Monthly Brown Bag Teleconference Series:
The monthly Renewable Energy Seminar and Teleconference Series, which is in webinar format, is brought to you by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) in collaboration with the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee. These monthly seminars provide an opportunity to network and discuss the subject matter with authorities in the renewable energy space, including renewable energy lawyers, federal and state policy makers, and business experts. The programming is open to ACORE members, ABA members and all those involved in aspects of law, policy, business, or financing in the renewable energy or distributed generation fields. To view and register for the next ABA/ACORE, please go to: http://renewableenergyinfo.org/
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Date: May 15, 2013
Offshore Wind: A Soon-to-be-Born U.S. Industry or Cost-Prohibitive Fantasy?
For several years it has seemed that the U.S. offshore wind industry is poised to take-off. But daunting obstacles have stood in the way of expeditiously turning the promising vision of an offshore wind industry into reality. State-level hurdles, such as obtaining approvals from a state public utility commission, can slow the project development process. Financing can be hard to obtain because offshore projects have no U.S.-based historical risk profile, particularly if a utility or the company supplying the turbines for the project is not a co-investor. Public dissent and skepticism about the cost of offshore wind to taxpayers is a new challenge. But proponents and developers of offshore wind power are persevering and advancing their projects. How will these challenges be addressed? Has the time for offshore wind power finally arrived? Our panel of experts will answer this and other questions, as well as provide insight as to when we may realistically see the U.S. offshore wind industry become a reality.
Q & A both on the teleconference and live at the host firm sites, will follow the speakers' presentations. Please email questions to email@example.com.
Kimberly Diamond, Lowenstein Sandler PC
Roger D. Stark, Ballard Spahr LLP
Sarah A.W. Fitts, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Todd Foley, SVP Policy & Government Relations, ACORE
Jim Lanard, President, Offshore Wind Development Coalition
Paul Zarnowiecki, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Additional Speakers TBA
Stormwater Management: Current Approaches, Policies, and Legislation, and What Needs to Change January 29, 2013 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Stormwater can have a debilitating, if not disastrous effect, on current energy infrastructure and delivery systems. Only a few months ago, Superstorm Sandy demonstrated to the East Coast -particularly to New York and New Jersey residents - that having local stormwater management plans in place could significantly assist in damage reduction and community resilience to future storms of similar magnitudes. On the West Coast, capturing rainwater and retaining stormwater can lead to more effective flood management, expand water supply, and reduce contaminants flowing to beaches. In addition to management plans and legislation, improving stormwater management will require collaboration among various water, flood, and city agencies. Please join us for an educational teleconference when our panel of experts will discuss creative, new strategies to address stormwater, linking them to approaches taken at the neighborhood level in New York City, at the city level in Los Angeles, and at the state-wide level in California. Please RSVP here if you are interested in attending.
Alf W. Brandt, Principal Consultant on Water Resource Law and Policy, California State Assembly
Biography | ARTICLE: The Future of Stormwater: Capture, Store and Supply
Tracy J. Egoscue, Founder, Egoscue Law Group
Biography | DOCUMENT: Discharges within Coastal Watersheds of Los Angeles County
Llewellyn Wells, President and Founder of Living City Block
Biography | Living City Stormwater Pilot - Proposal
Moderator: Kimberly E. Diamond, Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP