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Edward (Ed) Zaelke is the head of the Firm’s Global Energy Project Finance group. He focuses his practice on project finance and private equity in renewable energy transactional matters. With more than 30 years of experience, he advises clients on all elements of alternative energy development and finance, including equity and debt financing, merger and acquisition transactions, equipment purchase and sale agreements, power purchase agreements, siting and other real property issues, governmental approvals, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts. Read Ed Zaelke's full bio.

Key Takeaways | How Traditional Energy Funds are Shifting Toward Green Energy: A Conversation with Encap Investments and Quantum Energy Partners


By and on Jun 10, 2021
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables

The energy market has undergone significant change in the past 12 months, with even more on the horizon. Our webinar series explores how these changes have shaped—and will continue to impact—the energy industry, including discussions of what’s to come. Our latest webinar featured McDermott partners Edward Zaelke and Parker Lee, as well as Shawn Cumberland,...

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Key Takeaways: Decoding the Future Value of Behind-the-Meter Load for Cryptocurrency and Computing: A Conversation with Compute North Executives


By and on May 6, 2021
Posted In Power Markets, Renewables

On May 5, McDermott Will & Emery partners Ed Zaelke and Chris Gladbach hosted P.J. Lee, Dave Perrill and Jeff Jackson of Compute North to discuss the relationship between the rapidly expanding computing and cryptocurrency industries and the power sector. Below are the key takeaways from the webinar: Compute North’s business model focuses on the...

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Why 2030 is the New 2050 after the Leaders Climate Summit and What President Biden’s Accelerated Transition to a Sustainable Economy Means for Renewables Developers, Investors and Corporates


By , , , , and on Apr 28, 2021
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

2030 is the new 2050 as US President Joe Biden has officially set a new goal for fighting climate change over the next decade in the United States. At the Leaders Climate Summit (the Summit) on Earth Day, he announced that America would aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions at least 50% below its...

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The Energy Market in 2021: From Crisis to Opportunity | Reenergizing after the Storm


By and on Mar 22, 2021
Posted In Enforcement Defense, Environmental, Power Markets, Project Development and Finance, Renewables

The energy market has undergone significant change in the past 12 months, with even more on the horizon. Our webinar series explores how these changes have shaped—and will continue to impact—the energy industry, including discussions of what’s to come. Our latest webinar featured FTI Consulting’s Chris LeWand, Global Power & Renewables Leader and RJ Arsenault,...

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Five Takeaways: The Energy Market in 2021 – From Crisis to Opportunity


By and on Feb 15, 2021
Posted In Enforcement Defense, FERC, Power Markets, Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

The energy market has undergone significant change in the past 12 months, with even more on the horizon. Our webinar series explores how these changes have shaped—and will continue to impact—the energy industry, including discussions of what’s to come. Our latest webinar featured Greg Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy...

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Five Takeaways: Utility Acquisition of Renewable Projects – A Discussion of the Legal and Tax Issues Regarding Utilities, Developers and Tax Equity


By , , , , , and on Dec 4, 2020
Posted In Power Markets, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax

Increasingly, utilities are replacing older generation fleets with more cost-effective generation technologies. Renewables are cost-competitive alternatives in this effort for a number of reasons, including the current tax incentives. A utility’s acquisition of a renewable asset presents many issues not otherwise present in a non-utility acquisition, particularly if the utility intends to include its investment...

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Six Takeaways: Developing and Financing Offshore Wind – Challenges and Opportunities


By , and on Sep 18, 2020
Posted In Power Markets, Renewables

McDermott hosted James McGinnis, managing director at PJ Solomon, and Salvo Vitale, country manager at US Wind, on September 17 for an interactive discussion on the US offshore wind market. Below are key takeaways from this week’s webinar. 1. The challenges facing the US offshore wind industry are similar to challenges that are faced with...

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Six Takeaways from Wind Turbine Vendor Update: A Conversation with GE Renewable Energy


By , and on Jul 31, 2020
Posted In Power Markets, Project Development and Finance, Renewables

McDermott hosted GE Renewable Energy North America Services Sales Leader Ben Stafford, Commercial Director of Onshore Wind for the North Region Rob Bienick and Commercial Director of Onshore Wind for the West Region Matt Lynch on July 30 for a discussion about COVID-19’s impact to turbine supply chain and construction, the effects of the Production...

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Key Takeaways: Achieving Low-Cost Decarbonization Through Power Markets, Infrastructure and Grid Operations


By and on Jul 21, 2020
Posted In FERC, Power Markets, Project Development and Finance, Renewables

McDermott hosted Rob Gramlich, Founder and President of Grid Strategies, LLC, on July 16 for a discussion of low-cost decarbonization strategies for the electricity sector. We framed the discussion around 2020 US Presidential Candidate Joe Biden’s recently announced goal of getting to zero carbon emissions from the electricity grid by 2035. Here are three takeaways...

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Five Takeaways: What’s New in Energy Private Equity? Trends and Developments in a Shifting Investment Landscape


By , and on Jun 26, 2020
Posted In Power Markets

McDermott recently hosted Andrew Ellenbogen of EIG Partners and Jeff Hunter of Apollo Global Management for a lively discussion about the trends and developments in today’s shifting investment landscape. Below are key takeaways from this week’s webinar. 1. The most impactful changes in energy investment over the last decade have been the drop in natural...

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