Sky C. Stanfield

Sky C. Stanfield is a partner with Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP. Ms. Stanfield practices renewable energy law and policy, with a focus on regulatory policy development, implementation, and compliance. Ms. Stanfield regularly works on the advancement of state and federally regulated interconnection standards, playing an active role in improving the clarity and efficiency of these processes. She participates in rulemakings before state public utility commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the topics of grid modernization, creation of market rate policies for wholesale renewables, energy storage, net metering, community shared renewables and related topics. She also assists clients with project specific interconnection and regulatory issues associated with the development of distributed solar and energy storage projects.

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This understanding of energy regulation accompanies Ms. Stanfield’s substantial experience with the land use and environmental review statutes that projects must navigate prior to achieving commercial operation. In addition to project-specific work, Ms. Stanfield also participates in the development of improved local permitting processes for solar systems. The following is a list of Ms. Stanfield’s representative work.

• Achieved significant improvements in FERC regulated interconnection procedures through participation in stakeholder process and regulatory filings at FERC on behalf of a leading renewable-energy focused non-profit.

• Lead numerous successful interconnection reform efforts in states across the country, including California, New York, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Iowa.

• Leading stakeholder in the development of the nation’s first hosting capacity analyses and published a regulatory guide to assist other states with the development of similar tools.

• Drafted influential reports on rooftop solar permitting reform, including model inspection guidelines and best practices for permit streamlining.

Ms. Stanfield was the recipient of the 2010 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award for environmental and pro bono advocacy for her work defending desert habitats from off-road vehicle destruction in the Western Mojave. Ms. Stanfield has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers since 2011.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015 as Senior Special Counsel, Ms. Stanfield was Of Counsel at Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP and an environmental law associate at Farella, Braun + Martel, LLP. She clerked for the Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Ms. Stanfield is a 2005 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law (Boalt Hall) where she obtained a Certificate in Environmental Law. While at Boalt she was an Executive and Articles Editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly and was given the American Jurisprudence Award in California Environmental Issues.

Ms. Stanfield was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2006.

Ms. Stanfield regularly publishes white papers and articles on renewable energy policy topics including interconnection, grid modernization and energy storage. Some of her most recent publications include:

Optimizing the Grid: A Regulator’s Guide to Hosting Capacity Analyses for Distributed Energy Resources, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., with Stephanie Safdi, December 2017.

Charging Ahead: Energy Storage Guide for Policymakers, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., with Joseph Petta and Sara Baldwin Auck, April 2017.

Deploying Distributed Energy Storage: Near-Term Regulatory Considerations to Maximize Benefits, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., with Amanda Vanega, February 2015.

Easing the Transition to a More Distributed Electricity System, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., with Erica Schroeder McConnell and Sara Baldwin Auck, February 2015.

Minimizing Overlap in PV System Approval Processes: Case Studies & Analysis, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., with Kathleen Kapla, Erica Schroeder McConnell, Rusty Haynes, and Kimberly Kooles, October 2013.

Model Inspection Checklist for Rooftop Photovoltaic (PV) Systems, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., with Don Hughes, September 2013.

Updating Small Generator Interconnection Procedures for New Market Conditions, National Renewable Energy Laboratories, with December 2012.

Sharing Success: Emerging Approaches to Efficient Rooftop Solar Permitting, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., with Thad Culley and Erica Schroeder McConnell, May 2012.

Ms. Stanfield is an experienced and dynamic speaker and has presented at numerous conferences and seminars across the United States on renewable energy policy issues. She is also a skilled facilitator with a track record of helping stakeholders work toward common solutions in workshops and other settings.

Below is a limited sample of Ms. Stanfield’s presentations.

Hosting Capacity: A National Stakeholder Perspective, Integrated Grid Symposium, Hawaiian Electric Company, Honolulu, HI, November 2017.

State Policies to Fully Charge Advanced Energy Storage, Clean Energy Legislator’s Academy, Center for the New Energy Economy, Breckinridge, CO, July and September 2017.

Critical Issues in Hosting Capacity Development – Lessons Learned to Date, Intersolar, San Francisco, CA, July 2017.

Charging Ahead: Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers, Energy Storage Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 2017.

Anticipating Solar Growth: The critical role of interconnection in new and established solar markets, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., 3iForum, Solar Power International, September 2015.

Regulatory Considerations for Deploying Distributed Energy Storage, Massachusetts Stakeholder Conference on Energy Storage, July 2015.

Envisioning an Integrated Grid: Transforming Distribution System Planning, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., 3iForum, Solar Power International, October 2014.

Efficient Solar Permitting for Your Jurisdiction: Pre-Application Materials and Application Submittal and Review, Permitting Workshop, May 2014.