SAN FRANCISCO—Andrew Bell has recently joined Marten Law PLLC as a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, where he will further enhance the firm’s reputation as a national leader in energy, environmental and natural resource law. Bell tells GlobeSt.com that “California continues to dominate the renewable energy space, although the utility-scale market is changing as the industry continues to mature.”
According to Bell, who is the latest partner to jump from a general practice firm to the firm’s dedicated platform, “Solar is shifting to smaller projects.”
For example, he explains that “repowerings of older wind facilities built in the 80s and 90s may soon begin to outpace greenfield wind projects.”
And the trends will continue, or change largely, he says, in response to the status of tax credits and renewable portfolio standards.
He tells GlobeSt.com that “On the permitting side, wind—and now solar—companies are spending a lot of time sorting out avian issues with regulatory agencies. In addition, a massive state and federal planning effort over the southern quarter of the state could effectively rezone the entire desert in ways that will shape the wind and solar siting decisions for a long time, if the plan is in fact implemented.”
Bell joins Marten Law from the San Francisco office of Downey Brand LLP, where his work focused on complex energy and land use matters.
“Andrew’s proven ability to successfully advise some of America’s biggest corporations on permitting large-scale energy and real estate projects makes him an ideal fit for our firm in general and the San Francisco Office in particular,” says Kevin Haroff, managing partner of Marten Law’s San Francisco office.
“Marten Law’s concentration on environmental, energy and resource issues allows the firm to navigate challenging state and federal regulatory landscapes more effectively than many of our competitors. Andrew’s extensive federal lands and endangered species experience will further reinforce the firm’s national reach,” Haroff adds.
Bell works closely with energy and real estate development to design and implement permitting strategies that meet the client’s objectives in the most legally defensible manner possible. He represents clients before local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a daily basis, focusing on environmental impact review, use entitlements on private and federal lands, incidental take authorizations under the Endangered Species Act, and compliance with other related federal and California natural resources laws.
Bell earned a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (2004), an M.A. from the University of Chicago (2000) and a B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell University (1999).