Washington, DC—May 4, 2011 Patton Boggs LLP and CLE International will co-host a two-day Western Transmission Conference June 16-17 in Denver, Colorado.
Marc Spitzer, FERC Commissioner, will be a featured speaker at the event and Patton Boggs partners Gregory V. Johnson (of the Denver office) and Suedeen G. Kelly (of the Washington office) will serve as co-chairs of the program. Joshua C. Greene, a DC-based Patton Boggs partner, and James Tarpey, Commissioner of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, will also speak along with business, government and legal industry leaders who will share their thoughts and provide solutions for addressing energy transmission challenges.
“Whether it is integrating new technologies into the grid or finding innovative ways to build and finance it, how we address the transmission challenges we face today will greatly impact our energy future. This conference brings together leading experts in planning, building, financing and regulating transmission who will share their knowledge and insights on meeting these challenges,” says Ms. Kelly, a former two-term FERC Commissioner.
The conference will focus primarily on Western states and how they can meet new energy challenges. Topics include renewable access to the grid, developments at key federal agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and environmental challenges to transmission development and installation.
“The need to expand and improve our grid is one of the most pressing policy and finance challenges facing our country, especially in the Western states. Transmission improvements are necessary in order to grow our economy, address our energy security challenges and optimize our use of renewable energy resources,” says Mr. Johnson.