Working with Electric Utility Contracts (Without a Law Degree)
May 7-8, 2018
Denver, CO

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This course is designed to provide developers of energy projects, those working at electric utilities, and other non-legal professionals in the energy industry with an overview of the structure and mechanics of contracts commonly encountered in the industry. The course has two major points of focus: first, the instructors will offer information and insight into the basic design, drafting, and interpretation of contracts. They will identify common themes, purposes, and provisions in legal agreements and provide suggestions on how the non-lawyer can provide insight and input into the completion of successful documents.

Second, the instructors will highlight the legal framework and fundamental purpose of documents frequently used in the energy industry. They will break down and analyze key provisions and will help participants gain familiarity and comfort with legal terminology and concepts. Participants will have an opportunity to read sample agreement provisions, identify drafting flaws, and discuss ways to address and resolve those issues. The session will provide the participants with a better understanding of the intricacies involved with drafting and interpreting various terms and conditions and will attempt to demystify some of the “legalese” or “boilerplate” provisions commonly found in contracts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the fundamental purpose and key provisions of the major agreements used in the electric utilities industry
  • Discuss the importance of non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements to the contracting process
  • Describe the role of non-binding agreements such as term sheets and letters of intent
  • Analyze the most significant terms and conditions in the power purchase agreement, construction contracts, operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement, and shared facilities agreements
  • Review basic legal terminology and concepts providing familiarity and comfort to those working with the agreements
  • Evaluate sample agreements and draft new provisions to address flaws identified within the samples



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program Level: Beginner
Delivery Methood: Group-Live
Advanced Preperation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.


Requirements for a Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint Presentations, group discussions, as well as active participation.


Monday, May 7, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Basics of Contracting

  • Basic contracting principles
    • Role of attorneys
    • Essential elements
    • Structure
    • Objectives
      • Enforceability
      • Define parties, relationships, and responsibilities
      • Allocation of risks
      • Integrated infrastructure
      • Prepare for financing
    • Boilerplate provisions
    • Overview of common agreements and key provisions
      • Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
      • Term sheet/letter of intent
      • Interconnection agreement
      • Transmission agreement
      • Supply agreement
      • Construction contract
      • O&M agreements
      • Real property documents
      • Shared facilities agreements
      • Joint venture agreements

Interactive Session

  • Confidentiality agreement
    • Read sample agreement provisions
    • Discuss potential drafting flaws
    • Make “real-time” revisions

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Power Purchase Agreements

  • Forms
  • General structure
  • Key provisions
    • Sale and purchase obligations
    • Deliveries
    • Mechanics of COD
    • Completion risk
    • Curtailment
    • Change in law
    • Excusable delay/force majeure
    • Delay damages
    • Security
    • Dispute resolution
    • Defaults, cure, remedies

Question-and-Answer Session


Ashley K. Wald, Partner, Holland & Hart

Ms. Wald advises her clients at all stages of energy project development, from site acquisition and permitting to construction, interconnection, transmission, power purchase, financing, and through commercial operation. She frequently works with clients involved in the solar and wind industries, other renewable energy technologies, and natural gas, as well as clients working in demand-side management and energy efficiency product development and deployment.

Ms. Wald also represents clients in the purchase and sale of energy projects, including both asset deals and the sale of membership interests.

Ashley Ewing, Associate, Holland & Hart

Ashley advises clients in a variety of industries in connection with mergers and acquisitions, project development, financing, and business and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis in the energy and infrastructure sector.


Holland and Hart LLP Offices
555 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Nearby Hotels

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone:  303-295-1234
0.1 miles away

Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown
401 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-296-0400
0.1 miles away

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection
321 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-297-3111
0.1 miles away

Hilton Denver City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-297-1300
0.2 miles away

Magnolia Hotel Denver
818 17th Street
Denver, Co 80202
Phone: 303-607-9000
0.2 miles away



Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, April 20, 2018
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Working with Electric Utility Contracts (Without a Law Degree)US $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before April 06, 2018 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800