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Elle Hayes focuses her practice on renewable energy transactions and general corporate matters. She represents clients on tax equity and project finance transactions. She also represents private equity sponsors and private companies in general corporate matters, particularly mergers and acquisitions. Elle represents clients and investors across a variety of industries, including renewable energy, healthcare and technology. Read Elle Hayes's full bio.

An Update on Wind Farm Development along the US Coastline


By , and on Oct 15, 2021
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables, U.S. Congress

On October 13, 2021, during a speech at American Clean Power’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, US Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced a path forward for future offshore wind leasing along the US coastline. This announcement supports the Biden administration’s goal to install 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 and...

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International News: Spotlight on the Energy Industry


By , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and on Oct 5, 2021
Posted In Environmental, EU Developments, Natural Gas, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, U.S. Congress

US RENEWABLES: INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES PERSIST IN UNCONVENTIONAL PLACES Christopher Gladbach | Seth B. Doughty Apart from a few challenges, the sellers’ market in renewable energy is accelerating under the Biden administration, leading international investors to seek opportunities in non-traditional investments. Read more. ————————————————————————————————————————— THE US $2.3 TRILLION AMERICAN JOBS INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN Elle Hayes | Dominique...

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President Biden Raises the Bar on Electrification of the Auto Industry through Executive Order


By , and on Aug 6, 2021
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables, U.S. Congress

On August 5, 2021, US President Joe Biden announced and signed an executive order that sets a new target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. This executive order is consistent with President Biden’s goal of building more than...

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Biden Administration Issues National Security Memorandum Shortly after the House Passes Three Bills Aimed at Cybersecurity in the Energy Industry


By , , and on Jul 30, 2021
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables, U.S. Congress

The federal government is seeking to increase cybersecurity in critical infrastructure industries through the implementation of a voluntary Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Initiative (Initiative), while the US House of Representatives (House) concurrently focuses on the same goal by passing three bills aimed at enhancing cybersecurity. While it’s currently voluntary, it’s likely the Initiative—along with its...

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Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration – An Industry Primed for Explosive Growth? A Summary of the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Report


By , and on Jul 6, 2021
Posted In Environmental, Natural Gas, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax

On June 30, 2021, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) delivered a Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) report to Congress in accordance with the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act passed in December 2020. The CEQ report highlights an inventory of existing permitting requirements for CCUS deployment and identifies...

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Seeing a $100 Billion Market Opportunity, North Carolina Governor Commits to Developing 2.8 Gigawatts and Eight Gigawatts of Offshore Wind by 2030 and 2040, Respectively, through Executive Order


By , and on Jun 17, 2021
Posted In Environmental, Project Development and Finance, Renewables

Last week, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 218 titled, “Advancing North Carolina’s Economic and Clean Energy Future with Offshore Wind,” announcing a goal of developing 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind energy resources by 2030 and eight gigawatts by 2040. This executive order comes after the North Carolina Department of Commerce issued...

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Nine Governors Issue Letter to President Biden Urging Continued Prioritization of Offshore Wind Development


By , and on Jun 16, 2021
Posted In Environmental, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, U.S. Congress

On June 4, 2021, days before the Biden Administration announced its intent to consider further expansion of offshore wind development in the Gulf of Mexico, nine governors issued a joint letter to US President Joe Biden’s administration to commend its commitment to offshore wind development and provide recommendations to build upon the momentum to prioritize...

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DOI Announces Competitive Lease Sale for Offshore Wind Development off the Coasts of New York and New Jersey


By , and on Jun 16, 2021
Posted In Environmental, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, U.S. Congress

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) announced plans to expand offshore wind development off the coasts of New York and New Jersey by proposing a lease sale it strives to complete by the end of this year. More specifically, the Biden Administration proposed a competitive sale of eight lease sites for over 627,000 acres...

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Biden Administration Aims to Fix “Structural Weaknesses” in Key Supply Chains and Rolls Out National Blueprint for Lithium Ion Batteries


By and on Jun 10, 2021
Posted In Environmental, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, U.S. Congress

The White House released a report on June 8, 2021, detailing the findings and recommendations of a crucial supply chains review ordered by US President Joe Biden in February. The order directed the examination of semiconductors, electric vehicle (EV) batteries, critical minerals and pharmaceuticals, four products that are critical to American national security, economic security...

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Biden Administration Explores Offshore Wind Development in the Gulf of Mexico


By , , and on Jun 9, 2021
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables, U.S. Congress

Earlier this week, the Biden Administration announced its intent to consider further expansion of offshore wind development in the Gulf of Mexico. This announcement comes two weeks after the Biden Administration announced an agreement to lease almost 400 miles off California’s northern and central coasts for wind development. Potential offshore wind leasing in the Gulf...

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