Law Seminars International Presents:

The 14th Annual Advanced Conference on

Electric Power in the Northeast

The impact of regulatory and market changes on clean energy resource development for the region: What now?

September 25 & 26, 2017

Boston, MA

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Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, customer representatives and consultants involved with energy issues in the Northeast

Why You Should Order

How will the Northeast states adapt to the fundamental changes facing the energy markets? How will developers and stakeholders effectively navigate the fundamental policy changes being pursued by the Trump administration and also the numerous state public policy initiatives favoring low carbon alternatives? What changes are appropriate for organized energy markets? What opportunities are available for new and "disruptive" technologies?

The developing responses so far: fundamental policy changes at the EPA and DOE; an established quorum at the FERC; ongoing procurements for major renewable resources, including offshore wind pursuant to long-term power purchase or transmission services agreements; capacity constraints in regional natural gas infrastructure; challenging FERC proceedings seeking to enhance market rules; and continuing advancements in technology. How will the federal/state balance be altered? These and other topics will be addressed by a series of experienced experts.

~ James M. Avery, Esq. of Pierce Atwood LLP and David T. Doot, Esq. of Day Pitney LLP, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~ Federal energy and environmental policy changes under the Trump Administration
  • ~ Environmental drivers for resource procurement in the Northeast
  • ~ Regional innovation ecosystems to move towards a low carbon future
  • ~ Implementation of state carbon reduction initiatives
  • ~ Recent and pending appellate litigation on energy and environmental issues
  • ~ Market momentum for a transition to carbon reduction for the electric sector
  • ~ Northeast power markets from system operator perspectives
  • ~ Reforming power markets: What are the most viable business models?

What Attendees Said

  • "Excellent content and speakers - well organized, well moderated and very useful for me who has zero experience in organized markets."
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  • "The presentations were well thought through, good job overall."
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  • "Each year I am increasingly impressed with this program"

Agenda Day 1

Monday, September 25, 2017

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

James M. Avery, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Pierce Atwood LLP / Boston, MA

David T. Doot, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

8:45 am

Federal Energy and Environmental Policy Under the Trump Administration

Following more than six months without a quorum, the FERC will see four new Commissioners, including a new Chair. What can be expected of the reconstituted FERC?

Douglas Smith, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman LLP / Washington, DC

Policy making at the intersection of energy and environmental issues, including developments affecting DOE and EPA: Is there Congressional appetite for undoing statutory authority? How quickly and effectively can new agency heads turn their ships around?

Beth A. Viola, Esq.
Holland & Knight LLP / Washington, DC

10:15 am


10:30 am

Environmental Drivers for Resource Procurement in the Northeast

Given the major alternations to the generating mix arising from changing economics and public policy, what else does the environmental community believe needs to be done to address climate change and move the Northeast towards a sustainable energy future?

David K. Ismay, Esq. , Senior Staff Attorney
Conservation Law Foundation / Chestnut Hill, MA

11:15 am

Special Address: Regional Innovation Ecosystems Consistent with the Drive Toward a Low Carbon Future

Analytical work by the newly formed, Energy Future Initiatives (EFI) to help drive innovation in energy technology and policy

Melanie A. Kenderdine , Principal
Energy Futures Initiative / Washington, DC

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Implementation of State Carbon Reduction Initiatives in the Northeast

Economics: Methods for determining the full value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER); NY Commission proceeding on Net Metering; Community Distributed Generation (CDG) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) developments

Kurt Strunk , Director
NERA Economic Consulting / New York, NY

Carbon tax proposals in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; other legislative and administrative developments in the New England states; how the political dynamics are playing out

Dan Hendrick , Director of External Affairs
NRG Energy Inc / Princeton, NJ

Community action: Grass-roots local initiatives to implement clean energy projects and promote more efficient energy use; synergies and sticking points with traditional electric energy sector players

Carol Oldham , Executive Director
Mass Climate Action Network / Boston, MA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Checks & Balances: Recent and Pending Appellate Litigation on Energy and Environmental Issues

What are the key court challenges to the activities of environmental and economic regulators at the state and federal levels?

Elizabeth C. Barton, Esq.
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

4:15 pm

Putting the Pieces Together

Given the uncertainty created by new administrations, policies, laws, regulations, regulators, and litigation, how can energy practitioners chart a productive path forward?

David T. Doot, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

James M. Avery, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Pierce Atwood LLP / Boston, MA

Raymond W. Hepper, Esq. , VP & GC
ISO New England Inc. / Holyoke, MA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Day Pitney LLP and Pierce Atwood LLP

Agenda Day 2

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

8:30 am

Market Momentum for a Transition to Carbon Reduction for the Electric Sector

Trends, opportunities, and implications for resource planning, including the role of new, disruptive technologies and business models in the Northeast

Christopher Van Atten , Senior Vice President
M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC / Concord, MA

Demand and supply curves and the market implications of various state policy proposals: Analyzing specific policy options

Samuel A. Newell, Ph.D. , Principal
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA

Robert B. Stoddard , CEO
Gwave LLC / Boston, MA

Clarke Bruno, Esq. , Principal
Anbaric Transmission / Wakefield, MA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Northeast Power Markets from System Operator Perspectives

Key issues facing ISO-NE and NYISO for balancing load and resources: The range of planning considerations from the where-and-when for new transmission capacity to the challenge of forecasting load and resources with increasing distributed generation

Emilie Nelson , Vice President, Market Operations
New York Independent System Operator / Rensselaer, NY

Carissa Sedlacek , Director, Resource Adequacy
ISO New England Inc. / Holyoke, MA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Reforming Power Markets: Finding the Right Fit Between Business Models and Regulatory Policy

What are the most viable business models? Who are the key players and how does that affect resource developer/utility/customer relationships? How does regulatory policy need to adapt to an increasing role for distributed generation in the resource mix?

David T. Doot, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Day Pitney LLP / Hartford, CT

Conventional merchant generation

Sarah G. Novosel, Esq. , Sr. VP, Government Affairs
Calpine Corporation / Washington, DC

Merchant nuclear generation

Jonathan M. Rund, Esq. , Associate General Counsel
Nuclear Energy Institute / Washington, DC

Wind and other intermittent renewable generation

Matthew T. Kearns , Chief Development Officer
Longroad Energy Partners / Boston, MA

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

James M. Avery, James M. Avery, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Pierce Atwood LLP. He represents a broad range of utilities, developers, aggregators, and other stakeholders before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, and numerous other state utility commissions. His clients include solar, wind, biomass, and other renewable energy firms; developers of natural gas-fired generation facilities; electric and natural gas utilities; government agencies; and industrial facilities.

David T. Doot, David T. Doot, Program Co-Chair, is chair of the Energy and Utilities industry group at Day Pitney LLP. He counsels businesses around the country on wholesale and retail arrangements for the purchase and sale of electricity. He is Secretary and Lead Counsel for the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) and past President of the Energy Bar Association.

Melanie Kenderdine, S pecial Address, served at the Department of Energy as Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, and as Energy Counselor to Secretary Moniz Energy, before joining Futures Initiative. Before that, she served as the Executive Director and Associate Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI).

Elizabeth C. Barton Elizabeth C. Barton is a partner at Day Pitney LLP where she focuses on environmental and land use consultation, permitting, and litigation at the federal, state, and local levels. She has worked on a number of innovative development projects. She also served on the legislatively created Task Force on Streamlining Environmental Permitting in Connecticut and on Governor Rowland's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Environmental Permitting.

Clarke Bruno oversees the company's legal affairs and projects in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as projects in Canada. He has almost two decades of experience in the private and public sector in energy and environmental policy, project development, and litigation and regulatory law. As counsel to former New Jersey Governor Corzine, Mr. Bruno helped prepare the State’s energy master plan and provided legal and policy analysis on the State’s initiatives to upgrade the grid, spur renewable energy projects, redevelop brownfields, and increase public and private infrastructure investments. As a senior attorney during Mayor Bloomberg’s first term in New York City, Mr. Bruno led the team that won dismissal of four twenty-year old class action lawsuits and revitalized a 50-member legal department. Before entering government, he was a regulatory lawyer and litigator for nine years and clerked for a federal judge for one year. Mr. Bruno has also developed 195 units of low and moderate income housing in New York City. Mr. Bruno graduated with honors from Swarthmore College where he won a Watson fellowship and cum laude from New York University School of Law where he was awarded a Hays fellowship. He has lived in France, Ghana, and Brazil and is fluent in French and Portuguese.

Dan Hendrick is Director of External Affairs at NRG Energy Inc, the nation's largest competitive power generator. He oversees municipal and state level policies in New York and New England, with particular emphasis on the company's renewables portfolio.

Raymond W. Hepper is Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at ISO New England Inc. He is the principal legal advisor for ISO New England and responsible for coordinating all legal and regulatory activities.

David K. Ismay, David K. Ismay, Senior Staff Attorney, Clean Energy & Climate Change, Conservation Law Foundation, is responsible for energy and climate change policy, legislation, and litigation in and for Massachusetts.

Matthew T. Kearns is Chief Development Officer for Longroad Energy Partners. He leads the Longroad development team for bringing utility scale solar and wind projects to market.

Emilie Nelson is Vice President of Market Operations for the New York Independent System Operator. She currently leads the NYISO Market Operations team with responsibility for the administration of the wholesale electricity markets. She also directs the administration of the NICO's demand response programs.

Samuel A. Newell, Ph.D., Samuel A. Newell, Ph.D., Principal at The Brattle Group, Inc., is an expert in electricity wholesale markets, market design, generation asset valuation, integrated resource planning, and transmission planning. Prior to joining The Brattle Group, he was Director of the Transmission Service at Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

Sarah G. Novosel Sarah G. Novosel is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Managing Counsel for Calpine Corporation. She manages Calpine's Washington, DC, office and directs its federal regulatory practice.

Carol Oldham Carol Oldham is Executive Director of Mass Climate Action Network. Her background in grassroots organizing drew her to MCAN's town-based climate organizing model.

Jonathan M. Rund Jonathan M. Rund is Associate General Counsel at the Nuclear Energy Institute.

Carissa Seclacek Carissa Seclacek is currently the Director of Resource Adequacy with ISO New England Inc. She manages long-term resource adequacy assessments, specifically retirement analyses, installed capacity requirements calculations, load forecast development, fuel diversity analyses, and resource mix evaluations to ensure reliability into the future.

Douglas Smith, Douglas Smith, a partner at Van Ness Feldman LLP, represents clients on regulatory matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Department of Energy (DOE). He formerly served as General Counsel of the FERC and as Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at DOE where he played significant roles in Departmental initiatives on electricity restructuring, the Climate Challenge program, and new energy efficiency standards.

Robert B. Stoddard is CEO of GWave LLC, an ocean-wave energy company. Prior to joining GWave, he led the energy practice of Charles River Associates, where he assisted clients in defining, analyzing, and interpreting the economic issues involved with competition and product valuation in energy and other markets.

Kurt Strunk Kurt Strunk is a Director at NERA Economic Consulting where he is an expert on energy sector matters. His testimonies have addressed the application of the just and reasonable standard, prudence, cost of service, regulatory reform, asset and contract valuation, cost of capital, and retail market issues.

Christopher Van Atten is Senior Vice President at M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC. He provides strategic advice on air pollution regulations, energy policy, business strategy, and climate change policy with a focus on the electric and natural gas industries.

Beth A. Viola is a senior policy advisor at Holland & Knight LLP and co-chairs the firm's Energy team. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, she served as a senior advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality where she concentrated on climate change, natural resources, and smart growth.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 13.50 NY and RI CLE credfits, 11.50 CT, NH, and VT CLE credits, and 11.50 ME CLE credits are pending. 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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