Richard Kanoff

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Industry Expertise

Renewable Energy

Richard Kanoff is chair of Prince Lobel’s Renewable Energy industry group and a member of the firm’s Real Estate practice group.  He has devoted his career to helping private and public clients understand and navigate the often complex world of energy, climate change, innovation and technology. Richard helps clients manage regulatory risk, develop projects, secure financing and develop strategies for sound decision making.

Richard works with a diverse group of emerging and established private and public companies, start-ups, non-profits, individuals, and municipalities and focuses on renewable energy and clean technology law, regulatory policy and litigation including permitting, siting, finance, regulatory compliance, project development and transactional matters.

Richard’s clients include providers of bio-fuels, biomass, energy and demand management, smart grid, solar, wind, storage, fuel cells and other distributed generation technologies.  He also has represented independent power producers (IPPs),and fossil fuel related generation including an association of IPPs in New England.  Richard has particular experience managing multifaceted legal issues associated with developing, siting, permitting, financing and operating energy facilities and with navigating renewable energy/climate change regulations and state and federal incentives.

As part of his practice, Richard routinely appears in regulatory forums and federal courts involving energy infrastructure projects throughout New England, including the United States Court of Appeals (1st Circuit), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the MA Supreme Judicial Court and state energy regulatory commissions and siting boards.

  • J.D., cum laude, George Washington University
  • B.A., Lafayette College
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Energy Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

American Bar Association

  • National Law Journal – Energy & Environmental Trailblazer (2017)

 

“DEP findings aren’t ‘final’; 1st Circuit jurisdiction fails,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, March 2017

“1st Circ. Bolsters State Powers in Gas Pipeline Reviews,” Law360, March 2017

“Appeals court says pipelines must pass state reviews,” The Recorder, March 2017

Kinder Morgan Unit Needs Final Approval to Start Building a Natural Gas Pipeline
March 18, 2017

Andover Gets Aggressive in Gas Pipeline Fight
February 2, 2016

Dracut to Hire Lawyer in Gas Pipeline Battle
January 13, 2016

Coalition of NH Towns Says NED Pipeline Will Cost Ratepayers
December 5, 2015

 

“Funding Clean Tech Innovation,” Speaker, New England Venture Summit, December 2016

“How Best to Implement a Balanced Energy Regional Energy Policy,” Moderator, New England-Canada Business Counsel Roundtable on Clean Energy Resources and Innovation, November 2016

“Successful Alternate Energy Projects,” Presenter, Real Estate Bar Association, October 2015

“Tackling Clean Energy Projects: Risk Management & Future Growth,” Panelist, Boston Bar Association Program, September 2014

“Wind Energy Law,” Faculty, National Business Institute Telecast, December 2013

“Funding Clean Tech Innovation,” Speaker, New England Venture Summit, December 2016

“How Best to Implement a Balanced Energy Regional Energy Policy,” Moderator, New England-Canada Business Counsel Roundtable on Clean Energy Resources and Innovation, November 2016

“Successful Alternate Energy Projects,” Presenter, Real Estate Bar Association, October 2015

“Tackling Clean Energy Projects: Risk Management & Future Growth,” Panelist, Boston Bar Association Program, September 2014

  • Counsel to national solar companies with in the development, financing and regulatory matters of multiple projects (over 200 MWs) in New England, Georgia, North Carolina, New York and Illinois.
  • Counsel to a national large retailer with respect to solar and energy efficiency contracts and procurement.
  • Counsel in a matter of first impression before the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals
  • with respect to an appeal under the Natural Gas Act of a water quality certification.
  • Counsel in a case before the United States district court defending an injunction and complaint relating to an ongoing appeal at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Counsel to numerous municipalities and non-profit groups with respect to siting of electric transmission lines and interstate gas pipeline infrastructure in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including representation at proceedings before the MA and NH Siting Boards and before the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts and the Supreme Court in New Hampshire.
  • Counsel to developer in large scale (over 1 MW) rooftop solar installation including procurement, power purchase agreement and interconnection.
  • Counsel to a national equity fund financing 10 MWs of solar facilities in MA; responsible for due diligence, regulatory advice, risk assessment, and transaction documentation.
  • Counsel to multiple landowners with respect to real estate and leasing matters involving large scale greenfield solar facilities.
  • Counsel to several newly formed solar development companies with respect to structuring, due diligence, acquisitions and development matters.
  • Counsel to prominent bank in debt financing the development and operation of solar facilities on a well-known big box retailer in MA; responsible for due diligence, risk assessments, regulatory advice and transaction documentation.
  • Counsel to an independent power association in complex regulatory proceedings in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with respect to issues relating to competitive markets and policies.
  • Counsel in transactions regarding the applicability of investment/production tax credits for solar, wind and biomass projects.
  • Counsel to a solar developers in North Carolina in connection with the acquisition and financing of $20 million in PV facilities in North Carolina in a complex multi-party transaction involving equity and debt financing, deal structuring, tax implications, and drafting and review of purchase and sale, credit, investment and operating agreements.

Richard Kanoff

Partner

Phone: 617-456-8132

Email: rkanoff@princelobel.com