This program, presented by Devin McDougall and John-Patrick Curran of Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C., will provide an overview of recent 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.
The presentation provides an update to the 2017 presentation, “Renewable Energy: Law Politics & Practice.” If you missed that program, don’t worry. This course will revisit the basics of renewables before getting into the changes that have happened since then, which include changes in various environmental regulatory programs at the federal level that may affect the price of traditional power generation, as well as ongoing changes at the state level to incentivize renewables.
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:
Devin’s practice includes renewable energy, litigation, and brownfields redevelopment. Devin has particular expertise on solar, and has counselled municipal governments, businesses, investors, and nonprofits on legal aspects of developing photovoltaic generation projects. With respect to litigation, Devin specializes in administrative law, and has significant experience with Article 78 litigation.
Devin’s experience includes representing a major Canadian solar developer on a large community solar project in Minnesota, advising a consortium of municipal governments on collectively purchasing solar for municipal properties, and counselling national companies on deployment of solar and other distributed energy at their facilities. Additionally, he has lectured on community solar issues at Columbia University and the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the Energy Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute.
He is an honors graduate of Columbia Law School, and holds a B.A. and M.A. in politics from McGill University. He was born in New York City and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. He maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included advising nonprofits on sustainability and renewable energy issues domestically and abroad.
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