Law Seminars International Presents: A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on

Oregon's Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan
The broad range of state and local issues arising from the landmark SB 1547 legislation

July 28 & 29, 2016
Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR

Who Should Order This Homestudy

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

Why You Should Order

As the U.S. Supreme Court was issuing its February stay of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan, Oregon's Legislative Assembly was beginning a 35-day session in which it passed a first-in-the-nation bill requiring Oregon's two investor-owned electric utilities to cease using coal-fired resources to serve Oregon retail customers by January 1, 2030. The legislation, referred to as the "Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan," also increases Oregon's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 25 percent by 2025 to 50 percent by 2040 and establishes programs for electric utility investment in electric vehicle plans, energy efficiency and demand management, and community solar projects.

This conference explores how the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan will alter Oregon's electric power sector and how implementation of these new initiatives fits within broader trends for federal climate policy and the Western electric grid. Conference participants will hear experienced practitioners, government officials, industry professionals and leaders from key non-profit groups discuss the legal and practical challenges of removing coal-fired resources from the rate base and moving to a 50 percent RPS, as well as what the future may hold for the continuing evolution of electric utility regulation.

We are excited to be presenting a comprehensive examination of a new law that places Oregon at the leading edge of energy and climate policy in the United States. We hope you will join us.

~ Elaine R. Albrich, Esq. of Stoel Rives LLP and Richard H. Allan, Esq. of Marten Law PLLC, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Thursday, July 28, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Richard H. Allan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Marten Law PLLC / Portland, OR

Elaine R. Albrich, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR

8:45 am

Oregon's SB 1547 and Other Clean Power Policies in the Western Grid

Key provisions of SB 1547 and Oregon's resulting Greenhouse Gas Goals: Overview of the pieces and how they fit together

J. Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director
Renewable Northwest Project / Portland, OR

Clean power policy in other western states: Who is slamming on the brakes after the US Supreme Court stay of the federal Clean Power Plan and who is charging ahead?

Kristen Sheeran, Ph.D, Oregon Director
Climate Solutions / Portland, OR

10:00 am

What Will Be The Impact on Transmission Systems?

Primary factors to consider from a transmission planner's perspective; new capacity and will it be needed? What's likely to get stranded?

Christine S. Gunn, Esq., Attorney, Transmission Section
Bonneville Power Administration / Portland, OR

10:30 am


10:45 am

Analysis of Key Provisions: Coal Phase-Out

The economics of coal in the west: Will there be a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions? Or, will coal-fired power plants simply shift to serving other load?

Michael Hagerty
The Brattle Group Inc / Cambridge, MA

"Coal by wire" and the Oregon Public Utility Commission: How will the Coal Phase-Out be implemented? Will Oregon regulation expedite the closure of coal plants, or is SB 1547 only a symbolic victory for environmentalists?

Irion Sanger, Esq.
Sanger Law PC / Portland, OR

Implementation from the Utility Perspective

Etta P. Lockey, Esq.
PacifiCorp / Portland, OR

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Key Provisions (cont'd): Revisions to Oregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

"Qualifying Electricity" for purposes of the RPS; applicability of federal tax credits (Will there be a renewables boom?); utilities vs. independent power producers (Who is favored to provide the resources?)

Chad T. Marriott, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR

The path to 50 percent renewables: Which renewables--and where? Can challenges for siting be met? How does a 50% RPS meet base load needs?

Suzanne Leta Liou, Manager, Global Market Strategy
SunPower Corporation / Portland, OR

Renewable Energy Credits (RECs): How does bankingt work? What incentives does the Act create? Llessons from REC market structures in other states

Scott Eidson, Head of Origination & Trading
3Degrees Inc. / Portland, OR

The environment for locating renewables in Oregon including siting and small v. large-scale facility issues

Elaine R. Albrich, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

The Changing Role for the PUC and the Overriding Question of Who Pays for What

Key issues from regulatory, utility, and customer perspectives including what should go into the rate base for investor-owned utilities; provisions relating to takeover of service territories

Richard H. Allan, Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Marten Law PLLC / Portland, OR

Jason Eisdorfer, Utility Program Director
Oregon Public Utility Commission / Salem, OR

Robert Jenks, Executive Director
Oregon Citizens Utility Board / Portland, OR

Bryce Dalley, Vice President, Regulation
PacifiCorp / Portland, OR

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Marten Law PLLC and Stoel Rives LLP


Friday, July 29, 2016

8:30 am

Community Solar

How the community solar model will work; how it differs from current models (e.g., rooftop solar with net metering)

Lee Rahr, Energy Program Director
Sustainable Northwest / Portland, OR

Rikki Seguin, State Director
Environment Oregon / Portland, OR

Key distinctions for community solar in areas served by publicly-owned utilities

Alan Hickenbottom, Regional Affairs Associate
Umatilla Electric Coop Association / Hermiston, OR

10:00 am


10:15 am

Storage as a Solution

Update on California's mandated storage requirements and progress towards implementation

John A. McKinsey, Esq.
LeClairRyan / Sacramento, CA

10:45 am

Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and the Smart Grid

Legal perspective: How does SB 1547 differ from current law?

Richard G. Lorenz, Esq.
Cable Huston LLP / Portland, OR

Economic perspective: What does cost-effectiveness mean in the context of energy efficiency and demand response?

Ben Kujala, Interim Power Division Director
NWPCC / Portland, OR

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Transportation Sector: Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure

Lessons from California's pioneering experiment with electric vehicle policy

Nancy E. Ryan, Ph.D., Partner
Energy & Environmental Economics Inc. / San Francisco, CA

Utility EV plans in Oregon: What will they look like under the new Act?

Brendan J. McCarthy, State Affairs Specialist
Portland General Electric / Portland, OR

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

The RPS and Reliability

Update on North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards; the challenge of meeting standards without using natural gas to balance intermittent renewables; the reliability experience in other "high RPS" states

Malcolm C. McLellan, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman, LLP / Seattle, WA

3:30 pm

Wrap Up: Key Issues Moving Forward

Legislative perspective

The Hon. Lee Beyer, D District 6
Oregon State Senate / Salem, OR

Large customer perspective

Tyler C. Pepple, Esq.
Davison Van Cleve / Portland, OR

4:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is $1245 with a group rate of $935 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $830. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $622.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 13.75 OR CLE and 12.75 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


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

Faculty Bios

Elaine R. Albrich, Program Co-Chair, partner, Stoel Rives LLP, focuses her practice on permitting and regulatory solutions for energy facility developers and traditional urban and rural land use projects.
Full bio and contact info for Elaine R. Albrich at Stoel Rives LLP

Richard H. Allan, Program Co-Chair, managing partner, Marten Law PLLC, represents business owners and developers on environmental land use and natural resource issues for all phases of project development, including site selection and acquisition, permitting, development and operation.

The Hon. Lee Beyer is Senator, D District 6, Oregon State Senate. He facilitated the passage of SB 1547 and Co-chairs the Joint Interim Committees on Department of Energy Oversight and Transportation Preservation and Modernization and is the former Chairman of the Oregon Public Utilities Commission.

Bryce Dalley is Vice President of Regulation at PacifiCorp.

Scott Eidson is Vice President of Environmental Markets at 3Degrees Inc. and oversees all voluntary and compliance market sales, procurement from new renewable and carbon offset projects, portfolio management, market analysis and regulatory affairs.

Jason Eisdorfer, Utility Program Director, Oregon Public Utility Commission, leads a team providing regulatory advice to the Commission on energy, water and communications. Previously he served as senior technical consultant and advisor at the BPA and co-authored both the Climate Change Integration Act and the Oregon Renewable Energy Act.

Chris Gunn is an attorney in the Transmission section of Bonneville's Office of General Counsel and advises on the I-5 Reinforcement Project, the Transmission Planning study process, and on emerging "non-wires" technologies.

Michael Hagerty, The Brattle Group Inc., is one of the lead analysts for climate policy and renewables in the West. His work centers on modeling the future of California's cap and trade program and RPS, analyzing transmission projects, and coal retirements.

Alan Hickenbottom serves as Regional Affairs Associate at Umatilla Electric Coop Association. He is an energy and utility policy specialist recognized for developing extensive alliances in non-profit, for-profit, utility and government agencies.

Bob Jenks, Executive Director, Oregon Citizens Utility Board (CUB), is a nationally renowned expert on utility-related issues. He has worked for the CUB and on virtually every major Oregon PUC case since 1991. He also sits on the boards of the NEEA, Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center, and Smart Grid NW, as well as serving as the Oregon representative of NASUCA.

Ben Kujala is the Interim Power Division Director of NWPCC. He is an expert in power system analysis and is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society and has been heavily involved with the working group on Loss of Load Expectation. Previously, he served as Operations Research Analyst for the Bonneville Power Administration.

Suzanne Leta Liou, Manager, Global Market Strategy, SunPower Corporation, specializes in renewable energy, strategic planning and business development. She previously served as Senior Division Manager at Atkins and Development Manager at RES Americas.

Etta P. Lockey, Senior Counsel at PacifiCorp, focuses her practice on creating and implementing policy related to renewable energy, customer generation of energy, and emissions reductions.

Richard G. Lorenz, partner, Cable Huston LLP, focuses on energy and public utility law including power generation projects. Notably, he co-represented the City of Klamath Falls in connection with the sale of a 500 MW cogeneration plant for nearly $300 million.

Chad T. Marriott, Stoel Rives LLP, concentrates his practice on renewable and thermal energy project development. He is particularly experienced in the tax equity financing of large wind projects as well as the purchase and sale of portfolios of small solar projects.
Full bio and contact info for Chad T. Marriott at Stoel Rives LLP

Brendan J. McCarthy, State Affairs Specialist, Portland General Electric, contributed significant work towards the adoption and revision of the Oregon Renewable Energy Standard.

John A. McKinsey, partner, LeClairRyan, represents energy and industrial clients, and serves as lead counsel for siting major power projects, compliance and regulatory matters, facility development and operation.

Malcolm C. McLellan, partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP, focuses on electric energy generation, transmission and distribution. He is experienced with developing comprehensive energy compliance programs, counseling on rulemakings, defending enforcement actions and investigations.
Full bio and contact info for Malcolm C. McLellan at Van Ness Feldman, LLP

Tyler C. Pepple, partner, Davison Van Cleve, represents clients in administrative proceedings and appellate litigation related to energy. He is also a registered lobbyist, representing business interests in energy-related legislative matters.

Lee Rahr, Energy Program Director, Sustainable Northwest, works with a staff to pair energy savings and generation opportunities with ongoing conservation projects. Previously, she was Operations Manager, Resource Consultants, Inc.

Nancy E. Ryan, Ph.D., Partner, Energy & Environmental Economics Inc., is experienced in energy and environmental policy. Previously, she was Commissioner, Deputy Executive Director for Policy and External Relations, and Chief of Staff to President Michael R. Peevey at the California PUC.

Irion Sanger, Sanger Law, focuses on energy, administrative, and public utility law, with a lengthy background representing customers and electricity generators on a wide variety of transactional and regulatory matters.

Rikki Seguin, State Director of Environment Oregon, has written key pieces of legislation to promote clean, renewable solar power. She also participates in solar regulatory dockets with the PUC, working to evaluate the resource value of solar power and the framework for community-owned solar arrays.

Kristen Sheeran is the Oregon Director at Climate Solutions. Previously she served as Vice President of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust and is also the founder and Executive Director of the Economics for Equity and Environment Network.

Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director, Renewable Northwest Project, focuses on implementation of cost-effective, workable, renewable technologies. Since her appointment, the organization has supported the implementation of more than 7,600 MW of wind, geothermal and solar resources..

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