University of Texas School of Law
2010
Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute
The premier gathering of key participants in Texas wind, solar and geothermal development.
Austin Feb 3-4, 2010 Austin Convention Center
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UT Law CLE

2010 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

Program Features
Texas is the leading producer of wind energy among all 50 states, with solar development about to take off, and geothermal prospecting in the early stages. Now in its fifth year, the Institute expands beyond wind energy to include solar and other renewable development.

The 2010 program blends law, economics, technology, finance, tax and regulatory policy, and is aimed at industry participants, legal and financial advisors, and key legislative and regulatory policymakers and staff.

Highlights include:

• FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff on Federal Transmission Initiatives for Renewables
• Public Utility Commission of Texas Chairman Barry Smitherman
Wind, Water, Oil, Gas and Whitetails: A Comparison of Property Rights and Theories
• Solar technologies, development and deployment
Will Texas be the Next Giant in Geothermal?
Hear from Google Climate and Energy, leading researchers and private developers on geothermal geology, prospects and economics in Texas

Come a day early for the Wind, Solar and Renewables Fundamentals—a primer on the basics.

Also of interest: February 1 — ERCOT-sponsored seminar on the economics of locational marginal pricing with Prof. Ross Baldick in Austin. For more information and to register »

UT Law CLE

2010 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

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Schedule

Wednesday Morning, Feb. 3, 2010

Presiding Officer:
Lisa Chavarria, Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP - Austin, TX

8:00 am
Registration Opens

8:45 am
Welcoming Remarks

Keynote Presentation

8:55 am

0.08 hr

Introduction of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff

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

9:00 am

0.67 hr

Federal Transmission Initiatives for Renewables: The View from FERC

Chairman Wellinghoff shares his views on new transmission initiatives and proposals that affect wind, solar and other renewable energy.

Jon Wellinghoff, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) - Washington, DC

9:40 am

1.00 hr

Crossing the Line: Regional Challenges and Initiatives in Exporting Wind, Solar and Other Renewables across State and International Lines

A panel discussion of the unique challenges faced by areas such as the Panhandle and El Paso regions which possess an abundance of wind and solar resources but lack the infrastructure necessary to harness and deliver those resources to load. The panel also discusses policy initiatives such as SPP's X Plan and the Midwest's Green Power Express.

Moderator:
Julie Caruthers Parsley, Parsley Coffin Renner LLP - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Hon. John Cook, City of El Paso - El Paso, TX
Panelists:
Bruce Rew, Southwest Power Pool - Little Rock, AR
Panelists:
Beth Soholt, Wind on the Wires - Saint Paul, MN

10:40 am
Break

10:55 am

0.50 hr

CREZ 2010 - 2013

In 2008 the Texas Public Utility Commission approved a 2,300-mile transmission plan to deliver energy to customers in Texas from five "Competitive Renewable Energy Zones" in West Texas and the Texas Panhandle.  The target date for completion of this massive renewable energy project is the end of 2013.  This session reviews the plan's progress to date and identifies the challenges that remain.

Steven Baron, Consulting and Legal Services - Austin, TX

11:25 am

0.75 hr

The Impact of Electricity Markets and Pricing on Renewables

An examination of select issues of electricity market prices, particularly nodal pricing, relating to renewables, including: pricing variations over the time of the day and location; day-ahead versus real-time prices; negative prices, both locally and ERCOT-wide, with the CREZ transmission development; and the interaction of wind and solar on prices.  The session concludes with commentary from Dan Jones on the impact of renewables on electricity markets and as time permits, a short Q&A opportunity.

Ross Baldick, University of Texas, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Austin, TX
Commentator:
Dan L. Jones, Potomac Economics - Austin, TX

Wednesday Afternoon, Feb. 3, 2010

Presiding Officer:
Karl R. Rábago, Austin, TX

Follow the Money — DOE Treasury Loan Guarantees, Grants, and Credit Programs

12:10 pm
Pick up Box Lunch

12:30 pm

0.75 hr

The Financing of Renewable Energy Projects in a Post-Stimulus Environment

A discussion of how developers are financing their projects in this post-stimulus market, through the use of DOE loan guaranties and Treasury cash grants, including the opportunities, challenges and pitfalls for effective use of these programs.

Adam S. Umanoff, Chadbourne & Parke LLP - Los Angeles, CA

1:30 pm
Break

1:45 pm

1.00 hr

Solar Development and Deployment: Technology, Economics and Short-Term Market Potential

This session opens with a 30-minute overview and briefing on solar technologies and deployment trends and continues with a follow-up discussion on the Texas solar market including the views and goals of market participants.

Commentators:
John Bonnin, CPS Energy - San Antonio, TX
Lisa Frantzis, Navigant Consulting, Inc. - Burlington, MA
Commentators:
Judith Kim, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - Bentonville, AR

2:45 pm
Break

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

Integrating Renewables into the Grid: The New Texas "TRIP"

The rules for building and operating wind farms and other variable generation technologies in Texas are rapidly evolving. This session explores the Texas Renewables Integration Plan (TRIP), ERCOT's blueprint to manage the interconnection and operation of 20 gigawatts of wind and other renewable generation technologies. The overview includes recent, major changes to ERCOT system planning activities, grid operations procedures, market design elements, and new compliance metrics for renewable generators as well as previews possible future changes in these key areas.

Mark Bruce, MJB Energy Consulting - Round Rock, TX

3:30 pm

0.83 hr

Will Texas be the Next Giant in Geothermal?

Google is working on a wide variety of ways to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and develop low-cost renewable energy and has identified Texas as a potential leading producer of geothermal energy. The Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory is a renowned leader in geothermal research and in 2008, received a major grant from Google to support their work on geothermal resource assessments. Representatives from SMU, Google and a firm leading in commercializing new geothermal concepts provide an overview of geothermal geology, prospects and economics in Texas.

Charles Baron, Climate and Energy, Google.org - Mountain View, CA
David D. Blackwell, Southern Methodist University, Dept. of Geology and Geological Services - Dallas, TX
Martin Kay, Texatherm Energy, Inc. - Bellaire, TX

4:20 pm

1.17 hrs

Developers Panel

A discussion of the latest market trends and issues facing wind and solar developers from some of the market leaders.

Moderator:
John Moore, Stratus Energy Group - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Michael Bowring, NextEra Energy Resources - Juno Beach, FL
Panelists:
Glenn Allen Hodges, Pattern Energy Group LP - Bee Cave, TX
Panelists:
Shalini Ramanathan, RES Americas Inc. - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Patrick Woodson, E.ON Climate & Renewables - Austin, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn to Sponsored Reception

Thursday Morning, Feb. 4, 2010

Presiding Officer:
John K. Arnold, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP - Houston, TX

7:45 am
Conference Room Opens

8:00 am

0.50 hr

Let the Sun Shine In! Breakfast with Solar Technology Companies

Join us for a breakfast with an informal panel discussion with three leading solar technology companies.

Moderator:
Mark Kapner, Austin Energy - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Randy Etheridge, Tessera Solar - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Iga Hallberg, HelioVolt Corporation - Austin, TX

8:30 am

0.33 hr

Which Way Do We Go?: Grants, ITC & PTC for Renewable Energy Projects

A description of the Treasury grant, investment tax credit and production tax credit programs available to renewable energy projects and the financing structures using these programs. The session provides guidance for selecting the best match for the circumstances of a project and its sponsors.

Stephen Krebs, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Houston, TX

8:50 am

0.50 hr

Understanding and Working with Revenue Streams: Key Issues in Negotiating and Drafting Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

An analysis of key issues and typical points of conflicts that arise in negotiating and drafting power purchase agreements.

William H. Holmes, Stoel Rives LLP - Portland, OR
Jennifer H. Martin, Stoel Rives LLP - Portland, OR

9:20 am

0.50 hr

Renewable Project Acquisitions: Pitfalls, Tips and Best Practices

A checklist and discussion of the pitfalls, tips and best practices for renewable project acquisitions.

Sherwood (Woody) O. Jones, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX

9:50 am
Break

10:05 am

0.75 hr

Wind, Water, Oil, Gas and Whitetails: A Comparison of Property Rights and Theories

A comparison of the judicial treatment of rights in oil, gas, water and game animals, all of which have significant economic and monetary value to a landowner, but which frequently cross over or beneath property boundaries. Which, if any, of these judicial approaches may be applied to wind and why a determination of rights in wind is both inevitable and legally important, especially in light of deeds that purport to sever wind rights from other interests in land.

Ernest E. Smith, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

10:50 am

1.17 hrs

Legal Issues Related to Wind, Solar and Geothermal Development

As the wind industry matures, practitioners face new legal issues related to wind project development and operation and are expanding their practices into solar and geothermal.  At the center of these renewable energy transactions are surface and subsurface rights and the instruments necessary to secure those rights. This session focuses on issues related to surface and subsurface leases including due diligence considerations, the severance of property rights, the accommodation of oil and gas development, and siting issues.

Moderator:
Lisa Chavarria, Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Lila C. Marsh, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
Bonnie Rubey McMurtry, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Roderick E. Wetsel, Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP - Sweetwater, TX
Panelists:
Robert P. Wright, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Houston, TX

12:00 pm

0.50 hr

Federal Legislative Update: Wind, Solar and Other Renewables

A report on the current status of federal legislation related to renewable energy policy.

Monty Humble, Mesa Power Group - Dallas, TX

Thursday Afternoon, Feb. 4, 2010

Presiding Officer:
Michael G. Grable, Austin, TX

Keynote Lunch Presentation

12:30 pm
Pick up Box Lunch

12:45 pm

0.00 hr ethics

Introduction

Michael G. Grable, Austin, TX

12:50 pm

0.92 hr

Texas Policy Makers Perspectives

Two leading Texas policy makers address a range of public issues that are contributing both enhancements and challenges to the development of renewable energy in Texas.

Barry T. Smitherman, Public Utility Commission of Texas - Austin, TX
Burt R. Solomons, Texas House of Representatives - Carrollton, TX

1:45 pm
Break

2:00 pm

0.50 hr

Regulatory Enforcement Challenges for Renewable Developments

Increases in renewable generation capacity and potential development have heightened interest in the effect of renewable energy on electric reliability and markets. This has coincided with expanded federal jurisdiction and enforcement of national electric reliability standards. This session explores enforcement jurisdiction, procedures and standards as they relate to renewable energy in Texas.

Elizabeth H. Drews, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

2:30 pm

1.00 hr

Out of State Wind Deals: Wind Energy Laws, Incentives and Rules in Selected States

An examination of 17 key wind states' wind energy laws, incentives, and rules relating to project development and operations. Topics covered include economic and tax incentives, wind energy lease and easement laws, renewable portfolio standards, and related development issues. A detailed paper by Brent Stahl and Lisa Chavarria is included in the course materials.

Moderator:
Brent G. Stahl, Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Reed Armstrong, Iberdrola Renewables - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Kevin Borgia, The Illinois Wind Energy Association (IWEA) - Chicago, IL
Panelists:
Robert Crowell, E.ON Climate & Renewables - Chicago, IL
Panelists:
Vanessa C. Kellogg, Horizon Wind Energy - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Theodore D. Matula, Duke Energy - Austin, TX

3:30 pm

0.75 hr

Storage Technologies: Batteries and Compressed Air — Where Are We?

The opportunity to leverage and increase the value of intermittent generation from wind and solar resources is dependent upon the ability to store the initial output in a resource that can be dispatched.  Considerable industry research and development efforts are being focused on key technologies.

Moderator:
John Moore, Stratus Energy Group - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Darrell Hayslip, Xtreme Power - Kyle, TX
Panelists:
Robert Schainker, Electric Power Research Institute - Palo Alto, CA

4:15 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2010 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Reed Armstrong
Iberdrola Renewables
Austin, TX
Ross Baldick
University of Texas, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Austin, TX
Charles Baron
Climate and Energy, Google.org
Mountain View, CA
Steven Baron
Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX
David D. Blackwell
Southern Methodist University, Dept. of Geology and Geological Services
Dallas, TX
John Bonnin
CPS Energy
San Antonio, TX
Kevin Borgia
The Illinois Wind Energy Association (IWEA)
Chicago, IL
Michael Bowring
NextEra Energy Resources
Juno Beach, FL
Mark Bruce
MJB Energy Consulting
Round Rock, TX
Lisa Chavarria
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Hon. John Cook
City of El Paso
El Paso, TX
Robert Crowell
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Chicago, IL
Elizabeth H. Drews
Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Randy Etheridge
Tessera Solar
Houston, TX
Lisa Frantzis
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Burlington, MA
Michael G. Grable
Austin, TX
Iga Hallberg
HelioVolt Corporation
Austin, TX
Darrell Hayslip
Xtreme Power
Kyle, TX
Glenn Allen Hodges
Pattern Energy Group LP
Bee Cave, TX
William H. Holmes
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
Monty Humble
Mesa Power Group
Dallas, TX
Dan L. Jones
Potomac Economics
Austin, TX
Sherwood (Woody) O. Jones
Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX
Mark Kapner
Austin Energy
Austin, TX
Martin Kay
Texatherm Energy, Inc.
Bellaire, TX
Vanessa C. Kellogg
Horizon Wind Energy
Houston, TX
Judith Kim
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, AR
Stephen Krebs
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Lila C. Marsh
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX
Jennifer H. Martin
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
Theodore D. Matula
Duke Energy
Austin, TX
Bonnie Rubey McMurtry
Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX
John Moore
Stratus Energy Group
Austin, TX
Julie Caruthers Parsley
Parsley Coffin Renner LLP
Austin, TX
Shalini Ramanathan
RES Americas Inc.
Austin, TX
Bruce Rew
Southwest Power Pool
Little Rock, AR
Robert Schainker
Electric Power Research Institute
Palo Alto, CA
Ernest E. Smith
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Barry T. Smitherman
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Austin, TX
Beth Soholt
Wind on the Wires
Saint Paul, MN
Burt R. Solomons
Texas House of Representatives
Carrollton, TX
Brent G. Stahl
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Adam S. Umanoff
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Jon Wellinghoff
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Washington, DC
Roderick E. Wetsel
Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP
Sweetwater, TX
Patrick Woodson
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Austin, TX
Robert P. Wright
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Lisa Chavarria—Chair
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Karl R. Rábago—Co-Chair
Austin, TX
David E. Adelman
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Reed Armstrong
Iberdrola Renewables
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
Andy Bowman
Austin, TX
Mark Bruce
MJB Energy Consulting
Round Rock, TX
Kimberlee Smith Centera
AES Wind Generation
San Diego, CA
Trey Cox
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, L.L.P.
Dallas, TX
Kara Cubbage
RES Americas
Austin, TX
Roy Daniel
Energy Storage and Power LLC
Bridgewater, NJ
Elizabeth H. Drews
Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Michael J. Esposito
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Rich E. Germain
ConocoPhillips
Houston, TX
Michael G. Grable
Austin, TX
Richard Gruber
First Solar, Inc.
Tempe, TX
Teresa A. Hill
Stoel Rives LLP
Boise, ID
Glenn Allen Hodges
Pattern Energy Group LP
Bee Cave, TX
William H. Holmes
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
Monty Humble
Mesa Power Group
Dallas, TX
Stephen Krebs
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Robert Bob Lukefahr
Stirling Energy Systems (SES)
Scottsdale, AZ
Theodore D. Matula
Duke Energy
Austin, TX
Bonnie Rubey McMurtry
Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX
Colin Meehan
Environmental Defense Fund
Austin, TX
M. Bradford Moody
Watt Beckworth Thompson & Henneman, L.L.
Houston, TX
John Moore
Stratus Energy Group
Austin, TX
Philip Moore
RES Americas
Austin, TX
Heather Otten
Invenergy LLC
Austin, TX
Walter J. Reid
Austin, TX
Ned Ross
Direct Energy
Austin, TX
Ernest E. Smith
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Barry T. Smitherman
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Austin, TX
Brent G. Stahl
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Adam S. Umanoff
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Roderick E. Wetsel
Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP
Sweetwater, TX
Stephen Wieland
Vestas Americas
Denver, CO
Pat Wood III
Wood3 Resources
Houston, TX
Patrick Woodson
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2010 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
14.50 hrs
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative 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
14.50 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.  
Illinois
8.75 hrs
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will verify the number of Illinois attorneys in attendance within 10 days after the conference. Self report your credit to the MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois. 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)
14.50 hrs
TX Accounting CPE
17.00 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.  

UT Law CLE

2010 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Jan 28, 2010
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jan 29, 2010
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 1, 2010
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2010 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

Hotel / Venue

Austin

Austin Convention Center

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

Parking Information

$7 Self-parking in nearby public parking garages at 201 E. 2nd Street, and 601 E. 5th Street

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Austin

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

Accommodations

$215.00 good through Jan 6, 2010

Parking Information

Self-parking $16/overnight; Valet $25/overnight

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2010 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

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