8minutenergy appoints General Counsel

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8minutenergy appoints General Counsel

8minutenergy Renewables has appointed Arthur Haubenstock as General Counsel and Vice President, Government & Regulatory.

Haubenstock is an experienced energy attorney whose career includes extensive private and public sector service. His work has involved negotiating and obtaining regulatory approval of more than 2 gigawatts of renewable energy power purchase agreements; acquisition, permitting and financing of very large-scale, community-based and other smaller-scale renewable power projects; and assuring transmission for renewable power projects. 

Haubenstock has also contributed to the development of major renewable energy regulatory and policy frameworks, including California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard and its procurement mechanisms; wholesale energy and capacity markets; and transmission and land use planning initiatives.

Haubenstock previously served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for BrightSource Energy. His professional background also includes working at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several national law firms.  Additionally, Haubenstock serves as the chair of the Utility-Scale Power Division of the Solar Energy Industries Association, is a board member of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) and previously served as president of the Large-scale Solar Association.

8minutenergy Chief Executive Officer Martin Hermann stated:

“Arthur has established himself as one of the leading attorneys in the energy sector, and we are pleased to have him join our executive team as 8minutenergy works to expand its business both nationally and internationally.”

Haubenstock has practiced before many federal and state energy, environmental and resource agencies including the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has also practiced before the California Air Resources Board, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Fish & Wildlife Service.

Tom Buttgenbach, President of 8minutenergy, commented:

“It is critical for 8minutenergy to have expert legal counsel to navigate the complexities of today’s energy market, and we look forward to Arthur’s contributions to the company.”

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