Law Seminars International Presents

The Third Annual Conference on

Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest

A comprehensive update on current law, policy and economics

August 9 & 10, 2007
Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, industry executives, government officials, and consumer advocates involved with energy infrastructure investment, public policy and resource development

Why Attend

This conference brings together federal and state policy makers, developers, utility managers and financial players to address current issues in renewables and energy efficiency. These high-level speakers will address the present status and prognosis for federal and state policies, the next wave of technology that will make a difference, and necessary preconditions for increased investment in this sector. While the conference will provide an excellent overview of the pertinent law, policy and economics, the goal is convene a sophisticated, focused faculty and audience, and to stimulate new insights and new relationships that will benefit these dynamic sectors as they continue to rise in national importance. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Robert D. Kahn, Ed. D., William H. Holmes, Esq., and Timothy L. McMahan, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Renewable Portfolio Standards, production tax credits and policy drivers updates ~ Environmental imperatives driving energy innovation ~ Legislative drivers and barriers ~ Updates on renewables and energy efficiency provisions of the 2005 Energy Policy Act ~ FERC's perspective on the future of energy ~ Trends in financing and investment ~ Major transmission issues facing renewables ~ Siting and permitting challenges ~ Transportation and renewables

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ The program agenda was well rounded and well planned ~ Overall the information presented was extremely educational - great job! ~ Great seminar - well-balanced presentations ~ The conference provided some excellent ideas to encourage renewables in my state ~ The seminar was practical and cutting edge and highly useful in my practice ~ The content and quality of the seminar was quite impressive


  How has the change of parties and greater national recognition of climate change as a serious risk and renewables and energy efficiency as credible responses affected policymaking within the halls of Congress?

Thursday, August 09, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Robert D. Kahn, Ed. D., Program Co-Chair, President
Robert D. Kahn & Company / Mercer Island, WA
  William H. Holmes, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR
8:45 am Cutting Edge Developments in Renewables and Energy Efficiency
  Current status of the technologies; potential for future growth; challenges in realizing the potential.
  Stanley R. Bull, Ph.D., Associate Director of Renewable Electricity Science and Technology
U.S. Department of Energy: National Renewable Energy Laboratory / Golden, CO
9:30 am The Environmental Imperative Driving Energy Innovation
  Jan Hamrin, Ph.D., President
Center for Resource Solutions / San Francisco, CA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Legislative Drivers and Barriers
  Climate change: The legislative ice dam is breaking up
  Michael G. Lufkin, Esq.
Marten Law Group / Seattle, WA
  Update on the status of the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), production tax credits and policy drivers
  James Van Nostrand, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Portland, OR
  Update on implementation of the renewables and energy efficiency provisions of the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPAct); FERCís recent Order 890 Open Access Transmission Tariff
  Pamela J. Anderson, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Special Address: Making Sustainable Policy Sustainable - What the Future of Energy Looks Like from a Federal Regulatory Perspective
  The Hon. Jon Wellinghoff, Esq., Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC
2:15 pm The Interplay Between Renewables and Economic Development
  Clean energy technologies: A critical piece to Governor Gregoire's next Washington state business plan and our state's response to climate change
  Juli Wilkerson, Esq., Director
Washington State Department of CTED / Olympia, WA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Trends in Financing and Investment
  Trends in transactional structures; where the money is flowing; what the investors are looking for in this booming sector
  Venture capital
  David Y. Chen, General Partner
OVP Venture Partners / Portland, OR
  Institutional equity
  Michael Garland, Head of U.S. Infrastructure and Project Finance Group
Babcock & Brown / San Francisco, CA
  Public investment
  Ann Grodnik, Assistant Vice President
Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation / Seattle, WA
5:00 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Stoel Rives LLP

Friday, August 10, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Robert D. Kahn, Ed. D, Program Co-Chair
Robert D. Kahn & Company / Mercer Island, WA
  Timothy L. McMahan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR
8:45 am Major Transmission Issues Facing Renewables in the West and the Likely Outcomes
  Transmission constraints on development; elusive grid optimization prospects for the West; resolving transmission challenges and tapping (new) renewable energy resources
  Scott A. Gutting, President
Energy Strategies, LLC / Salt Lake City, UT
9:30 am Siting and Permitting Challenges
  Is Washington State representative of what wind power advocates are experiencing as they seek to meet growing demand? Lessons from other parts of the country
  Timothy L. McMahan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Tribal Power Development
  Problems and opportunities involved in bringing an energy project from concept to full operation
  Margaret M. Schaff, Esq.
Schaff & Clark-Deschene, LLC / Boulder, CO
11:15 am Update on the Push Towards Greater Use of Renewables in the Transportation Sector and the Potential Impact on the Electric Industry
  The transportation sector is beginning the transition away from fossil fuels. With multiple pathways competing for investment and subsidies, which are most likely to win broad market success? Why? How?
  Steve Marshall, Esq., Chair
Municipal League of King County / Seattle, WA
  Electrification and hybrids
  Danielle Fugere, Esq., Regional Program Director
Friends of the Earth / San Francisco, CA
  Converting the sugars in biomass into fuel
  Mary Blanchard, Director, Marketing & Strategy
Virent Energy Systems, Inc. / Madison, WI
12:30 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. 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 3, 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 10 WA 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 Sheraton Seattle Hotel at 1400 Sixth Avenue in Seattle, WA 98104. Call the hotel directly at (206) 621-9000 for reservations. Rooms are on a first come, first served indvidual 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 $905. 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

William H. Holmes, Program Co-Chair, is a member of Stoel Rives LLP and concentrates on energy law with a special emphasis on wind and renewable energy. He also practices water law, real estate law, and general corporate transactions. He has been the President of the Board of Directors and pro bono counsel for Portland's Habitat for Humanity and is in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in "Energy Law" and "Environmental Law".

Robert D. Kahn, Ed. D., Program Co-Chair, is President and co-founder of Robert D. Kahn & Company, a strategic communications agency known for its work in energy policy, permit assistance, environmental management and public acceptance of new technology. He is Executive Director of the Northwest Independent Power Producers Coalition, a founding board member of the Renewable Northwest Project advocacy group, and a U.S. correspondent for New Energy, the official publication of the European Renewable Energies Federation. In the past, he worked with Buckminster Fuller and the National Science Foundation.

Timothy L. McMahan, Program Co-Chair, a partner with Stoel Rives LLP, concentrates his practice on land use, real estate development, environmental, and municipal law and has represented energy facility developers, property owners and municipal clients, including the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) and the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC). He focuses on permitting shoreline developments, utility and energy facilities including pipelines, natural gas generation and wind energy facilities, and commercial and industrial facilities.

The Hon. Jon Wellinghoff, Special Address, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, was sworn in by President Bush in July 2006 for a four-year term. Previously, as a partner in one of Nevada's largest law firms, he concentrated his practice on energy law and utility regulation primarily representing clients before the Nevada Commission. In private practice he represented clients in the renewable energy sector writing amendments to the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Pamela J. Anderson, member with Van Ness Feldman, represents utilities and natural gas, crude oil, products pipelines and, as a certified public accountant, combines her legal and financial expertise to assist clients with the complex processes of regulatory compliance, rate litigation and rate making before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulatory bodies.

Mary Blanchard, Director of Marketing and Strategy with Virent Energy Systems, Inc., oversees marketing initiatives and research, strategic planning, governmental affairs, and public relations. Previously, she served in various international and domestic marketing and product management positions at Tellabs, Inc.

Stanley R. Bull, Ph. D. is the Associate Director of Renewable Electricity Science and Technology, at the U. S. Department of Energy: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Vice President of Midwest Research Institute with extensive experience in energy and related applications including renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation systems, bioenergy and leading energy research and development.

David Chen, General Partner with OVP Venture Partners, focuses on semiconductors, intelligent network edge and nanotechnology. Previously he was a founder and managing partner of The Ascent Group, a strategy consult serving firms like Intel, Microsoft, Sun, and Fujitsu. He sits on the boards of Ambric, Tzero and UXComm.

Danielle Fugere, Regional Program Director for Friends of the Earth, focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through innovative transportation strategies including clean alternative fuels and vehicles. Previously, she was managing partner of Environmental Advocates, a law firm representing non-profit clients in environmental enforcement actions.

Michael Garland is head of the U.S. Infrastructure and Project Finance group at Babcock & Brown, an international investment and merchant bank with a specialty in renewable energy projects including wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. Previously, he was Director of the State of California Energy Assessments Office.

Ann Grodnik, Assistant Vice President with the Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation, focuses on the power sector in the Northwest with Public Finance's Energy Group. She specializes in greenhouse gas emissions markets and renewable energy financial strategies.

Scott A. Gutting, President and Founder of Energy Strategies, LLC, coordinates the efforts of a team of economists, engineers, business strategists and financial analysts in all of Energy Strategies' consulting activities.

Jan Hamrin, Ph.D., President of the Center for Resource Solutions, is experienced in the renewable energy industry and has advised on the design and implementation of clean energy policies and programs in the United States and abroad. She currently leads CRSís climate change programs.

Michael G. Lufkin, attorney with Marten Law Group, focuses on environmental law and natural resource litigation with special expertise in climate change. In 2005 he was named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics and received a fellowship from the Robert Bosch Foundation enabling him to study the new European Union program on carbon emissions trading.

Steve Marshall, Chair of the Municipal League of King County, was previously the Assistant General Manager in the Power & Transmission Services Division of the Snohomish County PUD, focusing on power contract negotiations, resource development and industry restructuring.

Margaret M. Schaff, partner at Schaff & Clark-Deschene, LLC, specializes in utility, oil and gas and energy policy work for tribal governments, including the Wind River Energy Company, Umpqua Indian Utility Cooperative and the Dine' Power Authority.

James Van Nostrand, partner with Perkins Coie LLP, focuses on electricity and gas regulation, utility mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications and administrative law. He is listed in Washington Law & Politics as one of Washington's Super Lawyers and in The Best Lawyers in America.

Juli Wilkerson was reappointed by Governor Chris Gregoire in June 2005 as the Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) where her efforts are dedicated to expanding business and community opportunities both here and abroad. Previously, she served as Director of the City of Tacomaís Economic Development Department.