Renewable Energy Project Development: Contracting for Success

July 12, 2017 :: Portland, OR

Accredited for 5.25 MCLE Hours in Oregon  


Renewable energy projects continue to dominate as the leading solution for additional generation resource options. This rising surge in new projects is bringing an increasing number of “non-traditional” developers, builders, owners, landowners and customers into the renewable energy sector.This means projects are not only more competitive, they are also more complex, especially when considering the sophisticated contractual agreements.For those entering into this new frontier for the first time, as well as experienced renewable project financiers, developers and managers, it's important to understand that early decisions can have complicated ripple effects as the project development process starts well before contractual relationships are solidified between all parties.

Contracting mis-steps are common to any medium or large infrastructure projects, yet there are some specific to renewable energy projects and related technologies, business models and policies. By identifying these issues early and thinking about how they play out in contract negotiations, stakeholders can tee up a successful project that is transaction cost-efficient while they avoid “tying their shoelaces together.”

This course will examine issues relevant to developing and financing a renewable energy project that ultimately need to be solved via contracting arrangements including:
  • Project Economics
  • Cost / Risk Allocation
  • Parties
  • Land
  • Financing
  • Energy Regulation and Policy Incentives
  • Technology and other Regulatory Issues
For each of these topics, the instructors will frame pertinent issues, highlight and examine pitfalls that cause cost overruns and delays or that stop a project in its tracks and then to consider proactive steps to set up a successful project. The course includes conceptual discussions, analysis of contractual arrangements and/or mapping out of deal structures.
This Course is Designed For:
  • Counsel and Attorneys Involved in Renewable Energy Project Development
  • Renewable Energy Project Developers
  • Renewable Energy Project Financiers
  • Large Energy Consumers interested in Sourcing/Developing Renewable Energy Projects
  • Municipalities that procure Renewable Energy
  • Utility Leadership/Staff working with Renewable Energy Projects
  • Consultants working in Renewable Energy Project Development
Course Agenda
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Setting the Stage: Introductions, Setting Goals for the Day, Discussing Upcoming Projects, Sharing Past Successes and Challenges
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Session I: Smart Contracting and Project Economics, Risk Allocation, Financing
  • How can the costs and returns, both initial and ongoing, be structured or controlled to make the project sufficiently attractive to stakeholders?
  • Are the parties willing to share costs and risks (and benefits) in a way that is acceptable and incentivizes all parties to keep moving forward?
  • Has the project anticipated requirements for getting equity or debt financing and how does this project compare to other competing investments?
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Session II: Addressing Parties and Land Issues when Contracting for Renewable Energy Projects
  • Do the parties have sufficient experience and financial strength (or can they access it) to convince an investor, lender or utility offtaker to participate?
  • How complex is land ownership for the project, including public and private landowners, title and environmental issues and holdout problems?
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Group Luncheon
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Session III: Lessons Learned from Local Experts
In this interactive and informal session, experienced local renewable energy project developers will share their insights and experiences from recent projects.
In Portland: Troy Snyder, TLS Capital and Damien Hall, Ball Janik LLP
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Session V: Considering Regulation, Incentives, Technology in the Contract Process
  • What regulatory requirements, opportunities, and trends should developers be aware of early in the process given the parties, type of project and location of the project and offtaker?
  • What other regulations besides energy, tax and land use could blindside the project, such as cybersecurity and data privacy, open records laws or import/export controls?
4:00 - 5:00 - Networking Happy Hour

Course Location:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017  :: The course will take place at The Multnomah Athletic Club at 1849 SW Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97205.  Map and Directions

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Course Instructors


Brian Murphy, Principal, Black & Veatch

Brian Murphy provides strategic advisory and transaction services to a variety of clean tech and renewable energy clients, with a particular focus on how financial structures, market incentives and regulatory mandates can create value and mitigate risk. In addition, Brian has developed case studies and expert testimony on financial incentives and regulatory protocols for public utility commissions, federal agencies and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Brian also has experience as a project developer, having assembled and sold a portfolio of utility-scale Solar PV assets. Brian received his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School and certification in Dispute Resolution & Mediation from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Mark Wiranowski, Attorney, Wilkinson Barker Knauer 

Mark Wiranowski’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions in the energy, communications and information technology industries, as well cutting edge transactional and regulatory matters in those sectors. Mr. Wiranowski advises utilities on the development and acquisition of infrastructure, including wind, solar, battery and microgrid projects. He also advises telecommunications companies and investors on cell tower and other telecommunications transactions. In addition, he represents public and private companies and investors in matters of corporate governance, private equity and debt financings, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, manufacturing, other commercial transactions and related real property transactions.

His clients include gas and electric utilities, telecommunications companies and emerging and established private companies focused on technology and business innovations – among others, smart grid and energy use, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, commercial solar, advanced batteries, chemical sensors, critical infrastructure inspection, and drone applications.