Jessica Adkins advises power, renewable and other energy industry clients on a wide range of transactions in the U.S. and Mexico, including complex structured commodity and hedging matters, as well as the development and financing of, and investment in, energy projects and businesses. An engineer by training, Jessica’s practice is characterized by legal advice that is rooted in a technical and commercial understanding of the energy markets and her clients' businesses.
In 2016, ALM's National Law Journal named Jessica to its list of Energy & Environmental Trailblazers for her work structuring energy offtake agreements to enable the financing of new power generation facilities. Among her recent engagements, Jessica advised on a long-term wind hedge arrangement, which garnered multiple awards, including "Deal of the Year" at the 2016 Energy Risk Awards, and was noted by Platts as standing out for the "innovative nature of its contract and finance structure." Her clients - private equity funds, independent power producers, trading and marketing companies, and financial institutions, among others - have noted her creative and business-minded approach to the resolution of complex legal issues.
Jessica is a frequent speaker on power and renewable industry topics. She is also an advocate and supporter of women achieving leadership roles in the energy sector. She serves on the advisory committee for the Houston Chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), has been on the planning committee for the Gulf Coast Power Association's (GCPA) Annual Women's Leadership Conference since its inception, and is a member of the Executive Women’s Partnership of the Greater Houston Partnership.
Publications and Speeches
“Trends in Renewable PPA’s with Corporations”, Goldman Sachs Research Conference Call, September 2017.
“Corporate Procurement of Renewable Energy – Deals and Trends,” Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Conference, November 2016.
“The CFO’s Role in Project Finance and Lien-Based Commodity Hedging,” Private Equity CFO Association Breakfast, November 2016.
“What is Driving Corporate Buyers’ Renewable Decisions,” Infocast Utility Scale Solar Conference, October 2016.
“Trends in Renewable Energy Offtake Agreements,” Gulf Coast Power Association Luncheon, September 2016.
“Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements,” Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Luncheon, May 2016.
“Trading Documentation,” Energy Bar Association (EBA) Primer on Energy Trading, December 2015.
“Project Revenue Streams - Recent Development in PPAs, Hedge Prices and Direct Sales,” Infocast Wind Power Finance and Investment Summit, February 2015.
“Energy Reform Package to Increase Competition and Private Sector Opportunities in the Mexican Power Sector,” Power Engineering, September 2014.