Don Liddell specializes in energy business transactions involving a broad array of energy-related products and services bringing to our clients 30 years of experience in the private and government sectors of the industry. Mr. Liddell was formerly Assistant General Counsel for Sempra Energy.
With expertise in energy project development, engineering and construction, start-up companies, and both retail and wholesale gas and power contracts, he has managed legal teams supporting all aspects of Sempra's retail and wholesale energy businesses. These included gas and power marketing and related services such as energy efficiency retrofits, and energy facility ownership and management. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Energy Producers Association from 1990 to 1997, including a term as Chairman.
He has a wealth of experience handling energy business transactions, having structured a variety of contracts and business systems, from standardized contracts that facilitate high-volume deal flow, to complex and unique stand-alone transactions. Prior to joining Sempra's predecessor companies in 1982, he was counsel to the United States Department of Energy's San Francisco office, responsible for government contracts, grants and cooperative agreements implementing federal alternative energy research, development, demonstration, and loan guaranty programs, as well as civilian and military high-energy physics programs conducted by the national laboratories located in the western United States.
Mr. Liddell has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, helping to create and teaching a course in Energy Law and Policy sponsored by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center of the USD School of Law.
He received an LL.M from the London School of Economics, his J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. with honors from San Diego State University.
Assisted Stirling Energy Systems with
successfully negotiating a 20-year power purchase agreement with
Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to
develop the world's two largest solar power projects in the desert
region of southern California. Under the agreement with Edison,
Stirling will deliver 500 MW of solar power from the SES Solar One
project, with an option to expand to 850 MW. Under the agreement with
SDG&E, Stirling will deliver 300 MW from the SES Solar Two
project, with the ability to expand to 900 MW. Together, the two
projects will dwarf the combined capacity of all existing solar power
Advised federal and local public entities and
ESCO developers in modifying California's Self- Generation Incentive
Program to successfully CHP and hybrid wind and solar alternative
energy projects come on line.
Negotiated a long-term contract to develop a
start-up biomass pelletization project to provide sustainable energy
fuel supply to co-fire fossil fueled electric generation projects in
Advised start-up energy services companies in
the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain.
Developed standard retail natural gas and
electricity supply contracts and modular administrative systems that
are models for the industry.
Negotiated design/build construction contracts
for the energy services field, including the Federal Drug
Administration's largest facility at Whiteoaks, Maryland, and many
Assisted with build-own-operate energy facility
outsourcing agreements for the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, and
operations and maintenance contracts with the Staples Center in Los
Angeles, and many others.