TODD G. GLASS

Partner
 
Energy & Infrastructure Finance
Project Development & Transactions
Energy Innovation & Clean Technology

EXPERIENCE:

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 in the energy sector in North America, Asia, and Europe.

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 various enterprises as lead project counsel in the commercialization, project development, regulatory approvals, and financing of alternative energy projects and technologies, including solar (solar photovoltaic (PV), concentrated solar, and solar thermal), wind, fuel cells/energy storage, biomass, hydroelectric, 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 US), 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, 1988
    Magna Cum Laude
APPOINTMENTS, ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • 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-present)
  • Chair, Cornell University Council Committee on Sustainability
  • Cornell Silicon Valley Advisors
  • Co-founder and Director, Asia Clean Energy Innovation Initiative, Inc.
  • Trustee, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (2002-present)
HONORS:
  • Recognized in the Renewables & Alternative Energy Projects category of the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 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 2010-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is described as "intellectually curious" and impressing market commentators with his advisement of Metrus Energy on the financing and development of various energy efficiency projects
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
  • 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
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • "Distributed Solar: Is the Sky Falling?" Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, San Diego, California, February 2014
  • "Net Metering at the Crossroads: Opportunities, Challenges, and Paths Forward," NARUC Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, November 2013
  • "California Renewable Resources: Utility Scale and Distributed Solar Development," California Power Markets Symposium, Portland, Oregon, September 2013
  • "Solar v. Utilities: The Battle Lines Are Being Drawn, How Can We Avoid a War?" Solar Power International, Orlando, Florida, September 2012
  • "Financing Future Utility-Scale Solar Projects: Sources and Structures in a Fast Shifting Landscape," SEIA Utility-Scale Solar Power Division Meeting, Solar Power International, Dallas, Texas, October 2011
  • "U.S. Solar: Death or Adolescence?" GTM Solar Insight Conference, San Francisco, California, September 2011
  • "Clean Tech Alternatives to Natural Gas," Gas Drilling, Sustainability & Energy Policy, Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, New York, April 2011
  • Co-chair, Asia Clean Energy Innovation Initiative's (ACEII's) Concentrated Solar Power Executive Roundtable, Beijing, China, October 2010
  • "US-China Cooperation on Energy and Clean Technologies," Third China Energy and Environment Summit, The Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, August 2010
  • "CSP Project Power Purchase Agreements: The Landscape and Key Deal Points to Obtain a Financeable PPA," 4th Annual Concentrated Solar Power Summit USA, San Francisco, California, June 2010
  • "Driving Renewables Globally – Policy Success and Failure and Why," Clean Energy Council's 2010 National Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, May 2010
ADMISSIONS:
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Oregon
  • State Bar of Washington

Contact Information

One Market Plaza
Spear Tower, Suite 3300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone | 415-947-2071
Fax | 415-947-2099

701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 5100
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone | 206-883-2500
Fax | 206-883-2699

Email | Todd Glasstglass@wsgr.com

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