Joshua T. Bledsoe

  • Counsel
  • Ejoshua.bledsoe@lw.com
  • 650 Town Center Drive
  • 20th Floor
  • Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1925
  • USA
  • T +1.714.755.8049
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Profile

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 cleantech projects; and also handles related administrative and judicial challenges.

Mr. Bledsoe has deep experience with climate change law, including California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (commonly known as “AB 32”) and associated Air Resources Board regulations such as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and the Cap-and-Trade Program. He guides clients to monetize the low-carbon attributes of their products or services under various carbon pricing and regulatory regimes. 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 Endangered Species 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 such projects, crafting innovative solutions to environmental and resource problems. 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 currently serves both on Latham’s Sustainability Steering Committee and the Advisory Council for Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy.

Mr. Bledsoe’s speaking engagements include the following:

  • Navigating the American Carbon World Conference, New LCFS Programs on the Horizon, April 25, 2019
  • Navigating the American Carbon World Conference, LCFS Market Update, April 5, 2018
  • Air & Waste Management Association West Coast Section Annual Meeting, September 21, 2017
  • Navigating the American Carbon World Conference, International Imports and Domestic Regulation – an LCFS Market Outlook, April 19, 2017
  • 2017 Advanced CEQA Workshop, February 23, 2017
  • Air & Waste Management Association West Coast Section Annual Meeting, October 19, 2016
  • Sustain OC 7th Annual Conference & Expo, October 13, 2016
  • Air & Climate Forecast: September 2016 Webcast, September 20, 2016
  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Air & Waste Management Association 2014 Annual Conference, June 24-27, 2014
  • Oral Argument in the Supreme Court on EPA’s GHG Permitting Authority in UARG v. EPA, South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Home Rule Advisory Group Climate Change Subcommittee, April 15, 2014
  • Air & Climate Forecast: March 2014 Webcast, March 20, 2014
  • Project Development Trends And Updates Webcast, March 19, 2014
  • 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

Experience

Mr. Bledsoe’s experience includes representation of:

  • Newhall Land and Farming Company on the first-ever large “net zero GHG” master-planned community in California, including developing an anaerobic digester to mitigate climate impacts via dairy biogas capture and beneficial use
  • SoCalGas in connection with the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility methane leak and renewable natural gas
  • Occidental Petroleum in connection with a proposed Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) project that would utilize CO2 generated by ethanol refineries for enhanced oil recovery to generate 45Q tax credits and LCFS credits
  • A natural gas production company utilizing CCS technology to generate LCFS credits
  • Element Markets in connection with the LCFS, the California Cap-and-Trade Program, and commercial aspects of renewable natural gas
  • A alternative fuels developer in connection with proposed gas-to-liquid production facilities
  • California American Water Company in connection with a desalination and water supply project in Monterey County that would achieve net zero GHG emissions
  • Poseidon Resources in connection with multiple desalination projects in Southern California Monterey County that would achieve net zero GHG emissions
  • Accordant Energy, LLC in connection with a waste-derived, engineered fuel production facility to supply cement production facilities
  • SCS Energy, LLC in the development of an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) poly-generation facility with CCS, 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

Thought Leadership

  • California to Require 100% Zero-Emission Passenger Vehicle Sales by 2035 -  September 24, 2020
  • Future of Carbon Capture Looks Bright After Treasury Proposes Long-Awaited Regulations -  June 09, 2020
  • Proposed IRS Guidance on Carbon Capture Tax Credits -  May 29, 2020
  • CARB Attempts to Contain LCFS Credit Prices -  January 13, 2020
  • Carbon Capture Updates From the COP 25 -  December 30, 2019
  • TCI Releases Framework for Draft Policy to Reduce GHG Emissions From Transportation -  December 04, 2019
  • Air District Targets Southern California Logistics Industry -  November 26, 2019
  • Carbon Capture Industry Poised for Growth Following Anticipated 45Q Guidance -  June 10, 2019
  • Transportation & Climate Initiative Proposes to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Transportation in the Northeast -  June 04, 2019
  • Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Oregon’s LCFS Program -  May 17, 2019
  • LCFS Standards for Diesel and Diesel Substitutes to Revert to Schedule Specified in LCFS Regulation January 1, 2019  -  December 12, 2018
  • 7 Takeaways From California’s Extension of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard  -  November 06, 2018
  • Dismissal of Low Carbon Fuel Standard Case Appealed Amidst Program Extension  -  April 03, 2018
  • BLM Begins Scoping Process to Consider Amendments to Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan -  March 13, 2018
  • Community Choice Aggregators in California: Key Considerations for Financing CCA PPAs -  February 13, 2018
  • Climate Action 100+: Global Investors Continue Focus on Climate Change Disclosure  -  December 20, 2017
  • Recent Developments Will Shape the Future of RFS -  October 25, 2017
  • California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard Drama Continues -  October 16, 2017
  • California’s Supreme Court Denies ARB Petition To Review LCFS Case  -  August 29, 2017
  • Uncertainty Looms with Delays to Resolution of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program Challenges  -  July 24, 2017
  • Court Reissues LCFS Opinion Per ARB Petition For Reconsideration  -  June 08, 2017
  • Proposed Amendments to Cap-and-Trade Extension Bill Could Undermine Program -  April 25, 2017
  • California Court Rules Against Air Resources Board over LCFS but Preserves 2017 Status Quo -  April 17, 2017
  • California State Court Poised to Destabilize Low Carbon Fuel Standard -  March 28, 2017
  • Twin Challenges to LCFS Advance in California Courts, With Potential Implications for State’s Overall Climate Stabilization Strategy -  March 02, 2017
  • Clean Energy Law Report: BLM Moves Forward with Phase I of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan -  September 22, 2016
  • Clean Energy Law Report: White House Issues Final NEPA Guidance on Climate Change -  August 04, 2016
  • Clean Energy Blog: California Proposes Draft Amendments to California Cap-and-Trade Program -  July 25, 2016
  • CPUC’s NEM 2.0 Decision: A Win for Distributed Solar? -  March 11, 2016
  • Clean Energy Blog: Low Carbon Fuel Standard Challenged (Again) in California State Court -  December 08, 2015
  • Proposed Rule from U.S. Department of the Interior Increases Pressure on Coal Mining Industry -  November 01, 2015
  • Can Calif.'s Gov. Still Hit His Climate Change Goals? -  October 06, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: CA Passes Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates -  September 18, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Plan for New Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative -  September 14, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Increased Support for Distributed Energy Projects  -  September 08, 2015
  • EPA Finalizes Historic Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program -  August 18, 2015
  • Overview: EPA Finalizes Historic Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program -  August 18, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Proposed Rule from US Department of the Interior Increases Pressure on Coal Mining Industry -  July 30, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: CAISO Takes Step to Allow Distributed Energy Resources to Compete in Wholesale Energy Markets -  July 07, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: DRECP Agencies Announce Phase I Updates  -  June 23, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: DRECP Agencies Announce Phase I Updates -  June 23, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Low Carbon Fuel Standard Overview -  April 15, 2015
  • Calif. Energy Conservation Plan Hits Speed Bump -  April 06, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: California Launches Major Rulemaking to Amend Low Carbon Fuel Standard -  February 17, 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: White House Updates Draft Guidance on Climate Change Considerations in NEPA Review -  December 29, 2014
  • Clean Energy Law Report: California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Overhaul Continues -  November 07, 2014
  • Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan to Streamline Permitting for 20,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy -  October 23, 2014
  • A Step Toward Expediting California Clean Energy Permits -  October 02, 2014
  • Climate Regulation 2014: United States -  September 01, 2014
  • Clean Energy Law Report: US Supreme Court Denied Certiorari Regarding the Constitutionality of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard  -  June 30, 2014
  • Green Banks: Financing Tomorrow’s Clean Energy Projects -  June 03, 2014
  • California’s LCFS Surviving Challenges As Major Changes Loom -  April 02, 2014
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court of Appeal Confirms AB 32 Target Is Proper CEQA Significance Threshold -  March 22, 2014
  • Court Upholds Auction of Allowances Under California Cap-and-Trade Program -  November 19, 2013
  • EPA Proposes New Greenhouse Gas Performance Standards for New Power Plants -  September 27, 2013
  • President Obama Directs EPA to Regulate Carbon Emissions Under Clean Air Act -  July 01, 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: California Appellate Court Signals Low Carbon Fuel Standard Will Remain in Effect Despite CEQA Violation -  June 10, 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: CA Air Resources Board Attempts to Clarify Resource Shuffling -  November 06, 2012
  • Getting the Deal Through – Climate Regulation 2013: United States -  November 01, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Blog: California ARB Suspends Cap and Trade Program Electricity Importer Rule -  September 19, 2012
  • Compliance with the Clean Water Act for 2012 -  May 29, 2012
  • EPA Proposes Greenhouse Gas Performance Standards for New Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants -  April 05, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: U.S. Army Corps Reissues 48 Existing and Two New Nationwide Permits  -  March 08, 2012
  • Climate Regulation 2012 -  January 1, 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: California Cap And Trade Back on Track -  July 08, 2011
  • Despite Litigation Roadblock, California Pushes Ahead With Cap and Trade Implementation -  April 26, 2011
  • Key Senate Developments for Climate Change and Clean Energy Legislation -  October 14, 2009
  • American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009: Update on the Waxman-Markey Climate Change and Clean Energy Legislation -  June 15, 2009
  • Expediting the Deployment Of Renewable Energy Projects in California -  February 23, 2009
  • CEQA And Climate Change: One Year After AB 32 -  January 14, 2008
  • CEQA and Climate Change: One Year After AB 32 -  November 29, 2007
  • Interim, Interagency Guidance to Implement Rapanos and Carabell Effective Immediately -  June 13, 2007

Presentations

  • AB 617 & Extension of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program -  September 21, 2017
  • California Climate Regulation Post-2020 -  November 04, 2016
  • California Climate Regulation Post-2020 -  October 28, 2016
  • Tracking State and Federal Grant $$ - Cap and Trade & AB 1613 -  October 28, 2016
  • Air Quality & Climate Change Forecast - September 2016 -  October 26, 2016
  • Authority to Regulate Climate Post-2020 -  June 10, 2016
  • California’s Other Carbon Market: The LCFS, and its Interplay with Cap-and-Trade -  April 23, 2015
  • Project Development Trends and Updates: October 2014 -  October 28, 2014
  • Air & Climate Forecast: March 2014 -  March 20, 2014
  • Project Development Trends and Updates: March 2014 -  March 19, 2014
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Update: Legal Developments and Trends -  March 18, 2014
  • Air & Climate Forecast: September 2013 -  September 24, 2013
  • Air & Climate Forecast: July 2013 -  July 24, 2013
  • Air & Climate Forecast: January 2013 -  January 23, 2013
  • Air & Climate Forecast: July 2012 -  July 31, 2012
Bar Qualification
  • California
Education
  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2004
  • BA, Duke University, 1999
Industries
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
Practices
  • Project Siting & Approvals
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Environmental Litigation