University of Texas School of Law
2007
Wind Energy Institute
The University of Texas School of Law
The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the SBOT
The Wind Coalition
Austin Feb 26-27, 2007 Austin Convention Center
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PLATINUM SPONSORS
FPL Energy, LLC
RES Americas

GOLD SPONSORS
AES Wind Generation
Airtricity, Inc.
Direct Energy, LP

SILVER SPONSORS
Baker Botts L.L.P. Siemens Wind Power
Invenergy LLC Steakley, Wetsel & Carmichael, L.L.P.
Gexa Energy Stoel Rives LLP
McElroy, Sullivan & Miller L.L.P. Vestas Americas Morgan Lewis & Bokius LLP Vinson & Elkins LLP

UT Law CLE

2007 Wind Energy Institute

Program Features
Join energy attorneys, developers, renewable energy experts, county officials, landowners, and regulators at the 2007 Wind Energy Institute. A nationally-recognized faculty—drawn from attorneys, developers, engineers, and key Texas policymakers—will provide you with the latest technological, business, and legal information regarding wind development in Texas.

Topics include: the evolving technology and market for wind turbines; the law and economics of wind deals; key survey and title issues involving land acquisition for wind development; environmental and air quality issues; legal issues involving royalties and leases; small-scale and coastal developments; interconnection and the electrical grid in Texas, including the timing and impact of transmission build-out within the newly-designated Certified Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ).

Bonus Film: The program also includes a showing of a newly produced short documentary Wildcatting for Wind, a breathtaking, short film tour of wind farm construction and operation—from turbine blades at the top of the tower, to generator, to interconnection, to market. As a special bonus, all registrants will receive a complimentary DVD of this film, which was produced and shot specifically for this event.

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11/19/19
Schedule

Monday Morning, Feb. 26, 2007

Presiding Officer:
Lisa Chavarria, McElroy Sullivan & Miller LLP - Austin, TX

9:00 am

1.00 hr

A Primer on Wind Energy: Meteorology, Technology, Economics and Transmission

A substantial portion of this session is dedicated to the meteorology of wind and wind siting; with brief overviews of technology, economics and transmission issues that will be discussed in more detail throughout the conference.

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

10:00 am

1.00 hr

All About Wind Turbines: Supply, Demand, Regulation, Innovations and the Impact on Future Development

Leading wind turbine manufacturers discuss the state of the turbine market: supply, demand, trends, specialization between manufacturers, and the impact of technical innovation and higher efficiencies on the size, scope and location of future development.

Sean Fitzgerald, GE Infra, Energy - Saratoga Springs, NY
Chris Lambert, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas - Newport Beach, CA
Geoff Sharples, Clipper Windpower Inc. - Carpinteria, CA
Dany St-Pierre, Siemens Wind Power - Orlando, FL
Moderator:
Adam S. Umanoff, Chadborne & Parke LLP - Los Angeles, CA
Stephen Wieland, Vestas Americas - Denver, CO

11:15 am

0.50 hr

Wind Development: Key Survey and Title Issues

A discussion of key survey and title issues in wind energy project developments. Title review checklists, survey review checklists, and sample survey certification language will be provided, along with sample forms to resolve commonly encountered title and survey problems. Practical suggestions will also be offered on how to coordinate landowner and title company due diligence as well as the format and review of surveys and title commitments in instances in which numerous landowners and tracts are involved.

Kimberlee Centera, AES Wind Generation - San Diego, CA
Brent G. Stahl, Stahl Bernal & Davies, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

11:45 am

0.67 hr

Anatomy of a Wind Deal

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 consideration in wind deals—an overview of the key issues covered in the developers’ roundtable to follow.

Ciaran O'Brien, Airtricity, Inc. - Chicago, IL

Monday Afternoon, Feb. 26, 2007

Presiding Officer:
Andy Bowman, Airtricity, Inc. - Austin, TX

1:30 pm

1.00 hr

Wind Leases: Developer and Land Owner Perspectives

This session covers the latest developments and emerging terms in wind leases and the key negotiating points between developers and landowners. Sample leases and annotated clauses will be provided.

Lisa Chavarria, McElroy Sullivan & Miller LLP - Austin, TX
Moderator:
Heather Otten, Invenergy LLC - Austin, TX
Roderick E. Wetsel, Steakley, Wetsel, & Carmichael LLP - Sweetwater, TX
Robert Payton Wright, Baker Botts, L.L.P. - Houston, TX

2:30 pm

1.00 hr

Developers’ Roundtable: Wind Deals in Texas

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

Glenn Allen Hodges, Babcock & Brown - Austin, TX
Andy Bowman, Airtricity, Inc. - Austin, TX
David Groberg, Rockville, MD
David Herrick, FPL Energy, LLC - Juno Beach, FL
Moderator:
Ward C. Marshall, Babcock & Brown - Austin, TX
Craig Matacynski, RES Americas Developments, Inc. - Austin, TX
Robert Sims, AES Wind Generation - San Diego, CA

4:00 pm

1.00 hr

Follow the Money: The Rush to Finance and Invest in Renewables

This session examines who’s investing in wind deals and the nature and characteristics of investing and finance at each stage in development. Learn who the major players and financiers are and what they are looking for—business and legal considerations. This session will also discuss the M&A activity in this section and implications for the industry.

Moderator:
Douglas S. Bland, Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. - Houston, TX
William H. Holmes, Stoel Rives LLP - Portland, OR
Stephen Krebs, Baker Botts, LLP - Houston, TX
Kevin B. Smith, Invenergy LLC - Chicago, IL

5:00 pm

0.00 hr ethics

Wildcatting for Wind, The Texas Experience from Turbine to Market

This short documentary—produced specifically for the 2007 Conference—takes you onto working wind farms in the Sweetwater, TX region: from ground operations to the top of the turbines, to explain construction, generation, operation, and interconnection. As a special bonus, each attendee will receive a complimentary DVD of the documentary.

Many thanks to Babcock & Brown, FPL Energy, LLC, GE Wind Energy, and the Sweetwater community.

Tuesday Morning, Feb. 27, 2007

Presiding Officer:
Mike Sloan, Virtus Energy Research Associates Inc. - Austin, TX

9:00 am

0.75 hr

Grid 101: Understanding the Electrical Transmission Grid in Texas

The essential primer on the power system, including the fundamentals on managing the grid, transmission constraints, reliability limits and capacity issues, key terms, vocabulary and concepts—all with PowerPoint illustrations.

Ken A. Donohoo, ERCOT Taylor - Taylor, TX

9:45 am

1.00 hr

From Economics to Clean Air Credits: Is Wind Power a Good Deal for Texas?

This session opens with a brief explanation of the role and operation of the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and Renewable Energy Credits (REC), and continues with a discussion of related policy issues, e.g., transmission funding, wind integration issues, new emission credits, etc. The panel closes with an exchange of differing views on the economics and environmental impact of wind energy and what is the best wind policy for Texas’ future.

Tammy Cooper, Austin, TX
Mark Dreyfus, Austin Energy - Austin, TX
Mike Sloan, Virtus Energy Research Associates Inc. - Austin, TX

10:45 am

1.25 hrs

Grid 102: The Future of Transmission in Texas

The future growth and location of wind developments are heavily dependent on transmission capacity to move energy from wind farms in largely rural wind areas to more densely populated markets. The transmission for many wind-rich areas of Texas is near or at capacity, and will be subject to transmission curtailment by ERCOT, if additional wind farms are developed. The Texas Legislature has taken steps to increase the contribution of renewable energy resources by asking ERCOT to study and the PUC to designate Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) and identify the new transmission facilities needed for the CREZs. In December 2006, ERCOT provided the PUC with engineering analysis for new CREZ zones’ designations: Which areas are most likely to be designated and see build-out, on which routes, at what capacity levels, and when? What will the impact be on transmission capacity, and the location of new wind power development? How will transmission build-out be prioritized, financed and actually constructed? What impact will ERCOT’s new nodal pricing mechanisms have on development incentives? Leading experts from ERCOT, the PUC and the transmission sector will explain the new system, and discuss how these new rules are likely to play out in practice over the next year.

Ken A. Donohoo, ERCOT Taylor - Taylor, TX
Paul Hassink, AEP - Tulsa, OK
Jess K. Totten, Public Utility Commission of Texas - Austin, TX
Dan Woodfin, ERCOT - Taylor, TX

Tuesday Afternoon, Feb. 27, 2007

Presiding Officers:
C. Kingsbery Otto, Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources - Lago Vista, TX
Mike Sloan, Virtus Energy Research Associates Inc. - Austin, TX

12:30 pm

1.25 hrs

Luncheon Presentation: Wind Energy Policymaker Panel: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Leading policymakers look back at the recent SB20 legislation and discuss the state of pending regulations and future policy initiatives designed to promote the growth of wind power.

Moderator:
Paul Hudson, Public Utility Commission of Texas - Austin, TX
Phil King, House Committee on Regulated Industries - Austin, TX
Jerry Patterson, Texas General Land Office - Austin, TX
David Swinford, State Representative - Austin, TX
Kathleen Harnett White, TX Commission on Environmental Quality - Austin, TX

2:00 pm

0.75 hr

Coastal and Offshore Wind Development

This session discusses unique siting; development and technical issues relative to coastal and offshore development; special leasing and other regulatory issues; and concludes with a discussion on how long it will take for offshore development to be operational in Texas.

M. Bradford Moody, Watt, Beckworth & Thompson, L.L.P. - Houston, TX
Patrick Nye, American Shoreline, Inc. - Corpus Christi, TX
Jorge Ramirez, Texas General Land Office - Austin, TX
Tom "Smitty" Smith, Public Citizen - Austin, TX

2:45 pm

1.00 hr

The Market for Wind Energy: Who’s Buying, Who’s Not, and Why

Market-based consumer demand for cleaner energy sources represents a major drive for future wind power installations. Whether through direct energy purchases or renewable energy credits, many environmentally-sensitive corporate and individual consumers are rapidly creating demand while a variety of players from traditional energy companies to brand new ventures are readying to serve that demand. This session discusses the motivations, possible regulatory obstacles, strategy and goals of various market participants—with a look at likely trends and developments over the next few years.

Allison Wall, Houston, TX
Moderator:
Matt Clouse, Green Power Partnership, U.S. Environmen - Washington, DC
Chris Hendrix, Texas Retail Energy (Wal-Mart) - Bentonville, AR
Phillip W. Tonge, Direct Energy, LP - Houston, TX

4:00 pm

0.50 hr

Local and County Perspectives (and Pitfalls) in Dealing with Wind Energy

A discussion of the impact of wind farm development at the (mostly rural) local and county levels. Construction, landowner royalties, spending, changes in the tax base and negotiations, and implementation of tax abatements—hear from those who have been through the process and have advised local officials or assisted developers on wind developments.

Charles L. Black, Wagstaff, Alvis, Stubbeman, Seamster & L - Abilene, TX
Mitchell G. Davenport, Jack County - Jacksboro, TX
C. Kingsbery Otto, Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources - Lago Vista, TX

4:30 pm

0.50 hr

Getting Off the Grid: Distributed Generation and Small Scale Self-Generation

Want to go green? Get off the grid? Stay on the grid but reduce your energy bill? A former regulator and manufacturers of small scale wind turbines discuss what’s involved and how it works.

Shari Beth Heino, Austin, TX
Andy Kruse, Southwest Windpower - Flagstaff, AZ

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Faculty

Conference Faculty

Charles L. Black
Wagstaff, Alvis, Stubbeman, Seamster & L
Abilene, TX
Douglas S. Bland
Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Andy Bowman
Airtricity, Inc.
Austin, TX
Kimberlee Centera
AES Wind Generation
San Diego, CA
Jamie Chapman
Texas Tech Wind Energy Center Research Center
Lubbock, TX
Lisa Chavarria
McElroy Sullivan & Miller LLP
Austin, TX
Matt Clouse
Green Power Partnership, U.S. Environmen
Washington, DC
Tammy Cooper
Austin, TX
Mitchell G. Davenport
Jack County
Jacksboro, TX
Ken A. Donohoo
ERCOT Taylor
Taylor, TX
Mark Dreyfus
Austin Energy
Austin, TX
Sean Fitzgerald
GE Infra, Energy
Saratoga Springs, NY
David Groberg
Rockville, MD
Paul Hassink
AEP
Tulsa, OK
Shari Beth Heino
Austin, TX
Chris Hendrix
Texas Retail Energy (Wal-Mart)
Bentonville, AR
David Herrick
FPL Energy, LLC
Juno Beach, FL
Glenn Allen Hodges
Babcock & Brown
Austin, TX
William H. Holmes
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
Paul Hudson
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Austin, TX
Phil King
House Committee on Regulated Industries
Austin, TX
Stephen Krebs
Baker Botts, LLP
Houston, TX
Andy Kruse
Southwest Windpower
Flagstaff, AZ
Chris Lambert
Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas
Newport Beach, CA
Ward C. Marshall
Babcock & Brown
Austin, TX
Craig Matacynski
RES Americas Developments, Inc.
Austin, TX
M. Bradford Moody
Watt, Beckworth & Thompson, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Patrick Nye
American Shoreline, Inc.
Corpus Christi, TX
Ciaran O'Brien
Airtricity, Inc.
Chicago, IL
Heather Otten
Invenergy LLC
Austin, TX
C. Kingsbery Otto
Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources
Lago Vista, TX
Jerry Patterson
Texas General Land Office
Austin, TX
Jorge Ramirez
Texas General Land Office
Austin, TX
Geoff Sharples
Clipper Windpower Inc.
Carpinteria, CA
Robert Sims
AES Wind Generation
San Diego, CA
Mike Sloan
Virtus Energy Research Associates Inc.
Austin, TX
Kevin B. Smith
Invenergy LLC
Chicago, IL
Tom "Smitty" Smith
Public Citizen
Austin, TX
Dany St-Pierre
Siemens Wind Power
Orlando, FL
Brent G. Stahl
Stahl Bernal & Davies, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Andrew Swift
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
David Swinford
State Representative
Austin, TX
Phillip W. Tonge
Direct Energy, LP
Houston, TX
Jess K. Totten
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Austin, TX
Adam S. Umanoff
Chadborne & Parke LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Allison Wall
Houston, TX
Roderick E. Wetsel
Steakley, Wetsel, & Carmichael LLP
Sweetwater, TX
Kathleen Harnett White
TX Commission on Environmental Quality
Austin, TX
Stephen Wieland
Vestas Americas
Denver, CO
Dan Woodfin
ERCOT
Taylor, TX
Robert Payton Wright
Baker Botts, L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Lisa Chavarria—Co-Chair
McElroy Sullivan & Miller LLP
Austin, TX
Mike Sloan—Co-Chair
Virtus Energy Research Associates Inc.
Austin, TX
Kathryn Arbeit
Orion Energy LLC
Oakland, CA
Douglas S. Bland
Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Andy Bowman
Airtricity, Inc.
Austin, TX
Jamie Chapman
Texas Tech Wind Energy Center Research Center
Lubbock, TX
Ken A. Donohoo
ERCOT Taylor
Taylor, TX
Michael J Esposito
University Of Texas School Of Law
Austin, TX
Michael George Grable
ERCOT
Austin, TX
William H. Holmes
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
Paul Hudson
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Austin, TX
Stephen Krebs
Baker Botts, LLP
Houston, TX
Ward C. Marshall
Babcock & Brown
Austin, TX
M. Bradford Moody
Watt, Beckworth & Thompson, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Heather Otten
Invenergy LLC
Austin, TX
C. Kingsbery Otto
Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources
Lago Vista, TX
Jorge Ramirez
Texas General Land Office
Austin, TX
Mark R. Stover
Good Company Associates
Austin, TX
Roderick E. Wetsel
Steakley, Wetsel, & Carmichael LLP
Sweetwater, TX

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2007 Wind Energy Institute

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.25 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Oil, Gas and Mineral Law
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
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Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

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Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Feb 14, 2007
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 16, 2007
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 20, 2007
    $50 processing fee applied

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Hotel / Venue

Austin

Austin Convention Center

500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX
512-404-4000 (reservations)
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Parking Information

Surface lot at Red River & Cesar Chavez, $7 day

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Accommodations

$139.00 good through Feb 5, 2007

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