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Artificial Intelligence in Renewable Energy: Regulatory Landscape, Risks and Opportunities for Counsel and Projects

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, January 4, 2024

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This CLE webinar will provide counsel an in-depth analysis of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in renewable energy project development, storage, and management. The panel will discuss the current regulatory landscape for the use of AI, key risks and challenges associated with the incorporation of AI in renewable energy, and the mechanisms of utilizing AI for optimization, management, project design, and other key aspects of renewable energy in the energy transition.


Renewable energy and grid developers and operators are using AI to enhance performance. However, their counsel must have a complete understanding of the challenges and risks associated with the use of AI, including but not limited to the current regulatory landscape for AI, data privacy, cybersecurity, risk management, and the AI's own energy consumption.

As the legal landscape continues to evolve, the role of AI in the renewable energy sector has expanded. The use of AI can accelerate clean energy initiatives and transition by (1) forecasting renewable production and demand, (2) optimizing project design and energy storage, (3) assisting in developing smart grids to adjust to changes in supply and demand, (4) accelerating research and development, and (5) facilitating energy trading. However, these uses of AI, along with other potential applications of AI in renewable energy, are riddled with challenges that counsel must be equipped to handle.

Listen as our panel discusses the current regulatory landscape for the use of AI in the energy sector, key risks and challenges, and mechanisms of utilizing AI for optimization, management, project design, and other key aspects of renewable energy within the larger energy transition.



  1. Current legal landscape for utilizing AI
  2. Using AI to optimize renewable energy and grid operations
  3. Risks and challenges
  4. Recent government initiatives
  5. Best practices for counsel, developers, and operators


The panel will discuss these and other key issues:

  • What is the current regulatory landscape in the use of AI?
  • How is AI being used within the energy sector and with the electricity grid?
  • What are the key components of the recent executive order issued by the Biden administration and other government initiatives?
  • What are the risks and challenges of utilizing AI within the renewable energy sector?
  • How can counsel, developers, and operators minimize risks while also utilizing AI to optimize operations?


Ghosh, Aimee
Aimee P. Ghosh

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Ms. Ghosh is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. She focuses her...  |  Read More

James, Robert A.
Robert A. James

Partner; Co-Leader, Projects Team
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Mr. James is co-leader of the Energy Transition practice group of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, resident in both...  |  Read More

McNerney, Jerry
Honorable Jerry McNerney, former Congressman, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Advisor
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Retired Congressman Jerry McNerney is a senior policy adviser at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, resident in the San...  |  Read More

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