Renewable Energy Certificate Program
- Non-member - $500
- Member - $350
- Introduction to Renewable Energy Sources
- Accommodation Doctrine
- Prospecting & Preliminary Due Diligence
- Solar Energy
- Wind Energy
- Ancillary and Curative Documents in Renewable Energy Projects
- The Role of Mining in the Renewable Industry
- Bitcoin (BTC) Mining
- Carbon Capture Projects
- Due Diligence/Acquisition Divestiture
- Regulation and Policy Considerations for Renewable Energy
- Tax Considerations for Renewable Energy
- Facility Overview: The Pros and Cons of the Energy Transition
- Renewable Energy Case Law
- Ethics in Renewable Energy
At the completion of all modules, a Certificate will be issued.
Wetsel, Carmichael, Allen, & Lederle, LLP
Jake Lederle is a partner with the firm of Wetsel, Carmichael, Allen, & Lederle, LLP. where he maintains a broad practice in the energy sector and specializes in renewable energy to include wind energy, solar energy, eminent domain and condemnation, and oil and gas law. Jake frequently writes and speaks on a variety of topics in the energy business, including, the accommodation doctrine, executive rights, competing surface uses, severance of wind rights, environmental concerns in siting renewable energy, condemnation proceedings, and negotiating leases and easements.
Jake is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law where he was a research assistant to preeminent oil and gas scholar Ernest E. Smith.
Mazurek, Belden & Burke, P.C.
Laura Falco was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University, where she graduated with a B.B.A. in Management and a Minor in History in 2014.
Laura later attended Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence with a concentration in Estate Planning in 2017. Not only is Laura a proud Aggie, but she is a member of the first Aggie Law class.
In 2018, Laura moved to San Antonio to join Mazurek, Belden & Burke, P.C. as a title attorney. Currently, Laura performs title examination along with preparation of Original and Supplemental Title Opinions, Division Order Title Opinions and Curative Title Updates for Texas and Ohio clients. In addition to her work as a title attorney, Laura negotiates and drafts instruments for renewable energy projects in Texas and provides legal advising for renewable developers.
Outside of the office, Laura is a member of the Women?s Energy Network South Texas and Association of Women in Energy, Texas Aggie Bar Association, San Antonio Association of Petroleum Landmen, and The Foundation of Natural Resources and Energy Law. She enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, Binx. Laura Is also a huge sports fan and loves to spend time outdoors.
Qcells North America
Robert Wilson entered the energy industry buying minerals and leases in the Uinta Basin of Utah. In 2018 Robert took a position as Land Manager for sPower?s wind energy portfolio. After merging into AES Clean Energy in 2020, Robert served as Senior Land Acquisition Manager for AES Clean Energy?s utility-scale solar and energy storage projects. In November 2021 Robert took a position as Development Manager for Qcells North America developing utility-scale solar and energy storage projects.
Robert has a Master of Science from UC Denver?s Global Energy Management program and currently serves as Utah Director of the AAPL, Chairman of the AAPL?s Field Landman Seminar Committee, and serves on several other AAPL committees.
When not talking energy, Robert enjoys floating rivers with his wife and daughter or hunting upland game with his German Shorthair Pointer.
D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI)
Director of Real Estate
Eva Rice brings over seventeen years of experience in the legal, banking, and renewable energy industries with an emphasis on commercial and renewable development as it pertains to real estate.
She began her career as a paralegal whose firm worked with solar developers to prospect sites in the California Desert. Since then, she has grown to take on leadership roles and is currently the Director of Real Estate at D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) where she is responsible for the real estate functions related to development and subsequent execution and financing of renewable energy projects.
Eva has held similar roles in other well known, large scale renewable energy development companies including EDF Renewables and sPower. She has brought her experience in documentation, diligence, risk analysis, and financing to over 3GW of wind, solar, and battery storage projects. She looks forward to the continued growth of the renewable energy industry and changing this planet for the better!
Clean Law PC
Christine Fernandez Owen advises developers, owners, operators and service providers of wind, solar and energy storage projects in matters involving real estate, title insurance, environmental diligence, negotiation of commercial contracts used in the development and construction of renewable energy projects and diligence in support of acquisitions and financing of renewable energy projects.
Christine has more than 13 years' experience in the renewable energy industry. In addition to serving as a Shareholder of a boutique renewable energy law firm, she also has held positions as a utility scale wind developer and as assistant general counsel at one of the world's largest developer/owners of renewable energy projects. There, she served as lead counsel for the solar business unit, advising on all legal matters affecting the development, construction, operation and maintenance of utility-scale solar energy projects, as well as diligence and negotiation of definitive agreements for acquisitions and divestitures of solar projects.
Previous to her entry into the renewable energy field, she was an associate in the environmental practice group of a large law firm and advised on and litigated environmental issues.
Adam Stellar Adam Stellar joined Coeur Mining in October 2015 and currently serves as Land Manager, overseeing all the land holdings for Coeur Mining?s operations in Alaska, British Columbia, Mexico, Nevada and South Dakota. Previously, Mr. Stellar also managed projects in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and New Zealand for the company.
Mr. Stellar serves on the Public Lands Committee and Minerals Policy Task Force for the National Mining Association (NMA), the Mining Law and Public Lands Committees for the American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA), and in November 2021 his industry influence was further recognized by the American Association of Professional Landmen, or AAPL, with his nomination as a Board Member for the Nevada Landman?s Association nationally. Mr. Stellar has also served on the Education, Accreditation and Public Lands Committees for the AAPL and was co-chair of the Mining and Land Resources Institute (MALRI).
Mr. Stellar?s experience also extends to the oil and gas industry, where he started his career as an independent landman before going in-house for Jetta Operating Company, Matador Resources and Payson Petroleum, where he served as the Vice President of Land. Mr. Stellar holds a Bachelor in Business from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and a Master in Energy Business from the University of Tulsa. Mr. Stellar lives in Houston with his wife and two children.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Ryan Fitzgerald has been in the oil and gas industry for over ten years and is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for GreenFlare. Prior to working in the oil and gas industry he was a registered investment advisor and derivatives broker with Charles Schwab. As someone highly interested in the tech world, Ryan has closely followed and been active in crypto-investment since 2012.
Following his investment broker days, he began work as a landman in the oil and gas industry and has worked for a highly specialized boutique broker since entering the oil and gas industry in 2010.
Continuing his career, Ryan went on to manage and oversee due diligence on over $500 million in acquisitions and divestitures under his umbrella company Fitzgerald Capital. He has also consulted for numerous solar and wind energy companies in the recent years as green" tech has evolved.
Ryan holds a Certified Professional Landman Certification from the AAPL, is a member of the DAPL, RMMLF, RMIE, and has a B.S. in Finance & Economics from W.P. Carey School of Business. He brings a passion for the energy industry and the environment to GreenFlare.
Lance B. Joiner
Ray, Feighny & Hartle, PLLC
Lance B. Joiner is a partner in the Houston law firm Ray, Feighny & Hartle PLLC. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, Ohio, and Nebraska, is Board Certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and was named a Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer in Houston (2021-2022).
His practice focuses on advising clients in a variety of upstream and midstream energy matters, including acquisitions and divestitures of producing and nonproducing assets; mineral and leasehold ownership disputes; interpretation and drafting of deeds, oil and gas leases, assignments, and various industry agreements; title curative procedures; pooling; PSA/Allocation Wells; regulatory issues; and negotiation and drafting of geothermal energy leases and carbon sequestration agreements. Lance has drafted and reviewed hundreds of title opinions, including acquisition, drilling, division order, and supplemental title opinions. He has managed teams of attorneys working in conjunction with landmen, division order analysts, and in-house counsel to conduct extensive title examination and transactional due diligence.
Before practicing law, Lance earned his B.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law. Following law school, he worked as a petroleum landman and as an attorney with two highly recognized Houston-based oil and gas law firms.
Jerris Johnson, CPL
NextEra Mobility, LLC
Jerris Johnson is a CPL whose background includes over two decades of energy industry experience. He has worked all areas of the United States in oil and gas and renewables, in-house and as a consultant. He is continuously engaged in land acquisition and management through technology and innovation.
Jerris has served in various capacities for the AAPL, The Salvation Army, the United Way, and his church.
University of Tulsa (TU)
Genave King Rogers Assistant Professor of Energy Law and Commerce
Buford Boyd Pollett is a licensed Attorney in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia. He is also a licensed Geoscientist in Texas and a proctor in maritime law. Pollett is also the Genave King Rogers Assistant Professor of Energy Law and Commerce at The University of Tulsa (TU) with over 15 years of domestic and international legal experience. At TU, Pollett teaches graduate classes in Energy Policy and Sustainability, Legal and Regulatory Environment of the Energy Industry, The Energy Transition, and Wind Law. In addition, Pollett is on the Association of International Energy Negotiators (AIEN) ESG Task Force.
His energy experience includes work with Eni (the Italian National Oil Company), Technip, Entergy, Nabors, and a Shell-Exxon joint venture in Germany (BEB Erdgas und Erd?l).
He has an MS/BS in Geology from the University of Georgia, a Master-International Business Management from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans.
University of Tulsa (TU)
Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and Director of the School of Energy Economics, Policy, and Commerce
Tom Seng is the Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and Director of the School of Energy Economics, Policy, and Commerce at The University of Tulsa. His other teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct instructor for The University of Oklahoma, Penn State University, and Texas Christian University.
Mr. Seng has over 30 years of experience in the natural gas and natural gas liquids industry including physical and financial energy commodity trading, midstream and pipeline operations, transportation and storage marketing, risk control, hedging, and regulatory affairs.
He holds a Bachelor?s degree from the State University of New York and an MBA in Oil and Gas Management from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
He is the author of ?Energy Trading & Hedging: A Nontechnical Guide? (PennWell 2019).
Kuiper Law Firm, PLLC
Alex Kuiper focuses primarily on oil and gas law, employment law, and bankruptcy law. Kuiper routinely acts as outside counsel for private equity oil and gas companies as well as fortune 500 companies. Throughout his career, Kuiper has assisted hundreds of millions of dollars? worth in corporate acquisitions, authored countless oil and gas title opinions, and participated in civil disputes and litigation for both young professionals and large corporations.
With his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of Texas, Alex pursued his legal education at South Texas College of Law, where he earned his (J.D.). He then began working for large private practices centered around Oil & Gas law. After extensive experience at these firms, Alex saw that the traditional firm?s approach to representation wasn?t matching the speed, energy and dynamic needs of their clients in modern times and saw an opportunity to provide superior service by creating a more efficient, cost-effective, and client centered approach. Alex then began his own firm, Kuiper Law Firm, PLLC, creating a better experience for his clients by providing effective, efficient, and personable representation by attorneys that really know the industry.
Alex has made Texas his home since 2006 after serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He is admitted in Texas, North Dakota, New Mexico, and Wyoming and a member of various professional organizations.
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC
Andy Graham has practiced energy and mineral law with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC over the last 18 years in Texas and West Virginia, focusing on title examinations, assisting clients buying or selling mineral, midstream and renewable energy assets, and handling surface use issues arising from energy development. He also teaches energy land management at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia and writes about energy law developments for the Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law’s Mineral and Energy Law Newsletter. He has been included in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2012. A graduate of Shepherd College and the West Virginia University College of Law, he is admitted to practice law in Texas, Ohio, and West Virginia.
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