Clean Energy Practice Expands

We are very pleased to announce that two new attorneys have joined Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger: Sky C. Stanfield will serve as Senior Special Counsel and Erica S. McConnell will serve as Special Counsel. Both attorneys have extensive experience in renewable energy law and policy and work with a variety of clients promoting progressive energy policy, including the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

Sky Stanfield and Erica McConnell are truly stand-outs in the field of renewable energy. Their work will enhance Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger’s existing specialties in the areas of environmental and governmental law.

Ms. Stanfield practices renewable energy law and policy, with a focus on regulatory policy implementation, compliance and permitting processes. She received the 2010 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award for environmental and pro bono advocacy and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers since 2011. Ms. Stanfield has played a significant role in the advancement of interconnection policies for distributed generators, including recently leading major revisions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Ms. McConnell’s practice combines a focus on renewable energy policy with on-the-ground experience with regulatory and transactional matters. She regularly participates in energy proceedings before state public utility commissions in topic areas including community and shared renewable energy, net metering, interconnection and grid modernization proceedings. Ms. McConnell has advocated for shared renewables and other policies specifically designed to promote low-income customer access to solar.

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Please join us in extending a hearty welcome to Sky and Erica!