Law Seminars International Presents:

The 19th Annual Conference on

Electric Power and Project Development in California

Expert insight and cutting edge information on legal issues affecting project financing and resource development

November 2 & 3, 2017

San Francisco, CA
(or anyplace you may be via webcast!)

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Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, economists, consultants, and governmental officials involved with energy project development

Why You Should Order

Electric Power and Project Development:It raises a number of questions:

What new roles will states play in supporting green energy policies, and what impact will federal support for conventional generation have?

Will the coming boom in natural gas fired project construction be the last hurrah for conventional generation in California?

Energy storage resources have had great initial success in California -- is this the tip of the spear or a one-time phenomena caused by AB2514 mandates?

Will California join Hawaii as the second state to mandate 100% renewable energy, and if so, how will California handle even more renewable generation?

What new policies will be enacted to ensure that clean and cheap renewable energy no longer has to be curtailed?

How do California's IOUs stay relevant in the face of consumer choice aggregators?

The 19th annual "Energy in California" conference will tackle all of these questions through information-packed seminar sessions presented by thought leaders as well as cutting edge panel sessions that include electric industry leaders. We hope you will join us.

~ Neeraj Arora, Esq. of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and James W. McTarnaghan, Esq. of Perkins Coie LLP, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~ The transition in federal energy and climate change policy
  • ~ Recent federal and state case law
  • ~ New California state energy and climate change policies
  • ~ CPUC developments including the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Action Plan
  • ~ Project financing: Essential contractual elements
  • ~ New financing structures and how to be successful in new financial markets
  • ~ How self-generation and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) are affecting procurement and planning
  • ~ New Developments in market operations: ISO's, RTO's, and EIMs
  • ~ Strategies for asset development during market transition

What Attendees Said

  • "This was a great conference with excellent information."
  • "Impressive speakers!"
  • "Overall, a useful, focused, current set of insights & perspectives on energy issues in California."
  • "Speakers posed thought-provoking questions to the audience."

Agenda Day 1

Thursday, November 02, 2017

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Neeraj Arora, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Los Angeles, CA

James W. McTarnaghan, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / San Francisco, CA

8:45 am

Update on the Transition in Federal Energy and Climate Change Policy Update

Electric and natural gas sectors: Impact of the initial Executive Orders; new faces at the FERC; budgets and personnel changes at DOE and EPA; legislative developments

Stephen M. Spina, Esq.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Washington, DC

9:30 am

Federal and State Case Law Update

California cases and cases at the federal level of particular interest to California, including Commerce Clause issues for state participation in sub-national state and regional activities contrary to federal environmental and energy policy

Laura Godfrey Zagar, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / San Diego, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

California State Energy and Climate Change Policy

AB398, AB617, and other policy drivers that make up the foundation for California's response to climate change: Key developments affecting the utility sector with a potential impact on electrification of transportation in California

Danny Cullenward, Ph.D., Esq. , Research Associate
Near Zero/Carnegie Institution for Science / Stanford, CA

11:15 am

Project-Related Developments at the California Public Utilities Commission

Updates on long-term procurement planning; approval processes for new projects; legislative oversight; key cases on the docket and expected outcomes

William D. Kissinger, Esq.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / San Francisco, CA

12:00 pm

Luncheon Sponsored by Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

1:15 pm

California's Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Action Plan

The plan as a roadmap for where the state wants to go with DER: Pathways for getting there; implementation progress so far; the what next list for achieving the CPUC's vision by the end of 2018

Simon E. Baker , Deputy Director - Energy Division
California Public Utilities Commission / San Francisco, CA

2:00 pm

Project Financing: Essential Contractual Elements for Successful Transactions

Overview of common project financing structures used in California for non-recourse project financings; special considerations for different types of conventional and emerging new resources

Neeraj Arora, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Jane M. Kang, Esq.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Los Angeles, CA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

New Financing Structures; Investor Outlook and Appetite for California Projects

Uniquely Californian financing deals for new types of distributed energy resources: Opportunities for investors and lenders; coping with Suniva; resources most likely to attain long-term success

Robert Witwer, Esq. , GC, Sr. VP of Regulatory & Government Affairs
Southwest Generation / Denver, CO

Perspectives from traditional project finance lenders: How to be successful in these markets

Warren Luhning , Chief Investment Officer
7X Energy / San Anselmo, CA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Perkins Coie LLP

Agenda Day 2

Friday, November 03, 2017

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2: Asset Development During a Market Transition

Neeraj Arora, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Los Angeles, CA

James W. McTarnaghan, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / San Francisco, CA

8:45 am

The Steady Resurgence of Self-Generation and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in California: How Is It Affecting Procurement and Planning?

Overview of the key issues from a legal perspective

James W. McTarnaghan, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / San Francisco, CA

Why communities are increasingly moving towards CCA's and away from traditional utilities; process and pitfalls for setting up a CCA program; benefits and burdens; contracting for resources with a CCA structure

Dawn Weisz , Chief Executive Officer
Marin Energy Authority / San Rafael, CA

How are utilities coping with the increasing prevalence of CCA's? Can utilities and CCA's co-exist? How do utilities recover stranded costs when customers leave and at what level? What opportunities, if any, exist for utilities as a result of new CCA's?

Paul Lau , Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer
Sacramento Municipal Utility District / Sacramento, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Market Operations: ISO's, RTO's, and EIMs

New developments relating to expansion of the California ISO (CAISO)

Virginia Thompson , Regional Affairs Manager
California Independent System Operator / Folsom, CA

Energy Imbalance Markets (EIM): Impact of FERC orders on market-based rates

Douglas J. Howe, Ph.D. , Chair of the Governing Body
Western Energy Imbalance Market / Folsom, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Asset Development During Market Transitions as California Becomes More Specific About What Types of Electric Energy It Wants: Development of New Facilities

Overview of the opportunities and challenges: New permitting and interconnection challenges; one stop shopping at the CEC vs. local permitting regimes; site control issues for preferred resources; how new preferred resources can be best deployed

Seth D. Hilton, Esq. , Moderator
Stoel Rives LLP / San Francisco, CA

New applications for storage: Adding batteries to gas peaker plants to make it easier to incorporate renewable energy into the grid while reducing carbon emissions and water use

Mark Irwin , Director of Energy Contract Management
Southern California Edison / Rosemead, CA

Storage, Smart Grid, demand response, and other alternatives to new generation

Mary E. McKenzie, Esq.
Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson PLC / Oakland, CA

Independent power producer perspective

Jan Smutny-Jones, Esq. , Chief Executive Officer
Independent Energy Producers Association / Sacramento, CA

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Neeraj Arora, Neeraj Arora, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. He focuses on representing sponsors and financial institutions in a broad array of energy project development and finance transactions.

James W. McTarnaghan, James W. McTarnaghan, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Perkins Coie LLP. He represents clients in policy proceedings and various project finance, regulatory incentives, LEED certification, and transmission corridor issues related to renewable energy sources.

Seth D. Hilton, Seth D. Hilton, Moderator, is a partner in the Energy Development practice group at Stoel Rives LLP. He focuses on advising independent energy producers, including renewable energy developers, and publicly owned and investor-owned utilities on energy and greenhouse gas regulation in California.

Simon E. Baker is Deputy Director - Energy Division at the California Public Utilities Commission. Previously, he worked as a Senior Conservation Specialist for Colorado Springs Utilities.

Danny Cullenward, Ph.D., Esq., Danny Cullenward, Ph.D., Esq., is a Research Associate at Near Zero/Carnegie Institution for Science. As an energy economist and lawyer, he works on the design and implementation of scientifically grounded climate policy.

Douglas J. Howe, Ph.D., Douglas J. Howe, Ph.D., is Chair of the Governing Body for the Western Energy Imbalance Market. He is currently working with utilities and NGOs in North America to develop clean energy policies and strategies. He was formerly a Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Western Resources Advocates.

Mark Irwin Mark Irwin is the Director of Energy Contract Management at Southern California Edison.

Jane M. Kang, Jane M. Kang, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, represents sponsors and financial institutions in a broad range of energy transactions, including project financings, project development, and mergers and acquisitions. Her experience includes renewable and conventional power generation projects.

William D. Kissinger William D. Kissinger is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. He previously served as Senior Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Gray Davis. He served as the primary legal contact with Cal EPA, Cal Health and Human Services Agency, and the Resources Agency.

Paul Lau Paul Lau is Chief Grid Strategy & Operations Officer for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. He is responsible for the operations of SMUD's power markets, transmission and distribution grids, including the Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC), the development of a holistic smart grid strategy and SMUD's research & development programs.

Mr. Luhning is the Chief Investment Officer for 7x Energy. Warren joined 7X from Pattern Energy Group, a publicly-traded (Nasdaq: PEGI) power company, where he spearheaded renewable energy finance and corporate development. Prior to Pattern, Mr. Luhning was the Director of Utility-Scale Project Finance at SunEdison. He also held senior positions at SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners and Babcock & Brown. In addition, Mr. Luhning was a professional ice hockey player with the Dallas Stars and the New York Islanders. He holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Mary E. McKenzie, Mary E. McKenzie, Senior Of Counsel, joined Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson PLC after serving for over 30 years as an attorney at the California Public Utilities Commission.

Jan Smutny-Jones is Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Energy Producers Association (IEP). He has represented IEP since 1987, served as Chair of the Governing Board of the California Independent System Operator, on the Governing Board of the California Power Exchange, and on the Restructuring Trusts Advisory Committee.

Stephen M. Spina Stephen M. Spina is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. He represents electric utilities and other electric industry participants before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on restructuring, market investigation, and Federal Power Act regulatory matters.

Virginia Thompson Virginia Thompson is a Regional Affairs Manager for the California Independent System Operator.

Dawn Weisz Dawn Weisz is Chief Executive Officer for the Marin Energy Authority, which has launched service to more than 250,000 customers in 24 communities. Previously, she served as Principal Planner with the County of Marin, where she managed energy and sustainability initiatives and served as the Executive Director for Sustainable North Bay.

Robert Witwer Robert Witwer is General Counsel and Senior VP of Regulatory and Government Affairs for Southwest Generation. His previous experience includes service in the Colorado House of Representatives and as Assistant Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

Laura Godfrey Zagar Laura Godfrey Zagar is a partner at Perkins Coie LLP. She represents utilities, energy developers, public agencies and others before federal, state and local agencies on a wide range of energy and infrastructure projects.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 12.50 California MCLE 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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