Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Advanced Renewable Energy Project Finance and Analysis

November 8-9, 2010

Learn how to analyze and structure renewable energy projects to optimize financing.

• Risk assessment and mitigation in renewable energy projects:
Wind, Solar, Biomass, Geothermal, Landfill Gas and Waste-to-Energy

• Contract structuring, documentation and risk sharing to mitigate
Change-in-Law, Force Majeure and other unknown risks

• Renewable project financial analysis and modeling

• Incorporating incentives unique to financing renewable projects:
tax credits, accelerated depreciation, tax code covenants, subsidies and grants

• Assessing the impacts of ARRA on renewable project finance

• Structuring renewable project financings—
leveraged flip and lease structures

• Sourcing equity and debt in today’s project finance markets

Gain Skills via exercises and spreadsheets derived from real world renewable energy projects

Course Instructors:

Mohammed J. Alam,

Timothy Rosenzweig,

Frank C. Shaw,

Sean Shimamoto,
Partner, Tax,

*Printed presentation materials will be provided on site, along with flash drives loaded with
spreadsheets and models used for course exercises. We recommend you bring a laptop to the course.

Course: Advanced Renewable Energy Project Finance & Analysis
Monday, November 8, 2010 9:00 am - 5:30 pm and
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Register on or before October 8 to receive the Early Bird Discount off the Standard Tuition!

41 Madison Avenue Event Center
41 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Construction Completed at Naval Station Norfolk Superfund Site

PHILADELPHIA (November 1, 2010) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the U.S. Navy has completed Superfund cleanup construction at the Naval Station Norfolk/Naval Support Activity Norfolk, culminating 27 years of investigation and remediation at the largest naval base in the world.

EPA considers construction completion as the most important Superfund milestone because it means that all physical construction of the cleanup remedies are complete, all immediate threats have been addressed and all long-term threats are under control.

“Getting to this point in the cleanup process required a team approach and a close working relationship among the Navy, EPA, and Virginia,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “Not only was assessment and cleanup considered in the process, but over the course of the cleanup, reuse of contaminated land to support the Navy mission was a top priority.”

Overall, the Navy spent more than $100 million on 170 locations known, or suspected to be contaminated throughout the facility. When the cleanup work began, there were locations covered with drums filled with tons of waste. Now, the land is available to support the Navy’s mission.

The Naval Station and Support Activity were added to the Superfund National Priorities List in 1997. Between 1997 and 2010, EPA, the Navy and the Virginia worked together to ensure that the cleanup was consistent with current Superfund and Department of Defense guidance. A risk assessment was performed for each of the 170 sites and where unacceptable risk to human health or the environment was found, action was taken. The last site on the base requiring cleanup was addressed this past August.

In September of 2010, EPA’s mid-Atlantic office, which includes Virginia, determined that both installations at this facility, had met the criteria for being added to EPA’s construction completion list. More information on the site is available at: http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/super/sites/VA6170061463/index.htm

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dallas Green Festival

I will be attending the Dallas Green Festival on September 18, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 2:30. This is the first time I have ever done a mass butterfly release, but it is a great way to teach our younger generation to love life and our planet.

There will be:
outdoor recreation zone
Monarch Butterfly tagging
recycled arts and crafts
food and live music
children's area
green demonstrations
vendors and artisans.

This event is sponsored by Green Mountain Energy. Green Mountain Energy is the power company I use at my personal residence. Preservation Tree Services and Wendy Krispin Catering will be sponsoring as well.

The event should be small but a lot of fun. Any time Texas Discovery Gardens is involved, it will be fun. I will see you there.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Utility Scale Solar Finance & Investment Summit Sept 13-14, 2010

Utility Scale Solar Finance & Investment Summit is the business hub where decision–makers—from project developers, technology providers, utilities, investors, lenders, EPC contractors and other industry players—who are rapidly expanding the utility scale project pipeline come to work out how to move these projects over the finish line. This major networking event provides a great chance for the entire utility scale solar community to gather and get the latest insights into overcoming project development challenges and into successfully financing projects. The event also provides an excellent opportunity for everyone with a stake in the industry to connect, build relationships, and discuss deals.

Don’t miss these special focus Pre-Summit events:

The “Project Development Briefing—Status Reports on PPAs, Siting & Permitting, and Transmission and Interconnection” will provide up-to-the-minute information on developments in these areas.

The “Utility Scale Solar Technology Forum” will explore the grid integration issues for utility scale photovoltaics and the technologies and solutions under development to tackle these issues.


Briefing: Project Development: Status Reports on PPAs, Siting & Permitting, and Transmission and Interconnection.
Monday, September 13, 2010, 8:00 am – 5:15 pm

Forum: Utility Scale Solar Technology
Monday, September 13, 2010, 8:00 am – 5:15 pm

Summit: Utility Scale Solar Finance & Investment
Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 8:00 – 5:00 pm and
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 8:00 – 12:30 pm

Register on or before August 13, 2010 to receive the Early Bird discount off the Standard Tuition

Where Hilton Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014


For the Project Development and Utility Scale Solar Technology programs if you register by August 13, 2010 the price is discounted to $695. The standard price is $995. Government pricing is $595.

Utility Scale Solar Finance and investment Summit is $1,295 if purchased before August 13, 2010 and $1,695 standard. Government pricing is $995.

You can get more information by going to:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Earth Month

April is here and that means Earth Month is in full force. With Earth Day on the 22nd it is time to start planning your activites. This year I am personally focusing on the kids. I will be planting flowers and trees with my own chiidren and will also be vounteering at our local elementary school for the annual Earth Day project.

Take time to teach the children to love the earth. One of the first commandments spoken of in the bible is the commandment to take care of the earth. Teach our young ones to do so. It will bless their lives and the lives of many others to come.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture

February 7-9, 2010
Madison, Wisconsin

The 3rd Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture is right around the corner - February 7-10, 2009, at Monona Terrace Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Learn how to cut energy costs with energy efficiency, new business opportunities with renewable energy production and carbon sequestration.

National agriculture leaders will speak, including Rick Tolman, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association and Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union.

Regular registration for the 2010 Ag Forum and associated events ENDS January 18, 2010. We know budgets are tight, so register now at www.aceee.org/conf/10ag! You can find the program here.

Wisconsin’s Dairy Business Innovation Center (DBIC) is organizing an accompanying one-day event, on February 10 in the Profitability and Environmental Sustainability in the Dairy Industry. For details on both of these important events, visit www.aceee.org/conf/10ag.

The hotel reservation deadline at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace is January 15th. Go to: http://www.aceee.org/conf/10ag/index.htm#when to secure your reservations at the low conference rate of $125 per night. Mention ACEEE when making your reservations.

In addition, scholarships are available for interested farm families for the DBIC one-day event only. You can receive a $50 scholarship (maximum 2 per family) if you send a brief email to maggiemfitzsimmons@gmail.com outlining why you're interested in attending and why you need financial assistance at the moment.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Grid Interconnect Map

A few of you asked questions and gave suggestions about harvesting electricity from one location and sending it to another. This map might help you understand why some of that is not possible with our current grid.