Jennifer K. Roy

  • Associate
  • 12670 High Bluff Drive
  • San Diego, CA 92130
  • USA
  • T +1.858.523.3984


Jennifer Roy provides environmental counseling in all areas of environmental law with a particular focus on energy and major infrastructure projects. Ms. Roy assists clients in a wide variety of energy and infrastructure matters related to power generation, renewable energy resources, transmission lines, land use entitlements, and environmental diligence. Ms. Roy has experience in administrative proceedings and litigation, including in matters before the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission related to transmission infrastructure and new renewable and conventional power projects.

Ms. Roy advises clients on compliance with:

  • Applications for Certification (AFC) before the CEC
  • Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) before the CPUC
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • California Coastal Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA)
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)
  • State and local land use laws
  • Habitat conservation plans

Ms. Roy provides advice to private developers, corporations, and non-profit organizations regarding local planning and zoning regulations and related environmental matters and state land use regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act and the California Coastal Act. Ms. Roy has experience with federal, state, and local permitting for major energy and infrastructure projects, including desalination projects, power plants, transmission lines, renewable energy facilities, and land use projects.

Ms. Roy also counsels clients who are financing wind and solar renewable energy projects on environmental issues under various state and federal statutes.

Her pro bono work has included working with non-profit affordable housing developers on local land use and planning matters and compliance with state environmental laws.

Prior to law school, Ms. Roy studied Environmental Studies and Public Policy, focusing on international environmental law. During law school, Ms. Roy served on the Editorial Staff of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.

Ms. Roy is a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association's Environmental Law section.


Ms. Roy has experience representing:

  • First-of-its-kind, hydrogen-fired power plant using carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) as part of the Department of Energy’s Clean Coal Power Initiative before the California Energy Commission
  • Investor-owned utility with multiple major transmission line projects before the California Public Utilities Commission, which include additional approvals from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Developer in obtaining multiple agency approvals for 50 million gallon per day desalination projects in Southern California

Thought Leadership

  • California Legislature Eyes 100% Clean Energy Target -  16 July 2018
  • CEQ Seeks Input on Potential Revisions to NEPA Regulations -  25 June 2018
  • BLM Begins Scoping Process to Consider Amendments to Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan -  13 March 2018
  • Interior Department Excludes Incidental Take Liability Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act -  16 January 2018
  • U.S. Army Corps Issues 2017 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits -  11 April 2017
  • California Supreme Court: CEQA Requires Study of Potential Impacts to ESHA -  04 April 2017
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Eagle Rule Revision  -  05 January 2017
  • Clean Energy Law Report: US Fish and Wildlife Service Moves Forward With Proposed Eagle Rule Revision -  28 September 2016
  • Clean Energy Law Report: BLM Moves Forward with Phase I of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan -  22 September 2016
  • Clean Energy Blog: California Energy Agencies Advance Renewable Transmission Line Planning  -  24 May 2016
  • Clean Energy Blog: 6 Key Takeaways from the FWS’s Proposed Update to the Eagle Act Rules  -  09 May 2016
  • Can Calif.'s Gov. Still Hit His Climate Change Goals? -  06 October 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: CA Passes Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates -  18 September 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Limits Migratory Bird Treaty Act Applicability to Incidental Take  -  17 September 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Rejects 30 Year Eagle Permit Rule on NEPA Grounds -  19 August 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: DRECP Agencies Announce Phase I Updates  -  23 June 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report: DRECP Agencies Announce Phase I Updates -  23 June 2015
  • Clean Energy Law Report - US FWS Proposes First-of-its-Kind Migratory Bird Incidental Take Authorizations -  02 June 2015
  • Calif. Energy Conservation Plan Hits Speed Bump -  06 April 2015
  • Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan to Streamline Permitting for 20,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy -  23 October 2014
  • A Step Toward Expediting California Clean Energy Permits -  02 October 2014
  • California Coastal Commission Further Solidifies Enforcement Powers -  22 August 2014
  • Developers’ Communications with Agencies Not Privileged: California Appeals Court Holds -  10 July 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Court Vacates Ruby Pipeline "No Jeopardy" Biological Opinion  -  07 November 2012
  • Proposed Revisions to Regulations for Eagle Take Permits -  09 July 2012
  • Compliance with the Clean Water Act for 2012 -  29 May 2012
  • Clean Energy Law Report: U.S. Army Corps Reissues 48 Existing and Two New Nationwide Permits  -  08 March 2012
Bar Qualification
  • California
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2011
  • BA, College of William & Mary, 2007
    magna cum laude
  • Oil & Gas
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Project Siting & Approvals
  • Environment, Land & Resources