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Presenter: Chuck Cohen and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Augusta, ME

Augusta Civic Center
76 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-626-2405

This seminar is closed or full.

Agenda:

Registration:                        8:15 - 8:45 am

Morning Session:                8:45 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 4:15 pm


Welcome

Keynote Address – PUC Chair Mark Vannoy

Utility Affiliate Ownership of Generation – Challenges Ahead

   Moderator:
      Chuck Cohen, Public Utilities Commission
   Panelists:
      Tony Buxton, Preti Flaherty
      Jared des Rosiers, Pierce Atwood
      Barry Hobbins, Public Advocate
      Ben Smith, Soltan, Bass Smith


PUC Rules of Practice and Procedure

   Moderator:
      Bill Harwood, Verrill Dana
   Panelists:
      Eric Bryant, Office of Public Advocate
      Joe Donahue, Preti Flaherty
      Amy Mills, Public Utilities Commission
      Sarah Tracy, Pierce Atwood


Lunch – Speakers:

   David Woodsome, Senate Chair of Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee
   Seth Berry, House Chair of Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee


Limits of PUC Jurisdiction/Authority

   Moderator:
      Mitch Tannenbaum, Public Utilities Commission
   Panelists:
      Katie Gray, Verrill Dana
      Andy Hagler, Summit Utilities
      Rich Hevey, Central Maine Power Co.
      Jody McColman, Public Utilities Commission


Innovations and Developments in Infrastructure Expansion

   Moderator:
      Bill Hewitt, Roach Hewitt Ruprecht Sanchez & Bischoff, P.C.
   Panelists:
      Gary Epler, Unitil
      Nora Healy, Verrill Dana
      Joel Moser, Bernstein Shur
      Tim Pease, Emera Maine


Social Reception

   Hosted by Roach Hewitt Ruprecht Sanchez & Bischoff, P.C., and Verrill Dana

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Accountants/CPAs
  • Attorneys
  • Engineers

Attorneys
   5.25 Maine CLE Hours
   5.25 New Hampshire CLE Hours
   6.0 New York CLE Hours
   5.25 Vermont CLE Hours

Accountants
   6.0 CPE Hours

Professional Engineers
   5.25 PDHs


Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public.  The Maine Overseers of the Bar has approved this program for 5.25 CLE hours for attorneys.

This course offers 5.25 CLE hours to New Hampshire attorneys.  Courses are no longer subject to preapproval in New Hampshire.

HalfMoon Education is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs.  This traditional format course offers 6.0 Areas of Professional Practice CLE hours.  Please contact HalfMoon Education if financial assistance is needed.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is an accredited CLE provider in Vermont.  This activity offers 5.25 CLE hours to Vermont attorneys.

This seminar offers up to 5.25 PDHs to Maine professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant.

This course offers 6.0 CPE hours to Maine accountants.  HalfMoon Education Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  Stateboards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.  Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:  www.NASBARegistry.org.  Complaints can also be directed to Doug Chapman at doug@halfmoonseminars.org.  Sponsor No. 103015.

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.

Speakers:

Chuck Cohen

Deputy General Counsel, Maine Public Utilities Commission
Mr. Cohen has been with the Maine Public Utilities Commissionfor more than 27 years.  He is assigned to the Electricity and Gas Division and over the years has specialized in rate plans, rate cases, service quality and reliability issues, reorganizations and transmission planning cases.  Before coming to the Commission, Mr. Cohen worked at Idaho Legal Aid Services.  He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (B.S. ’76) and Boston College Law School (J.D. ’79).  Mr. Cohen was appointed to be the Commission’s Deputy General Counsel in March of 2016.

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.

William D. Hewitt

Roach Hewitt Ruprecht Sanchez & Bischoff, P.C.
During more than 20 years of practice, Mr. Hewitt has earned a reputation as one of the most highly regarded energy and public utility attorneys in New England.  He represents participants in the natural gas, electric, telecommunications and water industries in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire on a broad array of commercial and regulatory matters.  In the regulatory arena, Mr. Hewitt has handled nearly every type of public utility proceeding, including reorganizations, management investigations, rate and rate design proceedings, service territory disputes, CPCN proceedings, infrastructure expansion and gas safety matters.  He works closely with clients to understand their business and regulatory objectives, and he develops creative strategies designed to achieve the client’s goals within the regulatory framework.  Mr. Hewitt also represents clients in transactional matters involving the purchase and sale of energy and related products in wholesale and retail markets, including long-term contracts designed to promote state energy and environmental policies.  An engineer before pursuing the law, Mr. Hewitt understands the complexities of utility distribution systems and leverages that knowledge when advocating on his client’s behalf.

Mitch Tannenbaum

General Counsel of the Maine Public Utilities Commission
Mr. Tannenbaum has been an attorney with the Maine Public Utilities Commission for more than 25 years and has experience in a variety of utility and energy market issues.  These include work on: utility rate, rate design and alternative rate plan proceedings; adjudications and rulemakings to implement electric industry restructuring; competitive solicitations for electricity supply, such as standard offer service; renewable energy promotional programs; and natural gas pipeline expansion matters.  Mr. Tannenbaum served as Deputy General Counsel from 2002 through 2014 and is currently the General Counsel of the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

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