Ross

Peter Ross

Associate
New York

I help clients in the energy and climate sector achieve transactional and regulatory solutions so that their projects can succeed.

As a senior associate, Peter Ross concentrates his practice in energy law, with a focus on renewable generation, energy storage, transmission, renewable fuels, carbon credits, and sustainable development. He has a deep understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with project development, regularly advising clients in the energy sector at every stage of a project's lifecycle, from initial conception to successful litigation.

Peter's practice includes drafting and negotiating project agreements for solar, wind, and energy storage projects, including power purchase and other offtake agreements, community solar management and subscription agreements, and energy storage service agreements. He also conducts regulatory and interconnection due diligence in relation to solar, wind, and energy storage project sales and acquisitions, including analysis of relevant wholesale and retail market tariffs. He assists offshore wind and transmission clients in navigating state and federal permitting, as well as participating in business-critical regulatory proceedings. He advocates in state and federal court, and has drafted multiple petitions, comments, and advocacy letters to public utility commissions and public authorities on renewable energy and transmission policy matters.

Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Peter worked as the Director of Policy and Business Development for a national developer, builder, and operator of commercial-scale solar and energy storage systems, and as an energy law fellow at NYU School of Law’s Guarini Center. He has authored various articles on renewable energy incentives, the Federal Power Act, state and federal jurisdiction over electricity markets, and environmental policy.

Peter is a Board Member of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association and has previously served as Chair of NYSEIA’s Policy Committee. He previously practiced as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and clerked for the Honorable John Gleeson in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Based in New York City, he holds a law degree from NYU School of Law and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • Harvard University, B.A., 2006

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • New York
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Experience

  • Drafted and negotiated agreements for the development, purchase, and sale of carbon credits transacted through voluntary markets
  • Advised Maryland Public Service Commission Staff on updating the Commission’s offshore wind regulations, including to comply with the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019
  • Conducted buyer-side due diligence in connection with the purchase of a portfolio of community solar projects in New York State, and advised with respect to offtake and interconnection agreements for those projects
  • Advised on interconnection requirements, rights, and remedies with respect to distributed and utility-scale solar, wind, transmission, and energy storage projects
  • Negotiated multiple utility contracts on behalf of an energy efficiency financing company pursuing a first-of-its-kind business model
  • Drafted comments before the New York Public Service Commission on behalf of community solar companies regarding proposed modifications to New York's community distributed generation program
  • Drafted multiple comments on behalf of renewable generation and transmission developers seeking various changes to New York’s Clean Energy Standard and other applicable regulations governing development, construction, operation, and monetization of their projects
  • Assisted and advised transmission developers in obtaining permits and qualifications from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Negotiated bill credit purchase agreements for solar and energy storage on behalf of developers seeking to build and operate utility-scale energy storage projects

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Law Clerk, Chambers of the Honorable John Gleeson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, New York, NY
  • Director of Policy & Business Development, Northeast, Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., New York, NY
  • Energy Law and Policy Fellow, NYU School of Law, Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law, New York, NY

Publications

Honors & Involvement

INVOLVEMENT
  • New York City Bar Association, Energy Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • “New York Transmission Challenges and Opportunities,” New York's Climate Plan: Scoping the Path to New York's Clean Energy Economy (January 2022) 
  • “Interconnection: Addressing Hosting Capacity Issues,” New York Solar Energy Industries Association 2021 New York Solar Summit (December 2021) 
  • “Developer Roundtable: The State and Future of Community Solar in New York,” New York Solar Energy Industries Association (July 2021) 
  • “What’s On The Horizon For US Policy – Will We See An Extension Of The ITC?,” Solar & Storage Finance Summit USA (November 2020)
  • “Examining the Outlook for Community Solar in 2021,” Solar & Storage Finance Summit USA (November 2020)
  • “Effectively Incorporating Sustainability Into Your Business: Renewable Energy, Efficiency Procurement and ESG Investing in a Shifting Policy Landscape,” National Association for Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability Management (June 2020)
  • “Energy Siting and Regulatory Considerations,” Air & Waste Management Association, Niagara Frontier Section (January 2020)