Issues in Nebraska Energy and Electric Utility Regulation
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Friday, November 4, 2022
8:30 am – 4:00 pm CDT
Timothy J. Texel
Lee E. Greenwald
Jamie N. Cotter
Power Review Board Rules of Practice and Procedure and Guidance Documents
PRB hearing procedures
Review of PRB guidance documents
PRB informal procedures – mediation etc.
Power Review Board Jurisdiction, Authority and Options for Approval of Generation Facilities
Jurisdiction over generation and transmission facilities
Jurisdiction over service areas
Approval options for generation facilities
Issues outside PRB jurisdiction – rates, disconnects, meters etc.
Integrating Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Benefits of EVs
Overview of EVs
Types of charging
Local Permitting of Renewable Energy Projects
Local jurisdiction over renewable energy projects via zoning regulations and land use permits
Regulatory best practices
Permitting procedure and best practices
Valuation of Utility Easements – Eminent Domain
Condemnation process for government use
Hearing and right of appeal
Valuing the property taken
Condemnation process for utility and other quasi-public use
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6.0 CLE Hours
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This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 CE hours for professional engineers in Nebraska. The State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects does not preapprove continuing education sponsors or activities.
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Jamie N. Cotter
Jamie N. Cotter is a Partner at Spencer Fane, LLP’s Colorado and Omaha offices. She represents property owners with all facets of real estate litigation from quiet title actions, condemnation issues, and easement disputes. Ms. Cotter represents condemning authorities with respect to eminent domain issues including: large utility line acquisition projects, acquisition of access rights, the impact of blight on property values, remainder valuation and remainder damages, easement versus fee taking, easement valuation and inverse condemnation.
Lee E. Greenwald
Lee E. Greenwald is an Attorney at Baird Holm LLP. His practice focuses on commercial real estate and renewable energy. Lee represents clients in the development, financing, leasing, acquisition, and sale of real property. He also represents developers, investors, and lenders in various phases of renewable wind and solar energy projects. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Greenwald practiced in civil litigation, where he represented clients in trial courts across the State of Nebraska and in front of the Nebraska Court of Appeals. A native of Kearney, Nebraska, Mr. Greenwald has volunteered as a member of the City’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board, as a committee member for the YMCA, and as a high school mock trial coach. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2012, where he completed the intellectual property law program of concentrated study. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chad Pinkelman is a Sustainable Strategies Consultant at Nebraska Public Power District. Mr. Pinkelman has been with Nebraska Public Power District for over 13 years. In his current position, he manages NPPD’s Electric Vehicle and charging station incentive program. He also processes electric efficiency upgrade incentives for industrial customers. His first position with NPPD was as a Distribution and Sub-Transmission Planning Engineer. Mr. Pinkelman has an M.S.E.E. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Timothy J. Texel
Timothy J. Texel is executive director and general counsel of the Nebraska Power Review Board. Mr. Texel was appointed by the Board to serve in this position in August 1998. He serves at the discretion of the Board. The Power Review Board is the state agency with primary jurisdiction over electric power suppliers operating in the State of Nebraska. In addition to his administrative and managerial duties, he is the hearing officer for all hearings conducted by the Board, is responsible for monitoring legislation pending before the Nebraska unicameral, providing testimony at legislative hearings on bills pertaining to the Board, representing the State of Nebraska before the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body, and other duties. Prior to his appointment by the Board, he served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Nebraska Department of Justice (1995-1998), where he handled civil matters for 12 state agencies including trial and appellate-level representation, review of new or amended regulations, drafting of Attorney General Opinions, and general advice on all administrative or regulatory matters. From 1991 to 1994 he served as a judge advocate in the United States Army with the 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.