Michael Didriksen

Partner

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New York

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Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Representation of international power company in the formation of a global joint venture for battery based energy storage technology
  • Counsel to Westar Energy, Inc. in its $12.2 billion combination with Great Plains Energy Incorporated
  • German utility in its investment into a renewable energy project development platform in the United States
  • German utility in its investment into a small-scale LNG development platform in the United States
  • Vectren Corporation in the $296 million sale of its coal mining operations to Sunrise Coal Company
  • The AES Corporation in the divestiture of its 50% interest in Silver Ridge Power, a solar generation company with operations in the United States, Europe and India
  • UNS Energy in its $4.3 billion merger with Fortis Inc.
  • ProLiance Energy, in the restructuring and sale of its natural gas marketing business to an affiliate of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
  • The AES Corporation, in connection with the sale of two gas-fired combined cycle power plants located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • Niotan, Inc., a U.S. based producer of tantalum powder (used to create capacitors for high-end technology such as iPhones) in the sale of all of the outstanding capital stock of Niotan, Inc. to KEMET Corporation
  • A privately held independent power producer, in connection with its buyout of the remaining interests in a 126 MW gas-fired power project, and the retirement of the remaining outstanding indebtedness thereon
  • Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, in structuring a consortium to bid on the privatization of the metered parking system for the City of Chicago
  • Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, in structuring a consortium to bid on the privatization of Chicago Midway Airport
  • Suez Environment North America, Inc., in connection with its investment (via the purchase of convertible preferred stock) in PAX Water Technologies, Inc.
  • Optim Energy, in its acquisition of the Lyondell Cogen Facility, an approximately 615 MW cogeneration facility located in Channelview, Texas
  • Suez Environment, in its acquisition from AECOM of various water and wastewater assets in the United States and China
  • PPL, in its acquisition from Bear Energy, LP of the off-take rights (via a tolling agreement) to the Ironwood gas-fired combined cycle generating facility
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in its $120 million acquisition of the 275 MW Goldendale Energy Center from Calpine Corporation, via Calpine’s bankruptcy process
  • Consumers Energy, in its sale of the 798 MW Palisades Nuclear Power Plant to a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation
  • Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, in its acquisition of interests in four toll roads – the South Bay Expressway, Chicago Skyway, Indiana Toll Road and Dulles Greenway
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in its acquisition of a 49.85 percent undivided interest in the 249 MW Frederickson combined cycle gas-fired power plant from a subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities, Inc.
  • Enron North America Corp., in the bankruptcy auction of its retail and wholesale trading assets in the western United States
  • Enron North America Corp., in the purchase of a 40 percent interest in Sithe’s 1,040 MW Independence Project, a gas-fired cogeneration facility in Oswego, New York
  • United American Energy Corp., in connection with its acquisition of the 132 MW Mecklenburg coal-fired power plant

Project Development & Related Matters

  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in the negotiation of a long-term Service and Maintenance Agreement for its fleet of Siemens wind turbines located at the Lower Snake River Project, an approximately 343 MW wind powered electric generating facility in Columbia and Garfield Counties, Washington
  • A regulated utility in connection with the negotiation of a long-term Power Purchase Agreement for the off-take from an approximately 130 MW wind power project in the United States
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in the development of a new, state-of-the-art LNG production and storage facility at the Port of Tacoma, Washington, including the negotiation of a long-term LNG fuel supply agreement to supply LNG to fuel cargo ships owned by Totem Ocean Trailer Express, which operates cargo service between the Port of Tacoma and Alaska
  • Lyondell Chemical Company and Equistar Chemicals, LP, in connection with the entry into of multiple long-term supply contracts with Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP, providing for the supply of steam, oxygen, nitrogen, electricity and water to three separate facilities owned by Lyondell and Equistar
  • Niotan, Inc., in the financing and development of a tantalum ore processing facility owned by Tantalite Resources and located in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Atlantic Grid Development, LLC, in connection with the development and construction of the Atlantic Wind Connection Project, a proposed 7,000 MW sub-sea HVDC backbone transmission project extending 250 miles along the Mid-Atlantic
  • General Electric, in connection with the retrofit installation of pollution control equipment (scrubbers) at the Homer City Electric Generating Station, an approximately 1,884 MW coal fired power plant located near Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Windmar, Inc., in connection with the proposed development and construction of the Guayanilla wind farm project, an approximately 34 MW wind power project to be constructed in Puerto Rico
  • The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, in connection with the financing of two 22 MW solar power projects in Peru
  • United Water Resources, in connection with its successful bid to be named as the preferred operator for the proposed privatization of the wastewater treatment system in Nassau County, New York
  • New PE Holdco, the owner of four ethanol refineries in the western United States, in connection with various post-bankruptcy restructuring initiatives (e.g., negotiation of various project contracts and exploration of various strategic alternatives)
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in the development and construction of a floating surface collector and related facilities to provide for the downstream passage of anadromous fish from Lake Shannon past the Lower Baker Dam
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in the development and construction of Unit 4 of the Lower Baker River Hydroelectric Project, an approximately 30 MW hydroelectric generating plant to be built on the Lower Baker River
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in the development and construction of the Lower Snake River Project, an approximately 343 MW wind powered electric generating facility constructed in Columbia and Garfield Counties, Washington, including the largest purchase of Siemens wind turbines to date for onshore delivery to the U.S. market
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in the re-development of the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project, an historic run-of-river hydroelectric generating plant (the world’s first completely underground generating facility) originally commissioned in 1898
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in the negotiation of a master service contract with Vestas Americas to provide service and maintenance for the entire PSE fleet of Vestas wind turbines (totaling approximately 430 MW)
  • Optim Energy, LLC, in the development and construction of Cedar Bayou Unit 4, a 550 MW gas-fired combined cycle power plant jointly owned with NRG
  • PPL, in connection with the entry into of a power purchase agreement (as buyer) to purchase the output from the Springfield Power Project biomass generating facility owned by Marubeni
  • PPL, in connection with the development of, and sale of the power output from, the Moretown landfill gas project located in Moretown, Vermont
  • Foster Wheeler, in its supply of boiler island equipment to the Longview Project, a 695 MW supercritical pulverized coal-fired power plant located in West Virginia
  • General Electric, in connection with the Linden VFT merchant transmission facility, the first auction of merchant transmission capacity in the United States, which provides 300 MW of new transmission capacity into New York City
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in its acquisition, development and construction of the Wild Horse Wind Project, a 228 MW wind powered electric generating facility located in Kittitas County, Washington
  • Puget Sound Energy, Inc., in its acquisition, development and construction of the Hopkins Ridge Wind Project, a 150 MW wind powered electric generating facility located in Columbia County, Washington
  • East Coast Power, now a subsidiary of General Electric, in the expansion of a 715 MW cogeneration facility located in Linden, New Jersey, which added an approximately 180 MW truncated combined cycle power plant to the existing facility