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2024 Renewable Energy Law eConference

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2024 Renewable Energy Law eConference
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The 19th 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 two days of the latest developments affecting renewable energy in Texas and nationwide.

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  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 16.00 | 2.50 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA, PA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2025

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1. What's New? (Mar 2024)

Keith Martin

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What's New? (Mar 2024)

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

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

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

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2. Federal Energy Policy (Mar 2024)

Keith Martin, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Abigail Ross Hopper, Ray Long, JC Sandberg

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Federal Energy Policy (Mar 2024)

A group of key participants in the renewable energy policy debates discusses the issues that will be in play this year in Washington, including the potential effects of the November elections on federal energy policy, Inflation Reduction Act issues that are still being intensively lobbied, the outlook for permitting reforms and further progress on clogged interconnection queues and grid congestion, UFLPA enforcement, and more.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Keith Martin, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP - Washington, DC
Diana Furchtgott-Roth, The Heritage Foundation - Washington, DC
Abigail Ross Hopper, Solar Energy Industries Association - Washington, DC
Ray Long, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) - Washington, DC
JC Sandberg, American Clean Power Association - Washington, DC

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3. Texas Legislative Update (Mar 2024)

Judd Messer, Aaron C. Gregg, Michael J. Jewell

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Texas Legislative Update (Mar 2024)

The 88th Legislative Session saw extraordinary opposition for the renewable energy sector, including proposals that would impose onerous and unprecedented permitting mandates, increase fees for operators and Texas consumers taking advantage of renewable energy, and even full expulsion of renewable resources from the ERCOT Market. While the industry fended off the most egregious attacks, some meaningful pain was inflicted that industry participants should be aware of and take into account. Breakdown what happened, why, and what lies ahead for a flourishing industry facing political challenges in a conservative state.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Judd Messer, Advanced Power Alliance - Austin, TX
Aaron C. Gregg, Balch & Bingham LLP - Austin, TX
Michael J. Jewell, Jewell & Associates, PLLC - Austin, TX

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4. Texas Regulatory Update: ERCOT & PUCT (Mar 2024)

Carlos Carrasco

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Texas Regulatory Update: ERCOT & PUCT (Mar 2024)

Overview and discussion on recent and relevant PUCT proceedings and ERCOT market changes and initiatives. 

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Carlos Carrasco, Haynes Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX

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5. Nothing Has Changed, and Everything Has Changed: A 2024 Update on Texas Property Tax Incentives (Mar 2024)

David J. Sewell

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Nothing Has Changed, and Everything Has Changed: A 2024 Update on Texas Property Tax Incentives (Mar 2024)

In response to the sunsetting of the Chapter 313 program at the end of 2022, the Legislature adopted the new JETI program for 2024. Learn the details of the new JETI statute and review other available tax incentive programs.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

David J. Sewell, Stahl, Sewell, Chavarria, Friend & Cohen, LLP - Austin, TX

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6. Techniques for Negotiating With Difficult Counterparties  (Mar 2024)

Laura Frederick

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Techniques for Negotiating With Difficult Counterparties  (Mar 2024)

Hear advice on how to negotiate contracts with difficult counterparties, and explore the importance of our own mindset and how to manage our emotions in these situations. Walk through five types of outrageous negotiation positions and effective responses to defuse and reset the tone of the discussions. 

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Laura Frederick, How to Contract - Austin, TX

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7. Key State and Federal Laws and Regulations Affecting Energy Storage Projects (Mar 2024)

Marc Burns

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Key State and Federal Laws and Regulations Affecting Energy Storage Projects (Mar 2024)

Federal and state policy makers have begun to incentivize storage connected to distributed generation for virtual powerplant and microgrid applications. New laws and programs have been created to encourage storage adoption, but regulatory hurdles remain. 

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Marc Burns, Sunnova Energy - Austin, TX

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8. Hydrogen Energy: Unique Considerations for Transaction Documents (Mar 2024)

John C. Crossley, Nathan C. Howe

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Hydrogen Energy: Unique Considerations for Transaction Documents (Mar 2024)

As an emerging technology, clean hydrogen presents a number of considerations and issues that differ from existing legal paradigms for renewable energy projects. Address contract terms and considerations that are specific to clean hydrogen projects in both commercial and financing transactions.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

John C. Crossley, K&L Gates LLP - Kansas City, MO
Nathan C. Howe, K&L Gates LLP - Newark, NJ

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9. Hydrogen as an Emerging Low-Carbon Energy Solution: What’s Old is New Again (Mar 2024)

Michael C. Lewis

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Hydrogen as an Emerging Low-Carbon Energy Solution: What’s Old is New Again (Mar 2024)

Substantive discussion of the existing hydrogen pipeline and storage system and the development, regulatory, policy, and legal issues shaping the growing clean hydrogen ecosystem, from the critical midstream perspective. Key topics will include: an overview of hydrogen incentives, production pathways, use cases and physical delivery mechanisms; real property issues in subsurface storage and pipeline development; regulatory and permitting uncertainty; and how commercial transactions are being structured.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Michael C. Lewis, The University of Texas Center for Electromechanics - Austin, TX

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10. Hot Button Ethics Issues in the Renewables Industry (Mar 2024)

Geoff Gannaway, Maryam Ghaffar

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Hot Button Ethics Issues in the Renewables Industry (Mar 2024)

Look at under-the-radar ethical issues affecting companies and the lawyers who represent them.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Geoff Gannaway, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX
Maryam Ghaffar, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX

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11. In the Trenches: Constructing Renewable Energy Debt Agreements From the Inside Out (Mar 2024)

Christa L. Maiorano

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In the Trenches: Constructing Renewable Energy Debt Agreements From the Inside Out (Mar 2024)

Go behind the curtain to discuss common pitfalls in renewable energy financing agreements, where different deal team members (commercial, legal, specialist) should most focus their review, and which provisions typically have long lead times during negotiation.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Christa L. Maiorano, Amis, Patel & Brewer, LLP - Washington, DC

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12. Mergers & Acquisitions (Mar 2024)

Becky H. Diffen

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Mergers & Acquisitions (Mar 2024)

A detailed look at the key provisions in M&A agreements involving energy transition projects, including risk allocation around IRA benefits, earn-out provisions, change in law and key diligence items for a buyer. 

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Becky H. Diffen, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX

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13. Tax Credit Transfer (sale) Transactions (Mar 2024)

Tori Roessler, Adam Schurle

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Tax Credit Transfer (sale) Transactions (Mar 2024)

Discuss requirements for properly executing a sale of tax credits under Section 6418 of the Code and current issues in these transactions from both the buyer and seller perspective.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Tori Roessler, Foley & Lardner LLP - Washington, DC
Adam Schurle, Foley & Lardner LLP - Milwaukee, WI

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14. Ethics and Cybersecurity in the Virtual Practice of Law (Mar 2024)

Anthony Hendricks, Paige A. Masters

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Ethics and Cybersecurity in the Virtual Practice of Law (Mar 2024)

Explore some of the ethical hazards associated with practicing law virtually including unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality and cybersecurity, and the challenges of remote supervision.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Anthony Hendricks, Crowe & Dunlevy - Oklahoma City, OK
Paige A. Masters, Crowe & Dunlevy - Oklahoma City, OK

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15. Ownership and Leasing of Real Property by Foreign-Owned Entities (Mar 2024)

Theresa Carroll, Tyrone Thomas, John F. Young

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Ownership and Leasing of Real Property by Foreign-Owned Entities (Mar 2024)

Discuss the various restrictions, reporting requirements and approvals required by certain Federal (i.e., AFIDA and CFIUS) and state laws.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Theresa Carroll, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP - Chicago, IL
Tyrone Thomas, Doral LLC - Chicago, IL
John F. Young, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP - Chicago, IL

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16. Mineral Issues Impact on Real Estate Documents, Siting and Planning: Texas vs. California (Mar 2024)

Dirk R. Mueller, Will Russ

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Mineral Issues Impact on Real Estate Documents, Siting and Planning: Texas vs. California (Mar 2024)

Understanding the interplay of the mineral estate to the surface estate, and site control agreement and title insurance issues and strategies for securing financeable renewable energy surface rights in Texas and California, and more generally.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Dirk R. Mueller, Farella Braun + Martel LLP - San Francisco, CA
Will Russ, Barnes & Thornburg LLP - Dallas, TX

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17. Unique Issues of the West: Tribal Land Issues and Oklahoma (Mar 2024)

Kari Hoffhines, Sarah Roubidoux Lawson

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Unique Issues of the West: Tribal Land Issues and Oklahoma (Mar 2024)

An overview of the federal, state and tribal laws specifically affecting real estate and mineral aspects of Wind & Solar Energy Projects in Oklahoma.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Kari Hoffhines, Crowe & Dunlevy - Oklahoma City, OK
Sarah Roubidoux Lawson, Schwabe - Seattle, WA

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18. Construction Liens: Resolving the Guerrilla Tactics of Contractors and Subcontractors   (Mar 2024)

Kyle Hermanson, Joshua B. Levy

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Construction Liens: Resolving the Guerrilla Tactics of Contractors and Subcontractors   (Mar 2024)

Construction liens provide leverage for parties seeking payment for construction services, labor and supplies. Lien laws were created in the 19th century when tangible real estate was a more effective security for payment. In today’s world liens are seldom processed through foreclosure, but they remain an effective mechanism to get people’s attention. Review the lien basics, contract clauses to shift the risk of liens and practical ways to respond to and resolve lien-related disputes.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Kyle Hermanson, Invenergy LLC - Chicago, IL
Joshua B. Levy, Husch Blackwell LLP - Milwaukee, WI

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19. Oklahoma Renewable Energy Projects: Permitting Considerations (Mar 2024)

Joel P. Johnston, Bailey B. Betz

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Oklahoma Renewable Energy Projects: Permitting Considerations (Mar 2024)

Focus on various environmental and related permitting considerations under Oklahoma law for wind, solar, battery, and hydrogen projects. Matters discussed include an overview of applicable statutes, regulations, required permits, notices, and public meetings. 

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Joel P. Johnston, Hall Estill - Denver, CO
Bailey B. Betz, Hall Estill - Tulsa, OK

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20. Texas ERCOT Market Reform and Redesign (Mar 2024)

Warren Lasher, Wen Zhang

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Texas ERCOT Market Reform and Redesign (Mar 2024)

Explore recent initiatives to modify the market design in ERCOT with a focus on the technical aspects of proposed changes and how they could affect market participants.  Also explore project implementation issues and the likely need for regulatory guidance to resolve contentious technical issues. 

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Warren Lasher, Lasher Energy Consulting - Austin, TX
Wen Zhang, Potomac Economics - Austin, TX

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21. Public Utility Commission of Texas: Rulemaking Update (Mar 2024)

Carrie Collier-Brown, David Smeltzer

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Public Utility Commission of Texas: Rulemaking Update (Mar 2024)

A candid discussion between industry and commission staff on the significance of, and challenges implementing, legislation from the 88th Session of the Texas Legislature. 

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Carrie Collier-Brown, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX
David Smeltzer, Public Utility Commission of Texas - Austin, TX

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22. Market Reform and Redesign to Remove Barriers of Entry for Clean Energy and the Build Out a Robust Transmission Grid (Mar 2024)

Carrie Zalewski

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Market Reform and Redesign to Remove Barriers of Entry for Clean Energy and the Build Out a Robust Transmission Grid (Mar 2024)

Increased load and extreme weather continue to create consternation in the energy markets. Clean energy resources can be a major part of the solution as long as the markets are functioning properly. Hear a discussion of the work being done to remove barriers and advocate for a well-functioning energy markets and a robust buildout of the transmission grid.

Originally presented: Jan 2024 Renewable Energy Law Institute

Carrie Zalewski, American Clean Power Association - Chicago, IL