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Renewable Energy

BLM rights negotiations for various wind and solar developer clients

Representing in obtaining and maintaining rights of way and other rights from BLM for wind and solar projects. (Ongoing)

Development - renewable for Alaska Power & Telephone

Counsel on wind generation project under PURPA which will be pending before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. (Ongoing)

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)

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 National Energy Systems Co.

Representation of independent power producer in the development of two wood-waste fueled biomass power plants in Oregon and negotiation of associated pine sole agreements. (Ongoing)

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

Development - renewable for Republic Solar Highways

Represent Republic Solar with the development of a 15 Megawatt (MW) solar power system in Santa Clara County, California, in the first phase of a larger effort to create solar projects throughout the state in unused public right-of-way. Assisted with negotiation of an exclusive agreement with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for over 65 acres within their state freeway system; a power purchase agreement with an investor-owned utility; and filings at the CPUC. (Ongoing)

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

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)

Regulatory - electric

Regulatory counsel through numerous acquisitions and financings of wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal generating facilities. (Ongoing)

Regulatory - electric for City of St. Paul

Power Sales Agreement with TDX Corporation for wind power. (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 for Republic Urban Properties LLC

Advise developer of commercial photovoltaic generation systems on power procurement issues and related regulatory matters. (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)

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)

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)

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)

Renewable energy transactions for Northwest Geothermal/Newberry Geothermal

Work with geothermal developer and lead team to obtain rights, negotiate power contract, obtain financing and permits, and construct geothermal power facilities. (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

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)

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)

Transactions - energy for Alaska Power & Telephone

Representation of regulated investor-owned Alaska utility in the development of run-of-river hydroelectric generating facilities in Alaska. (2010)

Transactions - renewable for Summit Power Group

Representation of developer in joint venture formed to develop utility-scale photovoltaic solar generating facilities in the Western U.S. (2010)

Acquisitions for Leaf Clean Energy Company

Represented Leaf Clean Energy Company in the acquisition and redevelopment of an existing power plant in Telogia, Fla. (2009)

Project financing for Lakeview Green Energy, Inc.

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

Real estate for SANYO Solar of Oregon LLC

Worked closely with SANYO's in-house legal department on all aspects of SANYO's site acquisition in the city-owned Renewable Energy and Technology Park; the negotiation of economic development incentives from the state, county, and city for providing 200 new jobs; the negotiation of entitlements for construction; and the review and revision of project design and construction contracts. Work on the project was completed in 2009, and the factory is now in operation. (130,000 square-foot Oregon headquarters and plant for the manufacturing of silicon ingot and solar wafers; $80 million investment on 19.77 acres.) (2009)

Renewable energy*

Provided tax opinions to an independent solar power project developer on qualification for federal investment tax credits (I.R.C. § 48) for several projects in the southwest United States and Hawaii. (2009)

Siting/permitting for energy provider

Advised client in connection with permit modification for a wind farm project. (2009)

Siting/permitting for Northwest Geothermal

Environmental permitting for development of a geothermal exploration and development, and potential construction of a power plant. (2009)

CEQA counsel for Shell Wind*

Represented in CEQA process, ushering project through permitting process with county and interfacing with consultants and community. (2008)

Environmental compliance for biomass facilities*

Represented multiple biomass facilities in permitting and compliance issues with air districts, water boards and DTSC. (2008)

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.)

Project financing for EIF Renewables and related companies*

Handled environmental due diligence, permit issues and negotiation of environmental indemnifications for acquisition and financing of 12 landfill gas-to-energy projects in New York and Vermont. (2008)

Project financing for Lakeview Green Energy, Inc.

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

Project financing for various lenders

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

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)

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)

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)

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 Summit Power Group*

Representation of Summit Power, which served as the project developer and manager for the 205 MW White Creek Wind Project in Washington. (2007)

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)

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

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)

Renewable energy project for project developer/owner*

Long-term sale of electricity produced by QF generating facility fueled by landfill gases; sale to regulated regional utility. (1999)

Transactions - renewable for power plant owner

Represented owner of biomass-fired power plant in negotiating fuel supply agreements and electricity sales contracts with utilities. (1998)

Development - renewable

Represent Republic Solar Highways--a client with a 15 Megawatt (MW) commercial system in Santa Clara County, California--in the first phase of a larger effort to create solar projects throughout the state. Assisted with negotiation of an exclusive agreement with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for over 65 acres within their state freeway system; a power purchase agreement with an investor-owned utility; and filings at the CPUC.

Development - renewable

Represented project developer in the development of a geothermal project in Oregon.

Development - renewable

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transactions - renewable

Represented client in a purchase and sale of a limited partnership interest in a wind farm.
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm