University of Texas School of Law

UT Law CLE

2009 Wind Energy Institute

Program Features
Join energy attorneys, developers, renewable energy experts, county officials, landowners, and engineers at the 2009 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. Topics include emerging issues, market conditions, CREZ developments, dispatch priority, siting issues, and more.

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UT Law CLE

2009 Wind Energy Institute

11/18/19
Schedule

Wednesday Morning, Jan. 21, 2009

Presiding Officer:
Lisa Chavarria, Stahl, Bernal & Davies, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

8:00 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:45 am
Welcoming Remarks

9:00 am

0.50 hr

The Role of Wind: Opportunities and Obstacles to Meeting Future Energy Needs

An overview of the role and future of wind--nationally and in Texas--in meeting the demand for energy, including the relative competitiveness of wind to both traditional and renewable energy generation in light of lower oil prices and likely carbon regulations.

Pat Wood III, Wood3 Resources - Houston, TX

9:30 am

0.75 hr

The Challenges and Promise of the Transmission Super Highway

Many of the areas and indeed states that are ideal for wind development are lightly populated; a robust national or interregional transmission system would allow for the movement and export of power to high-demand areas, particularly on the East and West coasts.  This session explores the options, proposals, challenges and timelines for developing a robust national transmission system.

Moderator:
Pat Wood III, Wood3 Resources - Houston, TX
Jimmy Glotfelty, ICF International - Houston, TX
Carl A. Huslig, ITC Great Plains - Topeka, KS

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.50 hr

Follow the Money: Financial Anatomy of a Wind Deal

A non-technical discussion of the role of the revenue streams in a typical wind deal, including power sales (PPA and merchant) and the impact of federal tax credits, state renewable energy credits, turbine deposits, interconnection agreements and other related economic considerations in wind deals.

David Berry, Horizon Wind Energy - Houston, TX

11:00 am

0.75 hr

Power Markets and the Price of Energy: The Impact of New Texas Rules on Wind Development

This session opens with a short primer on how power is priced, bought and sold in the Texas market and continues with a discussion of the impact of the new Texas rules (i.e., Nodal) on wind development and projects.

Frank A. Felder, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick, NJ

11:45 am

0.50 hr

CREZ Overview: The PUC’s Final Order and the Road to Implementation

In what has been described as the largest renewable energy project in the nation’s history, the Texas Public Utility Commission issued an order designating Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) and approving a multi-billion dollar transmission plan to deliver renewable energy to customers in Texas.  This session reviews the matters decided in the CREZ order and previews the issues and challenges of its implementation.

Steven Baron, Consulting and Legal Services - Austin, TX

Wednesday Afternoon, Jan. 21, 2009

Presiding Officer:
Steven Baron, Consulting and Legal Services - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:15 pm
Pick up Box Lunch

Included in conference registration.

12:30 pm

0.75 hr

Solar, Renewables and Storage: Current Developments, New Technologies and Competitiveness

Moderator:
Andy Bowman, Austin, TX
Roy Daniel, Energy Storage and Power LLC - Bridgewater, NJ
Richard Gruber, First Solar, Inc. - Austin, TX
Brewster McCracken, Austin City Council - Austin, TX

1:15 pm
Break

1:30 pm

0.75 hr

Who Will Build the CREZ Transmission: Selection Process and Criteria

The PUC has taken the novel approach of inviting new companies to compete to build CREZ transmission facilities.  This session will provide a discussion of the Texas PUC rule that establishes the criteria and procedures for the selection of companies to build the CREZ transmission facilities approved in the PUC's CREZ order, and the proceeding the PUC has initiated to select the companies that will build these transmission projects.  A hearing in that proceeding is scheduled for December 2008.

Moderator:
Jess K. Totten, Public Utility Commission of Texas - Austin, TX
J. Jolly Hayden, Lone Star Transmission, LLC - Houston, TX
Allen Nye, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX

2:15 pm

1.00 hr

Integrating and Managing Wind Generation: The European and ERCOT Experiences

One of the major challenges to integrating additional wind generation to the overall mix of supply is managing abrupt changes in the available power flowing from wind farms to the grid. The Europeans, in particular Spain and Germany, have taken a leadership role in managing wind integration, and have pushed their use of wind power to levels that far exceed what is being done in the U.S. generally, and even in ERCOT. This session includes a special presentation from RED ELÉCTRICA de España, the Spanish grid operator, and the German Energy Agency on their approaches to wind integration (with opportunities for Q&A); updates from ERCOT on this issue; and discussion of how the Spanish and German experiences might inform the integration of higher levels of wind power in Texas.

Moderator:
Michael G. Grable, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas - Austin, TX
Miguel de la Torre Rodriguez, RED ELÉCTRICA de España, S.A. - Alcobendas (Madrid), Spain
Christine Wörlen, Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - German Energy Agency - Berlin, Germany

3:15 pm

0.50 hr

When Will the CREZ Transmission Get Built?

Completing the regulatory approval process and constructing the CREZ transmission will be a major undertaking. It may not be possible to complete all facilities at the same time such that priorities must be set. This session will address issues affecting timing, including recommendations and decisions on processing the numerous applications for applications for transmission CCNs (certificates of convenience and necessity) and sequencing the order of build-out for the many transmission projects.

Dan Woodfin, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - Taylor, TX

3:45 pm
Break

4:00 pm

0.50 hr

ERCOT Transmission: How Much is There, Who Gets It, and What Do You Have When You Get It?

The wind generation in West Texas has grown to over 6,000 MW while the addition of major transmission has not kept up. CREZ lines are coming, but when?  Wind generator developers participating in the CREZ process expect some sort of preferred access to the transmission.  Other generation technologies that don’t emit greenhouse gases also want some sort of preference.  ERCOT has a dramatically different transmission access policy.  Put it all together and what comes out?

Daniel Jones, Potomac Economics - Austin, TX
Walter J. Reid, Austin, TX

4:30 pm

1.00 hr

Legal Issues Facing Wind Leases and Wind Development

This session will cover standard lease terms and special issues related to wind leases including the severance of wind rights and the acquisition of transmission easements. The panel will also discuss special drafting challenges presented by landowner concerns and statutory provisions related to wind development in other states.

Moderator:
Lisa Chavarria, Stahl, Bernal & Davies, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Gregory S. Friend, McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Roderick E. Wetsel, Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP - Sweetwater, TX
Robert P. Wright, Baker Botts - Houston, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn to Sponsored Reception

Thursday Morning, Jan. 22, 2009

Presiding Officer:
Patrick Woodson, E.ON Climate & Renewables - Austin, TX

8:30 am

0.50 hr

Tax Abatement

Learn the ins and outs of county tax abatements, including process, practical considerations, as well as an update on recent Attorney General opinions and possible legislative action during the 2009 session of the Texas Legislature.

H. Alan Carmichael, Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP - Sweetwater, TX
Shannon H. Ratliff II, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP - Austin, TX

9:00 am

1.00 hr

Developers' Panel

A discussion of market issues and trends for wind development in Texas: challenges, opportunities and approaches to future development from a panel of leading market participants—with varying perspectives.

Moderator:
John Moore, Navigant Consulting, Inc. - Austin, TX
J. Scott Caldwell, RES Americas Inc. - Austin, TX
Glenn Allen Hodges, Babcock & Brown - Austin, TX
Heather Otten, Invenergy LLC - Austin, TX
Patrick Woodson, E.ON Climate & Renewables - Austin, TX

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

1.00 hr

Turbine Technology and Availability

Panelists will discuss recent developments in the U.S. market and the likely impact on turbine availability in 2009 and beyond, as well as recent developments in wind turbine technology.

Moderator:
Adam S. Umanoff, Chadbourne & Parke LLP - Los Angeles, CA
Leif Andersen, Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. - Indian Wells, CA
Ralf Sigrist, Nordex USA, Inc. - Chicago, IL
Dany St-Pierre, Siemens Energy Inc. - Orlando, FL

11:15 am

0.25 hr

Analysis of Interconnection Processes and Obstacles Outside of ERCOT, or Why Developers Like Texas

This session highlights differences in interconnection rules and obstacles in Non-ERCOT jurisdictions and the ease of interconnection in Texas. This session includes detailed written materials to supplement the presentation.

11:30 am

0.75 hr

Opportunities for Wind Development: What’s Happening in Other States

Texas leads the nation in wind development, but it's not the only game in town.  Learn what's happening in other major wind markets.

Moderator:
Philip Moore, RES Americas Inc. - Austin, TX
Ted Apodaca, New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority - Santa Fe, NM
Joshua Svaty, Kansas House of Representatives - Ellsworth, KS

Thursday Afternoon, Jan. 22, 2009

Presiding Officer:
Ned Ross, Direct Energy - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:15 pm
Pick up Box Lunch

Included in conference registration.

Luncheon Introduction

Chairman Barry T. Smitherman, Public Utility Commission of Texas, Austin, TX

12:30 pm

0.75 hr

View from the Capital: Policymaker Luncheon

Phil King, Texas House of Representatives - Weatherford, TX
Barry T. Smitherman, Public Utility Commission of Texas - Austin, TX

1:15 pm
Break

1:30 pm

0.75 hr

Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), Federal RPS and Carbon Taxes: What’s Ahead at the State and Federal Level

This session looks to the (near) future and how proposed Federal RPS and the structure of likely carbon regulation will affect the market for wind and renewables in particular how wind will be treated relative to solar, “clean coal”, sequestration, and other renewables. This session will also examine related state developments.

M. Benjamin Cowan, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP - Houston, TX
Ned Ross, Direct Energy - Austin, TX
Tom "Smitty" Smith, Public Citizen - Austin, TX
Andy Wilson, Public Citizen - Austin, TX

2:15 pm

0.75 hr

Siting Issues for Wind Development

A discussion of some of the most frequently encountered environmental and wildlife issues--both statutory and regulatory--in wind projects, with commentary on how such disputes can play out in practice, plus a note on possible legislative or regulatory changes.

M. Benjamin Cowan, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP - Houston, TX
Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife - Austin, TX

3:00 pm

0.33 hr

Wind Litigation Update: Siting and Nuisance Issues

This session provides a current update on litigation involving wind development in Texas, with particular focus on nuisance claims.  The session will discuss best practices for managing such litigation, including conflict resolution strategies and ways in which a developer can minimize the risk of such lawsuits.

Trey Cox, Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, L.L.P. - Dallas, TX

3:20 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2009 Wind Energy Institute

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Leif Andersen
Suzlon Wind Energy Corp.
Indian Wells, CA
Ted Apodaca
New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority
Santa Fe, NM
Steven Baron
Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX
David Berry
Horizon Wind Energy
Houston, TX
Andy Bowman
Austin, TX
J. Scott Caldwell
RES Americas Inc.
Austin, TX
H. Alan Carmichael
Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP
Sweetwater, TX
Lisa Chavarria
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
M. Benjamin Cowan
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
Houston, TX
Trey Cox
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, L.L.P.
Dallas, TX
Roy Daniel
Energy Storage and Power LLC
Bridgewater, NJ
Frank A. Felder
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
Gregory S. Friend
McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Jimmy Glotfelty
ICF International
Houston, TX
Michael G. Grable
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas
Austin, TX
Richard Gruber
First Solar, Inc.
Austin, TX
J. Jolly Hayden
Lone Star Transmission, LLC
Houston, TX
Glenn Allen Hodges
Babcock & Brown
Austin, TX
Carl A. Huslig
ITC Great Plains
Topeka, KS
Daniel Jones
Potomac Economics
Austin, TX
Phil King
Texas House of Representatives
Weatherford, TX
Brewster McCracken
Austin City Council
Austin, TX
John Moore
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Austin, TX
Philip Moore
RES Americas Inc.
Austin, TX
Allen Nye
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX
Heather Otten
Invenergy LLC
Austin, TX
Shannon H. Ratliff II
Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
Austin, TX
Walter J. Reid
Austin, TX
Miguel de la Torre Rodriguez
RED ELÉCTRICA de España, S.A.
Alcobendas (Madrid), Spain
Ned Ross
Direct Energy
Austin, TX
Ralf Sigrist
Nordex USA, Inc.
Chicago, IL
Carter Smith
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Austin, TX
Tom "Smitty" Smith
Public Citizen
Austin, TX
Barry T. Smitherman
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Austin, TX
Dany St-Pierre
Siemens Energy Inc.
Orlando, FL
Joshua Svaty
Kansas House of Representatives
Ellsworth, KS
Jess K. Totten
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Austin, TX
Adam S. Umanoff
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Roderick E. Wetsel
Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP
Sweetwater, TX
Andy Wilson
Public Citizen
Austin, TX
Pat Wood III
Wood3 Resources
Houston, TX
Dan Woodfin
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Taylor, TX
Patrick Woodson
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Austin, TX
Christine Wörlen
Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - German Energy Agency
Berlin, Germany
Robert P. Wright
Baker Botts
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Lisa Chavarria—Co-Chair
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Ned Ross—Co-Chair
Direct Energy
Austin, TX
John K. Arnold
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
Houston, TX
Ross Baldick
University of Texas, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Austin, TX
Steven Baron
Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX
Douglas S. Bland
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Andy Bowman
Austin, TX
Kimberlee Smith Centera
AES Wind Generation
San Diego, CA
Trey Cox
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, L.L.P.
Dallas, TX
Michael J. Esposito
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Sean Fitzgerald
GE Infra, Energy
Saratoga Springs, NY
Michael G. Grable
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas
Austin, TX
Shari Heino
Mathews & Freeland LLP
Austin, TX
William H. Holmes
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
Stephen Krebs
Baker Botts, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
M. Bradford Moody
Watt, Beckworth & Thompson, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
John Moore
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Austin, TX
Heather Otten
Invenergy LLC
Austin, TX
Julie Caruthers Parsley
Austin, TX
Heather Pinkerton
Horizon Wind Energy
Austin, TX
Walter J. Reid
Austin, TX
Karl P. Richter
Element Markets
Houston, TX
Paul Sadler
The Wind Coalition
Austin, TX
Brent G. Stahl
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Adam S. Umanoff
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Roderick E. Wetsel
Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP
Sweetwater, TX
Patrick Woodson
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2009 Wind Energy Institute

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.50 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Real Estate 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.  
California
13.50 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
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.

Other Credit

Registered Landman (AAPL)
13.50 hrs
TX Accounting CPE
16.00 hrs
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.  
TX Insurance
10.00 hrs
Additional Information
UT Law CLE conferences are considered "qualifying" courses, not certified by TDI. Such qualifying courses may be used for credit.

Qualifying courses are insurance courses that are: (A) offered for credit by accredited colleges, universities, or law schools; or (B) part of a national designation certification program; or (C) approved for classroom, classroom equivalent, or participatory credit by the continuing education approval authority of a state bar association or state board of public accountancy; or (D) certified or approved for continuing education credit under the guidelines of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

Continuing Education Credit Information for Agents and Adjusters

Agent/Adjuster Continuing Education Forms
 

UT Law CLE

2009 Wind Energy Institute

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Jan 14, 2009
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jan 13, 2009
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jan 16, 2009
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2009 Wind Energy Institute

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Austin Convention Center

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

Parking Information

Recommended parking in surface lot at Red River and Cesar Chavez or 2nd St public garage. $7

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Austin

500 E. 4th Street
Austin, TX
512-482-8000 (reservations)

Accommodations

$215.00 good through Dec 22, 2008

Parking Information

$15 Overnight Self-Parking; $20 Valet Parking Overnight

UT Law CLE

2009 Wind Energy Institute

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