Chad Marriott

Chad Marriott

Chad 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 in the renewable and thermal energy sectors. Chad has experience drafting and negotiating a wide range of instruments including teaming agreements, purchase agreements, PPAs, real property documents, and joint development agreements, and has conducted due diligence for wind, solar, pumped storage and transmission projects throughout the West.

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Oregon legislators pass historic renewable energy bill, with 50% RPS and coal-fired electricity phaseout

Oregon legislators passed Senate Bill (SB) 1547 into law yesterday, creating aggressive timetables for eliminating coal-fired electricity from the State and setting a 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2040. A diverse group of utilities, consumer advocacy organizations, and renewable energy advocates support the bill.  Next stop for SB 1547 is Oregon Governor Katherine Brown’s … Continue Reading

Qualification and Application Checklist for New DOE Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Renewable Energy and Efficiency Projects

Late last week, the United States Dept. of Energy (“DOE”) Loan Program Office issued a final solicitation for projects seeking loan guarantees titled “Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects.”  Issued under the DOE’s Section 1703 Loan Program (named for Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of … Continue Reading

NV Energy Wants More Solar

NV Energy is in the market for solar. On March 10, 2014, the utility issued a Request for Information (“Solar Site RFI”), asking developers to help identify potential sites for solar projects that would be 20 MW AC or greater in size and are sufficiently developed to meet a 2016 commercial operation date.  The Solar Site … Continue Reading

Army Pre-Qualifies Biomass Developers Under MATOC

On September 23, 2013, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, acting in conjunction with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, issued its final round of awards under the multi-award task order contract for renewable and alternative energy issued last summer (Solicitation Number W912DY-11-R-0036, the “MATOC”). The Army received 52 proposals in the … Continue Reading

California AB 327 Passes California Legislature; Heads to the Governor for Signature

Following several months of debate among ratepayer advocates, utilities and solar industry groups, California’s Assembly Bill 327 ("AB 327") passed the California Assembly this week and now awaits Governor Brown’s signature. This bill would effect policy reform in three major areas: The tiered rate structure for residential customers, generally, and the fixed charges assessed to … Continue Reading

Army Announces MATOC Awards for Wind Developers

On September 9, 2013, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, acting in conjunction with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (“EITF”), issued the third round of awards under the multi-award task order contract for renewable and alternative energy (Solicitation Number W912DY-11-R-0036, the “MATOC”) issued last summer. The Army received 45 proposals for the … Continue Reading

Army Pre-Qualifies Solar Developers Under MATOC

On August 28, 2013, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, acting in conjunction with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (“EITF”), issued a second round of awards under the multi-award task order contract for renewable and alternative energy that hit the streets last summer (Solicitation Number W912DY-11-R-0036, the “MATOC”). The number of … Continue Reading

Upcoming Event: German-American Renewable Energies Business Breakfast Seminar – Portland, OR

Portland locals, please join our friends Germany Trade & Invest and the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. at the German-American Renewable Energies Business Breakfast Seminar on Tuesday, June 25 at the Heathman Hotel. Over breakfast, German and American industry experts will give you insights on the current status, future trends and investment opportunities in … Continue Reading

Oregon Legislature Clarifies EFSC’s Jurisdiction Over Solar Power Generation

This just in from my colleague Elaine Albrich: Oregon’s House Bill 2820 provides a much-needed clarification of the Energy Facility Siting Council’s ("EFSC’s") jurisdiction over the siting of solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation facilities.  Prior to the passage of HB 2820, the definition of “energy facility” provided two hooks for EFSC to assert jurisdiction over … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Releases National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan

Almost three years ago, I reported that  the White House Council on Environmental Quality had issued the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.  Since that time, the Nation Ocean Council, formed by President Obama in Executive Order 13547, has been working diligently to prepare an agency roadmap to put the new National Ocean Policy into action. On … Continue Reading

Army Seeks Feedback on Standardized Performance Work Statement for Renewable Energy Projects

On April 1, 2013, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (“EITF”) and the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Sam Houston in Texas published a template Renewable Energy Service Agreement Performance Work Statement (the “PWS”) for comment by interested stakeholders.  The proposed scope of the PWS is broad, covering everything from insurance … Continue Reading

Army to Seek Comments on Standardized Performance Work Statement for Renewable Energy Projects

On February 12, 2013, the U.S. Army Contracting Command announced that the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force ("EITF") is developing a standardized Utility Service Contract Performance Work Statement ("PWS") to be used for contracts executed under its long-term power procurement authority (10 U.S.C. 2922a).  The intent is to have a PWS that is clear and understandable to both the … Continue Reading

Fort Drum Biomass RFP Update

On December 12, 2012, the Defense Logistics Agency- Energy ("DLA-Energy") published a solicitation for a 15-28 MW biomass facility to be located at the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum in New York (Solicitation No. SP0600-13-R-0401).  The procurement will be conducted and negotiated pursuant to the Department of Defense’s authority to enter into long-term power purchase agreements … Continue Reading

Army Issues RFP for Solar PV at Fort Detrick

On November 14, 2012, the Defense Logistics Agency- Energy ("DLA-Energy"), in coordination with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, issued a solicitation for the procurement of electricity from a solar photovoltaic energy project to be located on or contiguous with land at Fort Detrick, Maryland (SP0600-13-0416, the "Solicitation").   DLA-Energy contemplates the award of a Firm-Fixed Price … Continue Reading

Army Holds Pre-Proposal Conference in Huntsville on Renewable Energy Procurement

On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, AL held a pre-proposal conference to discuss the final multi-award task order contract that was issued on August 7, 2012 (the “Final RFP” or “MATOC”).  My colleague, Lane Tucker, and I attended to hear the Army’s presentations and to engage directly with … Continue Reading

Army RFP Pre-Proposal Conference Announced and Amendments Published

On August 14, 2012, the Army Engineering & Support Center published the details of the pre-proposal conference for the final request for proposals that was issued last week (the "Final RFP").  The conference will be held on August 22, 2012 at the Redstone Arsenal Sparkman Center, Bob Jones Auditorium, Building 5300, Martin Road, Huntsville, Alabama 22202.  Registration will be … Continue Reading

OPT Receives 35-Year FERC License for Wave Energy Project in Oregon

On August 13, 2012, Ocean Power Technologies ("OPT"), received some fantastic news when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or "the Commission") issued a first-of-its-kind, 35-year license to construct and operate a wave energy project off the coast of Oregon to its subsidiary, OPT Reedsport Wave Park, LLC.  Stoel Rives attorneys are pleased with the FERC order, having worked with OPT to negotiate and … Continue Reading

Army Issues Final RFP for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts

On August 7, 2012, the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama issued its much-anticipated final solicitation for renewable and alternative energy utilizing power purchase agreements (PPAs) or other contractual equivalents (Solicitation Number W912DY-11-R-0036, the "Final RFP").  The draft RFP was issued on Friday February 24, 2012 and the Army has been in active discussion … Continue Reading

UPDATE! Renewables Contracting with the U.S. Military

Below are a few important updates for those interested in opportunities to contract with the U.S. armed services for renewable energy: NEW Solicitation for NAWS China Lake:  On July 26, 2012, the Department of the Navy published a Request for Information (RFI) for the development of large scale renewable energy generation at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China … Continue Reading

El Paso Electric Seeks to Pre-Qualify Solar Developers for Project at U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss

El Paso Electric (“EPE”) is seeking to pre-qualify interested parties capable of providing renewable energy services (including design, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and ownership) of a 20 MW solar photovoltaic project that is expected to be located within the Fort Bliss military reservation in El Paso, Texas. EPE published a Request for Statement of Qualifications (“SOQ”), … Continue Reading

BOEM and FERC Revise Guidelines for Wave and Ocean Current Technologies on the OCS

Today, at the HydroVision International conference in Louisville, Kentucky, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management ("BOEM") and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") announced the publication of revised guidelines for potential marine and hydrokinetic ("MHK") developers interested in pursuing technology testing and commercial project development on the outer continental shelf (the "OCS").  The revised guidelines, organized … Continue Reading

DOE Releases Draft Guide for Private Financing of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects at Federal Facilities

The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) has released a draft guidebook entitled “Federal Renewable Energy Guide: Developing Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects at Federal Facilities Using Private Capital” for public comment. The guide was developed by the DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and project developers “to ensure that Federal … Continue Reading

Project Financing and the U.S. Department of Defense

For those of you who are tracking the U.S. Department of Defense’s (“DOD”) efforts to procure electricity from renewable energy projects, here are some numbers to think about with respect to project financing:  According to a Government Accountability Office report released last month, the four DOD services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) are known to have … Continue Reading
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