Law Seminars International Presents: A Comprehensive One-Day Seminar on

The Water/Energy Nexus in California
Developing and implementing sustainable policies, programs and strategies at the intersection of water and energy

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

June 20, 2011
Sheraton Suites San Diego at Symphony Hall in San Diego, CA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, policy makers, utilities, independent power producers, land use, real estate and environmental professionals, environmental professionals, marketers and consumers of electricity

Why You Should Order

Water supplies are increasingly critical for energy production in California. At the same time there is an increasing demand for energy use for water distribution and processes. In this seminar, regional policy leaders, water and energy law attorneys and consultants will look at the nexus between water and energy including institutional and regulatory structures and water for solar projects and thermal plants.

Our notable faculty will identify energy resources for pushing water through pipes and will relate experiences with water district leaders and counsel. A contract "workshop" will work though water and energy issues to provide relevant strategies for you and your clients. This conference provides valuable updates on today's water and energy regulation and use for professionals new to the energy industry as well as seasoned professionals in these fields.

~ Thomas M. Berliner, Esq. and Steven P. O'Neill, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Monday, June 20, 2011

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Thomas M. Berliner, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Duane Morris LLP / San Francisco, CA

Steven P. O'Neill, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Lemieux & O'Neill / Westlake Village, CA

8:45 am

Introduction: The Nexus Between Water and Power in California

Water law and supply for energy lawyers and professionals: Historical development of ground and surface supply sources; institutional and regulatory structures; key current players and their primary issues

Thomas M. Berliner, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Duane Morris LLP / San Francisco, CA

Energy law and supply for water lawyers and professionals: Supply sources and electron flows; renewable portfolio standards, clean energy initiatives, and green energy markets; transmission issues

Dian M. Grueneich, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / San Francisco, CA

10:15 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:30 am

Case Studies: Meeting Water Challenges for Energy Projects

Water for solar project construction and ongoing operations: Case study of the Mojave Project

Colin L. Pearce, Esq.
Duane Morris LLP / San Francisco, CA

Cooling water for thermal plants

Robert W. Schultz, Esq., City Attorney
City of Morro Bay / Morro Bay, CA

Tips for securing water supplies

Steven P. O'Neill, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Lemieux & O'Neill / Westlake Village, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Finding Synergies for Energy Projects to Meet the Growing Demand for Energy for Water Distribution and Processing

New projects to push water through pipes: What are the resources and what are the alternatives?

Steven P. O'Neill, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Lemieux & O'Neill / Westlake Village, CA

Water district experiences

Daniel S. Hentschke, Esq., General Counsel
San Diego County Water Authority / San Diego, CA

Phil Lauri, Project Manager
West Basin Municipal Water District / Carson, CA

Outside counsel's perspective on the primary issues to put on your radar

Steven L. Hoch, Esq.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP / Los Angeles, CA

3:15 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

3:30 pm

Contract Workshop: How Water Districts and Energy Project Developers Can Work Through the Sticking Points

Energy issues in the contract

James W. McTarnaghan, Esq.
Duane Morris LLP / San Francisco, CA

Laurene Park, CPA, Water-Energy Practice Leader
GEI Consultants / Rancho Cordova, CA

Water issues in the contract

Chris M. Amantea, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP / Los Angeles, CA

5:00 pm

Power Cost Savings Through Co-Location of Generation and Water Facilities

Staying inside the fence to reduce retail electric costs: Regulatory and financial considerations in building on-site generation

Mark L. Parsons, Esq., Senior Deputy General Counsel
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California / Los Angeles, CA

5:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is $695 with a group rate of $520 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $465. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $347.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 7.25 California MCLE credits, 8.5 WA CPA credits and 7 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

Thomas M. Berliner, Program Co-Chair, partner, Duane Morris LLP, chair of the firm's Water Resources and Renewable Energy and Sustainability practice groups, focuses on water, energy, environmental and governmental/municipal law. He is listed in Best Lawyers and as a Super Lawyer.

Steven P. O'Neill, Program Co-Chair, partner at Lemieux & O'Neill, provides litigation services for water districts, municipalities and other public agencies. He advises clients on transactional matters and represents them before state boards and the California legislature, focusing on water recycling, conservation and desalination matters.

Chris M. Amantea, partner, Hunton & Williams LLP, focuses on environmental, transactional and judicial proceeding. He represents clients in toxic substances, air and water quality, land use, toxic tort, and environmental matters, including state and federal Superfund liability, NPDES permitting and compliance issues, California's Proposition 65, and hazardous waste regulatory issues.

Dian M. Grueneich, partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, focuses on energy efficiency, climate change, renewable energy resources, transmission planning and permitting, demand response, and advanced meter infrastructure (smart grid). Previously, she was a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Full bio and contact info for Dian M. Grueneich at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Daniel S. Hentschke, General Counsel, San Diego County Water Authority, is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the Water Authority. The General Counsel's office provides legal advice, counsel and representation to the Water Authority and its board of directors and staff.

Steven L. Hoch, shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, member, Natural Resources, Climate Change and Litigation groups, is experienced with federal and state environmental laws and regulations in the context of permitting, regulatory proceedings, litigation and public policy formation and advice, relating to groundwater issues, groundwater contamination, hazardous substances and waste handling practices, and soil erosion soil contamination.

Phil Lauri, is a Project Manager at the West Basin Municipal Water District, a public agency that provides drinking and recycled water in southwest Los Angeles County.

James W. McTarnaghan, partner, Duane Morris LLP, co-chair of the firm's Renewable Energy and Sustainability practice group, is experienced in the energy regulatory field, representing energy utilities and developers before the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission and FERC. He is currently working with a California water district in the development of a 30 MW wind generating facility.

Laurene Park, Water-Energy Practice Leader, GEI Consultants, has been working with California's water-energy initiative since its inception in 2005. She is experienced in water and power resources and infrastructure management at GEI where she focuses on developing and implementing sustainable policies, programs and strategies that occur at the intersection of water, energy and climate.

Mark L. Parsons, Senior Deputy General Counsel, Metropolitan District of Southern California, handles energy and public works matters. Previously, he served as FERC counsel for several Southern California municipalities, then as Deputy City Attorney in Riverside, providing advice and counsel to the City Council and Public Utility.

Colin L. Pearce, partner, Duane Morris LLP, focuses on environmental, water, and energy law with an emphasis on representation of cities, water districts and utility districts. He is experienced in state and federal appeals, including handling the appeal of complex water right matters, CEQA cases and civil rights actions.

Robert W. Schultz, City Attorney, Morro Bay, represents the city's legal interests before judicial and administrative agencies, prosecutes violations of the municipal code and provides legal advice and services to the City Council, city officials, departments, employees, boards and commissions.

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