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Douglas A. Codiga

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Topa Financial Center, 745 Fort Street, Suite 1500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Energy and Environmental Law

  • Regulatory and environmental counsel on renewable energy development projects with cumulative value of $1 billion
  • Lead counsel for clean energy advocacy organizations on policy dockets before Hawaii Public Utilities Commission including renewable generation and transmission, ratemaking, resource planning, and grid modernization
  • Advise and represent clients in multi-year, multi-stakeholder regulatory proceedings on clean energy matters

  • Represent multinational corporations on energy development and power purchase agreements for hydro and solar PV projects

  • Energy and environmental due diligence and lease review for $44 million oil company transaction

  • Regulatory and environmental review and permitting for hotel resort and commercial development projects
  • Advise clients in air and water pollution control permitting and compliance matters, including enforcement and cost recovery

  • Advise and represent parties to Hawaii Water Commission proceeding defending water resource use claims
  • Two-year mediation of complex enforcement action under Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal, state, and county agencies

  • Advise university on environmental compliance for research permits and approvals
  • Administrative proceedings and litigation involving $11 million Waikiki municipal development project
Education

LL.M., Yale Law School, 1999

J.D. with Environmental Law Certificate, Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, 1994

M.A., Religion, University of Hawaii, 1991

B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1984

Admitted to Practice U.S. District Court
District of Hawaii
State Court of Hawaii
Professional and Civic Activities
Chair, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, Hawaii State Bar Association (2015 to present)


Moderator, Hawaii State Bar Association, First Annual Hawaii Environmental Court Bench and Bar Update

Presenter, The Seminar Group, Hawaii's Shoreline: Legal and Regulatory Issues, Sea Level Rise & Adaptation

Presenter, The Seminar Group, Hawaii Clean Energy Law and Finance: Recent Developments from Policy to Implementation

Presenter, The Seminar Group, Hawaii Water Law, Regulation Under the State Water Code: Recent Developments

Co-Chair, The Seminar Group, Hawaii's 100% Renewable Energy Vision: Developments in Law and Policy


Presenter, Tsinghua University Law School (Beijing, China), Clean Energy Law and Policy in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific Region 

Moderator, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Conference (Hong Kong), Trade and Environmental Regulation 

Affiliate Faculty, Keio University Global Environmental Systems Leadership Program, Tokyo, Japan

Co-Chair and Presenter, The Seminar Group, Hawaii Clean Energy: Future Directions in Law, Policy and Finance

Commentator, Hawaii State Bar Association, International Law Section, Briefing Workshop on New Developments in East Asian Commercial Law

Presenter, Hawaii Office of Planning Coastal Data Exchange, Climate Change Adaptation Law in Hawaii: Regulatory Takings and Sea-Level Rise Policy Tools

Presenter, Hawaii Agriculture Law Seminar, A Brief Overview of Hawaii Law and Policy on Renewable Energy and Agriculture

Presenter and Contributing Organizer, Korea Smart Grid Law and Policy Conference, Seoul National University School of Law, Seoul, Korea

Presenter, Hawaii State Bar Association Annual Convention, Climate Change Litigation and Policy in Hawaii

Presenter, Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, Clean Energy Law and Policy in Japan and Hawaii: A Comparative Analysis

Presenter, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Conference (Seoul, Korea), Liquefied Natural Gas and Renewable Energy

Introduction to Lecture by Scott Hempling, Esq. on Renewable Energy Policy, University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law

Co-Chair and Presenter, Climate Change Impacts in Hawaii: Emerging Law and Policy Seminar, Act 234: Hawaii's Climate Change Law

Presenter, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Conference (New Delhi, India), U.S. Nuclear Policy and Clean Tech After Fukushima Daiichi: A Brief Overview

Moderator, Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, Foundation for Clean Energy - Policies, Strategies, and Frameworks that Transform the Energy Market

Visiting Professor, Shinshu University (Japan), Climate Change and Clean Energy Law and Policy in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific Region

Guest lectures, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School and Renmin Law School (Shanghai, China), Clean Energy Law and Policy in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific Region

Presenter, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Conference (Singapore), Innovative Clean Tech Policies in the Asia Pacific Region

Presenter, Hawaii State Bar Association International Law Section, Climate Change Law and Policy: What Every Lawyer Should Know

Presenter, University of Hawaii Environmental Law Program Colloquium Series, Hawaii Clean Energy Law and Policy: Recent Developments

Moderator, Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, Commercialization of New Energy Technologies

Moderator and presenter, Hawaii Conservation Alliance Conference,  Act 234: Hawaii's Climate Change Law

Presenter, Urban Land Institute, Climate Change Law in Hawaii

Adjunct Professor, Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii (International Environmental Law; Wildlife and Natural Resources Law)

Instructor, U.S. Department of Defense, Marine Mammal Protection Act

Instructor, Fundamentals of Hawaii Environmental Law
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