Law Seminars International Presents:

A Timely New In-Depth Conference on

Energy Storage

New opportunities arising from falling prices and clean power encouragement policies

June 11 & 12, 2018

Seattle, WA
(or anyplace you may be via webcast!)

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, government officials, environmental professionals, and customer representatives involved with the transition to cleaner sources for electric power

Why You Should Order

Many experts view 2017 as the year in which energy storage turned the corner from nascent technology to full-fledged energy market participant. Major milestones included the construction of a large-scale energy storage facility to replace a natural gas plant in California, completed in less than six months; a large-scale solar-plus-storage PPA in Arizona priced substantially below prior market floors; and Tesla's announcement of the successful powering of a 100MW mega battery in South Australia.

Evolving market rules are expanding revenue opportunities for energy storage, including from deferred transmission and distribution upgrades, reduced peak demand charges, integration of intermittent resources, and provision of ancillary services. With FERC's Order 841 and state policy initiatives to facilitate energy storage and distributed energy resources, energy storage projects may soon receive additional regulatory support.

Our first Energy Storage conference will explore in detail all of the facets for energy storage project development with the goal of better positioning you to take advantage of the opportunities. We hope to see you there.

~ William H. Holmes, Esq. of K&L Gates LLP and

Karen M. McGaffey, Esq. of Perkins Coie LLP, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~ Overview of storage as an economically viable clean energy solution
  • ~ Implications of FERC Order 841 for western electric markets
  • ~ FERC's Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing proceeding
  • ~ Energy storage policy development in Oregon and Washington
  • ~ Interconnection issues and solutions
  • ~ Role of storage in utility resource planning
  • ~ Impact of permitting, environmental and land use issues
  • ~ Developer perspectives on the opportunities and challenges
  • ~ Market participation by IPPs
  • ~ Tips for addressing business and transactional issues

What Attendees Said

  • Fast, informative, and interesting
  • "Great conversations - a good mix of basic information and more advanced energy issues"
  • "Great mix of political, technical, legal and financial perspectives. Well-designed panels."
  • the conference provided some excellent ideas to encourage renewables in my state

Agenda Day 1

8:30 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am

Introduction & Overview

William H. Holmes, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
K&L Gates / Portland, OR

Karen M. McGaffey, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie / Seattle, WA

9:15 am

Energy Storage Today: Opportunities and Challenges Developers Face in the Current Economic and Regulatory Environment

New technologies: Applications behind-the-meter and in front-of-meter for integration of renewables; faster spooling for gas peakers; transmission and distribution deferral; ancillary services

Pamela J. Anderson, Esq.
Perkins Coie / Bellevue, WA

Danny Lu , Head of Procurement and Manufacturing
Powin Energy / Tualatin, OR

Russ Weed, Esq. , VP Business Development
UniEnergy Technologies / Mukilteo, WA

10:30 am


10:45 am

FERC Order 841: Electric Storage Participation in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators

Overview of the Order and its application to RTOs/ISOs such as CAISO: How it works and what's to come; potential operational implications for BPA and market participants in the Pacific Northwest

William M. Keyser, Esq.
K&L Gates / Washington, DC

11:30 am

Interconnection of Energy Storage Projects and Integration with Generation

Transmission level interconnection under FERC rules and distribution level interconnection under state laws; update on FERC's Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing proceeding (Docket No. AD18-7) and the implications for integrating storage

Jason T. Kuzma, Esq.
Perkins Coie / Bellevue, WA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Energy Storage Policy Development in Oregon and Washington

Long term planning perspective

Adam Schultz , Senior Policy Analyst
Oregon Department of Energy / Salem, OR

Regulatory perspective on the role of storage in meeting state cleaner energy goals: Key implementation issues to be resolved

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

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

The Role of Energy Storage in Utility Resource Planning

Utility perspectives on the opportunities and challenges for integrating storage into resource planning and operations

Alan Hickenbottom , Moderator, Founder & Principal
Latitude45 Associates / Portland, OR

Juan Montez, P.E. , PUD Systems and Project Engineer
Snohomish County PUD / Everett, WA

Elaine Hart, Ph.D. , Integrated Resource Planning
Portland General Electric / Portland, OR

Shane Richards , Glacier Battery Storage Project Manager
Puget Sound Energy / Bellevue, WA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by K&L Gates LLP and Perkins Coie LLP

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

9:00 am

Permitting, Environmental and Land Use Issues: How They Can Influence Selection of the Most Appropriate Technology

Behind-the-meter applications vs. utility-scale applications

Richard H. Allan, Esq.
Marten Law / Portland, OR

Special issues for projects requiring FERC hydro project approval

Carl Borgquist, Esq. , Founder & President
Absaroka Energy / Bozeman, MT

10:00 am

Business and Transactional Issues: Market Participation

What role do IPPs have in the emerging storage market? How should those transactions be structured?

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

10:30 am


10:45 am

Business and Transactional Issues (cont'd)

Energy Storage Special issues for Equipment Procurement and construction contracts

David P. Hattery, Esq.
K&L Gates / Seattle, WA

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs): Energy storage PPA structures; Tolling Agreements; Capacity Sales Agreements; Demand Response Agreements; Demand Charge Shared Savings Agreements

Morten A. Lund, Esq.
Stoel Rives / San Diego, CA

Structuring storage projects to take advantage of solar investment tax credits

Nicole Gambino, Esq.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / San Francisco, CA

12:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

William H. Holmes, William H. Holmes, Program Co-Chair and partner at K&L Gates focuses his practice on wind energy, solar energy, hydroelectric power, carbon offsets, and energy storage.

Karen M. McGaffey Karen M. McGaffey is firm-wide Chair of the Environment, Energy & Resources practice group at Perkins Coie. She assists clients with energy project development, permitting, compliance, and regulatory matters.

Alan Hickenbottom, Alan Hickenbottom, Moderator, is the Founder & Principal of Latitude45 Associates, which provides business development, management, and public affairs consulting to renewable energy and clean tech firms.

Richard H. Allan Richard H. Allan is a partner at Marten Law. He represents developers in the acquisition, siting, expansion and operation of major projects, with an emphasis on energy facilities.

Pamela J. Anderson, Pamela J. Anderson, Moderator, is a partner at Perkins Coie. She represents electric clients on power purchase agreements, transmission tariff issues, compliance with NERC reliability standards, and renewable energy standards.

Carl Borgquist Carl Borgquist is Founder & President f Absaroka Energy. He is responsible for its corporate strategy, management and operations.

Eric L. Christensen Eric L. Christensen is a partner in the Seattle law firm of Cairncross & Hempelmann. His practice focuses on regulatory, contract, and litigation matters arising in the energy, clean tech, and natural resources industries. Eric represents Washington's largest public utility districts, as well as a number of the region's most innovative independent power producers and emerging energy-related technology companies.

Nicole Gambino Nicole Gambino is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She specializes in tax matters related to project finance, with a focus on renewable energy and infrastructure assets.

Elaine Hart, Ph.D., Elaine Hart, Ph.D., works in Integrated Resource Planning at Portland General Electric. She specializes in resource economics, renewable integration, energy storage evaluation, and de-carbonization strategy.

David P. Hattery, David P. Hattery, partner at K&L Gates, focuses his practice on construction of thermal power plants and renewable energy facilities.

William M. Keyser William M. Keyser is a partner at K&L Gates. He focuses on regulatory litigation and transactions involving electricity and capacity markets.

Jason T. Kuzma Jason T. Kuzma is a partner at Perkins Coie. He has acted as counsel to major utilities, investment banks, renewable energy developers, independent power producers, and large customers of electricity.

Danny Lu is the Head of Procurement and Manufacturing for Powin Energy, which is a leading designer and developer of safe and scalable battery energy storage solutions for utility, microgrid and EV fast-charging applications.

Morten A. Lund Morten A. Lund is a partner in Stoel Rives and serves as Chair of the Energy Storage Initiative and is the former Chair of the Solar Energy Initiative.

Juan Montez, P.E. is a PUD Systems and Project Engineer for Snohomish County PUD. He was the lead engineer for the PUD's Arlington Microgrid battery storage project.

The Hon. Ann E. Rendahl, The Hon. Ann E. Rendahl, Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, also serves as the chair of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) Committee.

Shane Richards Shane Richards is the Glacier Battery Storage Project Manager for Puget Sound Energy.

Adam Schultz Adam Schultz is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Energy focused on grid integration and resiliency issues. Prior to joining the Department, he managed the UC Davis Energy Institute and worked on the RPS procurement team at the California Public Utilities Commission.

Russ Weed Russ Weed is VP Business Development for UniEnergy Technologies. He also serves as General Counsel for UET.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 9.25 WA and 9.25 OR (pending) 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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