Dan R. Skowronski
Dan Skowronski joined Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in 2008 after having provided legal services to a national energy company and its affiliates in various in-house capacities between 1986 and 2008, as well as holding various executive leadership positions with that family of companies.
Dan has broad experience in energy and utility matters. Since joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, he has counseled a number of major energy companies in connection with the development, acquisition, sale, operation and management of power generation facilities. He has counseled building owners on on-site distributed generation (solar, fuel cells and diesel generation), on gas and electric retail purchase agreements and on renewable energy certificate sales agreements and he has counseled solar providers on installation contracts. He has also counseled clients on matters relating to retail electric provider status, the formulation of retail electric contracts, load response programs and esco applications. Further, Dan recently provided legal support in connection with a residential rooftop solar lease program that encompassed eight states. Dan has a deep knowledge of electric generation using a wide range of fuels and technologies, including nuclear, coal, natural gas, waste coal, biomass, biogas, waste-to-energy, geothermal, hydro, solar and wind. While in-house counsel, he oversaw the company's electric generation development and construction projects, asset management, operations and maintenance and financing, as well as the purchase and sale of energy projects. Such activities entailed a range of applications: development agreements, site control and site acquisition, siting approval and environmental permitting, local permitting (zoning, land-use and subdivision), design and construction contracts, fuel and fuel transportation contracts, interconnection agreements and power sales agreements. More recently, Dan has been involved in numerous solar applications, as well as biogas, biomass, wind, fuel cells and Marcellus Shale initiatives.
Dan has broad experience in entity formation and governance matters, including articles of incorporation and bylaws, LLC operating agreements and partnership agreements.
Additionally, he has supported corporate and project financings, including bank loans, bonds and sale/leasebacks, mergers and acquisitions, and approvals from various government agencies, such as FERC, SEC and state PUCs. He has supported a range of litigation matters and has been involved in settlement negotiations, as well as alternate dispute resolution proceedings. Dan also has supported the development and acquisition of international energy and utility projects in Latin America and Canada.
Dan has served as corporate secretary to a number of corporations and he has served on the board of directors of two New York Stock Exchange traded corporations. Dan had also been a member of the board of directors of the Electric Generation Association, one of the entities that merged to form the Electric Power Supply Association.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Dan was an economist and supervised a utility group involved in load forecasting, conservation, demand side management and demand response programs.
In addition to his Maryland bar admission, he is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits. He also has coordinated the firm's annual Energy and Utility Symposium for several years.
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