Joseph B. Nelson

Partner

202.298.1894

jbn@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
Environmental Permitting & Compliance

  • Strategic advice and advocacy before federal agencies on behalf of a merchant transmission developer for a multi-state, high-voltage transmission line on permitting and environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other federal environmental laws.
  • Regulatory analysis, legislative drafting and strategic advice as counsel to the National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition on legislative, regulatory and policy matters under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Counsel to renewable energy project developers, resource users, municipal governments and other parties with respect to compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act.
  • Due diligence reviews on federal environmental matters in relation to potential acquisitions, funding and loan guarantees for high-voltage transmission lines, liquefied natural gas import and export terminals and other energy infrastructure projects.

Energy Regulatory

  • Counsel to the Long Island Power Authority with respect to its participation as a transmission owner, generator and load serving entity in the organized electricity markets operated by the New York Independent System Operator, ISO New England and PJM Interconnection.
  • Counsel to a Canadian utility on U.S. energy regulatory matters before the  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Development and negotiation of transmission pooling arrangements, transmission service agreements, and related agreements for coordinated transmission system operations.

Water Resources

  • Counsel on permitting and use of water rights for private and public water systems including water storage projects, municipal and irrigation diversions and hydroelectric project operations.
  • Counsel to foreign investors on the regulation and operation of private water utilities within the United States.

Publications

Administration Proposes Improvements to ESA Petition Process

Irrigation Leader, Vol. 7 Issue 11 pp. 30-31
01/31/2016

"Adverse Modification" Rulemaking on the Horizon for the Endangered Species Act?

Newsletter of the Independent Petroleum Association of America
05/03/2013

Presentations

New ESA Rule on Economic Impacts in Critical Habitat Designations

Moderator
Law Seminars International
12/13/2013