Law Seminars International Presents: The Seventh Annual Conference on Legal and Business Developments for

Renewable Energy in the Midwest
New policies, incentives, business opportunities and challenges

October 8 & 9, 2015
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. 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. You will hear about current industry challenges and major areas that are impacting Midwest development opportunities, including what is on FERC's agenda, federal and regional transmission and interconnection developments, permitting, government energy contracts, solar garden and storage technology trends, procuring renewable generating assets, and how regulatory policies and business dynamics have intersected to affect the financing and deployment of various types of renewable energy.

Sign up soon. We hope to see you there!

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

What You Will Learn


Thursday, October 08, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Maslon LLP / Minneapolis, MN

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

8:45 am

Federal Energy Policy Developments Having an Impact on the Market for Renewable Energy in the Midwest

Renewables-focused initiatives of the U.S. Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the White House

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

9:30 am

Environmental and Regulatory Update: Opportunities and Challenges for the Renewables Industry in the Midwest

How wind and energy development will be affected by the listing of the northern long-eared bat and other federally- or state-listed species in Minnesota; the regulatory implications of those listings

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

Developments in the substantive law

Kevin D. Johnson, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Minneapolis, MN

10:30 am


10:45 am

Demand Drivers for New Renewable Resources

The federal government as a large customer: Update on the Obama Administration's clean power initiative for military and civilian facilities; government contracts

Nena M. Lenz, Esq.
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. / Minneapolis, MN

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

Utility scale solar and community solar; recent developments in Wisconsin

Matthew J. Frank, Esq.
Murphy Desmond S.C. / Madison, WI

Tech companies as large customers wanting green power: What are they looking for?

David Gardiner, Principal and President
David Gardiner & Associates / Arlington, VA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Special Addresses: High-Level Insights into the Future for Renewables in the Region

Business perspective on market realities and the current incentives and disincentives

Christopher B. Clark, President
Northern States Power Company, Xcel Energy Inc. / Minneapolis, MN

State policy perspective on the current issues for renewables development and integration into grid operations

The Hon. Dan Lipschultz, Esq., Commissioner
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission / Saint Paul, MN

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

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

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

Amy S. Fredregill, Manager, Resource Planning and Strategy, Regulatory Affairs
Xcel Energy / Minneapolis, MN

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

Mallory Lindgren, Director, Power Generation Strategy
Westwood Professional Services / Eden Prairie, MN

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron P.A. and Maslon LLP


Friday, October 09, 2015

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2

Girard P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Maslon LLP / Minneapolis, MN

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

8:45 am

Grid Operations for Getting Centralized Generation to Load

Current transmission development and interconnection issues

Tim Aliff, Director, Resource Interconnection & Planning
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) / Carmel, IN

Rhonda Peters, Technical Consultant
Wind on the Wires / Saint Paul, MN

Susan Williams Sloan, Vice President, State Policy
American Wind Energy Association / Washington, DC

10:15 am


10:30 am

Legal Issues in Current Business Model Trends for Distributed Generation

Solar gardens

Aakash H. Chandarana, Esq., Regional Vice President, Rates and Regulatory Affairs
Xcel Energy Inc. / Minneapolis, MN

Storage technology trends

Christopher P. Orzel, Manager, Business Development
Invenergy LLC / Chicago, IL

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Transactional Tips for Procuring Renewable Generating Assets

Engineering procurement and construction

Elling Olson, Director of Business Development, Wind
Mortenson Company / Minneapolis, MN

Acquisition of solar or wind operating assets

John L. Seymour, III, Esq.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Minneapolis, MN

2:00 pm

Working Through the Complexities of Permitting Renewable Energy Projects

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

Eric Hansen, P.E., Director, Environmental Services
Westwood Professional Services / Eden Prairie, MN

Deborah R. Pile, Director, Energy Facility Permitting
Minnesota Department of Commerce / St. Paul, MN

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance 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. 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, of counsel, Maslon LLP, is a transactions attorney in the Business & Securities Group. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, governance (both for profit and not-for-profit entities), venture capital, and corporate and business law.

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.

Christopher B. Clark, Special Address, is President of Northern States Power Company-Minnesota, Xcel Energy Inc. Previously, he was Regional Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs-Minnesota, and was responsible for regulatory filings with the utility commissions in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The Hon. Dan Lipschultz, Special Address, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve a six-year term, effective February 14, 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was a shareholder at Moss & Barnett, P.A.,

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.

Tim Aliff, Director of Resource Interconnection & Planning at Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO), is responsible for generation interconnection queue and agreements, long term transmission service requests, transmission studies, and resource adequacy forecasting.

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

Christina K. Brusven, shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron P.A., advises utilities, independent power producers and pipeline companies on siting, routing, permitting, rate and other regulatory matters. She guides clients through regulatory and permitting processes needed to construct large energy, transmission and pipeline projects.

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

Aakash H. Chandarana is Regional Vice President, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, at Xcel Energy Inc.

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

Matthew J. Frank, Murphy Desmond S.C., focuses on environmental, energy, and natural resources law. He assists clients in renewable energy development, energy efficiency, green building, natural resource protection and sustainability. Previously, he was Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin DOJ.

Amy Fredregill, Manager, Resource Planning and Strategy, Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy, is involved with the long-term regulatory strategy, including resource planning, acquisitions, and utility business model transformation initiatives with stakeholders in the Upper Midwest. Previously, she was Executive Director for the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System.

David Gardiner, Principal and President, David Gardiner & Associates, provides high-level strategic guidance to corporate executives and non-profit leaders in energy efficiency, clean air policy, sustainable transportation, and forest and land issues. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the White House Climate Change Task Force during the Clinton Administration.

Eric Hansen, PE, PG, Director, Environmental Services and Senior Project Manager, Westwood Professional Services, manages renewable energy and power delivery projects in numerous states. He is a company shareholder with experience in regulatory permitting, site assessment, and environmental field studies.

Kevin Johnson, partner, Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group, Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on environmental, energy, land use, agricultural and municipal law. He assists clients in renewable energy projects, including biomass (waste-to-energy) facilities, biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel) facilities and wind energy projects.

Nena M. Lenz, Fredrikson & Byron P.A., focuses on government contracting, helping companies and public entities draft and negotiate federal, state and local procurement documents, and counseling clients on compliance with related regulatory requirements.

Mallory Lindgren, Director, Power Generation Startegy, Westwood Professional Services, conducts market analyses, monitors policy, and identifies trends and opportunities, and is experienced as a client-focused project manager for renewable energy projects.

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.

Elling Olson is Director of Business Development in the Wind Energy Group at Mortenson Company.

Christopher P. Orzel, Manager, Business Development, Invenergy LLC, is responsible for developing storage business, including market creation and deal origination activities across all geographic regions. Prior to his current role, he directed the company'sregulatory activities in the Northeastern U.S., Ontario and Western North America.

Rhonda Peters is Technical Consultant at Wind on the Wires.

Deborah R. Pile is the Director of Energy Facility Permitting at the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

John L. Seymour III, partner, Finance and Restructuring Department and the Energy Practice Group, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, concentrates on project development and financing of energy and other infrastructure projects, as well as commercial finance transactions.

Susan Williams Sloan, Vice President, State Policy, American Wind Energy Association, leads a team working on state policy issues including RPS laws, taxes, siting, transmission, and distributed and community wind, in legislative and regulatory affairs, as well as regional and state-based events.

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