Renewables

Energy, Environment and Natural Resources: Energy Generation and Transmission

Key Contacts

Experience

  • Advised a major utility on a variety of complex environmental regulatory issues, including the development of a company-wide strategy for compliance with avian protection laws; assessed regulatory and environmental risk; developed a federal agency strategy in connection with the possible acquisition and permitting of a wind energy generation facility that would enable the utility to meet its renewable energy target; and interfaced with federal regulators.
  • Assisted a wholesale electricity supplier with the development of a 250-megawatt onshore wind energy project, including advising on numerous permitting issues essential to obtaining the required project financing.
  • Counseled a major technology company on the development of a prototype energy kite and new type of wind turbine that can access stronger and steadier winds at higher altitudes to generate more energy with less materials, and provided strategic counseling on regulatory approvals required for pilot testing the technology in Hawai'i.
  • Assisted a solar electricity company in negotiating the sale of 24 megawatts of operating solar generation projects to an acquisition fund, and negotiated a deal-sourcing agreement under which the company would develop and potentially sell future projects to the fund over the next several years.
  • Advised a solar energy company and several affiliates in a variety of financing transactions related to the purchase of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) from solar generation projects, and established SREC purchase funds.
  • Represented an energy facility and micro-grid in the potential development of co-generation facilities, including fuel supply and plant distribution systems and related utility matters.
  • Assisted a group of ethanol producers and supporters with comments on the EPA's renewable fuel percentage standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016 under Section 211 of the Clean Air Act. Relying on statutory waiver authorities, the EPA proposed adjusting the applicable volumes of advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel for all three years.
  • Represented solar project developers, host customers and project financiers on regulatory, project development and project finance issues related to the proposed development of more than 100 megawatts of solar generation projects in New England.
  • Assisted national commercial retailers, financial companies and municipalities with the purchase of electricity and natural gas from competitive suppliers on single facility and regional bases, and in the direct purchase of energy supplies from regional wholesale electric markets.
  • Advised a large offshore wind generation developer on commercial, tax, real estate and regulatory matters stemming from the proposed development of a 400–800 megawatt offshore wind generation project in the United States, including drafting a joint venture agreement with an energy company, clarifying the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's regulations related to phased development, and responding to a solicitation for a power purchase agreement by electric distribution companies.
  • Advised an energy developer regarding purchase and sale agreements, including on a financing and potential equity sale to an investor-owned utility; issues associated with landowner agreements; the permitting of a 600-megawatt wind energy project in the mountain west region of the United States; state and local permitting requirements for large-scale wind energy facilities; and public hearings and meetings with public officials.