Law Seminars International Presents: A Strategic Two-Day Conference on

Renewable Energy in the Midwest
Comprehensive update on current law, policy and economics

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



August 27 & 28, 2009
Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis, MN

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

The Midwest is one of the nation's most valuable renewable energy regions. In this conference, leading renewable energy professionals address opportunities and challenges for developers including the business and regulatory environment for renewables in the Midwest.

The conference provides updates on the federal stimulus package, new technologies, financing and investment. You will hear about the three major areas affecting the industry: proposals for national renewable portfolio standards; greater federal control over transmission development and federal carbon regulation as well as siting and permitting challenges; ethanol and the next generation of advanced biofuels; and who should build what transmission and where.

Don't miss this thorough update regarding the most pressing issues for renewables in the Midwest.

~ Girard P. Miller, Esq. and Daniel A. Yarano, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn



Agenda

Thursday, August 27, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 
8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Todd J. Guerrero, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / Minneapolis, MN

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. / Minneapolis, MN

 
8:45 am

Update on the Major Areas Affecting the Renewable Energy Industry

Federal policy update on proposals for a national renewable electricity mandate; enhanced transmission siting authority; climate change; the renewable fuel standard

J. Curtis Rich, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Washington, DC

 
9:30 am

Local Siting and Permitting Challenges

The evolving legal infrastructure: Case law trends on regulatory authority and permitting for individual projects; permitting trends

Elizabeth Hendricks Schmiesing, Esq.
Faegre & Benson LLP / Minneapolis, MN

 
10:15 am

Break

 
10:30 am

Supply Chain and Infrastructure

Industry perspective on whether there is sufficient capacity and capital to achieve state and federal renewable portfolio objectives and carbon reduction goals

Todd J. Guerrero, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Kent Carlson, President Southeast Division
Ryan Companies US, Inc. / Minneapolis, MN

 
12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

 
1:15 pm

Federal Stimulus Package: Is It Working?

Perspectives of experts with primary responsibility for receiving or allocating federal renewable and efficiency stimulus funds, tax incentives and U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. / Minneapolis, MN

Commercial developer perspective

Michael Krause, President
Kandiyohi Development Partners / Minneapolis, MN

Utility perspective

Betsy Engelking, Director, Resource Planning and Bidding
Xcel Energy / Minneapolis, MN

Operational perspective

Michael J. Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
SAGE Electrochromics, Inc. / Faribault, MN

Regulatory perspective

William L. Glahn, Director
Minnesota Office of Energy Security / St. Paul, MN

 
3:15 pm

Break

 
3:30 pm

Changing State and Regional Energy Policy Drivers

Demand side management; energy efficiency policy and regulatory initiatives

Christina K. Brusven, Esq.
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / Minneapolis, MN

 
4:15 pm

Biofuels as a Critical Industry in the Upper Midwest

Ethanol and biodiesel industries: Policy initiatives; the next generation of advanced biofuels

David L. Hallett, Esq., Managing Director
Lazard Middle Market LLC / Minneapolis, MN

 
5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron P.A. and Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

 

Friday, August 28, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 
8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Todd J. Guerrero, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. / Minneapolis, MN

 
8:45 am

How Utilities View the Optimal Generating Mix: What Will Help Them Meet Renewable Portfolio Standards in a Cost Effective Way?

Regulatory consequences: Cost recovery of plant, transmission and PPAs; the need to recover increased O&M and fuel costs from other plants to provide wind; regulatory treatment of asset based margins; handling renewable energy credits; PPA's as debt

Michael J. Bradley, Esq.
Moss & Barnett / Minneapolis, MN

Resource planner perspective: Issues that utilities and operators experience as greater amounts of wind are added to the system; the regional renewable energy standard

Glen Skarbakka, Esq., Manager, Resource Planning
Great River Energy / Maple Grove, MN

 
10:15 am

Break

 
10:30 am

Commercializing Renewable Energy Technology

Market challenges; strategic approaches to commercialization and financing structures

J. Thomas Halverson, Jr., Managing Director
Piper Jaffray & Co. / Minneapolis, MN

 
11:15 am

Practical Approaches to Financing and Investment

Trends in transactional structures; what equity investors are looking for in this booming sector; extent to which banks are back in the market and how they are financing renewable projects

Raimund Grube, President and Chief Operating Officer
Element Power, Inc. / Portland, OR

 
12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

 
1:15 pm

The Critical Issue of Transmission: Who Should Build What and Where?

Significant additional transmission as a critical element for the future of renewable energy: Perspectives on the key issues and obstacles in building more transmission; proposed solutions, including what approaches have worked

Todd J. Guerrero, Esq., Moderator
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / Minneapolis, MN

Merchant developer perspective

Doug Collins, Executive Director
ITC Midwest / Dubuque, IA

Utility perspective

Tim Rogelstad, Manager of Delivery Planning
Otter Tail Power Company / Fergus Falls, MN

Operational perspective

Jarred Miland, Manager Transmission Services
Midwest ISO / Saint Paul, MN

Regulatory perspective

The Hon. David C. Boyd, Ph.D., Chair
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission / Saint Paul, MN

 
3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

 


Cancellation

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

Continuing Education Credits

MN and IA CLE for this program are pending. IL, ND and OH CLE 11.5. WI CLE 13.5. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.



Cost

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the course materials (either a binder or searchable CD), is available for $1005. 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

Todd J. Guerrero, Program Co-Chair, partner at Fredrikson & Byron P.A., focuses his practice on the representation of energy companies in the Energy and Renewable Energy Groups. He helps expand the firm's leadership in wind, biomass and biofuels project development.

Girard P. Miller, Program Co-Chair, partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., is co-chair of the global Alternative Energy Practice Group. He represents clients in the development and financing of alternative energy and cleantech projects, including wind, biofuels, biomass, solar and energy efficiency projects.

The Hon. David C. Boyd, Ph.D., Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, was appointed by Governor Pawlenty in 2007. He serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on Electricity, Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration, and the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal.

Michael J. Bradley, shareholder at Moss & Barnett, focuses on utility and telephone regulation. Previously he was Manager of the Minnesota Office of Attorney General Residential Utilities Division. He is listed in "Best Lawyers."

Christina K. Brusven was Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Commerce before joining the Corporate and Energy Practice Group at Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
Full bio and contact info for Christina K. Brusven at Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

Kent Carlson is President of the Southeast Division of Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Doug Collins is the Executive Director at ITC Midwest. Previously he was the Director of System Planning for Alliant Energy and was chair of the MAAP Regional Transmission Committee.

Betsy Engelking is Director of Resource Planning and Bidding for Xcel Energy, a multi-state investor-owned utility. She oversees the analysis and development of long-range resource plans and conducts the competitive bidding process to procure new long-term resources.

William L. Glahn was appointed Director of the Minnesota Office of Energy Security and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce in 2008 by Governor Pawlenty. Previously he was the Principal and founder of Piedmont Consulting.

Raimund Grube, President and Chief Operating Officer at Element Power, Inc., is experienced in financial analysis, M&A, and development and origination for thermal and renewable energy projects. Previously he was Managing Director at PPM Energy/Iberdrola Renewables.

Todd J. Guerrero, partner at Fredrikson & Byron P.A., focuses his practice on the representation of energy companies in the Energy and Renewable Energy Groups. He helps expand the firm's leadership in wind, biomass and biofuels project development.
Full bio and contact info for Todd J. Guerrero at Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

David L. Hallett, Managing Director of Lazard Middle Market LLC, co-heads the Energy & Natural Resources Group. He has significant experience across a wide range of industries, including energy, renewable energy, energy services and industrial products.

J. Thomas Halverson, Jr., Managing Director and member of the Alternative Energy/Clean Technology & Renewables Group at Piper Jaffray & Co. He focuses on sale mandates, buy-side advisory services, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, fairness opinions, defensive advisory assignments and public and private offerings of debt and equity securities.

Michael J. Kennedy is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at SAGE Electrochromics, Inc., a manufacturer of energy saving, electronically switchable tint glass.He is responsible for business and project financing activities, including work on securing a U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee.

Michael Krause is President of Kandiyohi Development Partners, a development and consulting firm focused on renewable energy, green buildings and community planning. He is a former board chair of the Minnesota Environmental Initiative, Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers, and is board chair of the national Green Infrastructure Foundation.

Jarred Miland, Manager of Transmission Services in the Transmission Asset Management Group at the Midwest ISO, works in transmission planning, system operations and tariff administration. Previously he was with Alliant Energy.

J. Curtis Rich, member at Van Ness Feldman, head of the Public Policy Practice, represents renewable fuel, electricity and energy technology companies before Congress and the Executive Branch. He is listed in "Best Lawyers."

Tim Rogelstad, Manager of Delivery Planning at Otter Tail Power Company, is active in the planning studies in the northern Mid-Continent Area Power Pool. He is chair of the Minnesota Transmission Owners.

Elizabeth Hendricks Schmiesing, partner at Faegre & Benson LLP, is a litigator and adviser focusing on environmental, land use and energy law. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School and is listed in "Best Lawyers" and is a "Super Lawyer."

Glen Skarbakka, Manager of Resource Planning at Great River Energy, focuses on the transmission and power resource segments of the electric utility industry. He has previously held positions in engineering, planning, business development and management.



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