Law Seminars International Presents

The 9th Annual Two-Day Conference on

Energy In California 2007

Meeting the climate change challenge

September 17 & 18, 2007
Parc Fifty Five Hotel in San Francisco, CA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, public and private utility professionals, energy industry executives, power marketers, economists and consultants, tribal and government officials

Why Attend

"As scientific consensus about the potential dangers of global warming evolves into political and social action, California has taken an international leadership role in defining positive responses to the climate challenge. This conference will be essential for everyone involved in decisions about how to meet landmark regulatory requirements and how to find competitive advantages in new technologies and market-based approaches to curbing carbon emissions. This program will redefine traditional regulatory and market issues in the context of the state's pioneering approach to climate change." ~Program Co-Chairs: Jefferey D. Harris, Esq. and Arthur O'Donnell

What You Will Learn

~State environmental regulatory initiatives ~How energy regulatory agencies are meeting the carbon challenge ~Developing the greenhouse gas markets ~Meeting the policies set forth in AB 32 ~New horizons in energy research ~Traditional energy market concerns ~Transmission issues

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~This is a great overview course of the major issues and emerging trends in California ~I enjoyed the overview of the legislative update--good summary of current issues ~Overall, a well-structured conference and good content ~Arthur O'Donnell added a lot to the program ~Cicchetti was GREAT!


Monday, September 17, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Arthur O'Donnell, Program Co-Chair
Energy Overseer / San Francisco, CA
  Jeffery D. Harris, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Ellison Schneider & Harris LLP / Sacramento, CA
8:45 am Increasing California's Global Leadership While Decreasing its Carbon Footprint
  Where we have come over the past year, how does California stack up against the Federal climate change initiatives, what issues to watch, pitfalls to avoid, successes, looking into 2008 and beyond
  Ralph Cavanagh, Esq., Co-Director, Energy Program
Natural Resources Defense Council / San Francisco, CA
9:15 am Update on State Environmental Regulatory Initiatives of Particular Interest to the Energy Industry
  Regulations and market approaches
  Steve Hill
Sierra Research / Sacramento, CA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am How Energy Regulatory Agencies are Meeting the Challenge
  With increased funding and staff, as well as new policy initiatives, major agencies are revamping their priorities to emphasize the state's long-term commitment to containing carbon emissions
  J. Thom Kelly, Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director
California Energy Commission / Sacramento, CA
11:15 am Adaptive Alliances & Networks in the New Global Energy Economy
  Best international practices of how public/private alliances, industrial consortia & global networks in biofuels, solar & wind energy are being negotiated, structured, managed & transformed into engines of innovation & economic growth
  Julian Gresser, Esq., Chairman & CEO
Energy Voyager Corporation / Santa Barbara, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm AB 32 & California Industry: Investment Opportunities and Impact on Power Producers/Utilities, Mineral Products, Manufacturers, Cement, Petroleum & Transportation, & Indirect GHG Sources
  ABCs of AB 32 from inception to current regulatory & legal developments including the recent settlement in the global warming lawsuit between the Attorney General's office & the County of San Bernardino; AB 32 implementation, inventorying and reporting
  Malcolm C. Weiss, Esq.
Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, LLP / Los Angeles, CA
  Brian Anderson, Director Environment, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainable Development
Vulcan Materials Company / Los Angeles, CA
  Joshua Margolis, CEO
CantorCO2e / San Francisco, CA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm AB 32--Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
  Lawsuits and state efforts to push local governments to incorporate state greenhouse policies into local plans
  John A. McKinsey, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Sacramento, CA
4:15 pm New Horizons of Energy Research to Meet the Climate Challenge
  PIER research: Meeting the new climate goals makes solving both technical and institutional barriers more urgent than ever
  Martha Krebs, Ph.D., Deputy Director for R&D
California Energy Commission / Sacramento, CA
5:00 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Ellison, Schneider & Harris LLP

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview to Day Two: Regulation and Markets
  Jeffery D. Harris, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Ellison Schneider & Harris LLP / Sacramento, CA
  Arthur O'Donnell, Program Co-Chair
Energy Overseer / San Francisco, CA
8:45 am Are Traditional Energy Market Concerns Being Left Behind?
  Even as agencies pursue pioneering policies, the day-to-day work of rate cases, utility management and market operations continues...what's on the agenda?
  Andrew B. Brown
Ellison Schneider & Harris LLP / Sacramento, CA
  Robert Finkelstein, Executive Director
The Utility Reform Network -- TURN / San Francisco, CA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am What the Stakeholders Would Like to See From the Legislature
  In California's current climate of energy transition, policies are being created that will affect future outcomes; what issues are on the table, ramifications of regulations
  V. John White, Executive Director
Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies / Sacramento, CA
  Joseph Lyons, Energy Policy Director
California Manufacturers & Technology Association / Sacramento, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Transmission Issues
  High voltage transmission remains a critical link to meeting policies to encourage competitive markets, clean energy and renewable resources: What is happening on the high-level planning side?
  Carl B. Linvill, Ph.D., Director, Energy Planning & Analysis
Aspen Environmental Group / Sacramento, CA
  State policy perspective
  Traci Bone, Esq., Energy Policy Advisor
California Public Utilities Commission / San Francisco, CA
2:15 pm Update on Market Issues, Power Procurement and Contracts
  California is beginning to adopt long term capacity requirements and markets to reinforce wholesale competition; other states are looking to California to learn how to expand Energy Efficiency: Where does this leave retail choice?
  Charles J. Cicchetti, Ph.D., Co-founding Partner
Pacific Economics Group / Pasadena, CA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm New Advances in Community Choice and Local Power Initiatives
  Views on Community Choice Aggregation in San Francisco and the Bay Area
  Howard Golub, Esq.
Nixon Peabody LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Paul Fenn, CEO and Chairman
Local Power / Oakland, CA
  Barbara Hale, Assistant General Manager for Power
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission / San Francisco, CA
4:30 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 Tuesday, September 11, 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

Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 13 California MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Parc Fifty Five Hotel at 55 Cyril Magnin Street in San Francisco, CA 94102. Call the hotel directly at (800) 595-0507 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $209 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

Jeffery D. Harris, Program Co-Chair, partner at Ellison Schneider & Harris LLP, practices in the firm's energy group and specializes in energy, water, land use, public agency and environmental law. He advises private sector and public agency clients on general energy law, electric utility restructuring, power plant siting and environmental issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act.

Arthur O'Donnell, Program Co-Chair, aka The Energy Overseer, covers the energy industry as a reporter, consultant and author. He writes the "Overseer's Undercurrents" column for California Energy Circuit and is consulting editor for E&E Publishing's Land Letter. His articles and special reports appear in industry oriented publications, and he wrote "Soul of the Grid" and "The Guilty Environmentalist."

Brian Anderson, Director of Environmental Management, Regulatory Affairs & Sustainable Development for Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division is responsible for the company's environmental program management, sustainable development policy and practice implementation.

Traci Bone, Energy Policy Advisor for the California Public Utilities Commission, works as advisor to Commissioner Diane Grueneich overseeing the Commission's transmission permitting processes.

Andrew B. Brown, partner at Ellison Schneider & Harris LLP, specializes in California energy issues, focusing on transactional work, long-term power purchase agreements, resource adequacy capacity contracts, California energy regulatory policy and administrative litigation.

Ralph Cavanagh, senior attorney and co-director of Natural Resources Defense Council's energy program, was Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford and UC Berkeley, and a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board.

Dr. Charles J. Cicchetti, co-founding member of Pacific Economics Group and Miller Professor of Government, Business and the Economy at the University of Southern California, was Managing Director of Arthur Andersen Economic Consulting, and Co-Chairman of Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, Inc.

Paul Fenn, CEO and Chairman of Local Power, was legislative director to the Senate Chairman of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Energy. He writes on energy related regulation, and speaks on energy issues.

Robert Finkelstein, Executive Director, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), is the group's chief advocate on electric issues where he has helped California consumers save hundreds of millions of dollars.

Howard V. Golub, partner with Nixon Peabody LLP, provides services to investor-owned and publicly owned utilities, independent power producers and developers of energy technologies. He was cited as "Super Lawyer" in 2004 by "Law & Politics".

Julian Gresser is Chairman and CEO of Energy Voyager Corporation, which brings advanced marketing intelligence and accelerated innovation to the clean tech/green energy field. He is an international attorney, inventor and author and was a senior consultant to the U.S. State Department, World Bank, Prime Minister's Office of Japan, People's Republic of China and European Commission.

Barbara Hale, Assistant General Manager for Power at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, oversees efforts to ensure electric reliability, expand clean energy alternatives and provide consumers with greater choice.

Steve Hill, Senior Engineer at Sierra Research, handles compliance assistance and strategy development for facilities subject to EPA and local air district enforcement actions. He also prepares permit applications relating to the Clean Air Act Title V, offsets and emission reduction credit analyses.

J. T. (Thom) Kelly, California Energy Commission's Assistant Executive Director for Strategic Issues, develops energy forecasts, writes energy research and policy reports, chairs energy research panels, and advises Governor Schwarzenegger's Energy Plan for California.

The Hon. Martha Krebs, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission's Research & Development, is responsible for its applied energy R&D program. Formerly Assistant Secretary of Energy, she oversaw the $3.5 billion basic research program that underlies the Department's energy, environmental and national security missions.

Carl B. Linvill, Ph.D., Director of Energy Planning and Analysis for Aspen Environmental Group, provides energy modeling and energy policy evaluation services on longer term planning issues.

Joseph Lyons, Energy Policy Director at California Manufacturers & Technology Association, was previously Principal Consultant to the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee in the California Legislature.

Josh Margolis, CEO of CantorCO2e, oversees all global operations and handles management of emissions and energy markets in North America. He is experienced in emission trading consulting and market development, and advised the California Climate Change Advisory Committee on greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

John A. McKinsey, senior counsel at Stoel Rives LLP, is lead counsel for the siting of major industrial development projects in California, represents clients before regulatory agencies, and provides guidance in compliance and regulatory matters.

Malcolm Weiss, partner at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, LLP, assists with permitting new and expanding facilities, compliance efforts, defending agency enforcement actions, and citizen suit matters. He works with CERCLA, CEQA, Proposition 65, AB 32, environmental auditing and due diligence.

V. John White is Executive Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT), a non-profit coalition of the nation's leading public interest environmental groups and businesses working on energy efficiency and renewable technologies.