Welcome to the Renewable + Law Blog®, one of the pioneers of law firm renewable energy law reporting. First published in early 2008, Renewable + Law blog is dedicated to tracking all major policy and legal developments impacting the U.S. renewable energy industry. Whether your interest involves solar energy, wind energy, biomass, ocean and hydrokinetic energy, biofuels, waste-to-energy, geothermal, electric energy storage or other clean technologies, we blog about it.

Change – both disruptive and transformational – is at the forefront of the energy conversation today. The concerns over global warming, energy policy, economic growth and national security that helped propel renewable energy into a major global industry now have an even sharper focus. Legislators at both the state and federal level continue to push for new laws – both in support of and in opposition to renewable energy solutions – while global energy players also look to exploit new market opportunities both here in the United States and abroad.

We are committed to keeping you informed about how energy developments impact your business and community. You can follow our reporting on this blog, via our RSS feed, and also via our real time Twitter feed. We thank you for your interest and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.

— The Stoel Rives Renewable + Law Blog® team

Ani BackaAni BackaAttorneyEmailAni is an attorney in Stoel Rives’ Energy Development group. She is a business/corporate transactions and litigation attorney who focuses her practice on complex energy development commercial matters.More
Sara BerganSara BerganAssociate612.373.8819EmailSara's Linkedin ProfileSara Bergan taps into her background and experience working on energy policy issues to advise her renewable energy and cleantech clients on project development, project finance and energy and environmental regulatory matters.More
Richard BonnifieldRichard BonnifieldPartner(202) 398-1761EmailRich Bonnifield focuses his practice on energy law, including electricity, nuclear and natural gas matters. He has a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by electric and gas utilities that operate in a heavily regulated industry. More
Thomas BraunThomas BraunAssociate612.373.8835EmailThomas's Linkedin ProfileThomas Braun assists clients in a wide variety of litigation matters and has extensive experience in matters related to the enforcement of federal and state environmental programs.More
Sarah Stauffer CurtissSarah Stauffer CurtissPartner503.294.9829EmailSarah Stauffer's Linkedin ProfileSarah Stauffer Curtiss focuses her practice on land use, permitting, natural resources and development. She helps clients in the Western United States secure state and federal environmental and land use approvals, and advises those clients on permitting and compliance issues involving federal environmental laws...More
Kate D’AmbrosioKate D’AmbrosioAttorney503.294.9171EmailKate's Linkedin ProfileKate D’Ambrosio is an attorney in the Energy Development group. She has experience in regulatory compliance and enforcement defense in energy and environmental law, and in litigation matters related to the trading, ownership, and transportation of energy commodities.More
Emma FazioEmma FazioAssociate612.373.8864EmailEmma's Linkedin ProfileEmma Fazio is an attorney in the Energy Development group. Emma assists clients with energy regulatory and transactional matters. Prior to joining the Firm, Emma was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Matthew E. Johnson at the Minnesota Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota.More
Parissa FlorezParissa FlorezAssociate858.794.4106EmailParissa's Linkedin ProfileParissa Florez focuses her practice in environmental and energy law, emphasizing land use, environmental due diligence, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) permit approval process, municipal law, and land use and environmental litigation. More
Kimberly HellwigKimberly HellwigParalegal916.319.4742EmailKimberly's Linkedin ProfileKimberly Hellwig is a paralegal with the firm’s Energy Development practice group and also supports the firm’s Environmental Land Use and Natural Resources practice group.More
Seth HiltonSeth HiltonPartner415.617.8943EmailSeth's Linkedin ProfileSeth Hilton, a partner in Stoel Rives’ Energy Development practice group, focuses his practice on energy regulation and litigation and represents clients in state and federal court and before a variety of regulatory agencies in California...More
Greg JennerGreg JennerPartner202.398.1794EmailGreg's Linkedin ProfileGreg Jenner is a partner in the tax practice group and co-chair of Stoel Rives’ energy team. Greg formerly served as Acting Assistant and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, as well as Tax Counsel for the US Senate Finance Committee...More
Jason JohnsJason JohnsPartner503.294.9618 / 202.398.1795EmailJason's Linkedin ProfileJason Johns is a partner in the Portland energy group. Jason focuses his practice on regional energy market issues--from NYISO to CAISO--as well as issues of national importance at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.More
Sarah Johnson PhillipsSarah Johnson PhillipsPartner(612) 373-8843EmailSarah's Linkedin ProfileSarah Johnson Phillips focuses her practice on project development, commercial transactions, and energy and environmental regulatory matters. She has particular experience working with clients in the wind, solar, biomass, biofuels, mining and agribusiness sectors... More
Chad MarriottChad MarriottPartner503.294.9339EmailChad's Linkedin ProfileChad Marriott concentrates his practice on wind, solar, hydro, marine and hydrokinetic (e.g., wave and tidal power), and other forms of renewable energy. He provides counsel to owners, investors, and developers (including independent power producers and electric utilities) on state and federal utility regulation, project development, M&A, and project finance...More
Jennifer MersingJennifer MersingOf Counsel206.386.7664EmailJennifer's Linkedin ProfileJennifer Mersing, an attorney in Stoel Rives' Energy & Regulatory group, focuses her practice on electric regulatory issues including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and certain state law matters.More
Alex MertensAlex MertensPartner206.386.7629EmailAlexandra's Linkedin ProfileAlex Mertens focuses her practice on counseling energy developers, private equity funds, and investors on issues concerning project development, project financings, leveraged financings, and private acquisitions.More
Andrew MoratzkaAndrew MoratzkaPartner612.373.8822EmailAndrew's Linkedin ProfileAndrew Moratzka is an energy/regulatory attorney. He represents large industrial customers and independent power producers in various regulatory matters at the state and federal level, regularly appearing before public utilities commissions and administrative law judges.More
Brian NeseBrian NesePartner858.794.4102EmailBrian's Linkedin ProfileBrian's Twitter ProfileBrian Nese is California-based energy law attorney who helps renewable energy companies get their projects financed and built throughout the United States and globally. A proud USC Trojan and Georgetown Hoya alum - he currently mentors at the USC Law Center - Brian is excited to share his passion for cleantech and energy law...More
Brian OrionBrian OrionOf Counsel858.794.4109EmailBrian's Linkedin ProfileBrian Orion provides project development, transactional and regulatory counseling to clients in the solar, electric vehicle, energy efficiency, energy storage and climate change arenas. More
Adam SchurleAdam SchurleAssociate612.373.8814EmailAdam's Linkedin ProfileAdam Schurle provides counsel on a variety of federal, state and local tax issues, including entity formation; corporate mergers and acquisitions; transactions involving partnerships, S corporations, limited liability companies and other pass-through entities; tax aspects of compensation arrangements; and tax controversy matters. More
Allison SmithAllison SmithPartner916.319.4759EmailAllison's Linkedin ProfileAllison Smith focuses her practice on the permitting and siting of geothermal, solar, wind, biomass and gas-fired energy facilities in California.More
Dustin SwansonDustin SwansonAttorney503.294.9262EmailDustin Swanson’s practice focuses primarily on federal income tax law, including both transactional matters and tax controversy matters.More
Jared WiggintonJared WiggintonAssociate206.386.7539EmailJared's Linkedin ProfileJared Wigginton practices in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group and focuses his practice on helping clients successfully address legal issues they face arising in the context of environmental, wildlife and natural resources law.More