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270.65 sec. 001 - Energy Project Development & Finance (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Todd Glass  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Scott Zimmermann  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    W 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
    Location: Law 170
    From January 15, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 15, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 32024

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 30
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 32
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

Please note this course follows Law's Academic Calendar and the first day of instruction is Wednesday, January 15, 2020. It is required all students attend the first class including students on the waitlist. This is an interdisciplinary course and we encourage interested graduate students from outside Berkeley Law to enroll.

The course will follow the progression of the development and financing of an energy project. In addition to covering utility-scale energy generation, the course will address issues unique to the development and financing of other modern types of energy infrastructure, including distributed energy resources, energy storage, demand response, energy efficiency, electric vehicle infrastructure, biofuels, fuel cells, and portfolios of small projects. In the first half of the course we focus on energy project development, including federal and state energy regulatory and jurisdictional issues, site development, interconnection, offtake arrangements, project construction, operation and maintenance and disposition. In the second half of the course we will cover project financing, including corporate structuring, joint venturing, equity, debt and tax equity financing. The course addresses the theoretical foundations for risk allocation and project finance structures typically used in the energy and infrastructure industries, while also covering practical negotiation and contract drafting strategies for addressing business, transactional and legal issues that arise on energy projects. We will also discuss cutting edge energy industry developments and policy issues in the context of project development and finance.

Students will complete the course with a fundamental understanding of how energy projects are developed and financed, and how the key regulatory and commercial forces affect the development of such projects, with a particular emphasis on the factors important to non-conventional energy projects. While the course focuses specifically development and finance of energy projects, students will acquire skills broadly useful to transactional legal practices in other industries that incorporate aspects of corporate law, commercial transactions, technology transactions, regulatory proceedings and financing transactions.

The course is taught by Todd Glass and Scott Zimmermann, partners in the Energy and Infrastructure practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Environmental and Energy Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Business Law

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  • Principles of Project Finance 2nd Edition
    E. R. Yescombe
    Edition: 2nd Edition
    ISBN: 9780123910585
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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