Law Seminars International Presents

A two-day conference on the future of

Coal in the West

The latest information on regulatory, legal and business issues impacting today's western coal industry

March 29 & 30, 2007
The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, CO
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, professionals who work with coal siting, energy transmission, financing coal projects, coal plant emissions, public and private utility professionals, energy industry executives, power marketers, economists and consultants, tribal and government officials

Why Attend

"Western coal is dominant in the U.S. energy portfolio. The mission of this program is to present the latest thinking on the challenging issues that must be addressed to retain that dominant position. How to survive in an atmosphere of environmental concern; how to effectively utilize technological advancements in coal burning and conversion; and how to convey usable energy to the consumer will all be addressed by those knowledgeable in the western coal industry." ~ Program Co-Chairs: John S. Kirkham, Esq. and Patrick R. Day, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Energy policy and resource management policies affecting the future of coal in the west ~ Recent advancements in clean coal technologies ~Global warming concerns and the relationship between coal and renewables ~ Working through environmental issues: Getting a grip on the regulatory landscape ~ Practical approaches to resolving some of the more complicated environmental problems ~ The challenge of creating sufficient transmission infrastructure ~ Financing issues ~ Workshop on the initial planning process for siting coal facilities ~ Moving coal by wire vs. rail

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Overall, a well-structured conference and good content. ~ Excellent conference! ~ A great conference with good & knowledgable speakers ~ Overall very informative. ~ Great subject and collection of speakers ~ Really one of the better seminars I've attended ~ Good seminar


Thursday, March 29, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  James A. Holtkamp, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Salt Lake City, UT
  John S. Kirkham, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Salt Lake City, UT
8:45 am Energy Policy and Resource Management: Policies Affecting the Future of Coal in the West
  Update on implementation of incentives in the 2005 Energy Policy Act for developing coal energy (including the progress towards appropriation of funds); future policy priorities
  Ben Yamagata, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman, P.C. / Washington, DC
9:30 am Overview of the Environmental Issues: Getting a Grip on the Regulatory Landscape
  Federal air quality and other environmental regulations; extent to which alternative coal technologies (e.g. IGCC) are a necessary part of the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) permitting process
  Stephen C. Fotis, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman, P.C. / Washington, DC
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Recent Advancement in Clean Coal Technologies: Coal's Future
  IGCC, supercritical pulverized coal and fluid bed combustion technologies for electric generation; coal gasification for producing synthetic natural gas; the Fischer-Tropsch process for converting coal to transportation fuels
  Steve Jenkins, IGCC & Gasification Technology Leader
URS Corporation / Tampa, FL
  Non-utility uses of coal
  Bob Bessette, President
Council of Industrial Boiler Owners / Burke, VA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Global Warming Concerns and the Relationship Between Coal and Renewables
  Environmental constraints and regulatory challenges to developing coal energy: Concerns about global warming and policy reactions at the federal, state, and local levels
  George C. Hopkins, Esq.
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. / Washington, DC
  Finding the optimum approach to, and mix of, generation --coal/gas/wind/nuclear--impact of renewable portfolio standards on the market for coal
  Mark D. Safty, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Denver, CO
  Navigating California's environmental restrictions on energy imports from fossil fuel plants
  William D. Kissinger, Esq.
Bingham McCutchen LLP / San Francisco, CA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Practical Approaches to Resolving Some of the More Complicated Environmental Problems
  Developing a coherent environmental compliance strategy; The additional compliance issues for mining and generation in the same air shed; managing the conflict between coal mining and coal methane development
  Scot W. Anderson, Esq.
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP / Denver, CO
  Kirk D. Winges, Principal Atmospheric Scientist
Geomatrix, Inc. / Lynnwood, WA
5:00 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Holland & Hart LLP and Stoel Rives LLP

Friday, March 30, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am The Challenge of Creating Sufficient Transmission Infrastructure
  Engineering perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the existing transmission infrastructure including capacity and system reliability; status report on proposals for new facilities; implications for siting of generating plants
  Joseph Rossignoli, Principal Analyst
National Grid USA / Westborough, MA
  State transmission siting processes; EPA provisions and processes for federal preemption: How do they affect the states?
  James K. Tarpey, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Greenwood Village, CO
  Regional transmission players: Who's doing what? What are the prospects for the states working together to develop new transmission infrastructure such as the Frontier Project?
  Steve Ellenbecker, Energy Policy Advisor
Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal's Office / Cheyenne, WY
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Financing Issues
  How the markets view coal in relation to other energy plays and the energy sector in relation to other investment opportunities
  John Cogan, Director of Global Energy Group
Credit Suisse First Boston LLC / New York, NY
  Trends in financing strategies for coal gasification
  Eric Redman, Esq.
Heller Ehrman LLP / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Workshop on the Initial Planning Process for Siting Coal Facilities
  A walk through the factors to consider in selecting the best place to site a coal-fired generating plant, including the relative economics and practicalities of moving coal energy by wire vs. by rail
  Bob Bessette, President
Council of Industrial Boiler Owners / Burke, VA
  John S. Kirkham, Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Stoel Rives LLP / Salt Lake City, UT
  Legal perspective
  E. Blaine Rawson, Esq.
Holme Roberts & Owen LLP / Salt Lake City, UT
  Consultant perspective
  Philip Q. Hanser, Ph.D., Principal
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA
  Developer perspective
  Svend Brandt-Erichsen, Esq.
Heller Ehrman LLP / Seattle, WA
  William Boyd, Vice President of Project Development
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. / Westminster, CO
3:30 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, March 23, 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 14 CO 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 Brown Palace Hotel at 321 17th Street in Denver, CO 80202. Call the hotel directly at (303) 297-3111 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $179 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.

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

James A. Holtkamp, partner at Holland & Hart LLP's Salt Lake City office, manages the firm's Environmental Compliance Group. He is actively invloved in climate change, air quality as related to energy generation and has represented industry and government clients in various environmental, natural resources and energy project development issues throughout the United States and overseas.

John S. Kirkham, Program Co-Chair, principal at Stoel Rives LLP, practices natural resources law and has representated clients involved in all aspects of the coal industry, including the representation of utilities and pipeline companies. He appears in the publication "Best Lawyers in America" and is listed in "Who's Who in American Law."

Scot W. Anderson, partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, focuses on transactions and litigation in the natural resource and energy industries, international transactions, and project development. He has engaged in nearly all legal aspects of the coal industry and has worked on the development and marketing of oil and natural gas in the United States, Europe, North Africa and South America.

Bob Bessette, President of the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners, represents the interests of America's industrial energy users and producers on energy and environmental issues, technology development and advocacy. He works closely with the U.S. Congress, EPA and DOE, state government personnel, and industry trade associations at the technical and national policy making levels.

Bill Boyd, Vice President of Project Development at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., is experienced in design, project management and construction of coal facilities. As Executive Director of Engineering and Construction at NRG Energy, Inc. (with over $4 billion of ongoing construction under his direction) he now leads the development of Tri-State's two 700 MW supercritical coal fired units, including transmission upgrades totaling over 1000 miles.

Svend Brandt-Erichsen, shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP, advises clients regarding a variety of environmental regulatory matters, including project permitting and representation before agencies. He handles environmental litigation, including agency enforcement actions, appeals of contested regulations and permits, and private party suits.

John Cogan, Director of Credit Suisse First Boston LLC's Global Energy Group, is responsible for mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory execution for clients in the electric and gas utility industry. His experience includes power plant asset buyside and sellside work including arranging financing for these transactions.

Steve Ellenbecker serves as a consulting energy policy advisor to Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal. He is actively engaged in supporting the development of regional energy policies and multi-state energy project opportunities. Previously, he was a public utility regulator for the State of Wyoming.

Stephen C. Fotis, member of Van Ness Feldman, P.C., specializes in environmental law and regulatory litigation related to the Clean Air Act (CAA) and other federal environmental laws. He has provided legal counsel on environmental issues for electric utilities, independent power sources, and government entities. He also regularly assists clients in the permitting of new facilities.

Philip Q. Hanser, principal at The Brattle Group, Inc., focuses on industry structure and market power and associated regulatory questions, specific operational and strategic questions, such as transmission pricing, generation planning, tariff strategies, fuels procurement, environmental issues, forecasting, marketing and demand-side management, and other management and financial issues.

George C. Hopkins, partner at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., focuses on energy, oil and gas, environmental regulation, and toxic tort litigation. He advises and represents clients in matters relating to environmental law, including obtaining environmental approvals required for energy infrastructure projects.

Steve Jenkins, IGCC & Gasification Technology Leader for URS Corporation, has experience in the electric power industry with siting, environmental permitting, design and operation of large coal-based power plants, with a focus on IGCC technology and facilities. He was the lead author in the first IGCC Permitting Guidelines manual, prepared under contract for the Electric Power Research Institute's Coal Fleet for Tomorrow Program.

William D. Kissinger, partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, rejoined the Environment and Energy Groups after spending two years working as senior deputy legal affairs secretary to Governor Gray Davis and serving as the primary legal contact for the Office of the Governor with Cal EPA, Cal Health and Human Services Agency and the Resources Agency.

E. Blaine Rawson, partner at Holme Roberts & Owen LLP's Salt Lake City office, practices environmental and natural resources law. He has experience in the CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act litigation and has represented various clients in environmental matters.

Eric Redman, shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP, founded the firm's energy practice and clean tech group. He also founded Summit New Energy Technologies LLC. He represents developers of proposed coal gasification projects and technology companies seeking to commercialize advanced methods of both surface and underground coal gasification.

Joseph Rossignoli, Principal Analyst for the Transmission Regulatory Affairs area of National Grid, plays a key role in developing the company's position on national transmission policy initiatives. Previously, he was an Account Manager with the National Grid's Commercial group.

Mark D. Safty, partner at Holland & Hart LLP, has experience in finance and project development in the fields of mining, manufacturing, power generation, health care, education, transportation, and water and waste treatment. He has acted as counsel to a variety of participants including project owners, construction and engineering firms, lenders, and underwriters.
Full bio and contact info for Mark D. Safty at Holland & Hart LLP

James K. Tarpey, partner at Holland & Hart LLP's Denver Tech Office, has litigation and transactional experience in numerous electric, natural gas and telecommunication matters of a business, competitive and regulatory nature. He has been involved in providing counsel and advice regarding the regulatory aspects of utility mergers and acquisitions.
Full bio and contact info for James K. Tarpey at Holland & Hart LLP

Kirk D. Winges, Principal Atmospheric Scientist at Geomatrix, Inc., has 30 years of experience in consulting on air quality. He focuses on the development and application of air quality models for regulatory purposes, and air monitoring programs. He wrote the Fugitive Dust Model, and has been retained as an air quality expert by the National Coal Association, EPRI, the American Petroleum Institute, the EPA, and many others.

Ben Yamagata, member at Van Ness Feldman, P.C., practices in energy, environment, natural resources, and international trade (tech transfer and independent power project development). He counseled and represented clients in structuring the Department of Energy's clean coal technology development and demonstration programs and financial incentive programs (e.g., loan guarantees and clean coal tax credits).

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