Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on

Energy in Alaska

Opportunities and challenges in developing new energy sources

November 30 & December 1, 2006
The Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, AK
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Who Should Attend

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

Why Attend

For nearly 30 years, Alaska's North Slope and the Kenai Peninsula area have been significant sources of energy export. In that same period, energy loads in Alaska have grown significantly. Due to the dispersed nature of Alaska's loads, the state has truly been an innovator in distributed generation. Alaska is at several crossroads. Should it begin the importation of LNG to serve the railbelt utilities, or should some of the North Slope gas be used to serve some of the railbelt, enhancing the area's ability to export LNG? What will the impact of new gas storage projects be on the deliverabiltiy problems in the Cook Inlet? In the face of historically high natural gas prices, will the producers of Canadian pipelines be able to build the Alaska portion of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System, or some variation of that system envisioned by the United States and Canada nearly 30 years ago? And will the development of coal gasification and other techniques reduce the environmental effects of burning coal and encourage more coal-field development in Alaska? This conference will address these and other questions facing Alaska, and by extension, the portions of the United States that might look for Alaska to help meet the growing domestic demand for energy. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Michael C. Dotten, Esq. and A. William Saupe, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ New Alaska energy policies ~ Progress report and pending issues on the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Project ~ Adequacy of supplies ~ The Governor's proposed agreement for tax abatements ~ Renewables project development ~ Prospects for Native involvement in state energy projects ~ Air quality impacts on energy supplies ~ Current Alyeska Pipeline issues ~ Impacts of climate change ~ Future demand and supply in Alaska ~ Prospects for LNG development in Alaska

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

* Overall conference was quite rich * Everything was excellent


Thursday, November 30, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview: Alaska Energy at the Crossroads
  Michael C. Dotten, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Heller Ehrman LLP / Seattle, WA
  A. William Saupe, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Ashburn & Mason PC / Anchorage, AK
9:15 am State Energy Policies
  State regulatory policy initiatives
  The Hon. Mark K. Johnson, Commissioner
Regulatory Commission of Alaska / Anchorage, AK
  Resource Extraction Issues: Recent developments on policy affecting gas and oil development
  Ken Griffin, Deputy Commissioner
Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Anchorage, AK
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Adequacy of Supplies
  Meeting power demand for large remote projects
  James Posey, General Manager
Anchorage Municipal Light & Power / Anchorage, AK
  Prospects for use of Alaska coal resources for generation
  Joseph Usibelli, Jr., President
Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. / Healy, AK
  Easing gas supplies by using gasified coal rather than natural gas for industrial processes like the Agrium Alaska fertilizer plant
  Timothy Johnson, Project Manager - Blue Sky Project
Agrium Inc. / Kenai, AK
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Progress Report and Pending Issues on the Alaskan Natural Gas Transportation Project
  Karol Lyn Newman, Esq.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Washington, DC
2:15 pm Alaska Natural Gas Line: Post Mortem or Interim Report?
  The pros and cons of the proposed contract with the North Slope lessees under the Stranded Gas Development Act to monetize North Slope gas and how the State should move forward
  Dan E. Dickinson, CPA, CMA
Anchorage, AK
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Natural Gas Storage, LNG Imports & Spur Line and Instate Energy Supply
  Converting depleted gas fields to storage
  Anthony Izzo, President and CEO
ENSTAR Natural Gas Company / Anchorage, AK
  Reorganization of the natural gas pipeline around Cook Inlet from private use to open access and the prospects for additional gas development in that area; regulatory updates
  Donald A. Page, Commercial Manager/Accounting & Finance Manager
Chevron/Union Oil Company of CA / Anchorage, AK
  LNG as an alternative to a gas pipeline for meeting demand in Anchorage and Fairbanks
  Harold Heinze, CEO
Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority / Anchorage, AK
5:00 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Heller Ehrman LLP and Ashburn & Mason PC

Friday, December 01, 2006

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Michael C. Dotten, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Heller Ehrman LLP / Portland, OR
  A. William Saupe, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Ashburn & Mason PC / Anchorage, AK
8:45 am Renewables
  Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) incentives for small renewables projects
  Christopher W. Rose, Esq., Executive Director
Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) / Anchorage, AK
  Wind in the Anchorage basin: is it on hold or actively going ahead? What are the economics and the prospects for the federal government to provide financing for transmission? What’s happening with the Fire Island Kotzebue Projects?
  Phil Steyer, Manager of Government and External Affairs
Chugach Electric Association, Inc. / Anchorage, AK
  One cooperative’s commitment to renewables
  Kate Lamal, VP - Power Supply
Golden Valley Electric Association / Fairbanks, AK
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Update on Activity Resulting from the EPAct Incentives Including Prospects for Native Participation in Energy Projects
  Ethan G. Schutt, Esq., General Counsel
Cook Inlet Region Inc. / Anchorage, AK
11:15 am Air Quality Impacts on Energy Supplies
  Progress Report on the Western Cook Inlet Coal to Liquids Project
  Mike Barry, Chairman of the Board
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority(AIDEA) / Anchorage, AK
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Environmental Challenges
  Current Alyeska Pipeline issues: strategic modification and restructuring of the system and the new need for independent power sources for some pumping stations; and issues regarding pipeline spills
  James F. Johnson, VP Pipeline Operations
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company / Anchorage, AK
  Reopening of Exxon Valdez settlement to seek additional compensation for unforeseen long term problems
  Craig J. Tillery, Esq., Deputy Attorney General
Alaska Department of Law / Anchorage, AK
  Other environmental issues including climate change
  Deborah Williams, President
Alaska Conservation Solutions / Anchorage, AK
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm What the Utilities See as the Major Issues for the Future: Demand and Supply in Alaska
  Kate Lamal, VP-Power Supply
Golden Valley Electric Association / Fairbanks, AK
  James Posey, General Manager
Anchorage Municipal Light & Power / Anchorage, AK
4:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $895 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $795. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $497.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

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 Friday, November 24, 2006. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 12.0 AK CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the The Hotel Captain Cook at 4th & K Streets in Anchorage, AK 99501. Call the hotel directly at (800) 843-1950 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $110 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

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

Michael C. Dotten, Program Co-Chair, is a shareholder and Co-Chair of Heller Ehrman LLP's Energy Practice Group, who arbitrates and mediates energy disputes. He was General Counsel and Assistant Secretary to PG & E Gas Transmission, Northwest Corporation, and was principal rate attorney for BPA.

A. William Saupe, Program Co-Chair, of Ashburn & Mason PC, represents various telephone, gas, electric and other public utilities, non-profit salmon hatcheries and other closely-held corporations and partnerships. His practice also includes general civil litigation, including appellate work at the Supreme Court and Superior Court levels.

Mike Barry, Chairman of the Board of Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) concentrates on property management and development n Alaska. Previously he was the owner's representative of the Dimond Center, Alaska's largest retail multi-use commercial complex in property management and development in Anchorage.

Dan E. Dickinson, CPA, has spent most of the year working with the Alaska Department of Revenue on revitalizing sources of state oil and gas revenues. Previously he was the Director of Tax for the State of Alaska, and in private practice. He was a consultant and expert witness in a number of oil and gas royalty and tax cases both here and in the lower 48.

Ken Griffin is Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources for the State of Alaska, and a member of the governor's pipeline negotiation team. He has experience in most facets of Alaska's oil and gas industry, having served in a wide variety of assignments with ARCO Alaska, Alyeska Pipeline and Forest Oil Corporation.

Harold Heinze, CEO of the State of Alaska's Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA), leads the planning, engineering, and development of Alaska's North Slope natural gas lateral pipeline(s). Previously he was appointed Commissioner of Natural Resources by Governor Walter Hickel.

Anthony Izzo, President and CEO of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, has worked in the Natural Gas, Distribution and Transmission Industry, and is on several Boards including The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Resource Development Council and the Western Energy Institute.

James F. Johnson is the Vice President of Pipeline Operations for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

The Hon. Mark K. Johnson, appointed to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, was an attorney and analyst for United Utilities, Inc., a telecommunications provider for Western Alaska. He also worked for the Municipality of Anchorage, as Executive Assistant to the mayor, and for the Alaska Legislature.

Timothy Johnson, Project Manager, Blue Sky Project, Agrium Inc. Kenai Nitrogen Operations, has been with Kenai Nitrogen Operations for the past thirteen years serving in a variety of positions. Prior to assuming the position of Project Manager he was the Technical Support Superintendent.

Kate Lamal is the Vice President of Power Supply at Golden Valley Electric Association, which includes Golden Valley's SCADA system (the dispatch center) and all of their generating facilities in Fairbanks, North Pole and Healy. She is involved in formulating Golden Valley's future in the areas of increased reliability, alternative energy, alternative fuel, fuel efficiency and green power.

Karol Lyn Newman, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, is a partner in the firm's Energy Group representing major energy companies. She is recognized as a leading gas lawyer in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004 - 2006) and in the Best Lawyers in America (2006 & 2007).

Donald A. Page is Chevron/Union Oil Company of CA's Alaska Commercial Manager for Cook Inlet gas and liquid production, both operated and non-operated properties. He is responsible for the administration of existing commercial agreements and development of new market opportunities.

James Posey is the General Manager of Anchorage Municipal Power & Light which provides power to approximately 30,000 residential and business customers in the Municipality of Anchorage. MP&L also provides power to Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson and sells electricity to other Railbelt utilities for resale outside its service area.

Christopher W. Rose is Executive Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP), an organization he founded in 2004. With a background in environmental and natural resources law, he writes a monthly opinion column also for the Anchorage Daily News. His private practice included representation of Native Alaskans and mediation of a variety of disputes in the state.

Ethan G. Schutt, General Counsel, Cook Inlet Region Inc., is the chief legal representative for the organization. Previously, he was general counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Phil Steyer, Manager of Government and External Affairs at Chugach Electric Association, Inc., is responsible for government relations at the federal, state, local and neighborhood levels.

Craig J. Tillery, Deputy Attorney General, Civil Division, Alaska Department of Law, began his career with the Department working on oil and gas tax and royalty issues. Previously he was Chief of the Litigation Section, now the Environmental Section, formed to handle the Exxon Valdez grounding.

Joseph Usibelli, Jr, is President of Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM), Inc., located in Healy, AK. He held multiple positions throughout the company while pursuing his education. He is a member of the National Mining Association Board of Directors and is Vice-Chair of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.