With a keen sense of the clean energy and water markets and opportunities, Elise Zoli provides strategic direction and advice to the nation's leading public and private enterprises. Her experience focuses on the development, financing (impact investment, hedge fund, private equity, governmental grant, and alternative funding), and operation of clean energy, water, and related infrastructure projects and services. Elise is recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Massachusetts and serves as global co-head of the Firm's Future of Energy, Renewables+ & Sustainability Initiative.
She has extensive experience with a variety of clean energy technologies, including nuclear, solar, wind, fuel cell and battery, energy storage, micro- and smart-grid, and water, as well as the associated environmental attribute (RPS, REC, carbon credit) markets. In conjunction with her transactional work, Elise also has pioneered the use of risk-mitigation instruments, including insurance, designed to facilitate new market entrants.
Elise has extensive first-chair experience in large-scale energy- and water-related arbitration and litigation, including on behalf of renewables component manufacturers, energy purchasers, and energy facility owners and operators. This experience reflects work before commercial arbitrators, federal and state regulatory tribunals, and in federal and state courts on issues important to the energy sector.
A prominent lawyer in the nuclear sector, Elise has experience that extends beyond transactional work to the use and release of radioisotopes, as well as the operation, decommissioning, and redevelopment of nuclear power plants, former defense sites, laboratories, and industrial facilities that employ radioisotopes.
Elise is a periodic lecturer at MIT's Sloan School and a member of the clean energy committee for the New England Clean Energy Council.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented a leading U.S.-based financial institution in its strategic development and execution of novel solar project investment vehicles that included advising on the associated government regulations.
Represented a leading EU-based renewables component manufacturer in restructuring its U.S. wind project subsidiaries.
Represented a major U.S.-based hospitality organization in its virtual power purchases of renewable energy.
Represented a regional U.S. project development company in a transaction involving the conversion of landfill gas in connection with a major redevelopment and landfill conversion initiative.
Represented a leading U.S. wind developer in its negotiation of among the first U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees. This pioneering transaction included a storage component.
Represented multiple renewables-based development funds at the fund formation stage, including in establishing the relationships with leading strategic investors.
Represented multiple innovation companies and investors in public-private partnerships (P3s), including those involving U.S., California, New York, and Massachusetts grants.
Entergy v. Riverkeeper, in which the U.S. Supreme Court approved the use of rationale cost-benefit analysis in the development of federal water use regulations for large-scale power production and industrial facilities.
Entergy v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, in which the Massachusetts judiciary rejected the Massachusetts DEP's regulatory overreach with respect to water use.
Represented a leading U.S. innovation company in its water and wastewater treatment operational and maintenance agreements, in which it assumed operational control over municipal systems.
Represented a EU-based integrated energy company on its assessment of graywater-based, energy project development, including for specific projects.
Represented multiple corporate and financial entities in the allocation, priority, and usage of water in substantial quantities, with total volumes in the trillions per day.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG); Socially responsible investing (SRI); and Greenhouse gas (GHG)
Represented a U.N. Secretariat in its development of a GHG aggregation and trading platform and solar financing initiatives.
Represented a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) in its pioneering Green labeling initiative.
Represented a leading integrated energy company in its development of a GHG initiative and its pioneering participation in U.S. and regional carbon trading organizations.
Represented a leading integrated energy company, and multiple financial institutions and funds, in the development of sustainability policies and disclosures.
Represented a leading U.S. integrated energy company in its pioneering support of carbon regulation (Mass v. EPA).
Represented a leading U.S.-based integrated energy company in its multiyear, multiple gigawatt (GW) acquisition campaign of nuclear power plants.
Represented a leading U.S. innovation company in its pioneering advanced nuclear technology, including in nuclear export considerations.
Represented multiple, leading U.S. educational institutions in the strategic investment in their nuclear facilities and innovative nuclear technologies. Several of these efforts involved U.S. grants.
Represented a leading global financial institution in its exploration of nuclear-based investment.
Represented multiple life sciences companies on nuclear matters.
In re: Entergy Discharge Permit, in which the specially constituted Vermont Environmental Court and Vermont Supreme Court approved of increased thermal discharges to the Connecticut River.
Represented a leading global real estate investor in its electricity purchasing, including in the resolution of various purchase agreements and associated disputes.
Represented leading U.S. health care conglomerate and institution in its electricity and steam purchasing agreements.
Represented multiple U.S. corporations on waste-to-energy facilities transactions, development, and operation.
Represented multiple, leading entities on major project development initiatives, ranging from offshore wind to the "Big Dig."
Insights in De-carbonization Mega-Strategies: Asian Offshore Wind and the Hydrogen Economy (A Word About Wind)
European Court of Justice Imposes Stringent Environmental Assessment Requirements for Renewable Energy Projects
"[Elise Zoli] is exceptional, she is an extremely strong lawyer."Chambers USA
- University of Pennsylvania (J.D. 1990); Duke University (B.A. magna cum laude 1987)
- Massachusetts; New York; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Second, and Ninth Circuits; and U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Financier Worldwide's Project Finance & Infrastructure 2021, Power Players: Distinguished Advisers
American Lawyer, "New England Trailblazers" (2021)
A Word About Wind, Legal Power List (2020)
Law360's "Ten Influential Women in Energy Law" (2018)
Public Utilities Fortnightly's "Groundbreaking Attorney of the Year in Cleantech" (2011)
Best Lawyers in America (2011-2019)
Chambers USA (2007-2018)
Board of Directors, Stimson Center
Board of Trustees, Desert Research Institute (Nevada System of Higher Education/Western Regional Climate Center)
Advisory Board, Bhutan Foundation