Jerry Elmer

Senior Attorney CLF Rhode Island

Jerry Elmer is a Senior Attorney who has worked for CLF since August 2006. Jerry is a graduate of Rhode Island College (summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School (cum laude).

Jerry’s responsibilities include advocacy and litigation in Federal and state courts and before administrative agencies primarily in the areas of climate change and renewable energy. He has litigated in the Public Utilities Commission and in court to enforce Rhode Island’s renewable energy laws (In re Town of New Shoreham Project, 19 A.3d 1226 (R.I. 2011)); litigated in the First Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent siting of a liquefied natural gas facility in densely populated Fall River, Massachusetts (City of Fall River v. F.E.R.C., 507 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2007)); and litigated in Rhode Island Superior Court (Champlin’s Realty Assoc. v. Tikoian et al., 2008 WL 5707848 (R.I.Super. Feb. 26, 2009)), and Supreme Court (Champlin’s Realty Assoc. v. Tikoian et al., 989 A.2d 427 (R.I. 2010)) to prevent the expansion of Champlin’s Marina in Block Island’s Great Salt Pond.

Jerry is a principal author of several of Rhode Island’s major renewable energy statutes, including: (1) The Long-Term Contracting Statute (2009) that has given rise to the nation’s first-in-the-water off-shore wind project (Deepwater Wind); (2) The Net Metering Statute (2011) that creates a comprehensive statewide legal framework net metering; and (3) Distributed Generation Standard Growth Program (2014), which creates a comprehensive statewide legal framework to encourage development of small-scale, local renewable energy projects.

In addition, Jerry represents CLF at ISO-New England, the operator of New England’s electricity grid and wholesale electricity markets, on the NEPOOL Participants Committee and Markets Committee, and the ISO’s Distributed Generation Forecast Working Group, and Energy Efficiency Forecast Working Group. Before coming to CLF in August 2006, Jerry was a commercial litigator who specialized in banking law. During Rhode Island’s banking crisis in the 1990s, he served as lead counsel to the R.I. Depositors Economic Protection Corp. (DEPCO) in a series of precedent-setting cases in the Rhode Island Supreme Court that imported into Rhode Island common law several aspects of Federal common law applicable to the FDIC.

Recent Posts

Rhode Island Rejects Invenergy
Today, Invenergy was denied a permit to pave over a pristine forest in Burrillville to build a fracked gas and diesel oil power plant that would emit carbon pollution for decades. This is a victory for CLF, for the people of Burrillville, and for a world facing a climate emergency. CLF, the town of Burrillville,…
Why Clean, Renewable Energy Is Ready for Primetime
In spite of its critics, clean, renewable energy continues to come down in price and become better able to handle the demands of our electricity grid. Concerns around renewables have always centered around them being too expensive and not “dispatchable.” (The sun isn’t always shining and the wind doesn’t always blow, so people think that…
Invenergy Final Hearing Resumes
After a month-long hiatus, the Invenergy Final Hearing has resumed. At stake is whether Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board will grant Invenergy a permit to pave over a forest in Burrillville to build a new fracked gas and diesel oil power plant. Invenergy is the longest-running case in the 32-year history of the Siting…
Once Again ISO Forward Capacity Auction Results Show Invenergy Is Not Needed
The ISO’s Forward Capacity Auction 13, conducted on Monday, February 4, 2019, showed once again – strongly and unequivocally – that the proposed Invenergy fracked gas and diesel oil power plant is not needed. What Is the ISO Forward Capacity Auction? The Independent System Operator-New England (ISO) is the entity that runs the New England…
Unwanted Invenergy Plant Faces Powerful Setbacks
In an unprecedented display of no confidence, ISO terminated its legal relationship with Invenergy. It’s yet another nail in the coffin on this unneeded, unwanted, fracked-gas power plant. Invenergy has been trying to build a 1,000-megawatt fracked gas and diesel oil power plant in the forest near Burrillville, RI for almost three years. It had…


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