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The 16th Annual Conference on

Electric Power in the Southwest

Critical updates on resource development, regulatory changes, legislative actions, market operations, and the transition to clean energy

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.

More about the Location

Presented on July 15 & 16, 2019

Santa Fe, NM

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, customer representatives and anyone else involved with energy development in the Southwest

Why You will Benefit from the Replay

This year has seen increased momentum for a transition to clean power in the West. The New Mexico legislature has passed, and the governor has signed, the Energy Transition Act mandating 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040. Commissioner Stephen Fischmann will be on hand to talk about implementation plans at the PRC.

Consumers are driving the demand for a transition to clean power and Idaho Power has responded by announcing a bold new goal to operate its grid entirely with clean energy by 2045. Tess Park, Idaho Power's Vice President of Power Supply, will join us to talk about how the company came to this decision and how it plans to reach the goal.

We are pleased to feature a special address from Doug Little, now a Senior Advisor in the Office of Electricity at the Department of Energy. Former FERC GC, Doug Smith now at Van Ness Feldman, will provide an update on other federal policy developments.

Take a detailed look at the practical topics we'll be covering and the speakers you'll be able to hear and ask to address your specific questions. This year's program is a great opportunity to pick up insights to help you map out the most effective adaptation strategy for your organization. We hope you'll be able to join us for both the program and the reception at the end of the first day.

~ Steve Michel, Esq. of Western Resource Advocates, Thorvald A. Nelson, Esq. of Holland & Hart, and Marc L. Spitzer, Esq. of Steptoe & Johnson, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~ Transmission Development from a Federal Policy Perspective in a Special Address by The Hon. Douglas Little of DOE
  • ~ Federal energy policy and litigation update
  • ~ State-level policy priorities and implementation strategies
  • ~ Renewable energy development and the economics for customers
  • ~ Wholesale market operations in the West
  • ~ Changes in the generating mix from the continuing phase-out of fossil generating plants
  • ~ Practicalities for transmission development in the Southwest
  • ~ Energy storage solutions including hydrogen for power generation and transportation
  • ~ PURPA developments for intermittent renewables
  • ~ Case studies of paths forward

What Attendees Said

  • "Excellent presenters. Informative, up to date content."
  • "Such a great program. First class in every respect: planning, administration, facility, program content. Well done."
  • "Thank you. These seminars are the better ones. I find them pertinent, I always gain a lot of new updated perspectives and they are good networking opportunities too. And Santa Fe is nice."

Agenda Day 1

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Steve Michel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Deputy Director, Clean Energy Program
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Thorvald A. Nelson, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Holland & Hart / Greenwood Village, CO

Marc L. Spitzer, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Steptoe & Johnson / Washington, DC

8:45 am

Federal Energy Update: FERC, Politics, and the Courts

How is commissioner turnover affecting FERC? What is the policy agenda? Is partisan politics creeping into the FERC? What are the practical impacts of recent and pending court cases?

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

9:30 am

Renewable Energy Development and the Economics for Customers

In the end, it's about the customers: Customer preferences and cost recovery issues

John Tsoukalis
The Brattle Group Inc / Washington, DC

10:00 am


10:15 am

Wholesale Market Operations in the West

Expansion of ISO's, RTO's, and EIMs

Andrew Ulmer, Esq. , Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs
California Independent System Operator / Folsom, CA

Paul Suskie, Esq. , Executive VP, Regulatory and General Counsel
Southwest Power Pool / Little Rock, AR

Todd Fridley , Vice President of New Mexico Operations
Public Service Company of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM

11:45 am

Special Address: Transmission Development from a Federal Policy Perspective

The Hon. Douglas Little , Senior Advisor, Office of Electricity
US Department of Energy / Washington, DC

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Practicalities for New Transmission Development in the Southwest

A regional look at where it is needed and what is likely to find financing and get built

Alan J. Statman, Esq. , Moderator
Al Statman LLC / Santa Fe, NM

Robert E. Busch , Chairman
New Mexico Renewable Energy / Santa Fe, NM

Joseph C. Taylor , Manager, Transmission Access
Xcel Energy Services / Denver, CO

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Tribal Policy Developments

Trends including the Navajo Nation's proposed shift from receiving revenue from coal production to renewable energy sources

Pilar Thomas, Esq.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie / Tucson, AZ

3:45 pm

Case Studies of State Policy Transitions to Clean Energy

Quick takes from other states in the region and an interactive discussion on crafting an effective path forward for effectively implementing state policy goals in light of local market conditions

Steve Michel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Western Resource Advocates / Santa Fe, NM

Thorvald A. Nelson, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Holland & Hart / Greenwood Village, CO

Marc L. Spitzer, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Steptoe & Johnson / Washington, DC

New Mexico's Energy Transition Act (SB 489) and the PRC's implementation plans

The Hon. Stephen Fischmann , Commissioner, District 5
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission / Santa Fe, NM

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Holland & Hart and Steptoe & Johnson

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

8:30 am

Energy Storage: Major New Developments Creating New Opportunities

Federal policy update: FERC Order 841 implementation and other developments in Congress, at the FERC, and at the DOE

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

The Duck Curve and hydrogen from electrolysis: How pricing drops from at-scale deployments in Europe are making it a viable solution to avoid negative pricing and the need to curtail variable wind and solar

Rao Konidena , Principal
Rakon Energy LLC / Roseville, MN

Closed loop hydrogen clean energy production and management

Karl Rudisill , CEO and Founder
Element One Technologies, Inc. / Salt Lake City, UT

Integration of new technologies into grid operations: What Southwestern states can learn from California's Energy Storage market

Arthur J. O'Donnell
The Energy Overseer / Albuquerque, NM

10:30 am


10:45 am

Changes in the Generating Mix from the Continuing Phase-Out of Fossil Generating Plants

To what extent can we expect distributed renewables to replace centralized coal plants? What's the anticipated impact on the need for new transmission or other grid resources?

Noah B. Long, Esq. , Legal Director, Western Energy Project
Natural Resources Defense Council / Santa Fe, NM

11:30 am

PURPA Developments

PURPA and intermittent renewables: What recent developments mean for transmission and the power mix in the West as states transition to cleaner power

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

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Case Studies for Getting from A to B on the Path to a Clean Energy Future

Goal setting: The thinking behind Idaho Power's bold decision to operate its grid entirely on clean energy by 2045

Tess R. Park , Vice President of Power Supply
Idaho Power Company / Boise, ID

Project optimization: Storage co-locating with gas, solar, and wind facilities and how siting affects investment and production tax credits; other financing considerations

Amanda L. Rosenberg, Esq.
Norton Rose Fulbright US / Los Angeles, CA

Reducing transaction costs: Use of Blockchain technologies for advanced energy trading platforms, emissions tracking and carbon registries, managing distributed energy resources and energy efficiency devices

Jeanette Pablo, Esq. , General Counsel and Senior Associate
Energy Futures Initiative / Washington, DC

3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Steve Michel, Steve Michel, Program Co-Chair, is Deputy Director of the Clean Energy Program at Western Resource Advocates.

Thorvald A. Nelson, Thorvald A. Nelson, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Holland & Hart. A former economist and testifying expert, he represents utility consumers and utilities in regulatory matters.

Marc L. Spitzer, Marc L. Spitzer, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson. He formerly served as a FERC commissioner and as Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The Hon. Douglas Little, The Hon. Douglas Little, Special Address, is a Senior Advisor in the Office of Electricity at the US Department of Energy. He previously served as an Arizona Corporation Commissioner.

Alan J. Statman, Alan J. Statman, Moderator, founded Al Statman LLC after practicing energy law and founding Trans-Elect, Inc., North America's first independent transmission company.

Robert E. Busch Robert E. Busch is Chairman of the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority.

The Hon. Stephen Fischmann is the Commissioner for District 5 at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

Todd Fridley Todd Fridley is Vice President of New Mexico Operations for the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM).

William M. Keyser William M. Keyser is a partner at K&L Gates. He focuses his practice on regulatory litigation and transactions involving the nation's electricity and capacity markets.

Rao Konidena Rao Konidena is a Principal at Rakon Energy LLC. He specializes in energy storage, distributed energy resources, demand response and energy efficiency.

Noah B. Long Noah B. Long is the Legal Director, Western Energy Project for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He manages NRDC's clean-energy initiatives in the interior West and Northwest.

Arthur J. O'Donnell, Arthur J. O'Donnell, The Energy Overseer, is an independent energy writer and analyst, monitoring utility and regulatory activities in California and the Southwest.

Jeanette Pablo Jeanette Pablo is General Counsel and Senior Associate at the Energy Futures Initiative.

Tess R. Park Tess R. Park is Vice President of Power Supply at Idaho Power Company. She currently serves on the NuScale Power advisory board and an electric energy imbalance market advisory committee.

Amanda L. Rosenberg Amanda L. Rosenberg is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright US. She focuses on federal income tax law.

Karl Rudisill Karl Rudisill is CEO and Founder of Element One Technologies, Inc. Over the past two years he has been developing an industrial scale hydrogen project on the Navajo Reservation.

Douglas W. Smith Douglas W. Smith is a partner at Van Ness Feldman. He clients before the FERC and the Department of Energy. He also provides counsel on climate change, energy technology, and renewable energy policy.

Paul Suskie Paul Suskie is Executive VP, Regulatory, and General Counsel for Southwest Power Pool (SPP). Prior to joining SPP, he served as Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

Joseph C. Taylor Joseph C. Taylor is Manager for Transmission Access at Xcel Energy Services. In this role, he is responsible for obtaining and maintaining transmission service, ancillary services and Company-owned generator interconnections for the Company's retail and wholesale loads.

Pilar Thomas Pilar Thomas is of counsel in the Tribal Lands and Natural Resources, Alternative Energy and Utilities, and Tribal Affairs practice groups at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. Prior to returning to the firm, she was the Deputy Director for the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

John Tsoukalis John Tsoukalis is a senior associate at The Brattle Group. He helps utilities with strategic planning initiatives on a broad range of topics, including integrating and evaluating emerging technologies and utility services; transmission development; participation in regional wholesale power markets; and assessing the regulatory and market risks associated with certain strategy bidding behaviors.

Andrew Ulmer Andrew Ulmer is the Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs for the California Independent System Operator. He advises on all aspects of electricity market and infrastructure development rules and has supported the ISO's coordination of these rules with various state climate programs.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 12.0 New Mexico MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.