Clint Light

  • Clint Light
  • Dallas, TX, USA
  • Dec 16, 2020
Full time role, Part time role, Contract position, Paid fellowship Attorney

Personal Summary

As an experienced renewable energy attorney, I have drafted contract documents for a wide-range of large, complex transactions from site control to integration, to the development long-term strategic partnerships with electric utilities, transmission owners/ operators, equipment manufacturers, financiers, and customers. 

Work Experience

Associate General Counsel
Jan 2018 - Dec 2019 SUNFINITY RENEWABLE ENERGY, LLC

Sunfinity is an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) industry leader in renewable energy solutions for residential, commercial & industrial, and utility-scale projects.

Associate General Counsel

  • Primarily responsible for the negotiating and drafting of dozens of installation, subcontractor, home improvement, channel partner, M&A, financing, site lease, interconnection, tax abatement, off-take, joint-venture, mergers & acquisitions, and power purchase/ virtual power purchase agreements
  • Ensured licensing (TX, CA, FL, NJ, SC, PA, CO, OK, NM, AZ, & NV), regulatory (FERC & NERC), operating (ERCOT, Oncor, CAISO, SPP, PJM, & MISO), and insurance compliance 
  • Represented customers’ interests in FERC, Texas Public Utility Commission, and California PUC matters 
  • Oversaw and collaborated with outside counsel on employee and customer litigation
  • Supported sales teams with financial instruments for energy marketing, including production credits and RECs
Associate Attorney
May 2016 - Dec 2017 SHAMOUN & NORMAN, LLP
  • Drafted court filings and motions, client correspondence, letters, contracts, presentations, and memoranda 
  • Counseled clients on entity formation, asset dispensation, project development, and corporate governance 
  • Worked with Middle Eastern and Asian outside attorneys on an international upstream oil & gas litigation 
  • Conducted TPUC, ERCOT, & FERC auditing and reporting for Texas-based small-scale electricity producers
General Counsel & Policy Consultant
Jul 2014 - Apr 2016 ENERGY ALABAMA
  • Created and incubated new project priorities, leading team participation 
  • Reviewed municipal (Huntsville, Birmingham, Nashville, & Atlanta), state (AL, TN, MS, & GA), regional (TVA, Alabama Power, Southern Company), and federal (FERC) laws/ rules to advise organization and project partners on applicable regulatory and procedural framework for proposed developments 
  • Represented organization and engaged community partners to promote regional renewables industry and foster broader public participation 
  • Advocated for renewable energy developers as well as area gas and electric ratepayers before Alabama Public Service Commission 
Office of Energy & Climate Change
Jan 2014 - Jun 2014 White House
  • Researched and drafted sections of administration’s Clean Power Plan with EPA and Council on Environmental
    Quality staff attorneys 
  •   Created and updated weekly POTUS energy dashboard, daily Executive energy and climate press memos, and
    monthly energy and climate newsletters 
  •   Scheduled and attended internal energy and environment executive agency principals’ meetings 
  •   Met with external energy and environmental subject matter experts and stakeholders regarding administration
    priorities and actions 
General Counsel & Vice President
Jul 2012 - Dec 2013 INTERNATIONAL ENERGY PARTNERSHIP, LLC
  • Worked with domestic and foreign public and private entities to develop renewable energy projects 
  • Drafted and reviewed all company partner, financing, and project development contracts 
  • Ensured regulatory (primarily FERC & FCPA) and corporate compliance for foreign and domestic energy projects 
  • Restructured and organized business operations, finances, record-keeping, and communications 
  • Managed all new and existing client relationships and represented the company at meetings and conferences 
Law Clerk
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011 MIDCONTINENT ISO
  • Wrote FERC and NERC Order summaries for Subject Matter Experts and tracked the implementation measures 
  • Summarized 18 months of data request responses regarding the integration of Entergy into the MISO system 
  • Researched and drafted speeches and published articles for MISO general counsel and associate GCs 
Sudanese Energy Rights Analyst
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010 STANFORD LAW SCHOOL & COLUMBIA SIPA

• Developed legal basis, economic strategy, and public policy rationale for division of Sudanese energy resources
• Constructed proposal for post-independence referendum agreement for submission through private channels
• Evaluated contractual obligations between Sudanese government/ oil companies and Chinese oil companies

Paralegal/ Legal Assistant
Jul 2007 - Aug 2009 STEPTOE & JOHNSON LLP

• Drafted court moNons, client correspondence, engagement letters, and internal memoranda for partners' files
• Monitored and summarized international government and press reports re FCPA compliance announcements
• Scheduled meetings and travel for partners and associate attorneys
• Created trial and discovery binders, indexes, and summaries in preparation for liNgation
• Trained in advanced legal software, including Best Authority, CompuLaw, Concordance, and DTE Axiom

Education

Juris Doctor
Aug 2009 - Jun 2012 Stanford Law School
Master of Science - Environment & Natural Resources
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012 Stanford University
Master of Laws
- Aug 2010 Hague Academy of International Law
Bachelor of Arts - Classics & History
Aug 2002 - Aug 2006 University of Alabama

Software Languages & Skills

Excel

Experience Level

7-14 years

Sectors of expertise

Buildings & Cities, Energy, Advocacy or Policy, Carbon Accounting & Offsetting, Pollution & Waste Reduction, Climate Science

Are you currently working in climate?

Yes

Are you interested in being involved in a Climatebase mentorship program? If so, how would you like to participate? (As a mentor VS as a mentee)

Yes, I am interested as a mentee

Would you like to join a Climatebase Slack community?

Yes

Where are you in your climate journey?

I am looking for a climate job

I am here to:

Get a job

Do you want your public profile to be hidden?

No

LinkedIn URL:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/clint-light-a9b02846/