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2018 Renewable Energy Law eConference

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The Renewable Energy Law Conference 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.
 
2018 highlights include:
  • A stellar collection of Washington Energy experts, including Dan Simmons, Abigail Ross Hopper, Tom Kiernan and more join Keith Martin in a roundtable discussion on current federal energy policy impacting renewable energy.
  • What’s New at the federal level affecting the renewable energy market.
  • The latest updates on FERC, PUCT and ERCOT.
  • Insight on M&A Trends in Renewable Energy, and Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects
  • The latest in energy storage, both in front of and behind the meter.
  • Valuable information on Community Solar, PPAs Nuts and Bolts, Unique Insurance Instruments, and much more.
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Total Credit Hours:
12.75 | 2.00 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Administrative Law | Oil, Gas and Mineral Law | Real Estate Law | Tax Law | Administrative Law | Oil, Gas and Mineral Law | Real Estate Law | Tax Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$525  

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1. What's New? (Feb 2018)

Keith Martin

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Video (mp4) 33 mins
Audio (mp3) 33 mins
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 1 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 1:

What's New? (Feb 2018)

Hear a lively update on developments affecting the renewable energy market.   

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Keith Martin, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP - Washington, DC

2. Federal Energy Policy Panel (Feb 2018)

Keith Martin, Hon. Richard A. Glick, Thomas Hassenboehler, Abigail Ross Hopper, Tom Kiernan, Hon. Daniel Simmons

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Video (mp4) 59 mins
Audio (mp3) 59 mins

SESSION 2 — 59 mins, credit 1.00

Session 2:

Federal Energy Policy Panel (Feb 2018)

An esteemed group of Washington experts discuss the many issues in play in Washington including: federally-mandated payments by RTOs to coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them operating, import tariffs on solar panels and steel, a rewrite of the US tax code, revisions to PURPA, possible new incentives to rebuild transmission and other basic infrastructure, and rollbacks of Obama-era environmental regulations. 
 

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Keith Martin, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP - Washington, DC
Hon. Richard A. Glick, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Washington, DC
Thomas Hassenboehler, The Coefficient Group - Washington, DC
Abigail Ross Hopper, Solar Energy Industries Association - Washington, DC
Tom Kiernan, American Wind Energy Association - Washington, DC
Hon. Daniel Simmons, U.S. Department of Energy - Washington, DC

3. FERC Update (Feb 2018)

Allison Clements

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Video (mp4) 22 mins
Audio (mp3) 22 mins
Paper (pdf) 41 pgs
Slides (pdf) 5 pgs

SESSION 3 — 22 mins, credit 0.25

Session 3:

FERC Update (Feb 2018)

After the state itself, no agency has more ongoing authority over the deployment of renewable energy throughout Texas than the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This presence undergirds the importance of changes in leadership at FERC since President Trump’s election, and key issues impacting renewable energy integration: transmission development, wholesale market design and its interaction with state policies, and treatment of distributed energy resources in markets and transmission planning.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Allison Clements, Goodgrid, LLC - Salt Lake City, UT

4. Public Lands (Feb 2018)

Gregory S. Friend, Richard Brantley, Kenneth W. Mills

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Video (mp4) 41 mins
Audio (mp3) 41 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 4 — 41 mins, credit 0.75

Session 4:

Public Lands (Feb 2018)

Hear from University Lands and the GLO with respect to renewable energy leases, agreements, surface waivers, and more, including a discussion of the application process and contract expectations.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Gregory S. Friend, Stahl, Bernal, Davies, Sewell & Chavarria LLP - Austin, TX
Richard Brantley, University Lands - Midland, TX
Kenneth W. Mills, Texas General Land Office - Austin, TX

5. Front-of-the-Meter Energy Storage (Feb 2018)

Kate Sherwood, Judy McElroy, Spivey Paup, Kenneth Ragsdale

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Video (mp4) 50 mins
Audio (mp3) 50 mins
Slides (pdf) 2 pgs

SESSION 5 — 50 mins, credit 0.75

Session 5:

Front-of-the-Meter Energy Storage (Feb 2018)

Energy storage has made great strides recently, in both number and size of installations, in Texas and worldwide. Technology choices are determined by the desired usage and discharge profile desired of the battery, as well as the financial owner’s comfort with the chosen technology. Discuss the current options available, as well as the future of utility or grid-sited storage.  

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Kate Sherwood, 3M Electrical Markets Division - Austin, TX
Judy McElroy, Fractal Energy Storage Consultants - Austin, TX
Spivey Paup, Recurrent Energy - San Francisco, CA
Kenneth Ragsdale, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. - Taylor, TX

6. Commercial Renewable Energy Procurement (Feb 2018)

Bobby Hollis

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Video (mp4) 33 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins

SESSION 6 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 6:

Commercial Renewable Energy Procurement (Feb 2018)

How commercial and industry customers bid, procure, and contract for renewable energy differently than utilities.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Bobby Hollis, Facebook - Menlo Park, CA

7. Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage (Feb 2018)

Scott D. Deatherage, Kate Sherwood, Chris Foster

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Slides (pdf) 5 pgs
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 7 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 7:

Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage (Feb 2018)

With the growth of distributed solar and changes in distribution systems, energy storage at the distributed, behind-the-meter, level is set to grow over the coming years. Discuss technical, market, and legal issues associated with behind-the-meter storage in the context of distributed solar generation and creation of migrogrids.  

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Scott D. Deatherage, S Deatherage Law, PLLC - Dallas, TX
Kate Sherwood, 3M Electrical Markets Division - Austin, TX
Chris Foster, Georgetown Utility Systems - Georgetown, TX

8. Distributed C&I PPAs: Overview and Trends (Feb 2018)

Samuel William Porter

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Video (mp4) 55 mins
Audio (mp3) 55 mins
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 8 — 55 mins, credit 1.00

Session 8:

Distributed C&I PPAs: Overview and Trends (Feb 2018)

On-site rooftop, carport, and groundmount solar generation continues to expand. Hear key provisions of behind-the-meter commercial and industrial power purchase agreements, an overview of the typical project financing and contract structure, and highlights of some of the recent trends and developments shaping negotiations.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Samuel William Porter, SunPower Corporation - Austin, TX

9. Community Solar (Feb 2018)

Charlie Hemmeline, Hannah Muller, Ingmar Sterzing

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs
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Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 9 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 9:

Community Solar (Feb 2018)

Get an update on new community solar developments in Texas, national trends, and perspectives on program design.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Charlie Hemmeline, Texas Solar Power Association - Austin, TX
Hannah Muller, Clean Energy Collective - Louisville, CO
Ingmar Sterzing, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. - Johnson City, TX

10. Free Range Ethics: Where Seldom Is Heard a Discouraging Word and the Skies Are Not Cloudy All Day (Feb 2018)

George W. Coleman, Claude E. Ducloux

1.00 1.00 0.00 1.00 | 1.00 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 56 mins
Audio (mp3) 55 mins
Slides (pdf) 25 pgs

SESSION 10 — 56 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 10:

Free Range Ethics: Where Seldom Is Heard a Discouraging Word and the Skies Are Not Cloudy All Day (Feb 2018)

A study of recent ethics cases and opinions, which affect business entity lawyers and law firms.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

George W. Coleman, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP - Dallas, TX
Claude E. Ducloux, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

11. What’s new with ERCOT and the PUC (Feb 2018)

Warren Lasher, Diana M. Liebmann

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Video (mp4) 74 mins
Audio (mp3) 73 mins
Paper (pdf) 9 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 11 — 74 mins, credit 1.25

Session 11:

What’s new with ERCOT and the PUC (Feb 2018)

Hear what ERCOT and the PUC are up to and how it may impact the renewable energy market in Texas.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Warren Lasher, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. - Austin, TX
Diana M. Liebmann, Haynes and Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX

12. CSPV Import Cases (Feb 2018)

Harry Clark

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Video (mp4) 19 mins
Audio (mp3) 19 mins
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 12 — 19 mins, credit 0.25

Session 12:

CSPV Import Cases (Feb 2018)

Explore the CSPV cell and module ‘Section 201’ case before the International Trade Commission and related antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. Discuss the prospects for new or changed import duties or other import restraints.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Harry Clark, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Washington, DC

13. M&A Trends in Renewable Energy (Feb 2018)

Becky H. Diffen, Sandhya Ganapathy, John J. Hopkins, Lindsey Wiedmann

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Video (mp4) 48 mins
Audio (mp3) 47 mins
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 13 — 48 mins, credit 0.75

Session 13:

M&A Trends in Renewable Energy (Feb 2018)

Most development projects are bought and sold at least two times prior to beginning operations, and many more are sold once they have operated for a period of time. Discuss current trends in the industry and key issues that tend to arise. The effect of PTC expiration and tax reform on deals will be addressed, and in addition to the sale of single projects. Also, explore portfolio and company sales as well as the acquisition of repowered projects.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Becky H. Diffen, McGuireWoods LLP - Austin, TX
Sandhya Ganapathy, EDP Renewables North America - Houston, TX
John J. Hopkins, GE Energy Financial Services - Washington, DC
Lindsey Wiedmann, SunPower - Richmond, CA

14. Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects (Feb 2018)

John F. Young

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Video (mp4) 47 mins
Audio (mp3) 47 mins
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 14 — 47 mins, credit 0.75

Session 14:

Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects (Feb 2018)

Learn how to utilize due diligence to identify and allocate risks in transaction documents and determine overall viability of the target.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

John F. Young, Clean Law PC - La Grange, IL

15. Gamification of Incident Response (Feb 2018)

Christie Terrill

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Video (mp4) 33 mins
Audio (mp3) 33 mins
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 15 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 15:

Gamification of Incident Response (Feb 2018)

Explore the fundamental components to incident response planning success, and review the concept of gamifying the tabletop exercise as a way to effectively engage stakeholders in a security incident simulation.
 

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Christie Terrill, Bishop Fox - New York, NY

16. Innovative Insurance and Risk Management Products and Emerging Trends in the Renewables Sector
  (Feb 2018)

Paul Brown, David S. De Berry, Jon Cozens, Michael Grundmeyer

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Video (mp4) 61 mins
Audio (mp3) 60 mins
Paper (pdf) 6 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs
Slides (pdf) 9 pgs
Slides (pdf) 8 pgs

SESSION 16 — 61 mins, credit 1.00

Session 16:

Innovative Insurance and Risk Management Products and Emerging Trends in the Renewables Sector
  (Feb 2018)

Whether you’re looking to finance projects utilizing prototypical equipment and emerging technologies, create synthetic PPAs, or de-risk M&A transactions or tax positions, a host of commercially available products are available to facilitate your strategic goals in an ever changing insurance marketplace. Discuss examples of how various insurance and risk management products have transferred risk and reduced uncertainties that can stand in the way of developing, financing, acquiring or divesting projects utilizing a variety of renewable energy technologies.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Paul Brown, Insurance Risk Partners - Oklahoma City, OK
David S. De Berry, Concord Specialty Risk - New York, NY
Jon Cozens, New Energy Risk - Menlo Park, CA
Michael Grundmeyer, Sompo Global Weather - Seattle, WA

17. Ethics in Negotiation—Civility and Lying (Feb 2018)

Thomas H. Watkins

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Video (mp4) 57 mins
Audio (mp3) 56 mins
Paper (pdf) 5 pgs

SESSION 17 — 57 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 17:

Ethics in Negotiation—Civility and Lying (Feb 2018)

As attorneys, we are faced with difficult attorneys, “spin” in relation to deals, and confusing rules that are supposed to guide our conduct. Lawyers need their own renewable energy to survive the maze.

Originally presented at: Jan 2018 Renewable Energy Law

Thomas H. Watkins, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX