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

Energy in the Southwest
Critical updates on resource development, regulatory changes, and market operations

August 11 & 12, 2016
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, customer representatives and anyone else involved with energy development in the Southwest

Why You Should Order

Dynamic changes are rapidly affecting every sector of the energy industry in the Southwest. Leading experts from government and the private sector, including federal regulators and state utility commissioners, will join us in Santa Fe to discuss how those changes will impact and challenge utilities, electric consumers, environmental and energy policies, and key elements of our region's economy.

Among the updates and topics covered in our in-depth discussions will be the potential impacts of changes at the White House, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Congress and the Supreme Court; the ongoing litigation over EPA's Clean Power Plan and other environmental initiatives; Section 111(d) State Implementation Plans and regional emissions trading; the growing momentum to expand California's ISO into a broader Westwide regional transmission organization; cyber security; PURPA reform; and the latest developments in distributed generation, renewable energy and battery storage. We look forward to your participation!

~ Steven S. Michel, Esq. of Western Resource Advocates, Robert M. Pomeroy, Jr. of Holland & Hart LLP, and Marc Spitzer, Esq. of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Thursday, August 11, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Steven S. Michel, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Robert M. Pomeroy, Jr., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Holland & Hart LLP / Greenwood Village, CO

Marc L. Spitzer, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Steptoe & Johnson LLP / Washington, DC

8:45 am

Report from the Nation's Capital on Federal Energy and Environmental Policy

Update on key events; decision making dynamics arising from the composition of FERC, the Congress, and the Supreme Court

Marc L. Spitzer, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Steptoe & Johnson LLP / Washington, DC

9:15 am

Litigation Update: A Detailed Look at the Appeal to the DC Circuit of the Clean Power Plan (CPP)

Nature of the arguments and perspectives on what to expect next

Patrick R. Day, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Cheyenne, WY

Arthur J. Harrington, Esq.
Godfrey & Kahn SC / Milwaukee, WI

10:30 am


10:45 am

State-Level Clean Power Policy in the Southwest: How are the States Responding to the Supreme Court's Stay?

Who is slamming on the brakes and who is charging ahead and why?

Kevin Poloncarz, Esq.
Paul Hastings LLP / San Francisco, CA

State perspective on dealing with the uncertainty over the need for plan development

Chris Colclasure, Program Manager
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment / Denver, CO

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

An Issue Simmering Beneath the Surface: How Would Regional Emissions Trading Work Under Differing State Programs?

Overview of the options and fundamentals of mass-based systems and rate-based systems; inherent problems with linking them together

David Farnsworth, Senior Associate
The Regulatory Assistance Project / Montpelier, VT

Perspectives on the best path forward

Steven Michel, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Jerald "Chico" Hunter, Manager, Environmental Policy and Innovation
Salt River Project / Phoenix, AZ

Cathy S. Woollums, Esq., Senior Vice President, Environmental and Chief Environmental Counsel
Berkshire Hathaway Energy / Des Moines, IA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Special State Commissioner's Panel: Adapting Public Policies to New Environmental Constraints and Market Realties

How the regulatory commissions see the future for energy development in the Southwest

Marc L. Spitzer, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Steptoe & Johnson LLP / Washington, DC

New Mexico

The Hon. Sandy Jones, Commissioner
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission / Santa Fe, NM


The Hon. Alaina C. Burtenshaw, Esq., Commissioner
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada / Las Vegas, NV


The Hon. Joshua B. Epel, Chairman
Colorado Public Utilities Commission / Denver, CO

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Holland & Hart LLP


Friday, August 12, 2016

8:30 am

Expansion of the CAISO

Overview of the proposals

Stacey Crowley, Vice President, Regional and Federal Affairs
California Independent System Operator / Folsom, CA

Potential impact on utility operations

Stefan A. Bird, President and CEO, Pacific Power
PacifiCorp / Portland, OR

9:30 am

Stakeholder Perspectives on the Potential Impact of CAISO Expansion on Electric Markets and Resource Development

Potential impact on California market dynamics

Jason T. Kuzma, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Bellevue, WA

Independent power producer and customer perspectives

Robert M. Pomeroy, Jr., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Holland & Hart LLP / Greenwood Village, CO

10:30 am


10:45 am

Cyber Security: An Increasing Concern as We Transition to a More Regional Grid

Grid vulnerabilities, the prospects for long duration outages (e.g. a month), and the potential impact on drinking water and sewage treatment systems

Steven Michel, Esq., Moderator, Program Co-Chair
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Regulatory policy developments

Douglas J. Howe, Ph.D., Senior Energy Consultant
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Risk management and incident response from a utility perspective

Paul M. Tiao, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Intra-Region and Inter-Region Transmission

Update on current proposals and progress towards getting steel in the ground

Thomas Wray, Manager of Generation and Transmission Projects
Southwestern Power Group / Phoenix, AZ

2:00 pm

Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) Reform

State-level perspective on the proposed changes including duration of utility obligations; elimination of must take requirements; prospects for Congressional action

Jeffrey S. Lovinger, Esq.
Lovinger Kaufmann LLP / Portland, OR

The potential for federal action on PURPA reform

Suedeen G. Kelly, Esq.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP / Washington, DC

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

The Emergence of Storage as a Viable Way to Smooth Delivery of Power from Intermittent Renewables

Update on implementation of California rules requiring utilities to acquire storage capacity: Lessons for storage at the source programs in the Southwest?

John A. McKinsey, Esq.
LeClairRyan / Sacramento, CA

3:45 pm

Distributed Generation (DG) and Net Metering

Economic realities, legal issues, and policy trends in the Southwest including the political and regulatory dynamics in Nevada that led to a collapse of rooftop solar in Nevada

Thorvald A. Nelson, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Greenwood Village, CO

Rick Gilliam, Program Director - DG Regulatory Policy
The Vote Solar Initiative / Denver, CO

Kevin Fox, Esq.
Keyes Fox & Wiedman LLP / Oakland, CA

5:00 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 Tribal member and 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 13.2 NM MCLE 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

Steven S. Michel, Program Co-Chair, Chief Counsel for Western Resource Advocates' Energy Program, an environmental law and policy center in the interior West. Previously he was General Counsel for New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers.

Robert M. Pomeroy Jr., Program Co-Chair, partner, Holland & Hart LLP, focuses his practice on electricity and energy issues throughout the Rocky Mountain west. He has served as legal counsel to most of the coalitions of electric consumers and independent power producers.

Marc L. Spitzer, Program Co-Chair, partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, counsels and represents utilities and energy companies before the FERC, state utility commissions, Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures. Previously, he was a FERC Commissioner and Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Stefan A. Bird is President and CEO of Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp, where he is responsible for delivering electricity safely and reliably to 735,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California, and also manages the company's renewable generation resources and energy supply for all six states served by Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power.

The Hon. Alaina C. Burtenshaw, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, has represented regulatory operations in electric, gas and water utility cases throughout Nevada.

Chris Colclasure, Program Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, manages the Planning & Policy Program, which is responsible for air quality planning, policy, education and community outreach tasks.

Stacey Crowley, Vice President, Regional and Federal Affairs, California Independent System Operator, leads coordination efforts through outreach and education to energy organizations in the West.

Patrick R. Day, partner, Holland & Hart LLP, focuses on commercial litigation for the firm's energy clients, including major coal producers, oil and gas companies, pipelines, refineries and gas plants.

The Hon. Joshua B. Epel, Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission, previously was Assistant General Counsel at DCP Midstream, where he oversaw all environmental, public health and safety matters for the company.

David Farnsworth, Senior Associate, The Regulatory Assistance Project, advises regulators and advocates on clean energy and environmental policy and regulation.

Kevin Fox, partner, Keyes Fox & Wiedman LLP, focuses on assisting clients with achieving regulatory goals and objectives, in particular, energy market transformation efforts that facilitate growth in distributed energy resources.

Rick Gilliam, Program Director - DG Regulatory Policy, The Vote Solar Initiative was formerly Vice President of Mountain West and for Government Affairs at SunEdison. He held prior roles at Western Resource Advocates, the Public Service Company of Colorado and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Arthur J. Harrington, chair of the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Law Practice Group at Godfrey & Kahn SC, represents clients, which include Fortune 500 business, municipal, land trust, tribal and state agency clients to accomplish their respective environmental and energy goals.

Douglas J. Howe, Senior Energy Consultant to Western Resource Advocates and other organizations, provides policy and analysis, and sponsors expert witness testimony, for the energy program, focusing on the areas of renewable energy, conventional energy, energy markets, regulation and energy economics.

Jerald "Chico" Hunter is Manager, Environmental Policy and Innovation, SRP. His responsibilities include evaluating proposed environmental regulations and corporate research and development.

The Hon. Sandy Jones is Commissioner, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission - District 5.

Suedeen G. Kelly, partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP chairs the firm's energy regulation, markets and enforcement practice. She is a former FERC Commissioner and represents a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries on business, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and policy matters.

Jason T. Kuzma, partner, Perkins Coie LLP, counsels major utilities, investment banks, renewable energy developers, independent power producers and large customers of electricity.

Jeffrey S. Lovinger, partner, Lovinger Kaufmann LLP, focuses on energy and utility law, advising clients on transmission, hydroelectric licensing, generation interconnection, PPA's, net metering, municipal franchises and service agreements.

John A. McKinsey, partner, LeClairRyan, concentrates on representing energy and industrial clients. He provides extensive leadership and guidance in the areas of compliance and regulatory matters.

Thorvald A. Nelson, partner, Holland & Hart LLP, practices public utility regulatory law. He represents electric consumers coalitions, independent power producers, and renewable energy developers.

Kevin Poloncarz, partner, Paul Hastings LLP, represents clients in the energy sector on regulatory, commercial, transactional and litigation matters involving air quality and climate change.

Paul M. Tiao, partner, Hunton & Williams LLP is Co-Chair and Co-Founder of Hunton's multi-disciplinary Energy Sector Security Team. Previously, he was Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity and Technology to the Director of the FBI. He also is a former Assistant US Attorney in the District of Maryland.

Cathy S. Woollums, Senior Vice President, Environmental and Chief Environmental Counsel, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is responsible for the development and implementation of the company's worldwide corporate environmental policy, strategy and programs.

Tom Wray is Manager of Generation and Transmission Projects for Southwestern Power Group based in Phoenix. Mr. Wray has over thirty years experience in the power generation and transmission business in the Southwest.