Brian Nese

Brian Nese

Brian Nese is office managing partner for the firm’s three California offices and practices in the Energy Development group and the Renewable and Thermal Energy Initiatives. He is a former co-leader of the firm’s energy team. Brian focuses his practice on representing renewable energy project developers, owners and operators, in drafting and negotiating various project documents, including engineering, procurement and construction agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, balance of plant agreements, supply agreements, and real property agreements. Brian also assists project developers with mergers and acquisitions, financings and related due diligence. He encourages you to follow him on Twitter @BNese25 and welcomes LinkedIn connection requests.

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SDG&E to Host RAM Forum

On June 22, 2012, SDG&E will host a forum on the Renewable Auction Mechanism.  The forum will be held at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center located at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117.   The forum begins at 10 AM and concludes at 12 PM.  The forum will also be available via webinar.  In person or webinar reservations can … Continue Reading

California Energy Commission Releases Comprehensive Energy Storage Analysis

This week the California Energy Commission’s PIER program released a comprehensive report titled "2020 Strategic Analysis of Energy Storage in California."  The report discusses the state of technology, policy, barriers to deployment and suggested reforms.  A staff workshop related to the report will be held on November 15, 2011 at 10 am at the CEC located at 1516 Ninth … Continue Reading


The Stoel Rives Energy Development group is proud to announce the publication of the third edition of Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy. In the wake of recent state and federal policies and incentives, investment in solar energy has become increasingly competitive. Accordingly, our energy team desires to provide our readers with the most up-to-date … Continue Reading

Energy Storage Industry Expresses Optimism at Energy Storage Association Annual Meeting

This week I attended the 21st Annual Meeting of the Energy Storage Association in San Jose, California. The meeting broke its attendance record by attracting over 420 attendees, including representatives from electric energy storage (“EES”) technology companies, utilities, venture capital funds, consultancies and government agencies. Key note speakers included Dr. Imre Gyuk of the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading

CPUC Issues Scoping Memo in Energy Storage Proceeding; Workshop Set for June 28

 On May 31, 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) issued a scoping memo (“Scoping Memo”) identifying issues to be considered and setting a procedural schedule for its energy storage proceeding. In December, 2010, the CPUC opened Rulemaking 10-12-007 to implement the provisions of Assembly Bill 2514, which directs the CPUC to determine appropriate energy storage … Continue Reading

WOWE San Diego Chapter Event – Sept. 15

WoWE – Women of Wind Energy – has been promoting the education, professional development, and advancement of women in the renewable energy workforce since its inception in 2005.  It has since grown into a network of over 1,000 members strong.  It was founded to ensure that women are given the opportunity to play full, productive … Continue Reading

Energy Storage Developers Call for National Storage Portfolio Standard

On July 13-14, 2009, I attended Infocast’s Storage Summit in La Jolla, California. The conference attracted over 200 attendees. On day one, Jim Woolsey, Venture Partner and Senior Advisor for VantagePoint Venture Partners and Former Director of the CIA, delivered a keynote address that focused on the theme of the role of energy storage in achieving … Continue Reading

Consultant Reports on City of Los Angeles’ Solar Plan

On February 2, 2009, Huron Consulting Group released its independent assessment  of the City of Los Angeles’ proposed Measure B, which would require the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to develop 400 megawatts of solar generation by 2014. In late 2008, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion to place Measure B on … Continue Reading