University of Texas School of Law
2006
Wind Energy Institute
Sweetwater Jun 1-2, 2006
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UT Law CLE

2006 Wind Energy Institute

Program Features
The Wind Energy Institute provides first-hand knowledge of the law and economics of wind energy deals, renewable energy credits, leasing, transmission, power grid, and interconnection issues.

UT Law CLE

2006 Wind Energy Institute

11/22/19
Schedule

Thursday Morning, June 1, 2006

Presiding Officer:
Roderick E. Wetsel, Steakley, Wetsel, & Carmichael, L.L.P. - Sweetwater, TX

9:15 am

0.75 hr

Wind Energy 101: Meteorology, Technology and Economics

An overview of the meteorology, technology and economics of wind energy.

Jamie Chapman, Texas Tech Wind Energy Center - Lubbock, TX
Andrew Swift, Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Growth and Future of Wind Energy

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.

David Ramm, DKRW Energy - Houston, TX

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Understanding the Economics of Wind Deals: Tax Credits, Turbine Deposits and Other Economic Considerations

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

11:15 am

1.00 hr

A Developer’s Perspective and Roundtable on Wind Deals

This session examines how developers look at the viability and value of potential projects; including key legal and financial considerations.

Andy Bowman, 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

Thursday Afternoon, June 1, 2006

Presiding Officer:
Gregory L. Wortham, West Texas Wind Energy Consortium - Sweetwater, TX

1:15 pm

1.50 hrs

The Ultimate Guide to Wind Leases: A Guide for Landowners and the Perplexed

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

2:45 pm

0.25 hr

Generation, Transmission and Site Operation: How It Works on the Ground

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.

Bryan Gregory, GE Power Systems - Sweetwater, TX

3:30 pm

2.25 hrs

Working Wind Farms: Site Tour of an Operational Wind Farm and a Project in Construction

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!

Friday Morning, June 2, 2006

Presiding Officer:
Gregory L. Wortham, West Texas Wind Energy Consortium - Sweetwater, TX

8:30 am

0.50 hr

Moving Wind Energy: The Law and Economics of Interconnection Agreements and Transmission Issues

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

9:00 am

0.75 hr

The Future of the Transmission Grid in Texas and the Impact of New Pricing Models

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

10:00 am

0.75 hr

Wildcatting for Wind: Options and Strategies for Ranchers and Landowners

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?

Lisa Chavarria, McElroy Sullivan & Miller LLP - Austin, TX
Robert J. King, Good Company Associates - Austin, TX

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Exporting Wind Energy: Prospects for New Development and Interconnection Opportunities in the Panhandle and Other Renewable Energy Zones

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.

Randy Sowell, Cielo Wind Power - McCamey, TX

11:15 am

1.00 hr

Bringing It Home: Local Considerations, Tax Abatements, and Working with County Officials

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.

Jill Lankford, 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

Friday Afternoon, June 2, 2006

12:45 pm

0.75 hr

Luncheon Presentation: The Future of Wind Energy in Texas

Robert Duncan, The Texas Senate - Austin, TX

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2006 Wind Energy Institute

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Andy Bowman
Airtricity, Inc.
Austin, TX
H. Alan Carmichael
Steakley, Wetsel & Carmichael LLP
Sweetwater, TX
Jamie Chapman
Texas Tech Wind Energy Center
Lubbock, TX
Lisa Chavarria
McElroy Sullivan & Miller LLP
Austin, TX
Steven K. DeWolf
Wind-Tex Energy
Dallas, TX
Kenneth A. Donohoo
ERCOT
Tyler, TX
Robert Duncan
The Texas Senate
Austin, TX
Brison R. Ellinghaus
AES Wind Generation
San Diego, CA
Bryan Gregory
GE Power Systems
Sweetwater, TX
Robert J. King
Good Company Associates
Austin, TX
Jill Lankford
Clyde ISD
Clyde, TX
Ward C. Marshall
Babcock & Brown
Austin, TX
Raymond McDaniel
Elm Cattle Company
Abilene, TX
Matt Mereness
Ercot
Tyler, TX
David Ramm
DKRW Energy
Houston, TX
Randy Sowell
Cielo Wind Power
McCamey, TX
Zollie Carlton Steakley
Waco, TX
Andrew Swift
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
Jeffrey D. Watkiss
Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
Washington, DC
Roderick E. Wetsel
Steakley, Wetsel, & Carmichael, L.L.P.
Sweetwater, 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

Planning Committee

Roderick E. Wetsel—Co-Chair
Steakley, Wetsel, & Carmichael, L.L.P.
Sweetwater, TX
Gregory L. Wortham—Co-Chair
West Texas Wind Energy Consortium
Sweetwater, TX
John Bean
DKR Wind Energy LLC
Houston, TX
H. Alan Carmichael
Steakley, Wetsel & Carmichael LLP
Sweetwater, TX
David Chanover
Attorney at Law
Oro Valley, AZ
Lisa Chavarria
McElroy Sullivan & Miller LLP
Austin, TX
Steven K. DeWolf
Wind-Tex Energy
Dallas, TX
Jon C. Doyle
DKRW Energy
Houston, TX
N. Beth Emery
CPS Energy
San Antonio, TX
Bob Kelly
DKR Wind Energy LLC
Houston, TX
David Ramm
DKRW Energy
Houston, TX
Michael W. Tankersley
Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
Dallas, TX
Dianne Van Siclen
Babcock & Brown
San Francisco, CA
Jeffrey D. Watkiss
Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
Washington, DC

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2006 Wind Energy Institute

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
11.00 hrs
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
Other States
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

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2006 Wind Energy Institute

Key Dates

Sweetwater

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: May 24, 2006
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 26, 2006
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 30, 2006
    $50 processing fee applied

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