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UT to host wind law institute in Sweetwater

The University of Texas School of Law is joining with the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium and the Sweetwater law firm of Steakley, Wetsel and Carmichael to organize the first-ever Wind Energy Institute on June 1-2 on the Sweetwater campus of Texas State Technical College West Texas.

“We are very pleased that The University of Texas is working with us to develop this important educational opportunity for West Texas attorneys and other lawyers around the nation,” said Greg Wortham, executive director of the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium, and a member of the event's steering committee.

Sweetwater attorney Rod Wetsel, chairman of UT's 32nd annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute and an active wind energy lawyer, is also one of the driving forces in this event.

The 2006 Wind Energy Institute will focus on the topic of “Wildcatting for Wind” and will cover such topics as the law and economics of wind energy deals, energy credits, leasing, electric transmission, interconnection issues, and other topics. The event will also include tours of some of the world's largest wind projects.

West Texas leads wind energy production in the western hemisphere, surpassing California with projects now under construction. By the end of 2006, Nolan County alone will have more wind energy production than any state, except Texas as a whole.

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“We are very pleased that The University of Texas is working with us to develop this important educational opportunity for West Texas attorneys and other lawyers around the nation,” said Greg Wortham, executive director of the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium, and a member of the event's steering committee.

Sweetwater attorney Rod Wetsel, chairman of UT's 32nd annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute and an active wind energy lawyer, is also one of the driving forces in this event.

The 2006 Wind Energy Institute will focus on the topic of “Wildcatting for Wind” and will cover such topics as the law and economics of wind energy deals, energy credits, leasing, electric transmission, interconnection issues, and other topics. The event will also include tours of some of the world's largest wind projects.

West Texas leads wind energy production in the western hemisphere, surpassing California with projects now under construction. By the end of 2006, Nolan County alone will have more wind energy production than any state, except Texas as a whole.

“UT Law School sponsors some of the state's most sophisticated continuing legal education events and a wide range of topics - from family law to telecommunications,” Wortham said. “Normally, these events are held in Austin, Dallas, Houston or San Antonio. What sets the Sweetwater event apart is the opportunity for the attorneys to be surrounded by the intense wind energy development going on in Nolan County and the rest of West Texas.”

Speakers at the conference will be from San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Austin and other cities - as well as from Sweetwater, Snyder, Clyde and Hermleigh. Lawyers are scheduled to attend the training sessions from as far away as Florida, in addition to lawyers from across West Texas.

The Wind Energy Institute events will be held in the Graphics Building and The Center on the TSTC campus.

Sponsors of the event will include international wind developers and law firms, as well as Sweetwater businesses and institutions.

In addition to Wetsel and Wortham, other members of the organizing committee include Sweetwater attorney Alan Carmichael, CPS Energy general counsel N. Beth Emery of San Antonio, Dan Watkiss of Bracewell Giuliani of Washington, Dianne Van Siclen of Babcock and Brown in San Francisco, David Chanover of Oro Valley, Ariz., Lisa Chavarria of Austin, Michael Tankersley of Dallas, and John Doyle, Bob Kelly, David Ramm, and John Bean of wind developer DKRW of Houston.


Source: http://www.sweetwaterreport...

APR 19 2006
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