Press Release: Goodin MacBride Pioneers Method for Obtaining RPS Certification of Small Out-of-Country Generating Facilities

In the first half of 2020, the California Energy Commission approved three unique applications for Renewables Portfolio Standard certification of 15 MW wind turbine facilities located in British Columbia. The three facilities are the smallest out-of-country generating facilities to obtain RPS certification.

The out-of-country RPS certification application process requires a robust showing that the facility’s construction and operation would comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, were the facility built in California, and that the facility’s construction and operation will not contribute to a violation of any laws, ordinances, regulations, or standards (“LORS”). For large facilities, this showing is generally accomplished by providing the environmental review report(s) undertaken by the government of the country in which the facility is located.

Because Canadian federal and provincial regulations do not require an over-arching environmental review for generating projects below 50 MW, Goodin MacBride developed a method for making the required CEQA and LORS showings using alternative documentation to the traditional omnibus environmental review report, which was successfully employed for each of the three generating facilities.

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As of October 1, 2021, the law firm of Goodin, MacBride, Squeri & Day, LLP has dissolved its partnership. In order to reach any of the firm’s professionals in their current practices, please contact them through the information found below.

The following are all practicing as part of Downey Brand LLP, in its San Francisco office:

Thomas J. MacBride, Jr.
James D. Squeri
Michael B. Day
Brian T. Cragg
Megan J. Somogyi
Nirvesh Sikand

Robert A. Goodin and Keith E. Johnson are continuing their commercial litigation practice as The Law Offices of Robert A. Goodin.  They may be reached at:

John L. Clark is now working as a solo practitioner, and can be reached at: