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Answer Bar: Navigating a Renewable Energy Project (Contains material from Mar 2017 to Feb 2020)

Session 1: Off Take Essentials - 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. Session 2: Renewable Energy Financing Essentials - Get an overview of the different types of financing available during the lifecycle of a renewables project.  Session 3: Renewable Energy Project Development Essentials - Learn about the fundamentals of renewable energy project development, from real estate and permitting to regulatory considerations. Session 4: Credit Support for Renewable Energy Projects - 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.  Session 5: What's New in the Renewable Energy Market?- Hear a lively update on developments affecting the renewable energy market. Session 6: Energy Storage: Trends and Trajectory - 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. Hear a discussion about highlights in the stationary grid storage sector to date and its future market trajectory. Session 7: 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 8: “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 9: EPC Contract Considerations for Renewable Energy Projects - Engineering, procurement, and construction contracts (EPC contracts) are used for the development of renewable energy projects. This presentation focuses on key provisions in EPC contracts and issues arising thereunder, including, among others, liquidated damages, indemnity, warranties, limitations of liability, lender protections and requirements, and changed conditions. A discussion on developer and contractor competing interests and concerns, along with best practices, are also covered. Session 10: 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 11: 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 12: Title and Survey Essentials: State Variances / Wind and Solar Distinguished - Learn 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 13: Best Practices for Solar Development in Resolving Mineral Estate Issues - A general overview of relevant law in selected states concerning minerals, such as limitations acts, dormant mineral interest acts, surface damage laws, and statutory notice requirements. Review the doctrine of accommodation or due regard and consider title insurance and requirements, such as surface waivers or drill site agreements for available endorsements. Session 14: 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. Learn 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 15: Conflicts of Interest in Renewable Energy - Using hypotheticals, this presentation addresses conflicts of interest that can arise when renewable energy deal participants arrange for a joint representation, enter into a common interest agreement, create a joint venture, or otherwise work together. more »

Total Credit Hours:
9.50 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2021

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Elimination of Bias (Contains material from 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. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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Energy Storage Trends (Contains material from Feb 2020)

Session 1: Energy Storage: Trends and Trajectory - 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. Learn about highlights in the stationary grid storage sector to date and its future market trajectory. Session 2: Financing and Revenue Streams for Storage - Explore the most current deal structures, revenue streams, and financeability issues for both stand-alone and co-located battery storage projects. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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Maintaining Boundaries in Opinion Practice (Contains material from 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. Learn about the application of these guidelines and responding to improper opinion requests by review of model opinions together with selected actual opinion requests more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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Renewable Energy Credits and Tax Issues (Contains material from Feb 2020)

Session 1: Credit Support for Renewable Energy Projects - 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. Session 2: Demonstrating the “Beginning of Construction” for Purposes of Qualifying for Renewable Energy Tax Credits - 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. Session 3: Compliance and Reporting for Texas Property Tax Value Limitation Agreements - 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, with information about filing strategies during the application stage, highlights of potential pitfalls to avoid, and reviews of the Comptroller’s audit process for these agreements. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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Renewable Energy Project Agreements and Provisions: PSAs and PPAs (Contains material from Feb 2020)

Session 1: Renewable PSAs: Hot-Button Provisions - 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. Session 2: PPA/Hedge Off-Take Panel - Learn about the trends seen in power purchase agreements and hedge off-take agreements, including negotiations of these documents and best practices. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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Renewable Energy Project Essentials (Contains material from Feb 2020)

Session 1: Off Take Essentials - 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. Session 2: Renewable Energy Financing Essentials - Get an overview of the different types of financing available during the lifecycle of a renewables project. Session 3: Renewable Energy Project Development Essentials - Learn about the fundamentals of renewable energy project development, from real estate and permitting to regulatory considerations. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.25    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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Solar Energy Projects and Considerations (Contains material from Feb 2020)

Session 1: Negotiating Solar Leases – Issues for Developers and Landowners - Experts in solar energy 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. Session 2: Minerals—Solar and Coal - 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.   more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.25    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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Texas Regulatory and Legislative Developments for Renewable Energy (Contains material from Feb 2020)

Session 1: Texas Regulatory and Legislative Update - 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. Session 2: Batteries Not Included - 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.    Session 3: Eyes on the Prize: Texas’ Regulatory Vision and Practice - What has made Texas the envy of electricity experts around the world? Listen from Public Utility Commissioner Arthur D’Andrea and ERCOT CEO Bill Magness to learn about 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. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.00    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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The Current State of Wind Projects and Development (Contains material from Feb 2020)

Session 1: Repowering Wind Projects - 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. Session 2: Offshore Wind Development in the US and Opportunities for the Gulf Coast - 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.  more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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What’s New?: 2020 Federal Energy Policy Updates and Recent Decisions (Contains material from Feb 2020)

Session 1: What's New - Hear a lively update on developments affecting the renewable energy market. Session 2: Federal Energy Policy Panel - 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. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/28/2021

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Federal Natural Resource Law and the Intersection of Renewable Energy Development (Contains material from Feb 2020)

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Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2021

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eSupplement to the 15th Annual Renewable Energy Law Conference (Contains material from Aug 2019)

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Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2021

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Climate Change Developments—Municipalities and City Regulations (Contains material from Oct 2019)

Cities have an increasingly integral role in addressing climate change and maintaining quality of life for their citizens. Many cities have developed, or are working to develop, climate action plans. Yet modern life would be impossible without the energy and products derived from fossil fuels. This moderated panel discussion explores the nexus of cities and climate change and potential ways for communities to build a carbon-free future while balancing environmental, economic, and security concerns. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 11/30/2020

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eSupplement to the 15th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute (Contains material from May 2016 to Feb 2019)

Session 1: M&A Trends in Renewable Energy - 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. Listen to a discussion about 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 in addition to the sale of single projects. Also, explore portfolio and company sales as well as the acquisition of repowered projects. Session 2: Due Diligence and M&A for Clean Energy Projects - Learn how to utilize due diligence to identify and allocate risks in transaction documents and determine overall viability of the target. Session 3: Ethics in Negotiation: The True Cost of Representation - When a client discloses a terrible truth or reveals an unspeakable purpose, what obligations do the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Conduct place on an attorney? What happens when it’s time for an attorney to move on? Explore the unexpected answers given by the Rules using both recent and historical real world cases. Session 4: Greed...for Lack of a Better Word...is[n't] Good - Using a series of case studies, explore the ethical obligations and fiduciary duties owed by lawyers to clients and how the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure are implicated in each. Session 5: Border Searches of Cell Phones and Computers - As unsettling as they are, digital border searches are legal. Delete your client files from your devices if you want to avoid delays occasioned by a search. more »

Total Credit Hours:
4.25 | 2.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2020

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eSupplement to the 18th Annual Gas and Power Institute (Contains material from Jun 2019 to Jul 2019)

Session 1: Effective Client Communication Across Generational and Other Divides - Effective communication is a key predictor of career and professional success for in-house lawyers. As the corporate world becomes more diverse, client communication becomes even more challenging. Learn how to effectively communicate in this fast changing corporate environment. Session 2: Endangered Species Act Reforms: Looking at the Horizon - Over the past two years, significant effort has been made to change the Endangered Species Act, relevant regulations, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service policies implementing the same. Some of these efforts have fizzled, while others continue to have legs. During this hour, the discussion will focus on what the regulated can look forward to in the coming year. Session 3: The Law of Marketing - Examine the legal implications of marketing and advertising on social media platforms, including regulatory oversight by the FTC and other agencies, as well as the status of social media posts as corporate speech.   Session 4: Ethical Hazards That Confront Corporate Counsel - Corporate counsel are the primary counsel for the organization. If the actions of senior management threaten to substantially injure the corporation, what must counsel do? When is counsel required to become a whistleblower? Under what circumstances are counsel required to disclose their own errors? Listen to a discussion about the most challenging ethical obligations of in-house counsel. more »

Total Credit Hours:
3.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 9/30/2020

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Compliance Issues and Human Rights Considerations for Renewable Energy Projects (Contains material from Aug 2019)

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Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 8/31/2020

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EPC Aspects of Renewable Energy Projects and Human Rights Implications (Contains material from Aug 2019)

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Total Credit Hours:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 8/31/2020

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Personal Injury Risk and Liability for Renewable Energy Projects (Contains material from Aug 2019)

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Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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Renewable Energy Lease Agreements from the Landowner Perspective (Contains material from Aug 2019)

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Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 7/31/2020

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