David T. Quinby

David T. Quinby

Special Counsel
Minneapolis, MN

About David

David Quinby works out of the firm’s Minneapolis office and concentrates his practice on energy transactions, including project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and construction matters. David has led numerous negotiations on complex transactions, representing developers, sponsors, strategic investors, utilities, and contractors with respect to wind, solar, biomass, natural gas, coal, and petroleum facilities. He advises clients in drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, real estate agreements, feedstock and fuel supply agreements, off-take and power purchase agreements, EPC agreements, build-transfer agreements, O&M services agreements, joint venture and development agreements, and related due diligence. At the firm, David has served in various management positions, including Office Managing Partner of the Minneapolis office, chair of the Energy Initiative, practice group leader for the Energy Development Group, and member of the Compensation Committee.

David also has experience representing public and private companies as both in-house and outside counsel. Previously, David served as Assistant General Counsel at NRG Energy, Inc. a NYSE company, and as General Counsel for NRG’s $1.5 billion North American operating unit. Before joining NRG, David served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of ValueVision International, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed direct marketing company. Prior to his legal career, David was a CPA with four years of public accounting experience at a Big 8 Accounting Firm.

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  • Represented Edison Energy Group in the sale of its subsidiary, SoCore Energy (a fully-integrated developer, owner, and operator of municipal/co-op solar, community solar, and commercial and industrial solar projects) to ENGIE North America. The acquisition includes 150 MW of solar assets in operation or under construction, 170 MW of solar projects in late-stage development, as well as projects combining battery storage elements.
  • Represented EDF Renewables in the sale of its 200 MW Golden Plains wind project in north central Iowa to Alliant Energy. The transaction is a build transfer structure involving an asset purchase agreement and EPC agreement.
  • Represented SoCore Energy in gaining approval for its potential acquisition of equity interests in 22 community solar garden development projects in Minnesota, subject to certain conditions, which upon completion would produce up to 140 MW (dc) of renewable energy. Ultimately six of the projects were acquired for an aggregate of 43.5 MW (dc). The projects were acquired as part of bankruptcy proceedings for renewable energy company SunEdison.
  • Represented EDF Renewables in the sale of its 150 MW Merricourt wind project in North Dakota to Otter Tail Power for an aggregate transaction value of approximately US $250 million. The transaction is a build transfer structure involving an asset purchase agreement and EPC agreement.
  • Represented AltaGas in the acquisition of GWF Energy Holdings LLC, which holds a portfolio of three natural gas-fired electrical generation facilities in northern California totaling 523 MW, including the 330 MW Tracy facility, the 97 MW Hanford facility, and the 96 MW Henrietta facility, for a purchase price of approximately US $642 million.
  • Represented PICO Holdings, Inc., in the sale of substantially all of the assets of its majority owned canola processing subsidiary, PICO Northstar Hallock, LLC, to CHS Inc.
  • Represented AltaGas in the purchase of three natural gas power plants from Veresen, Inc., located in Ripon, CA (49.5 MW), Pomona, CA (44 MW) and Brush, CO (70 MW).
  • Represented large international energy company in the acquisition of a West Coast LPG export facility.
  • Represented AltaGas in the acquisition of Caithness Blythe II, LLC, including development assets relating to its proposed 569 MW combined cycle power plant.
  • Represented AltaGas Idemitsu Joint Venture Limited Partnership in acquiring a majority interest in Petrogas Energy Corp.
  • Represented a subsidiary of AltaGas in its acquisition of the Blythe Energy facility, a 507 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle plant and related 230 kV 67-mile electric transmission line in Southern California, valued at $515 million.
  • Represented Energy Capital Partner’s Mezzanine Opportunities Fund in its recapitalization of Chieftain Sand Proppant LLC.
  • Represented AltaGas in the acquisition of Decker Energy International, an independent power company, which owns a 50 percent interest in a 48 MW biomass power facility in North Carolina and a 30 percent working interest in a 37 MW biomass power facility in Michigan.
  • Represented a major U.S. energy company in connection with its acquisition of a development portfolio (in excess of 200 MW) of California solar power projects.
  • Represented Greenleaf Power in its acquisition of a 47 MW biomass power plant in Mecca, California.
  • Represented an EPC contractor with respect to a 5 MW Solar PV project in Tennessee.
  • Represented a developer in the sale of a 500 MW wind project in Kansas.
  • Represented a developer in the sale of two 99 MW wind projects in North Dakota.
  • Represented EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco Inc.) in negotiating asset purchase agreements, EPC contracts and other key project documents for a $900 million wind power build-transfer transaction with Xcel Energy Inc.’s Northern States Power (NSP) unit. The transaction involved two wind projects aggregating 351 installed MW in Minnesota and North Dakota. The transaction included a planned 201 MW project in southwest Minnesota’s Nobles County, the second largest wind project in Minnesota.
  • Represented a project developer in the acquisition of a 248 MW wind project in Texas.
  • Represented a project developer in the acquisition of an 80 MW wind project in Montana.
  • Represented VBV LLC and its subsidiaries in its merger with Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. The merger created one of the nation’s largest publicly traded ethanol production companies, with complementary grain, agronomy, feed, fuel, and ethanol marketing and distribution operations.
  • Represented Bioverda US Holdings LLC in its Investment in Blendstar, LLC, an operator of ethanol splash blending facilities in Knoxville, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky with more facilities under construction in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Columbus, Ohio.
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Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Energy Law), 2020–2023
  • Recipient, Stoel Rives LLP Andrew Guy Pro Bono Award, 2022
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