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JULY 8, 2021 – Craig Gannett, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine and a leading advisor to clients on climate change issues, has been named to the National Law Journal's 2021 list of Energy Trailblazers.
"Climate change is the foremost challenge driving strategic decision-making for clients across multiple industries," said Vidhya Prabhakaran, chair of the energy practice group at Davis Wright Tremaine. "We are grateful to have Craig's exceptional expertise available to help our clients–and the world at large–address this urgent issue."
Gannett focuses his practice on climate change-related regulation, electric utility regulation, and renewable energy development. He advises clients on a broad range of regulatory matters, including those relating to hydroelectric dams, solar project development, and the creation and trading of renewable energy credits.
Gannett has a particular focus on de-carbonizing the electric energy industry. He recently led the drafting of model state legislation to promote an electric generating system with zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The pro bono project is part of a deep decarbonization program sponsored by the Sabin Center at Columbia Law School.
"Scientists say we have to get from 50 billion tons of emissions a year to net zero in roughly 30 years," Gannett told the National Law Journal, in a profile published this month. "I think you can't get there without an adequate legal framework, and the fate of the human race may well turn on whether we get the framework right."
Gannett's expertise has impact well beyond the electric utility industry. He regularly advises one of the world's largest technology companies regarding its peers' renewable energy acquisition programs, enabling the client to benchmark progress toward its own clean energy goals.
Gannett is a frequent speaker at climate change conferences and has taught Climate Change Law at the University of Washington School of Law since 2010, making him one of the earliest to teach such a class at a major law school. He is also the president of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, an NGO focused on the intersection of climate change and national security.
Davis Wright Tremaine's energy team is widely recognized as a national leader. Chambers USA recently ranked the group as one of the country's best in the area of Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) and awarded the firm a Band 1 ranking for Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation in California.
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