The firm has also been heavily involved with biomass Power Purchase Agreements (“PPAs”) awarded through Georgia Power Company’s 2015 Request for Proposal (“RFP”). Specifically, the firm represents independent power producers in development and regulatory issues related to the construction and operation of biomass electricity generation facilities.
Additionally, the firm represents organizations engaged in landfill gas refinement and electric generation from landfill refuse.
The firm is experienced with most all renewable energy project development and operation legal issues including regulatory matters at the PSC, land acquisition, RFPs, permitting, zoning, as well as local and state government relations.
The firm has extensive experience in energy law working with the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association, the state chapter of the industry entrepreneurial trade association, from the infancy of Georgia’s solar market; Qualified Facilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) on issues such as facility vetting and development, navigating state and federal regulatory compliance as well as government relations; and facility management and development companies.
Solar energy is at the forefront of the firm’s energy practice. Since 2009, the firm has been involved in the proliferation of solar energy throughout Georgia. From farm land in South Georgia to rooftops in the heart of Atlanta, the firm believes that the deployment of solar generation in Georgia should be market-based, rational, and driven by demand. In furtherance of that market-based approach, the firm also strongly advocates for metering for and compensation to solar generators (from residential to large industrial) that is fair, equitable, and value-based. Solar energy, pursuant to this market-based approach, should also be deployed at the lowest cost to the consumer. Since the infancy of the solar industry in Georgia, the firm has advocated for these values.
When the firm first represented GSEIA before the Georgia Public Service Commission (the “PSC”) in 2009, the amount of solar generation in Georgia was nominal. Since then, the firm and GSEIA have seen the addition of 6 megawatts (“mW”) through the RNR tariff, 50 mW in the Large Scale Solar program, 210 mW in ASI, and 525 mW in ASI Prime as well as the PSC’s order for another 1.2 gigawatts (“gW”) in REDI. As of Georgia Powers of the 2016 IRP, Georgia currently has in excess of 2 Gigawatts of solar generation operational or ordered by the PSC to be operational within 3 years.