Electric Power Development in California

AB398 and AB617 have put California on the map again as a leader in climate and energy policy. This year’s conference returns to San Francisco many of the implementation policy decisions will be made. An important element is the CPUC’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Action Plan. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from Simon E. Baker, Deputy Director of the Energy Division, on agency goals, the pathways under consideration, progress so far, and what to expect in the coming year.

We’ll also take a deep dive into the practical aspects new energy project development, particularly financing. Topics will include:
~ Essential contractual elements
~ New financing structures, including uniquely Californian financing for distributed energy resources
~ Current investor appetites and tips for successfully packaging and presenting projects

A successful project needs a buyer, so our second day will focus on developing assets for a changing procurement market. One element is the growth in self-generation and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). We’ll discuss the demand drivers, legal issues, and the ways utilities are responding to those changes.

The transition to more distributed generation is having an impact on market operations. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, representatives of both the California Independent System Operator and the governing body for the Western Energy Imbalance Market.

We’ll wrap up with a panel discussion of the opportunities for and challenges of new asset development as California becomes more specific about the types electric energy it wants to see developed. Panelists will discuss permitting and interconnection; site control issues for preferred distributed resources; alternatives to new generation; the potential for meeting storage goals by adding batteries to gas peaker plants, and the role for independent power producers.

The faculty includes thought leaders, policy makers, key players, and experts on market and legal issues. We hope you’ll be able to join us—register soon because space is limited. More information is available on our website.

Renewables in the Midwest | October 3 & 4, 2017 | Minneapolis

As the Trump administration pursues its rollback of Obama administration environmental and energy policies, including the Clean Power Plan, in favor of fossil fuel development and use, subnational players are coming to the forefront for promoting renewables development. This is a combination of regional, state, and local government organizations, NGOs, and utilities that see renewables as a better long term strategy.
So, we’ll be emphasizing somewhat different things at this year’s Renewable Energy in the Midwest conference, focusing more on state renewables initiatives and the demand drivers behind those initiatives. This includes the Sustainable Communities Movement as an emerging driver for renewables development and the development of various forms of community solar.

This shift will have an impact on Midwest electric energy markets and grid operations. Since wind often blows when the sun isn’t shining, and blows at different times in different places, there will be ways for coordinated centralized renewables could take on more of the characteristics of base load generation. Learn from experts about the extent to which that is a possibility.
Getting to the bottom line, we’ll have special addresses by Commissioner Dan Lipschultz of the Minnesota PUC and Christopher Clark from Xcel Energy on policy priorities and business pros and cons for greater utility reliance on renewables.
Getting to the devil in the details, you’ll hear a very practical discussion of essential project development contracts and the challenge of making them work in harmony. Sign up now for what promises to be a very interesting, timely, informative discussion.
More information is available here.

Electric Power in the Northeast | September 25 & 26, 2017 | Boston

With the pronounced Trump administration preference for fossil fuels over alternatives, we’re seeing a shift from federal policy as a driver for energy developments in states concerned about climate change to state policy as the driver. Our program co-chairs, David Doot of Day Pitney and Jim Avery of Pierce Atwood, have done an excellent job of assembling a group of topics and excellent speakers to address that change.

We’re very pleased to have Melanie Kenderdine of the Energy Futures Initiative as a featured speaker. The Initiative is the brainchild of former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Ms. Kenderdine severed as Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis and as Energy Counselor to Secretary Moniz. Both came out of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI).
State policy drivers for electric energy development are both coming top down from state and regional policy initiates and percolating up from local community action. We’ll have speakers from both perspectives.

This is a legal conference so we’ll have an update on recent and pending appellate litigation that serves as checks & balances for executive branch policy. On the market side, we’ll discuss market momentum for a transition to carbon reduction for the electric sector and the impact on Northeast power markets from system operator perspectives.
We’ll conclude with a discussion of Reforming Power Markets: What are the most viable business models? This promises to be an action-packed program and we hope you’ll be able to attend.

More information is available here.

Contracting for Renewable Energy Projects | October 6, 2017 | Seattle

As western states push for more renewable resources and the market rapidly evolves, it can be difficult for a project developer to obtain a financeable traditional Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from a distribution utility. Fortunately, there has been a flowering of new approaches to PPAs. These range from direct sales to large companies wanting to establish their green power credentials, to sale of large customer energy conservation contracts under the PPA model, to creative use of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for financing smaller projects.

We’re excited to be able to present an intensive one-day seminar on these new approaches. A successful renewables development projects involves a large number of contracts that must work together in harmony to avoid a problem with one bringing down the entire project. We’ll wrap up the program with a discussion of those agreements and tips for making sure that you anticipate the ripple effect of a problem with one on the others.

It promises to be a very enlightening day. We hope you’ll be able to join is in person or via our high-quality webcast.

Details are available on our website.

Electric Utility Rate Cases | March 16 & 17, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV

emeter_optAs we developed this program, it was proving to be an interesting time for electric utility ratemaking due to government policies encouraging renewable energy, distributed generation, and energy efficiency technologies in conjunction with technological advancements making those approaches much more competitive with traditional utility-scale fossil generation

The surprise-to-most result of the Presidential election portends a dramatic shift in federal policy. There will be a new FERC, a new EPA, and a collision with state policies designed to designed GHG emissions in response to climate change.

This makes for even more interesting times. We’re happy that our program co-chairs, Kirk Gibson of McDowell Rackner & Gibson and Fred Schmidt of Holland & Hart gave helped us assemble an excellent group of insightful thinkers from legal practitioners and economic consultants plus people working in the trenches from utilities, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders involved with electric utility ratemaking.

It promises to be a fabulous conference. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

Alaska Energy Markets and Regulation | December 12-13, 2016 – Anchorage, AK

16enak-imageOur program co-chairs, Mark Johnson, of Chugach Electric Association, Inc., and Bradford G. Keithley, Keithley Consulting, LLC, call this annual conference, now in its twelfth year, your one-stop update on the legal, business and regulatory, and increasingly the environmental-based regulatory challenges and opportunities for Energy in Alaska.

We’ll be back in Anchorage for another great workshop, with special addresses from: John Hendrix, Chief Tax Advisor of Office of Governor Bill Walker, Keith Meyer, President of Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and The Hon. Daniel Seamount, Jr., Commissioner of Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. We will also have special video addresses to start each day by: The Hon. Lisa A. Murkowski, (R – Alaska) of United States Senate, and The Hon. Daniel S. Sullivan, Esq., (R – Alaska) of United States Senate.

This conference qualifies for 12.25 Alaska Bar CLE Credits and others upon request.

To view the full agenda and faculty, please visit: http://www.lawseminars.com/seminars/2016/16ENAK.php

We hope you’ll be able to join us in person in Anchorage to connect with your colleagues. However, if you can’t make the trip this year, register and tune in remotely to our live streaming webcast, or watch the replay home study at your convenience. Group, non-profit, and government discounts are available.

Call us at 206-567-4490 if you have any questions.

Register soon to reserve your place!

Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West | January 23-24, 2017 – Seattle, WA

17bsewa_320-240We have a lot to talk about in January. There will be a new President in the White House and we’ll either be pursuing clean power at the federal level with renewed vigor or the feds will be slamming on the brakes and returning to favoring fossil energy. Regardless of the impact of the election on the composition of the Congress, there will be new political dynamics to consider in planning strategies for the New Year.

Federal policy is only part of the story with the western coastal states all pursuing their own clean power agendas.  We’ll be exploring those new developments in depth with presentations by key policy makers, Elliot Mainzer from the BPA, and industry executives.

We’ll also be going into detail about the growth of solar and the host of issues arising from more distributed generation entering the mix and the evolution of energy market structures. Click here for full information about the program.

Electric Power in California | November 3 & 4 – Los Angeles, CA

Law Seminars International is pleased to announce our 18th Annual Electric Power in California Conference. Our Co-Chairs, Neeraj Arora of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and John McKinsey of LeClairRyan have been tremendous in helping us to identify and assemble a great agenda and faculty.

It will be a great opportunity to hear updates on key issues and expert insight on new topics. Those include:

  • The future role of natural gas
  • The economic implications of 50% RPS
  • Energy storage and creative methods
  • Net metering
  • Current transmission development and interconnection issues
  • What solar will look like when it reaches grid parity in the U.S.
  • FERC Order 1000
  • Utility procurement processes in California

To view the full agenda and faculty, please visit http://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16BSECA

We hope you’ll be able to join us in person in Los Angeles to connect with your colleagues. However, if you can’t make the trip this year, register and tune in remotely to our live streaming webcast, or watch the replay at your convenience. Group, non-profit, and government discounts are available.

Call us at 206-567-4490 if you have any questions.


Register soon to reserve your place!

Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West | January 25 & 26 | Seattle

Our 21st annual Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West conference will explore the major changes rocking the Western energy business. Senior executives of the region’s utilities, leading electric industry practitioners, and commissioners at the state and federal level, will address a broad range of topics including:

  • bsewa_270_178The Clean Power Plan and EPA’s greenhouse gas rules and how they will impact the industry
  • The challenges of integrating rooftop solar into the electric grid
  • The changing energy marketplace in the West and efforts to police that marketplace
  • Changes on the horizon for the region’s electric grid

It’s a chance to develop better understanding of the legal and policy issues transforming the industry, from the leaders who are making it happen. They include the following key policy makers:

  • FERC Commissioner Phil Moeller
  • BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer
  • California ISO Director of Strategic Alliances Don Fuller
  • EPA Region 10 Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran
  • Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson
  • Idaho PUC President Paul Kjellander
  • Oregon PUC Commissioner Susan Ackerman
  • Oregon DEQ Director Dick Pedersen
  • Washington UTC Chairman David Danner

We hope you will join us for a very timely and high-level discussion.