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College of Law

Physical Address:
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Phone: (208) 885-2255

Fax: (208) 885-5709

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu

Physical Address:
514 W Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720-0051
Boise, ID 83720-0051

Phone: (208) 364-4560

Fax: (208) 334-2176

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu

Idaho Symposium on Energy in the West

Transmission and Transport of Energy in the Western U.S. and Canada: A Law and Policy Road Map to 2050

November 13-14, 2014
Sun Valley Inn and Conference Center
Sun Valley, Idaho

This inaugural meeting of the Idaho Symposium on Energy in the West provides a forum to investigate the future of basic, but vital, legal questions that arise from Western US and Canadian energy production. This return to basics will envision and re-envision, the long-term infrastructure investments that the dramatic rise in energy production in the west necessitates.

Three questions will guide the meeting:

  • What is the market demand for western energy?
  • Where is energy produced in the west?
  • How is energy transmitted and transported in the west?

After establishing this baseline in key western energy sectors, speakers will provide a 2050 vision for each of these questions and a road map for how the future might, or should, be shaped by law and policy. The energy sectors we will investigate include oil and gas (conventional, hydraulic fracturing, and oil sands); coal; wind; solar; nuclear; and electricity markets.

We expect the meeting to result in the production of short essays on the topic. These essays will be published in the 2015 Idaho Law Review’s Natural Resources and Environmental Law edition.

About the Symposium Series

The Idaho Symposium on Energy in the West is a new interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Idaho College of Law Natural Resources and Environmental Law Programs, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, and the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University.

The collaborators plan to hold an annual Symposium. During the 2014–15 academic year, and every academic year afterward, the Symposium will be a large, public-facing event suitable for scholars, industry professionals, and practicing lawyers. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available through in-person attendance and watching an Internet broadcast.

In the subsequent years, the Symposium will convene as a scholarly event with the goal of providing a collaborative environment to advance law and policy scholarship on energy issues in the western US and Canada. One goal of the inaugural Symposium is to identify an emerging energy law question for next year’s roundtable. Funding for the Symposium has been generously provided by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

Symposium Schedule

The Symposium will feature a number of leading experts on energy law and policy in the west. All speakers listed below are confirmed and expected to speak at the following times, though the itinerary is subject to change. All registered attendees will be notified of schedule changes, if any, prior to the event.

Thursday, November 13

Time Event
6:00 p.m. Registration Opens
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Friday , November 14

Time
Event
7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Dean Mark Adams, University of Idaho College of Law

Barbara Cosens, Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law (video)

Stephen R. Miller, Associate Professor, University of Idaho College of Law (video)

Michael Hagood, Director, Program Development, Energy and Environment Science and Technology, Idaho National Laboratory
9:00 a.m. Energy Infrastructure Choices:  Panel I (video)
Embedded Choices, A Resilient Legal Architecture, Sam Kalen, Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies, University of Wyoming College of Law

Avoidably Lost: How Changing Flaring Rules May Influence the Expansion of Natural Gas Transportation and Storage Infrastructure in the West, Tara Righetti, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Energy Infrastructure Choices:  Panel II (video)
Wind Scattered Resources, K.K. Duvivier, Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Unnatural Monopolies:  Utilities and the Market for Rooftop Solar
, Troy Arthur Rule, Professor of Law, Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability; Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science, and Innovation, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Renewables: Can you have too much of a Good Thing?, Donald L. Howell, Chief Legal Counsel, Idaho Public Utilities Commission
11:30 a.m. Morning Panel Discussion
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. The Potential Impacts of Section 111(d)'s Clean Power Plan (video)
Melissa Powers, Associate Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School (remote)
1:45 p.m. Western Regional Energy Planning:  Panel I (video)
Promoting Renewable Energy Development on Public Lands, Nick Lawton, Staff Attorney, Green Energy Institute, Lewis & Clark Law School

The Clean Power Plan: Implications for the Western Grid, Amelia Schlusser, Staff Attorney, Green Energy Institute, Lewis & Clark Law School

'Utility 2.0' Reforms in Hawaii and New York: Implications for the Western Electricity Industry, Nate Larsen, Energy Fellow, Green Energy Institute, Lewis & Clark Law School
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Western Regional Energy Planning:  Panel II (video)
The Northwest Power System and Regional Power Planning: The Seventh Northwest Conservation and Electric Power Plan, John Fazio, Senior Power Systems Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Energy Imbalance Markets and Electricity in the West, David Solan, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Administration; Director, Energy Policy Institute; Associate Director, Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Boise State University Department of Public Policy and Administration
5:00 p.m. Concluding remarks

Continuing Legal Education Credits

Applications for 7.5 continuing legal education credits for in-person and internet streaming attendance have been approved by the state bars of Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming and are pending with the state bars of Idaho and Utah.

In addition, applications are approved to permit attorneys licensed in Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming (pending in Idaho) to receive MCLE / CLE credits for watching the conference’s live Internet stream with real-time question-asking features, paying the registration fee, and verifying that the attorney watched the event afterwards. Attorneys who opt for online viewing should use the registration link on this page and select the “Internet Viewing Only” option in that registration. Contact Neil Luther at nluther@uidaho.edu with any questions regarding MCLE / CLE credits.

Registration Fee

Registration for the event costs $95 and includes all meals and materials. The payment can be paid in advance at www.uirsvp.com.

Reservations at the Sun Valley Inn

The Symposium will be held at the Sun Valley Inn and Conference Center in Sun Valley, Idaho, November 13–14, 2014.

Hotel reservations should be made directly with the Sun Valley Inn either by calling 1-800- 786-8259 or emailing reservations@sunvalley.com A limited number of discounted room rates, ranging from $93–$143 per night, are available to attendees who reference the “Idaho Symposium on Energy in the West.”

College of Law

Physical Address:
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Phone: (208) 885-2255

Fax: (208) 885-5709

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu

Physical Address:
514 W Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720-0051
Boise, ID 83720-0051

Phone: (208) 364-4560

Fax: (208) 334-2176

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu