Jesse S. Unkenholz

Jesse S. Unkenholz

Balch & Bingham LLP, Partner

Birmingham, Alabama

About About Q&A Select Matters Publications News Credentials About Jesse Jesse Unkenholz advises clients in all aspects of the electric industry with a focus on natural gas and renewable energy generation: particularly power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, operating and service agreements, and energy market management agreements for natural gas, solar, wind, and biomass generating facilities. Jesse also has significant experience developing new wholesale and retail renewable energy products and programs, advising clients on voluntary, state, and federal green energy requirements, compliance with Renewable Energy Credit (REC) mandates and marketing requirements, and energy efficiency legislation and regulations. Jesse's practice also involves Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) compliance, policy, litigation, and appeals. Jesse also assists utility clients in matters before state public service commissions and other regulatory agencies. Wind, solar and battery storage are very new areas for utilities and independent power producers. Jesse is uniquely positioned to help companies find solutions to issues that arise in this ever-evolving space. Q&A Expand All Collapse All What types of clients do you represent? My clients include vertically integrated public utilities, independent power producers, large commercial and industrial purchasers of energy, generation resource developers, and energy investment funds. What type of matters do you work on most often? My practice focuses on negotiating wholesale power purchase agreements, construction contracts for new electric generating facilities and related projects, creating renewable energy programs and products for utilities and solar and wind generation resource owners, and assisting clients in renewable energy marketing and state regulatory approval and compliance. What do you find most exciting about your work? Nearly everything in the renewable energy space is new and always changing, which means I get to help my clients find solutions to problems that have never been tackled before. What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice? As energy storage technologies develop, a new set of challenges will present itself to the electric industry. The next major evolutionary step will be finding a way to integrate the large-scale deployment of batteries and other storage technologies into power system operations. Select Matters Power purchase agreements: Represents buyers and sellers in negotiations of power purchase agreements. Primarily focuses on natural gas, wind and solar power purchase agreements, biomass fuel agreements, and full requirements agreements. Also represents large commercial customers in negotiating commodity supply and energy efficiency agreements. Electric Generation Construction: Represent owners in the development and construction of new natural gas, battery storage, and renewable electric generation facilities and associated projects. Renewable energy programs: Assists utility clients in developing renewable energy programs for industrial, commercial, and residential customers. Negotiated some of the first renewable energy program agreements in regulated electric markets. Battery Storage: Lead counsel for developers and purchasers of battery energy storage systems, including construction contracts, service agreements, and power purchase agreements. Renewable energy marketing: Advises clients regarding renewable energy marketing and compliance with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations, state attorneys general guidance, and other applicable rules. Develops and negotiates REC sales agreements. Wind and solar generation acquisition counsel: Performs due diligence on commodity sales and fuel supply contracts in acquisitions of wind, solar, and biomass generation companies for large independent power producers. Government contracts: Advises clients regarding state and federal competitive bid requirements, bid protests, and government contract negotiations. Publications View More News View More Credentials Education University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2008, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, Libel Show New York University, B.A., 2004, magna cum laude, Founders Day Award Courts U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 2014 Bar Admissions Alabama, 2008 Awards & Accolades Joanie Plous Bayer Young Leadership Award, Birmingham Jewish Federation, 2019 Birmingham Business Journal, Rising Star Lawyer, 2019 Community Involvement Levite Jewish Community Center, Board President Clerkships U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Honorable R. David Proctor, 2008 - 2009

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