Law Seminars International Presents: The Fourth Annual Conference on New Developments in

Renewable Energy in the Midwest
New policies, business and legal developments; challenges and opportunities

August 16 & 17, 2012
Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis, MN

Who Should Attend

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

Why You Should Attend

The Midwest is one of the nation's most valuable renewable resources and a hub for clean technology innovation. In this conference, leading renewable energy professionals, innovators and regulators will address opportunities and challenges for developers and entrepreneurs in the Midwest renewable marketplace. The conference provides updates on the status of federal, state and local energy policies and incentives, including permitting policies and rules, new market opportunities and discussion of industry financing and investment issues.

You will hear about major areas that currently affect the industry, including the evolution of state energy policy, federal and regional transmission developments, federal carbon regulation, siting, permitting and ratemaking challenges, the impact of low cost natural gas on renewable energy development, updates on cogeneration and the solar industry, and more.

~Program Co-Chairs: Girard P. Miller, Esq., Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and Daniel A. Yarano, Esq., Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

What You Will Learn


Thursday, August 16, 2012

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

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

Daniel A. Yarano, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / Minneapolis, MN

8:45 am

Opening Address: Implementation of Order 1000 and Other Top Items on FERC's Agenda with a Potential Impact on the Midwest

Kevin J. McIntyre, Esq.
Jones Day / Washington, DC

9:30 am

Distribution Challenges for Getting Interconnected

Update on FERC's review of MISO's revised tariff; The new MISO tariff and its impact on renewable energy

Beth H. Soholt, Executive Director
Wind on the Wires / Saint Paul, MN

10:15 am


10:30 am

Financing in an Uncertain World: Commercialization and Financing Structures for Renewables

Overview of how transactional structures are evolving: Working through the current key negotiating points; tips for getting deals done

Gregory F. Jenner, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Minneapolis, MN

David A. Gillespie, Esq.
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. / New York, NY

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Transmission Projects in the Midwest: What's Happening on the Ground?

Overview of project proposals and regulatory proceedings

Steven J. Quam, Esq.
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / Minneapolis, MN

Developer perspective on planning, financing, siting and cost recovery issues

Priti Patel, Esq., Director of Strategic Transmission Initiatives
Xcel Energy, Inc. / Minneapolis, MN

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

EPA Climate Change and Other Air Quality Initiatives: What is the Likely Impact on Generation in the Midwest?

Update on EPA initiatives, court cases and other developments

Roger R. Martella, Jr., Esq.
Sidley Austin LLP / Washington, DC

3:30 pm

State Commissioner's Panel: What is at the Top of Agency Agendas?


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


The Hon. Darrell Hanson, Commissioner
Iowa Utilities Board / Des Moines, IA

4:30 pm

Afternoon Address: Regional Challenges

An industry perspective

Judy M. Poferl, President and CEO
Northern States Power Company / 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 17, 2012

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction to Day Two

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

Daniel A. Yarano, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / Minneapolis, MN

8:45 am

Low Cost Natural Gas: Will Prices Stay Down? What Will Be the Impact on Renewables Development?

Supply and demand forecast; impact of low natural gas prices; other factors

Mike King, Senior Vice President
National Economic Research Associates, Inc. / Westminster, CO

Potential impact of local environmental concerns about fracking and new pipeline capacity on supply: Updates on recent challenges and outcomes in producing areas

Jeremy A. Mercer, Esq.
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. / Canonsburg, PA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Incentive Programs and Cost Recovery: Update on the Current Issues

Cost recovery of plant, transmission and Power Purchase Agreements; regulatory treatment of asset based margins; handling renewable energy credits; PPAs as debt

Richard J. Johnson, Esq.
Moss & Barnett, PA / Minneapolis, MN

11:00 am

Hot Topics and New Guidelines Relating to Siting Renewable Energy Projects and Transmission Lines

Case study of the AWA Goodhue Wind Project

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

Eric F. Swanson, Esq.
Winthrop & Weinstine, P. A. / Minneapolis, MN

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Policy and Business Dynamics: Differences in Impacts for Different Types of Renewables


Betsy Engelking, Vice President
Geronimo Wind Energy LLC / Edina, MN

Utility scale solar

Nathan B. Franzen, Director, Solar Energy
Westwood Professional Services / Eden Prairie, MN

Distributed generation

Tammie S. Ptacek, Esq.
Leonard, Street and Deinard / Minneapolis, MN

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Opportunities and Special Issues for Developing Projects on Tribal Lands

Christopher Clark Deschene, Esq.
Schaff & Clark Deschene, LLC / Boulder, CO

3:15 pm

A Look at the Future: Coming Issues and Litigation

We've had the gold rush followed by a downturn and industry consolidation: What are the pressure points that will lead to future litigation?

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

Daniel A. Yarano, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / Minneapolis, MN

4:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $745 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $665. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $497.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2012. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 12 MN CLE (pending); 12 IL CLE (pending); 14 WI CLE (pending) credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Marquette Hotel at 710 Marquette Avenue in Minneapolis, MN 55402-2368. Call the hotel directly at (612) 333-4545 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $219 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

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

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.
Full bio and contact info for Girard P. Miller at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Daniel A. Yarano, Program Co-Chair, partner at Fredrikson & Byron P.A., is Chair of the Renewable Energy Practice Group and the Energy Department. He advises clients on developing and financing renewable energy projects, including wind, biomass, biofuels and solar, private and public financing of companies.
Full bio and contact info for Daniel A. Yarano at Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

Judy M. Poferl, Afternoon Address, President and CEO at Northern States Power Company, an Xcel Energy Company, is responsible for electric and natural gas operations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Previously, she held leadership positions at the Minnesota Department of Public Service and Minnegasco.

The Hon. David C. Boyd, Ph.D., Commissioner at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, was appointed by Governor Pawlenty in 2007. He serves on NARUC's Committee on Electricity, Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration, and the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal.

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. She focuses on regulatory, renewable energy and wind development.
Full bio and contact info for Christina K. Brusven at Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

Christopher Clark Deschene, partner at Schaff & Clark Deschene, LLC, represents tribal business clients at all stages of growth, including business start-ups, business structuring and contracts. Previously, he was a Representative in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Betsy Engelking, Vice President for Geronimo Wind Energy LLC, oversees the analysis and development of long-range resource plans and conducts the competitive bidding process to procure new long-term resources.

Nathan B. Franzen, Director of Solar Energy for Westwood Professional Services, oversees solar project services, including due diligence, siting and land rights, land use and environmental permitting, interconnection coordination, ALTA and aerial survey, system design and engineering, and equipment procurement.

David A. Gillespie, partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P, focuses on infrastructure and equipment finance, capital markets, energy, general tax, mergers and acquisitions and public finance.
Full bio and contact info for David A. Gillespie at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

The Hon. Darrell Hanson, Commissioner of Iowa Utilities Board, is a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) member and serves on the NARUC Committee on Gas and the Committee on International Relations. He also serves on the NARUC Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues.

Gregory F. Jenner, partner at Stoel Rives LLP in the Tax Practice Group, previously served both as Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Tax Policy where he directed the Office of Tax Policy, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy.

Richard J. Johnson, shareholder at Moss & Barnett, PA, concentrates on representation of regulated businesses. He has represented private utility and telephone companies in 14 rate cases and numerous earnings investigations.

Mike King, Senior Vice President and Energy, Environment, and Network Industries Practice Chair at NERA Economic Consulting, is an economist experienced in electric wholesale markets, electric utility restructuring, strategy and regulation. He focuses on the merchant generation sector.
Full bio and contact info for Mike King at National Economic Research Associates, Inc.

Roger R. Martella, Jr., is a partner in the Environmental Practice Group at Sidley Austin LLP. Previously, he was General Counsel of the U. S. EPA, concluding 10 years of litigating and handling complex environmental and natural resource matters at the Department of Justice and EPA.

Kevin J. McIntyre, partner at Jones Day, focuses on governmental regulation of energy markets and the electric and gas utility and gas pipeline industries, including regulatory compliance and enforcement, energy marketing and trading, renewable and other energy transactions, electric transmission and reliability policies and competition issues.

Jeremy A. Mercer, partner in the Pittsburgh-Southpointe office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, focusing on oil and gas advice and litigation. He has extensive experience in the shale and hydraulic fracturing arena.

Priti Patel, Director of Strategic Transmission Initiatives at Xcel Energy, Inc., provides strategic development and project implementation of the key transmission initiatives in all four Operating Company jurisdictions. She also serves as Co-Executive Director for the CapX2020 Transmission Capacity Expansion Initiative.

Tammie S. Ptacek, shareholder at Leonard, Street and Deinard, practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project finance, public finance, and general corporate and transactional matters. She focuses on companies in the energy industry.

Steven J. Quam, shareholder in the litigation group at Fredrikson & Byron P.A., focuses on eminent domain, property tax appeals and special assessment proceedings, and is experienced in representing utilities and other taking authorities in eminent domain proceeding.
Full bio and contact info for Steven J. Quam at Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

Steven J. Quam, shareholder in the litigation group at Fredrikson & Byron P.A., focuses on eminent domain, property tax appeals and special assessment proceedings, and is experienced in representing utilities and other taking authorities in eminent domain proceeding.

Beth H. Soholt, Executive Director of Wind on the Wires, focuses on technical/transmission planning, state regulatory proceedings, legislative education and outreach.

Eric F. Swanson, shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., is experienced in energy facility permitting and siting, including wind energy, electric, natural gas and petroleum facilities. Previously, he was at at the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General, where he directed litigation, regulatory, appellate and legislative efforts.