Josh Bledsoe is counsel in the Environment, Land & Resources Department. His practice focuses on complex infrastructure and development projects, particularly those utilizing renewable or low-carbon technologies. He has broad experience in the permitting, entitlement, environmental review, and financing of such projects; and also handles related administrative and judicial challenges.
Mr. Bledsoe has deep experience with California’s climate change law, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (commonly known as “AB 32”) and associated Air Resources Board regulations. He also possesses in-depth knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act (and its state and local counterparts throughout California), the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and the Warren-Alquist Act (including the siting procedures of the California Energy Commission).
Mr. Bledsoe also has experience in the permitting and development of energy projects, both fossil fuel fired and renewable. He has obtained federal, state and local approvals for projects involving intricate air quality issues, crafting innovative solutions to problems associated with the scarcity of required air emission offsets. He also has secured and defended water quality and wetlands permits before both the US Army Corps of Engineers and the State Water Resources Control Board. He also possesses extensive transactional experience, having represented buyers, sellers and lenders in matters involving environmental liabilities related to real estate and business transactions, complicated mergers and acquisitions, and access to capital markets.
Mr. Bledsoe’s speaking engagements include the following:
- Carbon Cap-and-Trade in Action, University of San Diego's Fifth Annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium, November 8, 2013
- Update on California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, Air & Waste Management Association, February 28, 2013
Mr. Bledsoe’s experience includes representation of:
- SCS Energy, LLC in the development of an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) poly-generation facility with Carbon Capture and Sequestration, known as the Hydrogen Energy California Project, in Kern County, California
- Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in the US$1 billion bond financing of the 579-megawatt Solar Star 1 and 2 Projects, awarded as “Americas Power Deal of the Year” for 2013 by Project Finance International
- A leading international investment bank in the bond financing of the US$2.4 billion, 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm, awarded as “North American Solar Deal of the Year” for 2012 by Project Finance
- AES Solar in the project financing of the 200-megawatt Mount Signal Solar Project, located in Imperial County, California
- Goldman Sachs to secure US$1.46 billion US Department of Energy Loan Guarantee to support the 550-megawatt solar photovoltaic Desert Sunlight Project
- CPV Sentinel, LLC, a joint venture of Competitive Power Ventures and GE Energy in the development of the CPV Sentinel Project, an 850-megawatt, natural gas fired, peaking plant located in Riverside County, California
- Summit Midstream Partners, LLC in its US$590 million acquisition of natural gas midstream assets, including 260 miles of pipeline and 90,000 horsepower of compression facilities, from Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Encana Corporation
- Edison Mission Group in the development of the Walnut Creek Energy Park, a 500-megawatt, natural gas fired peaking power plant to be located in the City of Industry, California
- Rentech, Inc. in the development of the Rialto Renewable Energy Center, which would use gasification technology to convert urban woody green waste into drop-in fuels and electricity
- Pacific Ethanol, Inc. in the development of major corn-based ethanol production facilities in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho
- GWF Energy, LLC conversion of the existing Henrietta Peaker Project and Hanford Peaker Project into combined cycle generating facilities
- LS Power Equity Partnership in the acquisition of Duke Energy North America and Mirant generation assets and in the Dynegy Inc. merger
- Chevron Products Company in the modernization of its El Segundo Refinery and in the development of its “Heavy Crude Project”
- Energy Capital Partners in its US$450 million acquisition of three power plants from BG Group