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Second Annual In-Depth Conference on

Energy Storage

New opportunities arising from technological improvements leading to falling storage costs and new clean power empowerment policies

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Presented on June 13 & 14, 2019

Seattle, WA

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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 will Benefit from the Replay

As solar and wind displace fossil-fueled baseload plants in the Pacific Northwest generating mix, we face an increased need to accommodate the ups and downs in their output . In 2017, we saw a tipping point in the viability of battery storage technologies for smoothing power supplies on the grid. We now have the prospect of our first pumped hydro project coming on line in Montana, and other projects in the works. You'll hear about the latest developments for both those technologies.

In our second annual energy storage conference, we'll explore how federal and state regulatory policy is adapting to, and encouraging, storage as a viable path towards carbon reduction in our region. We still have the challenge of integrating storage into grid operations. You'll hear from experts on both integration under FERC Order 841 in the CAISO California market and in the less organized market in the Pacific Northwest.

The region also has a need for longer term time shifts between generation and consumption and a need to facilitate a transition to carbon-free vehicles. You'll hear about promising new developments for using renewables to produce hydrogen, and also in fuel cell technologies for both generation backup and transportation.

There are a whole host of business and regulatory issues to address and resolve. These include integration with utility procurement cycles and cost recovery for regulated utilities. On the business side, you'll have an opportunity to get up-to-date on the latest transactional approaches and trends.

We hope you'll join us for this very timely and informative program.

~ William H. Holmes, Esq. of K&L Gates and Karen M. McGaffey, Esq. of Perkins Coie, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Federal & state energy storage policy update
  • Operational integration of storage into the grid
  • Latest developments in battery and pumped hydro storage
  • Hydrogen storage for longer-term time shifts and multi-sector use
  • Trends in interconnection contracts
  • Storage and utility procurement cycles
  • Siting a stand-alone facility vs. colocation
  • Cost recovery for regulated utilities
  • Equipment procurement and construction contracts
  • Using Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) firms for risk management
  • Trends in Power Purchase Agreements
  • Special issues for Independent Power Producers

What Attendees Said

  • "Great detail in substance of battery tech issues as well as regulatory issues on state and federal level."
  • "Great mix of political, technical, legal and financial perspectives. Well-designed panels."
  • "The overall conference has been beneficial and interesting."

Agenda Day 1

8:30 am

Registrations 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 Policy Update

Federal level: 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

Implementation of Oregon's HB 2193 and other developments in the Pacific Northwest

Silvia Tanner, Esq. , Senior Counsel & Analyst
Renewable Northwest / Portland, OR

10:30 am


10:45 am

Operational Integration of Storage into the Grid

CAISO implementation of FERC Order 841 and California's storage mandate: Anticipated impacts on western energy markets

Timothy Belden , Principal
Energy GPS, LLC / Portland, OR

Technical progress towards integration of storage into grid operations in the Pacific Northwest; how the economics are playing out; remaining obstacles to overcome

Jeremy Twitchell , Energy Research Analyst
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory / Portland, OR

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Short-Term Time Shifts: The Latest Developments in Battery and Pumped Hydro Storage

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

Michael J. Wietecki, Esq. , General Counsel / Vice President: Business Operations
Powin Energy / Tualatin, OR

Russ Weed, Esq. , President
CleanTech Strategies LLC / Seattle, WA

Pumped storage: Updates on projects licensed in Montana and in the works for Oregon and Washington

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

Nathan A. Sandvig , Director, US Strategic Growth
National Grid / Portland, OR

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Longer-Term Time Shifts for Multi-Sector Use: Hydrogen Storage

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

Ken Dragoon , Executive Director
Renewable Hydrogen Alliance / Portland, OR

Hydrogen fuel cells as a means for reducing pressure on the grid during the transition from carbon-fueled vehicles

Evan Johnson , Chief Technical Officer
HyTech Power, Inc. / Redmond, WA

4:30 pm

Interconnection Contracts: Integrating Energy Storage Projects into the Grid

Transmission level interconnection under FERC rules and distribution level interconnection under state laws; current contracting hotspots and strategies for resolving them

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

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by K&L Gates and Perkins Coie

Friday, June 14, 2019

9:00 am

Storage and Utility Procurement Cycles: From Mandate Through Resource and Operations Planning to Contracts

Implementation status reports and how the utilities see the future for storage projects coming on line; ratemaking and other issues for the regulators to resolve

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

Irion A. Sanger, Esq.
Sanger Law / Portland, OR

Erik Steimle , Vice President of Project Development
Rye Development / Portland, OR

10:15 am


10:30 am

Cost Recovery for Regulated Utilities

A ratemaker's perspective on transition issues for incorporating more storage into the state's resource mix

The Hon. David W. Danner, Esq. , Chairman
Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA

11:00 am

Siting: Stand-Alone vs. a Combination of Storage with Renewables Projects

Understanding tax credit issues when combining storage with renewable projects.

Lauren A. Chase, Esq.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Los Angeles, CA

A secure relationship vs. market flexibility: How stand-alone vs. colocation affects business and contractual considerations among the parties

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

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Business and Transactional Issues

Special issues for buying new, promising technologies from small companies: Options from hiring an Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) contractor to take the risk, or determining whether there is an insurance program that makes sense

John F. Pierce, Esq.
Perkins Coie / Bellevue, WA

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

Peter D. Mostow, Esq.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Seattle, WA

Special issues for IPPs building and selling in the storage space

Gene Larson, PE , Clean Power & Energy Storage Consultant
Mahi Pai LLC / Sammamish, WA

3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

William H. Holmes, William H. Holmes, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at K&L Gates. He focuses his practice on energy projects and transactions with an emphasis on wind, solar, hydroelectric power, geothermal, biomass, natural gas, carbon offsets, and energy storage.

Karen M. McGaffey, Karen M. McGaffey, Program Co-Chair, is chair of the nationwide Environment, Energy & Resources practice at Perkins Coie.

Richard H. Allan, Richard H. Allan, managing partner for Marten Law's Portland office, represents developers in the acquisition, siting, expansion, and operation of major projects.

Timothy Belden Timothy Belden is a Principal at Energy GPS, LLC. He provides valuation and risk analysis of wind and solar, energy storage, and other capacity products.

Carl Borgquist Carl Borgquist is Founder & President of Absaroka Energy, which focuses on harnessing Montana's high-quality renewable energy resources.

Lauren A. Chase Lauren A. Chase is Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She specializes in tax matters related to project finance, with a focus on renewable energy and infrastructure assets.

The Hon. David W. Danner The Hon. David W. Danner is Chairman of the Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission.

Ken Dragoon Ken Dragoon is Executive Director of the nonprofit Renewable Hydrogen Alliance. He formerly worked on renewable resources at PacifiCorp, Renewable Northwest, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, and Ecofys (now Navigant).

Evan Johnson Evan Johnson is Chief Technical Officer at HyTech Power, Inc. In 2011, he partnered with Innovation Norway (Innovsjon Norge) to conduct hydrogen research and development, and produce a hydrogen powered energy farm.

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.

Gene Larson, PE, Gene Larson, PE, Mahi Pai LLC

Peter D. Mostow Peter D. Mostow is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He represents solar, wind, energy storage, and biomass project sponsors in site acquisition, power transmission, offtake agreements, and other commercial transactions.

John F. Pierce John F. Pierce is Firmwide Co-Chair of the Clean Technology Practice at Perkins Coie. He represents clients in connection with power generation projects fueled by an array of traditional, renewable, and unconventional energy sources.

Nathan A. Sandvig Nathan A. Sandvig is Director, US Strategic Growth for National Grid. This includes utility-scale energy storage for National Grid Ventures in the Western US.

Irion A. Sanger, Irion A. Sanger, Sanger Law, advises hydro, biomass, geothermal, wind, solar, cogeneration, and other electricity generators on a wide variety of transactional matters.

Erik Steimle Erik Steimle is Vice President of Project Development for Rye Development. He has nearly 20 years of technical and management experience in the permitting and development of renewable energy and large-scale infrastructure projects.

Silvia Tanner Silvia Tanner is a Senior Counsel & Analyst for Renewable Northwest.

Jeremy Twitchell Jeremy Twitchell is an Energy Research Analyst at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He leads the PNNL Energy Storage Program.

Russ Weed Russ Weed is President of CleanTech Strategies LLC. His clients include Advanced Rail Energy Storage with a 50MW project in Nevada for bidding into the CAISO market; utility and infrastructure construction firm Potelco which is part of public company Quanta Services; and engineering and manufacturing company Hotstart with 77 years of experience providing thermal management systems for engines and now energy storage.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 11.0 WA MCLE and 11.0 ABCEP environmental professional credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.