For more than two decades, Kim Hayden has successfully represented clients in transactions, regulatory proceedings, commercial litigation and appeals involving energy law matters
such as facilities siting and construction, power purchase contracts, and environmental and land-use compliance.
In recent years, she has devoted a large portion of her legal practice to siting solar, wind, biomass, and electric transmission projects.
As lead attorney for DRM's renewable team, Kim:
- Obtained one of the first state siting approvals for a 2 MW standard offer solar facility; currently advises and represents solar developers in connection with siting, approvals, interconnection agreements and PPAs for six 2 MW solar facilities in various stages of development
- Obtained state siting approval for Chittenden County’s first community-scale (12 MW) commercial wind farm
- Represents the developer of a 25-35 MW wood biomass co-generation facility in state siting proceedings
- Successfully gained state siting approvals for major regional electric transmission projects, covering more than 170 miles of new high voltage transmission lines and dozens of high voltage substation upgrades
- Worked with Vermont’s two largest utilities to successfully negotiate a significant, 26-year power contract with H.Q. Energy Services (U.S.) Inc., and acted as a lead counsel on behalf of the twenty Vermont electric utilities in gaining regulatory approval from the Vermont Public Service Board
Kim is a member of the power Generation & Infrastructure Initiative Advisory Committee of the American Council on Renewable Energy, which convenes thought leaders and publishes collaborative research with the goal of building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy.
Kim is a panelist for two presentations at the 2012 Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) Annual Conference – Harnessing the Opportunities of Non-Transmission Alternatives
and Solar PV: Lessons in Permitting
. She presented Siting Renewable Energy in Vermont: Navigating the 248 Process
at the 2011 REV Annual Conference. She is a member of Renewable Energy Vermont, the New England Clean Energy Association, the Renewable Energy Committee of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association and New England Women in Energy and the Environment.
Kim was a guest on The Nature of Business radio program on August 8, 2012, to discuss the energy landscape both in Vermont and nationally, with a focus on renewable energy. Listen to the podcast on www.greenbiz.com