Law Seminars International Presents

Tenth Annual Conference on

Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West

Navigating a market affected by the collision of litigation and changing policy

January 20 & 21, 2005
Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Order Homestudy

All attorneys, industry executives, government officials, and customer representatives involved with electric energy issues.

Why Order

The economic and political landscape for competitive energy markets continues to undergo dramatic pressure from many directions. In the midst of Congressional debates over energy policy, Northwest utilities face increased demands for reliability and price stability, while, at the same time, the constraints of the existing transmission system are becoming more evident and the skittishness of the financial community makes new resource development increasingly difficult. Throw in the potential that a trading partner can become insolvent virtually overnight, and providing a reliable supply takes on new levels of complication. This is the perfect time to take a fresh look at policies and structures. Which are effective? What are the creative strategies that will make the most of new technologies and developing resources? Who is developing the best plans? This conference will once again assemble the region's leading experts to provide the critical annual strategic update everyone involved in the electric power industry needs to navigate the transition. ~ Program Co-Chairs: J. Laurence Cable, Esq. and Slade Gorton, Esq.

What You Will Learn

- Key National and Global Developments Effecting Electric Makets in the West - Regional Energy Updates: California, Washington, Montana, Oregon - Anticipated Budget and Operational Impacts of New Security Requirements - Key Western Hydro-electric License Proceedings - Transmissions - Canadian Perspective - New Thinking on Relationships between Supplies and Transmission - How the Financial Markets View NW Energy Markets - Risk Management Strategies - Potential Financial Impacts of Pending Energy Litigation - Energy Strategies for Cities and Counties


Thursday, January 20, 2005

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  J. Laurence Cable, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP / Portland, OR
8:45 am Key National and Global Developments Affecting Electric Markets in the West
  What to expect in Federal policy making after the 2004 election; update on the 911 Commission findings and new terrrorism-related security issues for the electric industry
  The Hon. Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP / Seattle, WA
9:30 am California Energy Update
  The latest from Gov. Schwarzenegger's administration; practical implementation of the California Public Utilities Commission's policies; redefining its energy future
  Arthur O'Donnell
Energy / San Francisco, CA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Regional Update
  The Hon. Marilyn Showalter, Esq., Chair
Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA
  Michael W. Grainey, Esq., Director
Oregon Office of Energy / Salem, OR
  Montana -- The Montana Project -- Northwest Utilities bankruptcy and its impact on the market
  Al Stevens Brogan, Esq.
Montana Public Service Commission / Helena, MT
  Practical tips for evaluating risks and hedging against market uncertainty
  Todd G. Glass, Esq.
Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP / Seattle, WA
12:00 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Anticipated Budget & Operational Impacts of New Security Requirements
  Steven G. Hickok, Deputy Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration / Portland, OR
2:00 pm Key Western Hydro-electric License Proceedings
  FERC Re-Licensing Proceedings
  Daniel M. Adamson, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Washington, DC
  State Certification Under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act
  Craig Gannett, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
  Trojan plant decommissioning: What's going on? What are the prospects for new regulations? Is the decommissioning fund adequate and, if not, what will be the impact on regional players?
  J. Laurence Cable, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP / Portland, OR
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Transmission
  BPA transmission allocations: Status report on reconfiguration of transmission rights; strategies for meeting load outside BPA; funding proposals; and prospects for private financing, for high-voltage transmission upgrades
  Kenneth D. Beeson, Energy Resources Projects Manager
Eugene Water Electric Board / Eugene, OR
  Case study of a thermal plant held up by/from transmission: Cherry Point
  John Cameron, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Portland, OR
  Case study of a thermal plant held up by/from transmission: Cherry Point
  Mark Moore, Project Manager
BP-PLC / Blaine, WA
4:50 pm Canadian Perspective on the Key Issues in Western US Power Markets
  Doug Little, VP Marketing and Trade Policy
Powerex / Vancouver, BC
5:30 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees
  Sponsored by: Cable Huston Benedct Haagensen & Lloyd LLP & Preston Gates & Ellis LLP

Friday, January 21, 2005

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  The Hon. Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Special Address: New Thinking on the Relationship Between Supplies and Transmission
  Changes in the historical relationships due to automation of the grid and diversity of supplies
  T.J. Glauthier, President & CEO
Electricity Innovation Institute / Palo Alto, CA
9:30 am How the Financial Markets View Northwest Energy Markets
  Concerns arising from negative ratings for northwest utilities and leveraged buyouts: How big a problem for raising private capital?
  Swami Venkataraman, CFA, Director Corporate and Government Ratings
Standard and Poors / San Francisco, CA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Risk Management Strategies, Market Structures, and Market Transactions
  Pre-purchasing gas & electricity: What's happening, working, not working?
  Bruce M. Serchuk, Esq.
Nixon Peabody LLP / Washington, DC
  Energy contract strategies: Tips for negotiating, formulating, and restructuring energy contracts
  Michael W McDonald
McDonald Partners / Alamo, CA
  Practical tips for evaluating risks and hedging against market uncertainty
  Eric Redman, Esq.
Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Potential Financial Impacts of Pending Energy Litigation
  Enron & Snohomish -- what are the potential outcomes of these cases and what might that do to the market?
  Eric Christensen, Esq., Assistant General Counsel
Snohomish County PUD #1 / Everett, WA
  Ron Nichols, Managing Director
Navigant Consulting / Rancho Cordova, CA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Energy Strategies for Cities and Counties
  Even cities and counties that don't have utilities are investigating energy -- becoming active buyers of power, municipal distribution, and planning services and resource requirements for the future
  Randall W. Hardy, Principal
Hardy Energy Consulting Services / Seattle, WA
  Jeffrey Fuller, Vice President and Risk Manager
Power Resource Managers, LLP / Bellevue, WA
  Thomas M. Grim, Esq.
Cable, Huston, Benedict & Haagensen / Portland, OR
  Steve Marshall, Esq.
Snohomish Co. PUD / Everett, WA
5:00 pm Adjourn


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

Continuing Education Credits

Law Seminars International automatically obtains CLE credit approval for the state in which a seminar is held. On request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits. Current credits status: WA CLE 13.5 (#129516) | CA MCLE 14 | CO CLE 16.5 | OR CLE 14.5 (#2104*218) |


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Faculty Bios

J. Laurence Cable, Program Co-Chair, a partner at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP concentrates on utility resource development, power sale and purchase agreements.
Full bio and contact info for J. Laurence Cable at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP

Slade Gorton, Program Co-Chair, joined Preston Gates & Ellis LLP as Of Counsel after spending 18 years representing Washington State in the U.S. Senate, where he served on the Appropriations, Budget, Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Energy and Natural Resources Committees.

Randall W. Hardy is Principal, Hardy Energy Consulting and former Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the largest federal power marketing administration in the country.

Daniel M. Adamson is a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. His practice focuses on a broad range of energy and environmental matters including regulation of energy markets and hydroelectric licensing.

Ken Beeson is an Energy Resource Projects Manager at the Eugene Water & Electric Board. His experience includes electric generation project development telecommunications system development and capital planning.

Al Brogan has been an attorney with the Montana Public Service Commission since early 2003, involved with Northwest Utilities solutions for the marketplace.

John Cameron is a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP where he represents bulk purchasers of energy in retail and wholesale markets and negotiates energy commodity, transmission and financial-hedging contracts.

Eric Christensen, Assistant General Counsel for the Snohomish County PUD, is the primary attorney responsible for litigation arising from the Western energy crisis of 2000-01 and the collapse of Enron into bankruptcy.

Jeff Fuller, a Vice President and Risk Manager with Power Resource Managers LLP, has 13 years of experience in the electric utility industry covering a broad-range of operational, economic and financial planning activities.

Craig Gannett, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, practices energy and natural resources law. From 1993 to 1995, he was Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Todd G. Glass, Shareholder Todd G. Glass joined the firm in 1996 and practices energy law, complex administrative litigation, and public policy development. EXPERIENCE Mr. Glass represents electric utilities and other electric industry participants on energy related matters including the purchase and sale of generation assets and divestitures, wholesale and retail electric and gas rate and contract issues, state and federal regulation of the electric industry, financing and debt issuance authority, electric market operations, operation and formation of regional transmission organizations, mergers and acquisitions, transmission tariff and open access issues, and other issues arising from the restructuring of the electric industry. His energy practice includes representation of clients in federal and state administrative proceedings involving regulated energy and transportation industries, licensing and relicensing of hydroelectric and other energy generation projects, negotiation of contracts for industrial users of electricity and natural gas, and civil litigation before state and federal courts. He has appeared before numerous state regulatory commissions on electric and transportation industry restructuring matters, ratemaking, and the application of federal antitrust laws to regulated industries. Prior to joining Heller Ehrman, he worked on environmental and energy law and policy issues at the Bonneville Power Administration, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, an environmental consulting firm on contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C, and for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology. In 1995, he published a comment on federal water reclamation law and policy reform in Ecology Law Quarterly. EDUCATION Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences (B.A., magna cum laude, 1988); University of Washington, Graduate School of Public Affairs (Master of Public Administration, 1992, Environmental and National Resources Policy); Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College (J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, 1994); Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Law, the law review of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College (1993-94). ADMISSIONS District of Columbia, Oregon, Washington. MEMBERSHIPS Washington State Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar; Oregon State Bar Association; American Bar Association (Section on Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law); Energy Bar Association; King County Bar Association.

T. J. Glauthier, Special Address, is President and CEO of the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), an affiliate of EPRI, which sponsors strategic R&D programs through public/private partnerships. Prior to joining the Institute, he was Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Michael W. Grainey is Director of the Oregon Department of Energy.

Tom Grim is a partner with Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP who focuses his practice in the areas of energy, public utility, and municipal law. He represents clients in commercial transactions, administrative-contested cases, and judicial proceedings. He currently represents several publicly owned utilities as general or special counsel.

Steve G. Hickok is Deputy Administrator of Bonneville Power Association. He received the Presidential Executive Rank Award in 1992 for innovations in electric power planning and operations, and in 2000 for leadership in competitive restructuring of BPA’s utility business.

Doug Little is Vice President Marketing and Trade Policy for Powerex where he oversees the company’s marketing and contract groups.

Steve Marshall is Assistant General Manager in the Power & Transmission Services Division of the Snohomish County PUD. He has more than 20 years of leadership in the areas of power contract negotiations, resource development and industry restructuring.

Michael McDonald is a principal of McDonald Partners, an energy and financial advisory firm serving municipal electric utilities and joint action agencies throughout the U.S. During his 30-year career, Mr. McDonald has directed public power marketing for a major power marketer, served as the General Manager of a California municipal joint action agency, and City Manger of a California public power city.

Mark Moore is a Project Manager for BP-PLC where he is responsible for the Cherry Point co-generation project. He has spent eight years developing co-generation projects for BP.

Ron Nichols is Managing Director and energy practice leader for Navigant Consulting, Inc. He has advised electric utilities, power producers, major utility customers, and state and local governments on power supply, electric rate, financing, and energy regulation issues.

Arthur O’Donnell is the National Editorial Director for Energy and author of -Soul of the Grid: A Cultural Biography of the California Independent System Operator. He is the former founder/publisher of, California Energy Markets.

Eric Redman is a shareholder in the Seattle office of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP. A former legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, he has practiced energy law since 1975.

The Hon. Marilyn Showalter is Chairwoman of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. She has served in a number of governmental capacities, including Counsel to the Governor, Chief Clerk of the state House of Representatives, Counsel to the state House Appropriations Committee, and Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.

Swami Venkataraman is a Director in Corporate and Government Ratings and is a member of the Utilities, Energy, and Project Finance Ratings Group at Standard and Poors. The group is responsible for the entire range of credits in the Energy sector.

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