Predevelopment Issues in the Renewable Space

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Duration: 60 minutes

MCLE Credit is available for this webinar.

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1-hour overview of site selection issues, including obtaining adequate surface rights (from mineral owners) and other site selection criteria related to the development of renewable projects. Emphasis will be placed on land use and surface control issues in Texas and Louisiana.

Presenters: Steve Miller (Jones Walker, partner); Seth Levine (Jones Walker, partner); Rob Scheffy (Jones Walker, partner)

Duration: 60 minutes

MCLE Credit available for this webinar.


Robert W. Scheffy (Full bio)

Rob Scheffy is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Energy Industry Team. Mr. Scheffy has provided businesses with a steady, guiding hand through all phases of the economic cycle, from booms to busts and everything in between. Often described as a “hybrid” lawyer, he draws on his years of private practice and his service as in-house counsel for an interstate gas pipeline company to advise pipeline companies and exploration and production companies in connection with the development, purchase, and sale of producing properties. Mr. Scheffy is also a licensed title agent representing a number of the National Title Insurance Companies. Due to Mr. Scheffy’s diverse practice footprint, he is often called on by real estate developers, lenders, and  E&P companies to resolve matters involving surface use issues and/or to offer title insurance coverages. Recently, he has been called on to offer such advises to companies involved in the alternative energy world.

Stephen T. Miller (Full bio)

Stephen “Steve” Miller is a senior partner at Jones Walker and works out of Houston. He is co-chair of the Power and Renewables team which is part of Jones Walker's Energy industry sector group. Mr. Miller has a diverse energy practice with a particular focus on the development and construction of electrical power generation projects, including renewable generation projects.  His clients include independent power producers as well as companies that provide asset management for electric generation, including renewables, both wind and solar.  Mr. Miller started his career as a real estate lawyer, and advices power generation and other industrial clients in connections with project development and site selection, as well as securing the necessary real estate rights for development, including advices regarding surface rights, mineral issues, title, and survey matters.  Mr. Miller’s electrical power practice is both domestic and international, and being fluent in Spanish and conversational in Brazilian Portuguese, Mr. Miller has worked on various power generation projects throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Seth A. Levine (Full bio)

Seth Levine is a partner at Jones Walker and works out of the New Orleans office. He is co-chair of the Midstream and Infrastructure team which is part of Jones Walker's Energy industry sector group.  Mr. Levine has a diverse energy practice and his clients include: renewable energy developers, oil, gas, and petrochemical companies, and oilfield service companies, among others.   Mr. Levine has assisted numerous solar development companies in connection with site acquisitions including advices regarding surface rights, mineral issues, title, and survey matters. He has also served as counsel to a national renewable infrastructure developer and manager in connection with restructuring a wind powered electric generating project.

MCLE Credit

Texas Course Number 174019550. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.0 credit hour, of which no credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit. The IEL will not be filing this course with any state or country CLE/CPD organization apart from the State Bar of Texas, and attendees must make their own enquiries with their own regulatory organization as to whether the uniform certificate of attendance provided on completion of this course will be recognized by that body for MCLE purposes.

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