Law Seminars International Presents: The 13th Annual Comprehensive Conference on

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

September 22 & 23, 2016
Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA
Anyplace you may be via webcast!

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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, customer representatives and consultants interested in energy issues in the Northeast

Why You Should Attend

How will the Northeast states adapt to achieve their ambitious goals for the Northeast's energy future? The region's competitive wholesale energy markets currently favor low-cost natural gas generation, the states favor new renewable energy, the federal clean power plan favors low carbon alternatives, and reliability remains a pre-requisite.

The developing responses so far: an innovative multi-state RFP; state-sponsored distributed solar generation; FERC-encouraged demand response; State-encouraged out-of-market long-term power purchase agreements; proposals for expanded pipelines with contested proceedings at FERC over terms of access; proposals for expanded transmission with contested proceedings at FERC among consumer advocates, transmission providers and competitive transmission developers; comprehensive state energy plans and regulatory proceedings to implement those plans; and new technology. All of these are in addition to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and increasingly ambitious renewable portfolio standards.

These, and more current topics that are defining energy in the Northeast will be explored at the 13th Annual Energy in the Northeast Conference. We hope you will come and be a part of the discussion.

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

What You Will Learn


Thursday, September 22, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & 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

Special Opening Address

The President of the the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) will share his thoughtful and informed national perspective on the key electric utility industry issues for state regulators

The Hon. Travis Kavulla, President
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners / Helena, MT

9:15 am

Washington Update

FERC policy priorities

Larry D. Gasteiger, Esq., Chief of Staff
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC

Jurisdiction: Recent Supreme Court rulings on energy issues, including the court providing guidance to the FERC and the states concerning the scope of the jurisdiction of the FERC and the states over issues that impact wholesale power markets

David G. Tewksbury, Esq.
King & Spalding LLP / Washington, DC

How the pieces fit together for agency initiatives, court cases, and potential federal legislation

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

10:45 am


11:00 am

State Initiatives to Define the Future of the Industry

Regional overview including New York's "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) Strategy and "Clean Energy Standard" (CES)

Thomas C. Havens, Esq.
Day Pitney LLP / New York, NY

An in-depth look at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Grid Modernization Proceeding and Massachusetts Energy Bill

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

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

The Future Generation Portfolio for The Northeast: Policy Initiatives and Issues

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

New England Clean Energy RFP: Progress report on the joint effort to identify projects that will advance the clean energy goals of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island; prospects for additional Hydro from Canada

Brooke E. Skulley, Esq., Assistant General Counsel Renewable Energy
National Grid USA / Waltham, MA

Perspectives on how community solar as a vehicle for bridging the gap between utility scale and rooftop solar; how net metering is playing out in the early adopter states; storage as the ultimate solution for integrating intermittent renewables

Doug Copeland, Regional Development Manager
EDF Renewable Energy / Philadelphia, PA

Timothy Schneider, Public Advocate
Office of the Maine Public Advocate / Augusta, ME

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Future Portfolio (cont'd): Economic Opportunities and Challenges for Specific Resources

The future of nuclear

T. Michael Twomey, Vice President, External Affairs
Entergy Wholesale Commodities / White Plains, NY

Update on off-shore wind development for New England

Fred Zalcman, Head of Market Development and Government Affairs for the U.S.
Dong Energy / Boston, MA

The future for conventional generation

Abraham H. Silverman, Esq., Assistant General Counsel
NRG Energy Inc. / Princeton, NJ

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Day Pitney LLP and Pierce Atwood LLP


Friday, September 23, 2016

8:30 am

Introduction & 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

Update on Northeast Power Markets

Logistical Operations: Key Issues Facing ISO-NE and NYISO 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

10:00 am

Gas Pipeline and Electric Distribution Contracting

Current termsheet trends and expectations for the future

James G. Daly, Vice President, Energy Supply
Eversource Energy / Westwood, MA

Laura T.W. Olive, Senior Consultant
NERA Economic Consulting / Boston, MA

11:00 am


11:15 am

Competitive Retail: Update on Experiments from Around the Country for Accommodating Customers with a Particular Interest in Green Power

Residential, commercial and industrial levels

Florence "Flossie" K. S. Davis, Esq.
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

12:00 pm

Special Wrap Up Panel: Engaging in Open Markets

Can the forced marriage between electricity production public policy and competitive markets survive?

Thomas L. Welch, Esq., Moderator, Consultant
Hancock, ME

Norman E. Bartlett, II, Undersecretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts / Boston, MA

John Flumerfelt, Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs
Calpine Corporation / Houston, TX

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

1:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn


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Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance 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 ME 10 CLE (Pending) | RI 11.5 CLE (Pending) | VT 10 CLE | WA 10 CLE credits. 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 Boston Marriott Copley Place at 110 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA 02116 USA. Call the hotel directly at (617) 236-5800 on or before August 31, 2016 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $359 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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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 Friday, September 16, 2016. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a webcast or audio replay.

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.

David T. Doot, Program Co-Chair, partner, Day Pitney LLP, is Chair of the Energy and Utility Law Department and counsels energy companies. He practices before state and federal regulators of the industry and advises on 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.

The Hon. Travis Kavulla is President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Commissioner with the Montana Public Service Commission, Chairman of the Public Utility Commissioners Energy Imbalance Market Working Group and co-chairman of the Northern Tier Transmission Group.

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.

Thomas L. Welch, Moderator, Consultant, was previously Chairman to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, worked for PJM Interconnection and was an attorney at Pierce Atwood, specializing in energy and utility law.

Ned Bartlett, Undersecretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, previously was a Partner at Bowditch & Dewey, LLP where he maintained an environmental, energy and transportation practice. He has been an attorney in a number of environmental and state agencies, and as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts.

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.

Doug Copeland, Regional Development Manager, EDF Renewable Energy, develops renewable projects for the East Region. He leads efforts in onshore wind, solar, energy storage and offshore wind. Previously, he ran a nationally recognized economic development program.

James G. Daly, Vice President, Energy Supply, Eversource Energy, manages power and natural gas supplies to electric and natural gas customers. He is also responsible for renewable energy and fuel supplies for power generation.

Florence "Flossie" K. S. Davis, partner, Day Pitney LLP, focuses on transactions involving energy companies, including retail and wholesale power contracts, renewable energy credit transactions, demand-side management, utility asset divestitures, and mergers and acquisitions, in each case encompassing both the regulatory matters and transactional work involved.

John Flumerfelt, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Calpine Corporation, supports company operations and development efforts in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. He was active in the process leading to development of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and supports Calpine's environmental advocacy efforts at the state and federal level.

Larry D. Gasteiger, Chief of Staff, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, was previously the Acting Director of the Office of Enforcement after having been the Deputy Director.

Thomas Havens, partner, Energy and Utility Law department, Day Pitney LLP, focuses on the renewable energy sector advising developers, investors, utilities and lenders on transactions involving the development, construction, acquisition, sale and financing of wind, solar and other renewable energy projects.

The Hon. Sarah Hofmann, Board Member, Vermont Public Service Board, works on the Telecommunications Committee and the Subcommittee on Nuclear lssues-Waste Disposal of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Mark Karl, Vice President, Market Development, at ISO New England Inc., is responsible for the design and development of wholesale electricity markets and oversees the functions of Wholesale Markets Strategy, Demand Resources Strategy, NEPOOL Markets Committee coordination, and Market Rules Integration.

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.

Laura T. W. Olive, Ph.D, Senior Consultant, NERA Economic Consulting, works on the application of economic principles in various sectors around the globe. She is experienced in quantitative analysis building demand and cost models for both regulated and non-regulated industries including liquefied natural gas, oil, natural gas, and product pipelines, fixed and wireless telecommunications, cable television, and postal services.

Timothy Schneider, Public Advocate, Office of the Maine Public Advocate, which advocates for consumers on electricity, gas, water and telecommunications customers before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the Legislature, federal agencies and regional bodies, and provides information regarding utility services to Maine consumers.

Abraham H. Silverman, Assistant General Counsel for regulatory matters at NRG Energy, Inc., focuses on capacity and energy market design in each of the organized markets. Previously, he was at Perkins Coie and at FERC's Office of the General Counsel.

Brooke Skulley, Assistant General Counsel Renewable Energy, National Grid, oversees legal matters relating to compliance with renewable and alternative portfolio standards, development of the solar generation program, net metering and distributed generation interconnection matters, long-term contracting for renewables and clean energy, and the provision of retail access to competitive suppliers of renewable generation attributes through National Grid's GreenUp program.

Douglas Smith, partner, Van Ness Feldman, LLP, represents clients on electricity matters before FERC, and on energy efficiency matters before DOE. He also counsels clients on climate change and clean energy matters. Previously, he was General Counsel at the FERC and Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at DOE.

David G. Tewksbury, partner, King & Spalding LLP, represents independent power producers, electric power marketers, trade associations and others including electric power and natural gas supply contracts, transmission service agreements, interconnection agreements, pipeline leases and capacity release agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy restructurings.

T. Michael Twomey, Vice President, External Affairs, Entergy Wholesale Commodities, is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of external affairs issues relating to Entergy's wholesale generation assets, with specific focus on its nuclear power plants.

Fred Zalcman, Head of Market Development and Government Affairs, DONG Energy, focuses primarily on offshore wind energy. His career has centered on promoting market structures and regulatory policies that are supportive of energy efficiency, renewable resources and clean distributed generation.