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

An Open Letter to Providence Mayor Elorza Regarding Invenergy
Dear Mayor Elorza: On August 11, 2017, Michael Sabatoni, President of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, emailed you a letter pertaining to the pending Superior Court litigation regarding the water contract between the Town of Johnston and Invenergy. That pending lawsuit was brought by Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Town of…
Invenergy Natural Gas Power Plant Postponement Is Good News
Since an article appeared in the Providence Journal on July 11 saying that the proposed start-up date of the Invenergy plant has been postponed, I have heard from many CLF supporters asking questions about the delay and what it means. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions. What exactly was reported in the…
Q&A on CLF’s Superior Court Win in the Invenergy Case
Since the Rhode Island Superior Court denied Invenergy’s motion to dismiss CLF’s lawsuit against the company, I have received lots of questions from CLF supporters asking questions about the ruling and what it means. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions. Does the Judge’s ruling on June 20 mean that CLF won the…
CLF Victory in Superior Court Case on Invenergy
On June 20, 2017, a Rhode Island Superior Court judge denied Invenergy’s Motion to Dismiss CLF’s lawsuit against the company. CLF’s Superior Court lawsuit asserts that the water contract between Invenergy and the Town of Johnston to supply water to Invenergy’s proposed power plant is illegal. This Superior Court case pertains to Invenergy, but is separate from…
This Is Why I Love Working for CLF!
Yesterday, I came home and found a letter in a hand-written envelope waiting for me. I did not recognize the return address.  Inside was a two-page letter, hand-written on yellow lined paper.  It said: I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all of the hard work and dedication you and…


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