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Answer Bar: Navigating a Renewable Energy Project (Contains material from Mar 2017 to Feb 2019)

Session 1: What's New in the Renewable Energy Market? - Hear a lively update on developments affecting the renewable energy market. Session 2: Tax Credits & Beyond: Financing Renewable Energy Projects – Where Do We Go From Here? - Will the pipeline for remaining 100% PTC projects get financed by end of 2020? What will happen to deal terms and structures as tax credits phase out? Has repowering gained traction? What storage project finance structures are being executed, with and without ITC? Hear a discussion of these questions and more! 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. Learn how parties approach these issues and how developers can organize and prepare their information to allow for an efficient due diligence process. Session 4: Opportunities and Challenges for Battery Storage Projects - A discussion addressing the opportunities and challenges in developing and financing stand-alone and “hybrid” (generation + storage) battery storage projects today, including current deal structures and tax and policy issues, and an evaluation of where future growth is expected in the battery storage market. 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: 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 will focus 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, will also be covered. Session 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: Conflicts of Interest in Renewable Energy - Using hypotheticals, this interactive presentation will address 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:
9.75 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2020

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Conflicts of Interest in Renewable Energy (Contains material from Feb 2019)

Using hypotheticals, this interactive presentation will address 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:
1.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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Contract Considerations for Renewable Energy Projects (Contains material from Feb 2019)

Session 1: 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, will also be covered.   Session 2: Boilerplate Clauses in Contracts - Boilerplate clauses are seldom negotiated but are often some of the earliest clauses reviewed in the event of a dispute. Although boilerplate clauses are reused in contract after contract, they should be carefully reviewed for reliability, enforceability, and relevance each time they are used in a contract. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.25    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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Hot Topics in Financing Renewable Energy Projects (Contains material from Feb 2019)

Session 1: Developer Perspective on Hedges, Traditional PPAs, and Insurance Related Products - The choice among traditional PPAs, price hedges or insurance related products as means to reduce or eliminate risk to future project revenues, is based upon energy price and non-energy price features of each type of contract and prevailing market conditions. Different regions across the North American power markets can favor different solutions at the same time.   Session 2: Tax Credits & Beyond: Financing Renewable Energy Projects – Where Do We Go From Here? - Will the pipeline for remaining 100% PTC projects get financed by end of 2020? What will happen to deal terms and structures as tax credits phase out? Has repowering gained traction? What storage project finance structures are being executed, with and without ITC? Hear a discussion of these questions and more! more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$75  

Hot Topics in Renewable Energy Development: Environmental Concerns and Mineral Estate Issues (Contains material from Feb 2019)

Session 1: Endangered Species and Wildlife – Mitigation as Risk Management - Endangered species and protected habitat areas can present risks to renewable projects, including potential impacts to project timing and costs. Purchasing mitigation land is one tool that can be used to manage risk in both the solar and wind energy context.   Session 2: 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. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.25    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$65  

Opportunities and Challenges for Battery Storage Projects (Contains material from Feb 2019)

A discussion addressing the opportunities and challenges in developing and financing stand-alone and “hybrid” (generation + storage) battery storage projects today, including current deal structures and tax and policy issues, and an evaluation of where future growth is expected in the battery storage market. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.75    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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Recent Developments in Wind Energy: Wind Generation in SPP and Repowering Wind Projects (Contains material from Feb 2019)

Session 1: Wind Generation in SPP: How High Can We Go? - An overview of operational challenges and market impacts as Southwest Power Pool continues to set new wind penetration records.   Session 2: Repowering Wind Projects - How is a repowering project different from a new wind energy project? Explore unique legal and commercial terms, federal and state incentives, contractual arrangements and technical, permitting, and environmental considerations that impact repowering projects. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.25    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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Renewable Energy Developments in Mexico (Contains material from Feb 2019)

At the end of 2018, the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) will issue the permanent electricity rate methodology, CENACE will begin with monthly FTR auctions, and clean energy should be at a minimum of 5%. In 2019, we will be able to see in more detail the energy policy of the new administration that begins on December 1, 2018. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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Residential, Commercial, and Industry Energy Procurement of Renewable Energy (Contains material from Feb 2019)

Session 1: 100% Renewables in a City Near You - This summer Georgetown began receiving power from a solar farm in West Texas. The solar farm, in conjunction with a wind farm in the Texas Panhandle, makes Georgetown one of the few cities in the U.S. with 100 percent renewable energy. The decision to go with renewables was predominantly a financial one, but the City has been fortunate to receive coverage from across the world regarding our energy portfolio.   Session 2: Commercial & Industrial Energy Procurement of Renewable Energy - In 2016, MGM Resorts completed a bold and ambitious process to separate from its local electric utility in Las Vegas and enter the wholesale power market. This action set an industry trend, enabled MGM Resorts to control its own course of energy procurement, and paved the way to one of the largest private solar development partnerships in the Country. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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State and Local Updates in Renewable Energy: Policy Trends and a Legislative Outlook (Contains material from Feb 2019)

Session 1: 86th Texas Legislative Session Update and Outlook - A panel discussion of anticipated key renewable energy related bills likely to be considered in upcoming Texas, Oklahoma, California and other key state legislative sessions.   Session 2: State Policy Trends in Renewable Energy - An overview of anticipated issues and opportunities in upcoming state legislative sessions, with a primary focus on midwestern and western states where renewable energy development is underway.   Session 3: Public Utility Commission of Texas and ERCOT - An overview and update of recent issues involving the PUCT and ERCOT, including summer 2018, price formation, temporary taps, TCOS schedules and potential substation regulation. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.75    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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That's All the News for Today. Stay Ethical, Austin! (Contains material from Feb 2019)

In recent years, the news has highlighted ethics issues relating to conflicts of interest, confidentiality, the use of social media, supervision of non‑lawyers, and other topics.  This panel uses factual scenarios to discuss the requirements and lessons of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rules 1.6, 1.7, 5.3, and 7.1 and to consider practical ways to identify and avoid ethical pitfalls. Some scenarios are ripped from current headlines; others are conceptualizations of problems worth avoiding. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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What's New?: Federal Energy Policy Updates and Recent Decisions (Contains material from Feb 2019)

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. Topics will include: how the November elections will affect the policy agenda, what to expect on import tariffs, where the renewable energy trade associations are directing their firepower, what is likely to happen on federally-mandated payments by RTOs to coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them operating, revisions to PURPA, the cloud over future PJM capacity auctions, possible new incentives to deploy storage and rebuild transmission, and more.   Session 3: Renewable Energy: Updates from the Courts - A discussion of important renewable energy related federal and state court decisions across the U.S. during the past year. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$95  

Community Solar and Public Lands in Renewable Energy (Contains material from Feb 2018)

Session 1: Community Solar - Get an update on new community solar developments in Texas, national trends, and perspectives on program design. Session 2: 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. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$75  

Free Range Ethics and Ethics in Negotiation (Contains material from Feb 2018)

Session 1: Free Range Ethics: Where Seldom Is Heard a Discouraging Word and the Skies Are Not Cloudy All Day - A study of recent ethics cases and opinions, which affect business entity lawyers and law firms. Session 2: 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. more »

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

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$100  

Mergers and Acquisitions in Renewable Energy (Contains material from Feb 2018)

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. more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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Updates and Trends in Energy Storage: In-Front-of-the-Meter, Behind-the-Meter, and Distributed C&I PPAs (Contains material from Feb 2018)

Session 1: Front-of-the-Meter Energy Storage - Energy storage has made great strides recently, in both number and size of installations, in Texas and worldwide. Technology choices are determined by the desired usage and discharge profile desired of the battery, as well as the financial owner’s comfort with the chosen technology. Discuss the current options available, as well as the future of utility or grid-sited storage. Session 2: Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage - With the growth of distributed solar and changes in distribution systems, energy storage at the distributed, behind-the-meter, level is set to grow over the coming years. Discuss technical, market, and legal issues associated with behind-the-meter storage in the context of distributed solar generation and creation of microgrids. Session 3: 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. more »

Total Credit Hours:
2.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 2/29/2020

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$115  

Hooked on CLE: February 2018 (Contains material from Mar 2017 to Jan 2018)

THIS MONTH: From Parties to Presidents: Dealing With Decision-Maker Commentary • Employer Liability for Independent Contractor Injury • Legal Writing: Clearly, Using Instensifiers is Literally a Crime • The Energy-Water Nexus • Cybersecurity Regulation and Enforcement • Impaired Attorneys and Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program more »

Total Credit Hours:
4.00 | 1.00 ethics    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 1/31/2020

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Title Insurance in Wind and Solar Projects (Contains material from Oct 2017)

Hear an overview of title insurance in wind and solar projects with a focus on assembling title, deal structure, and special title risk evaluations. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.50    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 11/30/2019

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$45  

Valuation Issues for Clean Energy and the Power Industry (Contains material from Mar 2017)

Clean Energy is rapidly evolving and becoming an accepted and integrated part of the power generation network, providing the majority of all newly installed capacity, yet remains in early stages of development in many ways. How should investors in distressed and non-distressed scenarios consider valuing assets which are subject to macro tax and policy factors, as well as competitive dynamics within the space? more »

Total Credit Hours:
1.00    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2020

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$55  

Bankruptcy Issues in Renewable Energy (Contains material from Mar 2017)

An overview of bankruptcy and restructuring processes and requirements, how a restructuring could potentially impact a variety of renewable businesses, as well as lessons learned from the perspective of corporate governance. more »

Total Credit Hours:
0.75    Credit Info
TX, CA, OK

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2020

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$50  

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