J. Patrick Berry

J. Patrick Berry has practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker Botts for over 34 years, and he is the lead contact at the firm for questions related to the Smart Grid. During the past 24 months, he worked with one major electric utility client on its successful application to obtain a $200 million Smart Grid Grant from the Department of Energy (“DOE”), and he also assisted the client in the negotiation of the terms and conditions of its award agreement with the DOE. Currently, he is working with utilities (IOUS, Coops and Municipalities) and their technology vendors to design and implement more innovative and effective ways of educating consumers about the benefits of the Smart Grid and mobilizing them to adopt and utilize it when it becomes available.

He has assisted clients prepare applications for DOE loan guarantees for innovative technology energy projects, applications for tax credits for manufacturing components used in advanced energy projects, and applications for U.S. Treasury Department grants for renewable energy projects. Recently, he assisted one of the participants in the the FutureGen 2 Clean Coal Project in its negotiations of the $1 billion grant award issued by DOE.

As a practicing environmental lawyer for more than 30 years, Mr. Berry brings a unique combination of skills and experience to his clean energy practice. The imposition of carbon constraints (either through legislative or regulatory action) will dramatically affect the use of renewable energy and will increase the importance of both energy conservation and energy efficiency initiatives. The Smart Grid will allow utilities to more efficiently integrate distributed generation, including renewables, into their grids. In addition, the Smart Grid will allow both utilities and consumers to track the results of their efficiency and conservation efforts.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Berry served as Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 1975 to 1977. During that time, the energy crisis of the mid-1970s led to the enactment of major federal energy legislation governing the generation, transmission and conservation of energy. There are dramatic similarities between the energy crisis of the 1970s and the energy challenges facing us today. With both extensive energy and environmental experience, Mr. Berry provides his clients with the assistance they need in meeting those challenges.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Alternative Energy and 2) Environmental Practice
Law School Harvard Law School, J.D., 1975
Education Harvard College, A.B., 1971
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association
Most recent firm Baker Botts LLP
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