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

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

September 25 & 26, 2014
U.S. Bank Plaza 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 You Should Order

The Midwest contains the nation's most valuable renewable energy resources and is a hub for clean technology innovation. This year, The Honorable Philip D. Moeller, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will open the conference with an address focusing on likely FERC policy priorities in the "post-Wellinghoff" era. Benjamin G.S. Fowke, III, Chairman, President and CEO of Xcel Energy Inc., will offer his perspective on how businesses can meet regional energy challenges and the role played by renewables and incentives. This will be rounded out by a panel of Midwest state regulators who will discuss their agencies' priorities.

You will learn about the opportunities for Midwest solar project development, the status of Midwest wind energy development, renewable energy M & A opportunities, federal and regional interconnection developments, the future of incentives and portfolio standards, power purchase agreement trends and standards, the impact of natural gas pricing on renewable energy development, the status of electric energy storage, demand management, distributed generation and other technology trends.

Sign up soon. We hope to see you there.

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

What You Will Learn


Thursday, September 25, 2014

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stinson Leonard Street LLP / Minneapolis, MN

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

8:45 am

Special Opening Address: The Likely Direction of FERC Policy Priorities in the Post-Wellinghoff Era

The Hon. Philip D. Moeller, Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC

9:30 am

Key Recent Federal Administrative and Legislative Developments with a Particular Impact on Energy in the Midwest

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

10:15 am


10:30 am

Transmission Planning and Interconnection

MISO priorities and expectations for the coming year

Matt Dorsett, Esq., Corporate Counsel and Director
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. / Carmel, IN

Power contracts

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

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Special Address: A Business Perspective on Incentives and the Role for Renwables in Meeting Regional Energy Challenges

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

2:00 pm

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

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, Affiliated Consultant
NERA Economic Consulting / Westminster, CO

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Clean Air Act: The Supreme Court Decision to Uphold EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (Transport Rule)

What's likely to impact demand and retirements in the Midwest

Parthenia B. Evans, Esq.
Stinson Leonard Street LLP / Kansas City, MO

3:30 pm

State Policy Priorities for 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. Sheila K. Tipton, Esq., Board Member
Iowa Utilities Board / Des Moines, IA


The Hon. Dennis E. Grennan, Board Member
Nebraska Power Review Board / Lincoln, NE

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron P.A. and Stinson Leonard Street LLP


Friday, September 26, 2014

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stinson Leonard Street LLP / Minneapolis, MN

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

8:45 am

The Status of the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) Markets

Update on state developments: RPS impacts on project selection; other options for increasing development of renewables

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

9:30 am

Business Trends for Renewables: To What Extent are We Seeing Progress Towards Renewables as a Peaking Resource

Solar case study: Business and legal perspectives on the implications of the recent selection of solar over gas as a peaking resource; MPUC's approval of Excel Energy's Community Solar Garden Program and how the program works

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

Aakash H. Chandarana, Esq., Lead Assistant General Counsel
Xcel Energy / Minneapolis, MN

10:15 am


10:30 am

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

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

Solar strategy and implementation

Carolyn Brouillard, Manager, Regulatory Policy and Strategy
Xcel Energy Inc. / Minneapolis, MN

The impact of customer decisions to take more control of their energy consumption and supply

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

Renewable policies and incentives at the state and federal levels, particularly with an eye to the future of the wind industry

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

Implications of different types of policies and regulatory constraints on the growth of regional renewables; current views of natural gas outlook

Sugandha D. Tuladhar, Ph.D., Vice President
NERA Economic Consulting / Washington, DC

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Industry Trends: Innovative Revenue Opportunities for Renewable Energy Projects

Using non-traditional strategies to generate incremental project revenue

Mark Andrew, President and Founder
GreenMark / Minneapolis, MN

2:15 pm

M & A for Liquidity and Growth

Due diligence issues in project financing

David T. Quinby, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Minneapolis, MN

3:00 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, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, 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.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 11.25 MN CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


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

Faculty Bios

Girard P. Miller, Program Co-Chair, shareholder, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, 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, Special Address, is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer 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.

The Hon. Philip D. Moeller, Special Address, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, was an energy policy advisor to U.S. Senator Gorton where he worked on electricity policy, electric system reliability, hydropower, energy efficiency, nuclear waste, energy and water appropriations.

Betsy Engelking, Moderator, Vice President and leader of the Development Group at Geronimo Energy, has expertise in energy policy, renewable energy, resource planning, utility rates and regulation, and energy markets.

Mark Andrew, President and Founder, GreenMark, is the first to identify sports buildings and teams as premier vehicles for green stewardship and sponsor branding. He is leading the sports industry to transform sports buildings into green marketing icons, and converting the cost of green building design and construction into new revenue streams for teams.

Carolyn Brouillard, Manager, Regulatory Policy and Strategy, Xcel Energy Inc., researches and evaluates alternative ratemaking strategies and regulatory models. She is experienced in utility regulatory models, rate cases, alternative regulation, solar energy policy and regulation, energy efficiency, smart grid and demand response.

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.

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.

Aakash H. Chandarana is Lead Assistant General Counsel at Xcel Energy.

Matt Dorsett, Corporate Counsel and Director at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO), manages a team working on transmission planning and seams issues. He provides legal and business advice on transmission expansion and generator interconnection issues.

Parthenia B. Evans, partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, focuses her practice on environment, energy, natural resources and agriculture. She has handled permitting and enforcement defense matters under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act in many states and EPA regions.

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.

The Hon. Dennis E. Grennan, Board Member, Nebraska Power Review Board, is the Regional Client Development Leader for the Power Sector, responsible for the combination of business development, project pursuit and project execution. He specializes in all areas of power generation, power delivery and strategic services. Previously, he was at Nebraska Public Power District.

Mike King, Affiliated Consultant, NERA Economic Consulting, is an economist in electric wholesale markets, electric utility restructuring, strategy and regulation. He focuses on the merchant generation sector, providing strategy and valuation advice on mergers and acquisitions, and support for financing of merchant energy companies.

The Hon. 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.

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.

David T. Quinby, partner and Chair of the Energy Development practice group, Stoel Rives LLP, concentrates his practice on corporate, securities, project development and finance, and merger and acquisitions, with a focus on energy and clean technology clients.

The Hon. Sheila K. Tipton, Board Member, Iowa Utilities Board, was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to fill a term that runs through April 30, 2015. Previoulsy, she was at Belin McCormick and represented public energy, telecommunications and water utilities, and renewable energy developers.

Sugandha D. Tuladhar, Ph.D., Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting, focuses on economic analysis of regional, national and international energy, environmental and climate policies. He specializes in computable general equilibrium model development and its application, and designs economic models for energy and environmental policy analysis.

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