Law Seminars International Presents:

An Important Two-Day Conference Featuring Leading Energy Professionals on

Electric Transmission in the West

Updates on new trends, regulations, policies and business developments

May 25 & 26, 2017

Portland, OR

Download PDF Brochure
Portland - OR


Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials and customer representatives involved with electric generation and transmission issues

Why You Should Order

The 2016 election is turning out to have a huge effect on federal energy policy as the Trump administration moves back to policies favoring fossil fuel industries and abandons federal efforts to combat climate change. However, the western states can be expected to continue pursuing their greenhouse gas reduction goals. California now generates excess solar power during the day that needs to get to other markets on the western grid.

Electric transmission policy and capacity continues to play a critical role in the evolution of power markets in the Western Interconnection. We're devoting the first day of this year's conference to the federal political and policy changes, changing interconnection market dynamics, and the structure and operations of the western power marketing administrations.

The second day will focus on cost and contracting issues followed by key issues from the state regulatory perspective. We hope you will join us for an in-depth, interactive discussion of the issues and tips for developing your strategies for moving forward.

~ Malcolm C. McLellan, Esq. of Van Ness Feldman, LLP and Lara L. Skidmore, Esq. of Troutman Sanders LLP, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~ Changing federal political dynamics
  • ~ Changing interconnection market dynamics
  • ~ Potential transmission impacts of excess solar capacity in California
  • ~ Analysis of HR 5780 proposing privatization of power marketing administrations
  • ~ How the western PMAs are adapting to changes in federal policy and market dynamics
  • ~ Analysis of cost factors
  • ~ Bonneville's process for updating its contracts
  • ~ State regulatory perspective on current transmission issues

What Attendees Said

  • ~ Excellent seminar
  • ~ Very informative, great topics and speakers
  • ~ The overall conference has been beneficial and interesting
  • ~ Presenters were well-prepared and interesting

Agenda Day 1

Thursday, May 25, 2017

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Malcolm C. McLellan, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Van Ness Feldman LLP / Seattle, WA

Lara L. Skidmore, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Troutman Sanders LLP / Portland, OR

8:45 am

Changing Federal Political Dynamics: A New Republican President and Continued Republican Majorities in Both Houses of Congress

A historical look at Republican energy initiatives

Richard A. Agnew, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman LLP / Washington, DC

Update on the players at the administrative agencies and the impact on federal administrative policies including transmission and activities at the intersection of federal vs. state jurisdiction; impact on energy cases in the courts

Kenneth B. Driver, Esq.
Jones Day / Washington, DC

10:00 am


10:15 am

Changing Interconnection Market Dynamics: The Impact of Low Gas Prices and Gas Transportation/Storage Infrastructure Developments

How continued low natural gas prices affect interconnection and markets in the Pacific Northwest including impacts on producers renewing power sales contracts

David J. Madsen , Manager Business Development
Williams - Northwest Pipeline LLC / Salt Lake City, UT

Michael D. Evans, P.E. , General Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Shell Energy North America / San Diego, CA

11:30 am

Market Dynamics (cont'd): Potential Transmission Impacts of Excess Solar Capacity in California

In light of excess daytime solar capacity, is it time to move away from traditional on and off peak rates? If so, what approach should we take?

Philip Q. Hanser , Principal
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Market Dynamics (cont'd): Coordination with the Rocky Mountain West

Power exports from the Rocky Mountain West: How will the traditional fossil-fuel producing states reconcile federal promotion of fossil fuel production with market demands for cleaner power and changing foreign markets for coal and oil?

Abigail C. Briggerman, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP / Greenwood Village, CO

Transmission planning in the Mountain West: Update on Western Area Power Administration's activities in its five regions including its involvement in the Mountain West Transmission Group

Rodney Bailey , Power Marketing Advisor
Western Area Power Administration / Salt Lake City, UT

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Privatization of Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs): Is it Likely to Become Federal Policy?

Case study of HR 5780 proposing sale of TVA and SEPA assets: Practical implications pulling power sales out of an interwoven system that also provides flood control, irrigation, water supply, recreational opportunities, and fish and wildlife protection

Randall W. Hardy , Principal and Founder
Hardy Energy Consulting / Seattle, WA

3:45 pm

Special Operational Addresses: How the Western PMAs are Adapting to Changes in Federal Policy and Market Dynamics

Western Area Power Administration

Michael D. McElhany , Senior VP & Assistant Administrator for Corporate Liaison
Western Area Power Administration / Washington, DC

Bonneville Power Administration

Dan James , Deputy Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration / Portland, OR

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Troutman Sanders LLP and Van Ness Feldman LLP

Agenda Day 2

Friday, May 26, 2017

8:30 am

Cost Factors: Putting Additional Pieces Together

Storage as a game changer: How are RTOs putting together rates for storage? How do storage rates impact demand for transmission in the west?

Bill Weaver, Esq. , Senior Counsel
California ISO / Folsom, CA

Capacity and energy reliability as cost factors: Update on recent and pending FERC rulemakings

J. Daniel Skees, Esq.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP / Washington, DC

PURPA compliance: Update on what is happening at the state level and the potential impact on the generating mix

Eric L. Christensen, Esq.
Cairncross & Hempelmann / Seattle, WA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Bonneville's Process for Updating its Contracts

Section 9 to give it the opportunity to change contracts after a public process

Michelle Manary , Vice President, Transmission Marketing and Sales
Bonneville Power Administration / Portland, OR

Todd E. Miller , Attorney-Adviser
Bonneville Power Administration General Counsel's Office / Portland, OR

Concerns from the contracting community

Julia A. Hilton, Esq. , Senior Counsel
Idaho Power Company / Boise, ID

12:00 pm

Putting the Pieces Together from a State Regulatory Perspective

Issues of greatest concern from a state policy perspective; authority and role of state legislatures and commissions

The Hon. Ann E. Rendahl, Esq. , Commissioner
Utilities & Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA

12:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Malcolm C. McLellan, Malcolm C. McLellan, Program co-chair is a partner at Van Ness Feldman LLP. He focuses on the generation, transmission and distribution of electric energy and regulated businesses.

Lara L. Skidmore, Lara L. Skidmore, Program co-chair, is an Office Managing Partner at Troutman Sanders LLP. She specializes in transmission access, integration of renewable energy resources, transmission contract and rate issues, and regulatory compliance.

Richard A. Agnew Richard A. Agnew serves as Chairman of Van Ness Feldman LLP. He represents clients before Congress and federal agencies, particularly on matters relating to federal laws and permits governing energy projects, environmental matters, and the uses of natural resources. Previously he served as Chief Minority Counsel for the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (now the Committee on Natural Resources) of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rodney Bailey Rodney Bailey is the Power Marketing Advisor for the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). He joined WAPA and the U.S. Department of Energy in 1999 and has served as a Rates Analyst, Rates Manager, and VP of Power Marketing for WAPA's Colorado River Storage Project and has been WAPA's Power Marketing Advisor since April 2016.

Abigail C. Briggerman Abigail C. Briggerman is Of Counsel at Holland & Hart LLP. She represents large electric consumers, consumer coalitions, and independent power producers before state regulatory agencies throughout the West and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Eric L. Christensen Eric L. Christensen is a Partner at Cairncross & Hempelmann. He focuses on regulatory, contract and litigation matters arising in the energy, clean tech and natural resources industries. Previously, he was Chairman of the Energy, Telecommunications & Utilities practice group at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP.

Kenneth B. Driver Kenneth B. Driver is a partner at Jones Day. His practice focuses on the representation of electric and natural gas utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state utility commissions, the United States Department of Transportation, the appellate courts, and the federal antitrust enforcement agencies.

Michael D. Evans is Ge neral Manager, Regulatory Affairs at Shell Energy North America. He focuses on state and federal power and transmission policy with expertise in power plant and grid operations, and has testified before FERC on topics of price formation and market design.

Philip Q. Hanser Philip Q. Hanser is a Principal at The Brattle Group, Inc. He assists clients on issues ranging from utility industry structure to operational and strategic issues, such as transmission pricing, generation planning, and tariff strategies. He formerly served as the manager of the Demand-Side Management Program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Randall W. Hardy, Principal and Founder of Hardy Energy Consulting, was Administrator of Bonneville Power Administration and Superintendent of Seattle City Light. He now provides strategic advice on electric power and transmission issues in the West.

Dan James is Deputy Administrator at Bonneville Power Administration. He is responsible for leadership, strategic planning, financial management, legal and regulatory affairs as well as public affairs and intergovernmental affairs oversight.

David J. Madsen David J. Madsen is the Manager of Business Development and Certificates at Williams-Northwest Pipeline LLC. He is responsible for the business development and certificate functions for Williams.

Michelle Manary Michelle Manary is Vice President, Transmission Marketing and Sales at Bonneville Power Administration. She provides executive leadership in the planning, development and administration of the overall marketing of transmission products and services. She also leads the implementation of the full range of contracts associated with transmission products sold by BPA.

Michael D. McElhany Michael D. McElhany is Senior VP & Assistant Administrator for Corporate Liaison at the Western Area Power Administration. He serves as liaison between the Department of Energy headquarters employees and WAPA on all issues involving the agency.

Todd E. Miller is an Attorney-Adviser in Bonneville Power Administation General Counsel's Office. He has served as an attorney for the BPA since 2001, with a practice area focused on transmission issues faced by its power business and requirements customers. Mr. Miller currently works on Bonneville's business lines as the Senior Project Manager for engagement with the California ISO.

The Hon. Ann E. Rendahl The Hon. Ann E. Rendahl is Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission. She previously was the Director of Policy and Legislation for the WUTC.

J. Daniel Skees J. Daniel Skees is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. He represents electric utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other agencies on rate, regulatory, and transaction matters. The mandatory electric reliability standards under Section 215 of the Federal Power Act are a major focus of his practice.

Bill Weaver is Senior Counsel at the California ISO. He focuses primarily on generator interconnections, energy storage, grid assets, regional cost allocation, metering and telemetry, e-Tagging, QFs, and transmission owner integration.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 10.5 California and 10.25 Washington MCLE credits. We have applied for Oregon credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Replay Options

    Time shift your content by ordering
  • Video recording on a flash drive
  • Audio Podcast download