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Paul R. Michaud Murtha Cullina LLP Counsel

Counsel

Hartford
Email: pmichaud@murthalaw.com
Phone: 860-240-6131
Fax: 860-240-6150

Boston
Phone: 617-457-4000
Fax: 617-482-3868

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Education

  • New England School of Law (J.D., 1995)
  • Southern New Hampshire University (M.B.A., 1991)
  • Bentley University (B.S. in Finance, 1987)

Paul R. Michaud


Paul Michaud is the Chair of the Firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Group. He has significant experience and expertise with all aspects of renewable energy project development. Paul represents a diverse client-base of state, regional, national, and international renewable energy companies, landowners, building owners, municipalities, lenders, and investment companies whose projects include solar photovoltaic systems, wind farms, small hydro systems, fuel cells, combined heat and power systems, geothermal systems, and microgrids.

Paul advises clients on all aspects of renewable energy and microgrid project transactions from developing request for proposals to reviewing, drafting, and negotiating large complex agreements and documentation associated with the development, financing, construction and operation of renewable energy generation facilities from early stage development through construction and commercial operation, and renewable energy project acquisitions. He understands the importance of state and federal financial incentives for renewable energy and microgrid projects and actively counsels clients on these incentives.

In addition to renewable energy generation transactional work, Paul has an active
renewable regulatory practice before the Connecticut Siting Council, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources where he regularly represents clients in regulatory matters, including the environmental siting and permitting of large grid-scale solar systems, and renewable related rulemaking and rate-related proceedings.

Paul is the Founder, Executive Director, and Board Member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Business Association, Inc. (REEBA), www.reeba.org,where he is also a registered lobbyist.

 

  • City of Hartford's Energy Improvement District Planning Committee
  • A New Approach to Net Metering.  Hartford Business Journal, August 22, 2016.
  • Construction Contracts Critical for Successful Renewable Energy Projects. Connecticut Law Tribune, November 2014.
  • Solar Guarantee: Businesses would be wise to get promises on solar production. Connecticut Green Guide, A Publication of the Hartford Business Journal, Winter 2014.
  • Game Changers: New Laws to Bolster Renewable Energy Industry.  Connecticut Green Guide, A Publication of the Hartford Business Journal, Fall 2013.
  • Solar Purchases: Make the Most of Renewable Installations.  Connecticut Green Guide, A Publication of the Hartford Business Journal, Spring 2013.
  • Green Energy Policy in the Northeastern United States, 2013.  The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Environment & Climate Change Law 2013. 
  • Panel Speaker:Connecticut Council of Small Towns Seminar; April 30, 2014; “Practical Ways for Towns to Save Money with Renewable Energy Projects.”

  • Panel Speaker: 2013 CBIA Environmental & Energy Conference; Cromwell, CT, June 19, 2013 “Renewable Energy Policy Game Changers.”

  • Panel Speaker:CT Water Pollution Control Authority Association, Inc.: November 1, 2013, “Renewable Energy Options for Water Pollution Control Authorities in Connecticut.”

  • Panel Speaker: CBIA, Cromwell, June 27, 2013: “What’s The Deal,” June 27, 2013, Renewable Energy Policy Incentive Toolbox.

  • Panel Speaker:Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and Murtha Cullina LLP Matchmaking Summit Hartford, CT, April 13, 2013, Monetary Incentives for Renewable Energy Projects Under Public Act No. 11-80.

  • Seminar Moderator:Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, Stamford, CT, May 3, 2012: “Matchmaking Forum:Clean Energy Financing Opportunities.”

  • Panel Speaker:Murtha Cullina LLP Hartford, CT, March 28, 2012: “Financing Alternative Energy Projects.”

  • Seminar Moderator:Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association, Rocky Hill, CT, January 5, 2012: “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Matchmaking Forum.”

  • Panel Moderator:Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association, Cromwell, CT, September 21, 2011: “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Summit.”

  • Panel Speaker:Murtha Cullina LLP, Hartford, CT, July 28, 2011: “New Incentives for Renewable Energy on Commercial and Municipal Buildings under Public Act No. 11-80.”

  • Panel Speaker:Law Seminars International, Newark, NJ, June 8, 2011: “Distributed Solar East Finance and Investment Summit.”

  • Panel Speaker:Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Hartford, CT, May 26, 2011: “Leading by Example - Creating Jobs and Reducing Costs through Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings Across Connecticut.”

  • Panel Speaker:Connecticut Association of Water Pollution Authorities, Cromwell, CT, October 27, 2011:“Renewables at Wastewater Treatment Facilities.”

  • Panel Speaker:Connecticut Bar Association, Public Utilities Division, January 14, 2010, “Deploying Customer-Side Renewables in Connecticut:Regulatory Hurdles and Opportunities, and Legislative Opportunities.”

  • Panel Speaker:State and Federal Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Collaborative National RPS Summit, Chicago. IL, November 7, 2008, “Creating Stronger Regional RPS Markets:Status, Challenges and Opportunities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States.”

  • Panel Speaker:University of Connecticut, Sustainable Energy Symposium, Hartford, CT, March 31, 2008, “Renewable Energy Development Programs and Initiatives in Connecticut.”

  • Seminar Panel Participant:United Technologies Corporation, Thought Leaders Round Table On Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Hartford, CT, May 6, 2008, “Renewable Energy in Buildings.”

  • Panel Speaker:Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Environmental Conference, Cromwell, CT, June 2, 2008, “Efforts and Challenges to Achieve Connecticut’s Renewable Energy Goals.”Whitepaper Presentation:UPEx 2003 Conference by the Solar Electric Power Association, Scottsdale, AZ: Presented paper entitled: Co-op use of RUS loan process under a RPS.

Overview

Paul Michaud is the Chair of the Firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Group. He has significant experience and expertise with all aspects of renewable energy project development. Paul represents a diverse client-base of state, regional, national, and international renewable energy companies, landowners, building owners, municipalities, lenders, and investment companies whose projects include solar photovoltaic systems, wind farms, small hydro systems, fuel cells, combined heat and power systems, geothermal systems, and microgrids.

Paul advises clients on all aspects of renewable energy and microgrid project transactions from developing request for proposals to reviewing, drafting, and negotiating large complex agreements and documentation associated with the development, financing, construction and operation of renewable energy generation facilities from early stage development through construction and commercial operation, and renewable energy project acquisitions. He understands the importance of state and federal financial incentives for renewable energy and microgrid projects and actively counsels clients on these incentives.

In addition to renewable energy generation transactional work, Paul has an active
renewable regulatory practice before the Connecticut Siting Council, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources where he regularly represents clients in regulatory matters, including the environmental siting and permitting of large grid-scale solar systems, and renewable related rulemaking and rate-related proceedings.

Paul is the Founder, Executive Director, and Board Member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Business Association, Inc. (REEBA), www.reeba.org,where he is also a registered lobbyist.

 

Memberships
  • City of Hartford's Energy Improvement District Planning Committee
Publications
  • A New Approach to Net Metering.  Hartford Business Journal, August 22, 2016.
  • Construction Contracts Critical for Successful Renewable Energy Projects. Connecticut Law Tribune, November 2014.
  • Solar Guarantee: Businesses would be wise to get promises on solar production. Connecticut Green Guide, A Publication of the Hartford Business Journal, Winter 2014.
  • Game Changers: New Laws to Bolster Renewable Energy Industry.  Connecticut Green Guide, A Publication of the Hartford Business Journal, Fall 2013.
  • Solar Purchases: Make the Most of Renewable Installations.  Connecticut Green Guide, A Publication of the Hartford Business Journal, Spring 2013.
  • Green Energy Policy in the Northeastern United States, 2013.  The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Environment & Climate Change Law 2013. 
Presentations
  • Panel Speaker:Connecticut Council of Small Towns Seminar; April 30, 2014; “Practical Ways for Towns to Save Money with Renewable Energy Projects.”

  • Panel Speaker: 2013 CBIA Environmental & Energy Conference; Cromwell, CT, June 19, 2013 “Renewable Energy Policy Game Changers.”

  • Panel Speaker:CT Water Pollution Control Authority Association, Inc.: November 1, 2013, “Renewable Energy Options for Water Pollution Control Authorities in Connecticut.”

  • Panel Speaker: CBIA, Cromwell, June 27, 2013: “What’s The Deal,” June 27, 2013, Renewable Energy Policy Incentive Toolbox.

  • Panel Speaker:Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and Murtha Cullina LLP Matchmaking Summit Hartford, CT, April 13, 2013, Monetary Incentives for Renewable Energy Projects Under Public Act No. 11-80.

  • Seminar Moderator:Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, Stamford, CT, May 3, 2012: “Matchmaking Forum:Clean Energy Financing Opportunities.”

  • Panel Speaker:Murtha Cullina LLP Hartford, CT, March 28, 2012: “Financing Alternative Energy Projects.”

  • Seminar Moderator:Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association, Rocky Hill, CT, January 5, 2012: “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Matchmaking Forum.”

  • Panel Moderator:Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association, Cromwell, CT, September 21, 2011: “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Summit.”

  • Panel Speaker:Murtha Cullina LLP, Hartford, CT, July 28, 2011: “New Incentives for Renewable Energy on Commercial and Municipal Buildings under Public Act No. 11-80.”

  • Panel Speaker:Law Seminars International, Newark, NJ, June 8, 2011: “Distributed Solar East Finance and Investment Summit.”

  • Panel Speaker:Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Hartford, CT, May 26, 2011: “Leading by Example - Creating Jobs and Reducing Costs through Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings Across Connecticut.”

  • Panel Speaker:Connecticut Association of Water Pollution Authorities, Cromwell, CT, October 27, 2011:“Renewables at Wastewater Treatment Facilities.”

  • Panel Speaker:Connecticut Bar Association, Public Utilities Division, January 14, 2010, “Deploying Customer-Side Renewables in Connecticut:Regulatory Hurdles and Opportunities, and Legislative Opportunities.”

  • Panel Speaker:State and Federal Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Collaborative National RPS Summit, Chicago. IL, November 7, 2008, “Creating Stronger Regional RPS Markets:Status, Challenges and Opportunities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States.”

  • Panel Speaker:University of Connecticut, Sustainable Energy Symposium, Hartford, CT, March 31, 2008, “Renewable Energy Development Programs and Initiatives in Connecticut.”

  • Seminar Panel Participant:United Technologies Corporation, Thought Leaders Round Table On Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Hartford, CT, May 6, 2008, “Renewable Energy in Buildings.”

  • Panel Speaker:Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Environmental Conference, Cromwell, CT, June 2, 2008, “Efforts and Challenges to Achieve Connecticut’s Renewable Energy Goals.”Whitepaper Presentation:UPEx 2003 Conference by the Solar Electric Power Association, Scottsdale, AZ: Presented paper entitled: Co-op use of RUS loan process under a RPS.

Articles
Speaking Engagements
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
Education
  • New England School of Law (J.D., 1995)
  • Southern New Hampshire University (M.B.A., 1991)
  • Bentley University (B.S. in Finance, 1987)
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