Many utilities in the traditionally coal power-dominated Southeast (SE) are significantly ramping up investments in renewable energy, as the states in which they operate adopt policies and implement strategies that promote the addition of solar, wind and other forms of renewable power. Two major utility contributors to this massive uptick from renewable sources are Duke Energy and Southern Companies that have operations throughout the region.
Despite this embrace of renewables, North Carolina is the only SE state with a binding clean energy target (12.5% of its electricity is to be provided by renewables by 2021). Moreover, the SE states and utilities still have a ways to go to stimulate development of clean energy, over and above importing clean energy from projects located outside the region. More regulators and legislators in the SE are acknowledging this and appreciate the incredible environmental and business development benefits of attracting renewable energy development to the region.
This sixth annual Clean Power Summit is the key event to learn about what’s happening and what the outlook is for renewable energy developments in the SE. It will feature utilities, project developers and industry experts discussing the most current information and what it’s likely to mean for stakeholders in the region. The program will also consider the impacts of Trump administration policies on the broader regulatory and fiscal fronts that may influence the attractiveness of clean energy more generally.
- Discuss best practices in renewable energy development and implementation
- Evaluate the progress of renewables in the Southeast region
- Explain regulatory perspectives on clean power
- Critique regulatory perspectives on the future demand for renewable resources
- Discuss how PPAs or other contractual structures can best be used in the SE region
- Identify the positive impact of distributed generation
- Identify the ways in which solar development is having a meaningful impact on the SE region
- Review cost-benefit analyses of specific types of renewable energy projects
EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.
Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Case Studies, PowerPoint presentations, case studies and panel discussions will be used in program
Thursday, February 23, 2017
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break
5:15 – 6:15 p.m. :: Networking Reception
Friday, February 24, 2017
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break
4:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns
PURPA Litigation And What Utilities & Developers Need to Know
February 23, 2017
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 11:45 a.m. :: Workshop Timing
Navigating the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) and the resulting contractual negotiations between utilities and Qualifying Facilities (QF) is fast becoming a contentious subject and a potential reliability issue for utilities across the country.
With the uncertain impact of the Texas PUC Exelon Wind decision, FERC’s rejection of the competitive bidding process in Montana drastically limiting the use of RFPs, Maine’s upcoming bid to have distributed energy resources (DERs) considered QFs under PURPA, and the push in a growing number of Western states to significantly reduce the term of QF contracts— utilities must act now to understand how resources with QF certification will affect their operations and the bottom line.
This workshop is designed to provide instruction on PURPA and what is happening now across the US, as what happens in one decision re: the use of QF designation could impact utilities and developers in the Southeast region and around the country. Further, it will look into the future interpretation of QF contracts as renewable projects multiply and new classifications are created that will have an effect on grid stability, resilience, reliability and profitability.
- Discuss the use of competitive solicitations in the PURPA context
- Analyze dealing with legally enforceable obligations
- Evaluate battles over PURPA contract length
- Examine transmission issues arising out of the PURPA mandatory purchase obligation
- Review pending federal legislation that would modify PURPA to classify DERs as QFs
- Identify exemptions from the utility must-purchase obligation under PURPA Section 210(m)
This workshop is designed to survey and provide instruction on PURPA developments across the country, as what happens in one state can significantly impact utilities in the SE states and region. In particular, the workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to assess the best path forward as they negotiate and administer their QF contracts, including coverage of:
- PURPA developments and trends at the state and federal level over the past several years
- Lobbying state regulatory agencies: federal boundaries governing state authority underPURPA
- Who’s the boss? Assessing PURPA litigation risk given fractured federal and state jurisdictional authority over PURPA issues
Claudia J. Earls, Chief Counsel, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
Claudia Earls joined NiSource in June of 2010 as Assistant General Counsel in its Indianapolis office. She currently serves as Chief Counsel for Northern Indiana Public Service Company. She manages complex, high risk matters, working with clients to develop strategies to effectuate business plan goals and to reduce potential areas of risk. Prior to working for NiSource she was a member of the Energy, Telecommunications and Utilities Department for Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis, where her concentration was on the energy industry. Ms. Earls is a former administrative law judge with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (“IURC”). She presided over cases involving ratemaking, financing, mergers and acquisitions, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, fuel and gas cost adjustments, inter-connection agreements, and the appointment of receivers for troubled utilities. She is the former chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commission’s Administrative Law Judge Section. She also is the former editor of Indiana Utility Reports, a weekly newsletter, which reports on the orders issued by the IURC.
Ashley K. Wald, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP
Ms. Wald provides guidance to clients in the solar, wind, hydropower and natural gas industries as they develop energy projects and related infrastructure across the United States. She negotiates power purchase agreements on behalf of clients seeking to buy renewable power, including municipal utilities and electric cooperatives, and she is uniquely positioned to provide insights and strategic solutions based on her experience sitting on both sides of the negotiating table. In addition, Ms. Wald counsels clients in the purchase and sale of energy project assets and project companies.
Abby C. Briggerman, Of Counsel, Holland & Hart LLP
Ms. Briggerman counsels clients through a broad array of electric, natural gas and telecommunications matters before state regulatory agencies throughout the West and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). She represents large electric consumers, consumer coalitions, independent power producers, and natural gas companies in a variety of subject matters, including rate and reliability matters, tariff disputes, mergers and acquisitions, and transmission planning. She and her energy regulatory team practice before the public utilities commissions in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico, and also before the FERC.
Tammy Bramlett, Senior Manager – Renewable Energy Solutions, Tennessee Valley Authority
Mark Brown, Senior Customer Programs Officer, Fayetteville Public Works Commission
Eddie Easterling, Regulatory Pricing Services Manager, Alabama Power Company
Jimmy Glotfelty, Executive Vice President, Clean Line Energy
Scott Hammond, Project Administrator, Central Electric Power Cooperative (CEPC)
The Hon John Howard, Commissioner, South Carolina Public Service Commission
Elizabeth Ingram, Manager – Regulatory Research, Entergy
Danny Kassis, VP – Customer Relations and Renewables, South Carolina Electric & Gas
Mel Koleber, Vice President, Rye Development
Simon Mahan, Director, Southern Wind Energy Association
The Hon Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission
Amanda Mortlock, Vice President, Utility Partnerships, 3 Degrees Inc.
The Hon Jeremy Oden, Commissioner, Alabama Public Service Commission
Andrew Owens, Director – Regulatory Research, Entergy
Autumn Proudlove, Senior Policy Analyst, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
Marc Vinson, Renewable Resources Supervisor, Georgia Power
Ashley Wald, Partner, Holland & Hart
North Charleston Marriott
4770 Goer Drive
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406
To reserve your room, please call 1-843-747-1900 or book online here.
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The room rate is $119.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.
Room Block Dates:
A room block has been reserved for the nights of February 22 – 23, 2017.
Rate Available Until:
Make your reservations prior to January 20, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.