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Mike Richmond

Co-Chair of the Energy and Power Group

Mike Richmond is the Co-Chair of our Energy and Power Group with a focus on electricity, renewables and utilities. Mike provides commercial, regulatory and financing advice to developers, investors and lenders of power projects, with a focus on renewable energy and power generation projects, such as wind, solar and biomass. Mike has acted on renewable energy projects in respect of project acquisitions, site and rooftop leases, EPC contracts, equipment purchases and warranties, connection agreements and disputes, financings and dispositions. He has provided substantial advice in relation to power purchase agreements, including Feed-in Tariff, Standard Offer, Non-Utility Generation, and electricity wholesale and retail contracts. He has also been involved in the incorporation, sale and amalgamation of electricity distribution companies. Mike has represented numerous clients in the distribution, metering, generation and municipal sectors with respect to the development and promotion of public policy positions, and acted for the Ontario Power Authority in the development of Ontario's Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program. He has also served as counsel to several energy industry associations. Prior to joining McMillan LLP, Mike served as Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Ontario's Minister of Energy, responsible for overseeing the restructuring of Ontario's electricity markets. This included the drafting of legislation and regulations relating to the introduction of a competitive market, overseeing a public awareness and consumer education campaign, and advising Cabinet Ministers on matters ranging from the disposition of Hydro One and OPG, to the creation of an emission trading framework, to the selection of a market opening date.

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