Energy Law Academy Course 109: Introduction to Hydropower

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Energy Law Academy Course 109: Introduction to Hydropower

March 30, 2023 @ 8:00 am March 31, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

Energy Law Academy Course 109 focuses on Hydropower. Please join us in-person at Perkins Coie LLP’s Seattle office, for this two-day educational event.

Thank you to our hosts:

The EBA Energy Law Academy focuses on the core legal and regulatory concepts and basic industry fundamentals that every energy law practitioner needs for success. The overall goal of the Academy is to provide attorneys and energy professionals with a comprehensive foundation of the various aspects of the energy law sector.  Upon completion, Academy students will have a greater understanding of the major subject matter areas so they can better approach, research, and evaluate the issues their clients face.

The purpose of this EBA Energy Law Academy course is to provide attorneys who are new to the practice of hydroelectric law a foundational understanding of the hydroelectric industry and how it is regulated. Our faculty will teach hydropower industry fundamentals and core regulatory and legal concepts. The course also provides an overview of key legal and policy issues affecting the industry today. 

Day 1

8:00 – 8:10: Welcome Remarks

8:10 – 9:10: What is Hydropower

Christopher Hayes
Senior Advisor, Technical Programs and Training
National Hydropower Association
  1. Historical Perspective
  2. Types of Hydropower Facilities
  3. Role of Hydropower in Electric System and Markets
  4. The Regulation of Hydropower

9:10 – 10:00: Legal Overview

James Hancock
Balch & Bingham LLP
  1. Historical Perspective
  2. Federal Power Act
  3. Key Environmental Statutes

10:00 – 10:15: Break

10:15 – 12:15: FERC Authorization of Non-Federal Hydropower

John Katz
Deputy Associate General Counsel
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  1. Types of Authorizations
  2. Licensing Processes
  3. Key Statutory Provisions

12:15 – 1:00: Networking Lunch

1:00 – 6:30: Optional Tour of Puget Sound Energy hydroelectric facility at Snoqualmie Falls

Day 2

8:00 – 8:15: Welcome and Day 1 Recap

8:15 – 9:15: Overlapping Jurisdiction Issues in Licensing

Nakia Arrington
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
  1. FERC and Other Federal Agencies
  2. FERC and State Agencies

9:15 – 9:30: Break

9:30 – 10:15: FERC Administration of Non-Federal Hydropower

Paige Espy
General Attorney
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  1. License Implementation and Compliance
  2. License Amendments
  3. Enforcement
  4. License Reopeners
  5. License Surrender
  6. Decommissioning

10:15 – 10:30: Break

10:30 – 11:30: Other Federal Agency Administration of Non-Federal Hydropower

Charles R. Sensiba
Troutman Pepper
  1. Bureau of Reclamation Authorization
  2. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Leasing of MHK Technologies
  3. Army Corps of Engineers Authorization

11:30 – 12:00: Regulatory and Policy Issues Affecting Hydropower Today

Laura G. Zagar
Office Managing Partner
Perkins Coie LLP

Registration information

TypeMember RateNon-Member Rate
Virtual Participation$290$315
Attorney/Energy Professional$390$415
Young Lawyer$315$415
Government Attorney/EP/Academic$365$415
Solo Attorney/Small Firm$390$415
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