Broadcast Date: Thursday, August 11, 2022
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


The rise of bitcoin mining has become a subject of attention due to the energy-intensive process to create coins. Given concerns related to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by this energy usage, the crypto mining industry is now under immense pressure to go 100% renewable.

In this LIVE Webcast, experienced environmental lawyers Linda R. Shaw (Knauf Shaw LLP) and David P. Flynn (Phillips Lytle LLP) will provide the audience with a comprehensive discussion of the current developments and challenges surrounding bitcoin mining and renewable energy. Speakers, among other things, will also provide key considerations in switching to renewable energy sources.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Bitcoin Mining and Renewable Energy: Notable Regulatory Developments
  • Understanding the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and the Green Proofs for BTC
  • Key Considerations in Switching to Renewable Energy Sources
  • Other Emerging Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-Demand Webcast



General knowledge of energy laws and cryptocurrency


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Linda R. Shaw, Partner
Knauf Shaw LLP

Linda Shaw, a Partner at Knauf Shaw, with over 30 years of experience in environmental, energy, and land use law, focuses her practice on brownfield redevelopment and associated land use, zoning, permitting and environmental review to facilitate the ultimate remediation and redevelopment of contaminated property.

From 1998 to the present, Linda has been a managing partner at Knauf Shaw, LLP,  becoming one of the first females in New York to be a named partner in a law firm.  She is recognized as the preeminent authority in the state on the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program. She participates in a number of legislative and state policy advisory groups which led to creation of the Brownfield Cleanup Program of 2003, and the 2008 and 2015 program amendments and is actively working on the 2022 amendments to the Brownfield Cleanup Law.  Linda handles compliance issues related to hazardous waste, chemicals and petroleum handling, and cost recovery litigation to recoup costs incurred from responsible parties.

Linda spends her free time on home renovation projects and enjoys cultivating extensive gardens on her property.

David P. Flynn, Partner
Phillips Lytle LLP

David P. Flynn is a partner at Phillips Lytle and leader of the firm’s Environmental Practice Team and co-leader of the firm’s Energy and Cryptocurrency & Bitcoin Mining Practice Teams. He advises clients on the financing, development and siting of solar, storage, hydrogen and wind projects, as well as the licensing of hydropower projects. He also represents cryptocurrency firms on facility siting, regulatory and energy-related matters. Mr. Flynn regularly speaks on energy topics across New York State and has strong connections with major energy and energy-related organizations, including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Business Council of New York State.  



Linda R. ShawPartner

Knauf Shaw LLP

  • NY’s moratorium legislation on Bitcoin facilities and what prompted this legislation
  • Options for siting facilities on industrial brownfield sites in conjunction with renewable energy facilities including battery storage and taking advantage of brownfield incentive programs
  • Interview with local Rochester Bitcoin mining facility owners to discuss the steps they are taking to “green” their facility.


David P. FlynnPartner

Phillips Lytle LLP

  • Can cryptocurrency operations fit in with emerging clean energy priorities and mandates?
  • What opportunities exist for cryptocurrency operations and repurposing existing facilities and infrastructure?
  • Managing and adapting to the proliferation of local moratoriums and/or land use ordinances related to cryptocurrency operations.

Date & Time:

Thursday, August 11, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Renewable Energy Attorneys
  • Cryptocurrency Lawyers
  • Environmental Lawyers
  • Renewable Energy Advisors/Consultants
  • Energy Resource Analysts
  • Digital Finance Professionals
  • Investors
  • General/In-house Counsel


Linda R. ShawPartner
Knauf Shaw LLP
David P. FlynnPartner
Phillips Lytle LLP



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