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State Regulation of Renewable Energy: Energy Standards, Rate Structures, Siting, Permitting, Transmission

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

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Conducted on Thursday, January 28, 2021

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This CLE course will provide renewable energy attorneys with an in-depth analysis of state regulatory challenges for renewable energy projects and facilities. The panel will discuss recently enacted legislation from various states on energy standards, siting, permitting, transmission, and rate structures. The panel will also provide best practices for structuring transactions and navigating project construction, operations, and maintenance to meet state regulatory standards.


Many policies that advance the growth of renewable energy are established at the state level. However, meeting state regulatory standards presents some challenges for renewable energy projects.

States have been active in revising their renewable portfolio standards (RPS) to diversify their energy resources, promote energy production, and increase economic development. These state standards and associated regulations typically set requirements for the siting, permitting, construction, transmission, and operations for renewable facilities.

Recently, Washington adopted the Clean Energy Transformation Act, which mandates an emissions-free electric grid by 2045. New York adopted the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, which revamps the process under which renewable energy facilities and associated transmission lines receive state and local approvals. Other states, such as Virginia, Illinois, and California, have made similar strides in enacting regulations specifically focused on the advancement of renewables.

Energy attorneys must carefully monitor various state regulations when structuring transactions and navigating challenges stemming from project construction, operations, and maintenance.

Listen as our panel discusses recently enacted legislation from a variety of states on energy standards, siting, permitting, transmission, and rate structures. The panel will also provide best practices for structuring transactions and meeting state regulatory standards.



  1. Federal vs. state regulation of renewable energy
  2. State law challenges for renewable energy facilities
  3. RPS and recently enacted state regulations
  4. Best practices for energy counsel, investors, developers, and operators


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the common state law challenges for renewable energy projects?
  • What states have enacted legislation setting forth new renewable portfolio standards?
  • How have new RPSs impacted utilities, retail suppliers, municipalities, and cooperatives?
  • How can energy counsel ensure compliance with state siting and permitting requirements and other state regulatory standards?


Barkley, James
James H. (Jim) Barkley

Baker Botts

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Christensen, Eric
Eric L. Christensen

Beveridge & Diamond

Mr. Christensen is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading energy and natural resources attorneys. His practice...  |  Read More

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