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Renewable Energy Development and Finance: Market Drivers and Key Contractual Relationships

February 7, 2012 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


Stegner Center Green Bag

Feb. 7th.

S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 106


Renewable Energy 101:  wind, solar, geothermal, biomass

Key Drivers of Renewable Energy

Federal Incentives

State by State Renewable Portfolio Standards

Other State Incentives

Power Rates

Fuel hedges

Renewable Energy Project Development



Renewable Energy Project Finance

 Sean McBride, Vice President & General Counsel.  Sean handles all power purchase agreements, contract negotiation, project financing and other legal matters for Sustainable Power Group (S Power).  Sean has a long history in the renewable energy space, acting as Vice President and General Counsel of Renewable Energy Development Corporation (REDCO) prior to joining S Power and as Associate General Counsel for Raser Technologies prior to that.  At REDCO and Raser, Sean led project development, project finance, power purchase agreement negotiations, long-term debt financing, tax equity financing and corporate financing for renewable energy projects.  Sean has drafted and negotiated multiple power purchase agreements with investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities and corporate power purchasers.  Sean structured $55 million convertible note financing, $25 million ATM program financing, $20 million private placement financing and a $25 million registered direct offering.  Prior to entering the renewable energy space, Sean worked for the law firm of Ballard Spahr, a national law firm based in Philadelphia.  At Ballard Spahr, Sean’s focus was public finance and included the financing of over $1 billion in a variety of municipal and state bond offerings.  Sean received his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University where he graduated summa cum laude.

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February 7, 2012
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States


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