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.