Law Seminars International Presents:

This year the 20th Annual California Energy Conference will focus on

California's Transition to Clean Energy

Implementing clean energy mandates while addressing wildfires and floods

Media Sponsor: Energy News Network a nationally recognized news publication featuring original state-based reporting, dedicated to keeping stakeholders, policymakers, and citizens informed about the important changes taking place within the transition to a clean energy economy.

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September 23 & 24, 2019

San Francisco, CA
Regrettably, we've had to cancel this program

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Program Overview

Who Should Attend

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

Why You Should Attend

The disastrous wildfires in California last summer and resulting bankruptcy filing by one of the three investor-owned utilities have created turmoil for California energy markets at a critical time when the state is aggressively pursuing a transition to clean energy economy. We begin this year's annual conference with a discussion of current statewide efforts to address the impact of wildfires on utility infrastructure and local communities, as well as potential tools utilities could use to mitigate fire risks in the near future. We then move to a discussion of the implications for clean renewable resource development.

Wildfire risk reduction is one of the biggest challenges facing the state and the electric sector in particular. You'll hear some detailed information about the policy proposals and then specifics on some of the approaches, such as development of more microgrids, for achieving the policy goals.

On the second day, we get down to the business aspects of participation in California's energy market and development of new resources. We'll look at how utility procurement cycles have evolved in light of the state's clean energy mandates. This includes tips for updating existing PPAs to reflect current market realities.

We'll also explore project development for preferred resources. It's an opportunity to hear from, and interact with, leading subject area experts. We hope you'll stay for informal discussions with colleagues during the reception at the end of the first day.

~ Tara S. Kaushik, Esq. of Holland & Knight and F. Jackson Stoddard, Esq. of Morgan Lewis, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • California wildfire risk and connection to utility infrastructure
  • Implications of utility bankruptcies for energy markets and resource developments
  • Wildfire risk reduction initiatives
  • Microgrids and other solutions for reducing the number of wires
  • Utility renewable procurement cycles and how they have matured
  • Current hotbutton issues for resource developers
  • Matching current and outstanding contracts of market realities
  • Asset development for preferred resources

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

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

Agenda Day 1

8:30 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am

Introduction & Overview

F. Jackson Stoddard, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Morgan Lewis / San Francisco, CA

Tara S. Kaushik, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Holland & Knight / San Francisco, CA

9:15 am

Nexus Between Wildfires and Utility Liability

California wildfire risk and connection to utility infrastructure: Update on regulatory proceedings addressing the recent California wildfires

Megan Somogyi, Esq.
Goodin MacBride Squeri & Day / San Francisco, CA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Utility Fire-Induced Bankruptcies: Implications for California Energy Markets and Resource Development

Bankruptcy 101 for energy professionals: A detailed look at the plan, challenges, and pending issues

Timothy B. DeSieno, Esq.
Morgan Lewis / New York, NY

Status report on the PG&E bankruptcy filing, stays of state claims litigation

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

Economic implications for power producers, project developers, and others doing business with PG&E

David L. Sunding, Esq. , Principal
The Brattle Group Inc / San Francisco, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Wildfire Risk Reduction: Legal, Regulatory, and Policy Recommendations/Initiatives


Tara S. Kaushik, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Holland & Knight / San Francisco, CA

In the legislature and in the executive branch

Mark W. Toney , Executive Director
The Utility Reform Network / San Francisco, CA

Utility wildfire risk mitigation plans

Aaron J. Johnson , Vice President, Energy Customer Solutions
Pacific Gas & Electric / San Francisco, CA

J. Jason Reiger, Esq. , Staff Attorney
Public Utilities Commission / San Francisco, CA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Wildfire Risk Reduction: Technological Developments to Promote Grid Resiliency

Overview: The potential for technological innovations distributed generation, local storage, and energy efficiency to reduce the number of wires

F. Jackson Stoddard, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Morgan Lewis / San Francisco, CA

Lessons from California's seven pioneering demonstration microgrid projects

Laura Vogel , Associate Director
Navigant / San Francisco, CA

Utility perspective on what is technically and economically feasible; best ways to incentivize behavior to help implement the policy goals

Bill Chiu , Managing Director - Grid Modernization & Resiliency
Southern California Edison / Pomona, CA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Holland & Knight and Morgan Lewis

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

9:00 am

Procurement Rules and Processes: SB 100 and the Renewable Mandate Procurement Cycle

Development cycles and how they have matured: Phases from front-end work after passage of a mandate through consolidation and asset acquisition

Joseph M. Karp, Esq.
Winston & Strawn / San Francisco, CA

Resolution of current and outstanding contracts: Tips for updating Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) terms to reflect current market realities; jurisdictional issues over approvals needed for early termination of PPAs

Neeraj Arora, Esq.
Morgan Lewis / Los Angeles, CA

9:45 am

Effect of Possible Pacific Northwest Capacity Shortages on California Renewables Integration

Retirement of coal plants and other factors will likely produce significant capacity shortages in the Northwest which could have a measurable impact on California's ability to integrate renewable resources in the 2020 - 2030 period.

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

10:15 am


10:30 am

Asset Development for Preferred Resources

Moving beyond traditional generation: Commercializing and financing distributed clean energy technology, including energy storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency technologies; pressure points particularly sensitive to regulatory policy

Buck B. Endemann, Esq.
K&L Gates / San Francisco, CA

Overcoming the permitting and interconnection challenges: One stop shopping at the CEC vs. local permitting regimes; site control issues; how new preferred resources can be best deployed

Barry H. Epstein, Esq.
Allen Matkins / San Francisco, CA

Tips and contract terms for working with landowners on installation of renewable energy facilities

Glen W. Price, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger / Riverside, CA

12:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Tara S. Kaushik, Tara S. Kaushik, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Holland & Knight and a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. She represents energy companies, investors, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in project developments, including the negotiations of power purchase agreements and project financing.

F. Jackson Stoddard, F. Jackson Stoddard, Program Co-Chair, is Of Counsel at Morgan Lewis. He represents clients on energy regulatory proceedings before state and federal agencies, and also power purchase agreements, energy efficiency services agreements, and agreements related to purchase and sale of renewable energy credits and greenhouse gas allowances.

Neeraj Arora Neeraj Arora is a partner at Morgan Lewis. His practice focuses on the representation of sponsors and financial institutions in a broad array of project development and finance transactions.

Bill Chiu is Managing Director - Grid Modernization & Resiliency at Southern California Edison. He previously served as SCE's Director of Engineering -Transmission & Distribution.

Timothy B. DeSieno Timothy B. DeSieno is a partner at Morgan Lewis. He advises institutional investors in protecting and restructuring their investments globally in cases of economic, political, financial, or other stress.

Buck B. Endemann Buck B. Endemann is a partner in the power and environmental practice groups at K&L Gates. He focuses on developing, buying, and selling renewable energy projects throughout the Western United States, with an emphasis on California..

Barry H. Epstein Barry H. Epstein is a partner at Allen Matkins and a member of the Land Use and Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Groups. His energy and public utility practice involves power plant and transmission line siting and permitting in California Energy Commission and local agency venues, public utility regulation before the California Public Utilities Commission, and power transactions.

^^ Randall W. Ha rdy ^ Founder and Principal ^ Hardy Energy Consulting

Aaron J. Johnson Aaron J. Johnson is Vice President, Energy Customer Solutions at Pacific Gas & Electric. He oversees demand-side customer solutions, including energy efficiency, demand response, time-variable pricing options, electric vehicles and distributed generation.

Joseph M. Karp Joseph M. Karp is the chair of the Energy, Project Development, and Project Finance Practice at Winston & Strawn. He regularly represents the California Wind Energy Association in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission.

William D. Kissinger William D. Kissinger is a partner at Morgan Lewis focusing on energy and related environmental issues He previously served in senior positions in California state government, the White House, and the State Department.

Glen W. Price Glen W. Price heads the energy practicer at Best Best & Krieger. He works with landowners and energy developers throughout the state of California on the installation of solar, wind, biogas and geothermal projects.

J. Jason Reiger J. Jason Reiger is a Staff Attorney in the California Public Utilities Commission's energy division. He is the lead attorney for review of utility wildfire mitigation plans.

Megan Somogyi Megan Somogyi is a partner at Goodin MacBride Squeri & Day. She represents cities, counties, and other government entities in regulatory regulatory proceedings including the current ones addressing the recent California wildfires.

David L. Sunding David L. Sunding is a Principal at The Brattle Group Inc. He also holds the Thomas J. Graff Chair of Natural Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the founding director of the Berkeley Water Center and currently serves as the chair of his department.

Mark W. Toney Mark W. Toney is the Executive Director of The Utility Reform Network. It champions the cleanest energy and highest quality phone service at the lowest prices possible for residential customers, low-income households, and small businesses.

Laura Vogel is an Associate Director in Navigant's Energy Practice, based in San Francisco. Her work spans much of the energy industry transformation related to planning and implementation for distributed energy resources, including utility strategy consulting, technology roadmaps, and financial and retail rate analysis.


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One Market Plaza

1 Market St in San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 442-1000

The conference will be held at the One Market Plaza at 1 Market St in San Francisco, CA 94105. Lodging is available at a number of nearby hotels. Our thanks to Morgan Lewis for graciously hosting this event.
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