Law Seminars International Presents

The 13th Annual Conference on

Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West

A strategic legal & business update for 2008

January 14 & 15, 2008
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Seattle Downtown in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, industry executives, government officials and customer representatives involved with electric energy issues

Why Attend

The economic and political landscape for energy markets and resource development is continually changing. In the coming year, utilities will face increased pressure to develop, integrate and sell new resources and to improve the infrastructure for existing resources. What are the recent developments in state and federal resource policy? What are the most effective and creative strategies for satisfying these policies? This annual conference brings together local, state and federal authorities to provide a strategic update on the issues involved as the electric power industry moves forward in the coming years. ~ Program Co-Chairs: J. Laurence Cable, Esq. and Slade Gorton, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~The intersection between federal transportation and energy policies ~FERC's view of the situation in the West and its priorities for the coming year ~State commissioners' primary regulatory challenges ~Transmission issues in the West ~BPA regional policy process and current issues ~Natural gas fuel supplies, infrastructure and pricing ~What gasification technology offers ~Western states' renewable portfolio standards ~U.S. energy policies for 2008 ~Prospects for expanding renewable resources ~Green design and opportunities for energy producers and distributors ~The role of independent power in today's challenging policy environment

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ ~One of the most informative seminars I have ever attended, the quality of speakers was superb! ~ ~Another good conference that even someone with 28 years industry experience learned a lot from!


Monday, January 14, 2008

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  J. Laurence Cable, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR
  Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Creative and Alternative Means of Resource Development
  J. Laurence Cable, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR
9:15 am A New Look at the Intersection Between Federal Transportation and Energy Policies
  Update on the Bipartisan Policy Center's Transportation Project to develop recommendations for changes in the federal role in surface transportation policy and for a new direction for the next generation of transportation legislation
  Slade Gorton, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
9:45 am Update from FERC
  FERC's view of the situation in the West and its priorities for the coming year
  The Hon. Philip D. Moeller, Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC
10:15 am Break
10:30 am State Commissioners Look at Regional Regulatory Policy: Primary Regulatory Challenges and How the Individual Commissions are Approaching Them
  The Hon. Mark H. Sidran, Chairman
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA
  The Hon. Lee Beyer, Chairman
Public Utility Commission of Oregon / Salem, OR
  The Hon. Mack A. Redford, Commissioner
Idaho Public Utilities Commission / Boise, ID
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Transmission Issues in the West
  E. Jon Kaake, President and Chief Executive Officer
ColumbiaGrid / Portland, OR
  Policy update: RTO developments; FERC/NERC reliability standards
  Harvard P. Spigal, Esq.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Portland, OR
  Integration issues for wind and other renewables
  Joseph M. Rossignoli, Manager, Regulatory Policy
National Grid / Westborough, MA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Regional Policy Update: BPA Regional Dialogue
  Overview of the process and the issues: 2008 contract offers and how BPA will allocate its power going forward through 2011; finding the correct amount of funds to distribute to the IOUs
  Randall W. Hardy, Principal and Founder
Hardy Energy Consulting / Seattle, WA
  Bonneville perspective
  Paul E. Norman, Senior Vice President
Bonneville Power Administration / Portland, OR
  Preference customer perspective
  Raymond S. Kindley, Esq.
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR
  Investor-owned utility perspective
  Kimberly Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Resource Officer
Puget Sound Energy, Inc. / Bellevue, WA
5:30 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP and Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Outlook for Natural Gas Fuel Supplies
  Supplies, infrastructure and price in the Northwest as they impact power generation; evaluating the forecasts on gas prices
  Edward A Finklea, Esq.
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP / Portland, OR
  LNG Update
  Paul F. Soanes, President and Director
NorthernStar Natural Gas / Houston, TX
9:30 am Climate, Coal Gasification and the Pacific Northwest
  What gasification technology offers; status of proposed technology offers and regulatory issues for utilities
  Eric Redman, Esq.
Heller Ehrman LLP / Seattle, WA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Western States Renewable Portfolio Standards
  Overview: Update on renewable portfolio standards throughout the region and perspectives on the implications for finding enough of the right kinds of resources in the West
  Katherine A. McDowell, Esq., Moderator
McDowell & Rackner PC / Portland, OR
  Washington: The impacts of new incentives on utility-scale projects, distributed generation, technology development and manufacturing
  Peter D. Mostow, Esq.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Seattle, WA
  William H. Holmes, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR
  California: Portfolio restrictions and what Northern California utilities are doing to pursue renewables in the Northwest
  Larry W. Weis, General Manager and CEO
Turlock Irrigation District / Turlock, CA
11:45 am Special Address: U.S. Energy Policies for 2008
  A national overview on the current state of energy and an outlook on what the future holds
  The Hon. Jay Inslee, U.S. Representative
Washington's 1st Congressional District / Shoreline, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Prospects for Expanding Renewable Resources Beyond Hydro and Wind
  Tidal: Feasibility, technology and current projects
  Burton Hamner, Founder and Owner
Puget Sound Tidal Power LLC / Seattle, WA
  Solar, biomass and other options
  Nancy Hirsh, Policy Director
NW Energy Coalition / Seattle, WA
  Finance perspective
  Kevin J. McIntyre, Esq.
Jones Day / Washington, DC
2:30 pm Green Design: Opportunities for Northwest Energy Producers and Distributors
  Seattle City Light's GreenUp program: Acquiring and delivering renewable energy to the customers
  Robert W. Cromwell, Jr., Esq., Strategic Advisor - Power Management Division
Seattle City Light / Seattle, WA
  The green design movement: Principles in sustainable building; key developments; future goals
  Mark Frankel, LEED AP, Technical Director
New Buildings Institute / White Salmon, WA
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm The Role of Independent Power in Today's Challenging Policy Environment
  Overview: The Regulated and Carbon Constrained Landscape
  Robert Kahn, Ed.D., Executive Director
Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition / Mercer Island, WA
  Mapping out the business opportunities
  Peter Besenovsky, P.E., Partner
Sage Stone / Mercer Island, WA
  The latest thinking on business organizational and financing structures
  William H. Holmes, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR
  Consumer concerns
  Jason Eisdorfer, Esq., Energy Program Director
Citizens Utility Board / Portland, OR
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 Tuesday, January 8, 2008. 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 13.75 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 Crowne Plaza Hotel - Seattle Downtown at 1113 Sixth Avenue in Seattle, WA 98101. Call the hotel directly at (206) 464-1980 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $189 and reference Conference Code CLI to identify 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

J. Laurence Cable, Program Co-Chair, partner of Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP, focuses on public utility, finance, energy and environmental law, specializing in public finance law and contracting. He counsels on formation of consumer-owned utilities, power sales, purchase agreements and document preparation for electric project financing, construction, operations and the marketing of power.

Slade Gorton, Program Co-Chair, joined Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP after 18 years in the U.S. Senate, is Co-Chair of the Transportation Project with the Bipartisan Policy Center and on the National War Powers Commission. He was chairman of Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and Commerce Subcommittees on Consumer Affairs and Aviation.

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

E. Jon Kaake is President and Chief Executive Officer of ColumbiaGrid, a non-profit regional transmission entity. He helps identify and plan for projects that will enhance power delivery in the Northwest.

Peter Besenovsky, P.E., Partner at technical and financial project development efforts for innovative clean power generation projects domestically and internationally. Sage Stone focuses on energy project development, investment advisory and investment banking services, primarily in the renewable and clean power sector.

The Hon. Lee Beyer, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Oregon, is a member of the NARUC Electricity Committee, the Western State's Council of Utility Commissioner's Natural Gas Committee, the Committee on Regional Electricity Coordination (CREPC) and Director of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council.

Robert W. Cromwell, Jr., Strategic Advisor at Seattle City Light's Power Management Division, represents Seattle City Light in regional and national electric transmission matters in a policy capacity.

Jason Eisdorfer, Legal Counsel and Energy Program Director for the Citizens Utility Board, helped write the Oregon Renewable Energy Act and the Oregon Climate Change bill, both of 2007.

Edward A. Finklea, partner at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP, focuses on natural gas and electricity regulation and litigation. He has been counsel to Northwest Industrial Gas Users since 1986.

Mark Frankel, Technical Director of New Buildings Institute, oversees the "Advanced Buildings" work and consults on sustainable design and energy efficiency. He is on the board of directors of Cascadia Region Green Building Council and was a LEED Reviewer for the USGBC.

Burton Hamner, Founder/Owner of Puget Sound Tidal Power LLC, led the consulting team for the Tacoma Narrows Tidal Power Feasibility Study. He is also developing small tidal and river turbines and a wave energy project.

Randall W. Hardy, Principal and Founder of Hardy Energy Consulting, was administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration and superintendent of Seattle City Light. He gives strategic advice to utilities, customers and others affected by electric restructuring.

Kimberly Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Resource Officer for Puget Sound Energy, Inc., heads Energy Resources, including project development and contract management, energy efficiency services and federal government relations.

Nancy Hirsh, Policy Director of the NW Energy Coalition, directs efforts to enhance investments in energy conservation, renewable energy resources and low income energy service.

William H. Holmes, member at Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on energy law with emphasis on wind and renewable energy, water law, real estate law and corporate transactions. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America in "Energy Law" and "Environmental Law".

Congressman Jay Inslee has been in Washington's 1st Congressional District since 1998. He is Congressional leader on the New Apollo Energy Project and an advocate for moving the United States toward energy independence.

Robert D. Kahn, Ed.D., Executive Director of Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition, consults with independent power producers in permit assistance, policy advocacy and public relations.

Raymond S. Kindley, partner at Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd LLP, focuses on energy and natural resources law. He is general counsel for Wasco Electric Cooperative, Northwest Public Power Association and Central Washington Power Agency.

Katherine A. McDowell, founder of McDowell & Rackner PC, works on energy regulatory issues, including traditional and performance-based ratemaking, utility mergers and acquisitions, electric industry restructuring and environmental issues. She is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America".

Kevin J. McIntyre, partner at Jones Day, focuses on energy law and assists electric utilities, independent power producers, natural gas pipelines, energy marketers and electric transmission providers in M&A, regulatory enforcement investigations and compliance with trading, tariff and reliability requirements. He is coauthor of the Electric Power Purchasing Handbook.

Peter D. Mostow, partner in theCleantech and Renewable Energy Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, works with emerging and mature wind, geothermal, solar, ocean, biomass and biofuels companies on project development and finance matters.

Paul E. Norman, Senior Vice President at Bonneville Power Administration, heads its Power Business Line and is responsible for the generation, marketing and sale of power.

The Hon. Mack A. Redford, Chairman of the Idaho Public Utility Commission, was commissioner and past president of Idaho State Bar and contract and claims counsel for the Arun Ill Hydroelectric Project.

Eric Redman, senior counsel at Heller Ehrman LLP, focuses on climate-friendly new energy technologies and projects including dispatchable wind power systems, enhanced efficiency equipment, coal gasification and carbon management.

Joseph M. Rossignoli, Regulatory Policy Manager at National Grid, plays a key role in developing the company's position on national transmission policy initiatives. Previously he was Principal Analyst for the Transmission Regulatory Affairs and Account Manager for the Commercial Group.

The Hon. Mark H. Sidran is Chairman of Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission since March 2005. He is on the NARUC Board of Directors and NARUC Committee on Electricity.

Paul F. Soanes, President and Director of NorthernStar Natural Gas since its inception, was Director of Business Development for CMS Energy and a founding member of Organic Fuels, LLC, which builds, owns and operates bio-diesel production facilities

Harvard P. Spigal, partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP and member of its Energy and Utility Law Practice Group, focuses on enegy and utility law, emphasizing power resource development, facility and power purchases and sales, and transmission, power scheduling and power system reliability agreements.
Full bio and contact info for Harvard P. Spigal at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP

Larry W. Weis is the General Manager and CEO of Turlock Irrigation District. He also sits on the Board of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).

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