Graham Noyes is a partner in the Energy Development practice group. Graham focuses his commercial practice on project development and transactional agreements in the energy, water and agricultural sectors. Representative clients include traditional companies in the natural resources, pulp and paper, and computer and petroleum industries; as well as emerging biofuel, biogas, water treatment, nutrient management and waste to energy ventures.
Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Graham served for seven years in sales, business development and executive roles in the biodiesel industry, and was Secretary of the National Biodiesel Board. Graham leverages this commercial background to serve as a legal project manager for complex projects. He works with his clients to determine the critical legal path for the overall project including financing, land acquisition, permitting, strategic relationships, EPC agreements, power purchase agreements and other key legal components. Graham then coordinates with Stoel Rives attorneys in the applicable practice groups to scope and sequence the necessary work. Graham's direct legal work for the project typically involves analyzing, drafting and negotiating the commercial agreements for the project including the transactional agreements, off-take agreements, federal incentives or loan guarantees, and environmental credits such as Renewable Energy Credits.
Graham's experience includes leading legal teams providing counsel in the development of energy projects exceeding $100 million dollars in planned capital expenditures. He has over a decade of experience in drafting, negotiating and closing agreements involving renewable energy producers and marketers, major petroleum companies, utilities, and major agricultural businesses.
Graham is a licensed attorney in Washington D.C. and regularly travels to D.C. to meet with executive agency officials, members of Congress and their staffs, and trade association representatives. He has significant experience with policy matters on both the state and federal level, and works with state policy groups, trade associations, lobbyists and policy makers on renewable energy and clean technology issues.
Prior to becoming involved in the energy sector, Graham practiced law as a litigator in Northern California. During this phase of his career, Graham tried dozens of cases to verdict and served as lead counsel to plaintiffs in several complex civil rights actions.
Graham formerly held the following positions: Vice President, sales and business development, Imperium Renewables Inc., 2007-2008; Vice President, sales, World Energy Alternatives LLC, 2003-2006; Director of Operations, Western U.S., World Energy Alternatives LLC, 200-2003; Sole practitioner, Law Offices of Graham Noyes, 1995-2000; and Associate Public Defender, Sacramento County, 1992-1995.
- Leading the legal team for a series of cutting edge anaerobic digester projects, each exceeding $100 million in planned capital expenditure.
- Drafting and negotiating the transactional agreements related to the development of a regional water treatment plant for a cluster of computer data centers and industrial users.
- Assisting multiple pulp and paper companies developing energy islands to produce qualified renewable biomass energy under western state Renewable Portfolio Standards.
- Successfully led the development of a federal loan guarantee application for a network of distributed solar energy projects in California.
- Counseled multiple geothermal, wind and solar projects regarding the process, requirements, and restrictions associated with the federal loan guarantee programs for both innovative and commercial projects. Steered several projects away from the federal loan guarantee program due to timeline, environmental and cost issues and thereby preserved project resources.
- Counseled multiple clients regarding grant opportunities established by the Stimulus Bill and the related compliance cost.
- Drafted contracts for energy project clients who received funding from Stimulus Bill grants to conform with federal requirements including Davis-Bacon, Buy America and record-keeping requirements.
- Assisted in development of a wind turbine supply agreement for 85 MW windfarm.
- Developed joint development agreement for European-based utility to invest in North American biogas projects.
Professional Honors & Activities
- Named one of the "Top 100 People in Bioenergy for 2012-13" by Biofuels Digest Magazine
- Secretary (former), Governing Board, National Biodiesel Board
- Member, Northwest Energy Angels
- Member, Washington Clean Tech Alliance
- Section Member, American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources
- "Aviation Biofuel Projects Viewed through a Project Finance Lens," FC Business Intelligence Aviation Biofuels Development Conference, Washington, D.C., Oct. 2, 2012
- Moderator, "Realizing a Sustainable Economy: How EU and U.S. Policies are Shaping Clean Technology Opportunities," British-American Business Council, Bellevue, Washington, May 4, 2011
- "DOE's Loan Guarantee Program: Crucial Financing Mechanism or a Costly Distraction?," Projects & Money 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 11, 2011
- "DOE Loan Program for Renewables: Critical Path Timeline Issues," EUCI Webinar, May 27, 2010
- "Carbon: the Wild Card in Fossil Fuel Economics," Streamlining Global Supply Chain Operations Conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 3-4, 2010
- "Will California meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard in 2010" (moderated panel), Platts 4th Annual California Power Market Forum, San Francisco, California, 2008
- "American Ingenuity in Biofuels," Next Generation Biofuels Conference, Amsterdam, Holland, 2007
- "Key Regulatory Programs for Advanced Biofuels: Federal Fuel and Fuel Additive Registration and California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard" Chapter, The Law of Biorefineries and Advanced Biofuels, Stoel Rives LLP, 2012 Edition
- "The Renewable Fuel Standard" Chapter, The Law of Biorefineries and Advanced Biofuels, Stoel Rives LLP, 2012 Edition
- "Commercial Contracts" Chapter, The Law of Biorefineries and Advanced Biofuels, Stoel Rives LLP, 2012 Edition
- "What's Your Game Plan? Targeting Federal Renewable Energy Incentives," Renewable Energy World, Aug. 24, 2010
- "On the Right Path," Energy & Infrastructure magazine, Winter 2010. Also published in Construction Today, Jan. 1, 2010
- "Wind, Solar and Biodiesel Industries Look to Busy Congress for Crucial Extensions," Energy Law 360, Sept. 23, 2008
- "Commercial Contracts" Chapter, The Law of Biofuels, Stoel Rives LLP, 2008 Edition
- Member, Bainbridge Island Parent Teacher Organization
- Mentor, University of Virginia Alumni Association
- Member, Washington Athletic Club
- University of California, Davis, J.D., 1991
Staff editor, U.C. Davis Law Review
Order of the Coif
- University of Virginia, B.A., 1987, with distinction
Print to Word
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Northern California
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit