Law Seminars International Presents:

The 12th Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Alaska Energy Markets and Regulation

Emerging policies, new regulations, markets and resources

December 12 & 13, 2016

Anchorage, AK

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Anchorage - AK


Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, government officials, Tribal representatives, and customer and environmental representatives involved with development of Alaska's energy resources

Why You Should Order

Energy plays a critical role in determining Alaska's well-being. Energy production, particularly oil, but hopefully also gas as Alaska works to maintain forward progress on an LNG export project even in a challenged business environment, is a vital contributor to both the state's economy and state revenues. The continued production, cost and availability of energy in all forms also remains important to making Alaska livable, affordable and a good economic environment for business. This annual conference, now in its twelfth year, serves as a one-stop update on the legal, business and regulatory, and increasingly the environmental-based regulatory challenges associated with achieving those objectives.

As the continued low in oil prices has made clear, the market for Alaska's energy resources is affected by a variety of economic and government policy factors at not only the state, but also the national and international levels. In many ways, Alaska continues to be ground zero for how these factors intersect. As in previous years, we have assembled a diversified group of experts to address those topics from a variety of perspectives. The conference remains focused on identifying and discussing those issues which drive Alaska's future.

You will have an opportunity to discuss practical solutions for meeting the challenges facing Alaska and hear directly from key Alaska policymakers on their plans for the coming year. This will be a highly informative and educational conference that you will not want to miss. We hope to see you there.

~ Mark Johnson, Esq. of Chugach Electric Association, Inc. and

Bradford G. Keithley, Esq. of Keithley Consulting, LLC, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~The Energy Policy Modernization Act
  • ~Governor Walker's vision for development of Alaska's Energy resources
  • ~Alaska's role in the global oil development picture
  • ~Impact of recovering prices on AK's fiscal condition
  • ~Alaska LNG project
  • ~The interplay between LNG and fiscal policy
  • ~Changes in the electricity industry
  • ~Progress made towards more affordable and reliable energy for Alaskan's
  • ~Updates on DOE programs
  • ~Litigation on environmental issues relating to energy production
  • ~Likely issues for the next Alaska Legislature

What Attendees Said

  • Another top-notch program.
  • Very helpful to understand reality of oil and gas revenue and state budget.
  • Great topics and timely program.

Agenda Day 1

Monday, December 12, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Bradford G. Keithley, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Keithley Consulting, LLC / Anchorage, AK

Mark Johnson, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Chugach Electric Association, Inc. / Anchorage, AK

8:45 am

Federal Energy Policy Update: The Energy Policy Modernization Act

Update on provisions, how the politics played out in the House and Senate, what is next with a potential impact on Alaska

Mark Johnson, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Chugach Electric Association, Inc. / Anchorage, AK

9:30 am

Special Address: State Policy Priorities for Developing Alaska's Energy Resources and Delivering Affordable Energy to Alaskans

Resource management challenges and policy priorities

The Hon. Daniel Seamount, Jr. , Commissioner
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission / Anchorage, AK

10:30 am


10:45 am

Alaska's Place in Global Oil Development as Prices Start to Recover

The broad context for how Alaska's oil and gas fits into global markets

Paul R. Carpenter, Ph.D. , Principal and Chairman
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA

A view from inside the State on Alaska's competitive strengths and weaknesses

Kara Moriarty , President & CEO
Alaska Oil & Gas Association / Anchorage, AK

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Potential Impact of Recovering Prices on Alaska's Fiscal Condition

Overview: How the pieces fit together for anticipated revenue levels, proposals for new taxes or changes to the existing system for oil and gas taxes; whether to change the recent changes to the tax credit system

Bradford G. Keithley, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Keithley Consulting, LLC / Anchorage, AK

A detailed look at the budget numbers

Roger Marks , Consulting Petroleum Economist
Roger Marks Economics / Anchorage, AK

A tax attorney's perspective on how the numbers play out for new development

Jonathan E. Iversen, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Anchorage, AK

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Special Address: The New Vision for the Alaska LNG for Export Project

The need for Alaska to take a leading role; options for making the project attractive to investors and developers without large financial investment from the State

Keith Meyer , President
Alaska Gasline Development Corp. / Anchorage, AK

3:45 pm

Key Issues for the LNG Project Moving Forward

Primary financial and operational challenges

Peter Laliberte , Commercial Manager - Alaska LNG Project
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. / Anchorage, AK

4:15 pm

The Interplay Between Fiscal Policy and LNG Policy

Legal, political, and economic issues

Craig W. Richards, Esq.
Law Offices of Craig W. Richards / Anchorage, AK

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Keithley Consulting, LLC

Agenda Day 2

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2

Bradford G. Keithley, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Keithley Consulting, LLC / Anchorage, AK

Mark K. Johnson , Program Co-Chair
Chugach Electric Association Inc / Anchorage, AK

8:40 am

Special Welcoming Address Video: The Interplay Between Energy and Environmental Policy in the Nation's Capital

The Hon. Daniel S. Sullivan, Esq. , (R - Alaska)
United States Senate / Washington, DC

8:45 am

Changing Gas Markets in Alaska

Update on the Interior Energy Project to improve air quality for Fairbanks and the North Pole at affordable by switching to LNG: As oil prices recover, will it come off the back burner? What are the alternatives to LNG transport?

Gene Therriault , Interior Energy Project (IEP) Team Leader
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) / Anchorage, AK

9:30 am

The Changing Electric Industry

Update on Railbelt Power Pooling. The Railbelt electric utilities are striving to move from using short-term bilateral agreements for buying and selling power to long-term power pool agreements: How the economics may play out

Mark Fouts , Executive Manager, Fuel and Corporate Planning
Chugach Electric Association Inc. / Anchorage, AK

10:15 am


10:30 am

Progress Towards More Affordable and Reliable Energy for Alaskans

Railbelt electric grid modernization: Progress report on establishment of an Independent System Operator

Brian Hickey , Executive Manager, Grid Development
Chugach Electric Association Inc / Anchorage, AK

Repowering rural Alaska: Progress towards developing cost-effective renewables and other alternative sources of energy for Alaska's rural communities

Sean Skaling , Assistant Executive Director & Energy Policy Director
Alaska Energy Authority / Anchorage, AK

11:45 am

Native Corporations as a Sleeping Giant in the Alaskan Energy Economy

The need for public private partnership to redefine rural and arctic Alaska: Update on Department of Energy programs for supporting Tribal energy development

Givey Kochanowski , Alaska Program Manager
U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Indian Energy / Anchorage, AK

12:15 pm


12:30 pm

Special Lunch Address: State Policy Priorities for Developing Alaska's Energy Resources and Delivering Affordable Energy to Alaskans

The Governor's vision for development of Alaska's Energy resources

John Hendrix , Chief Oil and Gas Advisor
Office of Governor Bill Walker / Anchorage, AK

1:30 pm

Litigation Update for Environmental Issues Relating to Energy Production in Alaska

Current administrative proceedings and developments in the courts

Peter H. Van Tuyn, Esq.
Bessenyey & Van Tuyn LLC / Anchorage, AK

Eric B. Fjelstad, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Anchorage, AK

2:30 pm

Issues for the Next Alaska Legislature

What's likely to be introduced and what to expect from the House and Senate

Elizabeth Vazquez, Esq. , State House, R-District 22
Alaska House of Representatives / Anchorage, AK

Tim Bradner , Co-Author
Bradner's Legislative Digest / Anchorage, AK

Casey Reynolds , Author
Midnight Sun Blog / Anchorage, AK

3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Mark Johnson, Mark Johnson, Program Co-Chair, is General Counsel for Chugach Electric Association, Inc. Previously, he was a member of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and worked for the Alaskan Congressional Delegation in Washington, DC.

Bradford G. Keithley, Bradford G. Keithley, Program Co-Chair, is President of Keithley Consulting, LLC. He focuses on Alaska oil and gas regulation, exploration, development and production, as well as LNG issues. Previously, he was Co-Head of the Oil & Gas Practice at Perkins Coie LLP.

John Hendrix, special address, is the Chief Oil and Gas Advisor for the Office of Governor Bill Walker. Prior to this appointment, he worked as General Manager of Apache Alaska.

The Hon. Daniel Seamount, Jr, special address,. is the Geologist Commissioner for the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. He worked on the North Slope Natural Gas Pipeline issues, the evolving Cook Inlet Energy supply challenges and all 53 oil and gas fields in Alaska.

Tim Bradner is Co-Author of Bradner's Legislative Digest and reporter for the Alaska Journal of Commerce. He has been writing about Alaska natural resources projects since 1966.

Paul R. Carpenter, Ph.D., is Principal and Chairman of The Brattle Group, Inc. He focuses on the economics and regulation of natural gas, oil, and electric utilities, and has worked with clients throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on energy industry restructuring and regulation.

Eric B. Fjelstad is the managing partner of the Alaska office of Perkins Coie LLP. He leads the firm's Environment, Energy & Resources practice.

Mark Fouts is the Executive Manager of Fuel and Corporate Planning for Chugach Electric Association Inc.

Brian Hickey is Executive Manager of Grid Development at Chugach Electric Association, Inc. He is responsible for the technical, financial, and strategic coordination of Chugach's transmission system.

Jonathan E. Iversen is partner at Stoel Rives LLP. He focuses on state and local taxation as well as economic development opportunities. Previously, he was Director of the Tax Division for the Department of Revenue for the State of Alaska.

Givey Kochanowski is the Alaska Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy. He is responsible for the support and delivery of DOE technical assistance, capacity building, energy education, and outreach to all Alaskan Tribal entities.

Roger Marks is the founder of Roger Marks Economics. He specializes in petroleum, energy, and resource economics, finance, and taxation. Previously, he was a Senior Petroleum Economist at the State of Alaska Department of Revenue Tax Division.

Keith Meyer, special address, is President of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. He has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry, including LNG receiving terminals, natural gas pipelines, storage projects, power plants, gas liquids plants, and gas separation projects spanning four continents.

Kara Moriarty is President & CEO of Alaska Oil & Gas Association. Previously, she served as legislative staff in Juneau to Senator Gary Wilken and was the President of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Resource Development Council.

Casey Reynolds is the Author and sole editorial staff of the Midnight Sun Blog.

Craig W. Richards, Law Offices of Craig W. Richards, is the recent former Attorney General of Alaska. Before that he practiced law with Governor Bill Walker at Walker Richards.

Sean Skaling is the Assistant Executive Director & Energy Policy Director for the Alaska Energy Authority. The agencies mission is to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska.

U.S. Senator Daniel S. Sull ivan, Esq., (R - Alaska), special video address, was sworn in as Alaska's eighth United States Senator and serves on four Senate committees vital to Alaska: the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Gene Therriault is the Interior Energy Project (IEP) Team Leader for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA). Previously, he was Vice President of Resource Development and External Affairs at Golden Valley Electric Association.

Peter H. Van Tuyn is the managing partner at Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, LLC. He counsels and represents clients on oil and gas exploration and development, mining, land use and zoning, and public land management. Previously, he was the Litigation Director of Trustees for Alaska and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Hon. Elizabet h Vazquez is a member of the Alaska House of Representatives (R-District 22). She previously served as Alaska's assistant attorney general and worked for the United States Department of the Treasury.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 12.25 Alaska Bar CLE credits, 13.5 OK Bar credits and 11.75 WA Bar CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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