An overview of the meteorology, technology and economics of wind energy.
Texas Tech Wind Energy Center - Lubbock, TX
Andrew Swift, Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
How will the cost of wind energy compare to nuclear and fossil fuel costs, over the next five years; what factors are driving growth, and what are prospects for growth nationally and in Texas.
DKRW Energy - Houston, TX
A non-technical discussion of the role and impact of federal tax credit, state renewable energy credits, turbine deposits, interconnection agreements and other related economic considerations in wind deals—an overview of the key issues covered in the developers’ roundtable to follow.
Ward C. Marshall,
Babcock & Brown - Austin, TX
This session examines how developers look at the viability and value of potential projects; including key legal and financial considerations.
Airtricity, Inc. - Austin, TX
Steven K. DeWolf, Wind-Tex Energy - Dallas, TX
Brison R. Ellinghaus, AES Wind Generation - San Diego, CA
Ward C. Marshall, Babcock & Brown - Austin, TX
This session describes key issues covered in wind leases with reference to sample documents used for various types of transactions. The primary focus of the session is on lease provisions and language; however, typical negotiating positions, strategies, and outcomes — between landowner, leasing agents, and developers — will be discussed. Q&A to follow.
H. Alan Carmichael,
Steakley, Wetsel & Carmichael LLP - Sweetwater, TX
Roderick E. Wetsel, Steakley, Wetsel, & Carmichael, L.L.P. - Sweetwater, TX
This session—with an opportunity for Q&A—serves as a preview to the tour that follows: site development, technologies, gathering and moving power to an interconnection point, equipment choices, land development issues, impact on ranches, and worker safety issues will be discussed.
GE Power Systems - Sweetwater, TX
Participants will meet with site engineers and managers to obtain a firsthand understanding of wind farm operations, equipment, maintenance, land use, and transmission issues. This tour will highlight not only operational issues for projects already in production, but also construction and development issues for projects in the build-out phase. Get a firsthand look at the towers, turbines, and technology!
Wind energy must be moved to market, requiring interconnection to and transmission over the power grid. The availability and cost of interconnection and transmission is a crucial element of wind power development. This session covers the financial impacts and legal considerations of wind energy interconnection and transmission agreements from the perspective of developer and purchaser.
Jeffrey D. Watkiss,
Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP - Washington, DC
The grid in some regions of Texas is at, or near capacity— limiting future development. Some parts of Texas, i.e. the Panhandle, lack access to the grid serving the rest of Texas. This session highlights capacity issues in various regions; discusses potential new grid build-out and routes (including the Panhandle) and highlights the potential impact and implication of new transmission pricing models, i.e. “nodal pricing” to be adopted by 2008.
Kenneth A. Donohoo,
ERCOT - Tyler, TX
Matt Mereness, Ercot - Tyler, TX
Where will the next wind farms be developed and who will develop them? What options, if any, do landowners have to become more pro-active in measuring wind potential, finding investors, and inviting lease offers? What strategies are available to getting the best development and lease terms? What are the implications of grid development and new pricing models on future development and lease values?
McElroy Sullivan & Miller LLP - Austin, TX
Robert J. King, Good Company Associates - Austin, TX
A long-time wind energy developer discusses the prospects, pitfalls and development opportunities from proposed build-out to the ERCOT grid in the Panhandle area, and other Renewable Energy Zones.
Cielo Wind Power - McCamey, TX
This session opens with an overview of local considerations including tax abatements and HB1200 agreements. Sample forms and documents will be provided. The session concludes with a panel discussion between typical parties to a wind development project—landowner, county official, and lawyer—on negotiating positions, strategies, and outcomes.
Clyde ISD - Clyde, TX
Raymond McDaniel, Elm Cattle Company - Abilene, TX
Zollie Carlton Steakley, Waco, TX
L.O. "Dobie" Williams, Clyde ISD - Clyde, TX
Hon. Terry D. Williams, Scurry County - Snyder, TX
Gregory L. Wortham, West Texas Wind Energy Consortium - Sweetwater, TX
The Texas Senate - Austin, TX