The presentation is intended to address power purchase agreements and related documents for renewable energy developments. It will also give a brief overview of developments in law and policy on the federal and state levels affecting renewable energy initiatives.
Topics to be covered include the current state of renewable energy use and development in the U.S., an overview of power purchase agreements and related documents, practice tips and broader policy discussions about renewable energy now and in the future.
John’s practice focuses on environmental and construction law, representing residential, commercial and industrial real property owners, operators and developers, construction managers, contractors, design professionals and lenders. John guides clients in navigating complex issues relating to real estate acquisition and development, construction, property management, risk management and management of environmental conditions at facilities throughout the United States.
As a construction attorney, John employs his skills as a draftsman and negotiator specializing in the negotiation and drafting of design, design build, construction and procurement contracts. John also counsels clients on property acquisition, development and construction related business issues, such as pricing, avoidance and allocation of risk, scheduling, project delivery methods, insurance and bonding. With a strong knowledge and understanding of the entire design and construction process, John provides guidance from the earliest stages of project planning through final completion and occupancy, including the avoidance and/or resolution of related disputes, such as design and construction defects, property damage and neighboring property owner disputes, project delays and cost escalations.
John’s environmental practice focuses on complex brownfield and contaminated site remediation and redevelopment, environmental aspects of real estate transactions and corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and regulatory compliance. At the earliest project stages, whether an acquisition or rehabilitation of an existing facility or site development and ground up construction of a new building, John’s focus is on the anticipation, assessment and allocation of environmental risk. John also assists clients in the remediation and rehabilitation of contaminated properties, including entry and participation in complex regulatory programs such as the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program.
As both a construction and environmental attorney, John frequently represents clients in connection with such matters as cost-cap and fixed price remediation contracts, combined remediation and development projects and utility and energy infrastructure projects such as “turnkey” design-build and design-build-operate co-generation and solar PV projects.
Having begun his career as a litigator, John has extensive experience in all aspects of sophisticated commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. As a litigator, John has successfully handled matters involving environmental liability, cost recovery and cleanup, construction and design defects and contract claims, land use, loan workouts, commercial and residential leases, employment, franchise and commercial unfair competition and non-competition matters.
Before joining SPR, John spent 23 years, first as an associate and then as a partner, with the law firm of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP.
John’s work as an environmental and construction attorney has included major projects throughout the New York area, including:
Ed joined SPR in 2011, after clerking for the Honorable Michael H. Dolinger, U.S.M.J., S.D.N.Y., and completing a year-long fellowship at the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) in Chicago.
Ed’s practice focuses on complex litigation, including cost recovery actions under the state and federal Superfund laws. Ed also has worked on amicus briefs submitted to the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit dealing with environmental impact review and regulations under the Clean Air Act’s regional haze program. Ed conducts due diligence reviews of the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, including hazardous waste remediation and permitting under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and post-transactional remediation under the Connecticut Transfer Act and the New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act.
During his time at ELPC, Ed focused on the impact of coal mining and coal ash disposal on water quality. In that capacity, he participated in citizen suits under the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Protection Act, and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Ed also wrote comments on proposed federal rules governing the disposal of coal ash in landfills and performed several “best practices” analyses of net metering, renewable portfolio standards, and other state-law incentives for renewable energy development.
While in law school, Ed was a semifinalist at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and taught a course in Environmental Law and Policy for the Boston College Political Science Department. He also served as an Article Editor on the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and interned at the New York City Law Department’s Environmental Law Division and at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston.
Interesting subject Great presenters
Good basic information
Excellent. I considered a PPA for my own home. After running numbers, I decided against it. I feel vindicated. Great deal of information, efficiently structured. Thank you.
Very informative for a cutting edge issue.
very detailed and "accessible" information
Having two people speak rather than one makes it more engaging to follow.
interesting topic on renewables
good overview and detailed
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