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2023 Renewable Energy Law eConference

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2023 Renewable Energy Law eConference
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The 18th Annual Renewable Energy Law Institute 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. Join leading attorneys and industry experts in wind, solar, and storage for the latest developments affecting renewable energy in Texas and nationwide. 

2023 highlights:
  • Keith Martin returns with a stellar collection of Washington Energy experts 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, in Texas, California, Illinois and more.
  • Hear about the unique issues faced when a renewable energy project is purchased or sold in the development stage, including buy back rights, build out restrictions and more.
  • Impacts of Supply Chain Issues and Delays on Project Contracting
  • Michael Webber presents Geopolitics and Extreme Weather Impacts on the Energy Markets
  • Gain insight on what is going on at ERCOT, joint venture and joint development agreements; energy hedge and PPA agreements; construction loan agreements; DERs in Texas; and much more.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 13.00 | 1.25 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA, PA
  • Specialization: Administrative Law | Oil, Gas and Mineral Law | Real Estate Law | Tax Law
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2025

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1. What's New? (Mar 2023)

Keith Martin

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What's New? (Mar 2023)

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

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

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

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2. Federal Energy Panel Discussion (Mar 2023)

Keith Martin, JC Sandberg, Thomas West, Gregory Wetstone

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Federal Energy Panel Discussion (Mar 2023)

A group of key participants in the renewable energy policy debates discusses the issues that will be in play this year in Washington, including Inflation Reduction Act implementation, a possible energy bill, House Republican investigations, potential deadlock at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and more.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Keith Martin, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP - Washington, DC
JC Sandberg, American Clean Power Association - Washington, DC
Thomas West, U.S. Department of the Treasury - Washington, DC
Gregory Wetstone, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) - Washington, DC

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3. States’ Policy Update (Mar 2023)

Todd Edmister, Carrie Zalewski

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States’ Policy Update (Mar 2023)

Hear about the impacts of and goals being set for renewables, because of the IRA in California, Illinois, and New York.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Todd Edmister, East Bay Community Energy - Oakland, CA
Carrie Zalewski, Illinois Commerce Commission - Chicago, IL

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4. Texas Legislative and Regulatory Update (Mar 2023)

Caitlin Smith, Michael J. Jewell, Michael J. Nasi

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Texas Legislative and Regulatory Update (Mar 2023)

The Texas Legislature is back in session, and the Texas electric market is expected to receive significant attention again. A discussion of key legislative issues that are expected to be addressed this session, including market redesign, proposals related to renewable energy, energy storage, and much more.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Caitlin Smith, Jupiter Power - Austin, TX
Michael J. Jewell, Jewell & Associates, PLLC - Austin, TX
Michael J. Nasi, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

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5. ERCOT Panel Discussion: Market Redesign (Mar 2023)

Warren Lasher, Bill Barnes, Katherine Leslie Coleman, Clif Lange

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ERCOT Panel Discussion: Market Redesign (Mar 2023)

Gain insight on the proposed market redesign discussions and recent changes to the ERCOT stakeholder process. 

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Warren Lasher, Lasher Energy Consulting - Austin, TX
Bill Barnes, NRG Energy Inc - Austin, TX
Katherine Leslie Coleman, O’Melveny - Austin, TX
Clif Lange, South Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. - Nursery, TX

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6. Texas Renewable Energy Case Law Update (Mar 2023)

Gary Zausmer

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Texas Renewable Energy Case Law Update (Mar 2023)

An overview update concerning relevant Texas cases involving Renewable Energy issues.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Gary Zausmer, Enoch Kever PLLC - Austin, TX

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7. Distributed Energy and Virtual Power Plants: Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities to Leverage Consumer-Driven Electrification  (Mar 2023)

John C. Bonnin, Erik Ela, Jason M. Ryan, Arushi Sharma Frank

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Distributed Energy and Virtual Power Plants: Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities to Leverage Consumer-Driven Electrification  (Mar 2023)

This panel will provide an A-Z approach to grasping core concepts and developments in distributed energy regulation and policy. The topics discussed will include technical capacities of distributed energy and their contribution to increased electrification, a review of distributed energy integration policy, examples of how distribution utility models incorporate, and value distributed energy resources and challenges faced, and a deeper dive into accomplishing DER integration in Texas. The panel will also discuss hot topics for practitioners interested in what legal challenges lie ahead for DER integration. 

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

John C. Bonnin, AutoGrid - San Antonio, TX
Erik Ela, Electric Power Research Institute - Palo Alto, CA
Jason M. Ryan, CenterPoint Energy - Houston, TX
Arushi Sharma Frank, Tesla - Washington, DC

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8. Bankruptcy Issues in Renewable Energy Projects (Mar 2023)

Cameron K. Rivers

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Bankruptcy Issues in Renewable Energy Projects (Mar 2023)

As demonstrated in the recent Brazos Bankruptcy case resulting from Winter Storm Uri, bankruptcy cases present not only important considerations for any renewable energy project, but opportunities for companies looking to expand their renewable energy projects. Hear a review both general bankruptcy considerations applicable to all energy projects as well as specific bankruptcy issues facing renewables projects.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Cameron K. Rivers, Holland & Knight LLP - Houston, TX

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9. Addressing the Evolving ESG Risk Landscape (Mar 2023)

Sarah E. Fortt, Heather M. Palmer

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Addressing the Evolving ESG Risk Landscape (Mar 2023)

A discussion of the most recent developments in ESG disclosures, stakeholder engagement and regulatory developments. Our speakers will address trends with respect to ESG incentives, supply and value chain considerations, and emerging areas of ESG risks. 

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Sarah E. Fortt, Latham & Watkins LLP - Austin, TX
Heather M. Palmer, Sidley Austin LLP - Houston, TX

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10. Joint Venture and Joint Development Agreements (Mar 2023)

Becky H. Diffen, Rachel Crouch, Daniel Keyes

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Joint Venture and Joint Development Agreements (Mar 2023)

As more new entrants enter the renewable energy industry, we continue to see an increase in joint ventures and other types of joint development arrangements. In this panel, we will discuss the reasons why, different types of joint structures, and key issues that tend to arise in these negotiations.  

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Becky H. Diffen, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
Rachel Crouch, AES Clean Energy - Washington, DC
Daniel Keyes, Clearway Energy Group - San Francisco, CA

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11. Latest Developments in Energy Hedge and PPA Agreements (Mar 2023)

Brandon Scott Lobb

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Latest Developments in Energy Hedge and PPA Agreements (Mar 2023)

Commercial and legal terms in hedging and power purchase agreements continue to change in light of significant supply chain disruptions, the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and winter storm Uri, among other factors. What changes are being seen in PPAs and hedges? How have increased renewables development, new IRA incentives and other similar changes impacted those changes?

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Brandon Scott Lobb, Locke Lord LLP - Houston, TX

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12. ​Top 10 Construction Loan Provisions (Mar 2023)

Darin Lowder

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​Top 10 Construction Loan Provisions (Mar 2023)

An overview of key provisions in project finance construction loan agreements with respect to renewable energy projects. Hear a high-level overview of the structure of a construction loan agreement and highlights of major pitfalls for both lenders and borrowers

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Darin Lowder, Foley & Lardner LLP - Washington, DC

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13. Development-Stage Renewable Energy Project Acquisitions (Mar 2023)

Matt Bonovich, Andrea Lucan, J.D. Rubin

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Development-Stage Renewable Energy Project Acquisitions (Mar 2023)

The purchase or sale of a renewable energy project while it is in development presents a unique set of issues, such as a success and royalty based purchase price, buy back rights, build out restrictions, shared facilities and what closing conditions will be required. This panel will discuss these issues and more, particularly in light of an ever increasingly competitive market.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Matt Bonovich, Sheppard Mullin - Chicago, IL
Andrea Lucan, Allen & Overy - Los Angeles, CA
J.D. Rubin, Acciona Energy - Chicago, IL

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14. Impacts of Supply Chain Issues and Governmental Policy on Project Development (Mar 2023)

Deepa Ananthakrishnan, Adam Larner, Rohit Sachdev

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Impacts of Supply Chain Issues and Governmental Policy on Project Development (Mar 2023)

An in-depth discussion of the significant impacts that supply chain issues and certain governmental policies have had on the development of renewables and storage projects in the United States over the past year. Address supply chain market and pricing issues, as well as policy and force majeure dynamics.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Deepa Ananthakrishnan, Primergy Solar - Richmond, CA
Adam Larner, Primergy Solar - Oakland, CA
Rohit Sachdev, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - San Francisco, CA

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15. Geopolitics and Extreme Weather Impacts on the Energy Markets (Mar 2023)

Michael E. Webber

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Geopolitics and Extreme Weather Impacts on the Energy Markets (Mar 2023)

We are in an energy crisis, security crisis and climate crisis simultaneously, which is roiling energy markets, creating undue suffering, but opening up an opportunity for rapid transition.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Michael E. Webber, The University of Texas Mechanical Engineering Department - Austin, TX

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16. Ethical Obligations in Negotiations (Mar 2023)

Jamie Lavergne Bryan

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Ethical Obligations in Negotiations (Mar 2023)

A foundational discussion about how you, as Counsel, accomplish your objectives and meet your goals while acting legally and ethically during negotiations. Reinforces the professional responsibility a lawyer must maintain when faced with ethical dilemmas in negotiations in order to identify: (1) the balance between a lawyer’s obligations of honesty and candor with client advocacy; (2) best practices in negotiations; and (3) the application of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct in legal negotiations.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Jamie Lavergne Bryan, K&L Gates LLP - Fort Worth & Houston, TX

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17. Trends and Recent Activity - Hydrogen Energy Projects (Mar 2023)

Emily Beagle

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Trends and Recent Activity - Hydrogen Energy Projects (Mar 2023)

Recent years have seen significant global interest and momentum in the use of hydrogen to decarbonize across sectors. Listen to an overview of trends and recent activity surrounding hydrogen energy projects, including recent US hydrogen policy, the potential for hydrogen to reduce emissions, and a discussion of the risks and opportunities for expansion of hydrogen production and use.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Emily Beagle, Webber Energy Group - University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX

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18. Trends/Updates and Legal Issues - Offshore Wind Projects – Eastern U.S., Western U.S., Gulf of Mexico (Mar 2023)

Alyssa Karotkin, Cindy Muller

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Trends/Updates and Legal Issues - Offshore Wind Projects – Eastern U.S., Western U.S., Gulf of Mexico (Mar 2023)

An update on offshore wind projects in the United States, including lease sales and project regulatory approval. A discussion of the BOEM regulatory, Jones Act, and applicable law issues faced in offshore wind projects.

Originally presented: Jan 2023 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Alyssa Karotkin, Equinor - Houston, TX
Cindy Muller, Jones Walker LLP - Houston, TX