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Arthur L. Haubenstock

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Senior Counsel

Arthur Haubenstock guides clients through highly regulated markets, helping them overcome regulatory hurdles and obtain the approvals and agreements needed to bring state-of-the-art energy projects on line.  Arthur leads new energy law and policy development to support clients' business objectives.  His diverse background includes private, public, regulated utility and in-house experience, including securing high-level federal and state government support and permits for the landmark Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System and its associated transmission.  Arthur has achieved success with a wide range of significant multi-party and multi-agency negotiations, including resolution of conflicts associated with California's Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU), development of the Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, settlement of one of the largest Superfund sites, and cleanup and restoration of the Bolsa Chica wetlands and the Unocal Guadalupe dunes after decades of petroleum spills.  Arthur is a senior counsel in Perkins Coie’s Environment, Energy & Resources practice, and is based in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. 

Arthur focuses on heavily regulated industries, creating the conditions for their success, obtaining the approvals needed for their projects, and addressing compliance issues.  Before joining Perkins Coie, he served as vice president of regulatory affairs at BrightSource Energy, Inc.  While there, Arthur negotiated and obtained approval of power purchase agreements, secured federal and state energy and environmental permits, resolved compliance matters, negotiated settlements and led regulatory and legislative efforts. 

Previously, Arthur worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Company, where he was responsible for proceedings regarding California’s energy market design, resource adequacy and renewable energy at the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

His public sector experience includes a decade-long tenure with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX, as assistant regional counsel.  His areas of responsibility included clean air, solid and hazardous waste, and toxics, including the cleanup and redevelopment of major Superfund and oilfield sites, approval of state and tribal environmental programs, and public-private partnerships. 

Arthur maintains an active profile in several prominent renewable energy industry groups, including as a board member of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technology (CEERT), as an advisory board member of the Vote Solar Initiative, and serving as vice-chair of the Solar Energy Industry Association’s Utility-Scale Power division.

Professional Leadership

  • Solar Energy Industries Association, Utility-Scale Power Division, Chair, 2013 - present 
  • California Desert Renewable Energy Working Program Group, Member, 2010 - present 
  • Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technology (CEERT), Board Member, 2011 - present 
  • Clean Power Campaign, Board Member, 2011 - present 
  • The Del Sol Performing Arts Organization, Board Member, 2012 - present 
  • The Vote Solar Initiative, Advisory Board Member, 2010 - present 
  • Large-Scale Solar Association, President, 2009 - 2011; Board Member, 2011 - 2012 
  • California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative, Stakeholder Steering Committee, 2008 - 2010 
  • Western Governors’ Association Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative, Solar Representative to Environment & Lands Working Group, 2009 - 2010

Related Employment

  • BrightSource Energy, Inc., Oakland, CA, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, 2011 - 2012; Chief Counsel & Director, Regulatory Affairs, 2008 - 2011 ]
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco, CA, Attorney, 2004 - 2008
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, San Francisco, CA, Assistant Regional Counsel, 1994 - 2004 
  • Golden Gate University Law School; Hastings Law School, San Francisco, CA, Adjunct Professor, 1995 - 2004

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1989
    Publications Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., American Studies and Science in Society, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia