Jennifer H. Martin
Partner
Portland, OR
(503) 294-9852 Direct
(503) 220-2480 Fax

jhmartin@stoel.com


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Jennifer H. Martin

Experience

Jennifer Martin is a partner of the firm practicing in the Energy Group. She represents energy clients in the negotiation of development-related agreements, with a particular focus on wholesale power purchase and sale agreements, interconnection and transmission arrangements, retail supply agreements and fuel supply agreements. Her clients include owners, investors, developers and utilities, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy projects. Jennifer also represents clients on a variety of energy-related regulatory matters before state and federal agencies. She has experience before state public utility commissions in the western United States and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission representing both utility and independent power producer interests.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Jennifer was a judicial clerk, Minnesota Supreme Court (1999-2000); summer associate at Stoel Rives (1998); research assistant, Professor David Baldus, University of Iowa College of Law (1997-1999); and clerk, Circuit Court of Cook County (1993).

Representative Work

Representative Regulatory Work

  • Representation of power sellers in approval proceedings, administrative litigation and rulemaking matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including applications for power sales tariffs, exempt wholesale generator issues, transfer of jurisdictional assets; investigations into compliance.
  • Counseling and assisting utility clients before state utility commissions with respect to energy matters, including utility rate case proceedings; utility mergers and acquisitions; certificate of public convenience and necessity proceedings; rulemakings; and investigations.
  • Advise energy utilities and power sellers on regulatory compliance matters.
  • Representation of clients with respect to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state public records law requests for a confidential agreements.
  • Representation of energy efficiency clients on state regulatory and renewable energy credit (REC) issues and drafting customer participation agreement.

Representative Transactional Work

  • Lead negotiator representing renewable energy developers and marketers in successful negotiations of executed long-term power purchase and sales agreements for purchase or sale of energy, capacity, ancillary services and environmental attributes from over 1000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass facilities with a range of counterparties, including Southern California Edison, Tennessee Valley Authority, Pacific Gas & Electric, Bonneville Power Administration, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Xcel Energy, Salt River Project, and Northern Indiana Public Service Company.
  • Advised developers in assessing and responding to utility requests for offers regarding purchase and sales agreements and build, own, transfer arrangements throughout the U.S.
  • Lead negotiator representing renewable energy developers in negotiating interconnection agreements; negotiating with Midwest ISO, Southwest Power Pool, California ISO, PJM and other transmission providers.
  • Represented owners and biomass developers in negotiations of fuel supply arrangements.
  • Represented renewable energy investors and developers in conducting due diligence in connection with potential acquisitions of portfolios of existing and planned renewable energy projects; led due diligence teams and drafted and negotiated relevant transaction agreements.
  • Negotiated development agreements for, and analyzing due diligence of, major utility and merchant transmission projects (both AC and DC).

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Member, Energy, Telecom and Utility Law Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Energy Bar Association
  • Member, Women of Wind Energy

Presentations

  • Summit Chair, Transmission West 2011, San Francisco, California, Sept. 19-21, 2011
  • "Transmission of Renewable Energy: Efficient Solutions to Integration Issues," EUCI Web Conference, June 23, 2011
  • Forest Products Industry Webinar, Stoel Rives LLP, Portland, Oregon, June 9, 2011
  • "Wind Integration in the Pacific Northwest," AWEA Windpower 2011, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, May 25, 2011
  • "Biomass PPAs and Feedstock Agreements" and "Biomass Project Due Diligence," Biomass for Power, Fuels and Chemicals, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mar. 21, 2011
  • "Managing Curtailment and Integration Issues in the PPA: Solutions for Making Projects Viable and Financeable," Wind & Solar Integration Summit, Scottsdale, Arizona, Jan. 25, 2011
  • "Wave and Tidal Energy Financing, Federal Grants, Power Purchase Agreements and Transmission Issues," EUCI Web Conference, Jan. 13, 2011 
  • Panelist, "Renewable Energy PPAs: Risk Allocation and Litigation Trends," EUCI Webinar, Sep. 8, 2010
  • "Biomass to Energy Projects: Key Issues to Consider in Power Purchase and Feedstock Agreements," 2010 International Biomass Conference and Expo, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 6, 2010
  • "Geothermal Power Purchase Agreements," Geothermal Finance & Investment Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, Mar. 8, 2010
  • "Understanding and Working with Revenue Streams: Key Issues in Negotiating and Drafting Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)," Wind, Solar and Renewables Institute, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, Feb. 2-4, 2010
  • Panelist, "Impact of State RPS's and the Prospect of a Federal RPS," Infocast Webinar, Jan. 27, 2010
  • "Biomass Power Purchase Agreements: Issues and Strategies," BBI Pacific West Biomass Conference & Expo, Sacramento, California, Jan. 12, 2010
  • "Law of Renewable Energy: Regulatory and Transmission Issues for Renewable Energy Projects," Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. Webinar, June 15, 2009
  • "Law of Renewable Energy: Power Purchase Agreements for Renewable Energy Projects," Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. Webinar, May 18, 2009
  • Poster Presentation "FERC's Implementation of EPAct of 2005: Impacts on the Wind Energy Business," WINDPOWER 2007 Conference & Exhibition, Los Angeles, California, June 2007

Publications

  • "Section 3 – Transmission and Interconnection" (coauthor), Case Study: A Wind Development Project in the State of California, Stoel Rives LLP, June 2011 (PDF available in English and Chinese)
  • "Power Purchase Agreements" and "Regulatory and Transmission-Related Issues," The Law of Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2011 (formerly The Law of Ocean and Tidal Energy)
  • "Managing Curtailment and Integration Issues in the PPA: Solutions for Making Projects Viable and Financeable," Wind & Solar Integration Summit, Scottsdale, Arizona, Jan. 25, 2011
  • "Delivering the Goods: Regulatory and Transmission-Related Issues" (coauthor), in Chapter 7 of Lava Law, Stoel Rives LLP
  • "Power Purchase Agreements: Utility-Scale Projects" (coauthor), in Chapter 3 of Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy, Stoel Rives LLP 
  • "Regulatory and Transmission-Related Issues" (coauthor), in Chapter 5 of Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy, Stoel Rives LLP
  • "Power Purchase Agreements and Environmental Attributes" (coauthor), in Chapter 6 of The Law of Wind, Stoel Rives LLP
  • "Regulatory and Transmission-Related Issues" (coauthor), in Chapter 13 of The Law of Wind, Stoel Rives LLP
  • "Relocating the Wind: New Strategies for Moving Wind Generation from High-Wind Areas to High-Load Areas," North American Clean Energy, Aug. 2008

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1999
    Senior Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Gender Race and Justice, 1998-1999
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. English and Gender Studies, 1995
  • St. Patrick's College, University of Notre Dame foreign study program, 1992-1993

Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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