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Renewable Energy: Law, Politics & Practice (Update)

(136 Ratings)

Produced on: July 17, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
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


Edward Roggenkamp

Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C.

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.

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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