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Presenter: JOHN W GULLIVER and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: South Portland, ME

Doubletree by Hilton
363 Maine Mall Road
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: 207-775-6161

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration                 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Morning Session          8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lunch (Included)         12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Session       1:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: PUC Chair Thomas Welch

New Developments in Regulatory Policies

View from the Pipelines

Adequacy of capacity to serve New England

How to assure adequate customer commitment

Lessons from other states

View from the LDCs

Cost advantages to other heating options

Environmental benefits

Maine’s competitive landscape

Views from the Electric Industry

Long term fuel supply



Luncheon Speaker: Governor Paul LePage

View from the C&I Customers

Comparative cost to other energy sources

Reliability of delivery

Safety concerns

RFPs – Do They Work?



Service to surrounding communities

LNG and CNG – Part of The Path Forward?

Alternatives to pipeline delivery

Sustainable or interim business model

State regulatory jurisdiction

Costs and environmental issues


Cynthia Armstrong, PNGTS

Seth Berry, XNG

Todd Black, Unitil

Bill Bridgeo, Augusta City Manager

Tony Buxton, Preti Flaherty

Jack Cashman, Cashman Consulting

Jim Cohen, Verrill Dana

Greg Crisp, Spectra Energy

Thorn Dickinson, Maine Natural Gas

Dan Dolan, New England Power Generators Association

Tom Doyle, Pierce Atwood

Russ Drechsel, Madison Paper

Katie Gray, Verrill Dana

Laura Heckman, Kinder Morgan

Ray Hepper, ISO-New England

Bill Hewitt, Pierce Atwood

Jerry Livengood, Bangor Gas

Carol MacLennan, Public Utilities Commission

Michael Minkos, Summit Utilities, Inc.

Vince Morrissette, Repsol Energy North America

Tim Schneider, Maine Public Advocate

Bill Shane, Cumberland Town Manager

Rich Silkman, Competitive Energy Services

Michael Vail, Fairchild Semiconductor

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Landmen

This seminar is open to the public. The Maine Overseers of the Bar has approved it for 6.25 CLE hours for attorneys.

This seminar offers up to 6.0 PDHs to Maine professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant.

Maine engineers with continuing education requirements in other states will be able to apply the PDHs earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state continuing education rules to determine eligibility or contact HalfMoon Education for assistance. This seminar is not eligible for New York engineers.

The American Association of Professional Landmen has approved this program for 6.0 RL/RPL continuing education credits and 6.0 CPL recertification credits, which includes no CPL/ESA recertification or ethics credits.

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. Attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to

participants within fifteen business days.

HalfMoon Education will gladly assist you to the best of its ability to get course approval for continuing education credit which is not included above. Please contact HalfMoon Education early for best results.



Mr. Gulliver’s experience in the energy sector involves a wide range of gas and electric sector issues. He has represented gas and electric utilities, project developers, and other clients on a variety of matters, including transactions, policy issues, financings, mergers and acquisitions, rate and tariff proceedings, and restructuring. Mr. Gulliver has worked throughout the United States, appearing before the Maine, New Hampshire, and California Public Utilities Commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The projects in which he has been involved include gas pipeline expansion and retail

distribution; power project development and finance; transmission planning and interconnection agreements; power pools, markets, market design and cross-border trading; and related gas and electricity transactions. He has also worked in over 50 countries in the Middle East,Europe, Central and South America, Asia, Central Asia and Africa. Mr. Gulliver has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching courses on sustainable energy development. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, the Best Lawyers in America, New England Super Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, and similar professional publications.

William Harwood

Verrill Dana, LLP
Mr. Harwood is Co-Chair of Verrill Dana’s Energy Practice Group and has devoted most of his 38-year career to representing public utilities before state and federal regulatory agencies.  He has represented electric, gas, water and telecommunications companies in more than 60 major cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including rate cases, prudence investigations, management audits, merger approvals, requests for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity, and rule making proceedings.  Mr. Harwood counsels utilities on proactive strategies to both anticipate regulatory developments and efficiently manage the regulatory process.  Mr. Harwood has Seminar Information been extensively involved in traditional rate setting issues, including CWIP in rate base, attrition, accounting orders and cost of capital.  He has negotiated long-term alternative rate plans which include automatic inflation adjustments, service quality penalties, and recovery of mandated or exogenous costs.  Mr. Harwood has also represented developers of new transmission lines in securing Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and wind developers in negotiating Interconnection Agreements and securing adequate transmission capacity for delivery of the output.  Mr. Harwood has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching utility regulation and administrative law.


Mr. Schneider represents the interests of Maine ratepayers in proceedings before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, including issues regarding electricity and natural gas prices. The Office of the Public Advocate also supports Maine residents on matters related to telecommunications, including accessibility to broadband internet service. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a law degree from New York University, and he is no stranger to the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Since 2008, Mr. Schneider has specialized in electricity and natural gas as an attorney at Pierce Atwood LLP in Portland. He has worked with the Maine Public Utilities Commission and has been involved in some of the most complex issues before the Commission in recent years, including the inquiry into Maine’s continued participation in ISONE, consideration of the largest transmission upgrade in Maine history, as well as the Commission’s investigation into its electric utilities’ transmission planning standards and many issues relating to natural gas pricing and infrastructure.


Mr. Welch was appointed to the Maine Public Utilities Commission as chair in April 2011. He had previously served as chair of the commission from 1993-2005. Between his Commission appointments, Commissioner Welch worked for PJM Interconnection, a Pennsylvania-based regional transmission organization, and for five years was an attorney at Pierce Atwood, LLP, in Portland, Maine, specializing in energy and utility law. Before moving to Maine in 1993, he served as chief deputy attorney general for antitrust in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, as in-house counsel for Bell Atlantic, and as assistant professor at Villanova University School of Law. Commissioner Welch graduated from Stanford University in 1972 and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1975. His term on the Commission expires March 2017.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $329.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $329.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $299.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.