Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive Annual Conference on New Developments for

Energy in Alaska

Emerging policies, markets and resources

November 12 & 13, 2007
The Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, AK
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Who Should Attend

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

Why Attend

For 30 years, Alaska's North Slope and the Kenai Peninsula 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 necessarily 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 the railbelt and perhaps enhance the area's ability to export LNG? What will the impact of new gas storage projects be on the deliverability problems in the Cook Inlet? In the face of historically high natural gas prices, will the producers, a state agency or Canadian or domestic 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 coalfield development in Alaska? Will Alaska follow the national model and see the merger of electric utilities that seek to take advantage of economies of scale? This conference will address these and other questions facing Alaska, and by extension, the portions of the United States that might look to Alaska to help meet the growing domestic demand for energy ~Program Co-Chairs: Michael C. Dotten, Esq. and David Marquez, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~Local government views ~2007 update on federal energy policy ~Current Alaskan state energy policy ~Resource extraction issues ~Natural gas markets ~Current environmental challenges ~LNG and natural gas storage ~Potential use of Alaskan coal ~Joint generation development ~Climate change and future energy policy


Monday, November 12, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Michael C. Dotten, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Heller Ehrman LLP / Portland, OR
  David Marquez, Esq., Vice President and COO, Program Co-Chair
Nana Development Corporation / Anchorage, AK
8:45 am Opening Address: Local Government Perspective on Energy's Role in Alaska's Economic Future
  The Hon. Mark Begich, Mayor
Municipality of Anchorage / Anchorage, AK
9:15 am Update on Federal Energy Policy
  The current state of national energy policies and an outlook on what the future holds
  Thomas Roberts, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Washington, DC
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Update on State Energy Policies
  State regulatory policy initiatives and the fit between Alaska's unique situation and federal energy policies
  James S. Strandberg, P.E.
Alaska Industrial Development & Export Authority (AIDEA) / Anchorage, AK
11:00 am Resource Extraction Issues
  Current policy directions; practical considerations in implementing the Alaska Gas Line Inducement Act: Update on the Request for Applications (RFA) process; permitting issues; what to expect next in terms of price and delivery
  Martha K. Rutherford, Deputy Commissioner
Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Anchorage, AK
11:45 am Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm Natural Gas Markets: Who Else is Competing for Available Supplies? How High Will They Drive Prices? What's Really Available for Generation? Pipeline Update
  Overview of global markets; competing North American demand from other uses such as the tar sands project in Alberta; how Alaskan gas fits into the overall mix; delivery issues and progress towards solutions
  Harold Heinze, CEO
Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority / Anchorage, AK
  Gas pipeline operator perspective
  Tony Palmer, Vice President, Alaska Business Development
TransCanada PipeLines Limited / Calgary, AB
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm LNG Development and Natural Gas Storage Issues
  The Hon. John K. Norman, Commissioner, Moderator
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission / Anchorage, AK
  Industry perspective
  Scott Jepsen, Cook Inlet Manager
ConocoPhillips / Anchorage, AK
  T. Mitch Little, Production Manager - Alaska Production Region
Marathon Oil Corporation / Anchorage, AK
  Potential user storage perspective
  Harold Heinze, CEO
Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority / Anchorage, AK
  Landowner perspective
  Kurtis K. Gibson, Acting Deputy Director
Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Anchorage, AK
  Gas utility/consumer perspective
  Anthony Izzo, CEO
TMI Consulting / Anchorage, AK
5:00 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Heller Ehrman LLP and Nana Development Corporation

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Michael C. Dotten, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Heller Ehrman LLP / Portland, OR
  David Marquez, Vice President and COO, Program Co-Chair
Nana Development Corporation / Anchorage, AK
8:45 am Prospects for Use of Alaska's Coal Resources
  The status of Alaska's coal industry
  Steven C. Borell, P.E., Executive Director
Alaska Miners Association / Anchorage, AK
  Progress report on the Western Cook Inlet Coal to Liquids Project
  Richard Peterson, President and CEO
Alaska Natural Resources to Liquids (ANRTL) Company / Anchorage, AK
  Energy development with Native Corporations and coal-fueled transportation
  Hal B.H. Cooper, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.
Firetail Energy Systems / Kirkland, WA
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Finding the Optimal Business and Operational Structures: The Potential Anchorage Municipal Light and Power/Chugach Merger
  First steps and initial lessons learned on how to evaluate synergies between utilities and determining the best business structure for joint operations
  Elizabeth Vazquez, Board Chair
Chugach Electric Association, Inc. / Anchorage, AK
11:30 am Current Environmental Challenges for Energy in Alaska
  Recent environmental regulatory developments and dealing with an aging infrastructure
  Svend Brandt-Erichsen, Esq.
Heller Ehrman LLP / Seattle, WA
  The Hon. Larry Hartig
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation / Juneau, AK
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Climate Change and Energy Policies
  Climate change as the coming primary driver for public policy towards energy
  Christopher W. Rose, Esq., Executive Director
Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) / Anchorage, AK
  Overview of projects and renewable portfolio standards in Washington, Oregon and California and whether they make sense for Alaska; federal renewables portfolio standards legislation and whether there will be federal preemption if there are standards
  John A. McKinsey, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Sacramento, CA
3:00 pm Evaluations and 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 Tuesday, November 6, 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 11.25 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 $^ 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 principal rate attorney for BPA.

David Marquez, Vice President and COO of Nana Development Corporation, was Alaska's Attorney General under Governor Frank Murkowski. Previously Chief Counsel for Phillips Alaska and ARCO Alaska and General Counsel for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, he was a trustee for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and state trustee of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Fund.

The Hon. John K. Norman is Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the State of Alaska that oversees oil and gas drilling, development and production, reservoir depletion and metering operations. Previously he practiced natural resource law in Anchorage.

The Hon. Mark Begich, the first municipal mayor born and raised in Anchorage, was re-elected as Anchorage's Mayor in April 2006. He focuses on improving public safety, upgrading transportation and keeping the economy healthy.

Steven C. Borell, P.E. is Executive Director of the Alaska Miners Association (AMA), an industry support organization with more than 1000 members.

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.

Hal B.H. Cooper, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., engineer with Firetail Energy Systems, is a specialist in coal and wind power projects, electric transmission and electrified railroads. He prepared a technical and economic feasibility study of building a new railroad line between Alaska and British Columbia.

Kurtis K. Gibson is Acting Deputy Director, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas. Previously he was in natural gas trading and marketing and brings a unique blend of commercial and technical experience to the State's continuing efforts to optimize its oil and gas assets.

The Hon. Larry Hartig

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 Commissioner of Natural Resources.

Anthony Izzo, CEO of TMI Consulting and former CEO of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, has extensive experience in the natural gas, distribution and transmission industry.

Scott Jepson is Manager of ConocoPhillips' Cook Inlet Business Unit, which consists of interests in the Beluga River Unit, the North Cook Inlet Unit and the Kenai LNG plant.

T. Mitch Little, Production Manager for Marathon Oil Corporation's Alaska operations based in Cook Inlet, has technical experience ranging from the Knox Field in southwest Oklahoma, to the Alba and Tchatamba Fields located offshore West Africa.

John A. McKinsey is senior counsel at Stoel Rives LLP and represents clients in energy and industrial industries. He serves as lead counsel for the siting of major industrial development projects and has represented clients before numerous regulatory agencies. In addition, Mr. McKinsey provides extensive leadership and guidance in the areas of compliance and regulatory matters involving products, facilities and operations.

Tony Palmer is Vice President, Alaska Business Development, TransCanada PipeLines Limited, where he leads the Corporation's efforts on the Alaska Highway Pipeline Project. He is also President and CEO of Foothills Pipe Lines Limited, which owns the Canadian section of the Alaska Highway Pipeline Project.

Richard Peterson, President and CEO of Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids Company, has devoted his company and personal resources to communicating the benefits of "clean diesel" to North Slope natural gas decision makers.

Thomas Roberts, member at Van Ness Feldman, provides strategic, legal, policy, and political guidance to clients on federal and state energy issues. Previously he was Legislative Director for the Environmental Protection Agency and served as Chief Counsel and Legislative Director to Senator Frank H. Murkowski (R-AK).

Christopher W. Rose is Executive Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP). A columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, he previously practiced environmental and natural resources law, including representation of Native Alaskans.

Martha (Marty) K. Rutherford, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is the lead for the State's gas line negotiation team. Previously she was on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Restoration Team and Deputy Commissioner of the State's Department of Community and Regional Affairs.

James S. Strandberg, P.E., Project Manager for Electrical Interties at the Alaska Energy Authority, focuses on existing railbelt interties. Previously he was a Utility Commissioner with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Elizabeth Vazquez is Chair of Chugach Electric Association, Inc., the largest utility in the state. She is an attorney with an MBA who focuses on providing the best value to ratepayers and in creating dynamic changes within Alaska's energy infrastructure.