Law Seminars International Presents: A Strategic One-Day Seminar on

Permitting Renewable Energy Projects
Navigating the complex landscape of permitting and siting in New England

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

September 21, 2009
Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston, MA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, industry executives, governmental officials, consumer advocates and anyone involved with renewable energy infrastructure investment, public policy and resource development

Why Order

Contrary to conventional wisdom, permitting many renewable energy projects, like wind and biomass, is as controversial as permitting traditional fossil fuel generation. Opponents of such projects suggest that renewable generation is not necessary if more effort is put toward energy conservation or that climate change is not so urgent that we should be destroying natural habitats and community quality of life.

Our distinguished faculty will provide energy professionals at all levels of the industry with valuable updates on critical changes in the permitting process including the statewide permitting streamlining effort.

This conference also addresses today's other hot topics including changes in the regulatory framework, connecting to the grid, strategies for applicants, local government permitting, and advice from renewable energy developers and consultants on wind, solar, biomass and ocean issues.

~ Stephen B. Barrett and William L. Lahey, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Monday, September 21, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Stephen B. Barrett, Program Co-Chair, Director of Clean Energy
Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc. / Burlington, MA

William L. Lahey, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Anderson & Kreiger LLP / Cambridge, MA

8:45 am

The State Regulatory Framework

How the pieces fit together: Patrick Administration efforts to promote renewable energy; Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust; Implementation of the Green Communities Act; Wind Siting Reform Act

Kenneth Kimmell, Esq., General Counsel
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs / Boston, MA

Role of the Energy Facilities Siting Board; proposals for renewable energy siting reform

David S. Rosenzweig, Esq.
Keegan Werlin LLP / Boston, MA

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection energy team and fast track permitting; issues related to Wetlands Protection Act appeals

Philip M. Weinberg, Esq., Associate Commissioner, Operations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection / Boston, MA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Connecting to the Grid

Logistics; approval by ISO; net metering

Mark C. Kalpin, Esq.
WilmerHale / Boston, MA

11:30 am

Strategies and Approaches for Applicants

Local and state permitting issues; anticipating and preparing for potential legal issues; preparing to address local concerns; tips for forging partnerships and inoculating against opposition

Mary Beth Gentleman, Esq.
Foley Hoag LLP / Boston, MA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Local Government Permitting

Leveraging the Green Communities Act: Emerging trends

Meg Lusardi, Deputy Director, Green Communities Division
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources / Boston, MA

Zoning: Bylaw changes; special permits and more

Elaine C. Lazarus, Planning Director
Town Of Hopkinton / Hopkinton, MA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Advice From the Front Lines

War stories from renewable energy developers and consultants

Stephen B. Barrett, Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc. / Burlington, MA


Ruth Silman, Esq.
Nixon Peabody LLP / Boston, MA


Scott McClintock, Director of Sales
Nexamp, Inc. / North Andover, MA

Biomass, Waste-to-Energy, Landfill Gas

Matthew Wolfe, Principal
Madera Energy, Inc. / Cambridge, MA

Ocean (Wave/Tidal)

John Miller, Director, New England Marine Renewable Energy Center
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth / Fall River, MA

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 6.5 CT, ME, NH and VT CLE credits, 7.5 NY CLE (non-transitional) and 7.5 RI CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the course materials (either a binder or searchable CD), is available for $905. The course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or from the date we receive payment.
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Faculty Bios

Stephen B. Barrett, Program Co-Chair, Director of Clean Energy at Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc., is responsible for providing clean energy and sustainability strategies for private and public sector clients including airports, municipalities, and private developers. He works as a private consultant on permitting energy and infrastructure projects. Previously he was with the Coastal Zone Management Office in Massachusetts.

William L. Lahey, Program Co-Chair, Managing Partner at Anderson & Kreiger LLP, handles complex environmental, energy and land use matters across the country. He represents the developers of a major deepwater energy port off the coast of Massachusetts and helped coordinate the successful federal and state permitting strategy.

Mary Beth Gentleman, partner at Foley Hoag LLP, is Co-Chair of the Energy Technology and Renewables Practice Group. She advises developers and owners of community wind, micro-turbines, PV, biomass, landfill gas and hydro facilities with respect to siting, permitting, interconnection, net metering, PPAs, REC agreements, and financing matters.

Mark C. Kalpin, partner at WilmerHale, is a member of the Environmental and Real Estate Practice Groups and Co-Chair of the Energy and Clean Technology Group. He focuses on the development of traditional and renewable energy generation projects and is named a "Super Lawyer."

Kenneth Kimmell, General Counsel at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, focuses on environmental and energy legislation, including permit streamlining initiatives promoting renewable energy and policy initiatives.

Elaine C. Lazarus is Planning Director for the Town Of Hopkinton. She focuses on the preparation of Master Plans and Open Space and Recreation Plans, writing zoning and general bylaws, and monitoring affordable housing.

Meg Lusardi, Deputy Director for the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, focuses on development and implementation of the Green Communities Program established by the Green Communities Act. Previously she was at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

John Miller, Director of New England Marine Renewable Energy Center, is the Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of Operations for the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is also the representative to the UMass System Clean Energy Working Group.

David S. Rosenzweig, partner in the Energy Practice at Keegan Werlin LLP, advises electric and gas companies, energy project developers and end users. He is listed in "Best Lawyers."

Ruth H. Silman, partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, focuses on complex environmental and land use matters, including siting and permitting of renewable energy projects, and leads the firm's Climate Change Team.

Philip M. Weinberg, Associate Commissioner for Operations at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, manages the implementation of MEPA for major projects, including energy generation and distribution projects, transportation infrastructure, and mixed-use developments. He is also a presiding officer for the Office of Appeals and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Matthew Wolfe, Principal at Madera Energy, Inc., focuses on the development of clean wood biomass power plants. Previously he led the development activities for a biomass facility in Pittsfield, MA.