American Bar Association
Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources
American Bar Association Energy and Resources Committees

Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources

About the Committee

The Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee will examine and disseminate information on those legal policy and practical implementation issues which affect expansion of markets for renewable and distributed energy resources. The Committee will have five primary areas of focus: (1) innovative approaches to stimulating renewable and distributed energy resource development; (2) measures for commoditization and value maximization of fuel, environment and tax-related legal at-tributes of renewable energy and distributed generation production; (3) constraints on fitting renewable resources and distributed generation (whether or not powered by renewable fuels) into the framework of national and states' energy policy; (4) relating renewable energy resource and distributed generation development to environmental legal requirements; and (5) issues related to structuring finance for renewable energy and distributed generation.


The lastest Committee newsletter has been released. This special edition features the top three winning entries of the 2013 Energy Law Student Writing Competition. Congratulations to these three upcoming lawyers, who each will receive a cash prize for their respective submission. Read the latest RADER committee newsletter issue.


The RADER Committee won the "Best Program" and "Best Committee Newsletter" awards at the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Conference for the 2012-2013 ABA year. For more information on this award, please visit the Section's Committee Awards webpage.

RADER Initiatives

RADER is partnering with the Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group, a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) initiative consisting of manufacturers, investors, and attorneys. The group seeks to identify greater efficiencies in the securitization market by clarifying risks associated with solar PV asset securitizations and associated cashflows in the marketplace, and by creating standardized documentation for such securitizations. If you are interested in participating in the SAPC initiative, please email Dirk Michels, our Vice Chair of Capital Markets, Solar.

Committee Resources

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2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition

New The RADER Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition!

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Committee newsletters provide current information on topics of interest to practitioners and news of committee activities.

Committee Co-Chairs


Diamond, Kimberly
Stark, Roger

Committee Roster  

2014-2015 RADER Committee Leadership

View the full roster of Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee leadership.

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