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Predevelopment Issues in the Renewable Space

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Institute for Energy Law |  Renewable Energy
Stephen T Miller |  Seth A Levine |  Robert W. Scheffy Jr.
60 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Jun 27, 2018
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


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.

(Program previously approved for 1.0 hours of MCLE by State Bar of Texas (1.2 hours in 50 minute states), but credit has expired.  The program may still qualify as self-study credit.


MCLE Credit has expired.

Although MCLE credit was previously obtained for this program in at least one jurisdiction (most likely Texas), such credit has expired and not been renewed by The Center for American and International Law. You may be able to obtain credit in certain jurisdictions (self-study credit), but the rules vary greatly by jurisdiction. Please review your jurisdiction’s MCLE rules and regulations before purchasing or viewing this program.



Stephen T Miller's Profile

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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's Profile

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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.

Robert W. Scheffy Jr.'s Profile

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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.

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