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Session 1: What's New in the Renewable Energy Market? - Hear a lively update on developments affecting the renewable energy market.
Session 2: What’s new with ERCOT and the PUC - Hear what ERCOT and the PUC are up to and how it may impact the renewable energy market in Texas.
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. Discuss how parties approach these issues and how developers can organize and prepare their information to allow for an efficient due diligence process.
Session 4: Improving the Marketability of Your Project: Tips and Pitfalls - Beyond the economics of a project, there are key contractual and development issues that will be analyzed during the due diligence process. Gain insight into how lawyers review and evaluate project documents, tips on how to best showcase your renewable energy project, and examples of potential pitfalls that an investor or buyer is trying to avoid.
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: 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 8: 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 9: Title and Survey Essentials: State Variances / Wind and Solar Distinguished - Listen to a discussion about 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 10: Water and Mineral Issues in Solar Development - Listen to a discussion about the California law perspective upon water and development interactions, focusing on the issues of securing water rights for solar development, as well as the impacts of severance of rights. Issues related to the potential conflicts and resolutions between solar development and mineral rights and activity in Texas will also be discussed.
Session 11: 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. Discuss 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 12: 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 »
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 »
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 »
Explore the fundamental components to incident response planning success, and review the concept of gamifying the tabletop exercise as a way to effectively engage stakeholders in a security incident simulation. more »
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 »
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. Listen to a discussion about 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. more »
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 »
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 discuss the many issues in play in Washington including: federally-mandated payments by RTOs to coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them operating, import tariffs on solar panels and steel, a rewrite of the US tax code, revisions to PURPA, possible new incentives to rebuild transmission and other basic infrastructure, and rollbacks of Obama-era environmental regulations.
Session 3: FERC Update - After the state itself, no agency has more ongoing authority over the deployment of renewable energy throughout Texas than the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This presence undergirds the importance of changes in leadership at FERC since President Trump’s election, and key issues impacting renewable energy integration: transmission development, wholesale market design and its interaction with state policies, and treatment of distributed energy resources in markets and transmission planning. more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Hear an update on the status of several pending transmission projects in Texas: Southern Cross, Far West Texas Project, Lubbock Power & Light Grid Switch, and Sharyland’s South Plains Transmission Project. more »
Corporates and industrials (C&I) are now major purchasers of green energy. According to Bloomberg, C&Is and wind companies signed 20 deals in 2015 with a total of 2.3 GW. By August 2016, 9 deals for 630 MW had been signed—with many more reported to be under negotiation. Explore the future of C&Is as a major class of buyer. Will the trend continue? What could stop it? What’s the prognosis for utility-scale solar C&I deals? What new markets (geographically) are C&Is interested in? What are the key contractual and financial terms that C&Is and developers have to resolve to get to a deal and to get projects financed and built? more »
Session 1: Wanted: Dead or Alive? An Update on the Status of EPA's Clean Power Plan - The validity and merits of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan have been the focus of contentious debate—with a number of significant governmental and private entities seeking to uphold the Plan and others seeking to kill it. In February 2016, the Supreme Court, surprisingly to many, stayed the implementation of the plan and the DC Circuit Court heard oral arguments this fall. Since then, there’s been an election. What now? This presentation offers a prognosis for the Clean Power Plan.
Session 2: Siting Insights: Looking Back and Looking Ahead at Key Environmental Developments - 2016 was a remarkable year with many significant developments involving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies that directly impact renewable energy development activities. Review these developments and take stock of what they mean for project siting decisions going forward. Hear insights into what those developments tell us about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's approach to its statutory mandates and what we can expect to see in the year to come. more »
Session 1: 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 historic real world cases.
Session 2: Attorney-Client Privilege: Best Practices for Keeping Privileged Information Privileged - Business structures today are more complex than before and create a variety of new issues around the attorney–client privilege. Review best practices for addressing some of the more common issues, including privileged communications involving consultants, advisors, joint ventures, portfolio companies, mergers, and affiliated entities. more »
Session 1: Trends in Buying and Selling Renewable Energy: Commercial, Industrial, and Wholesale Transactions - The market for the purchase and sale of renewable energy is constantly evolving, as new customers and transaction structures become more prominent. Review the role of long-term structured PPAs and hedges in the procurement of renewables by investor owned, municipal and regional utilities. Examine the growing importance of commercial and industrial (C&I) demand for renewable energy from both offsite and on-site sources.
Session 2: Yieldcos Update - An update on how yieldco structures are being used to finance renewable energy projects. Discuss yieldco effects on project values and consolidation, legal and tax issues, and whether cost of capital and interest rate trends will impact the use of yieldcos.
Session 3: Improving the Marketability of Your Project: Tips and Pitfalls - Beyond the economics of a project, there are key contractual and development issues that will be analyzed during the due diligence process. Gain insight into how lawyers review and evaluate project documents, tips on how to best showcase your renewable energy project, and examples of potential pitfalls that an investor or buyer is trying to avoid.
Session 4: Transmission Development for Renewable Energy - Learn about the current issues in electric transmission related to the development and operation of renewable energy projects. With a review of the renewable development forecast, transmission planning, cost allocation, congestion, state regulatory decisions, federal energy policy and market drivers. more »
Islanding the grid is dynamically disaggregating the grid to eliminate cascading failures while maintaining power to everyone. As a country, we are at the beginning of being able to see how and why to have such a capability. Explore challenges of cost, regulations, and technology, but also technical benefits in reliability in critical infrastructure protection and financial benefits from minimization of failure related opportunity costs. more »