A legal discussion on wind energy

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There are several issues affecting the future of the US wind industry but what could be most important are the passage of a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) and the future of the grid. Can the wind industry thrive or even survive without an RES? Who is going to control siting decisions for new transmission lines – federal, state or local authorities? And who is going to pay for these new lines – utilities, developers or the public sector?

Even without an RES or solutions to hard transmission questions, the industry is still optimistically moving forward with installing wind energy. Yet with all projects come challenges including how to most effectively structure a deal and how to manage contract risk. A few mistakes on the part of the company overseeing the wind project could spell disaster. This webinar will inform you on the current state of the wind industry, assess the future of wind projects in the region and conclude with tips and tactics on development, negotiations and risk management of project contracts.

The following areas will be discussed in detail:

  • Transmission issues, including the debate over payment for new lines, jurisdiction over siting and routing and acquisition of necessary property rights;
  • Wind project structuring issues including financing and
  • How to manage risk in wind contracts such as construction contracts.

SPEAKERS:
Introduction: Randy Stratton, Co-Chair of the Midwest Wind Summit & Expo
Moderator: Bill Weimer, Faegre & Benson LLP
Betsy Schmiesing, Faegre & Benson LLP, land acquisition and transmission
Peter Halls, Faegre & Benson LLP, contracts and risk management
Peter Ekberg, Faegre & Benson LLP, M&A, finance

Space is limited so REGISTER NOW for this FREE webinar.

If you are currently involved in or are considering a wind project in the United States, then this FREE webinar, “A Legal Discussion on Wind Energy: Looking Past the Wind Industry’s Hurdles and Focusing on Completing Projects” is a must-attend event. Several experts from law firm Faegre & Benson LLP, a national firm with a dedicated new energy team that addresses the needs of leading traditional and renewable energy companies, providing counsel regarding environmental and natural resources; real estate and land use; eminent domain and corridor acquisition; corporate governance; capital raising; commercial transactions; construction contracts, regulations and liability issues; intellectual property protection; and dispute resolution, including litigation of commercial, construction, energy, environmental and federal land claims, will be giving a current overview of the political climate as well as apprise attendees on some of the biggest issues surrounding contract development and risk management, followed by a Q&A session. In addition, the webinar is a free preview of the must-attend upcoming conference Midwest Wind Summit & Expo being held in Brookings, SD on October 4-6, 2010.

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants so don’t delay. REGISTER NOW.

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