Erin L. Anderson

Erin L. Anderson

Seattle, WA

About Erin

Erin Anderson advises clients in permitting, developing, constructing and operating major capital facilities, with a particular focus on energy generation, conversion and transmission facilities. Her goal with every project is to ensure the facility or proposal incorporates thoughtful, innovative and environmentally responsible measures that improve the end product for all interested and affected stakeholders. Erin has significant experience representing independent power producers; fuel processing, handling and transport companies; and regulated utilities in site certification and environmental review under NEPA and SEPA, as well as operational compliance with state and federal natural resource regulations. She regularly represents clients before local boards, commissions and the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council in project permit proceedings, and has successfully defended projects before the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, and in Washington’s Superior Courts, Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. Erin conducts regulatory, environmental and land use due diligence for purchasers, sellers and lenders in major power and fuel facility transactions.

Erin also advises private-sector and municipal interests in the negotiation and drafting of franchise and development agreements for multiple-use developments, water and wastewater treatment facilities. She frequently advises public and private clients on matters of eminent domain, regulatory takings, and alternate procurements for which she negotiates and drafts both traditional and innovative procurement, delivery and service contracts for capital facilities infrastructure development and finance, including various public-private partnership structures.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Erin worked for 11 years at the central Washington firm of Cone Gilreath, where she served as the Cle Elum city attorney and South Cle Elum town attorney, represented the Kittitas County Public Utilities District, the Kittitas County Conservation District, Kittitas County Fire District #4, and served as the South Cle Elum town attorney. From 1993‑1996 she was employed as an associate at Halverson Applegate, P.S. in Yakima, where she worked extensively on zoning, facilities permitting, and impact fees issues under various statutory regimes.

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  • Currently representing developer in the procurement of local, state and federal land use, regulatory and environmental permits, concurrently with undergoing SEPA review, regarding development of a first-of-its-kind LNG conversion, storage and marine LNG fueling facility in the Port of Tacoma, Washington, that will replace marine diesel fuel with cleaner-burning LNG.
  • Represents Northwest Innovation Works – Kalama, LLC in the development of a methanol manufacturing and marine export facility that will deploy ultra-low emissions and zero-discharge technologies, including the procurement and defense of local, state and federal shoreline use and environmental permits.
  • On-going representation of electrical transmission provider regarding siting and permitting of upgrades to high-voltage transmission facilities and substations in variety of urban, shoreline and rural environments within an existing utility corridor, eliminating the need for development of a new power corridor.
  • Represents a group of Pacific Northwest Ports in the environmental review under NEPA and SEPA and the procurement of permits for maintenance dredging and dredge materials placement on the Lower Columbia River in order to maintain federal navigation channel depths that allow for continued annual transit of over 50 million tons of cargo valued at over $25 billion per year.
  • Conducts due diligence on existing land use and shoreline permits and future development permit requirements for the acquisition of a variety of power generation facilities across the United States.
  • Advises clients regarding venue and jurisdictional reach of local v. centralized Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council regarding permitting of energy generation facilities, intrastate gas and oil pipelines, enumerated electrical transmission lines, and fuel receiving and processing facilities.
  • Represented owner/developer in the permitting of a 1,432 MW wind energy facility and successfully defended environmental and substantive permit lawsuits.
  • Drafted and negotiated a series of multi-party procurement, development and operations agreements utilizing a public-private finance structure and a design-build method of development for privatized long-term operations of a publicly-owned 3.6 MGD sequencing batch reactor wastewater treatment plant serving the Washington Department of Transportation, three municipalities and one privately-owned 6,000-acre destination resort.
  • Counseled developer of 49 MW solar PV farm on land use and regulatory requirements.
  • Assisted clients in initial permitting of crude-by-rail facilities and subsequent expansion of constructed infrastructure.
  • Conducted fatal flaw analysis of regulatory and land use requirements for cross-state natural gas pipeline.
  • Obtained the timely issuance of federal No Hazard to Aviation certificates for wind facility over civil aviation and federal agency requests for denial.
  • Member of two permitting teams that assisted clients in obtaining highly contested Site Certification Agreements from (former) Washington Governor Christine upon favorable recommendations from the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, and successful defense thereof before the Washington Supreme Court, establishing precedence on issues of sufficient environmental assessment of aesthetic impacts, legal effects of facility proximity of National Scenic Area, jurisdictional authority of Washington siting council and standard of deference to Governor and recommendation of siting council based upon complete administrative record.
  • Conducted environmental permit and regulatory due diligence for purchaser of biomass facility certified for REC’s in multi-state region.
  • Correctly analyzed multi-agency regulations and preemptive authority on contested deep geothermal electrical generation facility.


  • Residents Opposed to Kittitas Turbines v. State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 165 Wn.2d 275, 197 P.3d 1153 (2008)
  • SCM Group USA, Inc. v. Protek Machinery Co., 136 Wash. App. 569, 150 P.3d 141 (2007)
  • Lathrop v. State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 130 Wash. App. 147, 121 P.3d 774 (2005)
  • J.R. Simplot, Inc. v. Knight, 139 Wash. 2d 534, 988 P.2d 955 (1999)
  • Tugwell v. Kittitas County, 90 Wash. App. 1, 951 P.2d 272 (1997)
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Program Co-Chair and Moderator, Permitting Strategies, The Seminar Group, Mar. 2017
  • “Permitting and Land Use,” The Law of Solar Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, First Edition, 2008, Fifth Edition, 2017
  • Moderator, “Innovations in Siting and Permitting,” 8th Annual Transmission Summit West, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2016 
  • “Land Use Law Update,” The Seminar Group: Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries, Seattle, WA, Aug. 15, 2014
  • Summit Chair and Moderator, “Expanding Takeaway and Fractionation Capacity to Support Burgeoning Production in Western Canada” – Infocast: Western Canada – Oil & Gas Transportation Summit (Infrastructure, Rail, LNG Exports), Calgary, AB, May 14, 2014
  • Moderator, “SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY V. DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY: Implications of Washington Supreme Court Ruling on Minimum In-Stream Flows,” LSI Telebriefing, Oct. 28, 2013
  • “From Dirt to Dinner Table: How Lawyers Help Bring Wine Into the World,” American Bar Association – Business Law Section, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Aug. 9‑11, 2013
  • “Palouse Wind: Energy Facility Development Case Study – Legal Permitting,” AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit – Northwest, Portland, OR, Feb. 19, 2013
  • “Federal Environmental Regulations Update – Energy Facility Development,” Infocast’s 5th Annual Projects & Money 2013, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 15‑17, 2013
  • “Renewable Energy Siting in Washington,” Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Newsletter, September 2012
  • “Property Value Impact Objections to Wind Project Siting,” AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 28, 2012
  • “Federal Support/Federal – State Permitting Update,” Developing Wind Power in the Northwest, The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, Nov. 9‑10, 2011
  • “Tackling Energy Storage Issues,” EUCI Webinar, Sept. 21, 2011
  • “What’s Coming in Renewable Energy,” WSBA CLE, 2011 Environmental and Land Use Law Section Midyear Meeting and Seminar, Union, WA, Apr. 28‑30, 2011
  • “Environmental Issues Relating to Specific Technologies: Challenges of siting wind farms around the country” Law Seminars International, Arlington, VA, Jan. 27‑28, 2011
  • “WINNING THE RACE BEFORE IT STARTS: What Biomass Developers Must Do in Order to Create a Favorable Permitting Environment,“ 2011 Pacific West BIOMASS Conference & Expo, Seattle, WA, Jan. 10‑12, 2011
  • “Wind Power Land and Permitting Issues: Private Land; Public Land; Leased Land; BLM Sites; Repowering Issues; Radar and Electricity Concerns; Military Overfly Areas; National Defense Concerns; Height and Location Issues; Avian Issues; SEPA; NEPA; Local Zoning Issues,” The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, Nov. 9‑10, 2010
  • “Land Use, Environmental and Regulatory Law and Water Rights Affecting Wineries and Vineyard Development,” Northwest Wine Academy, June 2, 2010
  • “DOE Loan Program for Renewables: Critical Path Timeline Issues,” EUCI Webinar, May 27, 2010
  • “Current Siting Issues under NEPA and Other Significant Federal Legislation,” EUCI Webinar, May 19, 2010
  • “Siting and Permitting Projects,” The Law of Biomass: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, First Edition, 2010
  • “Permitting and Land Use,” The Law of Wind: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Fourth Edition, 2008, Fifth Edition, 2009, Sixth Edition, 2010  
  • “Transmission: How It Works; Affected Parties; Permitting Across Multiple Jurisdictions,” The Seminar Group’s Developing Wind Power in the Northwest, Nov. 12‑13, 2009, Seattle, WA
  • “Law of Renewable Energy: Key Substantive Issues in Siting and Permitting Renewable Energy Facilities,” EUCI webinar, June 1, 2009
  • “Vehicle Electrification and Charging Infrastructure Development – Funding Opportunities and Challenges under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” 5th Annual Power UP! Electrifying Transportation Summit, Wenatchee, WA, May 28, 2009
  • Washington Supreme Court Affirms State Siting Council’s Authority to Permit Alternative Energy Facilities,” Renewable Energy Law Alert, Nov. 21, 2008
  • “Key Issues in Wind Power Project Economics,” AWEA Wind Resource & Project Energy Assessment Workshop, Portland, OR, Sept. 23, 2008
  • “Environmental Issues for Washington Wineries and Vineyards,” Winery and Wine Distribution Law, Quincy, WA, Aug. 11, 2008
  • “Siting and Permitting Challenges,” Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA, Aug. 7‑8, 2008
  • “Land Use and Water Rights Issues Affecting Washington Vineyards and Wineries,” Annual Stoel Rives, LLP Wine Law Seminar, Walla Walla, WA, June 24, 2008
  • “Any Way the Wind Blows: Wake Effect and Its Impact on Upwind and Down Wind Facilities,” AWEA Windpower 2008, Houston, TX, June 1‑4, 2008
  • “Wind Energy in the Pacific Northwest,” NEBC Canada – Making Renewable Projects Happen, Portland, OR, Apr. 24, 2008
  • “Alternative Procurement and Funding in Washington State,” Land Use in Southwestern Washington, Vancouver, WA, Feb. 11‑12, 2008
  • The Law of Ocean and Tidal Energy, A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Second Edition, 2008
  • “Economics of the River: Wind Power in the Pacific Northwest,” The Mighty Columbia, Seattle, WA, Nov. 15‑16, 2007
  • “Washington Oil and Gas Land Use and Environmental Issues,” Northwest Energy Association Annual Symposium, McMinnville, OR, Sept. 21, 2007
  • “BonaFide Purchaser Doctrine,” Washington State Bar Association Real Property Deskbook Ch. 41, 1997, 2000‑2002 Supplement

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