[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events: One More

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Mon Sep 12 08:09:38 PDT 2011

Sorry, I lost this one in the shuffle.  The Restructuring Roundtable  
is always informative.


September 16, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:

Two Timely Topics:
FERC Order 1000 (Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation  
The Future of Solar in New England

Raab Associates presents:
The 124th NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

On July 21, FERC issued Order 1000, its long-anticipated, 600-plus  
page rule on the future of transmission planning and cost-allocation  
in the United States. According to Chairman Wellinghoff, "The Final  
Rule will profoundly affect the development of our nation's  
transmission system in coming decades." One of the many unique  
features of this Order is the requirement for integrating federal and  
state energy policies (e.g., RPS) in transmission planning and  

Please join us at our next Restructuring Roundtable as we learn  
aboutFERC Order 1000 and discuss its ramifications and implications  
for New England transmission and non-transmission alternatives. The  
panel will begin with a succinct synopsis by Mason Emnett, Associate  
Director of FERC's Policy Office, and a lead FERC staffer on Order  
1000. Mason will be followed by a panel of three discussants who will  
reflect on how this order will likely impact transmission, renewables,  
and other resource planning and implementation in New England.

Heather Hunt, Executive Director of the New England States' Committee  
on Electricity (NESCOE), will lead off the panel with reflections  
garnered from the six New England State PUCs on Order 1000 and an  
update on NESCOE's coordinated competitive renewable procurement and  
new interstate transmission siting collaborative. Peter Flynn,  
President of FERC Regulated Businesses at National Grid, will provide  
a transmission owner's perspective, and Seth Kaplan, VP of Policy and  
Climate Advocacy at Conservation Law Foundation, will offer an  
environmental perspective.

Our second panel focuses on the Future of Solar in New England. With  
photovoltaic prices continuing to drop due to technology breakthroughs  
and increasing economies of scale, coupled with new solar-related  
state policies, PV installations in New England are on the rise. Our  
panel starts off with international solar expert, ChrisPorter, Lead  
Downstream Analyst, Photon Consulting, who will talk about the  
international technology and price progressions and how they may  
impact solar supply and demand in New England. DOERCommissioner Mark  
Sylvia will then discuss the evolution of solar-related policies in  
Massachusetts, including the Commonwealth's unique SREC market and net  
metering rules. We round out the panel with two leading solar  
developers as they discuss both the opportunities and on-going  
challenges of developing solar projects throughout New England: Dan  
Leary, President, Renewable Energy Solutions, Nexamp and President of  
the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and  
Bryan Miller, VP of Energy Policy/Sustainable Energy at Constellation  


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