Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference

Electric Reliability and Transmission

Leading energy experts bring you up do date on important new laws and infrastructure development

September 6 & 7, 2007
Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, industry executives, regulatory officials, end users, generators, RTO's and reliability organizations

Why Attend

Two of the most critical issues facing the electric industry and consumers today are reliability and transmission. First, the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 provided FERC with jurisdiction over reliability issues that it had always lacked and converted previously voluntary standards into mandatory ones. In this setting, EPAct also expanded FERC's jurisdictional reach to include not just electric utilities and providers of unbundled transmission service, but also new entities under the rubric of "users" of the bulk power system. Second, because transmission provides the pathway between electric power generation and loads, healthy and robust transmission infrastructure is vital to a vibrant electric power sector. Until recently, transmission had suffered over two decades of neglect. Recognizing this problem, Congress and state and federal regulators have enacted a host of new laws and regulations fundamentally altering the treatment of transmission investment. Yet turf battles continue to be waged between federal and state regulators, and NIMBY interests continue to mount grassroots opposition to proposals to build. This two-day conference is designed to provide insights from state and federal regulators, end users, generators, RTOs, reliability organizations and more on the important reliability and transmission issues confronting electric industry participants today. Program Co-Chairs: Frederick R. Eames, Esq., Kenneth G. Hurwitz, Esq., R. Michael Sweeney, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Federal transmission siting policies in a Special Address from the DOE and FERC ~ A review of the evolution of reliability ~ Transmission issues from the operator's perspective ~ Reliability standards from NERC, FERC and regional perspectives ~ Interpretating the 83 approved reliability standards ~ Reliability standards and market rules ~ State regulatory perspectives from three state Commissioners ~ Stakeholder perspectives on key cost allocation issues ~ Case studies on major transmission projects


Thursday, September 06, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview to Day One: Reliability
  Frederick R. Eames, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
  Kenneth G. Hurwitz, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Haynes and Boone, LLP / Washington, DC
8:45 am A Review of the History of Reliability - From Voluntary Standards to EPAct of 2005
  The evolution of reliability standards, beginning with the 1966 blackout and the voluntary regime, and continuing with the August 2003 blackout, the FERC Policy Statement, the Final Blackout Report and the Staff Reliability Assessment, to the present day
  David R. Nevius, Senior VP and Director of Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis
North American Electric Reliability Corporation / Princeton, NJ
9:30 am The Primary Technological and Regulatory Transmission Issues from the Operator's Perspective
  Peter G. Flynn, Senior Vice President of Regulation and Pricing
National Grid USA / Westborough, MA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Reliability Standards: The Evolving Institutional Framework including FERC, NERC and the Regional Entities
  David R. Nevius, Senior VP and Director of Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis
North American Electric Reliability Corporation / Princeton, NJ
  Thomas C. Burgess, Esq., P.E., Director, Energy Delivery Structuring
FirstEnergy Service Company / Akron, OH
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm The 83 Approved Reliability Standards: Challenging Issues of Interpretation
  Who will the standards apply to? How will the responsibilities be sorted out among these entities? What are the recommended compliance approaches in light of FERC's pronouncement on prosecutorial discretion? Will large penalties be imposed?
  Kenneth G. Hurwitz, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Haynes and Boone, LLP / Washington, DC
  End-user/generator perspective
  Andrew J. Dalton, Esq., Counsel
Valero Energy Corporation / San Antonio, TX
  Non-utility generator perspective
  Michael F. Gildea, Director of Compliance
Constellation Energy Group, Inc. / Baltimore, MD
  Utility perspective
  Michael S. Beer, Esq., VP, Federal Regulation and Policy
E.ON U.S. / Louisville, KY
  Herbert Schrayshuen, P.E., Vice President Reliability Compliance
National Grid USA / Westborough, MA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Reliability Standards vs. Market Rules: The Inevitable Overlap
  How did FERC draw the line in its OATT Reform Rule (Order No. 890) and its Reliability Standards Order (Order No. 693)? Should FERC have been more conservative or more liberal in defining the scope of reliability standards? Specific examples
  Charles Yeung, Executive Director, Interregional Affairs
Southwest Power Pool, Inc. / Little Rock, AR
  Barry A. Green, Founder
Barry A. Green Consulting Inc. / Toronto, ON Canada
5:00 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Haynes and Boone and Hunton & Williams LLP

Friday, September 07, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview to Day Two: Transmission Siting and Construction
  Frederick R. Eames, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
  R. Michael Sweeney, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
8:45 am Special Addresses on Federal Transmission Policies
  Status of NIETC designations; DOE role as lead agency coordinating authority for federal lands permitting matters, including MOU with environmental and other agencies
  Warren Belmar, Esq., Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy
U.S. Department of Energy / Washington, DC
  Transmission siting rules; transmission rate incentives; general perspectives on need for infrastructure development
  The Hon. Philip D. Moeller, Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC
10:15 am Break
10:30 am State Regulatory Perspectives
  Strategies for meeting reliability needs, transmission project approvals, new federal congestion identification and "backstop" siting authorities, Kelly "withheld" dissent, interplay between reliability and markets (and thus rates)
  The Hon. Stan Wise, Commissioner
Georgia Public Service Commission / Atlanta, GA
  The Hon. Allen M. Freifeld, Esq., Commissioner
Maryland Public Service Commission / Baltimore, MD
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Stakeholder Perspectives on the Key Cost Allocation Issues
  ISO/RTO perspective
  Steven R. Pincus, Esq., Senior Regulatory Counsel
PJM Interconnection LLC / Norristown, PA
  Independent power producer perspective
  Denise Hill, Director, Market Access and Trade Policy
TransAlta Energy Marketing (US), Inc. / Lake Oswego, OR
  Traditional utility/established plant perspective: Regulatory landscape, strategic investment plan, cost allocation, construction of transmission lines
  Les Guliasi, Director, State Agency Relations
Pacific Gas and Electric Company / San Francisco, CA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Case Studies on the Siting and Construction of Major Transmission Projects Around the Country
  Reliability and RTO planning considerations; cost recovery; new federal transmission authorities; effect on state authorities; community and governmental outreach
  R. Michael Sweeney, Esq., Moderator, Program Co-Chair
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
  Deborah M. Royster, Esq., Deputy General Counsel
Pepco Holdings Inc. / Washington, DC
  Randall B. Palmer, Esq., Senior Attorney
Allegheny Energy, Inc. / Greensburg, PA
  Daniel J. Oginsky, Esq., Vice President, General Counsel
ITC Holdings Corp. / Novi, MI
  Autry Warren, CPA, Director of Planning and Transmission
Oncor Energy Delivery / Dallas, TX
5:00 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 Friday, August 31, 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 13 VA 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 Capital Hilton Hotel at 1001 16th Street NW in Washington, DC 20036. Call the hotel directly at (202) 393-1000 for reservations. 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

Frederick R. Eames, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP and focuses on legislative advocacy and government relations on behalf of electric utilities and other clients on energy, environment and financial services. He has worked to shape and implement the provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including provisions to encourage transmission infrastructure development.

Kenneth G. Hurwitz, Program Co-Chair, partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, serves as a Practice Group Leader of the Energy and Power Practice Group representing a diverse clientele in the electricity and natural gas industries. A former Executive Director of the Maryland Public Service Commission, he focuses his practice on reliability and economic regulatory issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), numerous state utility commissions and the federal appellate courts.

R. Michael Sweeney, Program Co-Chair, partner with Hunton & Williams LLP, focuses on representing traditional public utilities, independent power producers and energy marketers on energy regulatory matters pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Warren Belmar, Special Address, Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) is the principal legal advisor on behalf of the General Counsel, to the Secretary and senior DOE officials.

The Hon. Philip D. Moeller, Special Address, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, nominated by President George W. Bush, was an energy policy advisor to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton where he worked on electricity policy, electric system reliability, hydropower, energy efficiency, nuclear waste, energy and water appropriations.

Michael S. Beer, is Vice President, Federal Regulation and Policy for E.ON U.S. Previously he was Senior Counsel Specialist - Regulatory with LG&E Energy and Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Illinois Power Company.

Thomas C. Burgess, Director of FERC Compliance for FirstEnergy Service Company is responsible for ensuring overall corporate compliance with electric reliability standards and Standards/Codes of Conduct and implementing operational enhancements.

Andrew Dalton, Counsel for Valero Energy Corporation and is responsible for all of Valero's energy regulatory matters and oversees Valeroís involvement in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, several state utility commissions and in federal and state appellate courts. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Electric Reliability Counsel of Texas, Inc (ERCOT).

Peter G. Flynn is Senior Vice President of Regulation and Pricing at National Grid USA.

The Hon. Allen M. Freifeld, Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on Electricity and is the Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee of the Organization of PJM States.

Michael F. Gildea, Director of Compliance for Constellation Energy Group, Inc., works in conjunction with the corporate legal department overseeing compliance with all NERC requirements affecting Constellation Energy companies. Previously, he was Chairman of the Electric Power Supply Association's Energy Standards Subcommittee.

Barry Green is the Founder and President of Barry Green Consulting Inc.. Previously, he was the Director of Markets and Research in Regulatory Affairs for Ontario Power Generation Inc., responsible for all U.S. regulatory matters for OPG including representation on the NERC Planning Committee and the NYISO Management Committee.

Les Guliasi is Director of State Agency Relations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) responsible for managing PG&E's relationship with the California Energy Commission. He also works on issues of energy policy.

Denise Hill, Director of Market Access and Trade Policy for TransAlta Energy Marketing (US) Inc., is a founder of the Northwest Independent Power Producers Coalition (NIPPC) and has actively worked for open transmission access and on equitable utility procurement practices.

David R. Nevius is Senior Vice President and Director of Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis of NERC. He is involved in all aspects of NERC's reliability activities as well as NERC's efforts to transition into an industry self-regulatory organization.

Daniel J. Oginsky, Vice President and General Counsel of ITC Holdings Corp., is responsible for managing the legal affairs of ITC Holdings Corp. and its subsidiary independent transmission companies, ITC Transmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company.

Randall Palmer, senior attorney for Allegheny Energy, Inc. is responsible for the coordination of legal issues relating to siting, cost allocation and cost recovery for the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL) and has represented regulated entities before the FERC and state public utility commissions.

Steven R. Pincus, lead FERC Counsel in PJM Interconnection LLCs Law Department is an internal authority on questions of FERC policy and practice rules as well as emerging issues. Previously, he was in-house counsel for Con Edison, Inc in New York, N.Y.

Deborah M. Royster is Deputy General Counsel at Pepco Holdings Inc., an energy holding company. Previously she was Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of RCN Corporation, a competitive provider of bundled telecommunications services.

Herbert Schrayshuen is Vice President Reliability Compliance for National Gridís US operations and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York. His areas of expertise Engineering, R&D, Corporate Planning, Asset Management, Pricing and Rates, Wholesale (FERC jurisdictional) Transactions, Power Procurement, and Independent Power facility transactions.

Autry Warren, Director of Planning and Transmission in the Rates and Regulatory Department for Oncor Energy Delivery a subsidiary of TXU Corp., is responsible for the management of Oncor Electric Delivery Transmission activities and regulatory administration with the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

The Hon. Stan Wise, Chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, is past President of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and is on its International Relations and Gas Committees.

Charles Yeung, Executive Director of Interregional Affairs, Southwest Power Pool Inc., is the SPP Regional Entity Manager for the North American Electric Reliability Council. He is also chairman of the ISO/RTO Council's Standards Review Committee, which reviews NERC and NAESB standards.