Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on

Energy in the Southeast--Resource Adequacy & Reliability

Featuring Special Addresses from Senator Tom Daschle and FERC Commissioner Marc Spitzer

November 6 & 7, 2006
Sheraton Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, GA
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Who Should Order Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, government and tribal officials, and customer representatives involved with energy issues in the Southeast

Why Order

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provided a long-range framework for addressing the nation's energy challenges comprehensively--through programs designed to diversify our energy supply sources, build upon and improve our energy infrastructure, increase the efficiency of our homes, businesses and means of transportation, and reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources. As these federal programs go forward, state governments, too, look for solutions to energy concerns and for ways to ensure reliable and economic access to energy. The Southeast is at the heart of these trends; a variety of energy investments and programs are underway or on the drawing board, and activity in the region's energy industry will only increase. This important conference, featuring leading voices from all sectors of the industry, will give attendees a broad understanding of the current market and regulatory conditions in the Southeast. Leading energy attorneys, executives and government representatives will identify winning strategies for addressing the region's energy needs, and will offer insights as to how evolving technologies, policies and practices are shaping the energy sector of the future. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Kevin J. McIntyre, Esq. and Della Wager Wells, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Driving forces behind the growing political momentum for renewable energy ~ Who has authority over what for infrastructure development ~ State regulatory policy priorities ~ Policy objectives and primary issues from FERC ~ FERC rule-making on OATT reform ~ Prospects for LNG terminals and gas supplies ~ Renewables and hydropower in the Southeast ~ NERC's authority as the new reliability organization ~ Creative solutions for climate change ~ Community aggregation and issues involving joint action agencies ~ Financing electric generation and distribution

What Attendees Said

~ Let me say that besides having excellent speakers and presentations, this was perhaps the most enjoyable CLE event I ever attended. ~ Best conference that I think I have attended. Presentations were very informative and presenters dynamic and knowledgeable. Also appreciated structure of conference and adherence to agenda and schedule. ~ Very impressive program and very impressive array of presenters. ~ Balanced and insightful tone of conference. ~ I thought the seminar was excellent and the speakers represented a broad spectrum of some of the industry's foremost authorities. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this for any future attendee.


Monday, November 06, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Kevin J. McIntyre, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jones Day / Washington, DC
  Della Wager Wells, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Alston & Bird LLP / Atlanta, GA
8:45 am Special Address: The Growing Political Momentum for Renewable Energy
  Senator Thomas A. Daschle, Special Policy Advisor
Alston & Bird LLP / Washington, DC
9:30 am Electric Infrastructure Development: Who Has Authority Over What
  New siting processes for transmission in which FERC acts as a backdrop when states fail to approve an application; new roles for states, FERC, and Department of Energy
  Frederick R. Eames, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
10:15 am Break
10:30 am State Regulatory Policy Priorities in Energy Infrastructure
  Kevin J. McIntyre, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Jones Day / Washington, DC
  The Hon. Sandra L. Hochstetter, Esq., Chairman
Arkansas Public Service Commission / Little Rock, AR
  The Hon. Stan Wise, Chairman
Georgia Public Service Commission / Atlanta, GA
  The Hon. John E. Howard, Commissioner
South Carolina Public Service Commission / Columbia, SC
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Perspectives on the FERC Rulemaking on Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) Reform
  Policy objectives and primary issues going forward from the federal regulatory perspective
  Kathleen Barron, Esq., Deputy Associate General Counsel
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC
  Investor-owned utility perspective
  Aryeh B. Fishman, Esq., Manager, Federal Regulatory Affairs
Edison Electric Institute / Washington, DC
  Publicly owned utility perspective
  Glen L. Ortman, Esq.
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP / Washington, DC
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Natural Gas Acquisition and Transmission: Fuel Supplies for Continued Natural Gas-Fired Generation
  Prospects for LNG terminals; Elba Island and the adequacy of existing design capacity; current terminal siting issues; the cost of utilizing excess capacity vs. building new facilities
  Jason F. Leif, Esq.
Jones Day / Houston, TX
  Prospects for gas from the East coast and the Rockies: transportation issues; drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and its impact
  Michael L. Frey, Vice President, Gas Supply & Operations
Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia / Kennesaw, GA
4:00 pm Power Supplies From Other Fuels
  Nuclear: Prospects for renewed acceptance as a "clean" fuel
  Arthur H. Domby, Esq.
Troutman Sanders LLP / Atlanta, GA
  Coal: Can new technologies make it sufficiently environmentally friendly?
  Ann Ferland, Vice President
R.W. Beck, Inc. / Orlando, FL
5:00 pm Adjourn

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Kevin J. McIntyre, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jones Day / Washington, DC
  Della Wager Wells, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Alston & Bird LLP / Atlanta, GA
8:45 am Special Address: Key Regulatory Policies--Current Developments and Directions
  The Hon. Marc Spitzer, Esq., Special Address, Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC
9:30 am Renewables in the Southeast
  Local and regional political perspective on who is doing what and where in the Southeast, and why
  The Hon. David I. Adelman, Esq., Minority Whip, Georgia State Senate
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP / Atlanta, GA
  The national trend towards state and local government interest in mandating renewable portfolio standards for electric distribution companies
  David T. Doot, Esq.
Day, Berry & Howard LLP / Hartford, CT
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Southeast Hydro Assets in 2006
  New developments in water allocation issues; funding for repairs; Endangered Species Act; reporting requirements under the Energy Policy Act of 2005
  Jon C. Worthington, Administrator (effective 10/1/06)
Southeastern Power Administration / Elberton, GA
11:30 am Reliability: NERC's New Authority as the New Reliability Organization and What to Expect from NERC
  Changes in organizational structure, processes and procedures; how it will implement the provisions of the law allowing it to assess penalties; relationships with regional reliability organizations
  Gary D. Bachman, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman, P.C. / Washington, DC
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Impact of Climate Change
  Update on the National Carbon Cap and Trade Program; weather derivatives; and other creative solutions of interest to the electric energy industry
  David J. van Hoogstraten, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
2:15 pm Community Aggregation: Special Issues Involving Joint Action Agencies
  FMPA and MGAG; joint public/private ownership of natural gas reserves
  Susan G. Reeves, Esq., President; CFO of Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia
Public Gas Partners / Kennesaw, GA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Perspectives on Financing Electric Generation and Distribution
  Where it fits into broader business trends; factors influencing investment including markets, larger economic factors, oil prices, tax incentives; how rating agencies see energy companies
  What finance managers are funding and what they're not
  Cada T. Kilgore, III, Esq.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP / Atlanta, GA
  Case study on prepayment for capacity that helped restart the Brown's Ferry project
  Richard W. McCullough, Principal
RMA, LLC / Atlanta, GA
4:45 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


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

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 11.3 GA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1005. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Kevin J. McIntyre, Program Co-Chair, partner, Jones Day, specializes in energy law and has represented clients in a variety of energy-related areas, principally relating to federal and state regulation of the services, rates, and facilities of natural gas pipelines and electric utility companies, M&A, and numerous proceedings before regulatory bodies.

Della Wager Wells, Program Co-Chair, partner with Alston & Bird LLP, concentrates in energy finance for public gas and public power, as well as investor-owned energy companies, including authority representation and related corporate, tax and securities matters involving taxable and tax-exempt financings for electric and gas facilities and commodities.

Senator Thomas A. Daschle, Special Address, Special Policy Advisor at Alston & Bird LLP, advises clients on issues related to public policy with emphasis on financial services, health care, energy, telecommunications and taxes. Senator Daschle has more than 25 years of service in the House of Representatives and the Senate and 10 years as Senate Democratic Leader.

The Hon. Marc Spitzer is a commissioner for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Previously he was Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission where he focused on policies encouraging expansion of natural gas infrastructure; enhancing the ACC's renewables standard; and advancing consumer privacy concerns in telecommunications.
Full bio and contact info for Marc Spitzer at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Hon. David I. Adelman, partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, focuses on telecommunications and energy issues, was former Attorney General for the state of Georgia, and is serving his second term in the Georgia Senate.

Gary D. Bachman, member of Van Ness Feldman, P.C., specializes in an administrative, legislative and litigation practice, with special focus on the electric utility industry. He represents clients in proceedings designed to restructure the electric marketplace and introduce competitive forces as a substitute for regulatory control.

Kathleen Barron, Deputy Associate General Counsel for FERC, advises the Commission on its actions in the area of electric and gas markets and rates. Prior to joining FERC, she was an energy regulatory attorney with Skadden Arps where she represented utility and independent power-producer clients in proceedings before FERC, U.S. Courts of Appeal, state utility commissions, and independent utilities.

Arthur H. Domby, partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, leads the Nuclear Regulation Practice Group and represents Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensees in administrative agency licensing proceedings, investigations and enforcement actions. He also chairs the Nuclear Energy Institute Lawyers' Committee.

David T. Doot, partner, Day, Berry & Howard LLP, practices in the areas of public utility and energy law and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented clients in state regulatory proceedings and before FERC and is President of the Energy Bar Association.

Frederick R. Eames, partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, focuses on legislative advocacy and government relations on behalf of electric utilities and other clients on energy, environmental and financial services issues, representing them before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. He has worked extensively with clients first to shape and now implement the provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including provisions to encourage transmission infrastructure development. Previously he was a partner at Balch & Bingham LLP.

Ann Ferland, Vice President for management consulting and engineering firm R.W. Beck, Inc., leads marketing and sales efforts for the public power sector throughout the U.S. She focuses on the electric utility industry, specifically on strategy, economics, feasibility, financings and rates.

Aryeh B. Fishman, Manager of Federal Regulatory Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute, focuses on regulatory and policy issues concerning the bulk power system. He leads EEI's response to FERC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for reform of the Open-Access Transmission Tariff.

Michael L. Frey is Vice President, Gas Supply and Operations, for the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia where he is responsible for gas supply and capacity management activities, business development, and partner services. He is also Vice President, Supply and Operations, for Public Gas Partners.

The Hon. Sandra L. Hochstetter is Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission and Chairman of the Critical Infrastructure Committee of NARUC. She previously was Assistant General Counsel with Reliant Energy ARKLA and President of Mid America Regulatory Conference.

John E. "Butch" Howard is District One Commissioner with the South Carolina Public Service Commission and a member of NARUC and the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Cada T. Kilgore, III, partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, represents lenders, underwriters, utilities and other electric industry participants in financings, mergers and acquisitions, power project and corporate transactions and power supply matters.

Jason F. Leif, partner, Jones Day, concentrates his practice on oil and gas matters with a particular focus on energy regulatory matters. His experience includes pipeline and LNG construction and permitting, gas and power marketing and trading, and oil and gas contract arrangements.

Richard W. McCullough is founder and Principal in the firm of RMA, LLC, an advisory firm providing services to energy and utility companies in business and strategy development, structured finance and planning.

Glen L. Ortman, partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, represents municipally owned electric systems, rural electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities before FERC and the courts in a wide variety of electric utility restructuring, utility mergers, wholesale market and transmission-related matters.

Susan G. Reeves is President of Public Gas Partners and CFO of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia. Her experience includes work with municipal entities, investor-owned utilities, and electric cooperatives and providing accounting and auditing services, structuring financing strategies and negotiating credit ratings.

David J. van Hoogstraten is counsel in Hunton & Williams LLP's International Environmental Practice. He focuses on the impact of global and regional environmental, health and safety, legal and regulatory regimes dealing with industrial chemicals, climate change, ozone depletion and the transboundary movement of hazardous chemicals.

The Hon. Stan Wise, Chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, is the immediate past President of NARUC and serves on its International Relations and Gas Committees.

Jon C. Worthington is Administrator of the Southeastern Power Administration, effective Oct. 1, 2006. He was previously Deputy Assistant Administrator for Southeastern and Southwestern Power Administrations at the Department of Energy's Power Marketing Liaison Office.

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