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2020 Renewable Energy Law eConference

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Join leading attorneys and industry experts in wind, solar, and storage for two days of the latest developments affecting renewable energy in Texas and nationwide. The 15th Annual Renewable Energy Law Conference blends law, economics, technology, finance, tax, and regulatory policy. The conference aims to inform industry participants, legal and financial advisers, as well as key legislative and regulatory policymakers and staff.

2020 highlights include:
  • Renewable Energy Essentials, first thing Monday morning, offers a great introduction or refresher on Off TakeFinancing, and Development for renewable energy professionals.
  • Keith Martin returns with a stellar collection of Washington Energy expertsincluding Joseph Kelliher, Abigail Ross Hopper, Tom Kiernan, Jonathan Weisgall and Gregory Wetstone, for a round-table discussion on current federal energy policy that impacts renewable energy.
  • Review and update of important state legislative and regulatory changes impacting the renewable energy markets.
  • Get the latest updates and developments from ERCOT and PUC.
  • Explore some of the considerations and strategies regarding developing utility-scale solar projects in areas with current coal activity.
  • Valuable information on compliance and reporting requirements for Chapter 313, PSAs, PPAs, ITC and PTC qualifying, and much more.
  • 2.00 hours of ethics credit.
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Total Credit Hours:
13.50 | 2.00 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Administrative Law | Oil, Gas and Mineral Law | Real Estate Law | Tax Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2021

Includes: No Materials Video Audio Paper Slides

$545  

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1. Off Take Essentials (Feb 2020)

Melissa Peterson

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Video (mp4) 33 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 1 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 1:

Off Take Essentials (Feb 2020)

Hear a high-level summary of various offtake structures common in renewable energy transactions in the United States. Cover basic contract terms, customer types and market drivers for contract structures.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Melissa Peterson, Orsted Onshore North America, LLC - Chicago, IL

2. Renewable Energy Financing Essentials (Feb 2020)

Andrea Lucan

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Video (mp4) 26 mins
Audio (mp3) 25 mins
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 2 — 26 mins, credit 0.50

Session 2:

Renewable Energy Financing Essentials (Feb 2020)

Get an overview of the different types of financing available during the lifecycle of a renewables project. 

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Andrea Lucan, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Los Angeles, CA

3. Renewable Energy Project Development Essentials (Feb 2020)

Jenn Goodwillie

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Video (mp4) 22 mins
Audio (mp3) 22 mins
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 3 — 22 mins, credit 0.25

Session 3:

Renewable Energy Project Development Essentials (Feb 2020)

Learn about the fundamentals of renewable energy project development, from real estate and permitting to regulatory considerations.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Jenn Goodwillie, Lincoln Clean Energy - Austin, TX

4. What's New (Feb 2020)

Keith Martin

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Slides (pdf) 15 pgs

SESSION 4 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 4:

What's New (Feb 2020)

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

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

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

5. Federal Energy Policy Panel (Feb 2020)

Keith Martin, Abigail Ross Hopper, Tom Kiernan, Gregory Wetstone

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Video (mp4) 55 mins
Audio (mp3) 55 mins
Slides (pdf) 1 pgs

SESSION 5 — 55 mins, credit 1.00

Session 5:

Federal Energy Policy Panel (Feb 2020)

An esteemed group of Washington experts discusses the many issues in play in Washington, including election-year politics, an emerging consensus about climate change, carbon taxes, import tariffs, possible extensions of renewable energy tax credits, revisions to PURPA and more.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Keith Martin, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP - Washington, DC
Abigail Ross Hopper, Solar Energy Industries Association - Washington, DC
Tom Kiernan, American Wind Energy Association - Washington, DC
Gregory Wetstone, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) - Washington, DC

6. Texas Regulatory and Legislative Update (Feb 2020)

Charlie Hemmeline, Suzanne L. Bertin, Jeff Clark

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

SESSION 6 — 48 mins, credit 0.75

Session 6:

Texas Regulatory and Legislative Update (Feb 2020)

Review of recent activity at the Public Utility Commission on resource adequacy, energy storage and other projects, with discussion of relevant topics emerging during the legislative interim. 

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Charlie Hemmeline, Texas Solar Power Association - Austin, TX
Suzanne L. Bertin, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance - Austin, TX
Jeff Clark, Advanced Power Alliance - Austin, TX

7. Offshore Wind Development in the US and Opportunities for the Gulf Coast (Feb 2020)

Jim Lanard

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

SESSION 7 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

Offshore Wind Development in the US and Opportunities for the Gulf Coast (Feb 2020)

Offshore wind development along the East Coast has expanded exponentially. This talk will address the past and predict future expansions, including the role Gulf Coast supply chain businesses can play as offshore wind becomes a sustainable industry in the US. 

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Jim Lanard, Magellan Wind - Philadelphia, PA

8. Repowering Wind Projects (Feb 2020)

Justin D. Markell, John F. Young

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Video (mp4) 37 mins
Audio (mp3) 36 mins
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 8 — 37 mins, credit 0.50

Session 8:

Repowering Wind Projects (Feb 2020)

Owner/operators are seeking to repower late-stage projects that have equipment nearing the end of useful life with new state-of-the-art equipment. "Repowering" efforts generally come with a host of legal issues which must be overcome in order to be effective. Get highlights of the issues generally raised during repowering efforts and how they may be overcome.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Justin D. Markell, Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. - Minneapolis, MN
John F. Young, Clean Law PC - Chicago, IL

9. Energy Storage: Trends and Trajectory (Feb 2020)

Andy Bowman

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 9 — 28 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

Energy Storage: Trends and Trajectory (Feb 2020)

Following a decade of technological advancement and declining costs, energy storage resources are now deployed across the country at every level in the electric grid infrastructure. Discuss highlights in the stationary grid storage sector to date and its future market trajectory.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Andy Bowman, Jupiter Power LLC - Austin, TX

10. Minerals—Solar and Coal (Feb 2020)

Danielle Changala, Christine Fernandez Owen

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Slides (pdf) 5 pgs

SESSION 10 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 10:

Minerals—Solar and Coal (Feb 2020)

Explore some of the considerations regarding developing utility-scale solar projects in areas with historical and/or current coal activity and strategies to address the concerns presented by these coexisting uses.  

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Danielle Changala, Ranger Power LLC - Brooklyn, NY
Christine Fernandez Owen, Clean Law PC - Chicago, IL

11. Financing and Revenue Streams for Storage (Feb 2020)

Rohit Sachdev

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

SESSION 11 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 11:

Financing and Revenue Streams for Storage (Feb 2020)

Explore the most current deal structures, revenue streams, and financeability issues for both stand-alone and co-located battery storage projects.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Rohit Sachdev, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - San Francisco, CA

12. Elimination of Bias (Feb 2020)

Claude E. Ducloux

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Video (mp4) 57 mins
Audio (mp3) 57 mins
Slides (pdf) 31 pgs

SESSION 12 — 57 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 12:

Elimination of Bias (Feb 2020)

So much of the practice of law involves decision-making and convincing others to make better decisions based upon fact rather than emotion. This course is intended to guide attendees to appreciate how they involuntarily make decisions and guide them to recognize and prevent bias.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Claude E. Ducloux, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

13. Eyes on the Prize: Texas’ Regulatory Vision and Practice (Feb 2020)

Arthur C. D'Andrea, William L. Magness

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins

SESSION 13 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 13:

Eyes on the Prize: Texas’ Regulatory Vision and Practice (Feb 2020)

What has made Texas the envy of electricity experts around the world? Join Public Utility Commissioner Arthur D’Andrea and ERCOT CEO Bill Magness to hear how a singular focus on delivering the most competitive, technology-agnostic market in the world has led to what some might call the backbone of the Texas miracle.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Arthur C. D'Andrea, Public Utility Commission of Texas - Austin, TX
William L. Magness, ERCOT - Austin, TX

14. Batteries Not Included (Feb 2020)

Thomas Tynes

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 14 — 28 mins, credit 0.50

Session 14:

Batteries Not Included (Feb 2020)

An overview of the Texas PUC and legislature's contested cases, rulemaking, and legislation that grapple with the various potential uses of energy storage and the tension it places on ERCOT's restructured market.  

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Thomas Tynes, Santanna Energy Services & CleanTX - Austin, TX

15. Credit Support for Renewable Energy Projects (Feb 2020)

Greg Slovick

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 15 — 28 mins, credit 0.50

Session 15:

Credit Support for Renewable Energy Projects (Feb 2020)

Explanation of types of credit support for various purposes during renewable energy project development and operation, and pros and cons of each, including escrow deposits, letters of credit, bonds, and guaranties. 
 

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Greg Slovick, D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments - New York, NY

16. Compliance and Reporting for Texas Property Tax Value Limitation Agreements (Feb 2020)

Evan Horn, David J. Sewell

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 16 — 28 mins, credit 0.50

Session 16:

Compliance and Reporting for Texas Property Tax Value Limitation Agreements (Feb 2020)

So your project survived the Chapter 313 process and obtained an executed value limitation agreement.  Great job!  Now how do you keep it?  This presentation will review the compliance and reporting requirements for Chapter 313 value limitation agreements, discuss filing strategies during the application stage, highlight potential pitfalls to avoid, and review the Comptroller’s audit process for these agreements.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Evan Horn, Ernst & Young LLP - Austin, TX
David J. Sewell, Stahl, Davies, Sewell, Chavarria & Friend LLP - Austin, TX

17. Demonstrating the “Beginning of Construction” for Purposes of Qualifying for Renewable Energy Tax Credits (Feb 2020)

John Eliason

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Slides (pdf) 21 pgs

SESSION 17 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 17:

Demonstrating the “Beginning of Construction” for Purposes of Qualifying for Renewable Energy Tax Credits (Feb 2020)

Whether a taxpayer will qualify for the PTC or ITC on a renewable energy project—and the number of tax credits available—depends on when the taxpayer is deemed to have “started construction” of the project. Hear a comprehensive discussion of the statutory requirements and the IRS Guidance that taxpayers rely upon to demonstrate that this condition has been satisfied. Review common qualifying strategies, the “grandfathering” of future projects for PTC or ITC benefits, transfer restrictions, and the heightened standards that tax equity and financing parties impose on developers above and beyond IRS requirements.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

John Eliason, Foley & Lardner LLP - Washington, DC

18. Renewable PSAs: Hot-Button Provisions (Feb 2020)

Becky H. Diffen, Samuel William Porter

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Slides (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 18 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 18:

Renewable PSAs: Hot-Button Provisions (Feb 2020)

Hear an overview of the provisions that receive intense focus during negotiations of renewable energy project purchase and sale agreements.  Specific provisions to be covered include hot-button reps and warranties and associated indemnities, milestone payment structures, buyback provisions, and conditions precedent.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Becky H. Diffen, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
Samuel William Porter, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX

19. ERCOT Meteorologist (Feb 2020)

Chris Coleman

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Video (mp4) 33 mins
Audio (mp3) 33 mins
Slides (pdf) 27 pgs

SESSION 19 — 33 mins, credit 0.50

Session 19:

ERCOT Meteorologist (Feb 2020)

Hear from an ERCOT meteorologist about his work and how it supports ERCOT. Delve into the correlation of ERCOT wind generation to Texas temperatures during the summer season with an overview of an interesting wind study.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Chris Coleman, ERCOT - Austin, TX

20. Maintaining Boundaries in Opinion Practice (Feb 2020)

Cheryl Kelly, Marilyn C. Maloney

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Video (mp4) 60 mins
Audio (mp3) 59 mins
Paper (pdf) 19 pgs
Paper (pdf) 8 pgs
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 20 — 60 mins, credit 1.00 | 1.00 ethics

Session 20:

Maintaining Boundaries in Opinion Practice (Feb 2020)

Hear an overview of national opinion guidelines developed by organizations such as the Real Property Section of the American Bar Association, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and  American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Discuss application of these guidelines and responding to improper opinion requests by review of model opinions together with selected actual opinion requests

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Cheryl Kelly, Thompson Coburn LLP - Saint Louis, MO
Marilyn C. Maloney, Liskow & Lewis - Houston, TX

21. PPA/Hedge Off-Take Panel (Feb 2020)

Maria Faconti, Michael Malfettone, Ingmar Sterzing

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 189 pgs
Paper (pdf) 9 pgs

SESSION 21 — 43 mins, credit 0.75

Session 21:

PPA/Hedge Off-Take Panel (Feb 2020)

Discuss the trends seen in power purchase agreements and hedge off-take agreements, including negotiations of these documents and best practices.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Maria Faconti, Husch Blackwell - Austin, TX
Michael Malfettone, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX
Ingmar Sterzing, Skaia Energy - Austin, TX

22. Negotiating Solar Leases – Issues for Developers and Landowners (Feb 2020)

Scott D. Deatherage, Kirstin Lindstrom, Tyrone Thomas

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 29 pgs
Slides (pdf) 8 pgs

SESSION 22 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 22:

Negotiating Solar Leases – Issues for Developers and Landowners (Feb 2020)

Experts in solar energy will engage in a discussion of the most important provisions of solar leases and how developers can work through often thorny issues and develop a long-lasting relationship with landowners.

Originally presented at: Jan 2020 Renewable Energy Law

Scott D. Deatherage, S Deatherage Law, PLLC - Dallas, TX
Kirstin Lindstrom, sPower - Salt Lake City, UT
Tyrone Thomas, Invenergy LLC - Chicago, IL