Law Conference 2009
Multistate Decision Making for Renewable Energy and Transmission: Spotlight on Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming
August 11, 2009 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with the School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado, is sponsoring a law conference discussing "Multistate Decision Making for Renewable Energy and Transmission: Spotlight on Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming."
The event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 11, 2009, at the Doubletree Hotel (3203 Quebec Street) in Denver, Colorado.
This law conference seeks to enhance multistate collaboration and decision making on renewable energy development. Invited papers will identify legal and regulatory issues that affect the ability of states to engage in joint decision making.
The day's discussions will provide a forum for state officials and stakeholders to explore institutional options for multistate collaboration. The issues addressed in this conference will parallel issues that have been raised in proposed congressional legislation, but will focus on actions initiated and directed jointly by the states.
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Invited papers, which will be discussed during the event include:
What is the statutory "lay of the land" for the four states? The discussion draft is now available (PDF 401 KB).
What legal principles are available to guide state regulators when asked to reconcile their traditional charge of protecting jurisdictional interests with broader public interests that may be at stake — especially when it comes to decisions involving multistate transmission projects and renewable energy development? The discussion draft is now available (PDF 387 KB).
What strategies can help strengthen collaborative institutions for multistate decisions on transmission planning and cost allocation? The discussion draft is now available (PDF 179 KB).
What constitutional issues affect the kinds of multistate institutions that states could create themselves to make multilateral decisions about renewable energy and transmission? What would the role of the federal government be with respect to such institutions, especially with respect to state-federal collaboration and coordination? The discussion draft is now available (PDF 423 KB).
The Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative: Where do we go from here?
Lawrence Mansueti, of the U.S. Department of Energy, will provide a luncheon update on "Current Status of Federal Legislation Affecting Transmission."
Final papers from the conference will be published in the University of Colorado Law Review. To preorder, access their Web site.
Hotel reservations can be made at the Doubletree Hotel Denver (just 30 minutes from the airport) by accessing a special reservations page or by calling 1-303-321-3333.
Continuing Legal Education Credits
Conference attendees will receive continuing legal education (CLE) credits in the following states: Colorado (7 general credits), New Mexico (6.7 general credits), Utah (5.5 general credits and 1 ethics credit), and Wyoming (6.75 general credits).
If you have any questions regarding the content of the conference, contact David Hurlbut, senior analyst at NREL and a member of the organizing committee.
Conference Organizing Committee
James Tarpey, Commissioner, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Steve Oxley, Deputy Chairman, Wyoming Public Service Commission
Jason Marks, Commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
Ted Boyer, Commission Chairman, Utah Public Services Commission
David Hurlbut, Senior Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory