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The Eleventh Annual Conference on

Renewable Energy in the Midwest

Planning and implementing a transition to 100 percent carbon free energy

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More about the Location

Presented on October 17 & 18, 2019

Minneapolis, MN

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

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

Why You will Benefit from the Replay

While resistance persists amongst policy makers at the federal level, the Midwest renewables market continues to expand and mature. This year's program will address regional and local market coordination, utilities' enhanced role in renewable energy implementation, storage opportunities, and project siting optimization.

You'll also hear about the latest updates on federal and state-level policy affecting renewables in the Midwest and the market realities for renewable project development in the current environment in the Midwest. Special addresses by Christopher Clark, President of Xcel Energy - Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Commissioner Dan Lipschultz of the Minnesota PUC will highlight the path and efforts toward 100% renewable energy and the state policy and utility planning challenges inherent in transitioning utilities to greater reliance upon renewable resources.

The program will conclude with a discussion of financing challenges in bringing more renewable energy projects to market in the Midwest, as well as trends in renewable energy project acquisitions. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a very engaging and useful conversation.

~ Sarah Johnson Phillips, Esq. of Stoel Rives and Erik E. Malinowski, Esq. of Fredrikson & Byron, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Federal energy update at the administrative level and in the Congress and courts
  • State legislative and regulatory policy initiatives in the Midwest
  • Regional transmission and coordination of markets
  • Major new developments for energy storage
  • Xcel Energy's transition to 100 percent renewable energy
  • Xcel's pilot program for charging electric vehicles
  • The path to carbon-free renewable generation for project developers
  • Energy from renewable biomass
  • Policy issues for renewables development and integration into vertically integrated utility operations
  • Financing challenges and trends for renewable energy projects

What Attendees Said

  • "Very knowledgeable speakers who were well versed in energy."
  • "Excellent conference. I learned a lot."
  • "Great program to obtain up-to-the-minute information."
  • "Fantastic conference; perfect to meet the who's who of renewable energy in the Midwest."
  • "Topics were timely and ably addressed."

Agenda Day 1

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Erik E. Malinowski, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Fredrikson & Byron / Minneapolis, MN

Sarah Johnson Phillips, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives / Minneapolis, MN

8:45 am

Federal Energy Update

Key developments at the FERC, DOE, and EPA; legislative politics, and in the Courts that impact renewable energy development

Jonathan P. Trotta, Esq.
Stinson Leonard Street / Washington, DC

Brian M. Meloy, Esq.
Stinson Leonard Street / Minneapolis, MN

9:30 am

Special Address: State Legislative and Regulatory Policy Initiatives in the Midwest

Overview of what has been happening in the legislatures and at the administrative agencies

Joseph Sullivan , Deputy Commissioner
Minnesota Division of Energy Resources / Saint Paul, MN

10:15 am


10:30 am

Regional Transmission and Coordination of Markets as the Midwest Transitions to Greater Reliance on Renewables

MISO's planning for transmission, generation, and storage to ensure system reliability, enable market efficiency, and meet state and federal energy policies

Justin C. Stewart, Esq. , Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) Negotiator
MISO / Carmel, IN

Economic analysis: Distributed Energy Resource integration in MISO; implications for regional load forecasting; national trends in resolution of cost recovery issues

Derya Eryilmaz, Ph.D. , Associate Principal
Charles River Associates / Boston, MA

Interconnection contracts: Current policy developments, contract sticking points, and resolution trends; strategies for addressing the large number of applicants in the queue

Lindsey A. Remakel, Esq.
Fredrikson & Byron / Minneapolis, MN

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Energy Storage: Major New Developments Creating New Opportunities

Short-term time shifts: The latest developments in battery storage, including flow batteries as an alternative to lithium

Allen P. Gleckner, Esq. , Director, Energy Markets
Fresh Energy / Saint Paul, MN

Siting and permitting considerations for hybrid wind, solar, and storage projects

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

Hydrogen fuel cells for transportation: Case study of Stark Area Regional Transit Authority's study and preparation of a Hydrogen Roadmap for the U.S. Midwest Region

Steven Sokolsky , Program Manager
CALSTART / Madison, WI

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Special Address: Xcel Energy's Decision to Undertake a Leadership Role in the Transition to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

The range of issues considered including customer and policy preferences, long term resource planning, short term procurement, and project implementation

Christopher B. Clark, Esq. , President - Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota
Xcel Energy / Minneapolis, MN

4:00 pm

A Detailed Look at Xcel's Implementation Plans

Components and timelines in Xcel's resource plan

Jonathan S. Adelman , Area VP for Strategic Resource & Business Planning
Xcel Energy / Denver, CO

Update on Xcel's pilot program for charging electric vehicles

Matthew B. Harris, Esq. , Principal Attorney
Xcel Energy / Minneapolis, MN

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Fredrikson Byron and Stoel Rives

Friday, October 18, 2019

8:30 am

Carbon-Free Renewable Generation and Storage in the Broader Context for Utility Resource Planning

How do renewable project developers see the best path forward?

Betsy Engelking , Vice President of Policy and Strategy
Geronimo Energy / Edina, MN

9:00 am

Large Customer Green Power Transactions

Case study of Target's decision to pursue 100 percent renewable electricity for its stores and best agreement practices from a customer's perspective

Holly Lahd , Lead Program Manager, Energy & Sustainability
Target Corporation / Minneapolis, MN

9:30 am

Siting: Stand-Alone vs. a Combination of Storage with Renewables Projects

Project optimization: Storage co-locating with gas, solar, and wind facilities and how siting affects investment and production tax credits; other financing considerations

Roger Johanson , Vice President, Project Finance
Geronimo Energy / Edina, MN

10:00 am


10:15 am

Energy from Renewable Biomass

Case study of CenterPoint Energy's proposal to introduce a renewable natural gas green tariff pilot program for its Minnesota customers

Nick C. Mark , Manager, Conservation & Renewable Energy Policy
CenterPoint Energy / Minneapolis, MN

Opportunities for methane and hydrogen capture from landfills and agricultural sector operations

Brendan Jordan , Vice President, Transportation and Fuels
Great Plains Institute / Minneapolis, MN

11:30 am

Special Address: State Policy Challenges for Greater Utility Reliance on Renewables

Policy issues for renewables development and integration into vertically integrated utility operations: Adaptation to disruptive technologies, ratepayer participation in pilot projects, cost recovery for storage, other ratemaking issues

The Hon. Dan Lipschultz, Esq. , Vice-Chair
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission / St. Paul, MN

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Financing Challenges and Trends for Renewable Energy Projects

New projects and upcoming cliffs for the PTC for wind and the ITC for solar: Update on tax incentives, project structure trends, and market conditions

Gregory F. Jenner, Esq.
Stoel Rives / Minneapolis, MN

Deal structures: The big trend toward utility ownership of renewables in the Midwest and overview of build-own-transfer deal structures

Kurt R. Rempe, Esq.
Fredrikson & Byron / Minneapolis, MN

A financeable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) as an essential prerequisite for obtaining financing: Market trends and tips for working with developers and incumbent companies to find effective solutions

Justin D. Markell, Esq.
Winthrop & Weinstine / Minneapolis, MN

3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Sarah Johnson Phillips, Sarah Johnson Phillips, Program Co-Chair, is a partner in the Energy Development practice group at Stoel Rives. She has particular experience working on distributed solar and community-shared solar projects.

Erik E. Malinowski, Erik E. Malinowski, Program Co-Chair, is a Shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron. His practice focuses on assisting clients with the development and financing of renewable energy projects.

Christopher B. Clark, Christopher B. Clark, Special Address, is President - Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota for Xcel Energy.

The Hon. Dan Lipschultz, The Hon. Dan Lipschultz, Special Address, is Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Joseph Sullivan, Joseph Sullivan, Special Address, is Deputy Commissioner for the Minnesota Division of Energy Resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Jonathan S. Adelman is Area VP for Strategic Resource & Business Planning at Xcel Energy. He is responsible for coordinating the overall resource planning process, including meeting all long-term generation capacity needs.

Betsy Engelking Betsy Engelking is Vice President of Policy and Strategy at Geronimo Energy. Previously, she was Director of Resource Planning for Xcel Energy, where she developed and implemented long-range power supply plans.

Derya Eryilmaz, Ph.D., Derya Eryilmaz, Ph.D., is Associate Principal in the Energy Practice at Charles River Associates. She specializes in applied economic analysis of the energy sector.

Allen P. Gleckner Allen P. Gleckner is Director, Energy Markets for Fresh Energy. He oversees Fresh Energy's work related to decarbonizing our electricity system.

Matthew B. Harris is Principal Attorney at Xcel Energy.

Gregory F. Jenner Gregory F. Jenner is a Partner at Stoel Rives. A past co-chair of the firm's energy team, he has broad experience in virtually all federal tax matters.

Roger Johanson is Vice President, Project Finance for Geronimo Energy. He is responsible for raising equity, tax equity and debt capital for the company's projects.

Brendan Jordan Brendan Jordan is Vice President for Transportation and Fuels Programs at Great Plains Institute.

Holly Lahd Holly Lahd is Lead Program Manager for Energy & Sustainability at Target Corporation. She formerly worked as a consultant for sustainable procurement and as Energy Markets Director for Fresh Energy.

Nick C. Mark is Manager for Conservation & Renewable Energy Policy at CenterPoint Energy.

Justin D. Markell, Justin D. Markell, Winthrop & Weinstine, was a project developer for one of the world's largest independent renewable energy companies before becoming a lawyer.

Brian M. Meloy Brian M. Meloy is a partner at Stinson Leonard Street. He focuses on energy transactions and regulatory matters before the FERC and state utility commissions.

Lindsey A. Remakel Lindsey A. Remakel is a shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron. She provides regulatory counsel to clients regarding environmental matters, project permitting, generator interconnection, and compliance under federal energy laws.

Kurt R. Rempe, Kurt R. Rempe, Fredrikson & Byron, advises clients on tax, regulatory, and commercial issues related to the development, financing, purchase and sale of energy projects.

Steven Sokolsky Steven Sokolsky is a Program Manager at CALSTART, based in Madison, Wisconsin. He manages several of CALSTART's projects to deploy low- and zero-emission transit buses and led the development of a best practices guide for hydrogen fueling infrastructure for transit agencies.

Justin C. Stewart Justin C. Stewart is Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) Negotiator for MISO. He prepares Generator Interconnection Agreements, Multi-Party Facility Construction Agreements and Facility Construction Agreements for negotiation.

Jonathan P. Trotta Jonathan P. Trotta is a partner at Stinson Leonard Street. A previous Attorney-Advisor to the FERC, he represents electric utilities and trade associations on issues involving wholesale electric markets, compliance and enforcement matters, transmission planning and development, FERC transmission open access policies and standards of conduct, generator interconnection, electric reliability, and physical/cybersecurity.

John Wachtler is the Energy Program Director for the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 12.0 Minnesota MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.