Energy, Telecom, and Water Law Updates 2-27-15
1 Session Introduction by Bryan Kleinmaier
Energy, Telecom, and Water Law Updates 2-27-15
1 Session Introduction by Bryan Kleinmaier
Program Description: An update of notable regulatory and legal cases, statuses, and administrative code provisions impacting practitioners in the energy, telecommunications and water arena in the year 2014.
Who Should Attend: Those interested in PSCW activities, energy and telecommunications law attorneys, water attorneys, municipal attorneys, and environmental attorneys.
Key Takeaways: Gain understanding of key developments in energy, telecommunications and water regulation; Explore recent happenings in the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; Learn about changes in electric technologies and state reforms.
9:00 – 9:05 – Introduction | Bryan Kleinmaier, Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
9:05-10:00 – Overview of Changes at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin | Cynthia Smith, Chief Legal Counsel at the PSCW
10:00-10:25 – Telecommunications Law Updates | Mike Varda, PSCW Office of General Counsel & Judd Genda, Partner, Axley Brynelson in Madison
10:25-10:40 – Break
10:40 – 11:20 – Energy Law Updates | Kira Loehr, Executive Director and General Counsel, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin, Inc., PSCW case updates & David Gilles, Godrey and Kahn, State and Federal legislative and case updates
11:20-11:50 – Municipal Law Updates | Anita Gallucci, Partner, Boardman and Clark LLP
11:50 – 12:20 – PSCW Water Regulatory Law Updates | Lawrie Kobza, Partner, Boardman and Clark LLP
12:20-1:40 – Lunch with Speaker, Changing Electric Technologies and State Reforms | Lauren Azar, Attorney, Azar Law LLC
1:40-2:00 – Questions and Answers
2:00 – Program concludes
$125 Registration Fee
Registration includes instruction, course materials and meals.
Directions and Where to Park:
Pyle Center is located at 702 Langdon Street on the UW-Madison Campus. Parking ramps are on Lake St.
This program is co-sponsored by the Dept. of Administration and the State Energy Office
Friday, January 23, 2015
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Pyle Center, Room 325
If the state embarks on an initiative to accelerate the adoption of CHP and industrial operational efficiency, and, if the utilities were put in charge of the program, what might the program look like?
9:30 – 9:50 DOA/SEO Program objectives—what will the DOA/SEO do with the stakeholder work and future plans for this work? | Kevin Vesperman and Amanda Mott, DOA
9:55 – 10:20| Anne Hampson, ICF International
10:25 – 10:40 Experience for contracting CHP across Wisconsin | Randy Bertram, WMEP
10:45 – 11:00 Utility experience in contracting CHP | Rob Benninghoff, WPS
11:05 – 11:30 Open discussion on barriers and opportunities as outlined by three previous speakers
11:30 – 12:30 Panel Discussion
In this session, we will explore how operational efficiency and moves to add such enhancements as CHP can lead to new production and thus new load. The example will be drawn from current efforts: What needs to happen to ensure that this kind of effort is a benefit to utilities and stakeholders?
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
Technical and Contracting Options
1:00 – 1:30 Utility CHP Contracting | Tim Baye, Professor Business Developments, State Energy Specialist
1:30 – 1:50 CHP Technology Changes and Applications | Jeff Ihnen, Michaels Energy
1:50 – 2:10 Is there something here of interest? Discussion
2:10 – 2:50 We will divide the attendees into two groups: CHP or Operational Energy Efficiency.
Questions will include:
What benefits do you (utility, public interest, customer) see from adoption of these technologies ?
What are the downsides?
Are there policies that help the state move forward with these technologies?
Are there policies that stand in the way?
What would make you (utility, public interest, customer) welcome this change?
What would make you not welcome this change?
2:50 – 3:15 View other team’s work
3:30 – 4:00 Return to group and discuss findings on flip charts and any issues placed into a “parking lot” topic.
Can we find some common ground for further discussion:
Kira Loehr is the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin. CUB is a nonprofit organization that advocates for reliable, affordable and sound utility service on behalf of Wisconsin’s residential and small business utility customers. Kira represents CUB in all proceedings before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, MISO, FERC, and the courts. She also manages the organization and helps develop positions on utility policy and other issues of importance to CUB’s members. Before joining CUB in 2010, she practiced public utility and environmental law with Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP. Kira served on the Board of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Public Utility Law Section from 2007 to 2014 and was the Chair of that Section Board from 2013-2014. Kira received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2002, and a B.A. degree in psychology and philosophy magna cum laude from Saint Louis University in 1997.
October 5 – 9, 2015
Seminar Site: The Pyle Center, located on Lake Mendota
Energy Utility Basics is an intensive course on the fundamental concepts critical to being conversant in today’s energy industry. Course content is updated yearly as technology, regulation, competition and markets evolve. WPUI has proudly presented this exceptional course each fall since 1983.
Course Summary: Over four and a half days, participants will receive an introduction to the electric and natural gas industries, insights into regulatory decision-making, and an analysis of the current issues facing both industries. The dedicated gas course begins Thursday at noon and continues until mid-Day Friday.
Benefits: Attendees will obtain practical knowledge of the operations and technology of the natural gas and electricity industries from extraction, whether from the ground or renewables, to the customer’s bill. Course registration covers a field trip to a natural gas power plant, daily lunches and breaks, printed course materials and UW-Madison CEU certification. CLE credits will be applied for.
Who Should Attend: The energy industry has undergone substantial changes – including changes in hiring practices. Twenty years ago, new utility staff would start out learning the ropes by working up through the ranks. In today’s fast-moving business environment, it is often advantageous to hire staff from other industries, bringing in outside talent that doesn’t yet have a working knowledge of the energy industry. Energy Utility Basics is intended for anyone working in the energy industry, including public interest groups, legislative staff, regulatory staff, state and local government personnel. The course is for energy professionals who want a better grasp of how all the technological, financial and political pieces of the energy puzzle fit together. Registration is open to the public
What others have said:
“I came in new to the industry wanting to learn about how energy is made, distributed, and transmitted. I am leaving with a better understanding of all that and more.”
“The good mix of speakers and audience made for an excellent atmosphere to understand a complex industry from all angles.”
“I wish I could have taken this course right away when I entered the utility industry.”
“I appreciate the care in progressively building on the modules.”
“Plenty of beneficial information, good speakers.”
“As someone with only a couple years of utility experience, this was a great foundation”
“Covered as many of the topics as possible in an entertaining and informative way – could have been very boring, but it wasn’t. Nice work!”
“Excellent overview and well-planned program.”
“Delivery of complex information in an easy to digest manner.”
“I loved getting to see the operators and getting to touch and see how it all works at the power plant”
“Variety of speakers, all were knowledgeable and able to break down the subject matter for those with a limited knowledge of the industry.”
October 5: Electricity — Industry Structure
Why a regulated monopoly? Who’s regulated, why and how: The Federal and State Perspective
October 6: Electricity — Industry Operations
From Heat to Electricity – How we make Electricity in the U.S.
October 7: Ratemaking for Electric and Gas Companies
What Drives Utility Stock Prices? What (Should) Keep Utility Execs Awake at Night?
October 8: Low to No Carbon Options
Work Done Without (or with a small) Carbon Footprint
October 9: The New/Old Kid on the Block: Gas
What Everyone Ought to Know About Gas
Institute Member — $1,450.00
Non-Member — $2,250.00
Government (Non-Utility) — $700.00
Non-Profit, Member — $1,200.00
Non-Profit, Non-Member — $1,550.00
Register here: http://tinyurl.com/nxtzoow
Accommodations: Graduate Madison
Room Rate: $149
Deluxe Rooms includes amenities such as transportation to and from the Madison Airport, hot breakfast and more.
Parking is available for hotel guests
Additional Parking available in Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson St Ramps at 301 N. Lake St.)
Defined Benefit Pensions: A Balancing Act of Financial, Regulatory, Fiduciary, and Public Trust Considerations
October 31, 2014
Pyle Center on Langdon Street (Park in the Lake Street Ramp)
Wisconsin Council on Economic Education, Inc. and the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute
Registration is required
Pension plans and responsibilities for pension plans have changed over the past years. No longer is it the “savings account” for retired employees. This pension seminar will review the interests of involved parties and the responsibilities assigned to the various regulatory bodies at federal and state level. The interactions and potentially conflicting objectives among the various interested parties will be considered.
A special discussion seminar with Enrique Bacalao, Economics Wisconsin President and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Kilkenny, Partner, Deloitte & Touche
Wesley Smyth, Vice President – Senior Accounting Analyst. Moody’s Investors Service
Timothy Jennings, Managing Director and Head of Origination, Pacific Global Advisors
Registration is required, attendance will be limited to 25. Please use the link below to register.
|9:30 – 9:45||Registration|
|9:45 – 10:00||Introductions||Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, WPUI|
|10:00 – 10:15||Framing the Issues||Enrique BacalaoPresidentWisconsin Council on Economic Education, Inc.||We will frame the issues that will be addressed at this meeting and will suggest a desired outcome for the session, with the participants’ help. This presentation will review the interests of the various parties and the responsibilities assigned to the various regulatory bodies at federal and state level. The interactions and potentially conflicting objectives among the various interested parties will be considered. This presentation sets out to provide a framework for the subsequent presentations and discussions.|
|10:15 – 11:00||A Legal Perspective||Emory IrelandPartnerFoley & Lardner(to be confirmed)||In this session we will discuss the nature of the defined benefit pension plan’s obligations and the sponsors’ fiduciary responsibility to its employees, retirees, and stockholders, balanced against the duties to the customers, other commercial stakeholders, and the general public. The last 15 minutes of this session will be available for discussion.|
|11:00 – Noon||An Accounting Perspective||Tom KilkennyPartnerDeloitte & Touche||In this session we will discuss the rules followed to measure and report on our defined benefit pension plans’ obligations and assets according to U.S. GAAP, as well as the determination of any given defined benefit plan’s net funding status, and the impact of these rules on the various financial statements. The last 15 minutes of this session will be available for discussion.|
|Noon- 12: 30||Box Lunches and a Break|
|12:30 – 1:30||A Credit Rating Agency’s Perspective||Wesley SmythVice President – Senior Accounting AnalystMoody’s Investors Service||In this session we will discuss how one major credit rating agency evaluates the management of defined benefit pension plans, and how alternative pension plan management strategies and outcomes affect the plan sponsor’s credit strength and credit ratings. The last 15 minutes of this session will be available for discussion.|
|1:30 – 1:45||Break|
|1:45 – 3:15||What Can We Do?||Timothy JenningsManaging Director and Head of OriginationPacific Global Advisors||Given the current positions of public utility companies, the regulatory framework faced in this area, and current market conditions, are there better ways to reduce risk and lower the costs of meeting defined benefit pension plans? If so, what are the main characteristics of these alternatives? Within the regulatory framework, what encourages or discourages plan sponsors to make the right decisions? How can we be sure of any proposed changes actually improving matters? The last 30 minutes of this session will be available for discussion.|