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About Melanie

Melanie Goebel counsels energy clients on a wide range of transactions relating to renewable energy and natural gas matters, including structured commodity and hedging matters, as well as the development of, operation and investment in, energy projects and related businesses. Melanie also represents private equity investors and energy companies in mergers, acquisitions and general corporate matters.

While in law school, Melanie served as judicial intern to Judge David Hittner of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.


Recent Notable Matters

Leading hedge provider — long-term secured hedges to enable the debt and tax equity financing of multiple wind generation facilities, including a 200 MW wind facility in Oklahoma and a 160 MW wind facility in Texas

Lender syndicate — construction financing and letter of credit facility for a 200 MW wind facility in Texas

Project developer — arrangement to provide 50 MW of energy storage to a utility purchaser

Various sponsors — renewable offtake arrangements with respect to solar generation facilities in Texas, including traditional power purchase agreements and virtual power purchase agreements, with a wide variety of counterparties including both utility and corporate purchasers

Commodity trading arm of major financial institution — 12-year hedge transaction in connection with a 160 MW repowering project in Tom Greene County, Texas

Texas Microgrid, LLC — first-of-its-kind project financing for the construction and operation of a portfolio of distributed microgrids consisting of ultra-clean natural gas-fired generators within ERCOT service territory with up to 232 MW of generating capacity

Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners — acquisition of Tidewater Transportation & Terminals, a multi-commodity transportation, terminal, and marine construction and repair company serving the Pacific Northwest, from Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners was the lead investor of a group consisting of Ullico, funds and accounts under management by BlackRock, Silverfern and certain other co-investors.

Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners — preferred bidder on the Howard County Maryland Courthouse P3 project, which achieved financial close in October 2018

AP Energy Holdings Inc and South Field Energy LLC — $1.3 billion project financing and equity arrangements for the construction of the South Field Energy project, a 1,182 MW combined-cycle natural gas electric generating facility located near Wellsville, Ohio

NRG Retail LLC — agreement to acquire 100 percent of the membership interests in XOOM Energy Global Holdings, LLC

Holly Energy Partners, L.P. — $250 million acquisition from Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. of the 50 percent and 75 percent interest in Frontier Aspen LLC and SLC Pipeline LLC, respectively, that Holly Energy Partners does not already own

Entergy Louisiana LLC — build-and-sale agreement to acquire the Washington Parish Energy Center, a 361 MW natural gas-fueled electrical generation plant in Bogalusa, Louisiana, from Washington Parish Energy Center One, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation

Power generating company — analysis of multiple long-term traditional and synthetic power purchase agreements, market rules, and related matters in connection with the acquisition of wind and solar generating facilities under development in various markets

Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners — shortlisted consortium bidding on the Howard County Circuit Courthouse PPP project currently under procurement in Maryland

Publications and Speeches

“The Public University’s Right to Prohibit Discrimination,” Houston Law Review, Vol. 53, No. 1369, 2016.



University of Houston Law Center,
summa cum laude
Texas A&M University, Mays Business School,
magna cum laude

Bar Admissions



Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association




University of Houston Law Center
Houston Law Review
Chief Notes and Comments Editor
University of Houston Law Center
Order of the Coif
University of Houston Law Center
Order of the Barons
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Judicial Intern