Josh Bledsoe advises clients on complex infrastructure and development projects, particularly those decarbonizing the energy and industrial sectors. He has broad experience in the entitlement, environmental review, and financing of Energy Transition projects. Mr. Bledsoe advises clients on projects involving carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS), hydrogen, and low-carbon fuels, such renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable diesel, ethanol, and electricity for mobility.

Mr. Bledsoe guides clients to monetize the low-carbon attributes of their products or services under various carbon pricing and regulatory regimes, both in the compliance and voluntary carbon markets. He has deep experience with climate change law, including California’s catalytic statutes and regulations, such as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Cap-and-Trade Programs. Mr. Bledsoe also represents clients under federal laws driving or influencing the Energy Transition, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Mr. Bledsoe also has experience in the permitting and development of projects across various economic sectors. 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 co-steers Latham’s working groups on CCUS, hydrogen, and low-carbon fuels and serves on the Advisory Council for Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy.

Mr. Bledsoe’s speaking engagements include the following:

Mr. Bledsoe’s experience includes advising:

  • Ares Management in its acquisition of Burnham RNG, a wastewater and agricultural waste to renewable natural gas project development company
  • Chevron USA in its joint venture with Talos Energy and CarbonVert, to develop the Bayou Bend CCS offshore carbon capture and sequestration hub currently held by Talos and CarbonVert
  • Chevron USA in connection with the deployment and ongoing financing of a ground-breaking bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS) project designed to produce carbon negative power in Mendota, California
  • A private equity-backed midstream infrastructure company in connection with the development and financing of a carbon capture project in Texas that will both geological sequester and utilize carbon dioxide for production of e-fuels
  • Summit Carbon Solutions in connection with a CCS project that will lower the carbon intensity of dozens of ethanol production facilities
  • Divert to develop and finance three separate food waste-to-biogas production facilities located in York, Pennsylvania, Longview, Washington, and Turlock, California; the biogas will then be upgraded to RNG for direct injection into utility pipelines
  • Flame Acquisition Corp. in its business combination with Sable Offshore Corp
  • ExxonMobil in connection with its carbon capture and storage agreement with Linde to transport and permanently store up to 2.2 million metric tons a year of CO₂ from Linde’s US$1.8 billion clean hydrogen plant in Beaumont, Texas
  • A major LNG project on the Gulf Coast in connection with the permitting of a CCS project for offshore carbon dioxide storage
  • Alder Fuels on its joint venture with United and Honeywell to create a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) venture and an associated SAF purchase agreement with United
  • Temp-controlled warehouse in connection with groundbreaking regulation of air emissions associated with warehouse operations
  • Clean Hydrogen Works in the development of the Ascension Clean Energy hydrogen-ammonia project located in Louisiana
  • Woodside Energy in the development of hydrogen production projects located in Oklahoma and California
  • Bakken Energy in the development of a US$2.0+ billion hydrogen hub located in North Dakota
  • A major energy company on the restoration of 1 million acres of degraded land in the Mississippi Delta
  • Consortium investor in connection with US$1.0+ billion preferred equity financing for Blue Source Sustainable Forests Co. (BSFC) and BSFC’s acquisition of 1.7 million acres of timberland, representing one of the largest private conservation-focused forest investments in US history
  • Inspiration Mobility in its US$200 million capital commitment from ArcLight Capital Partners and subsequent US$215 million capital commitment from Macquarie Asset Management and Ferrovial for the creation of an electric vehicle (EV) platform
  • Numerous hedge funds and private equity funds on trading opportunities in compliance and voluntary carbon markets
  • H2B2 Electrolysis Technologies in its business combination with RMG Acquisition Corporation III
  • Crimson Renewable Energy in connection with the sale of its used cooking oil collection and aggregation business to Neste, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel
  • Partners Group on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Dimension Renewable Energy, a distributed energy platform focusing on community solar and battery storage across the US
  • Partners Group on its acquisition of Resilient Infrastructure Group, a water infrastructure platform, and a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Oregon
  • Vault in the formation of a joint venture with Cardinal Ethanol to design, implement, and operate a carbon capture and sequestration project at Cardinal’s ethanol production facility near Union City, Indiana
  • Newlight Technologies in connection with its negotiation and entry into various arrangements with Long Ridge Energy Terminal to construct and build an AirCarbon facility in Ohio
  • Energy Capital Partners in its investment in Avolta Renewables, a newly formed joint venture by ECP and Avolta, LLC, a leading developer of renewable natural gas projects, to pursue renewable fuel projects
  • A large multinational company on the development, permitting, and structuring of a CCS project in California
  • An energy trade association in connection with carbon capture and sequestration policy and strategy
  • Monolith Materials on the monetization of the climate benefits attributable to its production of carbon-free hydrogen and carbon black in Nebraska
  • 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

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2004
  • BA, Duke University, 1999
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March 26, 2018 Recognition

2018 CLAY Awards: Net Zero Newhall

A Latham environmental team advising the Newhall Ranch community is honored as Attorneys of the Year for innovative work in advancing one of the largest master-planned communities ever proposed in California.