Wind Project Repowering Due Diligence Summit

Wind Project Development, M&A, & Repower Due Diligence

May 12-13, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

“Great meeting. As an engineer focused on technical aspects of due diligence, the conference was a learning opportunity for other topics such as tax/financial issues.” – Senior Energy Consultant, Sargent & Lundy

“Great sessions, great speakers, looking forward for the next one” – Senior Principal, Terracon

 

This specialized symposium is designed to provide a holistic coverage of legal, financial, and technical due diligence items as they relate to:

  1. General wind project development
  2. Wind repowering & retrofit projects
  3. Valuation of wind transactions/acquisitions

It will review critical items for due diligence for the different types of wind projects at their various stages of development, evaluating potential exposures to unknown costs. In addition, it will also explore what elements wind asset sellers must address to attract the attention of renewable energy asset buyers and financial entities, providing specific guidance, metrics and case studies for establishing a common denominator between the buyers and sellers to transact wind projects under various stages of development.

There will be a special focus on identifying the most bankable and risk-adverse wind development and repower projects, emphasizing business strategies with consideration to project qualification for the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).  The program will also highlight key due diligence items related to land use, regulatory, permitting, and environmental considerations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key trends in the U.S. wind market for investment and acquisition
  • Identify key trends in U.S. wind repower market and the role of the growing repowering movement
  • Assess key legal, financial, and technical due diligence items for:
    • Wind project development
    • Wind repowering & retrofit projects
    • Valuation of wind transactions/acquisitions
  • Assess tax issues and qualification for wind development projects, repowering projects, and structured transactions
  • Review IRS guidelines for various types of wind projects and qualification for project development timelines
  • Review financial metrics to determine most bankable wind project and repower opportunities & opportunities to increase overall profitability
  • Discuss project developers case studies who are undergoing or have completed a wind repower project
  • Assess key due diligence related to regulatory, permitting, and environmental considerations
  • Review common issues related to land title permitting and insurance

 

Agenda

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Program Timing

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Wind Development, Acquisitions, & the Repowering Market Landscape – Evaluating Bankable Project Opportunities

  • Major trends in the wind project development landscape – U.S. and international
    • Greenfield vs. later stage projects
    • Mergers & acquisitions
    • Repower & retrofit projects
  • Wind market economic update in the U.S.
    • Policy and regional market drivers
    • Supply and demand outlook
    • Wind pricing mechanisms
  • Investor opinion on funding different stages and types of wind development projects
  • Wind repowering & retrofit landscape
    • Types of wind repowering & their benefits
    • Financial benefits
  • Overview of due diligence items for wind development and repowering projects
  • Deal structures & financial due diligence for wind project transactions
  • Project economics – evaluating bankable wind project opportunities

Moderator: Jim Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Carter Atlamazoglou, Senior Director – Global Clean Energy, FTI Consulting

Fernando Sosa, Director – Valuation & Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield

Jarek Stopczyk, Manager, Long Term Operations, RWE Renewables Americas, LLC

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Key Tax Considerations for Wind Project Transactions & Repower Projects

Maximizing the benefits of tax incentives is vital in any renewable energy transaction.  This session will provide an overview of key tax terms and issues involved in the development and structure of wind energy projects.  It will address how tax equity financings get done and apply to project deals, as well as give special consideration to tax issues for wind repower projects. 

  • Wind tax equity update
  • Tax code overview
  • Understanding depreciation for project development timelines
    • Production Tax Credit (PTC)
    • Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
  • State, local and transactional considerations
  • Diligence and tax equity structures
  • Tax equity trends in M&A
  • Tax equity transactions
    • Transaction and target type
    • Overall structure considerations
    • Diligence and tax equity structures
    • Transaction effect on tax equity structure
    • Debt equity and financing equity interactions
  • What investors are looking for in a deal
    • Surety of payment
    • Credit worthiness of off taker
    • No problems on permits up front
    • Turbine liability
  • Repower projects – special tax issues & qualification of projects
    • Understanding IRS guidelines for combining old and new assets
    • How to qualify for project development timelines
    • Understanding depreciation for project development timelines

Jim Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Shariff Barakat, Partner, Nixon Peabody

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Financial Modeling for Wind Project Development, M&A, and Repower Projects

  • Review of financial metrics for different types of wind projects
    • Wind projects (greenfield vs. later development stages)
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Repower projects
  • Financial modeling & metrics for wind project development potential – approaches to value
  • Identification of most profitable wind project opportunities
  • Key financial due diligence considerations:
    • Power purchase agreements (PPAs)
    • Energy assessment & asset valuation
    • Grid interconnection
    • Balance of plant
    • Tax credit qualification
    • Pre-installation of balance of plant
    • Transmission rights
  • Repowering – special considerations for financial analysis

Fernando Sosa, Director – Valuation & Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Developer Perspective: Lessons Learned on Wind Project Repowering

  • Evaluating repowering as an option to increase profitability of wind farm assets
  • ON North America’s wind project repowering process
    • Types of repowers and OEM options
    • Overview of developmental aspects & due diligence
    • Project construction process
  • Overall lessons learned
  • Pitfalls and challenge areas

Jarek Stopczyk, Manager – Long Term Operations, RWE Renewables Americas, LLC

Thursday, May 13, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Program Timing

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: State Approaches to Wind Development & Repower Projects – Permitting, Environmental Review & Project Applications

  • Variations in state regulations and rules – what to be aware of in state of operation
    • Environmental review and permitting process
  • Establishing contacts within all appropriate agencies
  • Building a successful developer – regulator relationship for project approval
  • Issues and areas of concern for regulatory approval for wind development projects
    • Noise modeling
    • Property owner participation
    • Wildlife and permitting
  • Issues and areas of concern for regulatory approval specific to wind repower projects
  • Tips for developer due diligence for regulator review of repower projects
    • GIS/maps
    • Surveys
    • Processes and timelines
    • Input from developer partners
      • Biologists
      • Lawyers
    • Who should you bring to the table?

Richard Davis, Environmental Review Manager, Minnesota Department of Commerce

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Energy Assessment Review for Wind Projects

  • Wind resource assessment – best practices
  • Site suitablity engineering review
  • Reliability engineering review

Jessica O’Connor, Engineer & Wind Data Analyst, ArcVera Renewables

 11:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Understanding Land Title Search and Insurance Issues in Project Development & Asset Values

  • Basic principles of title insurance in the energy context
  • The impact of title insurance on project finance
  • Insurable land rights and valid real property contracts
  • Encroachments, crossing agreements and enforced removal
  • Locating and insuring severed mineral interests
  • Mechanics’ lien principles
  • The importance of transmission rights

John Agle, Counsel – Energy Specialist, Stewart Title Guaranty Co

12:00 p.m. :: Program Adjourns

Speakers

  • John Agle, Counsel – Energy Specialist, Stewart Title Guaranty Co

  • Carter Atlamazoglou, Senior Director – Global Clean Energy, FTI Consulting

  • Shariff Barakat, Partner, Nixon Peabody

  • Richard Davis, Environmental Review Manager, Minnesota Department of Commerce

  • Jim Duffy, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

  • Jessica O’Connor, Engineer & Wind Data Analyst, ArcVera Renewables

  • Fernando Sosa, Director – Valuation & Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield

  • Jarek Stopczyk, Manager – Long Term Operations, RWE Renewables Americas, LLC

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

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Single Connection - Wind Project Development, M&A, & Repower Due DiligenceUS $ 1195.00
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Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations will be used in the program.

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