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Answer Bar: Navigating a Renewable Energy Project

Contains material from Feb 2016 to Feb 2018

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Session 1: What's New in the Renewable Energy Market? - Hear a lively update on developments affecting the renewable energy market.

Session 2: What’s new with ERCOT and the PUC Hear what ERCOT and the PUC are up to and how it may impact the renewable energy market in Texas.

Session 3: Regulatory Due Diligence Issues in Energy Financing - Survey the electric and environmental regulatory issues in generation project finance, including an examination of permitting, and electric and environmental regulatory issues from the perspective of developers, lenders and tax equity investors. Discuss how parties approach these issues and how developers can organize and prepare their information to allow for an efficient due diligence process.

Session 4: Improving the Marketability of Your Project: Tips and Pitfalls - Beyond the economics of a project, there are key contractual and development issues that will be analyzed during the due diligence process. Gain insight into how lawyers review and evaluate project documents, tips on how to best showcase your renewable energy project, and examples of potential pitfalls that an investor or buyer is trying to avoid.

Session 5: Utility Scale Solar Leases and Related Documents - Legal Considerations for Landowners and Developers Focus on issues encountered when drafting and negotiating utility scale solar leases and related land control documents. Hear both developer and landowner viewpoints on common clauses and issues such as lease financeability, mineral development, and compensation arrangements; and explore ancillary documents such as options, surface waivers, and transmission line easements.

Session 6: “Boilerplate” Clauses in Wind Lease Agreements - What lawyers should know about common “boilerplate” clauses in wind lease agreements including insurance provisions, indemnity provisions, lender protections, estoppel clauses, and assignment clauses.

Session 7: Public Lands - 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.

Session 8: Distributed C&I PPAs: Overview and Trends 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.

Session 9: Title and Survey Essentials: State Variances / Wind and Solar Distinguished - Listen to a discussion about the variances across state lines in title insurance practice and surveys for renewable energy projects, from available risk mitigation endorsements to pricing. Learn the differences in title risks and concerns in utility scale wind projects versus solar projects.

Session 10: Water and Mineral Issues in Solar Development - Listen to a discussion about the California law perspective upon water and development interactions, focusing on the issues of securing water rights for solar development, as well as the impacts of severance of rights. Issues related to the potential conflicts and resolutions between solar development and mineral rights and activity in Texas will also be discussed.

Session 11: Innovative Insurance and Risk Management Products and Emerging Trends in the Renewables Sector 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.

Session 12: Ethics in Negotiation—Civility and Lying 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.
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Total Credit Hours:
9.75 | 1.00 ethics     Credit Info

Course expired: 3/31/2019

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

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1. What's New in the Renewable Energy Market? (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 in the Renewable Energy Market? (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. What’s new with ERCOT and the PUC (Feb 2018)

Warren Lasher, Diana M. Liebmann

1.25 0.00 0.00 1.25  

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

SESSION 2 — 74 mins, credit 1.25

Session 2:

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

3. Regulatory Due Diligence Issues in Energy Financing (Mar 2017)

Meghan Elaine Griffiths, George "Chip" Cannon Jr., Amy Fisher, James A. Thornhill

1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00  

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Video (mp4) 64 mins
Audio (mp3) 63 mins
Paper (pdf) 18 pgs
Slides (pdf) 5 pgs
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs
Slides (pdf) 3 pgs

SESSION 3 — 64 mins, credit 1.00

Session 3:

Regulatory Due Diligence Issues in Energy Financing (Mar 2017)

Survey the electric and environmental regulatory issues in generation project finance, including an examination of permitting, and electric and environmental regulatory issues from the perspective of developers, lenders and tax equity investors. Discuss how parties approach these issues and how developers can organize and prepare their information to allow for an efficient due diligence process.  

Originally presented at: Jan 2017 Renewable Energy Law

Meghan Elaine Griffiths, Andrews Kurth - Austin, TX
George "Chip" Cannon Jr., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Washington, DC
Amy Fisher, GE Energy Financial Services - Stamford, CT
James A. Thornhill, McGuireWoods LLP - Richmond, VA

4. Improving the Marketability of Your Project: Tips and Pitfalls (Feb 2016)

Becky H. Diffen

0.75 0.00 0.00 0.75  

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Audio (mp3) 39 mins
Paper (pdf) 5 pgs
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

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SESSION 4 — 39 mins, credit 0.75

Session 4:

Improving the Marketability of Your Project: Tips and Pitfalls (Feb 2016)

Beyond the economics of a project, there are key contractual and development issues that will be analyzed during the due diligence process. Gain insight into how lawyers review and evaluate project documents, tips on how to best showcase your renewable energy project, and examples of potential pitfalls that an investor or buyer is trying to avoid.  

Originally presented at: Feb 2016 Renewable Energy Law

Becky H. Diffen, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Austin, TX

5. Utility Scale Solar Leases and Related Documents - Legal Considerations for Landowners and Developers  (Mar 2017)

Lisa Chavarria, Roderick E. Wetsel

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

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SESSION 5 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 5:

Utility Scale Solar Leases and Related Documents - Legal Considerations for Landowners and Developers  (Mar 2017)

Focus on issues encountered when drafting and negotiating utility scale solar leases and related land control documents. Hear both developer and landowner viewpoints on common clauses and issues such as lease financeability, mineral development, and compensation arrangements; and explore ancillary documents such as options, surface waivers, and transmission line easements.

Originally presented at: Jan 2017 Renewable Energy Law

Lisa Chavarria, Stahl, Bernal, Davies, Sewell & Chavarria LLP - Austin, TX
Roderick E. Wetsel, Wetsel, Carmichael & Allen, LLP - Sweetwater, TX

6. “Boilerplate” Clauses in Wind Lease Agreements (Mar 2017)

Lisa Marie Chavez

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Video (mp4) 24 mins
Audio (mp3) 23 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 39 pgs

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SESSION 6 — 24 mins, credit 0.50

Session 6:

“Boilerplate” Clauses in Wind Lease Agreements (Mar 2017)

What lawyers should know about common “boilerplate” clauses in wind lease agreements including insurance provisions, indemnity provisions, lender protections, estoppel clauses, and assignment clauses.

Originally presented at: Jan 2017 Renewable Energy Law

Lisa Marie Chavez, Wagstaff Law Firm - Abilene, TX

7. 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 7 — 41 mins, credit 0.75

Session 7:

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

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. Title and Survey Essentials: State Variances / Wind and Solar Distinguished
(Mar 2017)

Larry Bonney, India James

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Video (mp4) 36 mins
Audio (mp3) 36 mins
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

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SESSION 9 — 36 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

Title and Survey Essentials: State Variances / Wind and Solar Distinguished
(Mar 2017)

Discuss the variances across state lines in title insurance practice and surveys for renewable energy projects, from available risk mitigation endorsements to pricing. Learn the differences in title risks and concerns in utility scale wind projects versus solar projects.

Originally presented at: Jan 2017 Renewable Energy Law

Larry Bonney, Foley & Lardner LLP - Milwaukee, WI
India James, Exelon Corporation - Chicago, IL

10. Water and Mineral Issues in Solar Development (Feb 2016)

Gregory S. Friend, Kristen CastaƱos

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Audio (mp3) 49 mins
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

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SESSION 10 — 49 mins, credit 0.75

Session 10:

Water and Mineral Issues in Solar Development (Feb 2016)

Discuss the California law perspective upon water and development interactions, focusing on the issues of securing water rights for solar development, as well as the impacts of severance of rights. Issues related to the potential conflicts and resolutions between solar development and mineral rights and activity in Texas will also be discussed.

Originally presented at: Feb 2016 Renewable Energy Law

Gregory S. Friend, Stahl, Bernal, Davies, Sewell & Chavarria LLP - Austin, TX
Kristen CastaƱos, Stoel Rives LLP - Sacramento, CA

11. 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

1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00  

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

SESSION 11 — 61 mins, credit 1.00

Session 11:

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

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

Thomas H. Watkins

1.00 1.00 0.00 1.00 | 1.00 ethics  

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

SESSION 12 — 57 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 12:

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