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Kenneth Weiner, an attorney in Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance and Public Finance group, represents developers, owners, contractors and lenders in connection with the development and financing of conventional and renewable energy projects, domestically and internationally. As a licensed professional engineer with 10 years of experience in the engineering and construction fields, his practice is heavily oriented to EPC contracting.
I focus my practice primarily on the development, construction and finance of energy projects, including conventional fossil fuel and renewable energy generation facilities and transmission assets.
As a licensed professional engineer, my construction practice includes drafting and negotiating engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements and equipment supply agreements, including turbine supply agreements, for a wide range of energy and infrastructure projects. I regularly represent both owners and contractors as well as advise lenders and equity investors in connection with due diligence investigations. My experience working for 10 years as an engineer in construction and design offices has given me a unique understanding of the risk/reward tolerances of owners, contractors and suppliers. I have found this to be an invaluable asset in negotiating construction and related agreements and crafting documents that can protect my client while still addressing what I understand are real concerns for the counterparty.
I also represent owners in connection with the drafting and negotiation of power sales agreements and both owners and operators in connection with operation and maintenance agreements for generation and transmission facilities. My renewable energy work includes the drafting and negotiation of renewable energy credit purchase and sale agreements and net metering credit sale agreements.
Internationally, I have represented developers of private power projects in developing countries and governments and government-owned utilities in connection with privatization and new independent power projects. I’ve provided counsel on energy projects and related matters in Pakistan, India, Kyrghyzstan, Nigeria, Guatemala, Guam, Jamaica, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Colombia and Honduras.
Climate change is the most pressing challenge facing the world today. Migrating our national energy production to clean renewable energy and developing energy storage capacity will be increasingly vital to meeting this challenge. Our role will be to help our clients navigate the uncertainties of federal and state energy policies and develop clean energy that makes sense, environmentally and economically.
District of Columbia
Case Western Reserve University, B.S., Civil Engineering
New York Law School, J.D., summa cum laude
This article mentions NP for advising DIF Capital Partners’ infrastructure fund on its agreement to acquire the Kingfisher wind farm in Oklahoma. The deal team includes Washington, DC Community Development Finance partner Shariff Barakat, Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green, Buffalo Global Finance partner Martha Anderson, and Rochester Corporate associate Aya Hoffman.
Also contributing to the deal were New York City Corporate partner Rick Cox; Manchester partner Mark Beaudoin and San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group; and Washington, DC partners Elizabeth Whittle and Bob Daileader and counsel Ken Weiner, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group.
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