Sources praise his "subject matter knowledge, relationships in the industry and his proactive strategy." Known as "a go-to guy for transmission siting."Chambers USA 2016

Michael J. Carroll

Orange County
  • 650 Town Center Drive
  • 20th Floor
  • Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1925
  • USA
 
 

Michael Carroll is a partner in the Environment, Land & Resources Department and the global Co-chair of Latham's Project Siting & Approvals Practice. His practice focuses on permitting, entitlement and environmental review of complex infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on energy projects.

Mr. Carroll represents clients on all aspects of the development of complex infrastructure projects. He has expertise in all major environmental programs at the federal and state levels. In particular, he has expertise on the Clean Air Act and its state and local counterparts. He has obtained approvals for numerous projects involving complex air quality issues, including the following:

  • Requirements for demonstrating carbon capture and sequestration
  • Best available control technology determinations for all pollutants, including CO2
  • Mobile source emission offset strategies
  • Inter-pollutant and inter-region emission offset strategies

Mr. Carroll has expertise on the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, including statutory and regulatory requirements, underlying environmental and planning issues, judicial interpretations, administrative procedures and the decision making process. Mr. Carroll represents developers in the industrial, commercial, retail and residential sectors seeking project approvals from local, state and federal authorities. He advises clients on every aspect of the CEQA and NEPA environmental review process.

Mr. Carroll also provides counseling and strategic advice on environmental matters that arise in business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and project financings.

Mr. Carroll has broad experience in the permitting and development of energy projects, including fossil fuel fired and renewable generating facilities, petroleum refineries, and pipelines and terminals. Representative energy projects include the following:

  • GE Energy in connection with a turbine replacement project at its Inland Empire Energy Center (IEEC), a 850-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Riverside County, California
  • Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. in connection with its Orange County Energy Park, a proposed natural gas-fired power plant of approximately 400 megawatts in Anaheim, California
  • Contra Costa Generating Station LLC and Pacific Gas & Electric Company on a wide array of litigation and regulatory issues concerning the Oakley Generating Station, a 633-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in the City of Oakley, California
  • SCS Energy, LLC and Hydrogen Energy California, LLC in the development of an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power generating facility and integrated fertilizer manufacturing facility, with carbon capture and sequestration
  • Competitive Power Ventures, Inc., Diamond Generating Corporation and GE Energy Financial Services in the development of the CPV Sentinel Energy Project, an 850-megawatt, natural gas fired, peaking plant currently under construction in Riverside County, California, including in California Communities Against Toxins, et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, et al., Case No. 11-71127, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and California Communities Against Toxics, Communities For A Better Environment, and Coalition For A Safe Environment v. State of California; South Coast Air Quality Management District, Court of Appeal of the State of California Second Appellate District, Division P, Case No. B226692. Daily Journal named California Communities Against Toxics v. EPA as a top verdict of 2012
  • Kern Solar Ranch LLC in the development of a one gigawatt passive photovoltaic generating facility in Kern County, California
  • Summit Power and the City of Palmdale, California in the development of the Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant, a 563-megawatt power plant involving natural gas fired combined cycle technology integrated with 50 megawatts of solar thermal generation, to be located in Los Angeles County, California, including In re: Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant, PSD Appeal before the Environmental Appeals Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Robert J. Simpson v. EPA petition for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • NRG Energy, Inc., Edison Mission Energy and Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. in Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., Communities For A Better Environment, Coalition For A Safe Environment, and Desert Citizens Against Pollution v. South Coast Air Quality Management District; Governing Board Of The South Coast Air Quality Management District; and Barry Wallerstein, Executive Officer, United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit (Docket No. 09-57064)
  • Radback Energy in connection with threatened federal litigation related the Oakley Generating Station, a 624-megawatt natural gas fired power plant in the City of Oakley, Contra Costa County, California
  • Nextlight Renewable Power LLC in the development of the Larsen Ranch Project, a 210-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy facility and related transmission infrastructure on a 1,920 acre site in the Antelope Valley in unincorporated Los Angeles County
  • Urbaser, S.A., a Spanish waste handling company, in connection with a proposed municipal solid waste handling facility, including a waste to energy component, for the City of Los Angeles
  • Ameresco in connection with the Ameresco Chiquita Canyon Landfill Project, a 9.2-megawatt landfill gas to energy project currently operating in Northern Los Angeles County
  • Cambrian Energy Development LLC and Biosoils of Southern California LLC in connection with the Colton Landfill waste to energy project in San Bernardino County, California
  • Colton Renewable Energy Center, LLC in connection with the proposed development of a 49-megawatt biomass electric generating facility in Colton, California
  • Rentech, Inc. in the development of the Rialto Renewable Energy Center in Rialto, California designed to produce approximately 9 million gallons per year of renewable synthetic fuels and approximately 35 megawatts of electric power from urban green waste
  • Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. and GE Energy Financial Services in the development of the Colusa Generating Station, a 660-megawatt, natural gas fired, combined cycle power plant currently under construction in Colusa County, California
  • Inland Energy, Inc. and the City of Victorville, California in the development of the Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Plant, a 563-megawatt power plant involving natural gas fired combined cycle technology integrated with 50 megawatts of solar thermal generation, to be located in San Bernardino County, California
  • Excelsior Energy, Inc. in connection with the Mesaba Energy Project, a 602-megawatt Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) electric power generating station located near Taconite, Minnesota
  • Lender group in connection with the financing of the Russell City Energy Center, a 600-megawatt natural gas fired electric generating facility under construction in Russell City, California
  • Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. and CPV Vacaville, LLC, in the development of the CPV Vaca Station, a 660-megawatt, natural gas fired, combined cycle power plant to be located in Solano County, California 
  • Transalta Corporation before the California Energy Commission in connection with registration of California renewable energy credits associated with a wind energy project located in Canada
  • GWF Energy, LLC in the conversion of three peaking energy facilities in Northern California into combined cycle facilities, including the GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant (currently under construction), the GWF Henrietta Combined Cycle Power Plant and the GWF Hanford Combined Cycle Power Plant
  • Edison Mission Group in connection with the Walnut Creek Energy Park, a 500-megawatt, natural gas fired peaking power plant currently under construction in the City of Industry, near Los Angeles, California
  • Edison Mission Group in connection with the Sun Valley Energy Project, a 500-megawatt, natural gas fired peaking power plant to be located in the Riverside County, California
  • Reliant Energy (now GenOn Energy, Inc.) in connection with the San Gabriel Generating Station, a 656-megawatt natural gas fired power plant in San Bernardino County, California
  • SES Terminal LLC in the proposed development of a liquefied natural gas import terminal in the Port of Long Beach, California
  • Oxbow Carbon and Mineral LLC in connection with expansion of its bulk solid fuel import/export terminal in the Port of Long Beach, California
  • Southwest Generation in connection with its Harbor Generating Station a 100-megawatt natural gas fired electric generating facility located in Wilmington, California
  • Chevron Products Company in connection with various refinery modernization projects at its El Segundo Refinery near Los Angeles, California
  • ConocoPhillips in connection with various refinery modernization projects at its Los Angeles and Carson Refineries
  • Praxair, Inc. in the development of a hydrogen plant and associated pipeline at the Chevron Products Company refinery in Richmond, California
  • Constellation Energy Group in the development of the High Desert Power Project, a 700-megawatt facility in San Bernardino County, California, including development and implementation of California’s first inter-district, inter-pollutant emission offset proposal
  • PG&E National Energy Group in the permitting of the Otay Mesa Generating Project, a 510-megawatt facility in San Diego County, California, including development of California’s first mobile-to-stationary source emission offset program
  • Mirant Americas in the permitting of the Potrero Power Plant, a 540-megawatt expansion project in San Francisco, California
  • InterGen North America in the siting of the first two peaking projects approved pursuant to Governor Davis’ emergency expedited 21-day approval process - the Larkspur Energy Facility in San Diego County and the Indigo Energy Facility in Riverside County, California
  • MidAmerican Energy in the development of Salton Sea Unit 6, a 185-megawatt geothermal power project in Imperial County, California
  • PG&E National Energy Group in the development and implementation of a mobile-to-stationary source emission offset program for the Liberty Generating Project, an 800-megawatt facility in Linden, New Jersey
  • Sempra Energy in connection with air quality issues related to the Elk Hills Power Plant, a 500-megawatt facility located in Kern County, California
  • PG&E National Energy Group in connection with air quality issues related to the La Paloma Generating Power Plant, a 1,124-megawatt facility in Kern County, California
  • InterGen North America in its acquisition of the Mountainview Power Plant, a 1,056-megawatt facility in San Bernardino County, California
  • PG&E National Energy Group in its acquisition of Mountain View I and Mountain View II Power Projects, a 67-megawatt wind project in Palm Springs, California
  • Mirant Americas in connection with post-certification issues related to the Contra Costa Power Plant, a 530-megawatt facility in Contra Costa County, California
 
 
 
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