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Renewable Energy: Law, Politics & Practice (Update)

(136 reviews)

Produced on July 17, 2017

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Course Information

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

The presentation is intended to address developments in law and policy on the federal and state levels affecting renewable energy initiatives. It will also give a brief overview of developments in law and policy on the federal and state levels affecting renewable energy initiatives, with a focus on changes since the 2016 election.  

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.

Today’s presentation provides an update to the 2016 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 incentives for renewables.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the popularity and current status of renewable energy use in the U.S. continuing after the 2016 election
  2. Identify changes in environmental programs and renewable energy incentives following the 2016 election
  3. Explore ways for clients (residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental) to take advantage of current programs and investment opportunities
  4. Discuss specific programs designed to spur the popularity and availability of renewable energy sources, using New York as a guide; touch on states that are discouraging renewable development 
  5. Obtain practice tips related to power purchase agreements, engineering procurement and construction contracts and solar leases

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Edward Roggenkamp

Schiff Hardin, LLP

Ed Roggenkamp is a seasoned litigator focused on resolving complex environmental matters, including cost recovery actions under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, toxic tort claims, challenges to environmental impact reviews under NEPA and its state equivalents, and enforcement actions and citizen suits under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and other environmental statutes. As a former professional actor and teacher, Ed understands the importance of crafting a persuasive narrative for the judge or jury, and breaking down complex scientific and technical issues into pieces that can be easily understood by a layperson.

Ed has worked extensively with technical and scientific experts to understand and remediate sites contaminated by historic industrial operations ranging from manufactured gas plants to pharmaceutical, dye, and textile manufacturers. This experience has allowed him not only to help his clients avoid liability for cleanup costs, but also to help clients that own contaminated sites to minimize the cost of remediating their property and proactively take steps to increase the likelihood of recovering remediation costs from other liable parties.

Ed advises clients on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions such as indemnity provisions, hazardous waste remediation, permitting, and post-transaction environmental compliance. He has been involved in various aspects of renewable energy development, transactions involving traditional fossil-fuel-fired power plants, and climate change regulation. He has also has defended clients in both formal and informal enforcement actions by the federal EPA and state and local regulators. His litigation experience allows him to understand and minimize environmental risk for his clients.

Devin McDougall

Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C.

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.


Regina M.

Very helpful, on point, clear and practical explanation, good real life examples and excellent materials

Peter B.

Last part of program was very good on some of the very "sticky " PPA issues --e.g. change in law provisions , guaranteed output

Randy P.

Very informative — they taught me a lot that I had not understood before. Excellent advice on PPAs. Thanks!

Amber P.

I love to listen to presentations where the people presenting clearly know the subject matter inside and out!

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