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