Principal, eco(n)law LLC, Moderator
Baird Brown works with customers and communities and their technology and finance partners to deploy a new generation of energy and sustainability infrastructure. He has helped develop pooled procurement and financing techniques for building energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy, and has structured public private partnerships for a broad array of infrastructure projects. He helped form and serves as co-counsel to the Microgrid Resources Coalition.
Baird handles mergers and acquisitions of energy and environmental companies, including restructuring and workouts of troubled projects. He counsels clients in connection with taxable and tax-exempt, rated and unrated, and registered and unregistered financings and credit arrangements. He also acts as underwriter’s counsel, bond counsel, and borrower’s counsel on complex project financings. He develops tax structure and regulatory strategies for complex projects.
In the context of public private partnerships and other projects, Baird has developed and negotiated operating agreements, construction agreements, concession agreements and power purchase and sale arrangements along with dozens of other documents ancillary to transactions with ongoing public interest dimensions. He understands the risks and obligations appropriate to public and private parties and structures incentive compensation arrangements that align private incentives with public goals. In particular, he represents clients with strong environmental goals in practical transactions that create clean energy results.
Baird has played key roles in organizations that advance energy and sustainability goals. He served as a co-chair of energy related committees of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the International Bar Association, and he was a principal author of the form Renewable Energy Credit Purchase Agreement for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Energy Markets Association, and ABA. He represents the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment and serves on the boards of non-profit organizations that work for community revitalization and energy justice.
Baird received a B.A. in Economics from S.U.N.Y at Buffalo and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He began his legal career in the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Board.