Who Should Attend
Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, and customer representatives involved with electric generation, transmission, and consideration of alternatives to new projects
Why You Should Attend
With New York and New England states announcing ambitious plans for reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to clean energy, we've expanded the focus of this year's transmission conference to include more detailed coverage of renewable resource development, hydrogen as a storage solution for intermittent wind and solar, and distributed generation. We are very pleased with the depth and breadth of experience our distinguished faculty will bring to the discussions.
You'll have an opportunity to hear from, and converse with, high-level legal practitioners, policymakers, grid operators, subject area experts, and business executives as they address the challenges of clean power development and the role of transmission in an era of increasingly decentralized, decarbonized generation. Nothing will happen without developers proposing projects and investors financing them. Our concluding panel will focus on the cash flows necessary to get steel into the ground or silicon onto rooftops.
Join us as we stitch together a coherent big picture from seemingly disparate parts, and then offer practical tips and techniques that you can put to work right away. We hope to see you there!
~ Paul G. Afonso, Esq. of Brown Rudnick and Paul Hibbard of Analysis Group, Inc., Program Co-Chairs
What You Will Learn
- Federal clean energy and transmission policy developments
- Gas pipeline developments and the implications for the use of gas in the Northeast
- Developments in New York with an impact on the New England states
- Offshore policy issues in New England
- Charging infrastructure needs for electric vehicles
- Distributed generation, hydrogen storage, and impacts on the grid
- The role of transmission in an increasingly decarbonized and electrified world
- Cap-and-trade and other clean energy legislative proposals in New England
- The challenge of developing a resilient regulatory system
- Transitioning from traditional cost-of-service regulation to performance-based ratemaking
- Funding and siting issues for clean energy infrastructure projects
What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs
- "Many very smart and thoughtful speakers."
- "Good interaction with attendees by presenters."
- "Outstanding program!"
- "I really enjoyed the conference."
Agenda Day 1
Introduction & Overview
Paul G. Afonso, Esq.
, Program Co-Chair
Brown Rudnick / Boston, MA
, Program Co-Chair, Principal
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA
FERC Update Plus Other Federal Policy Developments that Impact the Northeast
Regulatory developments affecting clean energy and transmission development: the political landscape after the 2018 midterm elections; the evolving agenda at DOE and the reconstituted FERC
Douglas Smith, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Washington, DC
Update on Developments Affecting the Role of Natural Gas in Northeast Energy Markets
Pipeline certificate approvals: FERC's "stalled" certificate policy Notice of Inquiry and the enhanced filing requirements that will be needed in our current political/regulatory environment
CRA International / Boston, MA
Clean Energy Developments in New York with an Impact on the New England States
Update on implementation issues for Governor Cuomo's 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda and the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan
Tommy P. Beaudreau, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Washington, DC
How efforts in New York to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources are playing out in in terms of consumer demand and market supplies
Noah C. Shaw, Esq.
, General Counsel and Secretary
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority / Albany, NY
Update on wholesale electricity market structures, pricing, and ISO resource planning
, Senior Manager, Market Design
NYISO / Rensselaer, NY
Lunch (on your own)
Offshore Energy Policy Issues in New England
Proposals for bringing offshore energy to load and how they are faring: As transmission projects get bigger, should New York and New England have a coordinated policy on transmission?
, Moderator, Vice President
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA
Thorn C. Dickinson
, Vice President, Business Development
Avangrid Networks / New Gloucester, ME
Clarke Bruno, Esq.
, Lead Partner for Transmission
Anbaric Development Partners / Wakefield, MA
Richard L. Levitan
Levitan & Associates / Boston, MA
Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles: What Will be Needed, Who Will Build It, and Who Will Pay for It?
Update on implementation of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities' recent order approving Eversource's plans to invest $45 million to reduce the cost to prospective owners of installing charging stations in locations across Massachusetts
Charlotte B. Ancel, Esq.
, Director of Strategic Development
Eversource Energy / Springfield, MA
Other developments affecting the region and work that still needs to be done
, Vice President of Public Policy
Chargepoint / Campbell, CA
Mark LeBel, Esq.
, Staff Attorney
Acadia Center / Boston, MA
Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees
Sponsored by Analysis Group, Inc. and Brown Rudnick
Friday, March 22, 2019
Clean Energy Development: Distributed Generation, Storage, and Impacts on the Grid
Distributed generation: Update on rate proceedings and outcomes in New England; interplay between distributed generation and high-voltage transmission; implications for transmission system planning
Stephen J. Rourke
, Vice President, System Planning
ISO New England, Inc. / Holyoke, MA
Hydrogen fuel cells from distributed carbon-free renewables as an emerging commercially-viable storage technology: Update on the Massachusetts 2018 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Plan and fueling stations and incentives in Connecticut
William D. Lese
, Managing Partner
Braemar Energy Ventures / New York, NY
The role of transmission in an increasingly decarbonized and electrified world
, Senior Associate
The Brattle Group / Cambridge, MA
State Regulatory Policy Development
Update on cap-and-trade and other clean energy legislative proposals in New England
Heather Hunt, Esq.
, Moderator, Executive Director
NESCOE / Longmeadow, MA
Administrative perspectives on the challenge of developing a resilient regulatory system capable of staying in sync with evolving technologies, changing consumer preferences, and investor needs for regulatory certainty
The Hon. Abigail W. Anthony, Ph.D.
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission / Warwick, RI
Update on a state's effort to transition from traditional cost of service regulation to performance-based ratemaking where the company aligns with the goals and direction of the state
The Hon. Angela M. O'Connor
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities / Boston, MA
Lunch (on your own)
Project Development Opportunities and Challenges: Funding and Siting Issues for Clean Energy Infrastructure Projects
Developers discuss challenges to overcome before steel can go into the ground in the Northeast and suggest creative solutions for acquiring financing and moving projects ahead
Alan J. Statman, Esq.
Al Statman LLC / Santa Fe, NM
, Managing Partner
Ansonia Partners / New York, NY
Kathleen M. Shanley
, Manager - Transmission Siting
Eversource Energy / Hartford, CT
, Vice President, Electric Transmission
Liberty Utilities / Jupiter, FL
Evaluations and Adjourn
Paul G. Afonso, Program Co-Chair, is Co-Practice Leader of the Energy, Utilities, and Environmental Group at Brown Rudnick. He previously served as Chairman of the Massachusetts DTE and as Chairman of the Energy Facilities Siting Board.
Paul Hibbard, Program Co-Chair, is a Principal at Analysis Group, Inc. He previously served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
Heather Hunt, Moderator, is Executive Director of NESCOE. Her broad experience includes service as a Public Utility Commissioner in Maine and Connecticut, State Government Affairs at United Technologies Corporation, and Vice President, Regulatory at Southern Connecticut Gas.
Andrea Okie, Moderator, is a Vice President at Analysis Group, Inc.. She has conducted multiple analyses of state and federal climate policies, including quantifying the power system and macroeconomic impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Alan J. Statman, Moderator, founded Al Statman LLC after a distinguished career practicing energy law and after founding Trans-Elect, Inc., North America's first independent transmission company.
Charlotte B. Ancel is Director of Strategic Development for Eversource Energy. She leads Eversource's vehicle, storage, and other clean energy development and policy initiatives.
The Hon. Abigail W. Anthony, Commi ssioner at the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, previously was the Director of Acadia Center's Grid Modernization and Utility Reform Initiative.
Jan Bagnall is Vice President of Electric Transmission at Liberty Utilities. He leads transmission development for both the United States and Canada.
Tommy P. Beaudreau is a Partner at Latham & Watkins and Global Co-Chair of the Project Siting & Approvals Practice. He formerly served as the first Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Clarke Bruno is Lead Partner for Transmission work in the U.S. and Canada for Development Partners. He previously served as Energy and Environmental Counsel to NJ Governor Corzine.
Michael DeSocio is Senior Manager, for Market Design at NYISO. He is responsible for the evolution of NYISO's wholesale electricity markets.
Thorn C. Dickinson is Vice President, Business Development for Avangrid Networks.
Michael Hagerty is a Senior Associate at The Brattle Group. He focuses on electricity wholesale market design, renewable and climate policy analysis, transmission planning and development, and strategic planning for utility companies.
Mark E. Le Bel is a Staff Attorney for the Acadia Center. He also is an appointed member of the Zero Emission Vehicle Commission in Massachusetts.
William D. Lese is Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE).
Richard L. Levitan, President of Levitan & Associates, leads the firm's advisory services in the areas of gas/electric interdependency assessment, power plant valuation, wholesale power procurement, and gas transportation management.
Scott Medla is Managing Partner at Ansonia Partners, which is is an investment banking partnership focusing on solutions for energy and infrastructure clients.
The Hon. Angela M. O'Connor is Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.
Herb Rakebrand is a Principal at CRA International. He has over thirty five years of natural gas industry experience complemented by an additional 5 years in energy investment banking.
Stephen J. Rourke is Vice President, System Planning for ISO New England, Inc. He oversees ISO New England's regional and interregional planning processes.
Kathleen M. Shanley is Manager for Transmission Siting at Eversource Energy.
Anne Smart is Vice President of Public Policy for Chargepoint, the world's leading network of electric vehicle charging solutions.
Douglas Smith, Partner at Van Ness Feldman, represents clients on regulatory matters, climate change, energy technology, and renewable energy policy. He is a former General Counsel for the FERC.
Continuing Education Credits
Live credits: We have applied for CLE credits in CT, ME, RI, and VT. NH lawyers can self-certify and report attendance. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.
One Financial Center
One Financial Center in Boston, MA 02111
The conference will be held at One Financial Center in Boston, MA 02111. Lodging is available at a number of nearby hotels. Our thanks to Brown Rudnick for graciously hosting this event.
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