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Eric E. Freedman

Partner
+1.206.370.7627
Fax +1.206.370.6065
Mr. Freedman represents a wide variety of clients, in both the private and public sectors, on energy and electric utility law issues. His practice emphasizes energy, utilities and infrastructure transactional matters such as the preparation and negotiation of agreements relating to power project and other infrastructure development, mergers and acquisitions, alliances and joint ventures, power purchases and sales, natural gas purchases and sales, commodity derivatives transactions, renewable energy credits and certificates transactions, emissions allowance transactions, electric and gas transmission, and energy services. His practice also includes counseling concerning commercial, regulatory, risk management, contracting and contract interpretation issues.

Mr. Freedman is recognized in Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law (2012-2016).

Additional Information

  • Research Student, Peterhouse, Cambridge University, 1976-77
Energy Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions
  • Represented Gulf Pacific Power, LLC (a joint venture of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and Harbert Power, LLC) in the acquisition of ownership interests of Sumitomo Corporation of Americas in Desert Sunlight Investment Holdings, LLC, the owner of a 550 MW solar power project in Riverside County, California.
  • Represented ENGIE North America Inc. in the acquisition of OpTerra Energy Group, Inc.
  • Represented TransAlta Corporation in the acquisition of distributed solar power projects in Massachusetts and the 50 MW Lakeswind wind project in Minnesota from Rockland Capital.
  • Represented Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) and John Hancock Life Insurance Company of New York in investment in Enviva Wilmington Holdings, LLC.
  • Represented GDF SUEZ Energie Services S.A. in the acquisition of Ecova, Inc.
  • Represented investor-owned electric utilities headquartered in southeastern U.S. in acquisition of solar generating projects in California.
  • Represented TransAlta Corporation in the acquisition of a 144 MW wind project in Wyoming from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.
  • Represented Gulf Pacific Power, LLC in its acquisition of a partial ownership interest in a 550 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle generating facility located in Astoria, Queens.
  • Represented a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Energy North America in the sale of its interest in a joint venture owner and operator of distributed cogeneration facilities.
  • Represented Capital Power Income L.P., an Edmonton, Alberta-based owner of 19 wholly-owned power generation assets located in Canada and the United States, in its $1.11 billion acquisition by Atlantic Power Corporation.
  • Represented Capital Power Corporation in its acquisition of Bridgeport Energy LLC, the owner of a 500 MW facility in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • Represented Capital Power Corporation in its acquisition of Tiverton Power Inc., the owner of a 265 MW generating facility in Tiverton, Rhode Island, and Rumford Power Inc., the owner of a 265 MW generating facility in Rumford, Maine.
  • Represented Recycled Energy Development LLC, a developer, owner and manager of combined heat and power facilities, in its acquisition of a 28-megawatt wood waste biomass power plant in Scotia, California.
  • Represented independent power producer in proposed purchases of gas-fired electric generating facilities in California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine.
  • Represented renewable energy producer in proposed purchase of 20 MW community wind project in Minnesota.
  • Represented EPCOR Utilities Inc. in spin-off of all of its power generation and energy marketing assets and related operations in Canada and the United States to a newly formed Canadian corporation, Capital Power Corporation.
  • Represented EPCOR Utilities Inc. in sale of 67 MW combined cycle electric generating facility in Castleton, New York.
  • Represented purchaser of Washington combined electric and gas utility with respect to regional, state and local legal and regulatory matters.
  • Represented GDF SUEZ Energy North America in the sale of the 520 MW Chehalis gas-fired generating facility to PacifiCorp.
  • Represented purchaser of majority interest in biofuels production facility in Virginia.
  • Represented purchaser of privately held company owning all or portions of 13 cogeneration projects located in California, Colorado, Indiana, New Jersey and North Carolina.
  • Represented purchaser of controlling interest in publicly held company owning 300 MW natural gas-fired project in Colorado, 60 MW hydroelectric project in New York and 70 MW natural gas-fired cogeneration project in New York.
  • Represented independent power producer in sale of 50% ownership interest in 600 MW natural gas-fired generating project in Arizona.
  • Represented independent power producer in sale to Arizona investor-owned utility of 450 MW natural gas-fired peaking project in Arizona.
  • Represented independent power producer in sale to Washington investor-owned utility of nearly one-half interest as tenant in common in 250 MW natural gas-fired generating facility.
  • Represented independent power producer in purchase from federal agency of partially completed natural gas-fired electric generating facility in Washington.
  • Represented independent power producer in purchase of 11 hydroelectric and coal-fired generating projects in Montana.
Power Sales Agreement and Related Experience
  • Represent various corporate energy purchasers in the preparation and negotiation of physical and virtual renewable energy purchase and sale agreements.
  • Represented TransAlta Corporation in preparation and negotiation of long-term coal transition power purchase and sale agreement with Puget Sound Energy, Inc.
  • Represented independent power producer in preparation of proposed long-term wind power sales agreement with Oregon electric utility.
  • Represented owner of natural gas-fired generating facility in preparation of proposed long-term power sales agreement with Oregon electric utility.
  • Represented owner of 1340 MW coal-power facility in preparation and negotiation of long-term coal transition power purchase and sale agreement with Washington electric and gas utility.
  • Represented purchaser of 500 MW combined cycle gas-fired generating facility in Connecticut in preparation and negotiation of financially settled daily heat-rate call option with major investment banking firm.
  • Represented purchaser of 265 MW combined cycle gas-fired generating facility in Rhode Island in preparation and negotiation of financially settled daily heat-rate call option with major investment banking firm.
  • Represented independent power producer in preparation and negotiation of power sales agreement for sale of output of New Mexico wind project to Southern California municipal utility.
  • Represented California municipal utility in preparation and negotiation of numerous long-term wind power sales agreements.
  • Represented Washington public power consortium in long-term wind power sales agreements.
  • Represented California solar power company in preparation of template form of solar power sales agreement.
  • Represented independent power producer in preparation and negotiation of power sales agreements providing for the long-term sale of an aggregate of 125 MW of capacity and energy from a 270 MW natural gas-fired generating project in Washington to three Washington public utility districts.
  • Represented Pacific Northwest electric utility in preparation and negotiation of daily heat-rate call option tolling agreement for portion of capacity of natural gas-fired generating facility in Washington.
  • Represented independent power producer in preparation of long-term tolling agreements with Pacific Northwest investor-owned electric utilities.
  • Represented independent power producer in preparation and negotiation of power sales agreement providing for long-term sale to Pacific Northwest investor-owned electric utility of an aggregate of 450 MW of capacity and energy from hydroelectric and thermal generating facilities located in Montana.
  • Represented independent power producer in the preparation and negotiation of power sales agreement providing for long-term sale to Pacific Northwest investor-owned electric utility of an aggregate of 500 MW of capacity and energy from hydroelectric and thermal generating facilities located in Montana.
  • Represented Washington public utility districts in preparation and negotiation of long-term tolling agreement with Canadian power marketer.
  • Represented Washington public utility districts in preparation and negotiation of long-term power sales agreements with various investor-owned utilities and power marketers.
  • Represented independent power producer in preparation and negotiation of long-term power sales contracts with Western Area Power Administration and United States Navy.
  • Represented independent power producer in connection with long-term power sales contracts with the California Department of Water Resources.
  • Represented California municipal utility in connection with long-term power sales contract with the California Department of Water Resources.
  • Represented Washington public utility district in preparation and negotiation of long-term wholesale power sales agreements with utilities purchasing output of hydroelectric generating facilities.
  • Represented numerous electric utilities and power marketers in preparation and negotiation of EEI Master Power Purchase and Sale Agreements, ISDA Master Agreement Power Annexes and WSPP Agreement Master Confirmations and Confirmations with various counterparties, including investor-owned utilities and power marketers.
  • Represented Canadian and U.S. power marketers and public power and investor-owned electric utilities in preparation and negotiation of long-term retail power sales agreements with various retail commercial and industrial customers.
  • Represented numerous power marketers and electric utilities in preparation and negotiation of renewable energy credit and renewable energy certificates purchase and sale agreements.
Energy Project Development Experience
  • Represented independent power producer in development and financing of distributed solar energy facilities in Southern California.
  • Represented lumber mill owner in proposed development of wood-waste fueled biomass cogeneration facility in Washington.
  • Represented California municipal utility in acquisition and development of a 120 MW wind project located in Kern County, California.
  • Represented Washington public power consortium in development of proposed 80 MW wind project in Washington.
  • Represented independent power producers and electric utilities in development of numerous natural gas-fired generating projects in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alberta, Canada, ranging in size from 50 MW to 1100 MW.
  • Represented developer of proposed 680 MW IGCC project in Washington.
Natural Gas/Biogas Commodity and Infrastructure Transactions Experience
  • Represent gas marketers in preparation and negotiation of Special Provisions to NAESB Base Contract and ISDA Master Agreement Gas Annex for natural gas trading transactions.
  • Represented Pacific Northwest utilities in preparation and negotiation of long-term natural gas purchase agreements, including prepaid gas purchase agreements for long-term gas purchases by municipal utilities.
  • Represented independent power producers in preparation and negotiation of natural gas transportation agreements and related operational balancing agreements and interconnect point operator agency agreements with interstate gas pipeline companies.
  • Represented independent power producers in preparation and negotiation of operating and maintenance agreements with interstate gas pipeline companies for natural gas metering facilities.
  • Represented landfill gas project owner in preparation and negotiation of long-term biogas sales agreement.
  • Represented independent power producers in preparation and negotiation of shared facilities agreements for natural gas delivery facilities owned under tenancy in common.
  • Represented industrial natural gas customers in preparation and negotiation of shared facilities agreements for natural gas delivery facilities owned under tenancy in common.