National Grid USA.

David T. Doot, 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.

Michael R. Engleman, partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, advises clients on independent power production and transmission development, rulemaking for cost allocation and planning, incentive rates, market rules and RTO and ISO governances. He participated in developing FERC Order No. 1000 compliance filings in every region of the U.S.

Heather Hunt, Executive Director at NESCOE, previously had a regulatory law practice, and was Director of State Government Affairs at United Technologies Corporation.

Seth Kaplan, Senior Manager, Government Affairs for the Eastern Region at EDP Renewables, is responsible for building renewable energy markets, coordinating with policy efforts in other states and on the federal level, and assists in wind energy project development and contract origination.

John J. Keene Jr., Senior Counsel and Director of ISO Advocacy, First Wind, is responsible for representing operational and development interests through the regional stakeholder processes and before FERC. Previously, he was Director of Regional and Federal Affairs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

The Hon. David P. Littell is a Commissioner at Maine Public Utilities Commission. Previously, he was Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Kevin J. McIntyre, partner, Jones Day, focuses on regulation of energy markets and the electric and gas utility and gas pipeline industries, with emphases on compliance and enforcement investigations, energy marketing and trading, market-based rates, competition and electric reliability standards.
Full bio and contact info for Kevin J. McIntyre at Jones Day

David L. O'Connor is Senior Vice President for Energy & Clean Technology at ML Strategies, LLC.

Mary Ellen Paravalos is Director, Strategy & Performance at National Grid USA for the federal regulated businesses including electric transmission, electric generation and natural gas. She has represented New England transmission owners in the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) study effort.

The Hon. Paul J. Roberti was appointed to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission on May 7, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served for 17 years in the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, most recently as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Regulatory Unit. He is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety at NARUC.

Todd Schatzki, Ph.D., Vice President, Analysis Group, Inc. is an expert in energy and environmental economics and policy. He focuses his work on electricity markets, including transmission planning and policy.

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.

T. Bruce Tsuchida, Principal, The Brattle Group, Inc., specializes in analysis of wholesale electric markets and modeling, including operations, valuations of transmission and generation assets, deliverability analyses, RTO cost benefit analyses, market power studies and contract evaluations.

Timothy L. Vaill is Senior Partner for Finance and Planning & Chief Financial Officer at Anbaric Transmission. Also, he is a member of the Investment Committee and Special Advisor at MassPRIM, and Chairman, Economic Development Council, for Town of Andover, MA.

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