Joseph B. Nelson




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.


Administration Proposes Improvements to ESA Petition Process

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

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

Newsletter of the Independent Petroleum Association of America


New ESA Rule on Economic Impacts in Critical Habitat Designations

Law Seminars International