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Broadcast Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Overview:

The Biden administration’s goal to fully decarbonize the U.S. economy further drives various activities that will likely pose supportive policies and major clean energy projects. Several agencies are currently working together to build up offshore wind that can offer high-quality jobs while delivering affordable and carbon pollution-free electricity across the country. These activities also spur interest in clean energy technology improvements and investments.

Practitioners and other businesses concerned should be wary of all developments in this area to ensure regulatory compliance and avoid legal issues, particularly in implementing environmental, health, and safety protocols.

Join a panel of key thought leaders and distinguished professionals organized by The Knowledge Group as they provide a comprehensive discussion of the latest trends and developments in the offshore wind energy industry. Speakers, among other things, will offer practical tips and compliance strategies in this rapidly evolving sector.

Key topics include:

  • U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Industry: Trends and Developments
  • Legal Challenges for Offshore Wind Development
  • Environmental Concerns and Compliance Issues
  • Strategies to Maximize Opportunities and Reduce Litigation Risks
  • What Lies Ahead

Credit:

Course Level:

Intermediate

 

Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials

 

Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)

 

Prerequisite:

General knowledge of environmental & energy laws

 

Course Code:

1410012

 

NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice

 

Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Lauren A. Bachtel, Counsel
Former DOI and AWEA Lawyer

Mayer Brown

Lauren Bachtel is counsel in Mayer Brown’s New York office and a member of the Projects & Infrastructure group. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, she was with another prominent firm and before that, Lauren was a US Department of the Interior (DOI) and American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) lawyer.

Lauren has represented energy industry coalitions and individual clients on various regulatory and administrative matters before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Lauren has deep experience in permitting matters for project development and financing purposes as well as drafting comments on administrative rulemakings, advising clients on policy and regulatory clarifications, negotiating proposed legislative bills, and federal litigation. She also has advocated on behalf of energy clients regarding climate and carbon policies. Lauren has extensive experience with permitting, compliance, and litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act, Mineral Leasing Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. She also has significant experience representing clients on Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and hazardous waste matters. As an attorney-advisor for DOI’s Office of the Solicitor, Lauren worked with BLM, FWS and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on rulemakings, administrative actions and litigation that impacted the energy industries.

Anne E. Mudge, Partner
Selected as 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Environmental Law by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Annie is a partner in the San Francisco office of Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP. She is one of California’s leading siting and permitting lawyers for land use development and utility-scale energy projects. She is a recognized leader in the permitting of renewable energy facilities, and she is a frequent speaker and presenter on renewable energy issues. Annie has experience navigating the federal, state, and local requirements necessary to build wind, solar, geothermal, and gas-fired energy plants. She has helped build thousands of megawatts of renewable energy in California and has been named a CleanTech Lawyer of the Year as well as a one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California. Together with Peter Weiner, Annie represents multiple clients on Offshore Wind in CA. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]

Peter H. Weiner, Partner
30 Years of Representation of Renewable Energy Companies

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Peter is a partner in the San Francisco office of Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP. He represents solar energy, wind, geothermal and biomass companies before the CPUC, US Fish and Wildlife Service, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, California Energy Commission and county land-use regulators. Peter has represented eleven utility-scale solar energy companies with over 10,000 MW and $35B in proposed projects, including successful litigation against permit challenges and continues to represent new projects in the pipeline. Together with Annie Mudge, Peter represents multiple clients on Off shore Wind in CA.

Agenda:

Segment 1

Anne E. MudgePartner

Selected as 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Environmental Law by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

and

Peter H. WeinerPartner

30 Years of Representation of Renewable Energy Companies

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

  • Offshore wind opportunities are significant because of the commitment of state and federal governments to facilitate this renewable energy technology.
  • There are a large number of regulatory approvals necessary for permitting offshore wind; attention to the details required by each agency is essential
  • The perspectives of other stakeholders will be diverse; understanding them will likewise be essential for successful permitting and the avoidance of litigation

 

Segment 2

Lauren A. Bachtel, Counsel

Former DOI and AWEA Lawyer

Mayer Brown

  • Recent regulatory changes and compliance issues for U.S offshore wind development
  • The BOEM environmental review process is changing/evolving.
    • Historically, BOEM has generally conducted environmental reviews and consultations at two main points throughout the 4-Phase Process:  (1) Prior to holding competitive auctions; and (2) prior to approving project-specific Construction and Operation Plans
    • With the NY Bight, BOEM announced that it will be conducting a post lease issuance programmatic EIS.
  • BOEM is proposing new regulations for its offshore wind program
  • There are a broad range of other offshore wind issues to track (e.g., pending litigation for Vineyard Wind project, UK trends that could impact US development, federal and state policy conflicts)

Date & Time:

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

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

Materials:

Download Course Materials

Who Should Attend:

  • General Counsel
  • In-house Counsel
  • Energy Sector Lawyers
  • Environmental Lawyers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Regulatory Professionals
  • Project Managers
  • Top-Level Executives

SPEAKERS

Lauren A. BachtelCounsel
Former DOI and AWEA Lawyer
Mayer Brown
Anne E. MudgePartner
Selected as 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Environmental Law by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
Peter H. WeinerPartner
30 Years of Representation of Renewable Energy Companies
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

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