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Joint Development Agreements in Renewable Energy Projects

Selection of Partner, Agreement Structure, Planning for Involuntary Early Endings, Avoiding Unintended Consequences

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, February 9, 2022

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This CLE webinar will guide counsel in structuring joint development agreements (JDAs) for renewable energy projects. The panel will examine the critical terms for JDAs and discuss key considerations, including partner suitability and approaches to agreement structure. The panel will also address disputes that can arise between JDA parties and steps to minimize such conflicts.


As energy demands and technology continue to evolve, more companies are working jointly to share responsibilities in connection with developing, constructing, and financing renewable energy projects.

When considering a JDA, counsel to each party should evaluate the suitability of the JDA partner(s), the parties' objectives, and the agreement structure. Counsel should understand what key terms and provisions to include in the JDA to plan for the unexpected and minimize the risk of unintended consequences.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the preliminary considerations, such as partner suitability and structure considerations, and key provisions, including the scope of the parties' joint development activities, their performance obligations, funding commitments, and termination and withdrawal rights.



  1. Preliminary considerations
  2. Key provisions
    1. Exclusivity
    2. Funding
    3. Withdrawal/termination
    4. Commercial principles
  3. Additional issues
    1. Nature of project opportunity
    2. Transfers
    3. Other structures/relationships


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are key considerations for counsel negotiating the JDA?
  • What issues must a JDA address regarding scope of joint development activities?
  • What are the obligations of parties and protections accorded to each?


Diffen, Becky
Becky H. Diffen

Norton Rose Fulbright US

Ms. Diffen focuses her practice on energy transactions, M&As and project development. She represents developers,...  |  Read More

Swiger, Lindsey
Lindsey F. Swiger

Norton Rose Fulbright US

Ms. Swiger is a projects lawyer focusing on project development and financing, mergers, acquisitions, divestments and...  |  Read More

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