We had the opportunity to sit down with Avisen Legal Impact Counsel lawyer, Todd Taylor, to discuss his recent discussion to join the American Biogas Council. Todd is pleased to be able to add value to the organization by educating and informing members on the legal implications of biogas projects. The Impact Counsel team at Avisen has represented developers, investors, and other parties across the biogas supply chain.
Q. What made you decide to join the American Biogas Council?
A. We have been fortunate to work with some of the best developers and investors in the biogas industry and it is exciting to see the increased interest in sustainable biogas. We wanted to give back to the industry by joining the American Biogas Council (ABC), the preeminent biogas industry association. We are looking forward to working with ABC staff and members on important policy and business developments in RNG and ERIN.
Q. How does your Impact Counsel practice align with the goals of ABC member companies?
A. All of the member companies, from developers, investors, engineers, construction, consultants, accountants and lawyers including Avisen Legal, are members of ABC because they see the value and benefit of biogas for the transition to a sustainable and renewable energy infrastructure future.
Q. What experience do you have working within the Biogas industry?
A. Avisen Legal has worked on some of the most challenging and rewarding biogas projects in the U.S. and beyond. The Impact Counsel team at Avisen has represented developers, investors and other parties across the supply chain. The Impact Counsel team at Avisen Legal knows the key factors needed to successfully execute a biogas project. Our experience spans contracting for feedstock, to developing off-take agreements and construction contracting. We regularly provide Insight and advice on permitting, tax, and regulatory-related issues. We also have experience with capital structure execution for startup and infrastructure fund financing, bank and non-traditional debt, green bonds, Opportunity Zone financing, ITC financing, and New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) financing.
Q. What is the future of biogas initiatives here in the US?
A. Just in the U.S., we have the ability to develop over 16,000 biogas facilities, creating an opportunity to replace natural gas with low carbon biogas. That will require a great deal of effort and funding and that’s exactly what we at Impact Counsel do to help developers and investors.
Q. How will you be able to add value to the current members of the American Biogas Council?
A. As legal counsel, we understand what it takes to get a deal done and focus on getting you there. We aren’t afraid to challenge our clients on their priorities in order to keep the project moving towards their ultimate goal.