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Richard A. Kanoff

Richard A. Kanoff

Senior Counsel and Co-Chair of the Energy and Utility Practice Groups
300 TradeCenter
Suite 7000
Woburn, MA 01801
Direct: 781.904.2685
Main: 781.904.2700
Fax: 781.904.2701

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Mr. Kanoff, Co-Chair, Energy Practice Groups, focuses on energy, renewable and clean technology law, regulatory policy and litigation.

He has advised numerous emerging and established public companies in energy and transactional matters including clean coal and other fossil fuel‐related generation, bio‐fuels, biomass, energy and demand management, smart grid, solar, wind, storage, fuel cells and other distributed generation technologies. Mr. Kanoff assists clients in managing complex legal issues associated with developing, siting, permitting, financing and operating energy facilities, and navigating electrical interconnection and ISO policies, state and federal incentives, and with renewable energy/climate change regulations. Mr. Kanoff represents clients in proceedings before the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy.

Prior to joining McLane, Mr. Kanoff represented energy and clean technology clients at another firm in private practice. His practice included advising clients in developing and siting energy and renewable projects and in regulatory and transactional matters throughout the country. In addition to his private practice experience, Mr. Kanoff supported development, construction, permitting, operation, compliance, acquisitions, restructuring and/or disposition of more than $2.5 billion in energy facilities as Regional Counsel for Calpine Corporation, an independent/merchant power producer. Additionally, he directed federal and state energy and environmental activities, including matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and regional ISOs. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, specializing in energy matters.

Practice/Industry Groups
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications
•Counsel to newly formed solar development company with respect to structuring, acquisitions and development matters.

•Counsel to a large equity fund developing, acquiring and financing over 30 MWs of solar facilities in MA; responsible for due diligence, regulatory advice, risk assessment, and transaction documentation.

•Counsel to prominent bank in debt financing the development and operation of solar facilities on a prominent big box retailer in MA; responsible for due diligence, risk assessments, regulatory advice and transaction documentation.

•Counsel to a utility-scale grid-side 20 MW solar PV facility in Wisconsin, which included drafting and negotiating complex power purchase, site lease, interconnection, REC purchase and sale, master cooperation, and PV panel supply agreements.

•Counsel to national independent power producer with respect to a combined wind and solar development in MA (approximately 4 MWs) providing advice regarding permitting, metering, QF status and interconnection.

•Transactions regarding the applicability of investment/production tax credits for solar, wind and biomass projects.
• Transactions involving the development of a billion dollar solar project in Nevada with initial focus on site control, lease, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)/Department of Energy grant/tax credit matters and attention to letters of intent with contractors and suppliers.

•Counsel in numerous proceedings before the Massachusetts DPU and the DOER regarding renewable portfolio standards net metering, and the applicability of long term contracts for renewable generation related to solar and wind facilities.

•Counsel to a solar development company in connection with the acquisition and financing of $20 million in PV facilities in North Carolina in a complex multi-party transaction involving equity and debt financing, deal structuring, tax implications, and drafting and review of purchase and sale, credit, investment and operating agreements.

•Counsel to a national MA-based solar development company with respect to regulatory advice and project finance in MA and CT.

• Counsel to a solar development company, based in the UK, in its expansion into the US; responsible for general corporate, human relations and regulatory advice.

•Transactions involving drafting/reviewing transactional documents for purchase of wind generation equipment.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Education: George Washington University (J.D., cum laude)
Lafayette College (B.A. in Government Law)
  • McLane Energy Alert, “New Solar Incentives Proposed in Massachusetts”, January 9, 2014
  • Faculty, “Wind Energy Law”, National Business Institute, Telecast, December 10, 2013


  • Panelist, “Renewable Energy Project Development and Business and Legal Risk”, Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA, October 22, 2013
  • Co-Chair, “Renewable Energy in New Hampshire”, Environmental Business Counsel Seminar, Manchester, New Hampshire, September 25, 2013
  • Co-Chair, “Construction and Energy Collide: Solar and Renewable Energy are Changing the Construction Industry” June 13, 2013, Law Firm Event, Boston, MA
  • Lecturer, “Elements of Successful Alternative Energy Projects”, Boston University Law School, March 28, 2013
  • Co-Chair, “Elements of Successful Alternative Energy Projects”, Law Firm Seminar, March 12, 2013
  • Co-Chair, “Renewable Energy Project Finance”, May 12, 2012 Law Firm Seminar, Boston, MA
  • Co-Chair, “Financing Alternative Energy Projects,” Law Firm Presentation,
    March 28, 2012, Boston, MA
  • Co-Chair, “ Financing Large PV Installations”, Law Firm Seminar, August 24, 2011, Boston, MA
  • Co-Chair, “Financing an Alternative Energy Project”, Law Firm Seminar, March 13, 2011, Boston, MA
  • Co-Chair, “Distributive Generation: Massachusetts”, Law Firm Seminar, October 13, 2011
  • Speaker, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, “Key Points Renewable Energy In Massachusetts”, December 2, 2010
  • Lecturer, "Climate Change, "MIT, Cambridge, MA (2008)
  • Co‐Chair/Speaker, "Renewable Project Development, "New England Clean Energy Council, Boston, MA (2008 and 2009)
  • Co‐Sponsor, "Clean Technology Innovators, "Cambridge Energy Research Associations (CERA), Houston, TX (2009 and 2008)


  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

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