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

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

October 3 & 4, 2016
U.S. Bank Plaza in Minneapolis, MN

Who Should Order This Homestudy

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

Why You Should Order

Our Eighth Annual Conference on Renewable Energy in the Midwest will update you on new policies, and business opportunities and challenges. This timely conference opens with a discussion of federal energy policy developments that are impacting the market for renewable energy in the Midwest.

Leading national renewable energy professionals, thought leaders and regulators will address opportunities and challenges for developers and entrepreneurs in the Midwest.

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, resource planning, procuring renewable generating assets, the future of solar, 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

What Attendees Said


Monday, October 03, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & 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 State Regulatory Updates: Opportunities and Challenges for the Renewables Industry in the Midwest

Developments in the substantive law

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

10:15 am


10:30 am

Demand Drivers for New Renewable Resources

Update on the Obama Administration's clean power initiative for military and civilian facilities; government contracts

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

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

11:30 am

Solar Gardens

Progress towards implementation of Minnesota Statute 216B.164 including Xcel's Solar Rewards Community program to encourage private investment

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

12:30 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:45 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., Special Address, Commissioner
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission / St. Paul, MN

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Resource Planning for the Midwest

Utility business model transformation as well as divergent state energy policies, such as North Dakota's and Minnesota's differing approaches on renewables, cost recovery, resource planning, etc.

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

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

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

Aaron Tippie, Vice President, Power Generation
Westwood Professional Services / Eden Prairie, MN

4:45 pm

Emergence of Corporate Power Purchasers: Seizing the Opportunity

Executing large-scale renewable energy purchases: Controlling energy costs and improving the environmental performance of operations

Charlie Daum, Managing Director, Business Development
Altenex, LLC / Minneapolis, MN

5:15 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Fredrikson Byron P.A. and Maslon LLP


Tuesday, October 04, 2016

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

Priti Patel, Esq., Regional Executive, North Region
MISO / Eagan, MN

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

Glen Skarbakka, P.E.,, Esq., Principal
Skarbakka PPLC / Mound, MN

10:15 am


10:30 am

Wisconsin Regulatory Update: What Wisconsin is Doing in Response to Disruptive Technology

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved pilot projects, including community solar; stakeholder discussions on utility models of the future; legislative initiatives

Richard Heinemann, Esq.
Boardman & Clark LLP / Madison, WI

11:15 am

The Future: What Solar Will Look Like When it Reaches Grid Parity in the U.S.

Bruce G. Gerhardson, Esq., Associate General Counsel
Otter Tail Power Company / Fergus Falls, MN

12:00 pm

Working Through the Complexities of Permitting Renewable Energy Projects

The nuances of the State Public Utility Commission process; adaptations for presenting project information; working with state regulators overseeing the process

John Wachtler, Energy Program Director
Minnesota Department of Commerce / St. Paul, MN

Eric Hansen, PE, PG, Director, Environmental Services
Westwood Professional Services / Eden Prairie, MN

1:00 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 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, 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.

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.

Charlie Daum, Managing Director, Business Development, Altenex, LLC, leads sales and business development in sourcing renewable energy. Previously, he was a founding member of Geronimo Energy, and specialized in origination, PPA structuring, M&A and project development.

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.

Amy Fredregill, Manager, Resource Planning and Strategy, Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy Inc., 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.

Bruce G. Gerhardson, Associate General Counsel, Otter Tail Power Company, represents the company in state and federal regulatory affairs, project development activities and regulatory compliance, including those related to renewable and transmission riders, project permitting, resource planning and fuel clause.

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.
Full bio and contact info for Eric Hansen PE, PG at Westwood Professional Services

Richard Heinemann, Boardman & Clark LLP, focuses on energy law, advising municipalities and local governments throughout the upper Midwest, on utility asset transfers, power supply and power purchase agreements, renewable energy project development, and intergovernmental agreements. He serves as general counsel for three municipal electric joint action agencies and two intergovernmental commissions.

Kevin D. 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.

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.
Full bio and contact info for Kevin J. McIntyre at Jones Day

Priti Patel, Regional Executive, MISO, is responsible for customer and state regulatory affairs for the North Region of MISO (Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Province of Manitoba), and leads implementation of the FERC Order 1000 mandate of competitive bidding for the MISO footprint.

Glen Skarbakka, Principal, Skarbakka PPLC, is a Registered Professional Engineer, experienced in the renewable energy industry. Previously, he was with Geronimo, Iberdrola and Great River.

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

Aaron Tippie, Vice President, Power Generation, Westwood Professional Services, is an experienced wind energy project developer and has also helped lead Westwood's solar market business to rapid growth in recent years.
Full bio and contact info for Aaron Tippie at Westwood Professional Services

John Wachtler, Director, Energy Environmental Review and Analysis Group, Minnesota Department of Commerce, is responsible for preparing environmental impact statements and other environmental analyses for proposed large wind and solar projects as well as for pipelines, transmission lines, and fossil-fuel fired power plants.

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