University of Texas School of Law
2011
Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute
The Premier Gathering of Key Participants in Texas Wind, Solar and
Renewable Development
Austin Feb 22*, 23-24, 2011 AT&T Conference Center
*optional Tue Afternoon session
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UT Law CLE

2011 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

Program Features
Main Program – February 23-24, 2011

Join leading players and participants in Texas wind, solar and renewable energy, including developers, manufacturing company representatives, financial advisors and market experts, corporate counsel and law firms, and leading regulatory and legislative leaders including keynote speakers John R. Norris, Commissioner of FERC, and Rep. Mark Strama of the Texas House of Representatives.

The 2011 program features:

- Cutting-edge topics: energy economics in 2011; PPAs, rates of return, project viability and valuation; grid integration challenges; renewable transmission plays; solar; geothermal; turbine technology and economics; and much more.

- A-list speakers from E.ON Climate & Renewables, Filsinger Energy Partners, AES Wind Generation, Samsung, Siemens, SCHOTT Solar CSP, Inc., SunPower Corporation, SunEdison, First Solar, Clean Line Energy Partners, Xtreme Power, Pattern Energy Group LP, Stewart Title Guaranty Company, LCRA and Tres Amigas.

- Great networking opportunities with speakers and participants at breakfasts, luncheons, and Wednesday evening’s reception.

- Superb resources and materials: Law, leases, deal points and PPAs, plus transmission, regulatory and project development updates.

Pre-Conference – afternoon of February 22, 2011

Come the afternoon before the main program for the Pre-Conference which explores select issues of interest, including developments in solar technologies and deployment, SunPower and SunEdison on The Growing Role and Deployment of Behind-the-Meter Solar: Opportunities and Challenges, detailed coverage of leasing and site development issues from the perspectives of landowners and developers, Strategies of Renewable Developers and Generators under New Market and Day-Ahead Rules, and What’s Happening with Offshore Wind Developments and Geothermal Leases in Texas and the U.S.

UT Law CLE

2011 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

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Schedule

Wednesday Morning, Feb. 23, 2011

Presiding Officer:
Richard Gruber, SCHOTT Solar CSP, Inc. - Albuquerque, NM

8:00 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:45 am
Welcoming Remarks

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

9:00 am

1.00 hr

Energy Economics in 2011: Where Are We?

A discussion of the economics, trends, technologies and cost curves of competing energy sources.

Todd Filsinger, Filsinger Energy Partners - Denver, CO

10:00 am

1.00 hr

Wind and Solar: Comparing, PPAs, Rates of Return, Viability and Project Economics in Today's Market

An outline and discussion of current project economics including PPAs and market structures; engineering, procurement and construction costs (EPC); financing and cost of capital; policy considerations; and technology options and efficiencies.

Moderator:
Stephen Krebs, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Reed Armstrong, Iberdrola Renewables - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Richard Gruber, SCHOTT Solar CSP, Inc. - Albuquerque, NM
Panelists:
Ann A. Hawkins, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP - Houston, TX

11:00 am
Break

11:15 am

0.33 hr

Valuation of Renewable Projects at Each Stage of Project Development

This presentation explores the role of project completion risk, and how the risk may be estimated at each stage of development, and how project valuation rises as risk is reduced at each completion milestone.

Tim N. Libson, Trintek Energy Consulting, Inc. - Austin, TX

11:35 am

0.83 hr

Renewable Energy: Integration Costs, Project Risks and New Regulatory Requirements

A survey of approaches in Texas, the Southwest and the nation focusing on the effect of reliability standards that may be imposed by NERC, ERCOT and FERC. What is the effect on renewable projects? Who bears the risk of facility upgrades to comply?

William H. Holmes, Stoel Rives LLP - Portland, OR
Diana M. Liebmann, Haynes and Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX
Bill L. Magness, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - Austin, TX
Commentator:
Patrick Woodson, E.ON Climate & Renewables - Austin, TX

12:25 pm
Break for Lunch

Included in conference registration.

Wednesday Afternoon, Feb. 23, 2011

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

Keynote Luncheon Presentation

SunPower
Thank you to our Luncheon Sponsor

12:45 pm

0.00 hr ethics

Introduction of FERC Commissioner John Norris

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

12:50 pm

0.67 hr

The View from FERC

An update on transmission initiatives and proposals that affect wind, solar and other renewable energy from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

John R. Norris, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Washington, DC

1:30 pm
Break

1:45 pm

1.50 hrs

Renewable Energy Transmission Plays: Plains & Eastern Clean Line, Southern Cross and Tres Amigas

The opportunity to develop a large amount of wind energy generation is highly dependent upon the ability to deliver to large load centers. Transmission responding to this need is required to cross long distances, often crossing more than one transmission region. These conditions are leading to merchant transmission projects by independent developers. The panelists discuss a variety of market and regulatory issues that enhance and challenge the deployment of these projects.

Moderator:
John Moore, Stratus Energy Group, LLC - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Kathryn L. Patton, Clean Line Energy Partners - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Chris Shugart, Pattern Energy - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Patrick L. Wilkins, Tres Amigas LLC - Santa Fe, NM

3:15 pm
Break

3:30 pm

0.50 hr

An Update and Report Card on the Federal Renewable Stimulus Program: One Year Later

A review of the Treasury Cash Grant Program and the Department of Energy Loan Guaranty Program—two key elements of the stimulus package. How effective have they been in supporting renewable energy projects and what, if any, are the prospects for extension of these programs?

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

4:00 pm

0.50 hr

What's Happening with Wind Laws and Transmission Development in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Other SPP States?

A timely update on wind energy legislation and rules in Southwest Power Pool states from the former Missouri Speaker of the House and Missouri Public Service Commission Chair. Materials detail wind energy laws and incentives in all nine SPP states, as well as several other active wind states. The written materials include a discussion of state laws affecting wind energy project development and recent new rules impacting the industry.

Materials By:
Lisa Chavarria, Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP - Austin, TX
Steve Gaw, The Wind Coalition - Holts Summit, MO
Materials By:
Brent Stahl, Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP - Austin, TX

4:30 pm

1.00 hr

Current Legal Issues Related to Wind Lease and Easement Agreements

The maturation of the wind industry has led to the emergence of new issues related to wind lease and easement agreements. The panel discusses wind lease drafting and negotiation challenges with a focus on essential lease provisions including those needed for a financeable lease. This session also takes a look at the growing conflicts between oil and gas operators and wind developers, the types and validity of wind severance rights, and zoning ordinance requirements in leases. The panel includes two wind developers who provide their perspectives on wind lease issues.

Moderator:
Roderick E. Wetsel, Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP - Sweetwater, TX
Panelists:
Kimberlee Smith Centera, AES Wind Generation - San Diego, CA
Panelists:
Jason Du Terroil, Iberdrola Renewables - San Antonio, TX
Panelists:
Bonnie McMurtry, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX

5:30 pm
Adjourn to Reception

Thursday Morning, Feb. 24, 2011

Presiding Officer:
Andrew Kever, EnochKever PLLC - Austin, TX

7:45 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

0.50 hr

What Happens When the Texas Regulatory Law Doesn't Fit Renewables: Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Biomass and Storage

The role and potential of renewable generation and related new technologies has changed dramatically since the Texas electric market was restructured more than a decade ago. This presentation addresses ways in which market structures, definitions and rules designed for conventional electric facilities may raise unintended obstacles to full and efficient use of these new technologies. Some examples include distributed generation, net metering, ancillary service definitions, and the effect of ownership restrictions on storage.

Commentator:
Mark Bruce, Stratus Energy Group, LLC - Austin, TX
Elizabeth Drews, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

9:00 am

1.00 hr

The Business, Economics and Regulatory Issues of Storage

A panel discussion on the latest trends in storage deployment, including CAES, batteries and thermal storage. Regulatory and market conditions which encourage or impede storage deployment issues are also addressed.

Moderator:
Pat Wood III, Wood3 Resources - Houston, TX
Commentator:
Elizabeth Drews, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Darrell Hayslip, Xtreme Power - Kyle, TX
Panelists:
Robert E. Hebner, Center for Electromechanics/Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Praveen H. Kathpal, The AES Corporation - Arlington, VA
Panelists:
Alissa Oppenheimer, Chamisa Energy, LLC - Santa Fe, NM

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Selected Case Law Developments

This presentation reviews recent case law developments of interest in the area of renewable energy.

Steven Baron, Consulting and Legal Services - Austin, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.83 hr

Turbine Technology: The Impact of New Turbine Technologies and Suppliers in Meeting Regulatory Requirements and Improving Project Economics

Wind turbine costs typically make up about 70% of project development costs. Over the last decade, new features have been added to turbines to address VAR and other grid integration issues, while at the same time, technology improvements have resulted in greater turbine efficiencies and, consequently, revenue streams. This session addresses how the emergence of new companies and sources for turbines (e.g. Chinese manufacturers offering turbines at lower prices), combined with greater turbine efficiencies, has affected project economics and development opportunities.

Moderator:
Walter Hornaday, Cielo Wind Services, Inc. - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Chad Burk, Siemens Energy, Inc. - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Tai-Yeon (Terry) Cho, Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. - Gyeongsangnam-Do, 658-710 Korea, Republic of Korea
Panelists:
Jan C. Paulin, Cielo Wind Services, Inc. - San Diego, CA

11:35 am

0.83 hr

Mineral Issues’ Impact on Solar Energy Development in Texas and Other States

This topic examines title insurance, the accommodation doctrine, non-interference agreements, waiver of surface rights and other ways to mitigate the risk that mineral estate rights could adversely affect the operations of a solar energy project site.

Moderator:
Randy Sowell, Fremantle Energy, LLC - McCamey, TX
Panelists:
James L. Gosdin, Stewart Title Guaranty Company - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Dennis L. Harper, Richmond, CA
Panelists:
Mark Kane Leaverton, Rash Chapman Schreiber Leaverton & Morrison LLP - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Brent Stahl, Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP - Austin, TX

12:25 pm
Break for Lunch

Lunch included in conference registration.

Thursday Afternoon, Feb. 24, 2011

Presiding Officer:
Elizabeth Drews, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

Luncheon Presentation

Xtreme Power
Thank you to our Luncheon Sponsor

12:45 pm

0.75 hr

Texas Renewable Energy Policy: An Inside View

In recent years, Texas has been lauded for its innovative and successful policies to attract wind energy development, and the state's Renewable Energy Credit program and Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) concept have been applied in other jurisdictions. For non-wind technologies such as solar and biomass, however, many observers contend Texas lags far behind California, New Jersey and others. Will the Texas Legislature follow up on the success of its wind energy initiatives with new policies for solar and other technologies? Or will the looming budget crisis and weak economic conditions force the state to scale back its vision for renewable energy growth? This panel examines the role of public policy in fostering development of emerging technologies and discusses current legislative initiatives affecting the renewable energy industry.

Mark Bruce, Stratus Energy Group, LLC - Austin, TX
Mark Strama, Texas House of Representatives - Austin, TX

1:30 pm
Break

1:45 pm

0.50 hr

CREZ Transmission Build-Out

The 2,300 mile Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission effort is evolving as the 2013 completion deadline nears. This session covers the changing landscape as CREZ moves from a purely regulatory arena into land acquisition, construction and other realms that create new challenges and opportunities.

Michael G. Grable, Lone Star Transmission, LLC - Austin, TX

2:15 pm

0.75 hr

Decision Points: How Are Co-Ops and Munis Making Use of Renewables in Their Resource Mix

A panel discussion with key Texas market participants.

Moderator:
Laura R. Doll, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - Austin, TX
Panelists:
John Bonnin, CPS Energy - San Antonio, TX
Panelists:
Declan Ronan O'Cleirigh, Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Mark W. Schwirtz, Golden Spread Electric Cooperative - Amarillo, TX

3:00 pm

0.50 hr

Geothermal in Texas: What's Happening and What Are the Key Legal Issues?

Topics covered include the nature of geothermal energy, the current state of U.S. and Texas geothermal power production and potential, the methods of production of electric power using geothermal resources, the advantages and disadvantages of this means of power production, what facilities are required, the nature of the relevant property rights involved, and the relevant federal and state statutory backdrop.

Robert P. Wright, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Houston, TX

3:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2011 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Reed Armstrong
Iberdrola Renewables
Austin, TX
Steven Baron
Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX
John Bonnin
CPS Energy
San Antonio, TX
Mark Bruce
Stratus Energy Group, LLC
Austin, TX
Chad Burk
Siemens Energy, Inc.
Houston, TX
Kimberlee Smith Centera
AES Wind Generation
San Diego, CA
Lisa Chavarria
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Tai-Yeon (Terry) Cho
Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
Gyeongsangnam-Do, 658-710 Korea, Republic of Korea
Laura R. Doll
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Austin, TX
Elizabeth Drews
Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Jason Du Terroil
Iberdrola Renewables
San Antonio, TX
Todd Filsinger
Filsinger Energy Partners
Denver, CO
Steve Gaw
The Wind Coalition
Holts Summit, MO
James L. Gosdin
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Houston, TX
Michael G. Grable
Lone Star Transmission, LLC
Austin, TX
Richard Gruber
SCHOTT Solar CSP, Inc.
Albuquerque, NM
Dennis L. Harper
Richmond, CA
Ann A. Hawkins
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Houston, TX
Darrell Hayslip
Xtreme Power
Kyle, TX
Robert E. Hebner
Center for Electromechanics/Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas
Austin, TX
William H. Holmes
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
Walter Hornaday
Cielo Wind Services, Inc.
Austin, TX
Praveen H. Kathpal
The AES Corporation
Arlington, VA
Stephen Krebs
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Mark Kane Leaverton
Rash Chapman Schreiber Leaverton & Morrison LLP
Austin, TX
Tim N. Libson
Trintek Energy Consulting, Inc.
Austin, TX
Diana M. Liebmann
Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Bill L. Magness
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Austin, TX
Bonnie McMurtry
Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX
John Moore
Stratus Energy Group, LLC
Austin, TX
John R. Norris
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC
Declan Ronan O'Cleirigh
Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)
Austin, TX
Alissa Oppenheimer
Chamisa Energy, LLC
Santa Fe, NM
Kathryn L. Patton
Clean Line Energy Partners
Houston, TX
Jan C. Paulin
Cielo Wind Services, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Mark W. Schwirtz
Golden Spread Electric Cooperative
Amarillo, TX
Chris Shugart
Pattern Energy
Houston, TX
Barry T. Smitherman
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Austin, TX
Randy Sowell
Fremantle Energy, LLC
McCamey, TX
Brent Stahl
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Mark Strama
Texas House of Representatives
Austin, TX
Adam S. Umanoff
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Roderick E. Wetsel
Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP
Sweetwater, TX
Patrick L. Wilkins
Tres Amigas LLC
Santa Fe, NM
Pat Wood III
Wood3 Resources
Houston, TX
Patrick Woodson
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Austin, TX
Robert P. Wright
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Lisa Chavarria—Co-Chair
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Richard Gruber—Co-Chair
SCHOTT Solar CSP, Inc.
Albuquerque, NM
Cathy Lilford Altman
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal L.L.P.
Dallas, TX
John K. Arnold
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
Houston, TX
Steven Baron
Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX
Elizabeth Drews
Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Michael J. Esposito
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Gregory S. Friend
McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Michael G. Grable
Lone Star Transmission, LLC
Austin, TX
Ann A. Hawkins
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Houston, TX
William H. Holmes
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
J. Christopher Hughes
Brown, McCarroll, LLP
Austin, TX
Lindsey Hughes
The Wind Coalition
Austin, TX
Monty Humble
Mesa Power Group
Dallas, TX
Rebecca A. Klein
Klein Energy, LLC
Austin, TX
Stephen Krebs
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Tim N. Libson
Trintek Energy Consulting, Inc.
Austin, TX
Diana M. Liebmann
Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Bonnie McMurtry
Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX
M. Bradford Moody
Watt Beckworth Thompson & Henneman, L.L.
Houston, TX
John Moore
Stratus Energy Group, LLC
Austin, TX
Dwain K. Rogers Jr.
Renewable Energy Division, Texas General Land Office
Austin, TX
Ernest E. Smith
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Randy Sowell
Fremantle Energy, LLC
McCamey, TX
Brent Stahl
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Cyrus Tashakkori
Pioneer Green Energy
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

2011 Wind, Solar and Renewables 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.  

UT Law CLE

2011 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Feb 16, 2011
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 16, 2011
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 18, 2011
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2011 Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute

Hotel / Venue

Austin

AT&T Conference Center

The University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX
877.744.8822 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

$159.00 good through Jan 21, 2011

Parking Information

$7 Self-Parking per day, $10 Valet per day, $14 Overnight Valet

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