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Lana G. Le Hir

Associate
+1.949.623.3590
Fax +1.949.253.0902
Lana Le Hir is an associate in the firm’s Orange County office. She focuses her practice on renewable energy and infrastructure transactions, with an emphasis on wind, solar, offshore, and storage projects. Ms. Le Hir advises clients in negotiating utility scale power purchase agreements (PPAs), both physical and virtual, to help corporations and developers meet their global sustainability goals. She has extensive experience on the developer-owner-operator side of the business from her previous role as senior counsel to one of the largest renewable energy companies in the world. Ms. Le Hir leverages her background as a senior electrical engineer to analyze complex technical energy market issues and acts as a translator between technical, business, and legal groups.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Le Hir served as senior counsel to Avangrid Renewables, LLC, one of the largest renewable energy developers in the world, where she was responsible for its 7.5 GW portfolio of PPAs across the U.S. (from construction through operations phases). Ms. Le Hir negotiated 4.05 GW of traditional Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), virtual PPAs, and swaps with C&I customers, universities, utilities, municipalities, Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), and quasi-governmental entities in every major ISO/RTO (wind, solar, storage, and offshore projects in WECC, CAISO, ERCOT, PJM, NYISO, MISO, and ISO-NE), and negotiated hundreds of PPA amendments to adapt to the ever-changing electricity market. Ms. Le Hir also managed the review and legal response for all major PPA RFP submissions for Avangrid’s US renewables pipeline. Post PPA execution, she advised the U.S. asset management and development teams regarding complex legal disputes and related issues arising during constructions and operations, including major ISO market structure changes, technical settlement disputes, REC and Green-e compliance related issues, two utility counterparty bankruptcies, and migration of projects into a novel balancing authority area in the Pacific Northwest. To support this effort, Ms. Le Hir worked with PPA offtakers to negotiate PPA amendments and ancillary documents, settlement agreements, letter agreements, and notice letters.

Additionally, Ms. Le Hir provided legal support to the U.S. development, M&A, and tax equity transaction teams. In particular, she negotiated and conducted due diligence for 1286 MW of M&A deals, restructured and drafted custom intercompany agreements to creatively satisfy tax equity within existing negotiated PPA constraints for new and existing projects (including project repowering), and negotiated with external JV partners, tax equity, and PPA offtakers in the creation of build-out agreements, shared facilities agreements, transmission sharing agreements, transmission, scheduling and marketing agreements, ancillary services agreements, and intercompany PPAs.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Le Hir was the youngest senior electrical engineer in the history of General Atomics, a major US defense contractor, where she managed a team of senior engineers in the technical product development of a cutting-edge wireless technology for commercial and government applications. She also conducted international sales and technical marketing and was responsible for on-site technical presentations of products at Fortune 500 companies, OEMs, and ODMs across U.S., Asia, and Europe and international trade shows (CES, CeBit).

Professional/Civic Activities

  • REBA (Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance) Advisory Board Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter at Infocast Seminar Strategies for C&I End-Users, “Riding the New End-User Wave: A Developer’s Perspective on Negotiating PPAs with End-Users Compared to Traditional Utilities” on October 19, 2015
As senior counsel to one of the world’s largest renewable energy developers, in addition to providing ongoing legal support to maintain a 7.5 MW portfolio of major renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), including 100’s of complex PPA amendments, Ms. Le Hir negotiated the following PPAs:

CAISO
  • A power purchase agreement for a 44 MW solar project located in CAISO with a 11 MW battery with a major city in California.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 22 MW wind project located in CAISO with a California Community Choice Aggregator (CCA).
  • A power purchase agreement for a 150 MW wind project located in CAISO with a California electric cooperative.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 50 MW slice of a wind project located in CAISO with a California municipal utility.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 132 MW wind project located in CAISO with a California electric utility.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 39 MW slice of a wind project located in CAISO with a California water and power authority.
WECC
  • A power purchase agreement for a 140 MW wind project located in WECC with a New Mexico utility.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 76 MW wind project located in WECC with a Colorado utility.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 298 MW wind project located in WECC with a California electric utility.
ERCOT
  • A power purchase agreement for a 200 MW wind project located in ERCOT with a Texas utility.
  • A virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for a 86 MW wind project located in ERCOT with a global sporting goods company.
  • A virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for a 100 MW wind project located in ERCOT with a global healthcare company.
  • A virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for a 90 MW slice of a project located in ERCOT with a major internet and related services provider.
  • A virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for a 100 MW wind project located in ERCOT with a major consumer electronics manufacturer.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 202 MW wind project located in ERCOT with a Texas utility.
ISO-NE
  • A power purchase agreement for an 800 MW offshore wind project located in ISO-NE with a group of Massachusetts utilities.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 30 MW wind project located in ISO-NE with a New England utility.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 97 MW wind project located in ISO-NE with a group of Massachusetts utilities.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 76 MW wind project located in ISO-NE with a group of Massachusetts utilities.
PJM
  • A power purchase agreement for a 46 MW wind project located in PJM with a major electric commerce company.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 46 MW wind project located in PJM with a major electric commerce company.
  • A virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for a 150 MW wind project located in PJM with a major cellular provider.
  • A virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for a 135 MW wind project located in PJM with a major electric commerce company.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 208 MW wind project located in PJM with a major electric commerce company.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 46 MW wind project located in PJM with a governmental entity.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 50 MW slice of a wind project located in PJM with a university.
NYISO
  • A renewable energy credit purchase agreement for a 90 MW wind project located in NYISO with a New York utility.
  • A renewable energy credit purchase agreement for a 77 MW wind project located in NYISO with a New York utility.
MISO
  • A renewable energy swap (NAEMA) agreement for a 51 MW wind project located in MISO with a Midwest Electric Cooperative.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 51 MW wind project in MISO with a Midwest Electric Cooperative.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 107 MW wind project located in MISO with a Minnesota Electric Cooperative.
  • A renewable energy swap (NAEMA) agreement for a 80 MW wind project located in MISO with a Midwest Electric Cooperative.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 98 MW wind project located in MISO with a major electric commerce company.
  • A second power purchase agreement for a 98 MW wind project located in MISO with a major electric commerce company.
  • A power purchase agreement for a 30 MW slice of a wind project located in MISO with a Midwest Municipal Power Agency.