TODD G. GLASS
Energy and Infrastructure
Todd Glass is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads a market-leading energy development and finance practice focused on the representation of energy companies, project developers, and investment banks engaged in competitive new business models, technologies, and financing mechanisms revolutionizing how energy is generated, sold, and consumed in the U.S. electric power sector.
Todd has extensive experience with the development, purchase, and sale of renewable and thermal generation projects; structuring, negotiation, and implementation of energy transactions and financings; and state and federal regulation of the energy industry. He served as lead project counsel in the commercialization, project development, regulatory approvals, and financing of alternative energy projects and technologies, including solar photovoltaic (PV), concentrated solar, wind, energy storage, hydroelectric, biomass, natural gas, and clean coal. Notably, he has led some of the most significant energy deals in North America, including landmark projects, such as the 14.2 MW Nellis AFB Solar Project (the first utility-scale solar PV project in the U.S.), BrightSource Energy's power purchase agreements (totaling 900 MW) for its Ivanpah project (the world's largest solar thermal power plant), and Stem's 85MW energy-storage enabled distributed demand response agreement in Southern California (a first-of-a-kind utility-scale energy storage transaction).
In addition, Todd represents utility-scale solar and other renewable energy clients in their power sales and renewable energy credit (REC) transactions, and he advises energy technology companies on a variety of commercial matters, national and international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and venture and other equity and debt financings.
Todd previously served as chair of Heller Ehrman's energy practice group and co-chair of its energy and clean technologies practice. Earlier in his career, he worked on environmental and energy policy issues for the Bonneville Power Administration, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, an environmental consulting firm in contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science and Technology.EDUCATION:
- J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1994
Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Law, the law review of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (1993-1994)
- M.P.A., Environmental and Natural Resources Policy, University of Washington Graduate School of Public Affairs, 1992
- B.A., Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, 1988
Magna Cum Laude
- Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer, Energy Project Development and Finance, UC Berkeley School of Law (2012-present)
- Elected Director at Large, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) (2011-2015)
- External Advisory Board, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
- Cornell Silicon Valley Advisors
- Trustee, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (2002-2017)
- Recognized in the Renewables & Alternative Energy Projects category of the 2011-2019 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, in which he was described as "an expert in the financing and development of renewable energy projects" and as someone "the market will seek . . . out because he really knows the business"
- Named among the country's top renewables and alternative energy projects attorneys in the 2010-2019 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
- "Use It or Lose It: The Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Change the U.S. Electric Grid," Utility Dive, April 29, 2019
- Testimony of Todd G. Glass on Behalf of the Solar Energy Industries Association, Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, September 6, 2017
- Todd has been interviewed and quoted in numerous national and international publications, including Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Power Finance & Risk, Business Times, Marketwatch, BusinessWeek, China Economic Review, China Venture News, Xinhua Financial News, The Recorder, Christian Science Monitor, The Deal, MSNMoney.com, CNBC, and Inside Counsel
- "California Market Developments: Shifting Fundamentals, Policy Turbulence, and Power Devolution/Concentration," Third Annual NW Wholesale Power Markets Conference, Portland, Oregon, May 2019
- "The State of the Solar Industry and the Road Ahead," Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, San Diego, March 2019
- "PURPA at 40: Mission Accomplished?" SEIA Policy Summit, December 2018
- "The Fasten Seatbelt Light Is On: Shifting Fundamentals, Policy Turbulence, and Power Market Reform," Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit, San Diego, March 2018
- "The State of the Utility Scale Solar Industry: Accelerating Into The Turn," Utility Scale Solar Summit, October 2015
- "Distributed Solar: Is the Sky Falling?" Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, San Diego, California, February 2014
- Bar of the District of Columbia
- State Bar of Alaska
- State Bar of New York
- State Bar of Oregon
- State Bar of Washington