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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

And we're back!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

You may have noticed that things have been very quiet for the last month here at the Ocean and Offshore Energy Projects and Policy Blog—and it isn’t for lack of developments in the offshore renewable energy world.

I have recently relocated from Philadelphia to join Nixon Peabody LLP’s Environmental and Energy Practice Group in the firm’s Boston office. Among the many reasons that factored into my decision is Nixon Peabody’s unparalleled expertise with the legal issues that impact ocean-based renewable energy projects and the firm’s commitment to and enthusiasm for working with developers and other interested entities who want to see the United States’ offshore renewable energy industry flourish.

Nixon Peabody has one of the broadest energy practices in the country and has served the needs of energy industry clients for more than 100 years. Our energy practice includes a wide variety of renewable energy clients including developers of wind, solar, biomass and other renewable

With regard to marine-based renewable energy projects, Nixon Peabody’s attorneys have:

  • Assisted developers to prepare Responses to Requests for Proposals and Requests for Information with regard to potential offshore wind installations in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions;

  • Assisted developers to negotiate leases to install met towers in both state and federal waters;

  • Assisted a developer to secure a Memorandum of Understanding for a Power Sales Agreement;

  • Provided clients with advice and analysis regarding the permitting requirements involved in both offshore generation and transmission plans;

  • Advised clients with regard to structuring a practicable financing plan for developments;
    Assisted clients through all stages of submarine electric transmission project development and financing, including state and federal siting and permitting issues, commercial agreements such as supply chain and construction contracts, federal market-based and incentive rate proceedings, transmission capacity purchase and sale agreements, and financial structuring; and

  • Advised and assisted clients to comply with various legislative and regulatory schemes including those governed by BOEMRE, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, and various other local, state, and federal authorities.

The energy practice has 5 attorneys listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011), and supported by additional teams of lawyers in such areas as intellectual property, creditor’s rights and workouts, and litigation and arbitration.

Nixon Peabody attorneys are frequent speakers at conferences presented by national industry trade groups such as SEIA, AWEA, and ACORE. The firm is also an active member of these groups. Many of our attorneys also speak at conferences presented by commercial sponsors such as Infocast, EUCI, Euromoney, Platt’s, and LSI.

I am extremely honored and excited to join the team here at Nixon Peabody LLP and hope that you will feel free to contact me at my new professional home.

Thanks for being patient during this transitional period. Keep an eye out for my next post where I will resume my usual analysis of timely events in offshore renewable energy development and policy!

Jennifer Simon Lento, Esq.
Nixon Peabody LLP
100 Summer St.
Boston, MA 02110

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