Elaine Traynor

Partner

elaine.traynor@fieldfisher.com

Elaine Traynor is a Partner in our Corporate and Commercial Department and Renewable Energy team. Elaine has extensive experience in the area of renewable energy and advises a wide range of renewable energy industry participants; including medium and large sized renewable energy project developers, financial institutions and investors providing funding to energy projects.

Elaine advises on all aspects of the development of renewable energy projects from the planning permission phase through to the development, construction, financing and operation stages.

Elaine has extensive knowledge of the continuously evolving Irish and European legislation regulating energy projects in Ireland; including the conditions governing support schemes available to energy projects and the rules governing participation in the Irish electricity market.

Elaine previously acted as sole in-house counsel to Galetech Energy Developments Limited (“Galetech”), a large renewable energy development company with a portfolio of renewable energy projects in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Africa. Elaine also represented Galetech in judicial review proceedings in respect of its wind farms.

Experience

Elaine’s experience includes:

Regulatory Frameworks – EU and National Level

  • Extensive knowledge of all legislation and regulatory issues pertaining to renewable energy in Ireland including REFIT 2 and REFIT 3 and the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (“RESS”), the rules governing the new Integrated Single Electricity Market (“I-SEM”), the Trading and Settlement Code, the Grid Code, the Bidding Code of Practice and the Metering Code.
  • Advising clients in relation to the Enduring Grid Connection Policy (“ECP-1”) which has recently replaced the previous ‘gating’ connection offer process governing the connection of energy projects to the grid network in Ireland.

Project Finance and Due Diligence

  • Advising renewable energy industry participants on the project finance of renewable projects in Ireland;
  • Advising on and negotiating construction contracts pertaining to energy projects.

Regulatory

  • Advising clients in respect of all aspects of Power Purchase Agreements and negotiating amendments to such Agreements to cater for the introduction of I-SEM and the consequent changes to the Trading and Settlement Code as a result of I-SEM.
  • Advising new applicants seeking a grid connection, developers already holding a grid connection offer and advising on the ability to transfer existing connection offers or ‘fold-in’ such offers into ECP-1.

Contracts

  • Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of Contracts pertaining to energy projects.
  • Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance, Law Society of Ireland, 2014
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, 2012
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2012
  • LLM, UCD, 2010
  • BCL, NUIG, 2008
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member of the Planning and Environmental Law Association
  • Member of the Irish Wind Energy Association’s Community Engagement Committee

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