Law Seminars International Presents: The 21st Annual Conference on

Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West
The premiere annual update on legal, regulatory and business developments

January 25 & 26, 2016
Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, industry executives, government officials and customer representatives involved with electric energy issues

Why You Should Attend

Change is coming. With new leaders in place at a number of organizations, with monumental new emission rules soon to come into effect, and with an expanding west-wide centrally organized energy marketplace, it is time for practitioners in the energy industry to go back to the classroom. At our 21st annual Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West conference, we will explore the changes rocking the Western energy business.

During the two-day conference, you will hear from senior executives of the region's utilities, leading electric industry practitioners, and commissioners at the state and federal level. They will address the EPA greenhouse rules and how they will impact the industry. You will learn about the challenges of integrating rooftop solar into the electric grid, the changing energy marketplace in the West, and efforts to police that marketplace.

The industry leaders and executives at our conference will discuss the issues we face today and changes on the horizon for the region's electric grid. Conference attendees will emerge with a better understanding of the legal and policy issues, which are transforming the industry, from those who are making it happen.

We have a great lineup of speakers. Hope to see you there!

~ Stan Berman, Esq., Slade Gorton, Esq., and Katherine A. McDowell, Esq., Program Co-Chair

What You Will Learn

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Monday, January 25, 2016

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Stan Berman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sidley Austin LLP / Seattle, WA

Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
K&L Gates LLP / Seattle, WA

Katherine A. McDowell, Esq., Program Co-Chair
McDowell Rackner & Gibson PC / Portland, OR

8:45 am

Special Opening Address: Reflections of a Two-Term FERC Commissioner

An insider's perspective on policy development at the FERC, and insights into future policy directions for the agency

The Hon. Philip D. Moeller, Former FERC Commissioner

9:30 am

How the Mid-Terms are Likely to Affect Federal Energy Policy

Slade Gorton, Esq.
K&L Gates LLP / Seattle, WA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Customer Choice and Distributed Generation: Accelerating Growth in Rooftop Solar

Political dynamics and regulatory responses in the Southwestern states with the earliest and most extensive experience with rooftop solar

Frederick J. Schmidt, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Carson City, NV

Perspectives on rate design and cost recovery issues resulting from distributed generation's need for backup power from the grid; impact of large customer green power transactions on other customers

Jason B. Keyes, Esq.
Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP / Oakland, CA

Carl B. Linvill, Ph.D., Principal
Regulatory Assistance Project / Sacramento, CA

Shawn M. Elicegui, Esq., Sr. Vice President, Regulation
NV Energy / Reno, NV

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

CPP: Appellate Litigation Update

Forums, parties, theories, and timelines: Update on who has filed what where, and a summary of their arguments; parties filing responses in support of the CPP and their arguments

Brian H. Potts, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP / Madison, WI

2:00 pm

CPP Litigation: State Government Perspective from the Pacific Northwest

The Hon. Bob Ferguson, Esq., Attorney General
State of Washington / Olympia, WA

2:30 pm

Challenges and Strategies for Adapting Utility Operations to Accommodate the Clean Power Plan

Bulk electric system changes that must be assessed to ensure continued reliable operation of the Western Interconnection

Jason Thackston, SVP, Energy Resources
Avista Corp. / Spokane, WA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

State Commissioners' Policy Priorities: Key Issues in the Western States


The Hon. David W. Danner, Esq., Chairman
Utilities & Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA


The Hon. Susan Ackerman, Commissioner
Public Utility Commission / Salem, OR


The Hon. Paul Kjellander, Commission President
Public Utilities Commission / Boise, ID

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by K&L Gates LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, and McDowell Rackner & Gibson PC


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2

Stan Berman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sidley Austin LLP / Seattle, WA

Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
K&L Gates LLP / Seattle, WA

Katherine A. McDowell, Esq., Program Co-Chair
McDowell Rackner & Gibson PC / Portland, OR

8:45 am

Special Day 2 Opening Address: The Big Picture on Operational Issues for the Region

Bonneville's perspective on the current key operational issues for the Pacific Northwest and sales to California

Elliot Mainzer, Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration / Portland, OR

9:15 am

Federal Energy Policy Developments Relating to Grid Operations and Reliability

Implications of FERC in transition; status of transmission planning reform; NERC Reliability Standards updates; overlay of policy developments at the Department of Energy and the White House

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

10:00 am


10:15 am

The Clean Power Plan (CPP): Status Report on Issues at the Federal and State Levels

EPA implementation plans for the Pacific Northwest

Dennis J. McLerran, Esq., Regional Administrator - Region 10
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency / Seattle, WA

How Oregon and Washington are approaching plan development

Sarah Rees, Esq., Ph.D., Special Assistant to the Director for Climate Policy
Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA

Dick Pedersen, Director
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality / Portland, OR

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

FERC Anti-Market Manipulation Enforcement Trends

Update on recent cases and other developments

David A. Applebaum, Esq., Director, Division of Investigations
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC

Compliance tips for regulated entities

Kenneth W. Irvin, Esq.
Sidley Austin LLP / Washington, DC

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Transmission and Load Management: Energy Imbalance Markets (EIMs) and ISO Expansion

Update on balancing efforts and expansion of the California ISO: Are We Heading Towards a Western ISO? What are the implications of proposals to include PacifiCorp and others as full members? What are the possibilities for further expansion?

Don Fuller, Director, Strategic Alliances
California ISO / Folsom, CA

Patrick Reiten, Esq., President and CEO
PacifiCorp Transmission / Portland, OR

4:30 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 12.5 WA 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 Washington State Convention Center at 800 Convention Place in Seattle, WA 98101. Sleeping rooms are available at the Roosevelt Hotel, 1531 7th Ave. Call the hotel directly at (206) 621-1200 & ask for Matthew Cobb or email him at for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $139 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 Tuesday, January 19, 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

Stan Berman, Program Co-Chair, partner, Sidley Austin LLP, represents electric utilities and other electric industry participants in complex high-stakes litigation and appeals. Previously, he was the Assistant General Counsel in charge of the Office of Hydroelectric and Electric Litigation at the FERC.

Slade Gorton, Program Co-Chair, of counsel, K&L Gates LLP, spent 18 years representing Washington State in the United States Senate, where he was appointed to powerful committee posts including Energy and Natural Resources.

Katherine A. McDowell, Program Co-chair, partner, McDowell Rackner & Gibson PC, advises and represents utilities and energy companies on ratemaking, resource development and acquisition, compliance with environmental mandates, industry restructuring, and utility mergers and acquisitions

The Hon. Susan Ackerman is Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission. Previously, she was in private practice of law representing clients in electricity and natural gas regulatory matters.

David A. Applebaum is Director of the Division of Investigations in FERC's Office of Enforcement. Previously, he erved as a Division of Investigations Branch Chief and staff attorney.

The Hon. David Danner, Chairman, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, previously served as Executive Policy Advisor to Washington Gov. Gary Locke on energy, telecommunications, finance and elections issues.

Shawn M. Elicegui is Senior Vice President, Regulation and Strategic Planning, NV Energy, responsible for regulatory and long-term resource planning functions and strategic planning. Prior to to joining NV Energy, he was a partner practicing administrative law with Lionel Sawyer & Collins.

Bob Ferguson is Washington's Attorney General, where he directs 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, the Governor and Legislature.

Don Fuller is Director of Strategic Alliances at the California ISO. He has led the ISO initiative to expand regional collaboration across the west, including development and expansion of the energy imbalance market.

Kenneth W. Irvin, Co-leader of Sidley Austin LLP's global Energy practice, represents clients on federal and state commodity and energy, electricity, natural gas, oil, alternative energy and emissions matters.

Jason B. Keyes, partner, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, focuses on regulatory matters related to interconnection of distributed generation and assists clients with broader regulatory issues and contracts related to renewable energy project development.

The Hon. Paul Kjellander is Commission President, Idaho Public Utilities Commission. Previously, he was Administrator of the Idaho Office of Energy Resources, overseeing energy planning, policy, conservation and coordination.

Carl B. Linvill is a Principal with the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). He focuses on power sector planning, procurement, and regulatory reforms. Previously, he was economic/energy advisor to the Nevada Governor Public utilities Commissioner.

Elliot Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration, is responsible for managing the agency that markets BPA's carbon-free power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams and the region's one nuclear plant.

Kevin J. McIntyre, partner, Jones Day, focuses on regulation of electric and gas utility and gas pipeline industries, with emphasis on compliance and enforcement investigations, energy marketing and trading, market-based rates, competition issues and electric reliability standards.

Dennis J. McLerran is Regional EPA Administrator, Region 10, where he oversees the implementation and enforcement of the federal environmental rules and regulations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, including 271 Tribal governments.

The Hon. Philip D. Moeller, Special Address, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, was an energy policy advisor to U.S. Senator Gorton where he worked on electricity policy, electric system reliability, hydropower, energy efficiency, nuclear waste, energy, and water appropriations.

Dick Pedersen is Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Previously, he was Deputy Director, Northwest Region Administrator and Land Quality Division Administrator.

Brian H. Potts, partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, is a litigator and business lawyer nationally recognized for his knowledge of U.S. energy and environmental laws, particularly the Clean Air Act.

Sarah Rees is Special Assistant to the Director for Climate Policy at the Department of Ecology responsible for managing climate change policies, programs, strategies, and projects. Previously, she led the Regulatory Analysis Division, EPA's DC Office of Policy, where she advised the Administrator and senior management on high profile regulations, including the CPP.

Patrick Reiten is President and CEO, PacifiCorp Transmission, where he is responsible for managing the West's largest single owned-and-operated transmission system.

Frederick J. Schmidt, partner, Holland & Hart LLP, focuses on regulatory and administrative law with emphasis on public utility matters. Previously, he was a Commissioner on the Nevada Public Service Commission and the State's Consumer Advocate.

Jason Thackston is Senior Vice President, Energy Resources, for Avista Corp., responsible for corporate development and investor relations. Previously, he held leadership positions in energy resources, resource accounting and financial planning.