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Cleantech

Biomass

Patent services for cleantech company

Providing intellectual property advice relating to licensing, due diligence and patent opinions for a company involved in developing natural pesticides. Additionally, we have handled patent prosecution for its receptor technologies, functional foods and sustainable agriculture.

Renewable energy

Negotiated power purchase agreement for the largest biomass project to be constructed on the West Coast in over a decade. (2008)

Renewable energy - dispute resolution for Diamond of California

Defended a biomass generator of electricity against compliant initiated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. (2008)

Development - renewable for Madera Power, LLC

Initiated arbitration proceedings against Pacific Gas and Electric Company for three biomass producers, resulting in the renegotiation of power purchase agreements. (2007)

Development - renewable for biomass power producer

Local development counsel to the developer of small biomass power facilities proposed for locations throughout rural Oregon. Assisting the client on siting, electric transmission and interconnection, environmental and land use issues, tax credits and property tax abatements.

Ethanol

Project financing for various lenders

Served as state and regional counsel in the financing of 5 ethanol projects in California and the Northwest. (2008)

Project finance for WestLB AG, New York Branch

Represented the lender in connection with a $120 million financing of an ethanol project. (2007) Read more

Project finance for WestLB AG, New York branch

Represented the lender in connection with two sites of a five-facility project able to produce 40 and 50 million gallons, respectively, of ethanol annually. (2007)

Geothermal

Development - renewable for Newberry Geothermal

Representing project developer in the development and sale of power from a 120 MW geothermal project located near Bend, Ore. (Ongoing) Read more

Renewable energy

Representing several fossil-fuel generators in converting projects to fuels which will qualify for participation in the California Renewable Portfolio Standards program. (Ongoing)

Development - renewable

Represented San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District in development and purchase of power from solar generation facilities.

Development - renewable for Northwest Geothermal

Local development counsel on a 120 MW geothermal plant proposed for central Oregon. Assisting the client with siting, electric transmission and interconnection.

Solar

Renewable energy for SolarCity

Represent in administrative proceedings regarding rules and requirements applicable to the development and marketing of solar PV systems in compliance with the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and California Public Utilities Commission rules implementing the CSI. (Ongoing)

Industrial project - headquarters and manufacturing facility for SANYO Solar of Oregon LLC

Site acquisition and economic development incentives for SANYO Solar of Oregon headquarters and manufacturing facility in Salem, Ore. (2008)

Renewable energy joint venture for energy project developer*

Negotiation of joint venture between client project developer and regulated utility to develop and operate 5MW solar photovoltaic energy project in California. (2008)

Renewable energy joint venture for energy project developer*

Formation of a joint venture between leading renewable energy project developer and world's largest manufacturer of solar panels to develop utility-scale solar photovoltaic energy projects in the United States. (2008)

Development - renewable

Represented San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District in development and purchase of power from solar generation facilities.

Project financing - tax equity for investor*

Represented an investor in a potential $25 million investment in a tax equity joint venture to finance solar power projects.

Wind

Outside legal counsel for Summit Power Group

Outside legal counsel to Summit Power Group, an independent developer of power generation facilities, including traditional thermal power plants (coal and natural gas), wind power facilities, and developing clean energy technologies (solar, gasified coal). (Ongoing)

Regulatory - electric for City of St. Paul

Power Sales Agreement with TDX Corporation for wind power. (Ongoing)

Development - renewable for Harvest Wind Project

Representing the members of the Harvest Wind Project as project counsel in connection with the development and financing of a 99 MW wind generating project located in Klickitat County, Wash. (2010) Read more

Project financing for Lakeview Green Energy, Inc.

$40 million secured debt financing for wind project joint venture. (2008)

Project financing for Lakeview Green Energy, Inc.

$64 million secured debt financing for wind project joint venture. (2009)

Development - renewable for White Creek Project LLC

Represented White Creek Project LLC as project counsel in connection with the development, sale and construction financing for the 205 MW White Creek Wind Generating Project located in Klickitat County, Wash. (2006) Read more

Real estate for FPL Energy

Represented wind project owner in land use due diligence for $125 million project financing of a wind project in Walla Walla County, Wash. (2004)

Development - renewable for Caithness Shepherds Flat, LLC

Local development counsel on one of the world's largest wind energy projects, recently completed in Eastern Oregon. Assist with siting, electric transmission and interconnection, environmental and other regulatory matters.

Development - renewable for NextEra Energy Resources (formerly FPL Energy)

Local development counsel on a 100 MW third phase to the Stateline Wind Project, assisting the client on state and local siting in Oregon and Washington, electric transmission and interconnection, environmental and land use issues, tax credits and property tax abatements.

Transactions - renewable

Represented client in a purchase and sale of a limited partnership interest in a wind farm.

Other

Litigation for food processor and marketer located in California

Defended client against major Northern California utility in dispute regarding renewable power purchase agreement. CGC-06-449192 (S.F. Cnty. (Cal.) Super. Ct.)

Regulatory - electric for Solar Energy Industry Association

Preparation of comments in FERC proceeding on the petition for declaratory order related to the California Public Utility Commission's feed-in tariff for combined heat and power facilities. (2010)

Renewable energy

Providing advice to geothermal generators operated by Calpine Corporation in the Geysers Geothermal Area in Northern California with respect to commercial matters, disputes, and regulatory issues. (Ongoing)

Regulatory - electric for various renewable project developers and lending institutions

Representing and advising on the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program of the California Energy Commission (CEC). Involves in-state, out-of-state and out-of-country projects and interfacing with the CEC to obtain and maintain certification in the RPS program. (Ongoing)

Regulatory - electric for independent power producers and energy service providers

Representation in matters related to renewable portfolio standards, greenhouse gas emission standards and climate initiatives--including implementation of California Assembly Bill 32. (Ongoing)

Regulatory - electric

Representing several renewable energy producers in various proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission relating to rules for eligibility for participation in California Renewable Portfolio Standards program and in having associated power purchase agreements approved by Commission. (Ongoing)

Patent services for cleantech company

Handling patent prosecution for an energy technology company whose technology aids in eliminating corrosion within facilities that process high amounts of sulfur and natural gas. We also assist this client in obtaining patents for technology that reduces corrosion in pipelines.

Patent services for cleantech company

Providing intellectual property advice relating to licensing, due diligence and patent opinions for a company involved in developing natural pesticides. Additionally, we have handled patent prosecution for its receptor technologies, functional foods and sustainable agriculture.

Development - renewable for NaturEner

Represented developer in negotiating and obtaining regulatory approvals for power purchase and in associated renewable portfolio standard proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. (2010)

Development - renewable for Bear Mountain Wind Limited Partnership

Providing advice to out-of-country project developer regarding the California Tradable Renewable Energy Certificate (TREC) program and obtaining regulatory approvals before the California Energy Commission. (Ongoing)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm