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

Transmission in the Northeast
Legal, business and regulatory developments

February 25 & 26, 2016
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 New England states and New York continue to pursue individual and coordinated projects to access low-carbon resources, and transmission developers in the region are actively promoting specific projects responsive to the requests of the New England states. As the region's dependence on natural gas grows, so does the need to explore grid-connected and distributed alternatives, both of which create challenges and opportunities for the expansion of the transmission system in the Northeast.

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

What Attendees Said


Thursday, February 25, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

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

Update on Transmission Development in New England from Planning and Market Participant Perspectives

ISO transmission planning for getting the right resources to the right place at the right time: Market design, issues in the transition to more gas-fired generation, and the potential retirement of older existing generating capacity

Stephen J. Rourke, Vice President, System Planning
ISO New England Inc. / Holyoke, MA

9:30 am

Impact of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Transmission

The overall cap on carbon emissions, EPA implementation, and appellate lawsuit update

William N. White, President
Norton White Energy / Boston, MA

National update on how the various states are addressing it

Carrie Jenks, Esq., Senior Vice President
M.J. Bradley & Associates, LLC / Concord, MA

11:00 am


11:15 am

FERC Policy Update: Developments Affecting Transmission

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

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Greater Reliance on Distributed Resources vs. Centralized Low Carbon Generation with New Transmission

Technological trends for localized renewable generation, customer load management, and storage: Tech sector device and business model innovations

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

State policy trends towards partial and complete customer transition off the grid: Perspectives on how to address the cost recovery issues for distribution utilities

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

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

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Transmission Planning Processes in New England and the Integration of Renewable Resources

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

James A. Muntz, President, Transmission
Eversource Energy / Hartford, CT

David K. Ismay, Esq., Staff Attorney
Conservation Law Foundation / Chestnut Hill, MA

4:15 pm

Keeping the Lights On: Grid Security and Reliability Compliance

Legal and practical issues

Wesley J. Yeomans, Vice President, Operations
New York Independent System Operator / Rensselaer, NY

Evan C. Reese, Esq.
Day Pitney LLP / Washington, DC

5:15 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Analysis Group, Inc. and Brown Rudnick LLP


Friday, February 26, 2016

8:30 am

New Life for the Coordinated Procurement Concept

Update on the independent effort by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to issue a joint RFP to purchase more than 2,300 GWh of renewable energy per year and transmission to deliver it using existing facilities

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

The Hon. Katie Scharf Dykes, Esq., Deputy Commissioner
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection / Hartford, CT

9:45 am


10:00 am

Winners And Losers: Challenging RFP Decisions

How to challenge and defend

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

10:45 am

Evolving State Policy Directions

Legislative and administrative developments

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

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

Rebecca L. Tepper, Esq., Chief of the Energy Division
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office / Boston, MA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

New Wires: What is Working and What is Not, Around the Country

Lessons from around the country: The metrics for successful transmission projects

Lisa M. Barton, Executive Vice President, Transmission
American Electric Power / Columbus, OH

Lauren Azar, Esq.
Azar Law LLC / Madison, WI

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Developer Perspectives on the Prospects for Converting Transmission Construction Plans into Transmission Construction Realities

The gauntlet of issues from customer commitments and rate structures for a financeable project to clearing permitting hurdles

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

Edward N. Krapels, Ph.D., Principal and Director
Anbaric Transmission / Wakefield, MA

Brenda LeMay, Senior Director, Development
SunEdison / Portland, ME

Thorn Dickinson, Vice President, Business Development
Iberdrola USA / New Gloucester, ME

4:00 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 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 NY 14.5 CLE credits, and VT 12.5 CLE credits. 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 Rhode Island's energy efficiency procurement policies.

Lauren Azar, Azar Law LLC, practices in the electric industry providing business, regulatory and policy advice, as well as project development and permitting. Previously, she was Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Lisa M. Barton, Executive Vice President of Transmission, American Electric Power, is responsible for field services, engineering, construction, planning and system operations, and new transmission business ventures.

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.

Thorn Dickinson, Vice President, Business Development, Iberdrola USA, is responsible for business development. He has worked in transmission and distribution operations, resource planning, rates and regulatory, strategic planning, and risk management.

The Hon. Katie Scharf Dykes, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, works with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy. Previously, she was Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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

David K. Ismay, Senior Staff Attorney, Clean Energy & Climate Change, Conservation Law Foundation, is responsible for energy and climate change policy, legislation, and litigation in and for Massachusetts.

Carrie Jenks, Senior Vice President, M.J. Bradley & Associates, LLC, focuses on environmental law and corporate strategy, providing strategic advice on energy, climate change, and air quality issues, and on the business implications of regulatory and legislative proposals.

John J. Keene Jr., Senior Counsel and Director of ISO Advocacy, SunEdison, Inc., represents 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.

Edward N. Krapels, Ph.D., Principal and founder of Anbaric Transmission, focuses on electric transmission projects. The Neptune and Hudson HVDC projects were the first he helped to develop, and he is now developing the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance and Poseidon projects.

Brenda LeMay, Senior Director, Development, SunEdison manages large scale solar and wind development efforts in the Northeast. She is experienced in the energy industry, including negotiating commercial transactions, permitting, structuring policy, financial analysis and management. Previously, she was at Ocean Renewable Power Company, as CFO, and at EDP Renewables.

Kevin J. McIntyre, partner, Jones Day, focuses on governmental 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 issues and electric reliability standards.

James A. Muntz, President, Transmission, Eversource Energy, is responsible for transmission operations and also for the Northern Pass. Eversource has placed almost $5 billion in service over the last 8 years, ensuring regional reliability and largely eliminating congestion charges for customers.

David L. O'Connor, Senior Vice President, Energy and Clean Technology, ML Strategies, LLC, helps energy and technology companies accelerate their growth and shape emerging public policies to their advantage. Previously, he was Massachusetts Commissioner of Energy Resources.

Evan C. Reese, partner, Day Pitney LLP, practices in energy and natural resources with an emphasis on the development of power markets, open-access transmission rules, and national reliability standards.
Full bio and contact info for Evan C. Reese at Day Pitney LLP

The Hon. Paul J. Roberti was appointed to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission on May 7, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served in the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, most recently as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Regulatory Unit.

Stephen J. Rourke is Vice President, System Planning for ISO New England Inc. and previously was the Director of Reliability & Operations Services. He is experienced in operations and planning of the New England bulk power system.

Rebecca L. Tepper is Chief of the Energy Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Previously, she was General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

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, and RTO cost benefit analyses.

William N. White, President, Norton White Energy, is Senior Advisor to Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG), an initiative he developed for the Energy Future Coalition (EFC). He has developed and implemented climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability policies and strategies for government, non-profits, trade associations, utilities, and corporations. Previously, he was Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Carol Browner.

Wesley J. Yeomans, Vice President, Operations, at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), is responsible for NYISO grid reliability and market operations.

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