Law Seminars International Presents:

The Sixth Annual Two-Day Conference on

Transmission and Clean Energy in the Northeast

Electric resource and infrastructure development in a decarbonizing Region

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.

March 21 & 22, 2019

Boston, MA

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, and customer representatives involved with electric generation, transmission, and consideration of alternatives to new projects

Why You Should Order

With New York and New England states announcing ambitious plans for reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to clean energy, we've expanded the focus of this year's transmission conference to include more detailed coverage of renewable resource development, hydrogen as a storage solution for intermittent wind and solar, and distributed generation. We are very pleased with the depth and breadth of experience our distinguished faculty will bring to the discussions.

You'll have an opportunity to hear from, and converse with, high-level legal practitioners, policymakers, grid operators, subject area experts, and business executives as they address the challenges of clean power development and the role of transmission in an era of increasingly decentralized, decarbonized generation. Nothing will happen without developers proposing projects and investors financing them. Our concluding panel will focus on the cash flows necessary to get steel into the ground or silicon onto rooftops.

Join us as we stitch together a coherent big picture from seemingly disparate parts, and then offer practical tips and techniques that you can put to work right away. We hope to see you there!

~ Paul G. Afonso, Esq. of Brown Rudnick and Paul Hibbard of Analysis Group, Inc., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Federal clean energy and transmission policy developments
  • Gas pipeline developments and the implications for the use of gas in the Northeast
  • Developments in New York with an impact on the New England states
  • Offshore policy issues in New England
  • Charging infrastructure needs for electric vehicles
  • Distributed generation, hydrogen storage, and impacts on the grid
  • The role of transmission in an increasingly decarbonized and electrified world
  • Cap-and-trade and other clean energy legislative proposals in New England
  • The challenge of developing a resilient regulatory system
  • Transitioning from traditional cost-of-service regulation to performance-based ratemaking
  • Funding and siting issues for clean energy infrastructure projects

What Attendees Said

  • "Many very smart and thoughtful speakers."
  • "Good interaction with attendees by presenters."
  • "Outstanding program!"
  • "I really enjoyed the conference."

Agenda Day 1

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Paul G. Afonso, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Brown Rudnick / Boston, MA

Paul Hibbard , Program Co-Chair, Principal
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA

8:45 am

FERC Update Plus Other Federal Policy Developments that Impact the Northeast

Regulatory developments affecting clean energy and transmission development: the political landscape after the 2018 midterm elections; the evolving agenda at DOE and the reconstituted FERC

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

9:30 am

Update on Developments Affecting the Role of Natural Gas in Northeast Energy Markets

Pipeline certificate approvals: FERC's "stalled" certificate policy Notice of Inquiry and the enhanced filing requirements that will be needed in our current political/regulatory environment

Herb Rakebrand , Principal
CRA International / Boston, MA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Clean Energy Developments in New York with an Impact on the New England States

Update on implementation issues for Governor Cuomo's 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda and the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan

Tommy P. Beaudreau, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Washington, DC

Provisions of New York's Green New Deal and status report on implementation plans and progress

Noah C. Shaw, Esq. , General Counsel and Secretary
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority / Albany, NY

Update on wholesale electricity market structures, pricing, and ISO resource planning

Nicole Bouchez , Principal Economist for Market Design
NYISO / Rensselaer, NY

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Offshore Energy Policy Issues in New England

Proposals for bringing offshore energy to load and how they are faring: As transmission projects get bigger, should New York and New England have a coordinated policy on transmission?

Andrea Okie , Moderator, Vice President
Analysis Group, Inc. / Boston, MA

Richard L. Levitan , President
Levitan & Associates / Boston, MA

Theodore Paradise, Esq. , Senior Vice President, Transmission Strategy and Counsel
Anbaric Development Partners / Wakefield, MA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles: What Will be Needed, Who Will Build It, and Who Will Pay for It?

Update on implementation of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities' recent order approving Eversource's plans to invest $45 million to reduce the cost to prospective owners of installing charging stations in locations across Massachusetts

Charlotte B. Ancel, Esq. , Director of Strategic Development
Eversource Energy / Springfield, MA

Other developments affecting the region and work that still needs to be done

Anne Smart , Vice President of Public Policy
Chargepoint / Campbell, CA

Mark E. LeBel, Esq. , Associate
The Regulatory Assistance Project / Boston, MA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Analysis Group, Inc. and Brown Rudnick

Friday, March 22, 2019

8:30 am

Clean Energy Development: Distributed Generation, Storage, and Impacts on the Grid

Distributed generation: Update on rate proceedings and outcomes in New England; interplay between distributed generation and high-voltage transmission; implications for transmission system planning

Stephen J. Rourke , Vice President, System Planning
ISO New England, Inc. / Holyoke, MA

Hydrogen fuel cells from distributed carbon-free renewables as an emerging commercially-viable storage technology: Update on the Massachusetts 2018 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Plan and fueling stations and incentives in Connecticut

William D. Lese , Managing Partner
Braemar Energy Ventures / New York, NY

The role of transmission in an increasingly decarbonized and electrified world

Michael Hagerty , Senior Associate
The Brattle Group / Cambridge, MA

10:30 am


10:45 am

State Regulatory Policy Development

Heather Hunt, Esq. , Moderator, Executive Director
NESCOE / Longmeadow, MA

The Hon. Abigail W. Anthony, Ph.D. , Commissioner
Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission / Warwick, RI

The Hon. Martin P. Honigberg, Esq. , Chairman
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission / Concord, NH

The Hon. June E. Tierney, Esq. , Commissioner
Vermont Department of Public Service / Montpelier, VT

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Project Development Opportunities and Challenges: Funding and Siting Issues for Clean Energy Infrastructure Projects

Developers discuss challenges to overcome before steel can go into the ground in the Northeast and suggest creative solutions for acquiring financing and moving projects ahead

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

Kenneth B. Bowes , VP, ISO Policy, Siting, and Compliance
Eversource Energy / Hartford, CT

Scott Medla , Managing Partner
Ansonia Partners / New York, NY

Jan Bagnall , Vice President, Electric Transmission
Liberty Utilities / Jupiter, FL

3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Paul G. Afonso, Paul G. Afonso, Program Co-Chair, is Co-Practice Leader of the Energy, Utilities, and Environmental Group at Brown Rudnick. He previously served as Chairman of the Massachusetts DTE and as Chairman of the Energy Facilities Siting Board.

Paul Hibbard, Paul Hibbard, Program Co-Chair, is a Principal at Analysis Group, Inc. He previously served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

Heather Hunt, Heather Hunt, Moderator, is Executive Director of NESCOE. Her broad experience includes service as a Public Utility Commissioner in Maine and Connecticut, State Government Affairs at United Technologies Corporation, and Vice President, Regulatory at Southern Connecticut Gas.

Andrea Okie, Andrea Okie, Moderator, is a Vice President at Analysis Group, Inc.. She has conducted multiple analyses of state and federal climate policies, including quantifying the power system and macroeconomic impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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

Charlotte B. Ancel is Director of Strategic Development for Eversource Energy. She leads Eversource's vehicle, storage, and other clean energy development and policy initiatives.

The Hon. Abigail W. Anthony, Ph.D. The Hon. Abigail W. Anthony, Ph.D. is a Commissioner at the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. She previously was the Director of Acadia Center's Grid Modernization and Utility Reform Initiative.

Jan Bagnall Jan Bagnall is Vice President of Electric Transmission at Liberty Utilities. He leads transmission development for both the United States and Canada.

Tommy P. Beaudreau Tommy P. Beaudreau is a Partner at Latham & Watkins and Global Co-Chair of the Project Siting & Approvals Practice. He formerly served as the first Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Nicole Bouchez Nicole Bouchez is the Principal Economist for Market Design at NYISO. She has worked extensively on evaluating and designing wholesale energy and capacity markets. Her recent work has focused on pricing carbon dioxide emissions in wholesale markets.

Kenneth Bowes is Kenneth Bowes is Vice President, ISO Policy, Siting & Compliance for Eversource Energy. He also serves as a technical consultant for various large transmission projects, and provides expert testimony in regulatory proceedings concerning them.

Michael Hagerty Michael Hagerty is a Senior Associate at The Brattle Group. He focuses on electricity wholesale market design, renewable and climate policy analysis, transmission planning and development, and strategic planning for utility companies.

The Hon. Martin P. Honigberg The Hon. Martin P. Honigberg is Chairman of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. He formerly was the head of the government relations group for Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC, Senior Assistant Attorney General in the NH Attorney General's Office, and Special Counsel to Governor Jeanne Shaheen.

Mark E. LeBel Mark E. LeBel is an Associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project, focusing on rate design and utility reform, including compensation for distributed energy resources, the evolution of the electricity system, and beneficial electrification. In his previous position at Acadia Center, he served as an appointed member of the Zero Emission Vehicle Commission in Massachusetts.

William D. Lese William D. Lese is Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE).

Richard L. Levitan, Richard L. Levitan, President of Levitan & Associates, leads the firm's advisory services in the areas of gas/electric interdependency assessment, power plant valuation, wholesale power procurement, and gas transportation management.

Scott Medla Scott Medla is Managing Partner at Ansonia Partners, which is an investment banking partnership focusing on solutions for energy and infrastructure clients.

Theodore Paradise Theodore Paradise is Senior Vice President, Transmission Strategy and Counsel at Anbaric Development Partners. Prior to joining Anbaric, he served as Assistant General Counsel, Operations & Planning for ISO New England.

Herb Rakebrand Herb Rakebrand is a Principal at CRA International. He has over thirty five years of natural gas industry experience complemented by an additional 5 years in energy investment banking.

Stephen J. Rourke Stephen J. Rourke is Vice President, System Planning for ISO New England, Inc. He oversees ISO New England's regional and interregional planning processes.

Noah C. Shaw Noah C. Shaw is General Counsel and Secretary for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Before joining NYSERDA, he served as senior advisor to the general counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Anne Smart Anne Smart is Vice President of Public Policy for Chargepoint, the world's leading network of electric vehicle charging solutions.

Douglas Smith, Douglas Smith, Partner at Van Ness Feldman, represents clients on regulatory matters, climate change, energy technology, and renewable energy policy. He is a former General Counsel for the FERC.

The Hon. June E. Tierney The Hon. June E. Tierney is a Commissioner at the Vermont Department of Public Service. Prior to her appointment, she served as general counsel to the Commission and as a hearing officer.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: We have applied for CLE credits in CT, ME, RI, and VT. NH lawyers can self-certify and report attendance. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.