What are the legal considerations public service organizations face when trying to create a woody renewables facility? What risks are involved? How can groups mitigate those risks? How do environmental regulations, public agencies, private landowners, and commercial developers fit in?
Christa Darlington of CLERE Inc. (California Law Empowering Renewable Energy) has been helping the California Woody Renewables Coalition address these questions and more over the past year.*
In order to capture some of her lessons learned related to building this Coalition’s capacity, Christa is authoring a three-part series entitled, “A Legal Perspective: Navigating the Development of Wood Utilization Projects.”
Her first chapter, “Making, Managing, and Concluding Legal Arrangements Associated with Wood Utilization Projects” focuses on some of the common challenges and nuances of contracts related to wood utilization projects. Christa highlights general risk reduction strategies, considerations related to contracting services, construction contract nuances, and best practices related to entering into agreements with public agencies. Christa outlines principles that relate to, as she stated, “how to make sure your relationships, in the long run, will support successful development of your project.”
Download Christa’s first chapter, Making, Managing and Concluding Legal Arrangements Associated with Wood Utilization Projects (pdf) to read Christa’s reflections on the pathway to such success.
*Christa’s support is made possible by USDA’s Rural Community Development Initiative grant.