Law Seminars International Presents

Our Annual Two-Day Comprehensive Conference on

Energy in the Northeast

New directions in energy regulation, projects and markets with commissioners and government leaders from all coastal New England states

October 18 & 19, 2007
Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel in Boston, MA
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Who Should Attend

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

Why Attend

Challenges for the Northeast energy industry continue to grow with increasingly urgent issues such as global climate change, high and volatile commodity prices, the need for massive investments in demand-side solutions, generation and transmission, and the push for greater energy diversification. These challenges present opportunities for creative regional solutions. This conference will address some of these key challenges that face the Northeast. With industry leaders we will explore ideas and initiatives being considered to meet those challenges. .~Program Co-Chairs: Mary Beth Gentleman, Esq. and David T. Doot, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~Resource adequacy in New England ~U.S. energy policies for 2007 & future outlook ~ISO's implementation of its Forward Capacity Markets (FCM) program ~FERC enforcement policies & priorities ~Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative ~Ownership issues of utilities ~Which projects are moving ahead & which are not; New technologies & approaches for carbon reduction ~Current thinking on the primary challenges & policy priorities

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ 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. ~ 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.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  David T. Doot, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT
  Mary Beth Gentleman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Foley Hoag LLP / Boston, MA
8:45 am Update on Resource Adequacy in New England
  Demand in New England and the resources best suited for meeting that demand; how retirement of aging plants will change the picture; current proposals and other options; global fuel markets and how they will influence our future resource choices
  Samuel A. Newell, Ph.D., Principal
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA
  John R. Bitler, Vice President and Principal
Levitan & Associates, Inc. / Boston, MA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Update on U.S. Energy Policies for 2007
  A national overview on the current state of energy policy and an outlook on what the future holds
  Douglas Smith, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Washington, DC
11:15 am Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): Update on the Model Rules
  Capitalizing on market opportunities and advancing a client's "bottom lines" in conjunction with the Carbon programs, particularly RGGI
  Elise N. Zoli, Esq.
Goodwin Procter LLP / Boston, MA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Reliability Standards & the New Financial Penalties that May Arise from Enforcement Actions
  FERC enforcement policies and priorities
  Thomas C. Burgess, Esq., P.E., Director, Energy Delivery Structuring
FirstEnergy / Akron, OH
  Practical tips for industry
  R. Michael Sweeney, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
2:45 pm Transmission Cost Allocation Issues
  The ongoing dispute on allocation of transmission costs; how these issues are being handled
  Jeff D. Makholm, Ph.D., Senior Vice President
NERA Economic Consulting / Boston, MA
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Perspectives on Ownership Issues for Traditional Generating & Alternative Resources
  Should we allow utilities back in the market or limit ownership to merchants?
  Eugene Meehan, Senior Vice President
NERA Economic Consulting / Washington, DC
4:30 pm Reception for Faculty & Attendees Sponsored by Day Pitney LLP & Foley Hoag LLP

Friday, October 19, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Solutions: Which Traditional Projects are Moving Ahead & Which are Dead or Dying?
  Gas and LNG imports
  Dianne R. Phillips, Esq.
Holland & Knight LLP / Boston, MA
  Electric generation: Coal and wind
  Mark D. Safty, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Denver, CO
  Electric generation: Nuclear
  Gerald Garfield, Esq.
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT
  HVDC transmission technology: Eros-Neptune-Grassridge 400kv Transmission Power Line to transmit power from PJM Interconnection which has access to power from plants in 13 midwest and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia
  Edward M. Stern, Esq., President and Chief Executive Officer
Neptune Regional Transmission System, LLC / Fairfield, CT
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Solutions: New Technologies & Approaches for Carbon Reduction
  Carbon sequestration and other new coal technologies; legal challenges
  Elisabeth M. Drake, Ph.D., Emeritus Staff, Energy and the Environment
Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Auburndale, MA
  Steven J. Strong, President
Solar Design Associates, Inc. / Harvard, MA
11:45 am Regional Electric Energy Markets: Update on the ISO's Implementation of its Forward Capacity Markets (FCM) Program
  Resource adequacy for New England: Demand/supply forecast for the region; developments in the transition from UCAP to FCM; demand resources as qualified capacity; update on Demand Resources Group "DRG" activities
  Stephen G. Whitley, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
ISO New England Inc. / Holyoke, MA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Wrap Up: Commissioners & State Government Leaders Speak on the Primary Challenges & Policy Prioirites
  Government leaders discuss challenges facing the Northeast energy industry, including regional planning studies & responses, strategic approaches to resource adequacy & reliability issues; Renewables Portfolio Standards implementation, climate change
  David T. Doot, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT
  New Hampshire
  Thomas C. Frantz, Director - Electric Division
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission / Concord, NH
  The Hon. W. Robert Keating, Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities / Boston, MA
  Rhode Island
  The Hon. Andrew Dzykewicz, Commissioner
Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources / Providence, RI
  The Hon. Kurt Adams, Chairman
Maine Public Utilities Commission / Augusta, ME
  New York
  The Hon. Patricia L. Acampora, Chairwoman
New York State Public Service Commission / Albany, NY
  The Hon. Anne C. George, Commissioner
Connecticut Public Utility Control Authority / New Britain, CT
  The Hon. James Volz, Chairman
Vermont Public Service Board / Montpelier, VT
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Wrap Up Policy Q&A
  Questions for the Commissioners of most concern to the audience
  David T. Doot, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT
  Mary Beth Gentleman, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Foley Hoag LLP / Boston, MA
  Previous Panel Members
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, October 12, 2007. 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 11.75 CT, ME, and NH CLE credits and 11.5 PA 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 Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel at One Avenue de Lafayette in Boston, MA 02111. For reservations call (800) 233-1234 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

David T. Doot, Program Co-Chair, a partner with Day Pitney LLP, practices public utility and energy law. He is Secretary and Lead Counsel for the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) and past president of the Energy Bar Association representing more than 2400 regulators, professional staff and attorneys.

Mary Beth Gentleman, Program Co-Chair, Chair of Foley Hoag LLP's Energy & Regulated Industries Practice Group, provides strategic regulatory and market advice to competitive power suppliers, energy service companies and generating companies.

The Hon. Patricia L. Acampora is Chairwoman of the New York State Public Service Commission until February 2009. Previously in the New York State Legislature, she represented the 1st Assembly District on Long Island.

The Hon. Kurt Adams is Chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission until March 2011. Previously Chief Legal Counsel to Governor John E. Baldacci, he was also an attorney with Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson.

John R. Bitler, Vice President and Principal with Levitan & Associates, Inc., is responsible for LAI's forecasts of fuel prices, due diligence and LNG assessments. He advises on gas supply and infrastructure developments, fuel market trends, procurement strategies, risk management and emissions control costs.

Thomas C. Burgess, Director of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Compliance for FirstEnergy, is responsible for ensuring corporate compliance with electric reliability standards and Standards/Codes of Conduct, and implementing operational enhancements.

Elisabeth M. Drake, Ph.D., Emeritus Staff with Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, is involved with an initiative to develop energy technologies that are environmentally and cost effective in a greenhouse gas constrained world.

The Hon. Andrew Dzykewicz, Commissioner of Rhode Island's Office of Energy Resources, is Chief Advisor to the Governor on Energy, in charge of coordinating state energy policy. He is responsible for enacting a five-point energy agenda designed to help Rhode Island families and employers safely access affordable energy supplies.

Thomas C. Frantz, Director of the Electric Division of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, is experienced in cost-of-capital, alternative regulation, rate design, energy efficiency and special contract pricing. He is a member of the New Hampshire Energy Planning Advisory Board.

Gerald Garfield, partner with Day Pitney LLP, is Chairman of the firm's Energy and Utility Law Department and has worked in regulatory matters involving the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, FERC and EPA. He was General Counsel of Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company and Yankee Atomic Electric Company, who decommissioned their nuclear plants.

The Hon. Anne C. George is Commissioner of the Connecticut Public Utility Control Authority until 2011. She specializes in renewable energy and natural gas issues. Previously she was the Governor's Special Counsel on Energy.

The Hon. W. Robert Keating, Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Chairman of the Department of Energy/NARUC LNG Partnership and past chairman of the NARUC Gas Committee.

Jeff D. Makholm, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of NERA Economic Consulting, specializes in the economics of regulated infrastructure industries in energy, transportation, water and telecommunications.

Eugene Meehan, Senior Vice President with NERA Economic Consulting in the Energy Practice, advises electric and gas utility clients in strategic planning, regulatory strategy, and financial and economic analysis.

Samuel A. Newell, Principal with The Brattle Group, Inc., is an economist and engineer experienced in the analysis of electricity markets, and their relationship to the transmission system. He supports clients in litigation cases, regulatory proceedings, and strategy matters, and leads Brattle's locational electricity market modeling efforts in all U.S. RTOs.

Dianne R. Phillips, partner at Holland & Knight LLP, concentrates on litigation, regulatory, energy and environmental law. Formerly Assistant General Counsel for Suez LNG North America LLC, she was involved in regulatory compliance for the nation's oldest, continuously-operating LNG import terminal.

Mark D. Safty, partner at Holland & Hart LLP, focuses on finance and project development in mining, manufacturing, power generation, health care, education, transportation, and water and waste treatment.

Douglas W. Smith, member at Van Ness Feldman, was General Counsel to FERC and Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy. He specializes in electricity, natural gas and hydroelectric regulation.

Edward M. Stern, Esq., President and Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Regional Transmission System, LLC, develops and owns the Neptune Project. He is on the Board of Directors of Energy Photovoltaics, Inc., Vertrue Incorporated and Rentech, Inc.

Steven J. Strong, President of Solar Design Associates, Inc., worked with Olympic village architects to power the Summer Games with solar electricity with what was the world's largest roof-top PV power system.

R. Michael Sweeney, partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, focuses on representing traditional public utilities, independent power producers and energy marketers on energy regulatory matters pending before FERC, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The Hon. James Volz is Chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board until 2011. He specializes in public utility regulation. Previously he was Director of Public Advocacy for the Vermont Department of Public Service.

Stephen G. Whitley, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ISO New England Inc., is responsible for system planning and operations, market operations, settlements, customer service and North American Electric Reliability Corporation/ Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NERC/NPCC) compliance.

Elise N. Zoli, partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, chairs its Energy Practice and is a member of its Environmental Practice. She specializes in energy, environmental and development law. She is in "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business" and "Law Dragon".