Managing new and upgraded transmission projects in the public right of way (ROW) is an increasingly complex and challenging process. Electric utilities and transmission developers must balance the competing interests of all stakeholders. Special attention is required at every stage of the process to ensure that reliability and capacity objectives are met while also serving the best interests of landowners, government officials, and customers. The stakes are high – the success of the project and the reputation of your organization are on the line.
At the 6th Annual Improving Right of Way for Transmission Projects conference, you will hear leading ROW experts discuss proven strategies and best practices to efficiently and effectively navigate the right of way process. You will receive updates on evolving right of way trends impacting the planning, design, acquisition, valuation, and management of electricity transmission projects.
Examine current trends in successful land rights and ROW strategies
Analyze FERC 1000 and how to successfully deliver projects from a Land Rights and Right of Way perspective
Identify potential delays and strategies to address and resolve them when working with Federal Land Management Agencies
Discuss how to overcome unforeseen situations in real estate acquisition
Evaluate practical and legal considerations involved in the acquisition and placement of easements on agricultural land
Examine the critical steps developers must undertake before exercising their condemnation power
Discuss the changing landscapes in BLM permitting
Identify how to maintain ROW with vegetation management to ensure safe, reliable and cost efficient service
Evaluate solutions to ATF and hostage lease/license problems
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 1.0 CEUs for this Conference and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop
This conference has also been approved by IRWA for 9.5 credits and 4.0 for the workshop
Requirements for 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.
Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and group discussion will be used in this event.
Monday, September 19, 2016
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Networking Break
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception sponsored by HDR
Tuesday, June 20, 2016
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Networking Break
12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns
The Right of Way Process and the Project Lifecycle – From Siting to Energization
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Right of way is the common thread that binds successful projects together through establishing and maintaining landowner relations from the first line on the map to poles in the ground. This workshop will explore proven methods of keeping your transmission projects on schedule through appropriate integration of right of way services into the overall project team structure and explore working relations with environmental, public involvement, engineering and construction services. The development of appropriate team structures and procedures will be explored along with a multi scenario interactive schedule building exercise to help participants gain a better understanding of how right of way services fits into the overall development cycle on successful projects. Examples of how landowner relations can be improved through early assimilation of right of way services into your team that can be translated into public opinion, schedule and cost benefits will be discussed along with how this is carried through project construction with a sound construction liaison and damage settlement plan. We will also examine the acute importance of the project owner and consultants working together to assist the agencies in understanding the schedule complexities and importance of meeting energization and financial targets for these highly competitive projects.
Join this interactive workshop to learn how best to leverage right of way services on your project team to keep property acquisitions off the critical path and minimize landowner project opposition and routing changes. In this workshop, you will gain a holistic understanding of how right of way services fits into your project team and the project lifecycle and how successful implementation of this approach will build and maintain landowner relations while keeping your project on schedule and on the right side of public opinion.
Workshop Agenda / Learning Outcomes:
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing
Assess Right of Way services, its importance to project goals and how it relates to other critical project team disciplines
Examine typical team organizational charts and cross discipline procedure with recommendations for alternate approaches and improvements through implementation of an integrated project team
Discuss how best to leverage right of way services to improve landowner outreach and identify and mitigate landowner concerns early in the project lifecycle
Participate in a team building exercise where groups work jointly to develop a right of way schedule for several different project scenarios followed by a group discussion
Evaluate the important role of a right of way liaison during project construction to control costs and delays and in maintaining landowner trust
Jake Farrell, Senior Project Manager, Real Estate and Land Rights, OPPD
Jake Farrell is a seasoned Senior Project Manager and Right-of-Way (ROW) Coordinator who has managed the full suite of Siting and ROW related services for infrastructure and energy corridor projects throughout the Midwest region. Jake’s broad experience while previously working as a trusted consultant to public and private clients, and now as a senior staff member for a major utility (Omaha Public Power District), provides Jake with a unique perspective to the various land rights and permitting issues that arise throughout the routing, permitting, and acquisition phases of a project. Working closely with public involvement staff, Jake has advanced numerous public information campaigns and public hearings in efforts to ensure that affected landowners and stakeholders are well informed as to project details, and likewise engaged in a timely manner with requests for necessary right-of-entry (ROE) and right-of-way (ROW) agreements. Jake remains active in the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA), and is currently serving as the Region 3 Secretary/Treasurer and holds the position of Co-Chair for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Council of Companies
Katherine Hill, Senior Project Manager, Right of Way Services, HDR Engineering
Katherine Hill has 15 years of experience in the energy and real estate sector. She has been with PacifiCorp for 5 ½ years as a Land Acquisitions/ROW Manager developing and permitting transmission projects across 6 states.
Michael Noonan, RES Project Principal / ROW, Siting and Land Rights, HDR Engineering
Mike Noonan has 36 years of land rights and ROW experience in support of infrastructure, energy, and renewable energy projects located throughout the United States. Mike specializes in development of project specific acquisition strategies, along with providing expert witness testimony to jurisdictional and regulatory entities.
James Prossick, Vice President, Right of Way Services, HDR Engineering
Jim Prossick has over 29 years in the ROW field, with the last seven spent as a Section Manager and Project Manager for HDR working on a wide variety of projects throughout the United States. He is a licensed appraiser who has collaborated with engineering, environmental, and permitting disciplines to site numerous linear projects by providing detailed ROW analysis, landowner and title research, ROW cost estimates, and customized ROW work plans and schedules. In addition to planning services, Jim also assembles successful ROW teams delivering title research, valuation, acquisition, and closing services for linear projects.
David Guder, Manager, Real Properties Title & Valuation, Southern California Edison Co.
JoeyJames Giustino, Land and Realty Specialist, WAPA
Katherine Hill, Senior Project Manager, Right of Way Services, , HDR Engineering
Alaina King Benford, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Shauna Laber, Property and Right of Way Specialist, Basin Electric Power Cooperative