Seth Richardson is an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office who concentrates his practice in project development, transactional, and regulatory matters relating to the renewable and conventional energy industries. His experience includes representing developers and owners of utility-scale and distributed generating facilities (including gas-fired, wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal generating facilities) in the negotiation of project development-related agreements, such as power purchase, interconnection, and procurement-related agreements, as well as the filing of applications for licenses, permits, and other regulatory requirements. In addition, Mr. Richardson has assisted clients in connection with the sale, acquisition, and/or financing of generating assets and projects, including both sale-leaseback and inverted lease project finance transactions.
Recently, Mr. Richardson has counseled clients in connection with the California Cap-and-Trade Program established pursuant to California Assembly Bill 32 (the California Global Warming Solutions Act). His experience includes representing clients in the purchase and sale of compliance instruments, such as allowances and offset credits, as well as the negotiation of power purchase agreements that allocate financial responsibility for the carbon costs associated with energy generation.
Mr. Richardson also has extensive experience representing clients in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”). With respect to energy issues, Mr. Richardson has represented developers and industry associations in matters relating to the California energy industry, including interconnection/transmission access, combined heat and power transactions, and the California renewable portfolio standard and other supply-mix issues. With respect to water issues, Mr. Richardson has represented an investor-owned water utility in various proceedings before the Commission, including the preparation and prosecution of the utility’s general rate cases and the filing and prosecution of various applications before the Commission.
Mr. Richardson received a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College in 2003 and a J.D. in 2008 from Loyola Law School, where he was editor of the International and Comparative Law Review.