University of Texas School of Law
2012
Wind, Solar and Storage
Energy Markets, Resource Adequacy, and the Legal and Business Environment for Renewables
Austin Feb 14*, 15-16, 2012 AT&T Conference Center
*optional Tue Afternoon session
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UT Law CLE

2012 Wind, Solar and Storage

Program Features
The 2012 program brings together leading energy market participants involved in generation, development, transmission, and storage for two days of networking and presentations dealing with business, legal, and regulatory issues, including:

      • Deep Dive: Gas Markets, Shale Gas Production and Gas Prices—What Does the Future Hold?

      • Energy Economics in 2012: Where Are We?

      • Financing and Deal Structures for Wind and Solar Projects: Current Tools and Techniques

      • Regulatory Issues Involving Electric Energy Storage

      • Is the Market Functional? Resource Adequacy and the Role of Wind, Renewables and Storage

      • Solar Developments, Economics, Incentives and Regulatory Barriers in 2012

      • Doyle Beneby, President and CEO of CPS Energy, on Storage and Renewables from the CPS
        Perspective

      • Topics on resource adequacy, PPAs, interconnection issues, transmission, leases, siting, and more

Come meet with and learn from A-list speakers from Filsinger Energy Partners, JPMorgan Capital Corporation, Reznick Group, CPS Energy, NRG Energy, SunPower, Austin Energy, ConocoPhillips, First Solar, Xtreme Power, US Power Generating Company, and leading Texas and national law firms.

Don't miss superb materials and terrific networking opportunities, including keynote lunches, Tuesday's pre-conference (separate registration), and Wednesday's sponsored reception.

UT Law CLE

2012 Wind, Solar and Storage

11/21/19
Schedule

Tuesday Afternoon, Feb. 14, 2012

PRE-CONFERENCE - WIND, SOLAR AND STORAGE

Please select on registration form.

12:15 pm
Registration Opens

Includes light refreshments.

Pre-Conference - Wind, Solar and Storage: Add to Institute, or Order as Standalone Course

1:00 pm

1.00 hr

Is the Market Functional? Resource Adequacy and the Role of Wind, Renewables and Storage

The panel discusses the impact of market structure on reliability and resource adequacy, within the context of wind turbine generators and other renewable energy technologies.

Moderator:
Reed Armstrong, Iberdrola Renewables - West Lake Hills, TX
Panelists:
Barbara Clemenhagen, Topaz Power Group - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Brad Jones, Luminant Energy - Austin, TX
Panelists:
John Moore, Stratus Energy Group, LLC - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Mark Soutter, Invenergy LLC - Austin, TX

2:00 pm

0.83 hr

A Primer on Project Economics, Tax Credits and PPAs for Wind and Solar Projects

Developing and financing a renewable energy project involves as much "art" as science (and perhaps more), and occasionally the touch of a magician. Each project requires assembling many different building blocks—developer equity, real equity, tax equity, construction (and maybe permanent) debt, and various revenue streams—each of which will, in part, depend on the others to be in place. In addition, few projects can go forward without a signed PPA, yet getting a PPA in place often requires an almost fully-developed (and financed) project. This panel attempts to describe how all of these pieces can and should be assembled and, perhaps, solves the age-old problem of the chicken and the egg.

Moderator:
Gregory F. Jenner, Stoel Rives LLP - Minneapolis, MN
Panelists:
Ann A. Hawkins, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Patrick Woodson, E.ON Climate & Renewables - Austin, TX

2:50 pm

0.50 hr

The Role and Impact of Electric Vehicles (EVs) on Renewable Energy and the Utility System

Karl R. Rábago, Austin Energy - Austin, TX

3:20 pm

0.00 hr ethics

Break - 15 minutes

3:35 pm

0.83 hr

Leasing Perspectives: Site Development for Wind and Solar Projects

Recent trends demonstrate that renewable energy development continues at a significant pace in Texas, despite a lackluster economy and transmission concerns. And landowners and developers alike continue to engage in relationships that serve as the backbone for renewable energy generation. With this in mind, the panel discusses basic tenets and recent developments in site development and leasing in both solar and wind contexts, including monetary, land use, and other relevant lease terms, and considers the effect of similarities and differences between the two types of generation.

Moderator:
Gregory S. Friend, McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Richard Amato, Venti Energy, Inc. - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Stephen Krebs, OwnEnergy - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Roderick E. Wetsel, Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP - Sweetwater, TX

4:25 pm

0.67 hr

How Are New Entrants and New Technology Changing Project Economics from the Turbine Market Developer's Perspective?

The capital outlay for wind turbines doubled between 2001 and 2008, as many state RPS's were enacted, and Congress enacted multiple-year periods of PTC availability. During that boom period, the resultant demand for wind turbines caused proportionately larger increases in wind turbine pricing vs. performance, outstripping technology and performance improvements over that time. During the bust period that followed the financial crisis, the lack of transmission capacity, low or negative electricity demand growth, and the greatly reduced supply of power purchase agreements, industry installations dropped by 50%. Recently, new entrants and new technology in the turbine market have kindled the sparks of what may become a slow but virtuous new business cycle for project development. Improved pricing and technology in the turbine market must now be nurtured with stable state and federal energy policy, new transmission infrastructure, and a general economic recovery for the industry to return to healthy levels of development activity.

Tim N. Libson, Trintek Energy Consulting, Inc. - Austin, TX
Andrew Lockhart, Gamesa Wind US - Flower Mound, TX

5:05 pm

0.67 hr

Offshore Wind Development: What's Happening, Where and Who's Doing It?

An examination of where offshore wind development is taking place in the U.S. with particular focus on offshore development in the Northeast and potential projects in the Gulf.

Jim Lanard, Offshore Wind Development Coalition - Washington, DC
Mark Leyland, Baryonyx Corporation - Austin, TX

5:45 pm
Adjourn Pre-Conference

Wednesday Morning, Feb. 15, 2012

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

WIND, SOLAR, AND STORAGE INSTITUTE

8:00 am
Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:50 am
Welcoming Remarks

9:00 am

1.00 hr

Energy Economics in 2012: Where Are We?

A discussion of the regional economics, trends and cost curves of competing energy sources in light of new environmental regulations, transmission constraints, and low natural gas prices.

Todd Filsinger, Filsinger Energy Partners - Denver, CO

10:00 am

0.75 hr

Deep Dive: Gas Markets, Shale Gas Production and Gas Prices—What Does the Future Hold?

A discussion and analysis of gas markets and prices—historical, current and future—including the relevance and accuracy of pricing signals in futures markets, the impact of shale gas reserves and production techniques on long-term supply and prices, and some thoughts on future prices and factors to consider in evaluating price projections.

David Pursell, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Inc. - Houston, TX

10:45 am
Break - 20 minutes

11:05 am

1.17 hrs

Integration, Reliability, Operational and Regulatory Issues for Renewables

One of the biggest challenges facing wind and solar energy is the fact that they are intermittent. This panel presents a range of regulatory and operational challenges, including the risk of curtailment and variable energy integration charges. It also discusses the latest developments affecting the integration of renewable resources into the grid.

Moderator:
William H. Holmes, Stoel Rives LLP - Portland, OR
Panelists:
Diana M. Liebmann, Haynes and Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX
Panelists:
Bill Magness, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - Austin, TX

12:15 pm
Break to Pick Up Lunch - 20 minutes

Included in conference registration fee.

Wednesday Afternoon, Feb. 15, 2012

Presiding Officer:
Ann A. Hawkins, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - Houston, TX

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

Sponsored by Reznick Group

12:35 pm

0.75 hr

PUC Chairman’s Perspective on Renewable Energy and Storage Technologies

The PUC Chairman provides her perspective on the future of renewable energy in the ERCOT market. She also discusses the potential for storage resources to provide energy and ancillary services and to help integrate renewable energy into the grid.

Donna L. Nelson, Public Utility Commission of Texas - Austin, TX

1:20 pm
Break - 15 minutes

1:35 pm

0.50 hr

Connecting Wind Generation in ERCOT or the SPP: What to Do, Where to Go, How Long to Get There, and What Does It All Mean?

Developers control most facets of the wind generation development project, but other entities control the interconnection process. Interconnection rules continue to evolve, and owning or operating interconnection facilities can subject the generator to numerous and changing reliability obligations. Knowing and addressing at an early stage these interconnection requirements and obligations can reduce project delay risk and allow a realistic evaluation of likely costs and compliance obligations.

Chris Reeder, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

2:05 pm

0.83 hr

The Current Utility-Scale Solar and Wind Generation Market

An overview of current logistics and capital costs involved in developing large-scale solar and wind energy projects, including capital cost comparisons between wind and solar, PPA pricing examples and trends in Texas and other states, and capital cost comparisons between renewable and traditional energy projects.

Andy Bowman, Pioneer Green Energy LLC - Austin, TX

2:55 pm

0.50 hr

Where's the Water? Resource and Regulatory Concerns and Their Impact on Markets

A review of the latest resource adequacy information for the ERCOT region with a focus on potential impacts of drought, extreme weather and regulatory changes.

Kent Saathoff, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - Austin, TX

3:25 pm
Break - 15 minutes

3:40 pm

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

4:10 pm

0.50 hr

Current Legal Issues Related to Wind Lease and Easement Agreements

A review of the basic elements of a Wind Lease or Easement Agreement and a discussion of the key issues that should be addressed in negotiating and drafting these agreements.

Daniel J. Swendsen, Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX

4:40 pm

1.00 hr

Industry Panel: Market Conditions, Challenges and Opportunities

This panel discusses the numerous opportunities and challenges facing the outlook for renewables. In spite of rapidly decreasing costs for both wind and solar utility development, there are a number of factors that could cut against a new expansive growth in renewables. While inexpensive natural gas is lowering retail electricity prices, it is also undermining the business case for renewable energy. The upcoming expiration of the wind production tax credit has in the past and will in the future affect the incentives for new renewables. Moreover, several states have met their renewable portfolio standards which impacts the rationale for load serving entities to purchase additional renewables.

Moderator:
Todd Filsinger, Filsinger Energy Partners - Denver, CO
Panelists:
Cris Eugster, CPS Energy - San Antonio, TX
Panelists:
Richard Germain, ConocoPhillips Company - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Jeff D. Hunter, US Power Generating Company, LLC - Stamford, CT
Panelists:
Tim Kawakami, Xcel Energy - Denver, CO
Panelists:
Cheryl L. Mele, Austin Energy - Austin, TX

5:40 pm
Adjourn to Reception

Thursday Morning, Feb. 16, 2012

Presiding Officer:
Heather Bailey, Navigant - Austin, TX

8:00 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

0.33 hr

Regulatory Issues Involving Electric Energy Storage

Unique capabilities and attributes of storage technologies have raised a variety of national and regional regulatory issues. This session explores recent developments in electric regulatory law relating to these technologies.

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

8:50 am

1.00 hr

When, Where and How Much Will Storage Transform the Electric Industry?

A panel of experts addresses technological, market and policy issues important to development, operation and utilization of storage. Differences among storage technologies, applications, commercial needs, grid integration, and market rules are addressed.

Moderator:
Elizabeth Drews, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Audrey Fogarty, Xtreme Power - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Mark Kapner, Frontier Associates - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Praveen H. Kathpal, AES Energy Storage - Arlington, VA
Panelists:
Alissa Oppenheimer, Chamisa Energy, LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Panelists:
Mark Patterson, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - Austin, TX

9:50 am

0.75 hr

Texas Renewable Energy Policy: An Inside View

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

10:35 am
Break - 15 minutes

10:50 am

0.50 hr

Solar Developments, Economics, Incentives and Regulatory Barriers in 2012

An overview of the solar marketplace and solar development, with a focus on current economics, incentives and regulatory barriers in the U.S. and Texas.

Richard Gruber, Lincoln Renewable Energy, LLC - Austin, TX
Dennis L. Harper, SunPower Corporation - Richmond, CA

11:20 am

1.00 hr

2012 Solar Industry Panel: Market Conditions, Pricing Pressures, Corporate Restructurings and Prospects for the Future

The past year has brought major corporate restructurings in the solar industry due to changing market conditions, the reduction in credits and stimulus funding, and pricing competition from new market players. A panel of industry experts discusses these issues and more, with a focus on prospects for the solar sector over the next twenty-four months.

Moderator:
Dennis L. Harper, SunPower Corporation - Richmond, CA
Panelists:
Juan Garza, NRG Energy - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Richard Gruber, Lincoln Renewable Energy, LLC - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Kurt Lyell, CH2M HILL - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Stephen Scott, Phoenix Solar Inc. - San Ramon, CA

12:20 pm
Break to Pick Up Lunch - 20 minutes

Included in conference registration fee.

Thursday Afternoon, Feb. 16, 2012

Presiding Officer:
Renn G. Neilson, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Dallas, TX

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:40 pm

0.67 hr

Corporate Keynote: Storage and Renewables from the CPS Perspective

A discussion of the important role that storage will play moving forward as utilities integrate greater amounts of variable renewable resources into their systems.

Doyle N. Beneby, CPS Energy - San Antonio, TX

1:20 pm
Break - 15 minutes

1:35 pm

1.00 hr

Financing and Deal Structures for Wind and Renewables Projects: Current Tools and Techniques

This panel examines current financing structures and techniques from the perspective of developers seeking financing, including tax equity financing; their attorneys and tax advisers; and tax equity investors.

Moderator:
Daniel P. Sinaiko, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Los Angeles, CA
Panelists:
Tom Festle, E.ON Climate & Renewables - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Eli M. Katz, Chadbourne & Parke LLP - New York, NY
Panelists:
Timothy Kemper, Reznick Group - Atlanta, GA

2:35 pm

0.92 hr

Siting Issues: Environmental and Aviation Considerations for Development

A broad overview of the potential impacts to renewable energy project development in the context of environmental and aviation rules. Topics considered include turbine interaction with radar and other FAA concerns, as well as federal and state environmental issues, from the Endangered Species Act to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s voluntary guidelines to local siting laws.

Moderator:
Gregory S. Friend, McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Panelists:
M. Benjamin Cowan, Locke Lord LLP - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Rebecca MacPherson, Federal Aviation Administration - Washington, DC

3:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2012 Wind, Solar and Storage

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Richard Amato
Venti Energy, Inc.
Austin, TX
Reed Armstrong
Iberdrola Renewables
West Lake Hills, TX
Steven Baron
Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX
Doyle N. Beneby
CPS Energy
San Antonio, TX
Andy Bowman
Pioneer Green Energy LLC
Austin, TX
Mark Bruce
Stratus Energy Group, LLC
Austin, TX
Barbara Clemenhagen
Topaz Power Group
Austin, TX
M. Benjamin Cowan
Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX
Elizabeth Drews
Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Cris Eugster
CPS Energy
San Antonio, TX
Tom Festle
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Austin, TX
Todd Filsinger
Filsinger Energy Partners
Denver, CO
Audrey Fogarty
Xtreme Power
Austin, TX
Gregory S. Friend
McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Juan Garza
NRG Energy
Houston, TX
Richard Germain
ConocoPhillips Company
Houston, TX
Richard Gruber
Lincoln Renewable Energy, LLC
Austin, TX
Dennis L. Harper
SunPower Corporation
Richmond, CA
Ann A. Hawkins
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Houston, TX
William H. Holmes
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
Jeff D. Hunter
US Power Generating Company, LLC
Stamford, CT
Gregory F. Jenner
Stoel Rives LLP
Minneapolis, MN
Brad Jones
Luminant Energy
Austin, TX
Mark Kapner
Frontier Associates
Austin, TX
Praveen H. Kathpal
AES Energy Storage
Arlington, VA
Eli M. Katz
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
New York, NY
Tim Kawakami
Xcel Energy
Denver, CO
Timothy Kemper
Reznick Group
Atlanta, GA
Stephen Krebs
OwnEnergy
Houston, TX
Jim Lanard
Offshore Wind Development Coalition
Washington, DC
Mark Leyland
Baryonyx Corporation
Austin, TX
Tim N. Libson
Trintek Energy Consulting, Inc.
Austin, TX
Diana M. Liebmann
Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX
Andrew Lockhart
Gamesa Wind US
Flower Mound, TX
Kurt Lyell
CH2M HILL
Austin, TX
Rebecca MacPherson
Federal Aviation Administration
Washington, DC
Bill Magness
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Austin, TX
Cheryl L. Mele
Austin Energy
Austin, TX
John Moore
Stratus Energy Group, LLC
Austin, TX
Donna L. Nelson
Public Utility Commission of Texas
Austin, TX
Alissa Oppenheimer
Chamisa Energy, LLC
Santa Fe, NM
Mark Patterson
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Austin, TX
David Pursell
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Inc.
Houston, TX
Karl R. Rábago
Austin Energy
Austin, TX
Chris Reeder
Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Kent Saathoff
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Austin, TX
Stephen Scott
Phoenix Solar Inc.
San Ramon, CA
Daniel P. Sinaiko
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Mark Soutter
Invenergy LLC
Austin, TX
Mark Strama
Texas House of Representatives
Austin, TX
Daniel J. Swendsen
Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX
Roderick E. Wetsel
Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP
Sweetwater, TX
Patrick Woodson
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Lisa Chavarria—Co-Chair
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Dennis L. Harper—Co-Chair
SunPower Corporation
Richmond, CA
John K. Arnold
Locke Lord LLP
Houston, TX
Steven Baron
Consulting and Legal Services
Austin, TX
Elizabeth Drews
Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Michael J. Esposito
University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Todd Filsinger
Filsinger Energy Partners
Denver, CO
Audrey Fogarty
Xtreme Power
Austin, TX
Gregory S. Friend
McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Michael G. Grable
Lone Star Transmission, LLC
Austin, TX
Richard Gruber
Lincoln Renewable Energy, LLC
Austin, TX
Mark Harral
The National Institute for Renewable Energy
Lubbock, TX
Ann A. Hawkins
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Houston, TX
William H. Holmes
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, OR
Chad Horton
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc.
Austin, TX
Monty Humble
Mesa Power Group
Dallas, TX
Gregory F. Jenner
Stoel Rives LLP
Minneapolis, MN
Rebecca A. Klein
Klein Energy, LLC
Austin, 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
Rebecca Jo C. Reser
Davidson & Troilo
San Antonio, TX
Randy Sowell
Fremantle Energy, LLC
McCamey, TX
Brent Stahl
Stahl, Bernal & Davies, LLP
Austin, TX
Derek Stilwell
Alstom Power Inc.
Richmond, VA
Brett A. Weal
Reznick Group
Atlanta, GA
Adam Wenner
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Washington, DC
Roderick E. Wetsel
Wetsel & Carmichael, LLP
Sweetwater, TX

UT Law CLE

2012 Wind, Solar and Storage

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
18.25 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.  
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)
18.25 hrs
TX Accounting CPE
21.50 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

2012 Wind, Solar and Storage

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Feb 8, 2012
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Green Registration - USB Key ONLY early registration: Feb 8, 2012
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Feb 8, 2012
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Feb 10, 2012
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2012 Wind, Solar and Storage

Hotel / Venue

Austin

AT&T Conference Center

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

$159.00 good through Jan 14, 2012

Parking Information

$10 self-parking per day; $14 self-parking overnight; $10 per day valet parking

UT Law CLE

2012 Wind, Solar and Storage

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