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GETTING CITY CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS “SHOVEL READY” IN TIME FOR FEDERAL STIMULUS MONIES
Presented by:
Kevin Daehnke, Center for Strategic Policy Innovation &
Charles Howland, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
It is widely expected that significant amounts of new federal funding will soon be forthcoming, major portions of which are expected to be focused on clean energy and climate resiliency. While the first go-round of federal funding from the Biden Administration (presently pending in Congress) focuses on Covid relief, the next legislative effort – the so-called *Infrastructure Bill*, which is expected by late Summer or early Fall – will likely include significant funding for clean energy-related infrastructure.  Whether billed as economic stimulus monies, infrastructure buildout, or part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, these new federal monies will almost assuredly prioritize immediate, direct infusions of money into the economy.  As we learned from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was passed as an economic stimulus package in response to the Great Recession of 2008, the new federal economic stimulus programs will be competitive, with those projects that are genuinely “Shovel Ready” most likely to receive funding.  This webinar will address (at a high level) what it will likely mean to be *shovel ready *in the context of local renewable energy projects, in particular, and how to prepare and position such projects to best be able to access future federal stimulus monies, including how to:
– Prepare for deployment of new federal  resources (generally)
– Identify readily available local *low hanging fruit* renewable energy projects
– Navigate and overcome potential regulatory impediments to such projects
– Secure site control and obtain land use, permitting and regulatory approvals
– Identify and secure private sector financing strategies to bolster chances for federal public fund
– Champion projects with resiliency,* low income minority* and/or environmental justice focushis .
 
 
About the Presenters:
Kevin Daehnke is an environmental lawyer, first at large law firms in the Los Angeles area, and then for more than 25 years at Daehnke Cruz Law Group, a law firm he co-founded. Mr. Daehnke is the Founder and President of the Center for Strategic Policy Innovation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank, where he spearheads the Clean Growth Incubator, a nationwide effort designed to jumpstart the buildout of clean, renewable energy projects in small to medium-sized cities and counties throughout the country. The backbone of this effort is an advanced-level, multi-disciplinary, self-paced urban planning regimen that combines a 100-page step-by-step guidebook (the Template) and a targeted 8-10 month webinar-enhanced training Platform. Kevin has also developed a well-received private sector social impact business/financing model to fund renewable energy and microgrid projects.
Charlie Howland is a partner and head of the Environmental Group at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, where he advises U.S. and foreign clients on all aspects of environmental and energy law, including participation in wholesale and retail energy markets, and ‘grid edge’ energy projects including financing and siting projects on environmentally impaired lands (“Brightfields”).  Prior to joining Curtis, Charlie was a Senior Assistant Regional Counsel at the USEPA, working on complex site cleanups and as legal adviser to the agency’s “RE-Powering America” initiative facilitating Brightfield developments nationally.  Between 2004 and 2018 he served on the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission, the last four years as co-chair.  Charlie has taught environmental and energy law at universities in the U.S. and abroad.

 

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