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About Jessica

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.

Experience

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.

Credentials

Education

The University of Texas School of Law,
J.D.
2001
with honors
Spain, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela,
Fulbright Scholar
1998
Rice University,
B.S., Chemical Engineering
1997

Bar Admissions

Texas

Languages

Spanish

Affiliations

Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA)
Co-chair of spring 2017 conference focused on power markets in the U.S. and Mexico; Planning Committee for 2014, 2015 and 2016 Women's Leadership Conference
American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Leadership Council
Greater Houston Partnership
Executive Women's Partnership
Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)
Houston Chapter Advisory Committee

News

News

Insights

Insights

Corporate Procurement of Renewable Energy

May 10, 2018

On May 10, 2018, Partner Jessica Adkins and Associate Paul McBride gave the following presentation at the May luncheon for the Houston chapter of the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA). Their presentation focused on corporate purchasers as the driving force for the development of new renewable energy projects and key offtake structures available to generators when working with these corporate counterparties.

Selling Power to a Texas Muni Just Got Easier (or at least more enforceable)

May 19, 2016

Electric utilities operated by Texas municipalities (Munis) are attractive wholesale customers for power generators, as Munis are willing to enter into the coveted long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) that enable the financing of new generation capacity. Because Munis are governmental entities, however, there has been a longstanding question regarding the extent to which “governmental immunity” may restrict a generator’s ability to recover damages when its counterparty to the PPA is a Muni. Until last month the answer to this question was uncertain, with different districts of the Texas...

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

The Legal 500 United States
Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power, 2017 - 2019; Project Finance , 2014 - 2019; Energy Transactions: Conventional Power, 2018 - 2019; Energy: Transactions, 2013; Structured Finance, 2017
ALM
National Law Journal
Energy & Environmental Trailblazer, 2016
Fulbright Scholar

Events

Past Events

2019 Renewable Energy Symposium

Houston
February 27, 2019

Bracewell to Sponsor GCPA Conference

Austin
October 2, 2018
October 3, 2018

2017 GCPA Spring Conference

Houston
April 19, 2017
April 20, 2017

Bracewell to Sponsor GCPA Fall Conference

Austin
October 4, 2016
October 5, 2016

Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit 2015

San Diego
February 10, 2015
February 12, 2015