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

Renewable Energy in the Midwest
New policies, incentives and development opportunities

August 15 & 16, 2013
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 contains the nation's most valuable renewable energy resources and is a hub for clean technology innovation. In this conference, leading national renewable energy professionals, thought leaders and regulators will address opportunities and challenges for developers and entrepreneurs in the Midwest. The conference provides updates on the status of federal, state and regional energy policies and incentives, including permitting, new development opportunities on federal lands, current industry financing structures and how regulatory policies and business dynamics have intersected to affect the financing and deployment of various types of renewable energy.

You will hear about current industry challenges and major areas that are impacting Midwest development opportunities, including what is on FERC's agenda, key concerns of regional state regulators, federal and regional transmission and interconnection developments, the future of renewable portfolio standards, issues utilities face, negotiating power purchase agreements, short and long term natural gas production and pricing and the consequences for renewable energy development, updates on cogeneration and the solar industry, and more.

~Program Co-Chairs: Girard P. Miller, Esq., Leonard, Street and Deinard and Daniel A. Yarano, Esq., Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

What You Will Learn


Thursday, August 15, 2013

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Leonard, Street and Deinard / Minneapolis, MN

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

8:45 am

Federal Energy Policy Update

Top Items on FERC's agenda with a potential impact on the Midwest; key legislative developments

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

9:30 am

Special Address: A Business Perspective on Meeting Regional Energy Challenges

Benjamin G. S. Fowke, III, Chairman, President and CEO
Xcel Energy Inc. / Minneapolis, MN

10:15 am


10:30 am

State Agencies Address Renewables in the Midwest: What is at the Top of Agency Agendas?


The Hon. Nancy Lange, Commissioner
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission / St. Paul, MN


The Hon. Elizabeth S. Jacobs, Chair
Iowa Utilities Board / Des Moines, IA


The Hon. Michael Siedschlag, P.E., Esq., Chairman
Nebraska Power Review Board / Lincoln, NE


Mark Sievers, Esq., Chairman
Kansas Corporation Commission / Topeka, KS

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Distribution Challenges for Getting Interconnected

MISO objective in implementation of MISO Net Zero Interconnection Service

Eric Laverty, P.E., Director, Transmission Access Planning
Midwest ISO / Carmel, IN

Industry perspective on how the changes are playing out

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

2:15 pm

Funding Projects in an Uncertain World: How Financing Structures are Changing for Renewables

Next generation financing: REITs, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) as emerging structures for financial renewables projects

Allison Woodbury, Esq.
Leonard, Street and Deinard / Minneapolis, MN

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

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Low Cost Natural Gas: Will Prices Stay Down and Dampen Demand for Renewables?

LNG as a competing use for gas: Technological developments in small-scale domestic liquefaction; prospects for greater use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and for LNG exports

Erik J.A. Swenson, Esq.
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. / Washington, DC

Continuing environmental concerns about fracking and new pipeline capacity: Updates on recent challenges and outcomes in production areas

B. Andrew Brown, Esq.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Minneapolis, MN

Putting the pieces together into a coherent supply and demand forecast: What can we expect in terms of short and long term prices?

Mike King, Senior Vice President
NERA Economic Consulting / Westminster, CO

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron P.A. and Leonard, Street and Deinard


Friday, August 16, 2013

8:30 am

Introduction to Day Two

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Leonard, Street and Deinard / Minneapolis, MN

Daniel A. Yarano, Esq.
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / Minneapolis, MN

8:45 am

The Status of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Markets

Where the states are in that regard; RPS impact on developments; the future of RPS; other similar things that could increase the development of renewables

Amy Fredregill, Executive Director
Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc. / Saint Paul, MN

9:30 am

Executive Orders in Lieu of Congressional Action: The Current State of Federal Incentives for Development of Renewables

U. S. Department of Defense purchasing commitments; Bureau of Land Management's new leasing program and siting guidelines for projects on federal lands

Peter J. Schaumberg, Esq.
Beveridge & Diamond PC / Washington, DC

10:15 am


10:30 am

Endangered Species Act (ESA) Issues in Renewables Development

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service efforts to develop the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan; Department of Natural Resources efforts to revise the state lists of threatened and endangered species; impacts on future renewable develop

Jeremy P. Duehr, Esq.
Fredrikson & Byron PA / Minneapolis, MN

Richard J. Baker, Endangered Species Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources / St. Paul, MN

Tony Sullins, Ecological Services Field Supervisor
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Bloomington, MN

11:15 am

How Policy and Business Dynamics Impact the Strategic Plans for Different Types of Renewables

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

Mike Bull, Director of Policy and Communications
Center for Energy and Environment / Minneapolis, MN

President Obama's new Climate Action Plan: Impacts on strategic planning for air permitting for renewable and conventional fuels

David M. Friedland, Esq.
Beveridge & Diamond PC / Washington, DC

12:30 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Transmission Projects in the Midwest: New Developments on the Ground

Permitting cases and other developments with an impact on permitting strategies

Michael C. Krikava, Esq.
Briggs and Morgan, PA / Minneapolis, MN

Developer perspective on planning, siting and cost recovery issues

Daniel P. Kline, P.E., Director of Strategic Transmission Initiatives
Xcel Energy Inc. / Minneapolis, MN

Tips for faster progress towards preparing for construction: Condemnation processes and local land use compliance

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

3:00 pm

Distributed Generation, Municipalization and Other Transformative Industry Trends: What Is the Utility of the Future and How Will It Be Regulated?

The impact on renewable energy, utility cost-recovery and the regulatory compact

Dan Lipschultz, Esq.
Moss & Barnett, PA / Minneapolis, MN

3:30 pm

What Do We Need to Do at the State and Federal Level to Make Things Better?

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Leonard, Street and Deinard / 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.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 12.25 MN CLE 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. Call the hotel directly at (612) 333-4545 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $179 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, 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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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 9, 2013. 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.

Faculty Bios

Girard P. Miller, Program Co-Chair, shareholder, Leonard, Street and Deinard, represents clients in the development, financing, purchase and sale of alternative energy projects involving wind, biofuels, biomass and solar projects

Daniel A. Yarano, Program Co-Chair, shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron P.A., is Chair of the Energy Practice Group. He advises clients on developing and financing renewable energy projects, including wind, biomass, biofuels and solar, private and public financing of companies.

Benjamin (Ben) G.S. Fowke III is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Cfficer of Xcel Energy Inc. Previously, he was President and COO, responsible for corporate operations and Xcel Energy's four operating companies, which do business in eight states.

Richard J. Baker is the Endangered Species Coordinator, Division of Ecological and Water Resources, at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

B. Andrew Brown, partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Industry Team and Regulatory Affairs Department, focuses on litigation, administrative actions, enforcement proceedings and negotiations.

Mike Bull, Director of Policy and Communications at the Center for Energy and the Environment, is responsible for development, evaluation and communication of effective clean energy solutions in the Midwest. Previously, he worked for Xcel Energy.

Jeremy P. Duehr, Fredrikson & Byron P.A., practices in the Energy, Real Estate and Environmental Law Groups. He advises clients on regulatory and environmental permitting and compliance.

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.

Amy Fredregill, Executive Director at Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc., oversees the tracking of renewable energy generation in participating Midwest states and provinces and assists in verifying compliance with Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and voluntary renewable energy objectives.

David M. Friedland, principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC, is past Chair of the Environmental Practice Group, and also of the Air Practice Group. He focuses on the regulation of air pollution under the Clean Air Act and state and local air pollution statutes and regulations.

The Honorable Elizabeth (Libby) S. Jacobs began serving on the Iowa Utilities Board on May 1, 2011. She was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad as Chair of the Board. Previously, she was President of The Jacobs Group, LLC.

Gregory F. Jenner, partner and Chair of the Energy Initiative at Stoel Rives LLP, is head of the Washington, D.C. office. He previously served 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.

Mike King, Senior Vice President and Chair of the Energy, Environment and Network Industries Practice, NERA Economic Consulting, is an economist and management consultant in electric wholesale markets, electric utility restructuring, strategy and regulation, power system planning and forecasting.

Daniel P. Kline, P.E., is Director of Strategic Transmission Initiatives for Xcel Energy Inc. He is also Co-Executive Director of CapX2020, a coalition of utilities in the upper Midwest developing several high voltage transmission projects.

Michael C. Krikava, shareholder and Chair of the Energy Section at Briggs and Morgan, PA, is active in the renewable energy sector. He is experienced in wind energy development.

The Honorable Nancy Lange was appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton, effective March 4, 2013. Previously, she was Manager of Policy and Engagement at the Center for Energy and Environment.

Eric Laverty, P. E., Director of Transmission Access Planning, Transmission Asset Management at Midwest ISO, is responsible for the Transmission Service and Generator Interconnection queues.

Dan Lipschultz, partner, Moss & Barnett, PA, is experienced in telecommunications, administrative law and regulated industries, including gas and electric utility regulation. He focuses on complex regulatory proceedings, state and federal appellate courts and legislative processes.

Kevin J. McIntyre, partner, Jones Day, focuses on governmental regulation of energy markets and the electric and gas utility and gas pipeline industries, with emphases on compliance and enforcement investigations, energy marketing and trading, market-based rates, competition issues and electric reliability standards.

Steven J. Quam, shareholder in the Litigation Group at Fredrikson & Byron P.A., represents land owners in eminent domain, property tax appeals and special assessment proceedings, and is experienced in representing utilities and other taking authorities in eminent domain proceedings.

Peter J. Schaumberg, principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC, focuses on the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands offshore and onshore. He counsels on development and operations on the Outer Continental Shelf and on federally-managed lands onshore.

The Honorable Michael Siedschlag, P.E., is Chairman of the Nebraska Power Review Board and serves on the Regional State Committee for the Southwest Power Pool (Regional Transmission Organization- RTO) with utility commissioners from the other 6 states that are members of the RTO. He is also Vice President at HDR Engineering, Inc.

The Honorable Mark Sievers, Chairman, was appointed to the Kansas Corporation Commission on May 5, 2011, by Governor Sam Brownback. Previously, he worked for Verizon Global Solutions where he was responsible for its international legal and regulatory matters.

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

Tony Sullins is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ecological Services Field Supervisor for Minnesota. He reviews renewable energy projects to ascertain and minimize impacts to migratory birds, endangered species, bald eagles and other Fish and Wildlife Service "trust resources." His office implements the federal Endangered Species Act throughout Minnesota, including such activities as listing, project review, conservation and recovery.

Erik J.A. Swenson, partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., assists electric industry stakeholders in energy project development, managing acquisitions, negotiating and documenting transactions, and securing authorizations and certifications.

Allison Woodbury, shareholder, Leonard, Street and Deinard, focuses on federal income tax and state income, sales/use and property tax, providing advice to individuals, private and public companies, and tax-exempt organizations.