As part of the Legal Essentials For Energy Professionals course, participants will read 100 pages of material prior to the start of class and an additional 30 pages per evening during the course. Books and reading assignments will be sent to participants at least three weeks prior to the start of the course. Participants will be evaluated based on class participation and a short written examination. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a certificate of success.
Fundamentals of the U.S. Legal System
Monday, May 4 | AM Schedule
The course will begin with an overview of the roles of the three branches of government, the relationships between the branches, and an introduction to the "fourth" branch of government - the administrative agency and the Administrative Procedure Act.
-Michael Dworkin, Vermont Law School
The Energy Regulatory Landscape/Transmission and Distribution Obligations
Monday, May 4 | PM Schedule
The evolution of the regulatory paradigm over the past century will provide participants with a greater appreciation for the role of federal and state energy commissions in the 21st century. In this session, participants will also explore the several layers of state, regional, and federal oversight of new transmission and distribution infrastructure. Interconnection regulations, cost allocation, and the recent FERC Order 1000 will also be discussed.
-Harvey Reiter, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Raising Revenue From Wholesale and Retail Customers
Tuesday, May 5 | AM PM Schedule
Participants will gain insight into the process for establishing retail rates through state regulatory commissions and wholesale rates through the FERC. Topics will include the cost of service ratemaking theory, the standard of review for utility investments, and the process for establishing an acceptable rate of return. Retail competition will be noted in less detail. -Edward Flippen, McGuire Woods LLP, Cameron Prell, Crowell & Moring
Financing Emerging Energy Facilities: Wind, Solar, and Merchant Transmission
Wednesday, May 6 | AM Schedule
Participants will develop an understanding of a variety of laws governing the development and financing of new energy technologies including risk allocation, risk limitation, and timing issues.
-Glenn Berger, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
ISOs, RTOs, Power Pools, and Power Purchase Agreements
Wednesday, May 6 | PM Schedule
FERC now grants some of its oversight responsibilities to Regional Transmission Organizations throughout the country. The role of these organizations in establishing wholesale rates for electricity and incentivizing new infrastructure will be discussed, along with concerns about market power.
-Stuart Caplan, SNR Denton
Special Considerations for Public Power: Municipal Utilities, Cooperatives, and Power Marketing Agencies
Thursday, May 7 | AM Schedule
This course will explore the practical implications of the legal differences between traditionally regulated investor-owned utilities and municipal and cooperative utilities, including establishing retail rates and governance.
-David Yaffee, Van Ness Feldman, Dave L. Mohre, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Thursday, May 7 | PM Schedule
National environmental regulation affects where and how new energy infrastructure is built and operated. Participants will learn the basic components of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, and FRAC Act, and how they impact utility decisions.
-Mark Latham, Vermont Law School
Innovation and Technology Development
Friday, May 8 | AM Schedule
Topics not usually associated with the utility industry, innovation, and IP are now playing an increasingly important role in the utility sector. Participants will gain an appreciation of the importance and relevance of these issues to the future of the utility industry.
-Justin Martin, EPRI
Corporate Law and Governance
Friday, May 8 | PM Schedule
Corporate law underlies utility decisions from purchased power agreements to acquiring a new business entity. This course prepares participants to understand their responsibilities when executing a contract, the characteristics, benefits, and drawbacks of different corporate structures, and the laws surrounding acquisitions and mergers.
-Oliver Goodenough, Vermont Law School