Sixth Annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium

Sixth Annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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  • Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Climate & Energy Law Symposium

Innovative Regulatory and Business Models
in a Changing Electric Industry

Academic and policy experts will discuss the trends driving change in the electric industry and the business and regulatory responses at the University of San Diego’s Sixth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium.



Symposium Overview

At the University of San Diego’s Sixth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, academic and policy experts will analyze and assess three core aspects of this complex issue.

First, experts will explore the topic of regulatory changes. What regulatory changes will be needed to accommodate advancing technologies and the economic realities of the future? How can we align incentives of utilities, customers, and resource developers in a way that ensures equity and does not stifle innovation? What changes are needed to the utility ratemaking process both how utilities make money and how customers are charged for the energy services they use and provide? How can we achieve environmental goals and maintain reliability?

Second, there is the need for an effective and functional utility business model. What utility business models could accommodate the projected changes? What functions and services should remain with regulated electric utilities and what functions could be provided by other entities? Are there existing examples of business models that could be applied to the changing landscape of the electric industry? What structure can meet overarching policy goals while maintaining viable utilities?

Third, Symposium speakers will address market structures. What market structures would facilitate exchange of services and value between utilities and customers? What attributes, market rules, and standards would be necessary to ensure transparency, encourage innovation, and create stability?

Lead Sponsor:

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Gold Sponsor:

Perkins Coie logo

Silver Sponsor:

EDF Renewable Energy logo

Event Partners:

San Diego County Bar Association logo

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Symposium Agenda

8 – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast ⁄ Registration
8:45 – 9 a.m. Welcome
  • Stephen C. Ferruolo, Dean and Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Kassandra Castillo, Editor in Chief, San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law
  • Scott J. Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
9 – 10 a.m. Keynote Panel
  • Jon Wellinghoff, former Chair of FERC and Partner of Stoel Rives LLP
  • James P. Avery, Senior Vice President of Power Supply, SDG&E
  • Moderator: Scott J. Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
10 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 a.m. – Noon Panel One
The Utility of the Future
  • Gregory Bernosky, Manager, State Regulation, Arizona Public Service Company
  • Steven Ferrey, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
  • Lorenzo Kristov, Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy, California Independent System Operator
  • Jamie Van Nostrand, Director, Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Moderator: Sara Keane, Associate, Bingham McCutchen, LLP
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 – 3 p.m. Panel Two
Distributed Technologies as Drivers of Change
  • Kevin B. Jones, Deputy Director & Senior Fellow, Institute of Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School
  • Troy Rule, Associate Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Jeffrey Winmill, Attorney, Van Ness Feldman LLC
  • Moderator: Damien Buie, Director of Innovation, EDF Renewable Energy
3 – 3:15 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15 – 5:15 p.m. Panel Three
Regulatory Pathways Forward
  • Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar, University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force, Stanford University
  • Christopher T. Kennedy, Partner, Whitt Sturtevant, LLP, and Carl Peterman, PhD, Lecturer, University of Illinois-Springfield
  • Alexandra B. Klass, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota School of Law
  • Sky Stanfield, Of Counsel, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP
  • Moderator: Laura Godfrey Zagar, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Scott Anders, Director, Energy Policy initatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception

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Registration Information

  • Registration categories and fees are provided below. Registration fees includes materials, breakfast, luncheon, refreshment breaks, and symposium reception.
  • San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Members receive a 25 percent discount. Please contact SDBCA for discount code before registering online.
  • Student discounts are available.
  • No refunds after October 27, 2014.

Registration Category
October 19
General Admission  $ 100 $ 125
USD Law Alumni, Academic, Government, and Non-profit 50 75
Students and USD Faculty & Staff 20 45

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MCLE Credit Information

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 7 hours of general credit.

Download MCLE Materials (PDF 8.1MB)

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Location & Directions

School of Leadership and Education Sciences (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)
Warren Auditorium, Room 116
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego CA 92110

  • Use I-5 South
  • Exit Sea World Dr. & Tecolote Rd.
  • Proceed left at stoplight toward Morena Blvd.
  • Turn right on Morena Blvd.
  • Left on Napa
  • Left on Linda Vista Rd.
  • Turn left on Marian Way for West Entrance to campus
  • Use I-5 North
  • Exit Morena Blvd. (signs will say: Morena Blvd. use I-8 East)
  • Stay to the right and follow signs for Morena Blvd.
  • Take the first right onto Linda Vista Rd.
  • Turn left on Marian Wayfor West Entranceto campus
  • Use I-8 West
  • Exit at Morena Blvd.
  • Go right onto Linda Vista Rd.
  • Turn left on Marian Wayfor West Entrance to campus

From all directions, once you enter the west entrance:

  • Proceed up the hill and follow the signs to the West Parking structure. Attendants will direct you to a parking space.
  • Tram service will be available from 8 – 9 a.m. from the West Parking structure to Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, which will be the first building on your left side (across from Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice).
  • The symposium will be held in Warren Auditorium, which will be down the hall on your right side in room 116.
  • View Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on USD's campus map.

Mass Transit

For attendees wishing to use mass transit, please be advised that schedules and services are limited; consulting schedules in advance is highly recommended. The most convenient hub is the Old Town Transit Center, which is served by bus, the San Diego Trolley, and the Coaster commuter train. The Old Town station is served by USD shuttle buses.

Hotel Partner

The University of San Diego’s lodging partner is Bartell Hotels. Shuttle service from Bartell Hotel’s The Dana on Mission Bay will be available to and from the symposium.

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Previous Symposia

November 8, 2013
California in the Spotlight

The fifth annual Symposium, which took place on November 8, 2013, featured keynote addresses by Congressman Scott Peters and Virgil Welsh, Special Assistant to Chair Mary Nichols at the California Air Resources Board. Speakers discussed the strengths and weaknesses of California’s cap-and-trade program, the outlook for emission reductions in the transportation sector, and the promotion of low-carbon energy, particularly solar energy.

November 9, 2012:
Law in a Distributed Energy Future

The fourth annual symposium featured keynote addresses by then California Energy Commission Commissioner Carla Peterman and Ken Alex, Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and Director of the Office of Planning and Research. Speakers discussed the rules that govern the electricity grid change to incorporate distributed generation, the possibilities for generating energy at the neighborhood and community levels, and the legal and policy innovations at the federal, state and local levels needed to accommodate a distributed energy future.

April 15, 2011:
Advancing a Clean Energy Future

The third annual symposium featured a keynote address by Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Panelists discussed the role of states in renewable energy development, policies to encourage clean energy and energy efficiency, and the balance between renewable energy development and environmental concerns.

April 9, 2010:
Next-Generation Regulation: Instrument Choice in Climate Law

The second annual symposium featured a keynote address by Jody Freeman, Professor of Law at Harvard University and Former White House Counselor for Energy and Climate Change. Panelists discussed market mechanism and tax law options to reduce greenhouse gases and whether traditional legal and policy mechanisms are still relevant. The 2010 symposium also included a workshop on the challenges of and opportunities for siting renewable energy systems, which included a keynote presentation by former California Energy Commissioner John Geesman.

February 20, 2009:
Federal Preemption or State Prerogative: California in the Face of National Climate Policy

The keynote speaker was Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board. Panelists discussed whether states law and policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are preempted by federal law and ways to integrate state and federal actions.


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